Although it may only be a few episodes in, ‘Atomic Puppet’ shows great promise in its originality and ability to cater to wide spanning audience
If the name ‘Atomic Puppet’ conjures the image of a muppet-based Avengers spin-off, then you wouldn’t be far from the essence of this all-new production from Mark Drop and Jerry Leibowitz. While the 2D series is loaded with far more humour and originality than a mere mash-up of the two titles, it does possess the non-stop action of a Marvel movie and the sense of heart that made Henson’s work an instant classic.
In the series, the superhero Captain Atomic is transformed into a powerless puppet who is only effective when placed on the hands of his biggest fan, 12-year-old Joey Felt.
The initial episodes of any superhero-based cartoon, such as ‘Atomic Puppet’, always carry an ominous fear as to whether or not they will fall into the cliches or tropes of the genre, a fault which ‘Atomic Puppet’ does not fall prey to. From the very first episode, the series carves its own pathway both in its approach to the life of a superhero, and the underlying writing, comedy, and visuals that form its core.
Rather than attempting to merely mimic other popular titles, such as the string of comic based films sweeping pop culture, ‘Atomic Puppet’ gives a unique spin on the genre that is as much a non-stop comedy as it is a superhero action series. The writing, gags, voice acting, and story concepts do not follow the more predictable route that so many shows of the 8-12 year age bracket do, but rather give the impression of a creative team who understand the potential of the show and caters to a much wider audience.
Both the central heroes and their accompanying villains, such as Mookie and Naughty Kitty, are original in design and scope, with an ability to turn even the simplest line into a work of great comedy merely through their high skilled voice acting. It is clear that all those behind the scenes, from the writers and directors, to the voice artists, story boarders and sound engineers, are in sync with one another and pushing each aspect to its peak in order to provide a taste of comedy and entertainment at every turn.
What is even more refreshing was that no time is wasted in a superfluous origin story or trying to infuse unneeded emotion, but rather the series dives head first into the action, trusting that the audience is smart enough to pick up the necessary beats. The characters are fleshed out by their actions and relationships rather than a blatant voice over description which is a far more endearing technique. AP’s narcissism and unawareness of the human world are not only highly entertaining, but craftily revealed shown in his reaction to Mookie, Erlemeyer, and even simply being sick. Coupled with Joey’s conscientiousness and wit and you have one of the most compelling superhero duo’s yet who’s comedic bickering alone could support the series.
Although it may only be a few episodes in, ‘Atomic Puppet’ shows great promise in its originality and ability to cater to wide spanning audience . While it may fall into the superhero genre, it is far from the cliche tropes that many may expect and is well deserving of a place among your must-watch animation pool.