I gave Callie S. a stuffed animal and Valentine's Day card for four years. She always seemed grateful, but she was not interested in me. To be fair, I was not interested in her either. From the third to the sixth grade, I just wanted to let Callie know she was the person I liked the most, and that meant a lot to a man like me. In the bustle of Valentine's Day, I was not sure how to explain it, but I did not mingle with boys or girls like other boys. I was a different person, and with the frenzied rhythm of week-long relationships in elementary and middle school, it's a pleasure to feel like another.
When I got older and came to me, I had forgotten all these things awkward feelings and stuffed animals. But as I watched this year's Big Mouth Valentine's Special "My Furry Valentine," everything came back, because as a 28-year-old man, I had finally written my story on a television program. Big Mouth King of awkward storytelling, told what it means to be a gay kid for teenagers, and that's pretty damn cool stopped Nick is paired with hormone monstress. Jessi is still dealing with her depression. Andrew loves jazz and missy. The Holiday Special, however, decides to tackle the actions of two other characters. At the end of last season, Jay began exploring his sexuality. He spends most of the episode shooting a girl pillow and a boy pillow ̵
He struggles with the clumsy reality of being the obvious gay kid in a group of kids who can enjoy a vacation like Valentine's Day. When he quickly resigns that there are no other gay children with whom he can share the holiday, he does what he does best: he joins in with a girl to celebrate Anti-Valentine's Day. Towards the end of the episode, Matthew receives an unexpected surprise in the form of another child named Aiden, who is looking for a card for his best friend. Matthew and Aiden exchange instagrams and flirt a bit. On the other side of the TV, I was much happier about this animation series than I should. I could not wonder what it would have been like to see a story like this when I was a child.
Of course, Valentine's Day is a trademark [insert cynical rant here] but it's also a day to flirt and to attend to all the reasons . It is something really special that Big Mouth normalizes that for adults who feel much of their childhood, not . No wonder, but Big Mouth does the best: the awkward feels a bit more digestible. All characters receive special treatment on Valentine's Day. From Jay's hypersexual experimentation to Nick, who has stepped out of the era when your mother is your Valentine. Big Mouth shows a realistic picture of what it's like to be a teenager. And aside from the musical numbers (which, as always, are wonderful), the double sequence does not feel out of place. It usually feels like the story started again on the most romantic, clumsy day of the year.