Super Monsters Night Thread

Let’s say you’re Avi Arad. You’re sitting around the house one night, wondering where it all went wrong. You’re the one, after all, who transformed Marvel Comics into a movie powerhouse; the one who turned Hollywood on its head and made superhero films a success story, rather than a bad punchline. You were behind Blade, behind the X-Men series, behind Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. And here’s your protégé, Kevin Feige, lapping up all the credit, after you were forced out at Marvel. So what do you do?

Why, you make a Netflix series about preschool movie monsters learning to share and get along with new friends, of course.

Super Monsters isn’t as popular as some other post-daycare, I-just-need-a-half-hour-to-breathe shows, like the ones featuring a hapless young tiger or a beloved blue Avocado mod. But it just started on Netflix, and there are only ten episodes. It seems like a natural winner, with its bigheaded, big-eyed, public domain-based characters and their perfectly relatable life situations, like choosing not to use your flying ability to dominate friends at playground basketball.

The characters all have oh-so-clever names, like Drac the vampire, Franky the Frankenstein’s monster, Lobo the wolf, and Cleo the mummy. I’m not clear on the etymology of Katya the witch, but I am fairly certain the design of nonthreatening goth preschool teacher Esmie is based on a young Winona Ryder. Also of note, for any of you bronies out there: because it’s a Canadian show, several of the voice actors also appear on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

Anyway, great work, Avi Arad. Setting the stage for the dominant global movie franchise of our time is one thing, but creating a forgettable Netflix show for three-year-olds—that’s something you can hang your hat on.

Night thread!