When 4-year-olds scribble with crayon and dads tell them that they're da Vinci, or 6-year-olds warble off-key and moms exclaim that they sound like Celine Dion, the result can be an extremely annoying child.
Throw in pretension on a scale endemic to titans of inherited wealth and spotty educations, and you get Allen Gregory de Longpre, the pint-sized star of Fox's latest foray into animation. "Allen Gregory" debuts Sunday, Oct. 30, in the prime slot after "The Simpsons."
Created by Jonah Hill, Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul, with Hill providing the voice of the boy, the cartoon features a first-grader who thinks he's running the world. He's certainly running his world.
The executive producers answered Zap2it's questions in the pretentious voice of Allen Gregory, who is always referred to with both names "just like Sarah Michelle (Gellar)."
Allen Gregory lives with adoptive father Richard (French Stewart), who comes from a powerful family, and his partner, Jeremy (Nat Faxon), who was straight, married with children and had a great career -- until Richard seduced him.
The weirdest, blessedly unconsummated seduction occurs in the pilot. Allen Gregory is besotted with the principal, a nasty, obese older woman. Asked why he has this fixation, they say, "The heart wants what the heart wants. There's no control over it. You see a hideous slob of a woman in her mid-late 70s. Allen Gregory sees the girl of his dreams."
The first-grader, who brings sushi and wine in his lunchbox, thinks he nabs a Tony nomination for staging a play in his living room. Such hubris takes nurturing, and the producers explain how Allen Gregory came to be this way: "Years of being doted on by Richard and being told that every single thing he does is perfect. He's never heard the word 'no.' "
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