Set in a highly distorted dystopian future, Aeon Flux is the vastly mysterious heroine and secret agent from the country of Monica. Her objectives and motive for selecting them are unexplained, as are Trevor Goodchild's, Aeon's love interest and show antagonist.
Popularized in the 90s on MTV's Liquid Television, the show was heralded for Season 2's endings, where our protagonist super agent Aeon dies in each episode.
The Liquid Television Logo. Drug inspired? I think so.
Aeon Flux is the brain child of Peter Chung, a Korean American Animator. The first pilot for Aeon Flux was released in 1991. This pilot was cut into six parts and aired on MTV's Liquid Television, a unique showcase and launching platform for artists and animators a like. Following the success of the pilot, Season 2, which consisted of 5 short episodes was animated and released in 1992. Season 3 was created and released in 1995. It contained 10 half-hour episodes and made a drastic change from season 1 and 2. Season 3 avoided killing the protogonist off in every episode, while maintaining a somewhat linear storyline and struggle between Trevor Goodchild and Aeon.
People often mistake Aeon Flux as Anime, which it is not. Peter Chung drew inspiration from many styles, but the
Egon Schiele, Self-portrait, 1912
most dominant style would be that of Egon Schiele, a figurative painter and heavy hitter of early 20th century art. Other influences include French comic artist Jean Giraud (Moebius), specifically his lineforms and color palette, while also incorporating inspiration from gritty style Japanese Animation such as Akira. Another influence for the show even includes Rugrats, more specifically, the technical limitations for creating a show which such a particular style. Peter Chung also animated for the children's show Rugrats. And according to interviews with him on the 2005 DVD Special Edition of Aeon Flux, he stated that this style of animation was highly frustrating and limited the range of things he could manipulate the characters to do.