Skull Island Season 1 Review – plenty of potential to be a well-loved series

By Daniel Hart
Published: June 22, 2023 (Last updated: June 23, 2023)
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Netflix animated series Skull Island Season 1 Review


A fun family series that explores an underserved universe. Skull Island has potential.

Here is our review of the Netflix animated series Skull Island Season 1, which contains no significant spoilers.

It was only a matter of time before Netflix decided to commission an animated version surrounding Skull Island. These types of Universes tend to have a habit of performing well in animated form.

Take Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, for example. A Netflix animated hit that spanned several seasons.

Skull Island Season 1 Review and Plot Summary

Ironically, Skull Island has a similar vibe to Camp Cretaceous. While the promotional material hints at a more serious adaptation, in reality, this animated series nestles itself in the family genre. The story has a real sense of togetherness, with a group of survivors battling the dangers of Skull Island after being washed away at sea.

The story begins with an air of mystery. An unknown girl (Annie – voiced by Mae Whitman) is arrested on a boat at sea. She finds herself stranded in the ocean and is found by a young boy called Charlie (voiced by Nicolas Cantu), who is embarking on a discovery voyage with his father.

His father happens to be looking for Skull Island, but they get more than what they bargained for; a Sea Monster attacks them. Charlie, his father, and Annie’s enemies all end up on Skull Island. Survival and discovery become the premise of the story.

The series could have benefited from more backstory. While we are familiar with Kong, the island’s history is compelling. We get one episode dedicated to its history, but knowing more about its tribes, animals, and why it exists would be a good starting point. I suspect more will unravel with further seasons.

Is Skull Island Season 1 good?

There’s no doubt this will prove popular. This animated series uses tried and tested formulas. Kids will love it, and adults can absorb the story too.

None of the characters are especially special, but the development works, with plenty of connections and relationships growing steadily.

Is Skull Island Season 1 worth watching?

Season 1 leaves the viewers wanting more, with an excellent cliffhanger for good measure. Before topping the popular Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, it’s still a long way to go, but this animation has all the ingredients to be a well-loved animated series on Netflix.

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