As Season 3 arrives soon on Netflix, it’s time to return to Season 2 on Love of Death and Robots ! Landing last year, these 7 episodes would not have breathed a sigh of relief in the 1st anthological season of 2019. But the qualities are there!
Love of Death and Robots landed 3 years ago on Netflix, with a great season 1! This series of adult anthologies, created by Tim Miller (Dead Pool) and co-produced by David Fincher (No more Girl), acts as little black headbutt in the world of animation. And like the short films at OATS Studio (Neill Blomkamp’s company), Love of Death and Robots represents an overall creative space for creators: each of the episodes (from 10 to 20 minutes on average) represents a story or an autonomous universe.
Every studio (from American animators to French through Spanish, Korean, British or Hungarian) puts on a visual style rather than finally a subversive mosaic reminiscent of the great hours of Screaming metal. The result will give us a most enjoyable Volume 1, without a lot of fat, with many important boot stages!
We will especially remember “Bonne Chasse” and the extremely rich “silkpunk” universe, “Derrière la Faille” and the unforgettable spacio-horror finale, “Des Fermiersequipped” and the fascinating marriage of genres (between of Starship Troopers and Rim of the Pacific), or even the terrifying and philosophical “Le Bleu de Zima” (somewhere between Asimov and Tartakovsky)! Other or less well -known industry names will also box their stage. Tim Miller first, with the inspiring “Ice Age” (do you have it?) In live-action with Mary-Elizabeth Winstead and Topher Grace. But also Albert Mielgo (artistic director of Spider-Man Next Generation and Rise of the Tron) with “The Witness”, a stylized nugget that tells the story of a young woman’s search for a killer with a mind twist that ends !
The number is 2 times shorter
2 years ago, Love Death Robots is therefore back with Volume 2 but the bottom line is pain: 8 episodes, most in no more than 10 minutes! Finally, the thirst is slightly quenched (the whole thing can be seen at 1h30), with the addition much less variation in methodology just for Volume 1! The observation is more realistic than the observation of a primarily photorealistic 3D animation, with “Ice” only in 2D (by the French studio Passion Animation, located behind “Zima’s Work”) or “De Si Hautes Herbes» in British from Axis Studio, using an imagery between 2D and 3D that is relatively close to the visual aspect of Telltale video games.
The first takes place in a remote human colony, based on an ice planet inhabited by large whales, where transhumanism is a legion. The protagonist Sedge is the only one without cybernetic augmentation, and will prove himself to his brother’s gang. The graphics are completely mastered once again, and like the 2nd (a train stops in the middle of a field of tall grass, and a passenger is trapped by other worldly creatures like in ghouls), the possibilities of narration disappear in the middle of the clock, despite crazy suggestions in terms of concepts, creation of universes and performance !
Love of Death & Robots and Quality
This season is still reliable high quality stages, like the famous “Pop Squad” (or “Intervention Group”), a story set in the future where the divide between rich and poor is more important. In fact, the wealthy live at the top of the cities and benefit from regular medicines that give them eternal life, while the penniless plebs are already content with unsanitary streets reminiscent of wet bottoms. Se7en. In this universe where births are therefore banned due to overpopulation, detectives blade runner-Esques seek out and kill children born illegally.
A delicious dark episode, directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2 & 3) and performed by Nolan North (Nathan Drake of Nothing to describe) in the primary role of a detective in complete suspicion. The rules of his universe may remain a nebulous chouille because of its short duration, this episode remains unique in its dark and moving subject. Tim Miller also returns with “The Drowned Giant”, a philosophical story full of existential spleen and adapted from JG Ballard’s story (crash, Empire of the Sun.), where the discovery of a lifeless giant trapped on the shore is accompanied by a touching reflection on dried up life.
Love of Death and Robots Volume 2 also offers other nuggets like “Snow in the Desert”, with Peter Frazen (the vikings) as an albino immortal sought after by bounty hunters, all in an adult space opera universe. on Star Wars of amphetamines that we want to see developed in depth, such as “Rescue Module” with Michael B. Jordan (creed, The Path of Justice) confusingly realistic. A skillful stage play with its tension and awesome 3D animation.
Remains a necessity
In the end, this Volume 2 does not highlight the diversity of its style (Blur Studios has once again taken the big slice of the pie), and you just have to rely on “Ice” (the only one in 2D), “The Robot and the Old Lady” (a 3D with a more cartoony appearance, in a somewhat decorum similar to that of BigBug) as well as the bizarre “The Christmas Surprise” (a terrifying story that shows us that Santa may not be the creature we envisioned) whose appearance is borrowed from stop motion and Aardman productions (Wallace and Gromit, chicken run).
Despite this slight taste, Love Death & Robots remains a staple in the animation in fact, but also in the proposition of the genre. Taking the risk in terms of tone (we’re still on Hard-R with good gore, sex and darkness) going forward, even if this Volume 2 turns out to be less bizarre, less consistent and less marked than the terrible Volume 1. Waiting for the 3rd then?
Love Death + Robots is available on Netflix
alternate but good
Love Death Robots remains a safe bet on Netflix, and this Volume 2 always reminds us of this through the freedom of approach of different creators. A creative space still as exciting, albeit less rich and unique than Volume 1. A few small nuggets remain, while waiting for the sequel!