By: Amanda Guarragi
In the age of superheroes, everyone seems to want to be recognized for doing some good. Even if it’s a backwards way of being helpful. We have become so used to the formulas being recycled. So when something fresh like Koala Man is released, there’s an appreciation for the change, which makes it unique to the character. The series follows a family father with a not-so-secret identity as the ritual hero with a burning passion for petty crime. The creator Michael Cusack also stars in the show alongside Sarah Snook, Demi Lardner and Hugh Jackman. Apart from this being a family superhero show, it also takes place in Australia, so the humour is entirely different. The episodes are compact and have an obstacle each family member must face. Each episode adds another layer to the family and Koala Man creating a nice balance between the two.
The family unit is quite similar to other adult-animated shows, but they have unique personalities that make them stand out. The actors who voice the characters all add a little piece of themselves. Michael Cusack brings out his full Aussie as the father figure and everyone’s least-favourite hero in his local city. His wife Vicky (Sarah Snook), has an alter-ego as she plays the line between motherhood and her individuality as a woman. His daughter Alison, voiced by Demi Lardner, adds some spunk and a young girl trying to find her way in high school. And lastly, his son Liam, also voiced by Michael Cusack is a bit lost and needs a bit of a push to find himself. They’re all different from each other, but the little anecdotes they share and the obstacles they go through bring them closer together in the finale of this season.
No adult-animated series is complete without a strong voice cast to make you feel close to the characters. That’s why having an actor like Hugh Jackman as Big Greg was a lovely surprise. The animation style for Koala Man is a bit softer than Rick and Morty. It is nice to see them expand their skills into another show. Australian humour is a bit different because of the slang, but once you stick with these characters long enough, you’ll find them hilarious. You get a slice of daily Australian life while being served a brand new hero who will grow on you. Each episode has something wild and unexplainable that happens. But of course, there is a life lesson that comes with it. The series explores individuality and family quite well. These characters all have room to grow, and there’s a natural progression to their changes.
Koala Man is a very refreshing adult-animated series for Hulu that will put a smile on your face. The episodes are short but deliver action and humour. Each character does something wrong in each episode, but they learn and grow from it. The Aussie humour and love for the community are shown effectively, which makes viewers feel included. All it takes is one episode to hook the audience because it’s a show that knows exactly what it is. It’s engaging, witty, vulgar, and incredibly fun to watch. It takes superhero programming to another level with what Koala Man goes through as a man in his local community. Michael Cusack has created a balanced series about parenthood and being the best version of yourself that you can be. The series premieres on Hulu, on January 9th!