How Netflix CHANGED Adult Animation: The Good, the Bad & the Weird

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2 ай мурун

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A few years ago the words "Adult Cartoons" probably brought shows such as of Family Guy, Futurama and South Park to mind. However, with the rise of streaming, the current scene of adult animation looks a bit different. Let's take a look at various Netflix's adult animated series: highly acclaimed series such as Bojack Horseman, F is for Family and The Midnight Gospel, alongside the more...mixed reception toons such as Big Mouth and Paradise PD!

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Joseph Taczy
Joseph Taczy 2 күн мурун
The Hidden War from LD+R is actually one of the most terrifying things Ive ever seen
Mr. Observant
Mr. Observant 26 күн мурун
Bojack ...Horseman. Obviously.
Carlo Adams
Carlo Adams 26 күн мурун
I knew when I saw midnight gospel I told myself this looks a lot like Adventure Time
Gabriel Oseguera
Gabriel Oseguera 27 күн мурун
Frank is a Korean war vet
Morgan Dixon
Morgan Dixon Ай мурун
Netflix sucks
Johnlindsey289 Ай мурун
I enjoyed Bojack Hoseman, F is for Family, Castlevania, Disenchanted, Midnight Gospel, Love Death and Robots and Tuca and Bertie (reminds me of Animaniacs meets 9 to 5), Beastars, Aggrestuko. But no desire to see Big Mouth. Anyone glad Bojack ended on a good note than end on a cliffhanger like Spawn or Duckman did and didn't become a stale repetitive weekend at bernies corpse like Spongebob, Simpsons and Family Guy?
penguin With a Cake
penguin With a Cake Ай мурун
I put the midnight gospel on for my mom and she smokes a good little bit of the hash and she was tripped the fuck out by it
Miranda V-L
Miranda V-L Ай мурун
Thank you for giving Disenchantment the attention it deserves, I don't know anyone who watches it
AJ Pulliam
AJ Pulliam Ай мурун
Big Mouth had SIX SEASONS and is getting a SPINOFF?!?!?! That literally came out like a year ago wtf
ToSamus Aran 2.0
ToSamus Aran 2.0 Ай мурун
14:09 Did they do this on purpose???
ToSamus Aran 2.0
ToSamus Aran 2.0 Ай мурун
I love Aggretsuko
Daya Santiago
Daya Santiago Ай мурун
I think it’s worth a mention that the later seasons of the Welcome to Nightvale podcast have a similar existential type feel. I think the podcast gets disregarded because it starts as a 2012 randomness type thing and a lot of the following of it are kinda cringe. But the podcast itself has some of the most interesting plot ideas I’ve ever seen. Not sure what about this video made me want to shout of the wtnv series but I think people who are fans of midnight gospel might be interested so give a shot
KFC 11 spices recipe#8214
KFC 11 spices recipe#8214 Ай мурун
The only reason I wouldn't watch big mouth is because it hurts to see. Its fucking horrifying
joesomenumbers Ай мурун
Disenchantment was such a big wet fart. It's not bad. It's just...meh
Seikses Ай мурун
Yeah...I love fantasy to no end, the good, the bad and the weird, but disenchantment is just a bad show in almost every aspecto :l
AcousticMuses Ай мурун
oh god you just broke me... i had no idea that the final episode was a real conversation with his mom. fuck man I mean it makes so much sense now because of how raw and real it felt going through the episode... dude I can relate to clancy so much in the "how do you stop the heartbreak" i can't even put it to words man. i cried so much when I watched this episode for the first time and now I understand why because that's a conversation I've had with my own mom it literally put me in a state of such hopeful despair that I had to succeed from life for a while just thinking about the meaning of life and death, love happiness and sorrow. and when I came out of it my thoughts on life where completely different and i had such a better understanding of my own emotions and issues that it gave me some sense of release and closer, aswell as a better understanding that its okay to feel sad, and lonely that its okay to just cry.
Max Lawlor
Max Lawlor Ай мурун
A good message but poorly communicated. Too many sweeping statements & bold claims without enough actual justification and/or real examination of why or how these shows are different, unique, and worth watching.
pomsky Ай мурун
What about the thoughts on Hoops? I usually put it in the better than Family Guy but not better than F Is For Family spot.
Devils' Advocacy Productions
Devils' Advocacy Productions Ай мурун
I fuckin teared up again at "What do you do about the heartbreak?...You cry."
Firel Ай мурун
Yikes, harsh cut at 8:38 there eh?
