What I thought about: Big Mouth (Season 4)

The latest season of this adult cartoon continues to explore important themes of life with its usual grotesque flair – but the storytelling is less tight this time around.

Andrew (middle) has a unique fashion sense, and he won’t heed to any criticism of it

What’s it about?
Big Mouth is an adult cartoon set around a group of high school freshmen. They’re beginning their puberty journey, and learning to cope with everything that comes with it. The characters are hugely exaggerated and yet somewhat relatable.

Each of the kids have a hormone monster, an invisible creature only they can see. Sort of like fairy godmother, they talk to them and guide them through this stage of their life. I think they are supposed to be a manifestation of their hormones rather than an actual, individualised character – but either way they add so much colour to the show.

What do I like about it?
The personification of thoughts and emotions is perfect. We have the hormone monsters, of course, whom you might say are the stars of the show. But there’s also The Shame Wizard, a scraggy looking British wizard who pops up whenever you do something shameful – which for Andrew is basically all the time.

New to Season 4 is the Anxiety Mosquito and I have to commend the writers for the choice of animal because a mosquito is a perfect representation of anxiety. There can be more than one. They don’t go away when you flail and try to swat them. They question what you’re doing and shout at you when something goes wrong. As someone who went through this year’s summer with a lot of anxiety, I thought the portrayal was brilliant.

The voice acting is also on point, and somehow being able to tell which voice actor is voicing multiple characters just makes it funnier.

What do I not like about it?
Usually I love the show and it’s a consistent ten out of ten. This time around though, I didn’t think it was quite as good as before. I think it’s down to the way the stories were told. Characters had much more individualised storylines that didn’t often intersect. It was a departure from the ‘we’re all in this together’ class-sized story of previous seasons. While I do understand why this was the case (as you go through puberty and discover more about yourself, you naturally diverge from where you and your peers all began) it did just make this season a little less enjoyable.

Worth a watch?
Yes, but definitely start from the beginning and try to not take the toilet humour too seriously.

By the way…

  • One of my favourite characters, Missy, changes voice near the end as she has bene recast to be voiced by a black woman, which should have happened in the first place
  • Netflix has renewed the show all the way up to Season 6, which I was really happy about


What I thought about: Paradise PD (Season 2)

Kinda like Family Guy but it’s about incompetent police and there’s way, way more toilet humour and graphic animation. This show isn’t for everyone, and to be honest, most of the time it genuinely isn’t funny

Whatever you’re thinking, the answer is yes

What’s it about?
Should I even be answering this question? The show is barely coherent. It’s loosely based around an incompetent police department who are battling a drug crisis.

Every character is horrible in some way. The chief is highly strung, the best person at being a police officer is sexually obsessed with a comically obese colleague, the police dog is a drug addict, an OAP cop who can’t retire as they can’t afford his pension is a massive pervert, and the chief’s son gets into a relationship with a car.

Oh yeah, see how I just snuck that last part in there? Yeah that’s probably not even the worst thing that happens in the show. Not even close.

There is a little plot development as the team try their hardest to uncover the ‘Kingpin’ who is in charge of producing and selling the local Argyle Meth. But otherwise, it’s just a slapstick, very dirty gag cartoon show.

What do I like about it?
Alright, some things are funny. The animation is also well done, and there are some good pop culture references. The show’s second season is a technical improvement on the first, even if…

What do I not like about it?
…the writing is definitely worse. I could just be forgetting the first season, which I saw over a year ago, but my god is this show crass. You have to have a certain sense of humour to even watch the show, and then I can’t really bring up any specific part I liked because it’s just so forgettable.

Worth a watch?
Not unless you like South Park and don’t mind seeing some very messed up cartoon animation. When I say the OAP cop is perverted, I really mean it.

By the way…

  • The show is seen as the spiritual successor to Brickleberry, another cartoon produced by the same people but with a park ranger setting.
  • There are two fewer episodes in Season 2. It’s probably for the best.