Secrets of the Mogwai has a human touch, and a sense of humor and adventure that spans generations. It doesn’t rewrite any books, but it’s better than an animated prequel series to a 39-year-old live-action movie has any reason to be.
Even though there’s an overarching story, each episode has an individual style and atmosphere. A beautifully animated family series, “Gremlins: Secret of the Mogwai” features the same dark and chaotic tone of Dante’s films while paying tribute to its Chinese folklore culture.
Secrets of the Mogwai gets the spirit of the movies. None of the gaps it fills in were quite necessary, yet the way it fills in those gaps is done with some heart, some humor and some welcome, franchise-correcting authenticity. I’m ready for more.
The voice cast is excellent; Hong is especially good as the adventurous Grandpa. .... Gremlins: Secrets Of The Mogwai should be a good entry point into the Gremlins legend for kids, and it’s sophisticated enough that their parents should enjoy it, as well, even if they watched the original movie with their hands covering their eyes.
Boosted by attractive cell-shaded computer animation, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai is a bouncy fable about fortitude, togetherness and family, sprinkled with wiseacre humor, enlivened by zippy action set pieces, and enhanced by touches of ancient Chinese folklore. Featuring Sandra Oh, George Takei, and Bowen Yang, its vocal cast is strong.