Alec Ematrudo –A&E Editor
I’ll be the first to admit that the magic of cartoons and animation has generally been lost on me in my teenage years, and now early twenties. I hadn’t really felt the urge to watch anything that wasn’t live action. However, that all changed when the trailer to Netflix’s “Love, Death, + Robots” came across my phone screen.
This show, which premiered a week and a half ago, is an eighteen episode anthology series edited in different styles of animation. Some of the short episodes are made with photo-realistic CGI, and other episodes are designed in a traditional hand-drawn style.
“LD+R” is one of the most enjoyable television experiences I’ve had in the last year or so. Each episode is drastically different and all feature heavy uses of violence, nudity, and some genuinely good humor. The very first episode is a science-fiction story that uses incredibly realistic imagery and without spoiling anything, sets the tone for the rest of the series.
The show itself comes from the minds of two well known filmmakers, David Fincher and Tim Miller. Miller’s resume is significantly smaller than Fincher’s but most people will know him as the director of “Deadpool 1.” His style and humor is spread throughout the series. Fincher is known for films such as “Se7en,” “Gone Girl,” “Zodiac,” and “The Social Network.” These two filmmaker’s involvement really added an extra level of refinement to each short.
As an aside, and maybe just as exciting (at least within the RIC community) is that one of the episodes comes from RIC’s own Claudine Griggs. Griggs is a writing professor and director of the Writing Center here at RIC, and her writing has certainly paid off. The episode, titled “Helping Hands,” is based off her original short story, and though definitely short, is really memorable for its shocking ending and incredible CGI effect. If not sold already, perhaps this is another reason to give the show a go.
The show hasn’t been renewed for a second season yet but I’m not sure it needs one. This series could remain a one season cult classic, but there’s definitely room for more Love, Death, + Robots.