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Love, Death + Robots. Behind the animation

Updated: Jul 15, 2020


Love, Death + Robots is a Netflix animation short series made up of 18 shorts (the director prefers the name shorts to episodes). It's different from nearly all other animation products due to the fact that it's made for an adult audience, having as it's main focuses love, horror, fantasy, comedy and violence.


It's created by David Fincher (best known for being the director of The Fight Club) and Tim Miller (best known for Deadpool).

The main focus of this science fiction series is to bring together a huge variety of original and creative ideas with the transcendental work being done in animation right now. And all that for an adult audience. Each one of the 18 shorts is completely unique, both it's story and it's animation. In this series we see such a combination of different animation tecniques that it's outstanding. From animation 2D to pixelation animation and passing by animation 3D, limited animation and traditional animation.


Unfortunately, although the work behind each one of the shorts is tremendously astonishing, it does reenforce the negative stereotypes of American animation. It's also comparable with other animation products for adults done in the past, such as Sausage Party (2016), where animation can only be considered to be for a mature audience when there is an abundance of nakedness and grapohic sex.


But let's not get stuck on the negative and let's focus on the huge amount of positive things there are to say about this audiovisual product. Some curiosities about the series are:


  1. Every short has a different animation team working behind it. This is a decision the creators decided to make when they agreed they would choose a different animation depending on the main storyline they wanted to communicate in each short. Therefore, depending on the animation, they chose the best animation team or company for the job. Some of the animation companies that have worked on Love, Death + Robots are Blur Studios (Sonnie's Edge, Suits, Ice Age), Blow Studio (Three Robots, When The Yogurt Took Over), Studio La Cachette (Sucker of Souls, ) and Unit Image (Beyond the Aquila Rift), amoung others.

  2. Each short is from a different country. The series doesn't have one nationality because of what I just mentiones, each animation studio is from a different country, meaning that each short has a different nationality.

  3. The CG sex scene in The Aquila Rift. The explicit sex scene in this short is truly a work of art for adult animation. The directors of this short, Maxime Luère and Célia Digard insisted on creating a CG sex scene unlike any animation product has seen before. The work that goes in to the postproduction of this scene is inmense but very worth it when we see it's results. If you want to see how they did it, have a look at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUI89K9ikJg&has_verified=1

  4. The comedy throughout the series. The shorts in which comedy is most relevant are Three Robots, When the Yogurt Took Over and Alternate Histories. These three shorts have the same two directors, Alfredo Torres and Victor Maldonado. They also all have the same writer, John Scalzi. In these shorts the directs really run with their creativity and having no limitations. If you want to hear them talk about it click on the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShpFzvUtGwU&t=1s

  5. The animation of the horses in The Secret War. In this short they seriously up their game by creating horses with more fluid movement then ever seen in animation. To achieve this, they created a special tracking suit for the horse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DCkjkCR3gQ


These are just some of the hundreds of interesting facts about this fascinating series. If you want to go even more in depth behind and inside the animation, I highly recommend checking out it's section inside Netflix's YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/NewOnNetflix/search?query=love+death+robots enjoy!


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