When it comes to Western animation, specifically stuff of the non-cinematic variety, In fact, were it not for my dear friend “Dr T” tweeting the praises of this pilot who knows how long before I heard of this series’ existence? In any case she used the magic word and here I am talking about this most intriguing pilot of what will hopefully become a future series. Let us briefly check out the pilot of Hazbin Hotel.
WARNING: While the violence on the show is PG-13 at best there is VERY STRONG/CRUDE language along with some discriminatory and sexist humor. It is not recommended for everyone. Trust me. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Genre: Dark Comedy, Musical, Adult
Plot Summary: For the longest time Hell has facing an overpopulation crisis and Heaven’s solution is an annual “cleansing”. Princess Charlie proposed opening a “rehabilitation establishment” but this being the Netherworld it was received as well as one would expect. Even so her majesty, closest confidant and some other infernal weirdos were willing to work something out.
The best way I can describe the animation is an art style that combines traditional evilness and “Neo-Classical”. The latter is something I noticed becoming more popular in the independent scene, taking classic animation and give it modern coat of paint.
While the pilot is about half an hour and the main plot is easy to understand A LOT happens in the background and there are many things for both longtime fans of Viziepop projects and newcomers like me. Repeated viewings are required to notice most stuff. Alongside that the show moves at breakneck speed but still manages to be easy to follow.
As mentioned in the warning the cartoon violence is PG-13 with little to no gore (except shattered egg minions I suppose) but the language is not for younger audiences. This story being set in Hell expect plenty of crudeness and mean spirited comments from 100% of the cast. Even our optimistic protagonist dropped a few naughty words.
Speaking of our protagonist this brings us to the main reason I am writing about this pilot. Charlie is one of, if not the only beings in Hell who can be considered “good”. She is like Vignette of Gabriel Dropout in that regard. However, despite her kindness she is still a demon and thankfully not a pushover. Then there is her Vaggie (At first I thought her name started with a B but of course it was a V). Vaggie is her no-nonsense girlfriend who only shows her soft side to Charlie. She does not pamper her but does love and support her unconditionally.
Oh yes. Charlie likes musicals. Keep this in mind.
This is not a review but if it were I would give the Hazbin Hotel pilot an 8/10. If it were to be picked up by one of the major streaming sites or successfully crowdfunded I would gladly watch more of the lesbian Netherworld princess in her not-so hopeless mission to try and rehabilitate the worst of the worst.
The pilot can be seen HERE.
PS: Radiodemon and Vaggie are my favorite characters.