The Reel Review
This Brazilian animated Netflix comedy series is about three gay co-workers at a department store that lead double lives as crime-fighting, LGBTQ-protecting, superhero drag queens – imagine an adult mashup of Powerpuff Girls and RuPaul’s Drag Race. While the concept is a cute one (the English language dub even features the voices of RPDR alums Trixie Mattel, Shangela, Willam and Ginger Minj), this profoundly amateurish, five episode series completely misses the mark, with a slew of unfunny, truly stupid and often even offensive homophobic jokes that sadly break only one stereotype – that gay people are clever, creative and fun. The show’s creators also fail to grasp one very important element – seeing actual drag queens lip synch can be an entertaining art form. Seeing animated characters dressed like drag queens lip synch is… well, animation. If you want clever, raunchy, adult animated humor watch Big Mouth (review here: https://www.thereelness.com/film/big-mouth/), not this pathetic mess.
• Being a Brazilian series, the default language is Portuguese – it is available in several other languages (including English) – just change your audio settings and turn OFF the poorly done subtitles
• The English language version stars Shangela and Willam, who also were featured in the Bradley Cooper/Lady Gaga remake of A Star Is Born
• Conservative groups in Brazil unsuccessfully campaigned to have this series taken off the air, claiming it encourages drag among children, but Netflix has disclaimers saying it is only for adult audiences.