Despite the series’ critical acclaim, the artists behind it Love, Death & Robots remains relatively unknown. The third season of the animated anthology has arrived and will be one of the most exciting additions to Netflix’s roster this year.
Some of the thinkers behind animation anthologies get their time in the spotlight through insightful features that allow them to break down the creative process behind animation shorts. But many of the shows’ best and brightest remain tragically underappreciated. Countless artists, writers, animators, and many more work on every episode of every season, and there won’t be enough time to give each individual the attention they have. But with the show’s continued success, it’s time for at least a handful of people to get a little more time and appreciation from the audience.
Alberto Mielgo is the visionary director behind “Jbaro,” a new posterchild episode for the animated anthology series. Mielgo is also responsible for directing “The Witness,” the third episode of the Netflix series’ first season and one of the anthology’s most troubling animated shorts.
Like Mielgo’s “Witness”, Mielgo’s “Jibaro” is both beautiful and haunting, following the dark, fairy-tale-like tale of a deaf knight and his encounter with a dancing golden siren. As the director behind the two main episodes of the series, Mielgo better have the director’s chair saved for him should Netflix decide to renew Love, Death & Robots for the coming season.
The writing behind the episode Love, Death & Robots don’t often get the credits that they are due. Somewhat overshadowed by art and animation like the author John Scalzi, whose sci-fi short story (written in 2018) forms the basis of one of the most iconic episodes of the Netflix series. Scalzi’s original short story was titled “Three Robots Experience Objects Left Behind from the Human Era for the First Time.” Netflix chose to shorten the title to “Three Robots” when selecting the title for the second episode of their first season.
Robot Scalzi returns for the short sequel, “Three Robots: Strategy Out,” in what will be the main episode for the series’ third season. But the uniqueness and charm of Scalzi’s story means that you shouldn’t underestimate the mind that wrote each animated short.
Kevin Michael Richardson
Breathing life into the series’ animated characters are a variety of talented voice actors. Showing talent like Rosary Dawson (Marvel Studios Daredevil), Michael B. Jordan (black Panther), and North Nolan (Rick and Morty), Love, Death & Robots offers a very impressive cast. Voice actors are an important part of the series but are chameleon-like in a way. Often overshadowed by seductive art and animation, the show’s fantastic voice cast is often overlooked.
But no one should ignore performance Kevin Michael Richardson soon. Richardson provides Zima’s deep, meditative voice in the fourteenth episode of the show’s first season. In this fantastic episode, titled “Zima Blue,” Zima, one of the future’s most celebrated artists, reminisces on his famous rise before launching his magnum opus to the world. Richardson has lent his voice to other films and television shows you may be familiar with, such as unbeatable, Teen Titans Go!and Lilo & Stitch. “Blue Zima” is one of them Love, Death & Robots‘ which are more reflective, spiritual stories, and, in addition to his distinctive art direction and style, he owes much to Richardson’s hypnotic performances.
Getting short animations took a lot of work, especially at the scale and quality shown in Love, Death & Robots. The artists responsible for character modeling are basically digital sculptors. Adel Benabdallah is one such artist; You have to thank him for the modeling and foreshadowing of the mighty Khanivore, the savage fighter who featured prominently in “Sonnie’s Edge,” the first episode of the animated anthology’s debut season.
Benabdallah is a capable and experienced character artist who has worked on similar epic projects such as cinematic trailers for Riot Games’ League of Legends. His work in Love, Death & Robots speak for itself, but you can check it at ArtStation if you want to see more of his professional work.
Animators are the backbone of the Netflix anthology series. Apart from the charming and sombre moral concepts of the writers and directors, the inventive and bombastic short film would not exist without a skilled team of animators.
The distinctive look of “Ice,” the second episode of the second season series, can be attributed in part to Sykosan, an artist who was responsible for several short dynamic 2D animations. Sykosan’s artwork at ArtStationwhere they even broke down shots they developed for the Netflix anthology series.
In exploring violence, romance, technology, and the post-apocalypse, Love, Death & Robots is a very thought-provoking and meditative show. The composer behind each episode, such as Sara BaroneHelp build this atmosphere of introspection with intricately crafted scores.
Barone composed the music for “The Drowned Giant,” the eighth episode of the series’ second season, which focused on finding a shipwrecked dead giant. It’s a meditative episode worthy of Barone’s captivating score. Barone has worked in various music and audio capacities for major film and TV projects, such as Zack Snyder’s Justice League, crazy! and Godzilla vs. Kong.