Hold On To What’s Left of Your Youth
Bring your tears, hormone monsters, and all of your socially awkward tendencies to sacrifice to the Shame Wizard because Big Mouth Panel will be coming to this year’s New York Comic-Con this Thursday. The animation was recently renewed by Netflix for three more seasons. When I first started watching this series, I didn’t know what to expect. I honestly went in head first with the most monotone thoughts because I was desperately afraid of being disappointed. Alas, after the first three episodes of season 1, shocked would be an understatement. I was enamored with the way they approached puberty, sex, and insecurities. Big Mouth projects physical representations of our adolescent fears and allows us to see them interact with the world in ways we never wanted them to. Nick Kroll, Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett and Andrew Goldberg gave me lessons two seasons of sex education.
Sure Big Mouth is three times more uncomfortable than the sex education classes I was forced to take in high school, but sixty times more entertaining. This animated series is filled with laughs, cringes and touching moments. From Hormone Monsters to Shame Spirits, I never imagined that I would latch on to these creative entities. I’ve grown to love each and every character so much that my conscience is now replaced with Maya Rudolph’s voice over of the Hormone Monster.
Big Mouth taught me lessons about late-blooming, friendship and the inevitable reality of changes…
In the first two seasons, viewers watched the awkward cluster of adolescents sift through physical embodiments of metaphors. One of my favorite examples, the Shame Wizard, voiced by David Thewlis was the arch-nemesis of the Hormone Monsters. Consistently creeping up on you, crawling and cringing on the floor it was perfect. Shame thrives on adolescent bodies not understanding what’s going on with them, so what a better way to do than to have it portrayed by this ghastly floating old man.
Shame at times feels like a religious figure, takes on different forms but it knows everyone the same.
What I am looking forward to in this new season is what does it look like when our mental health goes to battle with our hormone monsters. Let’s think about it. The chemicals in our bodies essentially determine our mindstate. The abundance of one chemical and then lack thereof in another can be a recipe for anxiety, depression and plain confusion.
Preteen depression is not taken seriously enough
We left off with the exploration between femininity and depression within Jesse. We see her being cuddled by the depression kitty. Many of us have been there before curled up in the darkness almost coddled by our own sadness. I think the exploration of womanhood is needed in this next season of Big Mouth and I’m excited to possibly see some new trailers and new steps for Jesse in this upcoming season. We’ve seen some drastic decisions and surprising twists in this last season so I only suspect that the next steps will be unleashing the nuances of our hormonal capacities outside of the discovery of arousal. Will there be new monsters? Will there be different worlds to explore? I’m excited to learn about the different concepts and metaphors the writer’s concocted and what they will share about their discoveries in this year’s NYCC!