Ben Ай мурун
I really....really hate the Midnight Gospel for the genuinely awful nigh incoherent babbling coming from the host and the guests from the podcasts. Yes. It's beautiful. The problem is everyone is so high on their own farts they can't connect to reality in a way I find coherent.
Doppel Orange
Doppel Orange Ай мурун
Oi don't forget the lsd croud watsching midnight gospel xD
SS Ай мурун
Im glad Tuca and Berti got bought because Netflix cancelled the show
Benjalum Ай мурун
i know shows like the paradise pd and big mouth arent "bad" per-say but after watching Bojack horseman and the midnight gospel its hard for me to really enjoy those shows when i know the potential adult animation has to impact not only media but peoples lives. it just makes those "raunchy" shows more and more mediocre
Josey _
Josey _ Ай мурун
Love death and robots is amazing, 10 out of 10.
Instrumentality1000 Ай мурун
Honestly, I think now people are understanding that animation in the west can be geared toward adults with style and without the stigma of "all adult animation is south park". The reason in part that western animation is thought of as inherently for children (even though it really wasn't ) is that during the 50's and onward animation was marketed to families for that sweet cash grab. The 80's were really notorious for this but I digress. Sure there have been animators throughout the decades who had notions of animation that didn't have to be for children (Ralph Bakshi being one of them). But it's been a slow process. Now a days western animation is beginning to catch up to Japanese animation in terms of not solely being geared towards kids or using shock humor for shock humors sake. So, it's a nice development.
Johnlindsey289 Ай мурун
In the 70s 80s and 90s there was also Fritz the Cat, Heavy Metal, Watership Down, Wizards, Fantastic Planet, Lightyears aka Gandahar, American Pop, Rock and Rule, Transformers the movie, Starchaser Legend of Orin, The Simpsons (back when it was worth watching before it became a zombie when season 12 began), Plague Dogs, The Maxx, Aeon Flux, Liquid TV, Family Dog episode of Amazing Stories, Spawn TAS, Beavis and Butthead, Duckman, Hey Good Looking, Akira, Ninja Scroll, Princess Mononoke and all came into the picture.
Its Kieran
Its Kieran Ай мурун
Frank was actually a veteran in the korean war you said the wrong war
Gravity Tonya
Gravity Tonya Ай мурун
Proud to say I’ve seen 90% of these
Gravity Tonya
Gravity Tonya Ай мурун
Disenchantment was such a disappointment
Mason Lobster
Mason Lobster Ай мурун
The Midnight Gospel needs to be watched twice, cuz there’s no way you can experience everything it has to offer on the first viewing alone
likesofme Ай мурун
Korean war vet*
Monoxide Ай мурун
honestly i’ve grown up watching adventure time, and i tried to watch midnight gospel but it felt like a cheap ripoff of adventure time. plus, like bojack horseman, adventure time dealt with some things that were not as dark as bojack, but to child me it felt like we were dealing with crazy adult subjects. again i haven’t watched the show in a couple years but if my memory serves me right then i definately prefer adventure time. you made some really good points tho
jadesthetic. Ай мурун
People arent talking about Castlevania enough. Sure, it's not a comedy, but I for one HATE action and it's still one of my favorite shows ever. The art style is wonderful, it's dark and relatable and the characters are all loveable- even some of the bad guys.
butthunder 12
butthunder 12 Ай мурун
I dont care what you say south park is peak comedy.
Pjay Ай мурун
i think you forgot final space, that is definitely my favourite show on netflix if not one of my favourite
Clifton Kendrick Jr.
Clifton Kendrick Jr. Ай мурун
Bojack horseman was awesome and well written I was on Bojack from the beginning and enjoyed all of the characters story especially princess Carolina but Tooka and bird Is just trash TBH like I saw it was the same style hoping for something similar and the first 10mins I couldn't watch it. The characters are just annoying and overally cartoony.
Johnlindsey289 Ай мурун
And you don't think Tuca and Bertie is like Rocko's Modern Life, Regular Show and Animaniacs with a TV-MA rating?
