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LOS ANGELES — In a galaxy not too far away from the pop art world he helped define, Kenny Scharf has tuned into ’toons. “The Groovenians,” a 30-minute special bowing Nov. 10 on the Cartoon Network is Scharf’s first animated project, and features the voices of Debi Mazar, Vincent Gallo, Dennis Hopper, Drena De Niro and Paul Reubens, as well as music by the B-52’s. Anticipating hype, Saks Fifth Avenue will fill its windows in Los Angeles, New York and Miami with kooky Scharf mannequins in full Groovenia. And Scharf thinks that’s where his characters belong.
“I got to be a fashion designer,” he says. “My favorite part was the shoes.”
De Niro’s Glindi’s “got the hottest boots anyone’s ever seen,” while Magnuson’s Lolasha “is more the Mrs. Robinson type, a sophisticate in capri pants and a monocle.”
Scharf hopes the show will become a series with a line of clothes based on designs for the show. Of course, there could be a few looks that might not work on Earth.
“The Groovenians wear Saturn rings that hover without touching the skin,” Scharf says. “I’m not sure how you’d make something that defies gravity, but I’m sure, here in Hollywood, someone can figure it out.”