HBO animated series Animals imagined the underfoot world of New York City, populated by dogs, cats, pigeons, squirrels, rats, cockroaches, and other creatures, all of whom had the same neuroses, desires, anger management issues, and other day-to-day problems we all did, all while humans dealt with a global pandemic. The series ended in 2018 but sounds oddly like the year we just had and if you never caught it at the time it's available to stream on HBO Max.
The voice talent behind Animals was pretty incredible, pulling from the world of comedy and music, and featured animal versions of Dinosaur Jr, Kurt Vile, A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Killer Mike, Kim Gordon, Ty Segall, and more. There was even an episode set at a music festival, Roachella. It should be no surprise that co-creator Phil Matarese is a huge music fan, and he's sent us his Top 10 Albums of 2020, which include Protomartyr, Fiona Apple, Joyce Manor, Kiwi Jr, and more. Check that out, complete with commentary, below.