This is a spoiler-free review of Netflix’s new anthology, Love, Death & Robots, which premiered at SXSW on March 9. All 18 shorts debut on the streaming service on March 15.
When Tim Miller and David Fincher set out to create Love, Death & Robots, Fincher says, they just wanted to make something “cool.”
Mission accomplished. Netflix’s new anthology series – comprised of 18 animated shorts, varying between 5-17 minutes in length – is the epitome of cool; an ambitious, dazzling, f***ed up fever-dream that hops between genres and animation styles to deliver an all-you-can-eat buffet of weirdness, from sentient yogurt to ghost fish to an alternate history that gleefully reimagines the many ways Hitler could’ve died. The series’ closest analogs are the likes of Heavy Metal, Liquid Television, and Adult Swim, but Love, Death & Robots takes things to another level in terms of style, scope, and its ability to shock.