Stream it or skip it?

We love animated robots that don’t act like robots. They don’t have monotonous voices and they have personalities and feelings like humans. Those robots are weirder than people think, so we were happy to see a new series featuring two robots with decidedly different personalities.

Opening shot: A generic city on Earth, with people doing their thing. Suddenly a hole opens on Earth.

The essence: It has been 200 days since the preeminent scientific couple, Dr. Rose and Dr. Rose, were sucked into an outer space anomaly called Optical Rheometric Tactilis (called ORT for short). Captain Creed (Delbert Hunt) of the Extreme Defense Force has turned to the Roses’ genius daughter, Alex (Eva Ariel Binder), to save the planet, especially when aliens called Kaiju come through the ORT to attack, just as the Roses predicted.

Oh, by the way, Alex is three years old. But he has designed a robot he calls Shiny (Eric Lopez) to fight the Kaiju. He’s round and more than a little goofy, but he’s fired up to fight and follow Alex’s orders, and defeats the Kaiju monster in a quick order, even though he destroys half of the city center where the fight takes place. . But he then slips out of the book and heads straight for the ORT, letting himself be sucked into the void.

He comes out the other end and crash lands in what appears to be the same city, but is greeted by Thunder (Chris Diamantopoulos), a very serious robot with a cannon arm. Shiny doesn’t think that’s possible because he’s the only robot of his kind. But then, when a teenage Alex (Marisa Dauila) shows up, Shiny discovers that he has traveled back in time ten years; Alex tells Shiny that she was missing the whole time, along with her parents.

Alex also designed Thunder, so technically Thunder is Shiny’s younger brother and thinks Shiny’s technology is inferior; Thunder calls it “prototype”. But when a stronger Kaiju monster attacks a city, the two are sent to the scene. Now Colonel Creed orders Shiny to just watch, but of course he doesn’t follow orders; he brawls with thunder until the cobra-like monster attacks his “older brother of him”. So the two come together.

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What shows will it remind you of? Super giant robot brothers it’s on the same silly line as My life as a teenage robot.

Our take: Produced by Víctor Maldonado and Alfredo Torres, and directed by Mark Andrews, Supergiant Teenage Robots it’s a series that doesn’t take itself seriously at all, which is one of the reasons we find it so compelling. The show can be chaotic at times, with people talking to each other, especially in the EDF command center, which operates with all the efficiency of the Tower of Babel. Shiny looks like a robot designed by a small, round, lanky child with a missing tooth, but it also seems that the hyper-serious Thunder works better with Shiny than without.

It’s a classic odd couple dynamic; Shiny is dumb but has a lot of confidence in his abilities, and Thunder doesn’t approve of his sibling’s nonsense. But what they both have in common is that they are not subtle. Whether they’re fighting a Kaiju or each other, they smash buildings and crater roads. We wonder where all these people are and if they are more afraid of the Kaiju or the fighting robot heroes.

Regardless, it will be fun to see the two of them understand each other, as well as Alex trying to figure out what he did when he was 3 to make Shiny work: “Do you remember what you did when you were 3??” he asks Creed.

We were also drawn to the animation, which appears to have been done through motion capture, at least in part. The style somewhat resembles the crude old CGI used in Dire Straits. money for nothing video from 37 years ago, but the flow of movement is more fluid and dynamic. It’s a visually arresting combination of somewhat crude and cartoony characters with some really detailed animation showing off things like the ORT, and it certainly gives viewers a lot to look at.

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What age group is this for?: The show is rated TV-Y7, and 7 is the minimum age we recommend. There are some cartoonish deaths: a reporter is turned into a skeleton by an acid-spewing Kaiju, for example, but still says “That stings!” – and a beat that could scare younger children. Our 7 year old daughter couldn’t take her eyes off the show.

Parting Shot: The brothers walk into the sunset. Shiny says that he can train Thunder to fight Kaiju. “You are an inept prototype,” says Thunder. “Oh man, I appreciate that,” Shiny tells him.

sleeping star: Eric Lopez, an animated series veteran, is the latest voice of Bumblebee Man in The Simpsons! — does a great job as Shiny, giving him that teenage swagger but also a lot of personality that most cartoon robots don’t have.

Most of the Pilot-y line: There’s a long, goofy exchange between the brothers as Shiny tells Thunder that he’s there to save “Dr. Rose and Rose. Are they both doctors or just one of them? asks Thunder, specifying how many Rosas in the country are doctors. It’s a bit long, but picks up as Thunder begins to clarify which of the Dr. Roses are chiropractors. Oh, there’s another adult reference: One person in the command center asks another, “What’s the frequency, Kenneth?”

Our call: TRANSMIT IT. Supergiant robot brothers it is certainly chaotic and moves quite fast. It is definitely faster paced than any cartoon we saw during our childhood. But it does have a nice weird couple dynamic, voice actors who are actually actors, and some goofy banter in between the alien-fighting action.

Joel Keller (@joelkeller) writes about food, entertainment, parenting, and technology, but he’s not kidding himself: he’s a couch potato. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Salon, RollingStone.com, vanityfair.comFast Company and elsewhere.

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