Why Fox’s Animation Investment Pays Off
It’s no secret that Fox has been a leading light in the realm of adult animation. With iconic shows like “The Simpsons” – the longest-running animated TV series and sitcom in the U.S. – they’ve established an unparalleled legacy. Other hits like “Family Guy” and “Bob’s Burgers” further reinforce Fox’s dominion over this genre. But with the growing demand for new content and the legacy of these older series looming large, the pressure to deliver the next big hit is immense.
Enter “Krapopolis,” the brainchild of Dan Harmon, co-creator of the wildly successful “Rick and Morty.” But can this new series live up to the high standards set by its predecessor?
From Outer Space to Ancient Greece: A New World Awaits
“Krapopolis” is a stark departure from the intergalactic escapades of “Rick and Morty.” Set in an ancient Greek city-state, the show delves into the challenges faced by King Tyrannis, voiced by Richard Ayoade, as he champions the cause of civilization, advocating for diplomacy over warfare. His mission is not without its challenges, especially when his siblings – the war-loving Stupendous and the fish/human hybrid intellectual, Hippocampus, offer conflicting approaches to problem-solving.
Amidst the political intrigues and familial tensions, two divine figures loom large. Deliria, their self-obsessed goddess mother, is more preoccupied with building her temple than the well-being of her subjects. In contrast, their father, Shlub, a chimera of various creatures, is more laid-back, often distracted by his hedonistic pursuits.
A Satire, Not a Contemporary Commentary
Though “Krapopolis” is entrenched in politics, it notably sidesteps any direct commentary on modern-day socio-political events. It doesn’t attempt to offer time-shifted takes on contemporary topics, a direction which some viewers might find refreshing in the current landscape. Instead, the show thrives in the realm of exaggeration, capitalizing on the freedom animation offers to elevate its narrative. Imagine a king battling his omnipotent mother, who’s quick to turn his subjects into snakes at the drop of a hat!
Additionally, the voice casting adds another layer of charm to the series. While star-studded casts are the norm today, “Krapopolis” strikes a balance, employing a mix of seasoned voice-over professionals and renowned British comedic actors who add depth and credibility to their characters.
Controversies Lurking in the Shadows
However, just before its two-episode premiere on September 24th, “Krapopolis” finds itself entangled in controversy, courtesy of Richard Ayoade’s endorsement of Graham Linehan’s book “Tough Crowd.” Linehan, infamous for his transphobic views, has faced significant backlash, and Ayoade’s association with him might deter potential viewers from tuning into the show. Dan Harmon might need to reassess his casting choices, given the ramifications of such affiliations.
A Show with Potential, Yet Imperfect
While “Krapopolis” offers a fresh setting and a compelling storyline, it’s not without its flaws. Central character Tyrannis, designed to be a nagging figure advocating for progress, often falls into predictable comedic patterns, while Deliria, with her godlike powers and intriguing motivations, might have served as a more dynamic protagonist.
Nevertheless, the show has its moments of brilliance, like Stupendous’s exploration into wolf culture, which promises heartwarming comedic moments. Despite its early hiccups, “Krapopolis” might just find its footing, proving once again that Fox’s commitment to adult animation isn’t misplaced.
It remains to be seen if “Krapopolis” will reach the iconic status of its Fox predecessors or if it will stand out as a unique gem in its own right. Only time will tell, but one thing is certain: in the dynamic world of adult animation, there’s always room for innovation and surprise.