This Netflix Series Is The First Animated Show With A Trans Jew Cast – Kveller

When it comes to good LGBTQ+ representation these days, perhaps one of the best places to find it is in animation. One of the latest and greatest developments of the weird animation project is “Dead End: Paranormal Park.”

Produced by Blink Industries, show (based on the comic book series “DeadEndia” by Hamish Steele) is about two children, Barney (voiced by Zack Barack) and Norma (Kody Kavitha). Barney and Norma apply for a job at Phoenix Parks, an amusement park dedicated to Pauline Phoenix, the famous Dolly Parton-like/movie star/singer/lookalike. However, upon entering the park, the two soon learn that the park’s amusements are leaning more towards the gruesome. They encounter various ghosts and demons, including a cranky and homesick demon named Courtney (Emily Osment). Despite all this, the two decided to take the job; Norma for her fandom’s dedication to Pauline Phoenix and Barney for the accident scene while avoiding an unpleasant domestic life with her parents. As the two spend more and more time in the park, protecting their customers from demonic threats, they grow closer, entering into many adventures with talking dogs Barney (caused by demon possession), Pugsley (Alex Brightman) and their various co-workers.

When I first heard about this event, I was thrilled to know that it would be led by tin trans-masc rarely on any show, let alone an animated program aimed at a young adult audience. As a queer content consumer and fan of animated content, I’ve always wanted more media that explores representation within that intersection. In the show’s first episode, I was delighted to find my joy in the canonical and explicit representation of trance, including Barney actually using the on-screen word “trance” to refer to himself, something I’ve never seen done before in animation of all ages. . . The further I got into the show, the more excited I became for Barney to be present, not only as a trans (and gay!) character, but a Jewish character as well.

Although not as emphasized as other parts of his identity, Barney’s Jewishness is shown at various points in the show. In episode 3, “Trust Me,” his family is seen eating brisket; in episode 5, “The Nightmare Before Christmas in July,” he wears a blue and white sweater with a Star of David on it; in episode 10 she imagines her future marriage to crush Logan “Logs” Nguyen (Kenny Tran), imagines herself and Pugsley wearing a kippah and smashing the traditional Jewish wedding glass with her feet.

As a quirky and Jewish fangirl, I rarely see a combination of my two identities on screen (despite shouting at Kelsey from Craig from the River), so it was a very pleasant surprise to see this representation of the Intersection at Barney. In fact, the show itself is a beautiful beacon of diversity, not only featuring a wide variety of bodies, but also featuring the main South Asian female character in Norma, who has anxieties and fears. coded as autistic (a facet of his character being supported by many on the autism spectrum production team, including creator Hamish Steele). Other important figures include Badyah Hassan (Kathreen Khavari), a hijabi girl with a sweet disposition and a slightly sharp sense of humor, and Logs, a Vietnamese-American achillean character who has the funniest relationship with Barney.

What’s even more refreshing about the show is the way all of these characters were able to exist in a well-developed horror-fantasy series. Their identity is respected without being a constant primary focus. Barney is allowed to be trans/queer and Jewish in a way that will sound authentic to Jews and other trans/queers, such as having to deal with family members who exhibit “less than stellar” fellowship, as seen with Barney’s parents, without it becoming a path. the central story. In each episode, we get to see these characters have the same type of adventure with less marginalized characters (i.e., straight, cis, etc.) all the time, like dealing with spooky villains and embarrassing crushes, but shown through the lens. queerness and neurodivergence.

Ultimately, in a world where (unfortunately) antisemitism, transphobia, and general discrimination against marginalized identities are on the rise, “Dead End: Paranormal Park” is an animated balm, a sweet escape in the form of horror, where those who are usually victims become heroes. If you are a fan of shows like “Steven Universe” and “The Owl House”, then I can basically guarantee you will be a fan of these shows too.

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