Romantic and dreamy, this animated special for adults is surprisingly relatable for a narrative in which pixilated lovers literally ascend into the stars when overcome by emotions. The truth is that the visuals in Entergalactic are surreal and trippy (a candy-colored NYC, a bicycle that doubles for a rocket ship, a comic book character who smirks from walls and pages), but the emotions are all too humble and human, telling a simple story of a sincere boy and a hopeful girl who meet, strike sparks, experience conflict, and then find a way to come together once more.
Jabari, our hero who's just landed his dream job at a comics publisher, has absolutely no intention of disrupting his cool new NYC bachelor existence, just as Meadow, his impossibly cool artist neighbor doesn't want to complicate her struggle for career legitimacy with emotions. No matter. The dreamy music and visuals show us how right they are for each other, at first hesitant and nervous, yet drawn to each other. Later, we see their bliss as their hands and bodies entwine (the sex scenes are a shade more explicit than parents may feel comfortable watching with kids), their connection sending them into a pastel galaxy dotted with planets and stars. It's a potent visual metaphor for the soaring bliss of romantic connection, and viewers will truly, delightfully, feel the love.