Nigel Paolo Torres
Nigel Paolo Torres Ай мурун
I have watched Bojack midnight gospel and Big mouth and some others and man... I have thought a lot more on stuff in life and different perspectives on it, watching these changed what I see in my daily routine and that's coming from a 15 year old lmaooo
lemunt t
lemunt t Ай мурун
*Korean Vet father
milkyteaspoon Ай мурун
Ever since Big Mouth was revealed, I thought I would hate the show. I thought the art style was ugly and that the premise was way too grotesque. Watching this video made me wanna give it a shot and well now I'm hooked. I love John Mulaney and Nick Kroll and you can definitely feel their comedy presence throughout the whole show. Its super funny and surprisingly very relatable. It also actually teaches good lessons about puberty and growing up. Needless to say, I won't judge a book by its cover
stea m
stea m Ай мурун
I hate love death robot becis nsfw
Sean Ogorman
Sean Ogorman Ай мурун
I love a show not in this video final space
Kranks Music
Kranks Music Ай мурун
I kinda understand the controversy behind Big Mouth, but also not at all. I think it does a really good job at normalizing what otherwise is a very complicated, confusing part of teen/preteen life. Sure it delves into VERY sensitive subjects, but I dont feel like any of the characters are ever "sexualized" in a provocative manner. Unlike anime, which constantly shows high school age girls in a suggestive light.
VoteCthulhu Ай мурун
Midnight Gospel while stoned out of my mind was a crazy experience
jazzwolf Ай мурун
God I love this genre. Bojack Horseman is my favorite show of all time followed closely by boardwalk empire and breaking bad. I need to finish watching the midnight gospel and love death and robots. Really hope more of these deeper animated shows continue to be made for a long time and continually improve. I don't see a show topping Bojack for me personally but I'd love to see something try.
Kati West
Kati West Ай мурун
The dissonance between what's happening and Clancy's conversations with the characters in the beginning of the show is a joke about / representation of his spiritual bypassing and his selective attention / ignoring of problems that gets developed and addressed later though. There's so much going on that I had to watch a few times but...yeah it's not unrelated or random
Jack Dorsey
Jack Dorsey Ай мурун
Bro i got an ad about sex right when duncan started crying 😭
flo d'ambre
flo d'ambre Ай мурун
I did not finished bojack horseman, i have 3 episodes to watch before the end and i'm so scared to just restart to feel depressed or anxious 😣
Ethan Ahtonen
Ethan Ahtonen Ай мурун
I thought big mouth looked incredibly stupid and unfunny but when I started watching it realised how good the show was and how much it gets away with. I would say from only watching 2 seasons I have laughed a lot more than most shows in all of their seasons.
Lemon Loser
Lemon Loser Ай мурун
I know everyone is kinda dissing on Big Mouth but if I’m being 100% honest, I learned more about my body and puberty then I did in class. That’s saying something
Lia Stining
Lia Stining Ай мурун
I didn't expect castlevania to be on this list. Thank you !
nothern lights
nothern lights Ай мурун
I think people should stop thinking about "doing a adult show" or "doing a show for kids" I guess they should follow Bojack's example and just do a story, and if it can be adapted for kids, then do it! And if it needs to be for adults, then be it!
Junior Garza
Junior Garza Ай мурун
I love death and robots
gwisto Ай мурун
Midnight gospel is the worst show in human history
Jude Morgan
Jude Morgan Ай мурун
Frank isn't a Vietnam vet, he's a Korean vet
Jesse Mcinroy
Jesse Mcinroy Ай мурун
You were way too nice to Paradise PD.
Mr. Ears
Mr. Ears Ай мурун
I know I am going to get a fuckton of hate for this, but oh my god, I don't think I've ever seen something worse than Bojack.
jetski1453 Ай мурун
You’re such a casual it’s not even funny. The show is so deep and so well put together. You wouldn’t get it since clearly judging by you’re comment you have no more than 5 brain cells idiot.
blade spark
blade spark Ай мурун
Final space is the only “adult” animated show I’ve enjoyed so much that I want to see more. It’s just beautiful
Joseph Fox
Joseph Fox Ай мурун
Yeah i might have cried on the final ep of the midnight gospel
pay it no mind
pay it no mind Ай мурун
Why do people like big mouth?? I really tried to watch the show but it gave me pedo vibes from the writers. (I'm a survivor of child rape I can say this)
Mia Turgoose
Mia Turgoose Ай мурун
i feel like people don’t talk about tuca and bertie enough
Breilyn Ross
Breilyn Ross Ай мурун
Hoops is trash
A1l1e2x1 Ай мурун
I mean, anything can be better when adult animation rn is family guy or whatever those crap shows with the same animations and characters Yknow the ones, fat guy old guy stupid guy girl and animal who talks.
TVG Ай мурун
No love for Devilman: Crybaby?
jimmy neutrino-bomb
jimmy neutrino-bomb Ай мурун
Netflix putting Avatar:TLA is the biggest power move I’ve seen between streaming services.
