IMDb rating: 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 72%
Four-part adult animated miniseries The Liberator takes World War II and turns it into a visual masterpiece of entertainment. It’s not an animation in the usual sense – the actors filmed their parts and it was digitally animated using a CGI version of rotoscoping.
The Liberator is based on Alex Kershaw’s book The Liberator: One World War II Soldier’s 500-Day Odyssey. It centres on real-life US Army officer Felix “Shotgun” Sparks (voiced and acted by Bradley James), who leads the 157th Infantry Battalion of the 45th Division (don’t worry about knowing what that means). All you need to know is that Shotgun’s speeches match his military genius as he inspires his platoon to become one of the most decorated squads of the conflict.
The CGI work is probably the most outstanding feature of The Liberators and is setting the standard. Theverge.com’s reviewer notes, “The result is a work that immerses the viewer in the texture of history, transposing it to a modern scale. It helps you imagine the terrible power of weapons that could kill en masse wielded for the first time.”