Three Netflix Cartoons You Should Be Watching

THE NEW YORK TIMES – Earlier this month, the Netflix won the emmy for best animated series for the first time, by arcane🇧🇷 A little over a week later, the Netflix Animation laid off 30 people.

The news wasn’t entirely simultaneous – the layoffs were in the film division, not series – but the symbolism was valid. Animation, in a wide variety of styles and target ages, has always been a strong point of the Netflix🇧🇷 But it never received the attention, or promotion, devoted to true crime dramas and documentaries.

Scene from the animated series 'Arcane', available on Netflix.
Scene from the animated series ‘Arcane’, available on Netflix. Photograph: Riot Games / Netflix

To enter the Netflix spotlight, animated series needed to be more than just good. Bojack Horseman and big mouthformer Emmy nominees, turned heads with famous voice actors from top TV comedies. arcanea spin-off of the video game franchise league of legendsalready had a guaranteed audience.

Meanwhile, other adventurous, inventive, and great-looking animated series come and go without much notice. (Netflix’s anime series, many of which were landmarks – dorohedoro🇧🇷 Baki Hanma and Aggretsukoto name a few – are their own category and can make considerable noise within the anime fan pool.) In the week the top series released by the streamer include Dahmer: An American Cannibal and Fate: The Winx Sagahere are some lesser known series from Netflix Animation (all with new episodes released recently) that deserve to be seen.

Dave Wasson’s slapstick series about a pair of rambunctious brothers with cups for heads doesn’t seem like a big deal unless you’re looking at American animation of the 1930s, particularly the pulsating work of Max Fleischer🇧🇷 Based on a video game that inspired cult fervor, Cuphead – the series is a loving, almost hauntingly detailed homage to a classic tradition that vibrates with its own thoroughly modern energy.

Like the cartoons it honors, Cuphead – the series it puts everything in motion on screen, from the whimsically constructed characters to the vehicles, buildings and landscapes, which often turn into vocal characters. The beautiful designs are rendered in rich, saturated colors and set in motion to jazzy music by Ego Plum, who also composes for Sponge Bob🇧🇷

Somewhat similar to Mickey and Goofy cartoons or Popeye the Sailor, Cuphead is the troublemaker and transgressor who drags his more fearsome brother, Mugman, into continual misadventures. Some of these involve a comically angry devil who covets Cuphead’s soul; others revolve around the Betty Boop-like Miss Chalice or the sea monster Cala Maria, who sings sentimental songs, bringing Hollywood glamor with a Dietrich accent.

Natasha Allegri’s evanescent story about a seemingly ageless young woman named Bee and her companion – a grumpy, perpetually frowning cat-dog who falls on her head from outer space – began to appear in 2013. However, its arrival on Netflix this month seems timely. Bee was a self-employed and aspiring retiree before her time.

The pilot and the first season of Bee and PuppyCatwhich appeared on YouTube from 2013 to 2016 and totaled about an hour and fifteen minutes, was a small marvel—delicate yet dogged, drawn in an endearingly breezy psychedelic style that invoked anime, video games, and flowery children’s drawings like My dear pony🇧🇷

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In terms of narrative, the main reference was Adventure Timewhere Allegri worked in the art department. Bee and PuppyCat it was a similar magical-heroic story, half science fiction and half “part of life”, but from the perspective of a young girl. The plots, in which Bee and PuppyCat paid the rent (to the solemn child owner) by taking temporary jobs on other planets, were elliptical and enigmatic, but there was a consistent emotional logic; every extravagant leap or illogical fall seemed fitting.

Those original episodes are still on YouTube and you should watch them before starting the 16-episode season on Netflix. The “new” series – pay attention – consists of three new episodes, produced last year, in which Allegri reworks the original series; and then the 13 episodes of Bee and PuppyCat: Lazy in Spacea second season that was quickly officially distributed in 2019 and has been available ever since for those who can track it online.

There is probably no cuter current series than sniffing out new worldsa sci-fi comedy-adventure that is the first project by Jeremiah Cortez, a young artist who allegedly drove a forklift and worked at Starbucks while meticulously developing the series.

sniffing out new worlds is a tribute to Star Trekpart of the unofficial family of series such as The Orvilleof hulu, which hangs around the boundaries of the franchise. Its premise is that humans sent dogs out to explore strange new worlds, looking for one that could serve as a new human home. Your mission: search for a planet. (The connection to Star Trek is bolstered by the employment of franchise stars like Michael Dorn, Kate Mulgrew, and Wil Wheaton in minor voiceover roles.)

The series, which added a second season this month, is part of Netflix’s “family” offering. Netflix, officially sanctioned for viewers ages 7 and up. But it’s total fun for adults. The crossover of space exploration formulas and talking animal humor is consistently smart and deft – sarcastic enough, silly enough, and sentimental enough.

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The 2D retro animation from the studio Atomic Cartoons (Johnny Test🇧🇷 Young Devil) is sharp and captivating. And the voice cast is fantastic, starting with Haley Joel Osment as the overeager, Kirk-like captain Garbage (a Corgi), and including Kimiko Glenn as a hyperactive pilot (a Shih Tzu) and Chris Parnell as a dubious first-contact expert (a Terrier). sniffing out new worlds will not take Round 6 or Stranger Things of Netflix’s Top 10, but if you’re looking for an unpretentious good time, it’s the smart choice. / TRANSLATION LÍVIA BUELONI GONÇALVES

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