Lazor Wulf

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US animated tv series (2016; 2019-current). Based on the web Comic by Henry Bonsu. Bento Box Entertainment (season one), 6 Point Harness (season two), Williams Street. Developed by Henry Bonsu and Daniel Weidenfeld. Directed by Henry Bonsu. Writers include Sarah Bellardini, Henry Bonsu and Carl Jones. Voice cast includes Quinta Brunson, D.R.A.M., Ettore "Big E" Ewen, Andre Pascoe, Vince Staples, Reginald VelJohnson and J D Witherspoon. Twenty eleven-minute episodes, plus the pilot. Colour.

Lazor Wulf (Staples), a thickly eyebrowed wolf with a laser on his back, lives in the Near Future American town of Strongburgand, with his sister Blazor Wulf (Brunson), who has a flame burner on her back, and brother Canon Wulf (Ewen), Weapon and location readily inferred. Lazor's friends include the cycle-riding, track-suited King Yeti (Pascoe), weak-ankled Stupid Horse (Witherspoon) and Battle Ham, an inanimate smoked ham; the town's other inhabitants are African-American. Also prominent are Youth (Brunson), a sassy young girl; a petty God (VelJohnson) (see Religion), and his long suffering assistant, Wallace (D.R.A.M.).

Stories include Lazor's antipathy to God leading him to join a cult, the Church of Scientifical Spinners (possibly a reference to Scientology): it insists the world is round, contradicting God, who says it is flat. It turns out that the vainglorious cult leader is God in disguise, who produces his Cosmic Remote, which can change the Earth's shape: "This way no-one's right, only me." "All of this, just to keep people in such perpetual chaos and confusion?" "Yup ... Now, praise me!". In another episode Lazor, Canon and others howl at the Moon; irritated, she demands they stop but is met by incomprehension ("I might hear a hint of Norwegian?"), even when Blazor explains, "Women don't like being treated like objects and objects don't like being treated like women being treated as objects." (see Feminism); so the Moon causes sea levels to rise, but instead of stopping their howling this is seen as a sign of her appreciation. Everybody drowns (see Disaster).

This is an episodic series whose Humour is often in the same random territory as Regular Show (2010-2017). The first season was enjoyable, an amusing example of Absurdist SF; the second season is less successful, though having its moments. [SP]

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