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The Liberator

By Marina Gordon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Novel animation style enlivens diverse, violent WWII drama.

TV Netflix Drama 2020
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Though new insights into World War II are rare, this four-part miniseries widens our perspective, and the new animation technology delivers the story in a fresh new way. The Liberator feels familiar in so many ways -- Felix Sparks (Bradley James) is a handsome, brave U.S. Army officer who inspires fierce loyalty from his soldiers, bucks his superiors when his conscience requires it (instead of returning home after an injury, he goes AWOL to return to the battlefield), and writes insightful, expository letters to his wife, Mary, back home. New is the depiction of the 45th infantry division, nicknamed The Thunderbirds, a unit that was one of most integrated in the war and included a mix of Native Americans, Mexican Americans, and Southwestern cowboys. Sparks led them through 500-plus days of combat in less than two years, ending with the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp. The stories of his soldiers are told primarily through two fictional characters, Sergeant Samuel Coldfoot (Martin Sensmeier) and Corporal Able Gomez (Jose Miguel Vasquez), two men who have felt the boot of racism all their lives yet embrace the chance to fight for their country.

Also new is the technology used to produce the animation. Called Trioscope Enhanced Hybrid Animation, it combines CGI with live-action performance and delivers impressive detail, particularly in wide shots. Enormous battlefields and European towns alike are rendered not realistic so much as immersive. Unlike the combination of live action and CGI, The Liberator relieves the viewer of the guessing game of what's real and what isn't. Once you get used to the look, you're in for the ride, even though you know where the story is going.

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