Netflix’s ‘Maya and the Three’ Finds Epic New Ways Into Familiar Fairytales: TV Review

Netflix’s ‘Maya and the Three’ Finds Epic New Ways Into Familiar Fairytales: TV Review
With every passing episode of “Maya and the Three,” I grew more and more annoyed that there wouldn’t immediately be a “Maya and the Three” video game to play the second it was done. I haven’t played a video game in years, but something about its dense, colorful world of mythic gods and warriors makes it all too easy — and downright fun — to imagine disappearing headlong into it. From “The Book of Life” director Jorge R. Gutiérrez, Netflix’s “Maya and the Three” is a sprawling, ambitious animated series that seizes every chance it gets to reveal new layers of storytelling and technical craft.

The series begins typically enough for a fairy tale, with a rebellious young princess named Maya (voiced by Zoe Saldana) resisting her parents’ urging to become more of a “diplomat” than the fighter she not-so-secretly longs to be. When she learns the truth of
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