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Brodie Fogg 22 September 2017

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Maya The Bee may be the dirtiest show on Netflix.

Maya is a bubbly bee who just wants to be a productive member of the insect society and have fun with her buddies Flip the grasshopper and Willy (this will be important in a moment) the bee. Innocent enough, right? Well, it seems the folks at Studio 100 Animation ain't so innocent and Maya's friend isn't the only Willy hiding in the insect kingdom.

Earlier this week, Netflix came under fire from a concerned Mum who spotted a dick in the background of the French animated series Maya The Bee (precisely season 1, episode 35, 5:14 mins in).

I'm not sure which I enjoy more. The fact that some outgoing animator scrawled a little ween on the wall of an otherwise totally innocent children's show, or the fact that our victim and bee-fuddled mother Ariel Wray felt the need to use the hashtag #dick.

Netflix isn't shy to a cheeky marketing stunt, so my first thought was that this had something to do with the recent release of American Vandal, a mockumentary devoted to the art of drawing dicks, but alas that isn't the case. Maya The Bee isn't a Netflix original series. It was actually adapted from a 1975 anime way back in 2012. How anyone's managed to miss this giant throbbing monument to the giant middle finger over the last five years is beyond me, but I'm happy Ariel was the first. Netflix has since pulled the penis episode.

Treehouse of Coraline

The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror specials have parodied all the greats. The Omega Man, The Shining, Soylent Green, Harry Potter, and so much more. Now, the world's loveliest fantasy author and goth icon Neil Gaiman can count his graphic novel Coraline in the same breath.

For those unfamiliar with Gaiman's work, Coraline is a story about a young girl who finds herself in an alternate version of her own world where there are evil versions of her parents with buttons for eyes and yes, it's as terrifying as it sounds.

As a huge Gaiman fan, I'm hoping The Simpsons take on more than just Coraline in the next Treehouse of Horror.

Notable trailers

Here are the week's best trailers in the wide world of streaming.

The Punisher

The latest trailer for The Punisher shows the tender side of Jon Bernthal's Frank Castle before devolving into a full-blown shoot'em up.

Def Comedy Jam 25: Chappelle and Martin Lawrence are back baby

Def Comedy Jam returns this year with a massive roster on board. Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence, Steve Harvey and Tracy Morgan.


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