Space Chickens in Space
- TV Series
Three chickens have to face unthinkable challenges of technology, school and sibling relationships on a diplomacy school in outer space.Three chickens have to face unthinkable challenges of technology, school and sibling relationships on a diplomacy school in outer space.Three chickens have to face unthinkable challenges of technology, school and sibling relationships on a diplomacy school in outer space.
To start off, the premise of the show is intriguing, original, and provides a strong incentive to watch the show, together with clever writing that embodies creativity and randomness, and a large amount of diverting and unrealistic plots to boot. As a matter of fact it avoids ordinary school shows clichés as it adds extra focus to the space and sci-fi topic.
One of the greatest aspects of this show are the amusingly charismatic, memorable and endearing characters and their distinguishing personalities. Mad and insane Barnetta, short-tempered yet strict and intimidating Humboldt, generous Marigold, timid yet kind and strong-willed AIIA and the adorably tough and cute Narcibelle serve as the utmost exemplars.
A few characters are clichéd, but fortunately likable in their own ways, these being Adele (the pretty and smart girl who conveniently happens to be the main character's love interest), Finley (the brains of the group), Starley (the sweet, cheerful and fun-loving girl) and You (the cool and popular guy who never speaks).
My favorite character is without a doubt Ommm, the Almighty Janitor, who easily stands out as the best and most memorable. He's a good-hearted, humble and bizarre alien whose comically the custodian of Slurp Academy. He has dazzling powers and a surprisingly unnatural yet fetching design. Moreover, the concept of the character is fairly zany and unique, seeing a janitor that's simultaneously a 4th-dimensional superbeing with plentiful attributes such as the abilities to freeze time itself, levitate, predict the future, between gobs of others is something that's both imaginative and undeniably interesting.
Offering countless funny moments and witty jokes, the comedy is hilarious and the take on absurd humor is admirable, added to its fantastic use of slapstick. There is, to a lesser extent, use of dark humor when it comes to Humboldt dialogues. However, occasionally the random humor is forced and the jokes either boring or unfunny. There is the use of gross-out humor too, but rarely used.
Integrating a bouncy, smooth and fast-paced animation that constantly modifies the characters' figures in excessively exaggerated and perplexed ways in the same manner with the unforgettable classic, The Ren & Stimpy Show, this show thinks outside of the box taking in its own style that's filled with personality. Plus, the weird faces that the characters come up with are immensely funny and expressive, although there's the uncommon and unfortunate scenario of these wrapping up cringeworthy situations. The action sequences are well animated and entertaining too, but they could have been better if compared to the greater quality of the ones from other animated shows like The Owl House or Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And not to forget that one incredibly zippy Ommm scene at the beginning of the intro and the epic explosive sequence at the end of it, those work out as other godlike elements of the show's sprightly animation. Unfortunately, in extremely odd occasions, the animation can be quite average, but it is done for comedic purposes and it works out pretty good.
Bearing resemblance to cartoons with beautiful art styles such as Adventure Time, The Amazing World of Gumball and Unikitty, this show's art style is pleasant and colorful. Oodles of character designs are strikingly creative, varied and tremendously attractive to look at, notably (and preferably), but not limited to the designs of Ommm, Narcibelle, Humboldt, and Marigold. Other decent paragons comprise the designs of Pie-Pie, Sol, AIIA, Ainta and the chickens themselves. Sadly, it isn't safe from having some vaguely stupid character designs, these referring to Gub and You.
An impressive aspect of this show is the gorgeous background artwork, particularly the space layouts which instead of applying the generic blend of black and deep blue, are composed of a vivid and mesmerizing merge of diverse colors where the predominant vibrant blue, purple and turquoise are put together to convey the analogous effects. Another amazing detail is the fact that these environments feature planets, stars, asteroids, cosmic dust, space gases and nebulae, all in one frame. These designs are easily comparable to the slightly colorless interiors of the space academy, incorporating watered down tones and pale palettes primarily consisting of white, beige, gray and black in order to get differentiated from the prismatic space.
Thanks to the harmonious backgrounds and setting of the space academy, these give rise to a cozy atmosphere. This show's atmosphere envies nothing from delightful atmospheric cartoons like Hilda, Elliott From Earth or Steven Universe, and succeeds in having visually appealing scenarios without necessarily outdoing others at it.
Albeit the voice acting isn't really the best, the Mexican Spanish dub is on point, highly eloquent, and makes up for the inferior original voice acting, providing exceptional performances from Gabriel Basurto, Rosalba Sotelo, Laura Ayala and Karla Falcón who make a nearly flawless impression as Ommm, AIIA, Marigold and Barnetta respectively.
A good pro is that it is generally very light-hearted and there are a handful of emotional moments even with the non-stop speedy animation, and every now and then, positive and useful messages are left by the show. Despite that, it can be a bit mean-spirited at times.
Cosmic Love is a truly satisfying and greatly done end credits song, it may be one of the finest ending themes from all of cartoons, and it was all thanks to this song that I gave a chance to the show I love.
This is a surreal, kooky, fun and, above all, cosmic adventure. This is what I honestly portray as Disney's most underrated cartoon. It is not the best of animation, nonetheless, it is closer to that rather than being the worst. A work that doesn't have to be like others, because it is its own weirdness what makes it special.
Feel the cosmic love!
- Feb 28, 2021