Hilda review

This summer I’ve watched a few Netflix animated series like the innocent Harvey Street Kids, the hilarious Epic Tales of Captain Underpants, and of course BoJack Horseman season 5. Recently I had the pleasure of watching a new Netflix animated series called Hilda based on the graphic novels by Luke Pearson.  Hilda is kind of the mix between Gravity Falls and Over the Garden Wall with a little bit of Steven Universe and Craig of the Creek.

This show is freaking beautiful!!! Hilda is one of the most visually appealing animated series I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen since Steven Universe. Everything from the animation, the simple character designs, the color pallet, the backgrounds, the music, the sound, and the atmosphere is just perfect. The visual style looks a lot like it was from a graphic novel and it’s impressive. Just by watching the intro (great theme song btw) I was already invested into the world of Hilda.

The show’s characters are also a highlight of the show. Hilda is a great protagonist not just because she has a great design and cute voice but because she’s adventurous, curious, loves creatures, and has a healthy relationship with her Mum. I also like Hilda’s dearfox friend Twig (so cute!). I like Alfur and his love of paperwork and permits is funny. I even like Hilda’s friends Frida and David. All the characters simple designs and personalities help give the world of Hilda life.

The show is kind of episodic but with stuff that carries into the next episode which leads to my biggest problem with Hilda. The last two episodes focus on Hilda and Frida’s fallout from episode 9, Frida’s new witch friend, Hilda trying to receive a badge, a species called the Nisse and the mysterious black hound. The episodes try to tie these plots together but I feel like they could have worked better as their own separate episodes. The episodes are still good though.

Hilda is one of the best Netflix shows I’ve seen. Its beautiful visuals and likable characters made Hilda a lot of fun to watch. Please give us Hilda season 2!

Boack Horseman Season 5 review

BoJack Horseman returns for its fifth season and much like the seasons before it does not disappoint. After BoJack finally getting a somewhat happy ending last year, we are reminded that this is still reality and that there are not always happy endings.

BoJack Horseman has a strong main cast and each of them (BoJack, Diane, Princess Carolyn, Todd, and Mr. Peanutbutter) have their own story arcs that are all well written and interesting. Will Arnett is always great as BoJack but I think Alison Brie as Diane really shined this season. When she becomes a writer on Philbert she gets suspicions about what BoJack did in New Mexico and her relationship with BoJack becomes tense.

There are also many great episodes that feel unique from each other. Some of the best episodes include one there BoJack gives a eulogy to his mother for the whole episode and another where we see four Halloween parties from different years. But who could forget an important tradition in the show? The 11th episode titled The Showstopper and boy did it not disappoint. What made this episode great was that it keeps taking place in real life and then the fictional show Philbert so much you couldn’t tell what’s real or fiction. It gets really deep as usual and it all climaxes to another tradition in the show the f-bomb where BoJack strangles Gina.

The ending in my opinion sums up the tone of the show. BoJack goes to Diane demanding that she’d write an article about how bad he is but she makes a speech on how there’s no such thing as good guys or bad guys, just guys that do good stuff and bad stuff (between good and bad if you will). Diane then takes BoJack to a rehab center to get help. It doesn’t feel too happy or sad it just feels in between. Much like the ending the show doesn’t go too comedic or too dramatic, it feels in between. I love and respect shows such as Avatar the Last Airbender, Steven Universe and this that find a balance between comedy and drama.

BoJack Horseman season 5 is a satisfying look on the blurred line between reality and fiction and drug addiction. I not sure how I’d rank each season, season 1 is probably my least favorite but seasons 2 through 5 are tricky. It’ll be great to return to BoJack’s wacky yet realistic world in season 6.

My Top 10 Favorite Computer Games I played as a Kid

I’ve never made a top 10 video games list before because I don’t play video games but I played a lot of children’s computer games. I think I loved these games because something about their worlds and atmosphere feel so immersive, kind, and welcoming. It makes me angry that I can’t play these on new computers. At least I have my memories.

Honorable Mention: Cluefinders 3rd Grade Adventures: While I own some other Cluefinders game (even a cut version with only Monkey Kingdom) I’ve only played 3rd Grade Adventures (which is probably my favorite of the games) at school.

10. Arthur’s Wilderness Rescue: Only at number 10 because all three ideas are mostly similar and the same music plays throughout the whole game. I did like exploring the camp though.

9. Blue’s Treasure Hunt: I loved Blue’s Clues as a kid and the treasure hunt game was my favorite. Heck the Blue’s Clues games led to me playing Humoungous Entertainment games.

8. The Game of Life: While the CGI is outdated it’s still fun. I recently found the PlayStation version at a used game store and I still love playing it.

7. Tie between Fisher Price Great Adventures Pirate Ship and Wild Western Town: Both short and simple games about finding map pieces or gold bars but incredibly innocent and fun to play. I use to own the Wild Western Town toy set.

6. Tie between Disney’s Animated Storybooks: Toy Story and 101 Dalmatians: These two were the animated storybooks I owned. Toy Story surprisingly had good CGI and I like how 101 Dalmatians combined the 1961 and 1996 version. It’s also so much fun to click on stuff.

5. Dr. Seuss Kindergarten: While short, it’s very colorful and innocent just like the books. I’ve met Charles Martinet who voiced the Cat in the Hat, I bet you didn’t know that.

4. Disney’s Ready to Read with Pooh: You know I love Winnie the Pooh and this game has nicely drawn backgrounds that help immerse you into the Hundred Acre Woods and games that help you with reading.

3. Richard Scarry’s Busytown: Best Math Program Ever: Busytown is just so innocent and fun. Finding all the parts for the math machine is worth it because the math machine is fun and helps kids with  learning math.

2. A Bug’s Life Active Play: When I play this game I feel like I’m immersed into the world of a Bug’s Life. I like how the puzzles aren’t spelled out instead you have to figure them out.

1. Humoungous Entertiantment: Here’s my short sum up, different paths, clever puzzles, and great backgrounds. Click here if you want to hear my thoughts on these games.

Summer recap 2018

Action Point: Not a lot on story but still fun. C+

Hotel Artemis: I like how it all takes place in one night at a location full of morally gray characters. B

Incredibles 2: Incredible, enough said. A+

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom: The manor is cool but it still can’t beat to original. C+

Ant-Man and the Wasp: While it has small stakes (pun intended) it’s still entertaining. B+

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation: Not the same spirit as the first two and also the design of Van Helsing is so creepy and freaky. C

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies: Seemed more like a movie for TV than theatrical. C-

Mission: Impossible – Fallout: Though the villain was obvious it has great action and surprisingly great music. B

Christopher Robin: Doesn’t have the same heart from the original. C

BlacKkKlansman: Great acting and a shocking yet true ending. B+

The Happytime Murders: Not strong but give credit to Jim Henson for doing this. B-

Harvy Street Kids: A very innocent and fun Netflix cartoon that reminds me a lot of Ed Edd n Eddy. I can’t wait for season 2.

The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants: Fun, and faithful to the books.

Steven Universe Reunited: Best episode of the series!