Animals., created by Michael Luciano and Phil Matarese, has a lot to live up to after a recent wave of stellar, adult-branded animation. (Dare I say a renaissance of the medium, even?) The quality of adult cartoons is madness right now. Let's take a look at its competition!
1. Rick and Morty
Yes, that's Rick and Morty burying alternate dimension versions of themselves after destroying their own by making Cronenberg monster people, like duh. The creators of this Adult Swim binge-worthy show, Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, have no boundaries when it comes to comedy. The episodes are often very loose parodies of high profile movies, but the jokes range from fart jokes to existential crises's. It's a force to be reckoned with and may just be one of the best things out there in the cloud.
2. Bojack Horseman
Netflix's Bojack Horseman explores the emotions of self-deprecation, self-loathing, depression, drug/alcohol abuse, failure and lots of animals puns. It's beautiful. What Season 2 may have lacked in the outward laughter of Season 1, it made up for in character depth and psyche. It's refreshing to see a cartoon hit the dark beats it's going for and Will Arnett has a masterful voice for it.
3. F is for Family
Bill Burr finally gets his shot, in conjunction with Simpsons writer Michael Price, to create this '70s based slice-of-life family dramedy cartoon also on Netflix. The animation isn't quite up to par, as it doesn't seem to have as much funding, but the storylines and family dynamics are hilarious. It's relatable to all generations and it doesn't hold back either.
After seeing the first two episodes of Animals., the show definitely has some jokes going for it. A lot of sexual humor, whether it be a rat trying "to have babies" for the first time or a transgender pigeon. The show is quite edgy, but that's kind of where the comparisons end. It's doesn't have the range of Rick and Morty, the commitment to emotional instability like Bojack, or relatable family hijinks as F is for Family.
Sure it may be way too early to judge it, however, each episodes features new animals & new vignettes. It's going to be hard to replicate the quality of these other shows, but it's still worth a look. All these shows are still early on in their runs, but all of them including Animals. don't shy away from politically incorrect humor, so enjoy at your own discretion and feel free to share your opinion!
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