Comic actor/writer/producer Rainn Wilson, probably best known for his portrayal of endearingly obnoxious worker geek Dwight Schrute on NBC’s retired sitcom “The Office,” has a somewhat secret sensitive side. Since 2008, Wilson has displayed this emotional vulnerability on the Internet, but mostly, he flies under the warm fuzzy radar. However, a current digital series cements Wilson’s reputation as a hardcore softie.
Perhaps elaboration is necessary. “That’s What He Said” is the title of SoulPancake’s non-fiction, gallant, inspirational, live-action YouTube talk show, newly launched into its second season. SoulPancake is the production company behind this endeavor, and Wilson, plus pals Joshua Homnick and Devon Gundry, are responsible for SoulPancake. Its motto is “We Make Stuff That Matters.” What a departure from memorable (yet inappropriate) Dwight Schrutisms, such as, “People say, ‘oh it’s dangerous to keep weapons in the home, or the workplace.’ Well I say, it’s better to be hurt by someone you know, accidentally, than by a stranger, on purpose.” Ah, memories!
All Schruting aside, SoulPancake is a breath of fresh air. An official press release explains thus: “SoulPancake’s signature style of content blends emotional, thought-provoking storytelling with energetic, quirky visuals. With a large, loyal, socially conscious, millennial audience, SoulPancake strives to ask life’s biggest questions.”
Regarding “That’s What He Said,” SoulPancake officially describes the program in this way: “Last year, SoulPancake successfully launched a bold roundtable web series titled “That’s What She Said,” where women speak candidly and get real about everything from body image to success. This season, SoulPancake launches “That’s What He Said,” gathering a group of men from wildly different backgrounds, to honestly explore what it means to be a man.”
The third installment of “That’s What He Said” Season 2 is live, and its topic is quite compelling. It introduces #CheckYourBoys and tackles gender disparity in multiple areas, such as dating, working, and everyday conversing with peers.
As an MCN, SoulPancake includes a roster of intriguing, feel-good digital brands, such as the YouTube sensation “Kid President,” which transitioned from web shorts into a full-length TV series on dearly departed kids’ network The Hub. Animation fans might recall The Hub as the original home of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” and “Littlest Pet Shop.”
Additionally, but not incidentally, animation enthusiasts know Wilson from his significant portfolio of cartoon voices. Career highlights include villainous Gargamel in the upcoming Sony picture “Get Smurfy;” Gallaxhar in DreamWorks’ “Monsters vs. Aliens;” and guest star roles in “Adventure Time,” “The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange;” and “Family Guy,” on which his character is, inexplicably, named Dwight Schrute. (Fact!)
In closing, the LA Animation Examiner emphasizes that “The Office” is a thing of the past. Wilson’s current projects deserve undivided attention, because, “Nostalgia is one of the great human weaknesses, second only to the neck.”*
To devour SoulPancake and its wares, such as “That’s What He Said,” please visit its official page on YouTube.
*Quote attributed to Dwight Schrute.