I binged watched this show earlier this year with my husband and initially wasn’t expecting much out of it. I hadn’t heard much about it, and being an animation and cartoon fanatic, it struck me as odd. Still, I wanted to give it a shot as I saw a passing YouTube video from one of my favorite creators praising it. Honestly, I really liked it. It was short, sweet, and simple. The ending didn’t satisfy me entirely, but the journey getting there will keep me rewatching the show. Without further ado, let’s jump in.
- It’s a Quick Binge
If you don’t have a lot of time to jump into a new series already seasons long, this show is perfect. I often find that I can’t bring myself to jump into a show if I know it’s been on air seemingly forever, so I gave it a shot because it’s only three seasons long, 30 episodes, 10 each season. Each episode is 30 or so minutes, and my husband and I were able to knock out three or four episodes a night. And it’s so entertaining that you don’t even realize you’ve watched that many episodes already.
- It Needs More Love
Even though this show is relatively new (2020), it doesn’t seem to have the same hype surrounding it as other animated shows do, and I think that needs to change. Maybe it’s due to the pandemic causing things to slip into the shadows, but this show is a great bundle of joy wrapped neatly into three seasons. It’s a gift that keeps on giving and will keep you entertained for hours (or days, depending on how you want to binge the show).
- Its DreamWorks
This one might be a little biased, but I love DreamWorks shows, and I think it deserves a watch just because of it. I also think DreamWorks needs more love and their shows have just as much quality as their movies. Heck, sometimes there is more quality in the shows, so if you like their films, give their smaller TV shows some love too.
- It’s on Netflix
This one shouldn’t be a reason, but I will use it anyway! It’s not Netflix (where most DreamWorks shows are), so it is relatively easy to access. I know in the endless fodder of streaming shows, it can be hard to find something worthwhile, but next time you’re scrolling through Netflix aimlessly, give this show a go; you won’t regret it.
- It Has a Great Plot
The story is relatively original, or at least original to me. Who would have thought giant, mutated animals would rule to world hundreds of years later? Who could imagine a fun kid show would be based around science (not real science, obviously, but it still throws it in as some groundwork for the show)?
The apparent diversity is the talking animals belonging to different factions. I am not going to talk about them. But what is endearing to me is that Kipo is bi-racial – black and Korean. For me, it is nice to see the main character be black. Couple that with Kipo’s friends, Wolf and Benson, who are both seemingly black, and it just fills me with so much joy. But Beyond that, there is racial representation in all humans and even LGBTQIA+ representation!
- It’s Quirky
It’s odd but in all the right ways. Just going to point out the obvious, you have giant mutated animals roaming around, running the world. But beyond that, the show is humorous and weird – in a good way.
You can actually watch this show with your kid(s) and still be able to enjoy it. It’s got plot points for adults and beautiful animation for the kiddos. Plus, it’s an excellent show for tweens since it isn’t “baby-fied” but isn’t overly complex or complicated.
- Full Of Wonder(Beast)
The world is beautiful and makes you curious right out the gate. You want to know what happened to the world and how it ended up in the state it is. It allows you to get emersed in the world after watching only a few minutes of the first episode. It’s full of intrigue.
- Reminds You That People Can Change and Grow
This show reminds you that even the most heinous of people can change and grow; sometimes, you just need to forgive them, if not for them, then for yourself. Don’t forget their actions; forgive them and help them, yourself, and others move forward to not repeat the same mistakes. People often do things when they are hurt and not necessarily because they’re trying to spite you. They’re trying to protect themselves. And people grow from that and realize that their actions were not conducive to healing and growth and need to rectify it.
On the flip side of that idea, it also teaches that not everyone deserves your forgiveness and kindness. This person hasn’t changed or grown from the experiences that separated you. It’s a great lesson that adults, teens, and everyone in between should learn.
Please watch this show. You’re missing out on something so special and unique.