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Larva Island

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Larva Island
If only the entire series was this tolerable.
Genre: Comedy
Surreal Humor
Running Time: 7-8 Minutes
Country: South Korea
United States
Release Date: October 19, 2018
– March 1, 2019
Network(s): Netflix
Created by: TUBAn Co., Ltd
Starring: Bum-ki Hong
Eddy Lee
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 26

Larva Island is a spin-off of Larva and premiered on October 19, 2018 on Netflix. The show focuses on the titular larvae characters from Season 1 to 3; Red and Yellow, being stranded on a tropical island as the two curious, goofy larva buddies find slapstick fun in everything from discovering food to meeting new animal friends.

Why It Rocks

  1. The animation quality has significantly improved after the first 3 seasons.
  2. Chuck is the first English-speaking human character in the show.
  3. The new characters are much more likable than most of the other characters from the previous 3 seasons and the titular characters have more character development than the first 3 seasons ever showed.
  4. The potty/childish jokes in these seasons have been reduced compared to the other 3 seasons. In fact, there is no episode that only focuses on farts or childish humor. Yellow's farts aren't a part of the jokes anymore, but mainly how the story is told instead.
  5. Yellow now uses his 'gross-out' traits from the first 3 seasons for helping out his friends on the island instead of gross-out humor.
  6. The writing has a new style of cohesion and is more sophisticated than before.
  7. Since the episode time limit is extended to 7 minutes instead of 3, the plots actually make more sense and don't feel as rushed or as cartoonishly simplistic.
  8. It is the longest-running season of the show, with 2 seasons being currently on Netflix.
  9. For those who miss the old characters such as Grey with the gang from Season 2 and the recurring characters from Season 1, they appear in "Lala Island" and the "Larva Ranger" episodes.
  10. The adventures are far more interesting, enjoyably unpredictable, and cartoonishly energetic, something the other seasons didn't show enough of nor made full use of.
  11. The humor is a whole lot more exaggerated & funnier than the first 3 seasons' attempts at exaggerated humor, and it is now done with sophistication.
    • "A Lucky Day" has the segment when Chuck tries to get rid of Yellow & Red as a direct throwback to old-fashioned animation with the Looney Tunes background & music, and the whole episode is like a parody of CG Looney Tunes shorts with an enjoyably new style to it.
  12. The music is very refreshing, tropical, sometimes jazzy & pretty nice to listen to.

Bad Qualities

  1. Even if the animation quality improved massively, the animation is still kind of bland and unappealing. But it is still very expressive and amazingly animated compared to many CGI shows for the time.
  2. Chuck by personality may be well-structured, relatable & solid. But his dialogue is somewhat corny and a bit simplistic. This is rather understandable from the standpoint of a Korean animation company dubbing for American audiences.
  3. It still has some flaws from the previous seasons, such as the occasional toilet humor (mainly because of Yellow's admittedly disgusting, gassy trait) and several butt-monkey characters (This time being Chuck the massive Butt-Monkey of the show instead of Red and Yellow)
    • Speaking of which, the Red, Yellow, and Chuck's relationship feels like a clone of SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward from SpongeBob SquarePants. Where the straight man is always suffering from the idiot's troublesome antics.
  4. The last episode ended in a cliffhanger (pretty much ending the series where it was getting better with its stories/etc) which didn't really specify where Red and Yellow went other than them being put in another slapstick-induced adventure.
  5. The movie, while not entirely egregious, was just a clip show with a compilation of 12 episodes.