Review: Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts

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We were provided the screener for all 10 episodes of the upcoming Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts from DreamWorks Animation that will drop on Netflix on January 14, 2020. Opinions of the show are our own.

Take a look at the trailer for the show and then I’ll tell you what I thought of it.

Imagine living your whole life underground because the surface is too dangerous. You and your family and all surviving humans live in secret burrows. Then one day your burrow is attacked and you are thrust into the surface world, alone and scared. What do you do?

That is the situation that our main character Kipo finds herself in immediately as we begin the show Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts. Kipo is an inquisitive, open, and slightly naive 12 year old girl. She is also very smart and musically inclined. He fear turns to curiosity almost immediately as she begins to explore this surface world. It becomes very obvious that she is going to need help, though.

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Kipo does find her help, though in the form of friends that she makes along the way. There is Mandu a mutant pig, Wolf, a tough as nails surface human and then there are Benson and Dave. We aren’t quite sure of their motives at first. Each episode explores along more of the mystery as Kipo attempts to be reunited with her father, Lio Oak played by Sterling K. Brown.

The voice talent in this show is amazing. Kipo is voiced by Karen Fukuhara and my kids know her best as the voice of Glimmer from another DreamWorks Animation show, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. They were hooked in immediately.

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Around every corner Kipo finds something strange and fantastic. She meet the Timbercats and it is so much fun. I loved the interaction between Kipo and all the Timbercats. There are some great moments there. I do not want to spoil anything about the show for you because it is a wild and fun ride. I will mention that while I have no clue who half the performers are for the music, I loved it. The music in this show is like a character itself. There are some spot on amazing moments around music.

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Here is the officla word on the show. I do hope that you watch it as well. It is spectacular.

DreamWorks Animation Debuts Trailer Introducing Exciting New World Of Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts
10 fantastical episodes premiere exclusively on Netflix January 14th

After spending her entire life living in an underground burrow, a young girl named Kipo (Karen Fukuhara) is thrust into an adventure on the surface of a fantastical post-apocalyptic Earth. She joins a ragtag group of survivors as they embark on a journey through a vibrant wonderland where everything trying to kill them is downright adorable. The series is created and executive produced by Radford Sechrist (How to Train Your Dragon 2) and executive produced and developed for television by Bill Wolkoff (The Man Who Fell To Earth).

The exciting trailer introduces Kipo’s post-apocalyptic, weird and whimsical setting as she’s separated from her family and must learn to navigate a peculiar and dangerous surface world full of absurdly cute, but deadly creatures! Luckily, she won’t have to do it alone!

THE PACK

The cast features Karen Fukuhara (She-Ra and the Princesses of Power) as the enthusiastic and curious “Kipo;” Sydney Mikayla (General Hospital) as “Wolf,” a weapon-wielding survivor who knows the ins and outs of the surface; Coy Stewart (The Blacklist) as the happy-go-lucky “Benson;” Deon Cole (black-ish) as “Dave,” a talking insect who has the jarring ability to suddenly age a full life cycle without warning; and Dee Bradley Baker (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as the adorable mutant pig “Mandu”.

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The series includes the voice talents of Sterling K. Brown (Frozen 2) as Kipo’s father “Lio Oak;” Dan Stevens (Legion) as the power-hungry “Scarlemagne;” Lea Delaria (Orange is the New Black) as Timbercat “Molly Yarnchopper;” Joan Jett as rocker snake “Camille;” and John Hodgman and GZA (Wu Tang Clan) as the cosmically-curious wolves “Billions and Billions.”

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All 10 half-hour episodes of the epic first season of DreamWorks Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts debut on Netflix worldwide on January 14, 2020.

ABOUT DREAMWORKS ANIMATION:

DreamWorks Animation is one of the world’s leading producers of high-quality, animated family programming, reaching consumers in more than 190 countries. Creating a diverse array of original content in a variety of formats and delivering deep, fully immersive worlds served up with compelling characters, the prolific studio has garnered 25 Emmy® Awards since inception in 2013 and is home to such beloved series as Trollhunters, Spirit Riding Free, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, The Boss Baby: Back in Business, Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny, The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants, Dragons: Race to the Edge, All Hail King Julien, 3Below and the recently released Archibald’s Next Big Thing. DreamWorks is a division of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group within NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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