Out There which premiers on February 22 at 10:30 p.m. is IFC’s lack-luster, obscure animation series that leaves you indifferent about what could have been a quirky and fun series. The show lamely tries to capture the awkward years of youth but the voice acting, animation style, and characters lack sincere thought and believability.
Our main characters consist of Chad Evans (our lead who has just been thrust into the frightful years of adolescence without any real friends), Chris Novak (the leads newly found best friend who is also the schools punching bag), and Jay Evans (the leads younger, imaginative brother). On the whole, most of the characters are run of the mill and nothing to shout about. The only character worth any ones attention is the little brother, Jay, whose inexplicable imagination is the best part of the show.
Out There’s jokes are nothing new, and the running theme of adolescence which has been done thousands of times before is not being done in any new or exciting form. This could have been an animation for adults about how awkward their previous years were for them and create a kind of reminiscent cloud around the show and its characters. But instead it lacks any genuine originality and piggy-backs off of the Wonder Years when Chad voices over what happens within the story line.
Out There’s story lines could easily be someone’s memory of their teen years, but this show doesn’t bring anything new to the table so why should viewers be interested in watching it every week? In a sea where Adult Swim and FX offer more rejuvenating animation shows for adults, IFC’s Out There will flounder and die because it’s nothing new to the adults who expect more from their animations.