Episode #4 of How About Notflix has the crew talking about The Mandalorian as well as the eighth season of Letterkenny and the animated spinoff Littlekenny. Is this where Letterkenny jumps the shark?
Letterkenny is one of those rare shows that pops up every few years, one that is obviously the passionate creation of a small group that happens to hit it big. Letterkenny was created by Jared Keeso and crew, and one that despite pumping out eight seasons (54 episodes) in four years has somehow managed to keep the momentum going and avoid the fate of becoming stale and repetitive.
As more production studios have gotten involved, it was only a matter of time before we had to ask: How long until Letterkenny gets ruined by big corporate trash. The answer? Littlekenny.
The first season of Littlekenny is insufferable and the entire season runs less than a half hour. It consists of child-versions of the main characters from the normal show, which is just a fancy way of saying that Jared Keeso, Nathan Dales, and K. Trevor Wilson put on a grating high-pitched voice, stutter, and have a lisp. Wayne’s sister Katy is also in the show, but she doesn’t talk. Hopefully Michelle Myatt took one look at the premise and wanted nothing to do with it.
I wanted to make a joke about how production company Little Blackstone produces shit animation, but considering they created the cartoons for the Poopeez toy line, they literally produce shit animation. Littlekenny looks like it was commissioned for Nick Jr. but rejected for poor quality. It’s the kind of quality work you’d find in short animations on Colgate’s website promoting healthy brushing for kids.
The kind of jokes that might be funny in the main series are awkward and creepy coming from what are clearly grown men badly voicing children, like Dary talking about enjoying his aunt’s “milk jug hugs” or Wayne talking about getting in trouble for playing foursquare with Katy and telling his parents he slammed one in his sister’s box.
Which begs the question on who exactly this is for. The animation quality makes it look like a show for babies, but the characters constantly drop obscenities and incest jokes. It goes out of its way to establish a backstory for the show from Wayne meeting Dary and Dan, Dary’s first soft birthday, and how he got the nickname. It’s definitely not a show for kids but also nowhere near as well written as the main show. The whole season is 18 minutes long, but it is unbearable from the first line.
Jared Keeso’s Wayne doesn’t care much for kids in Letterkenny and after a season of Littlekenny neither will you.