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Aquaman: King of Atlantis: A Down and Dirty Review

If you’re looking for something silly that is also comic book related, look no further! Aquaman: King of Atlantis splashes in with a wave silliness that the whole family can enjoy. See that? Water jokes. I’m funny.

Aquaman: King of Atlantis is a non-canonical continuation of James Wan’s live action Aquaman film (Wan is also a producer for this animated trilogy). Those familiar with the DCEU and/or comics will recognize many characters but should be prepared for significantly sillier representations.

The voice cast is fantastic. Cooper Andrews (The Walking Dead, Shazam!) and Gillian Jacobs (Community, Invincible) cover Aquaman and Mera, respectively. I was also very excited to hear Thomas Lennon’s voice as Vulko (for those unfamiliar with Thomas Lennon, he is always funny and I love him). Aaaand my personal favorite, Ocean Master!!! Played by Dana Snyder, Ocean Master might be the highlight of the show. He is hilarious. Dana Snyder is a legend in the voice acting arena and has been involved in a mess of shows like Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Chowder, Adventure Time and more.

Speaking of Adventure Time, Aquaman: King of Atlantis gives off a lot of Adventure Time vibes. The trilogy is also heavily reminiscent of shows like Spongebob and Steven Universe. Lots of fast paced action, coupled with silliness and butt jokes, and just enough story to keep you interested. The art style is ugly on purpose and the animation is legitimately good. One slight hang-up is that each episode is around 45 minutes long. A bit long for a show this style, but certainly not a deal breaker.

I mentioned earlier that this show is something “that the whole family can enjoy”. To clarify, there’s plenty of butt jokes and violence, but nothing more than what you see on Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon.

Overall, this show is a lot of fun. While it is not quite as funny as Teen Titans Go!, it is still a good time that people of just about any age can enjoy. And again, Ocean Master is amazing.

Aquaman: King of Atlantis is streaming now on HBO Max.

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