– A truly fantastic show / mini-series.
– Proof that long-form storytelling can be a great way for your characters and story to breath and grow, but there should ALWAYS be an ending. “All good things must come to an end”, as the cliche goes.
– Well-developed characters dealing with very human emotions.
– A dense storyline spanning 20 episodes full of strange folklore, supernatural intrigue and the mysteriously weird.
– Cameos! JK Simmons, Weird Al, Jon Stewart, Coolio and even Larry King stop by.
– Totally biased opinion on this next bit, but I LOVE that one of the principal characters is a Latino-American.
– Speaking of non-Caucasian characters, this show has a very nice, realistic blend of people from different cultures. Any maybe even sexual orientation.
– Animation gets a bum rap. First, it’s a NOT a genre. It’s merely another form of media in which a story can be told. Second, animation was not always associated as “kids fare”. Shows like the Flintstones and the Looney Tunes were mostly watched by adults while kids had “Howdy Doody” and “Thunderbirds”. It wasn’t until He-Man (which was created as a half-hour commercial for toys that you could watch everyday [it was AWESOME]) that the dynamics of animation changed to be more of a marketing tool to children (like me!) who just wanted to eat cereal and play with toys. Because of that stigma, animation is not given a fair chance by “grown-ups”, and that’s sad because they’re missing out on sincerely emotional, well-told stories like this one.
– Having said that, I did the same thing with this show at the beginning, but not because it’s animated. Those who TRULY know me know that I ADORE animation (having made stop-motion animated films myself as a child). I put some unfair expectations on this show and wasn’t giving it a fair chance. After some prodding by some friends, I let my guard down and realized that the show will never live up to my expectations, it’s not meant to be what I’ve concocted in my head. It’s meant to be itself, and it doesn’t need me to like it. And within the first three episodes I finally understood that. So I let that guard down, and I learned to love it.
– Final Grade: A+
Jose Zuazua is editor-in-chief of Quick Lunch Break Reviews. He has an associates degree in film production. He’s on twitter (twitter.com/josezuazua) and instagram (instagram.com/josezuazua).