Story and Rating Of Lost ollie
I did not expect to cry today, but Daggon. It Lost Ollie. Someone’s cutting onions. What is up, Netflix fans? Welcome back. Lost Ollie is a brand new series on Netflix, and while it may look like something sold only for kids, I promise you it is much more than that. But is it worth watching? We’re going to talk about that right now.
Story Of The Lost Ollie
Lost Ollie is an epic adventure about a lost toy who braves the many dangers of childhood as he searches the countryside to reunite with the boy who lost him and the story of the boy who lost more than a best friend. It’s a heartwarming tale for the child in all of us, remembering those special souls that we’ve lost, but who forever changed our lives. Inspired by the book Ollie’s Odyssey by renowned author and illustrator William Joyce and directed by Spiderman. Into the Spiderverse director Peter Ramsey with producers like Shaun Levy and Josh Berry. What a great crew and just as good of a cast. Jonathan Groff mary J. Blige. Tim Blake Nelson gina
Rodriguez. Jake Johnson. And it is rated TVPG. Maybe a little darker than anticipated, though. Is listed for fear and mild themes. A tiny bit of cursing in there, but one or two moments that may have kids a bit on edge.
Dark Themes and The Craft ‘Lost Ollie’
But I love the fact that this series does not hold back, it doesn’t refrain. A lot of these animated shows and movies, they’re sugarcoated, right? We can’t get too dark because the kids, they’ll get scared. And I’m not going to sit back and say. This is a show made for five year olds. But if your twelve year old wants to watch it and can take this on. There will be tears. There will be emotions. But it’s one that allows someone of that age to watch it and feel as if they’re kind of learning something. Growing up along with our characters in the process. And that is awesome. I mentioned Peter Ramsay, that charm but creativity that comes with a movie like into the Spiderverse. This is a drastically different project, but you can feel the love of these characters while you’re
watching. And the creativity behind the story, behind the animation, which is kind of where I want to start, right?
Animation and Dreams ‘Lost Ollie’
You look at the creatures in the way that they are moving during production. They started out with puppetry, but then they moved into CGI, kind of on top of that. I believe it was ILM that was responsible. And there may be a moment or two where it doesn’t look as real as they want it to look, but I really like the style of animation here, but the fact that it blends into the real life surrounding and it just looks real. Now, the theme of the show well, not the main theme, but one of the themes is that dreams can come true when you are okay, not really, but there is a reoccurring song all about dreams as we go. And when I say reoccurring, I mean we hear it three to four times per episode in different forms or fashion. But everything in this four episode limited series. So it’s not like you’re spending all that much time while watching.
Sad Story and Human Stories ‘Lost Ollie’
Everything has a purpose, whether it be the main storyline of our human characters, where Billy, who is being played by Kessler Talbot, his mother, who is being played by Gina Rodriguez. I love this cast. She is sick and she’s going through something that her family is having a hard time of coping with, especially her husband and Jake Johnson. And he’s someone who you can tell the love, the affection is there. It may take a bit for him to come around, but he doesn’t know how to handle this and process it. But same goes for our young character of Billy, someone who is struggling, but his friend in Ollie, played beautifully by Jonathan Groff. That’s really the only thing, the only person it feels like there to comfort him in his time of need and being able to escape from that reality and dream. That concept that continues to come back around, that’s what’s allowing him to get through this and cope. But there are also some characters at school who are bullying him. Kids are going to be kids. It’s crazy that you’re going to bully a kid whose mom is really sick. But you know what? It happens. But this allows him to cope.
