The computer-animated comedy, Extinct, is now showing on Netflix worldwide, and subscribers are very curious to know if the stars of the show, Flummels, are real animals or not.

Directed by David Silverman and Raymond S. Persi, Extinct tells the story of two sibling Flummels, Op and Ed, who must navigate a completely new world when they travel to modern-day Shanghai from 1835.

With a star-studded cast on board to voice the animals and a story for them to navigate through from a handful of writers from The Simpsons, we investigate whether these creatures really did exist once upon a time.

Extinct I Official Trailer | Sky Cinema.

Extinct I Official Trailer | Sky Cinema.

What are Flummels?

Extinct describes these loveable creatures as a type of mammal that has been extinct since 1835.

With a cat-like appearance, Flummels also sport a hole in their core, making them look like furry donuts.

Therefore, their spines are in the shape of a ring and it is assumed that their organs are dotted around the ring shape too.

Despite having bizarre anatomy, the Flummels are bipedal, allowing them to walk in an upright stance.

Are they real animals?

Sadly, the species in this film known as the Flummels never existed nor went extinct at any point.

Even though the Flummels are completely fictional, Extinct does feature other species that did exist on Earth, including Dottie the Dodo, Hoss the Triceratops, Alma the meridiungulate, and Burnie the Tasmanian tiger.

Director Silverman explained to First News the difficulties involved in creating an entirely new species: “The first designs were these sort of squirrel-like creatures, with the hole seeming like handles. Not…a great look. Finally, we hit upon really embracing the round circle, and designing from there. And that did the trick. And they look like…Flummels.”

still from Extinct trailer, Sky TV, Sky Cinema, TriStar Pictures et al., YouTube

Who voices the Flummels?

The lead Flummels of Extinct, Op and Ed, are voiced by Rachel Bloom and Adam DeVine.

Op carries cream and brown-colored fur, while Ed sports grey fur.

Other actors who make up the cast of Extinct include:

  • Zazie Beetz as Dottie
  • Ken Jeong as Clarance
  • Benedict Wong as Dr. Chung
  • Jim Jefferies as Burnie
  • Catherine O’Hara as Alma
  • Reggie Watts as Hoss
  • Nick Frost as Captain Fitzroy
  • Tom Hollander as Charles Darwin
  • Henry Winkler as Jepson
  • Alex Borstein as Mali
  • Richard Kind as Wally

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