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“Koala Man” | Hulu / Disney+ Star Original Review – What’s Happening With Disney Plus

“Koala Man” |  Hulu / Disney+ Star Original Review – What’s Happening With Disney Plus
“Koala Man” |  Hulu / Disney+ Star Original Review – What’s Happening With Disney Plus

“Koala Man” is the latest adult animated comedy series from 20th TV, which is about a middle-aged dad Kevin and his not-so-secret identity, whose only superpower is a burning passion for following rules and sniffing out petty crime in the city of Dapto . Although it may seem like any other Australian suburb, the forces of evil, both cosmic and man-made, lie in wait to pounce on unsuspecting Daptonians. On a mission to clean up his hometown, and often calling his frustrated family into his adventures, Koala Man is ready when he has to deal with some of the biggest problems in the world, like trying to help an elderly woman with a spring button on a remote control or find out what day the bins have to be taken out.

This brand new series comes from Australian creator/animator Michael Cusack, who previously worked on ‘YOLO: Crystal Fantasy’ and ‘Smiling Friends’. The animation style is similar to other 20th century TV shows like “Solar Opposites”, which isn’t much of a surprise since it shows the involvement of co-creator Justin Roiland.

As you might expect from a comedy series about a superhero in an Australian suburb, the series leans heavily on the typical superhero tropes and twists them for laughs, especially since “Koala Man” has no superpowers. The benefit of “Koala Man” being an animated series opens up the show to tackle some more traditional supervillains that would be very expensive to create in a live-action series, such as a giant trash-eating flower.

One of the things I love about “Koala Man” is how Australian it is, which has a different style, tone and feel to your typical American comedy. It pokes fun at the American way of life and leans into your average Australian family, but obviously with some stereotypical humour. It’s completely wrong and getting Hugh Jackman involved helps add to the Aussie feel. There’s quite a bit of Aussie slang in here, but a lifetime of watching Home & Away and Neighbours, plus spending almost a year traveling around the country meant I personally didn’t have much trouble with the Aussie terms , but that might throw some viewers off, but I think all of this helps keep the show’s unique feel.

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As with other 20th TV adult animated series such as “Family Guy” and “American Dad”, this show leans heavily on family dynamics, as this show is not just about “Koala Man”. It’s also about the impact of having a superhero father on his wife and children, who struggle with Kevin’s constant distraction. Throughout the series, this underlying issue continues to build and we get to know them more.

“Koala Man” is a real treat. It’s funny, vulgar, witty and very Australian, which makes it stand out from other animated shows right now, especially as so many of the popular shows have been running for decades. That’s why something new always feels fresh, though. the superhero theme is getting a little overdone right now. But its unique style will keep you entertained as it’s light-hearted and, at just over 20 minutes per episode, will keep you coming back for more. This looks like it’s going to be another big hit for Disney.

Rating – 4 out of 5

All eight episodes of the first season of “Koala Man” will be released on Monday, January 9, 2023, on Hulu in the United States, Star+ in Latin America and on Disney+ around the world.


Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a child and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney parks all over the world and has a huge collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What’s On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: [email protected] Twitter: Twitter.com/RogPalmerUK Facebook: Facebook.com/rogpalmeruk

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