Cece Bell, El Deafo's author and illustrator turned narrator and executive producer for its on-screen animated adaptation has now delivered her accompanying authors note, now available on the Apple TV YouTube channel.
Based on her 2014 graphic novel, 'El Deafo' gives a loose autobiographical account of Bell's childhood and life following her hearing loss, shortly after falling sick with meningitis. It's a beautifully honest retelling of how Cece navigated fourth-grade through an ironic choice of anthropomorphic bunny characters, voiced by Pamela Adlon, Jane Lynch, Chuck Nice, co-written and produced by Will McRobb (The Adventures of Pete & Pete) and directed by Gilly Fogg (Lighthouse Studios).
Announcing the animation on her blog last month Cece had this to say -
"This is my own unique story, and it’s important to me to repeat what I say in the Author’s Note at the end of the book: I am an expert on no one’s deafness but my own. But we are all experts on what it’s like to feel different from everyone else, and to be lonely — and so my biggest hope for this show is that it will be good company to anyone who needs a friend."
The short authors note which accompany's the three-part Apple Original see's Bell sketch and interact with her animated name-sake and feature's archival photos, a look inside the box that came with her Phonic Ear and some incredibly wise words from an incredible human-being and storyteller, available to view in its entirety below.
Fun Fact: Cece Bell was awarded both Newbery Medal Honor and Eisner Award's for her book which has received global critical acclaim.
’El Deafo's three episodes are available now on Apple TV+.
Sigmund is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of ScreenTimes where he began his Apple TV coverage in 2016. With an unwavering passion for Apple, storytelling and storytellers alike, he writes about Apple TV with a focus on the arts, development, tvOS, home theatre and accessibility. Sigmund also co-host’s Magic Rays of Light, a weekly podcast exploring the world of Apple TV and the many talents bringing our screens to life.