Miraculous™ is Coming to American Audiences!
On Sunday December 6th at 12 noon (ET/PT) Nickelodeon will broadcast the premiere episode of Miraculous™! The all-new 3D CGI-animated action-sitcom series, from Zag Heroez, has already made a huge splash in France and Korea, immediately rising to a number one ranked kids show.
Miraculous™ is the story of Marinette a charismatic 13-yr-old with your average life and average problems. She also just happens to be the courageous, vivacious superhero named Ladybug who saves the day as the unchallenged protector of Paris. The press release we received promises “…storylines and adventures are rich with friends, family, fun, adventure, secret identity, secret crushes, transformation, action, villains, fashion, creativity and more, all among the spectacular backdrop of Paris” which in my world (populated by my nine-yr-old daughter) this is a slam dunk.
Her powers come from a “Kwami,” which is a tiny magical assistant (hers is named Tikki) and a “Miraculous,” which is a magical accessory (hers is a pair of earrings). Like many traditional superheroes she is shy and unassuming in her day to day life but really breaks out of her shell as her alter-ego. This series sounds like fun and I think there’s always room for a positive female role model. I hope the plots are intricate enough and the series doesn’t rely too heavily on the squeeing middle school girl stereotype. Which brings me to the thing I’m having trouble getting my head around.
The “love interest” Adrien/Cat Noir. Cat Noir gets billing along with Ladybug and is her sidekick, so I’m assuming he’s around for the long haul. But check out this explanation of their relationship right from Zag Heroez.
Ladybug and Cat Noir do not know each other’s true identity. Marinette is unaware that, beneath the Cat Noir costume nestles Adrien, her secret crush. Similarly, Adrien doesn’t know that Ladybug is, in actual fact, just Marinette – one of the girls in his class.
This is a pro-girl, girl power type of show right? So why does our leading lady have an unrequited love at the very start? I’m holding judgement until I see a full episode. Ladybug appears, at first glance, a very empowering concept for pre-teen or “tween” girls but I really need to see how they write her before making my call. If Marinette’s characterization comes off weak it can ruin and otherwise wonderful concept.
On the plus side the action sequences have a fluid quality and the color pallet is bright and upbeat. The psuedo pop music isn’t bad either, again echoes of Lego Friends.
Check out the trailer…
The animation style reminds me of a Disney meets Lego Friends and the dialogue didn’t seem too cutesy or at least it’s just cutesy enough for the age group that will probably be into this. I see the Lego Friends fans, the DC Super Hero Girls fans, and probably the kids who are aging out of the younger female focused cartoons definitely grabbing on to this series.
What do you think? Is there room in the animated landscape for a French female superhero? Will the “Kwami” aspect be too out of the mainstream for American girls? Or is this vaguely Japanese/manga flavor the perfect addition to the Nickelodeon line-up?
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