The first season of Big Mouth was a unique experience because of the irreverent, unique story that had it’s centre one of the most ignored parts of a population – teenagers. The series was an instant classic because of the various characters, some more lovable than others, but at the end of it all, all were so intimately human that everyone connected with them.
The second season tells another chapter in their lives. This time, the scripts adds in some political statements like ones about transgenders, LGBTQ rights, abortion rights, so on and so forth. And as the characters are growing up, the series also explore tweenager and teenager relationships, broken marriages and families that are on the verge of breaking down. All this could be a heady concoction for what’s basically an animated series – but Big Mouth 2 carries it off. We have had other animation series that talk about adult aspects, and Big Mouth 2 is a good addition to the list.
What’s Wow: That the web series shares the same tonality and DNA of the original series is an achievement. Audiences have now come to terms with the animation style and the basic look and feel of the series. The political statements are a plus point, it’s a classic case of catching them young.
What’s Blah: While the script tells a linear story, it doesn’t seem so because of the screenplay. At some point in the series, audiences will have a ‘cause’ exhaustion and end up wondering why all the characters do have so many issues. The first season was about two main characters and the ones that they meet. In the second season, almost everyone is a major character – and that might flag down the narration.
Parting Shot: The Big Mouth series is a good addition to Netflix’s animation inventor.
Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein, Jason Mantzoukas, Jenny Slate, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, Jordan Peele
Big Mouth is streaming on Netflix now