Love, Death & Robots Episode 6: “When The Yogurt Took Over” Recap & Review

 

Love, Death & Yogurt

When it comes to short episodes, When The Yogurt Takes Over is one of the smallest in Love, Death & Robots’ episode list. At a run time of 6 minutes, this amusing episode imagines a future where a super-intelligent yogurt has taken over the world.

The man who voiced both Brain in Pinky & The Brain and various robots in Futurama, Maurice LaMarche, lends his voice to this wacky episode. With no dialogue, save for a few words from the yogurt itself, the entire episode serves as an expository script as we’re told what’s happened to humanity. This all starts with the world standing on the brink of financial ruin and a super-intelligent hybrid yogurt promising a solution to the debt problem.

After being laughed at, the yogurt ultimately shows its business prowess and winds up in charge of Ohio. This subsequently leads to the world being governed by yogurt before a collection of giant-sized pots fly off into the stars, leaving humankind behind alone to ponder over what it all meant and where they go from here.

The episode touches on issues around humanity, our dependence on technology (or in this case, yogurt) and what happens when our reliance is ill-served. It’s an interesting idea and one that mirrors our growing reliance on computers and electronics. Unfortunately it’s not quite explored as thoroughly as it perhaps should be.

Much like Pixar’s animated feature Up, When The Yogurt Takes Over uses a lot of squares and straight lines for its animation. The wide-eyed, blank stares and rigid facial expressions combine to really reinforce the inferiority of humankind in the face of this bowl of yogurt. Having said that, an odd bout of nudity crops up here too in one of the most jarring moments of the episode. In an otherwise tame 6 minutes, a woman exposes her breasts in the middle of a riot during the middle portion of the episode. It’s one of the most unnecessary bits of nudity here and its purpose does seem unclear as to whether it’s for shocks or comedy.

Still, at 6 minutes long you can’t really have too many complaints with this one. When The Yogurt Takes Over doesn’t quite do enough with its themes and the passive tone of the episode fails to really pull you into the story. Still, the episode itself is intriguing and the concept should be enough for you to check this one out.

 


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2 thoughts on “Love, Death & Robots Episode 6: “When The Yogurt Took Over” Recap & Review”

  1. ” In an otherwise tame 6 minutes, a woman exposes her breasts in the middle of a riot during the middle portion of the episode. It’s one of the most unnecessary bits of nudity here and its purpose does seem unclear as to whether it’s for shocks or comedy.”

    This is a reference to the Femen protests:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Femen

  2. I’m really surprised this one got a three. I love your takes but this episode really didn’t have any saving graces. Unless you count the sultry voice of LaMarche of course.
    Most notably i’m surprised that you were put off by the split second breasts. I have a lot of gripes with LD&R and unnecessary *sexualized* nudity but this seemed more of a jab at the “Burn the Bra” cliche. I can’t imagine it was for shocks, it was a ladies boobs that other than jiggling a little wasn’t even the focus of that brief bit (it was that people were rioting)
    The suicide in that same montage is what should be noted as uncomfortably out of place. Was that supposed to be funny? Like you mentioned, this movie has a very disneys UP sort of aesthetic and seeing someone shoot themselves in the head was much more uncharacteristic. In fact, if not for that one cut I’d argue this one is almost one of the most age appropriate episodes.
    I know sometimes I can be confusing so long story short, boobs arent a big deal, a man shooting himself in the head is.

    Otttther than that again, the episode wasn’t good anyways. The whole thing was cheesy and seemed like a spinoff of Nickalodians(?) Fanboy and Chum Chum. The episode of Hitler alternate deaths was a better example of a goofy, crass short.

    I just wanna talk about the show and your reviews have been my favorite, I hope if there’s a second season you’ll review it too 🙂

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