THE LAST KIDS ON EARTH is a new Netflix animation series in the horror-comedy genre. It features a post-apocalyptic world full of monsters, zombies and the few kids battling them. Read more in our The Last Kids on Earth review and check Season 1 out on Netflix now!
The Last Kids on Earth is a new Netflix series. It’s animated and lands solidly in the family genre, but really, it’s an animated horror-comedy at heart.
The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where monsters and zombies have taken over. However, a few kids are left behind to battle them. And also, to play video games and basically gamify the entire apocalypse.
Hey, we all have our own coping mechanism and these kids are doing a pretty good job at surviving. Even if they do seem to be very lucky most of the time.
Season 1 is a sixty-six-minute special out on Netflix now, and you can read more about it in our The Last Kids on Earth review below!
A sublime voice cast should draw in viewers
During season one of The Last Kids on Earth we first get introduced to Jack Sullivan, who is the main protagonist and narrator of this story. He is voiced by Nick Wolfhard and yes, Nick Wolfhard is the brother of Finn Wolfhard from both Stranger Things and IT.
While Nick Wolfhard stars as Jack Sullivan, there are a lot of very well-known names attached to this cast. We have Bruce Campbell who might just be one of the most iconic horror movie actors. Especially when it comes to post-apocalyptic slashers in the monsters category with a horror-comedy vibe.
Also, there’s Mark Hamill, Rosario Dawson, Catherine O’Hara, and many more. They’re not all necessarily part of season one so you’ll just have to stay tuned to enjoy them.
I just love Rover!
Also, while the kids are definitely at the heart of the story in The Last Kids on Earth – the title pretty much gives that plot point away – there are also lots of monsters.
And then there’s Rover. He’s a dog monster of sorts who just wants to find someone to play with. Of course, the kids are quick to accept the monster dog into their tree house and name him Rover.
Finally, the real treat for young (and older) fans of horror will probably be the zombies. But because this is more of a horror-comedy, the style is more Shaun of the Dead than it is The Walking Dead. The zombies are never that dangerous and do tend to offer more comic relief than any real danger.
Then again, that’s precisely why it’s perfect for the younger horror audience who is just getting started with the genre.
Watch The Last Kids on Earth on Netflix now!
The Last Kids on Earth is based on the book by Max Brallier and episode one was written by Joshua Pruett. Previously, Joshua Pruett has written episodes of Phineas and Ferb so he’s an obvious choice. In terms of the horror vibe, he has the animated TV movie Haunted Mansion coming up, so he’s into that as well.
This first season of The Last Kids on Earth was directed by William Lau who directed a lot of Monster High movies. Once again, William Lau is an obvious choice to tackle The Last Kids on Earth and the result is definitely satisfying.
To me, The Last Kids on Earth is exactly the kind of production that can get kids into horror (or horror-comedy) at an early age. Sure, the story features zombies and monsters and kids that are left to their own devices. But it also shows that you’re capable of a lot more than you might think. And that you can get by with a little help from your friend. Even during the apocalypse!
Season 2 is scheduled to be released in 2020, and a third season has also been confirmed.
The Last Kids on Earth is out on Netflix with Season 1 from September 17, 2019.
Based on the New York Times bestselling book series, The Last Kids on Earth follows 13-year-old Jack Sullivan and a band of suburban middle schoolers who live in a decked-out tree house, play video games, gorge themselves on candy, and battle zombies in the aftermath of the monster apocalypse. It’s a hilarious adventure filled with wisecracking kids, crazy gadgets, a lifetime supply of zombies and giant-sized monsters.