You may have to search some to find this one, but Netflix sometimes hides its gems, but Love, Death & Robots is something you should seek out.
Love, Death & Robots is a collection of 19 short animated stories, all with a sci-fi bent, many with a dark comedic tinge, a lot with robotics or androids involved, or aliens, or space, or all of the above.
We won’t go through each one individually, as there’s just so many, but instead will pick out some of the best ones, as a general rule of thumb though, the earlier ones in the series are better than the latter episodes.
The animation is either very, very good computer cut-scene level, or it’s photo-realistic renders, or it’s more manga based.
One of the early episodes is Three Robots, a delightfully comedic take on three robots strolling through a post-apocalyptic world, chatting about how humans lived and how humans came to an end.
The animation if beautiful, the robots well thought out and voiced perfectly and the story is funny, very funny, from the bouncing of a basketball to the discussion of humans eating.
Sonnie’s Edge meanwhile is a dark take on underground fighting with a big, some may say monster, difference. Suits on the other hand sees farmers don mechanised warrior suits, think Pacific Rim, to fight monsters entering their farm through worm holes.
There’s a random take on what may happen should yoghurt one day become sentient and take over the world in, When The Yoghurt Took Over, naturally.
A lucky spaceship is flown on many missions, itself seemingly alive to its surroundings, in Lucky 13, whilst a young couple find a lost civilization in their freezer in Ice Age.
The series was created by Tim Miller (director of “Deadpool” and the forthcoming “Terminator: Dark Fate”) and isn’t full of Hollywood a-listers, rather it’s full of voice-over artists who have done plenty of work between them.
Not all of them are great, I found Good Hunting – a futuristic alternative Hong Kong set during British Colonial rule – slow and meandering but the story was good.
Fish Night I didn’t really get, whilst none of the episodes can be said to have a “point”, Fish Night seemed the most pointless of them all.
Overall though, Love, Death & Robots is a cracking series of shorts with some gorgeous animation, funny tales and plenty of brutalism and violence thrown in for good measure.