After viewing all 18 episodes of Love, Death, and Robots, I realized that the only way to do it justice was to break down each individual episode. Here are my initial thoughts.
Love, Death, and Robots has finally broken the adult animation trope of having an ugly-on-purpose art style. Adult animation had its roots in underground comix which were better known for subversive content than being esthetically appealing.
Has there ever been anything like this before? Yes. Spider-Verse didn’t invent cell shading, but it did bring that esthetic into the mainstream in a big and bold way. Similarly, the short-form content produced for Love, Death, and Robots has existed on the internet since platforms like YouTube and Vimeo.
What sets Love, Death, and Robots apart is that Netflix puts all the content in one sleek accessible platform. This enables casual audience members to be exposed to the potential of mature animated storytelling. Love, Death and Robots may not be as grounded and nuanced as Anomalisa or The Breadwinner, but it was never trying to be. Personally, I love all of the above for different reasons.
Is Love, Death, and Robots for everyone? Hell no. Is Love, Death, and Robots imaginative, risqué, and dangerous art that’s worth people’s time and attention? F*ck yeah!