Inspiration can be hard to come by when you’re a creative type of person. Everyone has their own way of getting inspired. Every creative is familiar with their own version of writers block. It doesn’t matter what media or expression your art manifests itself in, you know what its like to experience a blockage in your creative arteries. Whenever I get a creative block I turn to 2 places I like to go and they are Netflix and Youtube. Youtube is good but quality can be low and you never really know what you’re going to get. On the other hand Netflix has a library of awesome material with a star rating system that lets you know basically what level of content you’re going to get. The problem with Netflix is sifting through their entire library to find what it is you don’t know you’re looking for. It makes it that much sweeter when you find something that you can go to your friends with and you know they will enjoy it too. You are my friends and here is my list.
Stripped is a documentary about Comic Strips and their creators. They interview and talk about the top comic strip creators of comics like Penny Arcade, Calvin and Hobbes, Luann, Foxtrot, Peanuts, Garfield, Pogo, and many more. It’s a perfect documentary for anyone looking for a little comedy writing, drawing, self publishing type of inspiration. This documentary not only talks about comics with comic creators they also delve into the future of comics as print media is fading out.
#4 Comedians of Comedy
Comedians of Comedy follows comedians Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Maria Bamford, and Zach Galifianakis on a comedy tour called The Comedians of Comedy. The Documentary follows these leading alternative comedians as they talk about comedy and live day to day on the road. There are clips of each of their comedy and how the push the boundries of whats known at conventional stand up comedy. They tell old comedy stories and talk about thing they have been through while they create new memories.
#3 Dear Mr. Watterson
Dear Mr. Watterson is basically a love letter to arguably one of the greatest comic creators to ever live. The documentary explores the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes and its creator. The doc interviews people from all walks of life and they discuss how Calvin and Hobbes has impacted their life. They also delve into how Calvin and Hobbes changed and continues to influence comics today.
#2 I Know That Voice
This is one of those documentaries that gives you a peek into something you always wished you could find out more about. Featuring voice actor such as John Dimaggio (Bender from Futurama), Kevin Conroy (Batman), Mark Hamill (The Joker), and many more. They discuss the process of being a voice actor and making a career with their voices. Some of cartoons more recognizable voices are in it and it’s a lot of fun to see the people behind your favorite characters like SpoungeBob, Tommy Pickles, Bender, and many many more.
This one holds a special place in my heart because it chronicles the journey of stand up comedian Tig Notaro to notoriety. This is the documentary that should be called “A Series of Unfortunate events” because it talks about the horrible trials she had to endure that eventually led up to what would be the stand up performance of a lifetime. Its sound like a bit much but even one of the things she endured would have been overwhelming but she endured. It also covers her journey afterwards and all the things that came from the bad and are still in development. On a personal note, the reason this one sticks hard with me is because I was just getting out of the hospital wondering how I was going to deal with the pain and trials I was going through so I was in bed and I turned on Netflix and there it was being promoted in the big window like it was calling to me. It helped me so much.
This is my list of the best documentaries on Netflix. Enjoy and your welcome.