The 5 maddest moments in HBO’s Animals
HBO’s Animals is a weird show. It’s an animated series about wild and domesticated animals living in New York City. You’ll see dogs dealing with bullies and pigeons trying to wrap their minds around gender identity. You’ll also see a mad professor trying to destroy the world, rats fight over their sawdust-and-faeces lover, and the invention of pants.
You’ll see dogs dealing with bullies and pigeons trying to wrap their minds around gender identity. You’ll also see a mad professor trying to destroy the world, rats fight over their sawdust-and-faeces lover, and the invention of pants.
With all three seasons ready to stream on Showmax, let’s recap some of the strangest and most outrageous moments we’ve been subjected to at the hands of these creatures, who fill us with a mixture of horror, amusement and morbid fascination.
1 Bondage cats
Season 1 of Animals was relatively tame compared to the subsequent two, but it still brought its own weirdness to the table.
The first sign of this was no doubt in episode 3, when a stray cat is invited to lunch with two domesticated cats in a high-level penthouse. Little does he know, they have a thing for bondage – as well as kidnapping and torturing stray cats.
The most horrifying part of this episode is not that cats are portrayed as gimp-suited nightmares from a movie like Hostel, but that you can totally see your cat being one of them…
Drugs are bad, kids, mmkay? For one, they can totally ruin your perception of society and pop your cosy little bubble that’s keeping you shielded from reality.
That is, until one of them smokes a big joint and can suddenly talk and understand normal English!
Much like the life of algae, it’s over very quickly and the conclusion is suitably dry and silly.
3 Big Boi and Killer Mike
In Animals, every episode is largely themed around a specific group of creatures.
In Season 2’s Pigeons episode, we follow the sad tale of a jealous bird who accidentally causes the death of his younger brother. When he runs away from home, the pigeon is sucked into a subway toilet and experiences a very unusual spiritual quest.
We won’t spoil the details of this crazy story, but along the way, you’ll encounter one of our favourite Animals moments: a hip-hop song from rappers Big Boi and Run The Jewels maestro Killer Mike.
We won’t delve into details, but one of the consequences – at least in the season’s 5th episode – is that some stuff comes to life. Literally. Baseballs, toasters, receipts, even sex toys suddenly jump up with self-awareness.
Together they struggle to find the meaning of life, love, sex and the general nonsense of the world. Together they also make one of the most bizarre episodes of the series.
It doesn’t make sense, actually. But few things in Animals actually do. That’s what makes it so great.
Each season of Animals has a story arc involving actions by humans in the city.
They rarely talk and are a sideshow to the antics of the main characters. But one episode in Season 2 focuses exclusively on the bipeds that like to think they rule the planet.
Unlike the other episodes, this one isn’t animated but shot in live action. But that doesn’t detract at all from Animals’ craziness. In fact, it amplifies the lunacy, and the “ad men” section, in particular, will be too much for some people.
Simply put, humans are the ultimate Animals, and in this Season 2 episode, we get to see just how ridiculous and over the top we are.