Nathan W. Pyle and Dan Harmon have teamed up to bring the whimsical world of “Strange Planet” to Apple TV+, offering viewers a delightful animated series that explores the quirks and curiosities of everyday life. Adapted from Pyle’s popular comics, the show introduces us to a planet inhabited by blue humanoid beings, where the mundane becomes extraordinary through their unique perspectives and humorous conversations.
The source material, Nathan W. Pyle’s “Strange Planet” comics, captures the essence of these peculiar beings as they engage in seemingly ordinary activities while discussing them with frankness and honesty. The animated series maintains this spirit, bringing the characters to life with a good-natured tone and punchy punchlines. Each episode is structured around relatable experiences, from workplace conflicts to teenage friendship dynamics, offering a mix of familiar scenarios and peculiar alien interpretations.
The visual aesthetic of the show adds to its charm, with a pastel color palette that creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. The soft shades of blue, pink, lavender, and teal enhance the mood of the series, reflecting both the gentle humor and existential pondering that underlies the stories. The animation captures the essence of Pyle’s artwork, making the transition from comics to screen seamless.
While “Strange Planet” on Apple TV+ remains true to its source material, the adaptation struggles to break free from its bite-sized origins. Each episode takes the concise format of the comics and stretches it into a half-hour installment. However, this expansion doesn’t necessarily enhance the viewing experience. The show remains enjoyable in small doses, but the extended runtime doesn’t add substantial depth or complexity to the narratives.
The series revolves around the inhabitants of Beingsburg, particularly the characters in and around the “Careful Now” restaurant. The ensemble cast, including voices such as Tunde Adebimpe, Hannah Einbinder, Danny Pudi, Lori Tan Chinn, and Demi Adejuyigbe, brings life to these quirky beings and their relatable yet amusing interactions. The show explores the absurdities of human life through their alien perspectives, often leading to thought-provoking insights.
“Strange Planet” manages to balance whimsy and existentialism, creating a gentle blend that resonates with both kids and adults. The series serves as a reminder that even in the mundane, there’s wonder to be found and meaning to be discovered. While it occasionally ventures into more specific and less relatable territory, such as exploring the unknown corners of Beingsburg, the heart of the show lies in its ability to shed light on the universal experiences that connect us all.
Despite its extension to longer episodes, “Strange Planet” retains its essence as a light-hearted and endearing exploration of life’s peculiarities. It’s a cozy and comforting show that provides a brief escape into a world where everyday occurrences become sources of joy and contemplation. While not a show for deep philosophical discussions, it succeeds in its mission to bring smiles and chuckles to its audience – one playful insight at a time.