Cartoon Vladimir Putin

(Above source: YouTube video)

Vladimir Putin, known for his steely reserve, has become rather animated.

That’s because the Russian president is getting his own chat show on BBC 2 in the UK.

The BBC has shot two 12-minute pilot episodes for Tonight with Vladimir Putin, starring a 3D digital rendering of the geopolitical strongman interacting with live-action guests.

In episode one, Vlad thanks Alastair Campbell, British journalist and former Tony Blair spokesman, for helping to make “such a mess of things.” He then forces TV presenter June Sarpong to play a game of Diversity Challenge.

In episode two, he greets EastEnder actor Joe Swash with the question, “Who is Joe Swash?” He then tries to understand – without much success – the concept of feminism with Guilty Feminist podcaster Deborah Frances-White.

Natt Tapley writes and performs as Putin, and his portrayal is captured thanks to technology developed by creative studio Framestore.

No word when the pilots or a full season of episodes will be available to watch in the US.

By the way, this isn’t Vlad’s first real-time animated appearance on a talk show.

Cartoon Putin joined Cartoon Trump on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert right after the 2016 presidential election. The interview begins below at the 3:10 mark:

Cartoon Trump went on to get his own Showtime series, Our Cartoon President, now in its second season. Below, Trump-surrogate Rudy Giuliani defends the president in a one-on-one with CNN’s Anderson Cooper:

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