The world has become stranger in mostly terrible ways in the past few months, but there are some truly bizarre rays of sunshine as well. Take Animal Talking for example, the talk show that takes place within Animal Crossing: New Horizons hosted by Gary Whitta, who wrote Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The show has seen such diverse guests as Elijah Wood, Tim Schafer, and the guys behind Penny Arcade, and that’s just the first season. According to Whitta, the reggae star Shaggy and former Police frontman Sting will be joining him next month — and they will be debuting new music on the show.
Season Two of Animal Talking kicks off in June with our biggest guests ever! @OfficialSting and @DiRealShaggy will both be performing. I swear I am not making any of this up. pic.twitter.com/aOuwkSAj1i
— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) May 22, 2020
If this seems like a big get, it is! But also, this show has not just been blurring the lines between reality and video games, but the lines between video games and popular culture. As more and more celebs profess their love for Animal Crossing, more people who never would have known about it come into the fold (so long as they can find a Switch). Even Variety gave the talk show a positive write-up this week.
Sting and Shaggy represent two distinct periods in the ’90s for me. Songs like “Fields of Gold” and “All for Love” were ubiquitous on the radio in the good old Super Nintendo days of the early decade. Shaggy, on the other hand, epitomizes the later half of the ’90s with “It Wasn’t Me” and “Boombastic,” the perfect music to listen to after a few rounds of GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo 64. I can’t wait to hear what these guys have been working on. It’s hard to imagine a world where a talk show can happen within a video game, but Gary Whitta hit this one out of the park. You can check out old episodes of Animal Talking on Whitta’s YouTube channel, and new ones premiere on Twitch.