Top 5 reasons why you should be watching Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts

The main cast of Kipo

Kipo and the Age of the Wonder Beasts is a new all-ages animated Netflix original. Created by Radford Sechrist, adapted from his 2015 web-comic, the program is an action-comedy set in a post apocalyptic wasteland where humans live in underground burrows or struggle to survive on the surface, where the animals and wildlife have mutated and evolved to the point of human intelligence. The MAIN PLOT of the series focuses on Kipo going on a dangerous journey to find her father after an destructive mutant separates them.

I’ve noticed that besides a handful of YouTubers, there hasn’t been that much buzz around Kipo. Which is a crying shame. I’m pleased to report that, not only is Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts a good show. It might be one of the best animated shows currently on Netflix. I’m not gonna waste anymore of your time, that’s time that should be spent watching or preparing another COVID-19 outbreak, so here are 5 reasons why you should be watching Kipo and the Age of the Wonder Beasts.

1. The Soundtrack is Amazing

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I’m gonna keep it 100. The soundtrack in this show has no excuse being as good as it is. Going into the show, I wasn’t expecting such a strong mixture of musical styles to populate the series, ranging from hip-hop, country, rock, classical, and even dub-step. These are not instrumentals, mind you. Some are licensed songs that blend perfectly with the scenes and characters, and others are songs and segments created for the show itself! You can tell that whoever was in charge of composing the music wanted to capture many different styles and genres, making the show standout among a sea of bland, by the numbers, action cartoons.

2. Its from the studio that animated The Legend of Korra and The Boondocks

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If your looking some quality assurance with this show, you can ease your anxious mind knowing that this show is project from STUDIO MIR, who are also responsible for working on other great cartoons like The Legend of Korra, Voltron, and the most recent season of the Boondocks. Each of those shows were animated and storyboarded fantastically and its no different with Kipo. This doesn’t feel like show that’s made for baby’s or a young audience, its a show great imagination made for those who appreciate a great story at any age. speaking of story…

3.The Story is Well Written

The Story follows Kipo attempting to reunite with her father and community after a gigantic mutant causes them to evacuate their home. On her journey, she meets Wolf, a young but cold and resilient human girl surviving on the surface, Benson a charming but cowardly black kid who is accompanied by his best friend Dave, an obnoxious bug that is constantly aging and regenerating himself. On their journey they come across a bunch of different tribes mutated animals ranging from cats, frogs, snakes, wolfs, insects and monkeys, who all have their own reason to go find the remaining endangered humans.

By the time had finished the last episode of the season, I was attached to theses to these little bad-asses. The snappy dialogue and weird world give this show a truly charming vibe. I never found myself annoyed or looking to fast forward past a stupid joke or moment. Wolf in particular might be my favorite character with her heart breaking backstory and wonderful character design. The show almost reminded of OG Teen Titans from when cartoon network was still good.

4. The Animation is Great

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While good animation and lovable characters are given with Studio MIR, at first glance Kipo isn’t that mind blowing. Its OK, ill forgive you for being judgmental. Happens to the best of us.

Kipo and the Age of the Wonderbeasts has a rather deceptive cartoon style. From static images you just might see wacky cartoon animals, but in motion the show really comes alive. In addition, the beautifully rendered backgrounds make world feel fantastical yet dangerous. There are also many hidden details and nuances that can be discovered when re-watching episodes.

The opening of Episode 2 alone was enough to convince me of the polish and love that went into bringing this series to life.

5. A member of the Wu-tang clan has a Cameo

The GZA voices one of the two Alpha wolves called “Billions and Billions”

The GZA of Wu-Tang Clan fame actually voices a hyper intelligent wolf named “Billions” in the show. There is a pretty funny segment of the show where he raps about the history of the scientific world while the his wolf brethren chant “New-Ton, New-Ton, New-Ton” like it was a Wu-Tang Music video.

No further explanation needed. Go watch this show.

You should definitely watch Atlantis: The Lost Empire

“Criminally underrated”-Me, 2019

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*theatrical poster*

Its really crazy how viewing a movie at a completely different age can completely change the experience.

I had thought I saw this film back when I was a kid. My memory of it was “eh it was I guess?”. Well, either at some point I had my memory wiped or my memory is in a much graver state than I previously imagined. Because after watching this charming animated adventure again on Disney+, I feel really really silly and also slightly disoriented.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a 2001, animated, Sci-fi action adventure, and at the time was Disney’s 41st animated feature film. It was one of the few Disney animated features at the time that instead of being a musical, was focused solely on being action-adventure film inspired by the works of Jules Verne and old Sci-fi comic serials. It also had a art style heavily influenced by comic creator Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy.

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concept art for atlantis by Mignola

The film follows Milo Thatch, a cartographer and linguist at the Smithsonian Institution, who is mocked and chastised for his passionate research and belief in the Sunken city of Atlantis. He however catches a break when an old friend of his grandfather, funds his expedition, and gives him a jaw dropping submarine, the Ulysses, with a very eccentric yet highly skilled skilled crew.

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The Expedition Crew From left to right: Cookie (Head Chef), Mrs Packard (Radio operator), Dr Sweet (Medical officer), Vinny– (Demolitions expert), Mole ( Geologist), and Audrey (Mechanic)

The crew depart on their expedition but are quickly attacked by the monstrous Leviathan, a robotic lobster-like creature that guards Atlantis’ entrance. The Ulysses is wrecked but the crew narrowly make it inside the city, which is where Milo meet Princess Kida. From there we learn of the tragic fate of the lost city, and where the true conflict of story seeps in.

While the overall plot of Atlantis is pretty straight forward, save for maybe a twist or two, the biggest strengths of the movie come from the beautiful animation and art direction, as well as the very quick paced and intelligent dialogue, with the dynamic of the crew tying everything together. The whole movie could have been just these characters riffing off of each other and I might have been satisfied. But if that happened we would have never gotten the visual feast for the eyeballs that is the action packed climax or the beautifully drafted piece of art that is the lost city itself.

It was Written and Directed by Gary Trousedale and Kirk Wise ,who also directed Beauty and The Beast, along with The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Another writing credit also goes to JOSH WHEDON, ya know the guy who’s responsible for things like *ahem* :

  • Toy Story
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Firefly
  • Angel
  • Serenity
  • Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
  • The Cabin in the woods
  • The first two Avengers movies

Yea. That guy.

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The gangs all here

Listen, by no means am I saying Atlantis is a perfect movie, it has a few flaws. Some of the characters (including the villain) are bit one dimensional, and the climax starts pretty quickly. But I believe this movie deserves more than a 49% on rotten tomatoes. An animated movie with this much passion put into it, deserves a another look. In contrast to some of the mindless corporate garbage we get, this is absolutely a movie worth your time.