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"Animals" review by Suzanne
Airs Fridays 11:30pm on HBO
Somebody had an interesting idea with
this show, but it's executed poorly. The idea to have
cartoon city animals acting and talking like humans in New
York City, is pretty brilliant, and the style of their
drawings work well with it. However, it's just not very
funny, and they don't make it too interesting.
The first episode has some rats standing
around talking about this party they're going to, while they
watch a fat guy have sex with some hooker, who dies. It's
supposed to be shocking, I guess, but it's just not at all.
It's just stupid. Maybe before shows like "Family Guy" or
"South Park," I would have found this shocking and possibly
funny, but not now. It doesn't even come close to as
funny as either of those shows on their worst days.
I'm sure that people who think they're
very droll and witty will like it, and possibly also stoned
college kids. The rest of you shouldn't bother.
Created by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano and produced
by Duplass Brothers Television, Animals. focuses on the
downtrodden creatures native to Earthís least-habitable
environment: New York City. Whether itís lovelorn rats,
gender-questioning pigeons or aging bedbugs in the midst
of a midlife crisis, the awkward small talk, moral
ambiguity and existential woes of non-human urbanites
prove startlingly similar to our own.
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