Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation is getting animated for the animated Fox series Duncanville, and a first look at the beloved character's special appearance has been revealed in a video from [email protected] Hilariously played by Amy Poehler across seven seasons of Parks and Rec, Leslie is certainly among the most beloved TV characters of recent years, even five years past the end of the legendary sitcom's run. Now with her new animated series, Poehler is taking full advantage of the opportunity to play Leslie once again, even if her other characters don't like it.
Co-created by Poehler along with Mike Scully and Julie Thacker Scully, Duncanville follows the life of 15-year-old teenage boy Duncan Harris. On the show, Poehler voices the titular Duncan along with his mother, Annie, who works as a parking enforcement officer with big dreams of becoming a detective someday. The voice cast also features Rashida Jones, who also starred on Parks and Recreation as Ann Perkins, who plays Duncan's school friend Mia Abara. Also starring as a part of the ensemble voice cast are Ty Burrell as Duncan's plumber father, Riki Lindhome as his younger sister, and Wiz Khalifa as one of his teachers.
In the first look clip of Leslie Knope's cameo, Annie is shown waking up her family members to watch the nominations for The Oakie Awards. Though Annie has high hopes that she'll finally win the honor this year, she will be in direct competition with Leslie, who's actually introduced as, "the annoyingly upbeat woman from the parks department." As it turns out, Poehler's characters don't seem to get along, as Annie makes it clear she is no fan of Leslie Knope. When the animated Leslie can be seen on television vowing to "fill that pit," Annie responds with some angry-faced booing. We can only assume that animosity will grow if Leslie winds up beating Annie for the prestigious award.
In April, |Amy Poehler had the chance to play the live-action Leslie Knope once again for an official Parks and Recreation reunion special for 2020. The concept of the reunion show followed Leslie trying to maintain contact with the show's other fan favorite characters from Pawnee in the midst of social distancing measures. It may not have been a complete series revival like some fans might have been hoping for, but it's certainly a wonderful thing to continue to see some of these characters in reunion specials or animated cameo appearances.
Duncanville premiered on Fox in February as a part of the network's Animation Domination lineup. Critically, the series has performed pretty well, currently holding an 89% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In the midst of its freshman season, the animated series was also renewed by Fox for a second season, and the new episodes are expected to air on the network during the 2021-22 television season. Meanwhile, you can watch episodes from the show's first season on Hulu. You can watch the Duncanville panel along with the first look at Leslie Knope's appearance on the show below, courtesy of San Diego Comic-Con on YouTube.