The Blues Brothers: The Animated Series (Lost Episodes; 1997)
|Logo for the series.|
The Blues Brothers is an unaired, 1997 animated series that would have aired on the UPN television network. The series takes the name of the critically-acclaimed 1980 movie of the same name. The series was set to star the brothers of the original movie actors (Peter Aykroyd in Dan's place, and Jim Belushi in John's place), but for unknown reasons, the series has never aired and has yet to be leaked to the public.
In 1997, actor Dan Aykroyd sold to the TV network UPN the rights to the film The Blues Brothers, which he starred in 1980 with the late John Belushi. Film Roman, the animation company that produced The Simpsons, animated eight of the thirteen episodes ordered by the network. However, later in 1997, the series was cancelled, and the eight episodes made were never aired.
The fansite Blues Brothers Central provides not only an episode list but a cast list as well. The Blues Brothers themselves, Elwood and Jake, were not voiced by their original actors (due to John Belushi's death in 1982). However, Aykroyd and Belushi's brothers, Peter Aykroyd and Jim Belushi, offered to take up the roles and were cast as the "new" Blues Brothers. The site also says that the eight episodes were shown at MIPCOM (a TV entertainment market/festival of sorts, held once a year in Cannes). Still, the series has yet to be released in any form.
In November 2015, an early rough cut of the promo video likely screened at MIPCOM surfaced online; although some voice acting had been recorded at the time, all of the planned footage -- including an introduction where Jake and Elwood run over, maim, or belittle various other network mascots -- still remained in animatic form. Various live-action clips, both of "archival footage" from SNL and of the cast and crew at work, were also intended to be shown, but had yet to be produced or licensed. On May 2016 an entire episode was also uploaded online (also in animatic form). It is unknown whether or not any of the episodes were finished or if the animatic is all that exists.
- Blues Brothers Central page on the animated series. Retrieved 07 Sep '13.
-  Retrieved 26 Apr '16.