“What is dead may never die” may be the credo of the Drowned God, but “what is viral may never die” is the life philosophy of network executives. To that end, everyone’s favorite non-political sketch from Saturday Night Live last season, David S. Pumpkins, will get his own Halloween-themed animated half-hour special. Is there anything you would want to… ask about this…subject…?
The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special will air on NBC on Saturday, October 28th at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. In addition to Hanks returning as Pumpkins (he’ll appear on camera at the beginning and voice the animated version), Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, sketch creators Mikey Day, Bobby Moynihan and SNL writer Streeter Seidell will all voice characters. Now we understand what that Hanks’ tweet earlier in the month was really about:
Any questions? Hanx. pic.twitter.com/6rv6Cxx3DH
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) September 14, 2017
Here’s the plot, according to Deadline: “Set in a small suburban town on All Hallows’ Eve, the special centers on David Pumpkins and his skeleton sidekicks who show a young boy and his sister the true meaning of Halloween, answering none of their questions along the way.”
During an appearance on Seth Meyers last week, Moynihan dove into the origins and evolution of the character, who the writers wanted to make a “Santa Claus for Halloween.” Hanks was not a huge fan of the sketch initially, suggesting that Chris Hemsworth (who was hosting a week later) might make a better David S Pumpkins—but thankfully, he came around, and the rest is history. Revisit the original sketch below: