[Crítica] Kid Cosmic and the Graceful Comedy of Imperfection

Do you remember when you were just a kid who really wanted to be empowered to be a superhero? Fighting crime sounds super cool when you’re young, but things can get really bad. Kid Cosmic is what happens when the dream collides with reality: a hilarious kid superhero who will have to mature to do what’s right.

Netflix Animation’s first animated series is a must see for anyone who grew up watching Cartoon Network cartoons. Kid Cosmic is filled with the chaotic humor of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends combined with the fast-paced action of the Powerpuff Girls to deliver the perfect heroic experience for a new generation of children.

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Technical sheet

Title: Kid Cosmic

Executive Producers: Craig McCracke and Melissa Cobb

Screenplay: Francisco Angones, Craig McCraken, Justion Nichols, Rob Renzetti, Amy Higgins, Ben Joseph, Kevin Seccia, Tim McKeon, Todd Casey and Dave Thomas

Year: 2021

Release Date: February 2

Duration: 10 episodes

Platform: Netflix

Synopsis: A boy becomes a super hero and must learn to work as a team to defend the Earth against one of the biggest threats in the galaxy.

Meet the local heroes!

It all starts when Kid Cosmic, the weird kid from a small town in the middle of nowhere, discovers rocks from space. They hide incredible superpowers and he will have to team up with unlikely allies to defend Earth.

The highlight of the drawing certainly comes from the interaction between these very different allies from each other. Friends of children have very different ages, bodies and desires. As usual, the diversity ends up enriching the story by adding very contrasting experiences even with a small group of characters.

Each character brings their own energy to the story and ends up finding their place in the group little by little, even if this is not always the place they initially imagined. This difference results in relationships that sometimes seem to get out of hand and, for someone who has always lived in isolation like the Kid, that can be a bit difficult.

“Don’t panic, breathe!”

When one is closed to the plurality of the world, it can be scary and it is the source of most conflicts in animation. The child’s adaptation journey is very chaotic and delicate, like many in this drawing. It goes through a process of envy, acceptance and respect that shows an unusual sensitivity, absent in other similar works.

Even though Kid Cosmic is a largely open-ended comedy most of the time, writers don’t shy away from the more complex emotions that are so important to raising children. Seeing the Kid bloom is quite satisfying, and while the other characters are amazing as well, there’s no denying that he’s the big protagonist of this story.

It’s not so common for children to be written with such nuance in such animations, but Craig McCracken’s years of experience have ensured characters that go beyond the obvious. Kid himself refers to the angry personality of Blooregard, the blue bully from The Foster Mansion to Imaginary Friends (another McCracken creation). However, your sincere heart shows that there is way beyond what first impressions can show.

Exquisite old guard

This approach more focused on the emotional development of the characters was popularized by the more recent cartoons of Cartoon Network, like Adventure Time and Steven Universe. The producers of Kid Cosmic have made the most of every moment of the animation industry. The format of the drawing, for example, does not hesitate to adapt to the needs of the story. There is a whole episode in the documentary style and it is essential to consolidate the rhythm of the series.

The dynamic direction of the contemporary age of animation works to revitalize what worked best in the old guard, satisfying animation enthusiasts of all time. The program even drinks from the source of the biggest names in animation.

The comedy of the program resembles the absurdities of Du, Dudu and Edu. The sorry setting brings back memories of Courage the cowardly dog. Even so, it never seems like Kid Cosmic wants to emulate the identity of these great classics through nostalgia, but rather learn from the differences to test which combinations can work in animation.

In reality, Kid Cosmic has a lot of his own identity. The aesthetic mixes newspaper strips with old comics, incorporating low saturated colors and a grainy filter. The closing song is very energetic and always with a heroic title for the episode. Putting it all together, it’s like the comics of yesteryear have come to life.

A bridge through chaos

For a first season, Kid Cosmic has picked up the right pace. After a few episodes, it looks like you’ve known these heroes for years. Your adventures against the craziest space threats will delight young and old alike. And, little by little, the drawing conveys a crucial message of empathy and respect for differences.

Kid Cosmic appears at a delicate moment when the global political scenario is pure chaos. The animated comedy reflects this messy energy and uses the hope inherent in superheroes to attempt to bring a new purpose to the discussion. We must guide this generation towards a future of union, without forgetting our differences, but by learning to live with them.

It is normal to be wrong. Even with the best of intentions, everyone makes mistakes. The children’s journey reminds us of the importance of creating a safe space for us to learn from our mistakes. As Pope G would say: “Evil is the cry for help from a wounded heart”. And sometimes all that someone needs to heal is a little empathy.

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