Criticism | Wild Agents: Animation is an explosion of action scenes and debuts today on TNT

Agentes Selvagens debuts this Saturday at 10:40 a.m. (BSB time) on TNT

A mind-boggling race behind a valuable suitcase, in a look that inspires all the beauty of Chinese architecture, marks the first and intense 20 minutes of Agentes Selvagens’ animation. Inadvertently, the children’s production starts off explosively and electrifyingly and is unwilling to let the minds of its child audience get down to the whole plot. Colorful and with well-drawn artistic strokes, the production attempts to explore more complex issues, but even focuses on delivering a pleasant and fun tale about animal spies.

Here, the clever Vladmir and the nerd Hector will be forced to work together on a secret mission in order to recover a rare and dangerous substance that can transform the animal kingdom once and for all. At first showing itself in a very simplistic way, the plot of Agents Selvagens develops in a surprising way before the eyes of the adult audience. Bringing in supporting characters that seem of little use to the plot, the feature film directed by Guillaume Ivernel and Zhiyi Zhang soon shows what happened, deepening the arches of these characters and revealing a much more elaborate connection between them and the main protagonists.

Exploring all the versatile colors of the animal world, the children’s animation plays with the anthropomorphic aspect of the characters and manages to build a story that is sure to amaze the eyes of the little ones. With plenty of fast-paced and technically well-executed action scenes, the production still exhibits the hallmarks of Asian cinema throughout its build. These explosions and exaggerations – which often become excessive for Western audiences – are in fact part of the very essence of the Asian-East film industry. This means that, to a good connoisseur, the whole hyperbolic aspect of Animal Agents is nothing less than valuable cultural references.

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Bringing in other references from Asian and Eastern POP culture that have been absorbed by the West, such as fixation by video games and the famous Tamagochis – which parents will remember more than the little ones – the film still features characteristics of Chinese slapstick comedy, a detail that the most avid moviegoers will notice. Aimed at children and with a light message on the preservation of animal life and the environment, Agentes Selvagens fails to delve deeper into its socio-environmental premises, but it is still a fun and contagious cinematic experience to enjoy as a family.

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