Bravest Warriors Is Not Quite Super Enough

VideoWatch Review: animated hit scores visually, while writing is passable

Like most other genres, the realm of animated superhero parodies ranges from the excellent to the terrible. Unfortunately, Cartoon Hangover's Bravest Warriors falls somewhere in the middle of the scale under the category of "passable".

Visually speaking, the Shorty-Award winning Web series is impressive. The animation is extraordinarily crafted while giving nods to the artistic styles of notable Web comics such as Natalie Dee and being heavily influenced by anime (much like its sister Web series Bee and Puppycat). It also is heavily reminiscent of old late 90's / early 2000s Saturday morning cartoons such as Pepper Ann and Doug.

However, despite the admirable craftsmanship of the animation, the writing and the story is merely passable. That doesn't meant the show is awful, or even really bad, but it doesn't really wander into the realm of good either. Instead, Bravest Warriors keeps the viewer mildly interested in what is happening but never enough to really get invested in the narrative.

That works ok, given the short length of the episodes. But I feel like if they had been longer then the viewer's interest in them would seriously decline. The other problem with the series is that it takes watching a few episodes before the viewer can begin to really identify or even differentiate between the characters and understand what is going on. This is a problem, since it ties into the issue that it makes it difficult for the audience to be more than superficially interested in the story. Additionally, the timing for many of the jokes feels off, dampening the success of each individual joke.

Bravest Warriors shows potential, but needs to step up its game. Especially if it intends to compete in the same arena as other animated superhero parody Web series heavyweights such as Hulu's The Awesomes.