By Daniel Lodge
Danger and Eggs is a children’s animated show on Amazon about D.D. Danger (Aidy Bryant), a “daredevil girl who is out for adventure”, and her best friend Phillip the Egg (Eric Knobel), who’s “a little more safety-conscious, but along for the ride.” Danger and Eggs portrays LGBTQ themes throughout the show and introduces families to queer characters. During San Diego Comic Con, we had the opportunity to sit down with the show’s co-creator, Shadi Petosky (Yo Gabba Gabba!, MAD), and several of the voice actors from the show: Jasika Nicole (Fringe), Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine Nine), Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up), Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live), and Eric Knobel (Huge Theater).
How Does Danger and Eggs represent the LGBTQ community?
Shadi Petosky: It’s so important for me as a trans person. Representation is such a huge part of my politics. I co-created the show, so there’s representation there. All through the process, writers, directors, board artists, and every aspect of the production, we found LGBT people to do those things, and a lot of our cast is LGBTQ. We have a girl played by Jazz Jennings that’s a trans character. The show has no romance, so it’s dealing with those cultures in a really platonic way and at their core.
Can you touch on a little bit more in how they’re represented in a platonic fashion?
Shadi Petosky: That’s hard to do without resorting to stereotypes; but I think, especially with a trans person, it’s just to embody that. Parvesh Cheena plays a very theatrical boy named Gomez, and I think you can say that character is a little bit of a stereotype, but I think that’s actually that actor’s perspective and point of view. Jasika Nicole plays a character who is very creative and very loving with her friend D.D., and so you kind of get a sense that there might be some queerness. It’s kind of like how so may of us grew up. Our parents are like, ‘There’s something going on with this one! But let’s not call it something.”
What do you want kids to take away from the show?
Stephanie Beatriz: I would say I want kids to take away from the show that it’s okay to be different; that you can celebrate your differences, [and] that your differences don’t make you wrong or bad.
Does the show help with some confusion with sexuality and gender identity?
Jasika Nicole: I think maybe it gives you, let’s say, a broader scope of things to choose from. If you’re in a library and there’s only one shelf of books, you can only read those books – that’s all you’ve got access to. But if suddenly another wing of the library opens and there’s more books and picture books and videos and things to listen to, it’s like your brain just expands with the possibilities. I think this show says, ‘There’s another wing. Come in this wing and look around and see what’s here and if any of it is for you.”
Danger and Eggs is now available streaming on Amazon.