In addition to Charles and Early, the live-action episode
also features Judy Greer, Lauren Lapkus, Andy Richter and Raven-Symone, all of
whom add to the long list of guests -- from Cobie Smulders to Usher -- who have lent their star power to the animated series. While Matarese and Luciano
typically write a character in hopes of getting a certain star to voice it,
they knew the live-action episode needed “a RuPaul type” to play Dr. Labcoat. “We
wanted someone who had a presence that could elicit emotion without saying
much,” Matarese says. “RuPaul is a presence.”
And when it came to the surrounding characters, Luciano says
it came together like a typical episode. “Who do we want to see pop up that we
love and would be completely unexpected? That's our motto much of the time,” he
While humans get to shine in episode five, the show will
return to the animated world of animals for the remainder of the season,
including stories of two bees fighting over the love of a tulip and a trio of
owls celebrating Christmas.
Animals airs Fridays
at 11:30 pm ET on HBO.