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Centaurworld Review 2021 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew
Centaurworld‘s target audience will absolutely fall in love with Netflix’s latest animated series. If you fall somewhere within the Venn diagram between “horse girls,” “theater kids,” “fans of anime and other serialized cartoons,” and “people with random senses of humor,” then at least something about Centaurworld is going to appeal to you. If you fall smack-dab in the middle of that sweet spot where “Steven Universe meets Charlie the Unicorn” is the show you’ve been dreaming of your entire life, then Centaurworld is going to be your favorite thing in the world.
Even for those whom Centaurworld‘s wild mix of tones and styles doesn’t seem immediately appealing, it’s worth giving Centaurworld a chance. If the designs seem too weird or the jokes too childish, then you’re at least going to be on the same page as the main character Horse (Kimiko Glenn), a warhorse that gets unexpectedly transported isekai-style into Centaurworld, a realm of “singing and dancing half-animal half-man things.” Horse, who’s shocked to even be able to talk in this universe, doesn’t fit in at all when she arrives and initially wants nothing more than to return to her world and reunite with her dear human Rider (Jessie Mueller).
As Horse ventures forth on her quest home, which involves visiting five shamans to acquire five parts of a dimensional key, she gradually understands and connects with the world’s wacky characters who trying to help her. Her companions on this quest include the motherly llamataur Wammawink (Megan Hilly), angry birdtaur Ched (Chris Diamantopoulos), drama king zebrataur Zulius (Parvesh Cheena), simple-minded giraffetaur Durpleton (Josh Radnor) and, the strangest and funniest of the bunch, a kleptomaniac deertaur Glendale who is voiced by series creator Megan Nicole Dong. The dynamic of the serious-minded battle-ready Horse learning to get along with this magical yet safety-seeking herd is inspired by Dong’s own experiences accidentally but fortuitously joining her high school’s show choir.
Centaurworld‘s animation is great. Horse’s war-torn homeworld is designed like an action anime and animated with near movie-level fluidity. Horse’s more realistic design and animation style provide a compelling contrast to the bubbly rounded style of Centaurworld, which treads the line between cute and completely unhinged. Everything in Centaurworld, from tiny blades of grass on the ground to giant storms in the sky, can be a centaur, so the show never runs out of new visual gags or exciting setpieces.
The musical numbers, composed by Toby Chu, are a big part of Centaurworld‘s appeal. Every episode features multiple songs that weave between the story’s wildly different moods. Horse and Wammawink’s head-butting duet in the second episode is a highlight, as are an eerie villain introduction song and several others. The musically talented voice cast performs these numbers beautifully. With supporting roles played by the likes of Renée Elise Goldsberry, Lea Salonga, and Brian Stokes Mitchell, it almost feels as if every Broadway star who didn’t take a role in Schmigadoon! this summer is in Centaurworld instead.
One minor issue with the casting that is worth noting: Rider is clearly designed as a person of color, but, the voice actor who portrays her, Jessie Mueller, is white. The fact that Centaurworld has a very diverse voice cast and Rider’s screentime is fairly minimal might make this a non-issue for some, but after all the controversies last year surrounding cartoon characters of color being recast more authentically, it’s at least worth acknowledging this.
While Centaurworld‘s strong storytelling and combined visual and musical strengths will likely appeal to older cartoon fans, much of Centaurworld‘s humor skews a bit younger. Durpleton, in particular, is a source of pretty much non-stop fart jokes. A lot of the gross-out and randomness-based humor is hit-or-miss. However, the humor becomes more consistent as the season progresses. As the characters and their plotlines simultaneously get weirder and cleverer, audiences will be treated to hilarious scenes like a Cats parody.
As Centaurworld gets funnier, it also gets darker and more emotional, culminating in an action-packed season finale that will absolutely leave you wanting more. Even if you’re not in its niche, target demographic, Centaurworld‘s charms quickly become impossible to resist.
Created by and co-starring Megan Nicole Dong, Centaurworld premieres on Netflix on July 30.