If you are excited about the upcoming release of Skull Island then today is your day! That’s right Kong fans the highly anticipated Netflix Skull Island animated series is out today. Starring Nicolas Cantu, Mae Whitman, Darren Barnet, Benjamin Bratt, and Betty Gilpin; this eight-episode series shipwrecks you into Skull Island where a group of explorers encounters monsters like no other and the mighty Kong. Thanks to our friends over at Netflix I received an early screening of this series and it ended up being a series I fell in love with.

Skull Island

The new SKULL ISLAND series, from Legendary Television, takes viewers on a thrilling adventure as a group of kind-hearted explorers rescues Annie (Mae Whitman) from the ocean, unaware that their act of heroism will lead them to the treacherous Skull Island. This enigmatic place is home to bizarre creatures and terrifying monsters, including the mighty titan himself, Kong.

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Skull Island. Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2023

The series boasts an impressive ensemble cast, with Nicolas Cantu (Dragons Rescue Riders: Heroes of the Sky, The Fabelmans) lending his voice to the protagonist, Charlie. Joining him are talented voice actors Mae Whitman (Family Guy, DC Super Hero Girls) as Annie, Darren Barnet (Never Have I Ever, Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles) as Mike, Benjamin Bratt as Cap (Poker Face, Coco), and Betty Gilpin (Mrs. Davis, Glow) as Irene. Together, they bring these vibrant characters to life and embark on a captivating journey.

“Skull Island” is created, written and executive produced by Brian Duffield (Cocaine Bear, Love and Monsters). Jacob Robinson, Brad Graeber, Jen Chambers, and Thomas Tull also serve as executive producers. The animation is expertly crafted by Powerhouse Animation, acclaimed for their work on hit series such as “Castlevania” and “Blood of Zeus.”

Skull Island Review

Kong has returned in the new Netflix series, Skull Island. This newest addition to Legendary’s MonsterVerse takes fans back to Skull Island where we are not only introduced to some new prehistoric monsters we also meet up with some familiar ones as well including the Titan, Kong. This series also introduces us to some new characters as well.

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Mae Whitman as Annie in Skull Island. Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2023

Now as many of you know I hate giving spoilers in my reviews so I will do my best not to ruin this 8-episode series for you. Skull Island wastes no time and starts out with the action right in the beginning. A group of explorers finds Annie floating in the ocean once she is saved it didn’t take long for some events to escalate and the group of explorers find themselves shipwrecked on Skull Island.

Once on the island, they learn very quickly that they are not the only ones there. Not only is there another team of explorers but the island is full of monsters waiting to make any of them their next meal. Land, air, and sea no one is safe including Kong himself.

The Creative Team And Cast

Brian Duffield and Jacob Robinson do an amazing job bringing this animated story to life. There was a great mixture of action and downtime that really helped tell this latest story of Kong. Not only was the storytelling good Duffield and Robinson did an amazing job putting the voice cast together.

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Benjamin Bratt as Cap in Skull Island. Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2023

Nicolas Cantu, Mae Whitman, Darren Barnet, Benjamin Bratt, and Betty Gilpin did a great job bringing the characters to life. This all-star team of voice actors not only brought you closer to each character but they also made you feel what each character felt in the moment. From heart-pounding action to emotional moments, you hung in there every second.

On top of all this, the animation was amazing as well. The animation was simple but also very detailed. It also had an anime look to it. The colors flowed smoothing throughout each episode. From the beaches to the deep interior of Skull Island, the details also brought this series to life without any distractions.

(L to R) Nicolas Cantu as Charlie and Darren Barnet as Mike in Skull Island. Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2023

My Final Thoughts

Overall this series was a chest-pumping good time. The storyline was good and the animation looked great. The voice cast did an amazing job together and I hope we see most of them in another season. Now was everything perfect in this series? No, but honestly it was pretty close. There were a few slow parts in this series. Yes, they were needed to tell some of the story and backstory but some kind of dragged on for a bit. But if you are a Kong fan this series is a must-watch for you. I had no issues binge-watching the series.

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(L to R) Betty Gilpin as Irene, Phil LaMarr as Sam and Benjamin Bratt as Cap in Skull Island. Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2023


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