Tenacious D, the rock comedy duo consisting of Jack Black and Kyle Gass, has announced that its "Post-Apocalypto" animated video series will premiere on YouTube on Sept. 28, while the duo's Post-Apocalypto album is set for release on Nov. 4. The "Post-Apocalypto" series, which features songs from the album, will have its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Sept. 24.
According to a Los Angeles Film Festival description of the "Post-Apocalypto" series, the show is about Tenacious D trying to save the world after being "thrust into a world of complete and utter destruction following the drop of an atomic bomb. Each frame of every episode was hand-drawn by Jack Black himself, with every character voiced by Black and Kyle Gass." Tenacious D has released sneak peeks of the series with a teaser trailer and the series theme song.
As previously reported, Tenacious D is going on a U.S. tour that begins Nov. 3 in Brooklyn, New York.
Meanwhile, there will be a "School of Rock" mini-reunion at Black's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in Los Angeles on Sept. 18. Black's "School of Rock" co-star White will be one of the speakers at the event, which takes place at 11:30 a.m. PT at 6441 Hollywood Boulevard next to Stromberg Clock. (Black's horror comedy film The House With a Clock in Its Walls is not coincidentally due out on Sept. 21.)
The 2003 comedy film "School of Rock," which was written by White and directed by Richard Linklater, was the first major breakout for Black, who played financially strapped slacker musician Dewey Finn, who cons his way into getting a job as a substitute teacher at a private school for pre-teen students. In the movie, Dewey ends up leading his students into forming a rock band, against the wishes of the school's principal Rosalie "Roz" Mullins (played by Joan Cusack), and the student group enters a Battle of the Bands contest. In the movie, White played Dewey's kind and passive roommate Ned Schneebly. It's perhaps fitting for the movie's 15th anniversary that Black and White are reuniting for Black's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. (The two entertainers also re-teamed for the less-successful 2006 comedy film "Nacho Libre.") Linklater and most of the "School of Rock" cast reunited in 2013 for a 10th-anniversary event in Linklater's hometown of Austin, Texas.
"School of Rock" was inspired by the real-life Langley Schools Music Project, a Canadian mid-1970s project in British Columbia that had elementary students recording pop songs in their gym. The "School of Rock" movie soundtrack, which was nominated for a Grammy, featured songs such as Stevie Nicks' "Edge of Seventeen," Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song," and multiple songs from AC/DC, including School of Rock's version of AC/DC's "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Want to Rock and Roll."
The success of the "School of Rock" comedy film inspired the 2005 documentary film "Rock School," which focused on the Philadelphia-based Paul Green School of Rock Music, a school for teens and pre-teens. The School of Rock franchise—which Green sold years before founding the Paul Green Rock Academy in 2017—has expanded around the world, with students doing several School of Rock tours. There was also a "School of Rock" TV series that was on Nickelodeon from 2016 to 2018. And, of course, there is Andrew Lloyd Webber's "School of Rock" musical, which has been on Broadway since 2015, on the West End since 2016, and a touring musical since 2017.