Ollie and Talking Toys ‘Lost Ollie’
Well, Ollie goes away. The title of the show is Lost ollie and the Journey, our animated journey, if you will, is Ollie trying to get back. But in the midst of that, Billy is trying to handle all of this happening. I guess I could also see it as a peek into the integral moments of Billy’s life where he utilized Ollie to help him get through these. But you also have the concept, and this is probably a big he should not have left it for this long end of the video. Ollie and these other toys, well, they’re alive. He’s alive, and some characters can hear them, yet others can’t. And that’s where I started to ask my questions, right? Some of these kids can interact with these characters. Adults can see them at times, but mostly they cannot. They’re interacting with the environment
Explaining The Rules ‘Lost Ollie’
There’s one moment, one sequence where these characters are running through a hallway and they’re noticed by one or two of the human characters, but doctors are just kind of walking right past them. And that did leave me with questions, because there’s someone who thinks too much about these types of things. I’m thinking is it coming down to the fact that you have to believe in them to be able to talk to them? But if that’s the case, then how could you not notice them? Even if it doesn’t show them running, if you don’t believe in them, you would have to see the Toy kind of floating right by you. And I get it. Doctors are busy. Maybe they’re not going to notice. But I would notice that. I feel like I would notice that. And the rules aren’t as clear as maybe they should be. Because if the rule is you have to believe in them to be able to talk to them, you kind of have that Toy Story flare. We’ll talk about that. Well, then how would it be explained that they’re running through a hallway and no one manages? Do they just stop existing? At that point? I was asking too many questions. So maybe that wasn’t the focus. Maybe they didn’t care as much about that. But for me, that is a nitpick with this series. They did not establish the realism there.
Grounded Series and Other Characters ‘Lost Ollie’
But other than that one unexplained issue with the show, you talk about realism, you talk about that darkness and grittiness that we don’t get to see in these animated, even animated human hybrid projects anymore. That’s here. And this is a very grounded show. It gave me that emotional feeling that I got watching Sweet Tooth last year, where it’s heartfelt, it’s emotional at times, it’s lovely, but it can also get somewhat brutal. I use that term lightly, right? You’re not talking R rated brutality, but for a show that is centered around the kid and kind of for kids, you could use the word brutal. So this isn’t me telling you not to let your kids watch this, but expect some very adult things in there, but to the point where I appreciate them because they added nothing but goodness to the story, and it made the story so compelling and so emotional. And you have these other characters, and Mary J. Blige is rosy and kind of the outlier character of this show in Zozo, played by Tim Blake Nelson, who sort of there is a comparison to be made to one specific character in one of the Toy Story movies. And if you’ve seen the show, you know what I’m talking about. Reminds me of him. I won’t say who because that’s a mild spoiler, but if you’ve seen the show, you know who I’m talking about.
Comparisons and Emotions
And there it is, right? The ultimate comparison toy story. This is just a different show in its entirety, right? I don’t think the rules are handled nearly as well as Toy Story was, but in terms of Ollie’s journey, ollie’s growth as a character starting out somewhat quiet and naive, but turning into a character that is able to survive and find his way through being lost as a Toy. Write some beautiful themes, and then we get to the ending of this four episode series. And I won’t lie to you, there were some emotional moments in the final few minutes that did have me shedding a tear or two, and that hasn’t happened in a long time. Not that I don’t get emotional, but I haven’t felt like this. And boy, oh, boy, did it not just cement my love for this show, right? Even beyond the questions that I have when it comes to the pacing, some people may not love it. I thought it worked just fine. I really don’t have a lot of criticisms with the actual story other than it being somewhat conventional and cliche. But that’s okay, because the way this was handled worked extremely well for me.
Final Thoughts ‘Lost Ollie’
So let’s go ahead and score Lost Ollie before I do that. Thank you guys so much for being here.
If you enjoyed this Netflix show, tell me why you did or did not and if it made you emotional. Also, if you want to drop a thumbs up in a comment, what is your favorite series on Netflix of the year? Lost Ollie puts a nice spin on a concept that hasn’t been nailed since the first Toy Story. Utilizing beautiful storytelling and solid effects, this series is able to hit hard and will leave viewers emotionally satisfied, kind of like it did myself. I’m going in 86% with my score. This was a really good time, and it’s one that I think will be able to work for most, if not all, ages. Thank you guys so much for watching this post . Plenty of reviews coming this week and best and worst movies of the month this weekend. please leave a comment and share please
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