In 2019, the short film Hair Love won Best Animated Short Film at the Oscars. The short, which was directed by Matthew A. Cherry, Everett Downing Jr., and Bruce W. Smith, focused on a Black seven-year-old attempting to style her hair with the help of her father and an instructional video from her mother.
Now, the short is set to become a full series at HBO Max. A 12-episode, 2D-animated series has been greenlit, with Cherry and Carl Jones (The Boondocks, Black Dynamite) at the helm. The new series is called Young Love, and will focus on the same family introduced in Hair Love — parents Stephen and Angela, and their daughter Zuri, along with their pet cat Rocky. It will tackle not only hair, but juggling developing a career with taking care of a family, and prevalent social issues.
“I am beyond excited to continue telling the story of Stephen, Angela and Zuri and further explore the family dynamics of a young Black millennial family we established in our short film Hair Love as an animated series,” Cherry said, when the series was announced. “Couldn’t ask for better partners in Sony Pictures Animation and HBO Max in helping us get Young Love out to the world.”
While you wait for the series, you can watch the original short below: