Puberty is gross and awkward has been a theme on multiple comedies for ages. The subject matter itself is not really transgressive. But I think there are two elements of the treatment that are skeeving people out:
(1) There are actual depictions of cartoon genitalia. That is a line rarely but not never crossed--see giant clitoris in the Southpark movie. But these are explicitly the genitalia of a pubescent girl. Giant disembodied Southpark clit was an adult clit for all we know.
I don't think direct depiction of preteen vulva, in particular, has ever been done, and I can see why some might clench at the thought.
(2) See below...
This actually looks pretty tame compared to say..Rick and Morty, or many other adult themed cartoons.
Point of contrast: The treatment of preteen/teen sexuality in Rick and Morty is generally tempered by the reactions of adult characters acting as a stand-in for the audience. Those characters reflect the intent of the creators. For instance, when Morty is humping the sex robot, the whole family is aware of what's going on and accepts it as typical behavior for a kid his age, but is still awkwardly skeeved out and doesn't want to know.
In the trailer for Big Mouth, the only characters front and center from which we hear are the kids. So I can see where's this uncomfortable reaction, wondering what the intent behind it is. I get that it's supposed to be humorous and hearken back to the viewer's own awkward pubescent moments, but it's not spelled out as clearly.
Edited by XiaoGui17 (10/04/17 08:31 PM)
Edit Reason: Redundantly redundant
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