Natshs2003 HS
Natshs2003 HS Ай мурун
BoJack and Midnight Gospel are something else
Olivier Takemitsu
Olivier Takemitsu Ай мурун
agree with everything... Except Love death + robots. I find the writting too lazy
kyle spejewski
kyle spejewski Ай мурун
midnight gospel fucked me up. knowing the last episode was before his mom died hit me hard. that means he had to process her death, and then listen to that over and over again. like, thats fucked up. not in a weird sense, but in just how deeply heart breaking that is
Xavier Kluizenaar
Xavier Kluizenaar Ай мурун
I thought Love Death + Robots was overrated. Some of the stories were good and all of the animation was amazing, but I thought it tried too hard to be popular, especially with the multitude of awkward unnecessary sex scenes. I watched most of it, but I got really bored of it really fast.
Johnlindsey289 Ай мурун
How do you feel about Japanese animation?
-- Ай мурун
ummm excuse me?....Frank Murphy is a Korean war veteran it takes place during Vietnam.
bob card
bob card Ай мурун
Tbh I was really hesitant about midnight gospel until I finally watched it
onewheeljoeswanson Ай мурун
Frank’s a vet of the Korean War, not a Vietnam vet. 0/10 video ruined
Keenan Wu Rohlman
Keenan Wu Rohlman Ай мурун
Back in the 90s i was in a famous tv showwwwwww
Pulse Ай мурун
Max Burau
Max Burau Ай мурун
Hoops is a new good one
Zach Tenner
Zach Tenner 2 ай мурун
I live disenchantment so much that I have a luci butt tattoo 🥺
Voided 2 ай мурун
That last episode of midnight gospel for some reason hit hard
Voided 2 ай мурун
The midnight gospel was absolutely amazing
Beth Horton
Beth Horton 2 ай мурун
I feel like I'll be waiting forever for a show as good as BoJack Horseman to come along.
Dopler 2 ай мурун
when he says futrama doesnt have a story *ssd noises*
Big Guy
Big Guy 2 ай мурун
Bojack Horseman Is So Underrated It Hurts
Kianna Bearden
Kianna Bearden 2 ай мурун
Gods, Disenchantment is so good
Billiee 2 ай мурун
yo what about archer tho
Alex Gourlay [Student]
Alex Gourlay [Student] 2 ай мурун
This video was really well written, goodjob!
Hannah Green
Hannah Green 2 ай мурун
the only show i agree with is the midnight gospel, it honestly changed my perspective on a lot of thing s
Minh đỗ
Minh đỗ 2 ай мурун
na it just sad teen animation.
Dr. Peenio
Dr. Peenio 2 ай мурун
Big Mouth confuses me. I personally love the show as a teen going through puberty. It's educational and funny as fuck but one day I hear everyone saying they HATE it and the next EVERYONE LOVES IT. like why cant people make up your minds
franny 2 ай мурун
Bojack horseman might be one of the best shows to ever exist and it really changed my entire perspective on life.
DUCKYS28 2 ай мурун
I don’t like Netflix and it’s show’s because they will just cancele them and it’s so annoying
Zebediah Hutcheson
Zebediah Hutcheson 2 ай мурун
He fought in Korea the forgotten war
Bea 2 ай мурун
one that I REALLY liked was devilman crybaby too
Truman Lisk
Truman Lisk 2 ай мурун
I ussaly don’t like video essays but this video ain’t that bad so far
Tbh i think love death + robot is uniquely weird.... Just an opinion
Keyboard Warrior
Keyboard Warrior 2 ай мурун
My mom walked in for the Sarah Lynn episode after described the show as "animated comedy" I still remember her sobbing and screaming "THIS ISN'T A COMEDY SHOW"
Rode Draak
Rode Draak 2 ай мурун
I see this guy has never watched any anime ever
KC Jones?
KC Jones? 2 ай мурун
Fun midnight gospel fact: in the podcast episode with the interview with his mom, when she says "you cry," the episode just goes quiet for like a straight 2 minutes while Duncan cries.
Frances Davis
Frances Davis 2 ай мурун
Midnight Gospel is so so good! I swear i can only watch one episode a week because it takes me time to digest it. And the animation style is so unique and incredible!
Jaleigh Bass
Jaleigh Bass 2 ай мурун
I love the midnight gospel and each time I watch it means something new to me and always makes me want to improve my life
Nejma 2 ай мурун
Castlevania deserves more. It's so well animated and the story is just AMAZING.
JPdestruidor 2 ай мурун
Rick and Morty: Am i a joke to you?!
Stephen Elder
Stephen Elder 2 ай мурун
Awesome video bro
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