FOX's second recent attempt at a hit cartoon doesn't start off well
This has got to be one of the worst pilots I've seen in a while.
Right from the start, you know something is off. Usually a show doesn't throw in celebrity cameos until after they've been on for a while, but we get one almost right away, and it's just some guy going "Hey, I'm Alex Honnold from Free Solo".
Most of the characters act in such an over-the-top manner that you never get attached to any of them. Instead they're just annoying. It doesn't help that all the dialogue they're given isn't all that engaging. The jokes are bland and flavorless, either being a lame reference, a "hilarious" nod to social media or a line that's supposed to be quirky but is just dumb.
The animation is energetic to say the least, but almost too much so. Even Duckman has a few pauses here and there between all the craziness. Here however I got the feeling of drinking 20 Red Bulls in a row, constantly on the move.
Which would maybe be fine if at least what was happening was interesting, but it's not. There's barely any time given to the actual plot, so when they try to give it some emotional weight after Duncan accidentally crushes into a tree his parents remember from when they were young, it falls completely flat. It's literally resolved in just 2 minutes.
The voice acting is okay generally, but Amy Poehler was miscast in the role of Duncan, not coming off as a convincing teenage boy's voice.
As for positives, Zach Cherry has a good lowkey voice as Wolf, and the theme song is decent enough.
I promised to give this show a few more tries, but they better step up their game *fast*.
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