The ’90s are making a comeback! This is something we’ve known for a long time with reboots and returns of several of our favorite features and TV shows including the soon-to-be Beavis and Butthead movie which will hit Paramount+ at a yet-to-be-announced date. In that same realm, another MTV based ’90s adult cartoon is getting its own movie makeover spin-off. Fans of the series, Daria, will have plenty to look forward to as one of the titular character’s friends is heading into the real world in the recently announced film.
While it was initially imagined as a series that would feature Daria, Jodie will now be an animated movie that will center around Jodie Landon, one of Daria’s brainy pals from the halls of Lawndale High. Planning to pull out all of the stops, the series will star Tracee Ellis Ross as the titular Jodie with a full voice cast made up of some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Kal Penn, Pamela Adlon, Cole Escola, Jojo T. Gibbs, William Jackson Harper, Zosia Mamet, Alex Moffat, Dermot Mulroney, Arden Myrin, Kofi Siriboe, Dulcé Sloan, and Heléne Yorke.
Jodie will take audiences right along with Daria’s old pal as she gathers her undergraduate diploma and takes on the adult world. Moving to a big city, Jodie will soon discover the life she always wanted outside the confines of her tiny town. She’ll get a job working for an over-the-top tech company called Firstfinity and be forced to deal with the ups and downs that come with it including grueling hours for little pay and bizarre coworkers. The idea behind the film is to bring the stories of Daria to a new generation.
Initially airing in 1997, Daria served as a spinoff to Beavis and Butthead where the character, Daria Morgendorffer first appeared. Sarcastic, witty, and smart, Daria tried to make it through high school without being noticed alongside her edgy best friend, Jane Lane. At home, Daria’s parents were an over the top couple, both eccentric in their own ways, and her younger sister, Quinn couldn’t be more different. Running with the popular crowd, much of the familial scenes would center around how opposite Daria and Quinn’s priorities and perspectives were. The series was an anthem for Generation X and on the cusp Millenials who could see much of themselves in the underwhelmed characters.
While Jodie only had a side role on Daria, the character left a lasting impact. Her appearance on the series brought about conversations surrounding race and racial identities. It’s beyond refreshing to see Jodie receive her own story and have it focus on those years freshly out of college and seeking some sort of starting point. Many who grew up with the series will be able to identify with Jodie’s work-based hardships while the younger generation heading into the job force will also find their place within the characters. All in all, it was a masterful idea on MTV’s part to drive up viewership.
Jodie is expected to hit Paramount+ who have been pushing out MTV’s content over the last few years. As of right now, no release date has yet been set for the Daria spinoff, but with a main cast now locked in on the call sheet, it’s only a matter of time.