Saturday Morning All Star Hits! review: Kyle Mooney brings his weirdness to Netflix

Netflix’s latest adult animated comedy isn’t quite that sort of thing. From comedian Kyle Mooney, Saturday Morning All Star Hits! is an adult-comedy hybrid comedy, a tribute to the Saturday morning cartoon experience of the late 1980s and early 1990s. It’s not simply adult, cartoon, or comedy. drama: It uses live action sequences to frame the cartoons, which are obviously parodies of old shows, but with a more serious adult theme.

As someone with childhood nostalgia a decade later, I can appreciate what the show is doing, but it’s clearly not for my audience generation. This is a very specific recollection window. But the exceptional attention to detail and very specific reverence certainly piqued my interest, even if I had only a glimpse of what they were celebrating.

[Ed. note: This post contains slight spoilers for Saturday Morning All Star Hits!]

skip and treybor, two long-haired hosts, surrounded by completely tubular 1980s graphics with neon colored cubes

Image: Netflix

Every episode of Saturday Morning All Star Hits! (or SMALL as it’s called in the universe) is framed with live-action hosts Skip (Kyle Mooney) and Treybor (also Kyle Mooney) shuffling around a bit, before moving on to the next animated segment. follow. In the episodes, the anime segments serve as mini-episodes of the series in the universe, each episode seemingly mirroring a real-world show. And between the cartoons and the Skip and Treybor segments, SMALL also includes fake ads for space movies, comedies, and celebrity gossip.

It’s very detailed – perhaps even more so for a very specific audience, well ahead of my time. Unlike WandaVision, both draw on a broader palette of inspirations and draw from possibly alien pop-culture brushstrokes in established characters, Saturday morning all-star news! home on a very specific time frame of television. Because the humor comes from seeing something familiar in a more unexpected and mature plot, if you don’t know what the familiar is, just feel inadequate. I can objectively see how funny this would be for someone about 10 years older than me – someone who grew up with original Thunder cat and Bear care, and Denver the Last Dinosaur. But because it wasn’t the age of television that I felt particularly nostalgic (even if I was vaguely familiar with the specific genre of programming it addressed) I didn’t feel the urge. cause of it.

a man surrounded by bears taking care of knocking

Image: Netflix

For instance, the Care Bears-inspired cartoon segment follows a graphic designer in a midlife crisis who struggles with a tumultuous marriage and career turning points. It’s not a Family Gumedical level business where it wobbles so hard that even if you don’t have a reference, you can still chuckle; In fact, the situation is often quite straightforward and serious. The big project is redesigning a single letter, but the characters treat it with overwhelming appeal, which is doubly surreal when most of the cast are colorful bears. The sense of humor is like supposedly taking the funny cartoon and pairing it with an adult plot, as the characters talk about selling off their creations to corporations or trying to fix their own. The marriage failed, but without any particular liking for the show it was supposed to parody, the cartoon didn’t go as it should.

Live action sequences are a bit more popular, as the teen pop culture of the days of the Mickey Mouse Club is still dripping. children’s program later. Those are the live action sequences of Saturday morning all-star news! felt most powerful, all connected by an overarching story. At first, the jokes were simply funny; commercial for the season finale of Lottie, a cosmic sitcom that reveals a typical coming-of-age plot – with the character Bigfoot in the background, who has never been admittedly out of place. But gradually, the live action sequences become more sinister. Treybor’s insecurities grew as Skip became famous and celebrity gossip segments gently Lottie The stars turned into amazing news reports of disappearances. This part of the show feels like it’s always been on the verge of something surreal, but it held back. To replace, Saturday Morning All Star Hits! teases along with increasingly absurd situations while remaining completely in the middle of a whirlwind of late 80s, early 90s terror. For those familiar with the times, it probably resonates with great reverence. than.

a fake news broadcast in the universe about two missing actors

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Finally, my biggest disappointment with Saturday Morning All Star Hits! is personal – the scope is so limited that it’s hard to appreciate if you’re not in the specified audience. I wish there was a performance in the analog circuit, but draw from Disney Channel era that I grew up with, because I love what it’s doing. Saturday Morning All Star Hits! is a parody, but does not mock the source material. The humor comes from lovingly re-enacting old shows and cultural touchpoints in completely different scenarios. This nostalgia hit wasn’t for me, but Saturday Morning All Star Hits! do something special for the specific audience it’s tailored to.

Saturday Morning All Star Hits! now available on Netflix.

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