GHMILY is based on a children’s book from 1994 by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram. I’ve never read it so I’m going to focus on the show.
This thinly veiled Peter Rabbit knockoff tells the story of ‘Little Nutbrown Hare’ & his father, the surprisingly named ‘Big Nutbrown Hare’ and their insipid adventures in the forest.
The show’s title should give you ample indication of it’s tone. The characters in GHMILY are interchangeable cardboard cutouts of peace and virtue. There is never any conflict or character development. Most episodes revolve around Little Nutbrown Hare’s quest to splash in the stream, pick berries or frolic in the autumn leaves. The show seems to have been written by a bunch of misty eyed baby boomers, pining for simpler times. LNH and his friends dutifully respect their elders and hang off their every word.
In this show, kids don’t behave like kids, they behave the way baby boomers wish kids would behave. It’s just not realistic, or interesting.
While the show can be pretty to look at, the cheap animation clashes with the way the characters and backgrounds are painstakingly rendered via watercolour. I often find myself noticing how many layers are involved with the movement of an arm. Also, when you have talking animals as the stars of your show, making them anatomically correct rather than stylised seems a bit of a strange choice but that’s the least of this show’s problems.
With chronically boring characters and vomit inducing storylines, I can only give this 1.5 big birds.