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Another Disney shows that tries to follow the footsteps of Cult Classic Gravity Falls, but this time more directly.
It's an Another World/Isekai story revolving around a human girl named Anne trapped in a different dimension where intelligent Amphibians are the dominant(?) Race. There she befriends a frog family composed of a cranky old frog named Hop Pop and his two grandchildren (I think): the naive and adventurous Sprig, and the cynical and aggressive Polly, who is a baby. While in Amphibia, Anne learns about the culture of the frogs and how to survive the dangerous wildlife which is mostly composed of giant insects.
The mystery hook is that Anne's two emotionally abusive humans friends where also transported to Amphibia and one of them is a prisoner of the yet-unrevealed Big Bad of the season.
The Opening and its theme song screams Gravity Falls with an opening that shows mystery, adventure and funny antics but with a more epic feel.
I recommend waiting until season one is close to finishing or when it finishes as the show is still stuck on more simple adventure-of-the-day episodes and that may bore some potential viewers but I predict that the series will become serialized once season two starts.
As many fans of animation know, cartoons have been stuck in a rut since the mid-2000's that continues to deteriorate and manifest itself. "Amphibia" is not an exception.
It's probably the worst cartoon put out by the network. Say what you will about "The Buzz on Maggie" or "Shorty Mc Short Shorts". At least they had redeeming factors to them.
This has next to nothing. The only half-decent thing to come out of it is the backgrounds, but even they could use some work and refining.
It has more of the random, cynical humor seen in the previously mentioned shows — characters saying outdated slang, selfies, poorly drawn expressions, elements seen in other recent bad animated shows, like the "Powerpuff Girls" reboot.
I sat down and watched the entirety of the first episode, which was uploaded to You Tube early by the Disney Chanel themselves.
Almost the entire time, I was either shaking my head at how bad the jokes were, or sighing heavily at the blatant animation mistakes. Sometimes a combination of both.
Not only are selfies terribly outdated, but they have no business being in a cartoon. That's one of the things I hate about many recent cartoons — they try to be hip and with the times by haphazardly shoving as many of these social media scenes as they possibly can. It's just awful, one of the worst things you can do in a cartoon.
The characters feel like ones that we've already seen in previous animated sitcoms. Anne is a bland teenage girl stereotype. Sprig is an overly-optimistic adventurer who cracks terrible jokes along the way. Hop Pop is just the terribly-overused Grumpy Old Man seen in hundreds of cartoons. Almost nothing new is brought to the table with him.
This review only covers my opinion the first episode, as that's the only available episode as of this writing. I might update this review once further episodes are released, though I can't make any promises.
From what I have seen, though, "Amphibia" is nothing new. It's a waste of space. Terrible humor, terrible characters, terrible everything. Definitely one of Disney Channel's worst productions.
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