The Liberator is an American adult animated war drama miniseries created and written by Jeb Stuart. It is based on the book The Liberator: One World War II Soldier’s 500-Day Odyssey by Alex Kershaw.
Directed by Greg Jonkajtys, the miniseries was released on 11 November 2020 on Netflix.
The Liberator takes place during World War II where maverick US Army officer Felix Sparks and the 157th Infantry Regiment fought for over five hundred days alongside the Allied forces in Italy.
The Liberator is a character-driven action miniseries based on the true story of World War II infantry commander Felix “Shotgun” Sparks (played by Bradley James), who led the members of the 157th Infantry Battalion of the 45th Division, an integrated group of white cowboys, Mexican Americans and Native soldiers drawn from across the west.
Sparks and his battalion of “Thunderbirds” were classic citizen soldiers, and for over 500 days they led a special group of American soldiers from Italy to France to the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp, through some of the most gruelling battles of the war, becoming one of the most decorated American combat units of World War II.
The Liberator is the first film to be produced in Trioscope, a new hybrid animation technology that combines state-of-the-art CGI with live-action performance.
- Bradley James as Felix Sparks.
- Jose Miguel Vasquez as Able Gomez.
- Martin Sensmeier as Samuel Coldfoot.
Announced in November 2018, the miniseries’s production would be handled by A&E Studios and Unique Features with animation services by Atlanta-based studio School of Humans. In January 2019, Bradley James was cast in the leading role of Felix Sparks and Martin Sensmeier was cast as Samuel Coldfoot. Later, however, the show was taken up by Trioscope Studios. On 09 November, Brandon Barr, chief content officer at Trioscope Studios and production coordinator behind adult animation, was interviewed. He stated that the project was “particularly challenging” and a lot of work, while arguing that anime opened the door for other visual techniques and styles. He also hoped that the company could be part of “bringing nuanced emotional drama to that broader adult animation push.”
The miniseries uses Trioscope Enhanced Hybrid Animation, a technique that blends live-action actors with CGI animation. According to its developers, L.C. Crowley and Grzegorz Jonkajtys, the technique gives off “unprecedented level of emotion and fidelity to the animated drama experience.”
A teaser trailer was released on 09 October 2020. An official trailer was released on 22 October 2020 and the limited series was released on Veterans Day, 11 November 2020.
The Liberator Series
Production & Filming Details
- Narrator(s): Mike Rowe.
- Creator(s): Jeb Stuart.
- Director(s): Greg Jonkajtys.
- A+E Studios: Barry Jossen.
- Unique Features: Michael Lynne, Bob Shaye, and Sarah Victor.
- School of Humans: Mark Apen, Brandon Barr, L.C. Crowley, and Grzegorz Jonkajtys.
- Alex Kershaw, Lukasz Dzieciol, and Natalia Lacosta.
- Writer(s): Jeb Stuart.
- Opening Theme: “Saint Maurice’s Fire” by Boo Ray and Reid Shippen.
- Composer(s): Benjamin Scott Holst, Jason Todd Shannon, and Mikolai Stroinski.
- Editor(s): Akın Özçelik.
- Production: A&E Studios, Unique Features, and School of Humans (animation).
- Distributor(s): Netflix.
- Release Date: 11 November 2020.
- Running Time: 45-56 minutes.
- Rating: 18.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.