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|“||As long as you're many to watch the show, there'll be new seasons.||”|
—Thomas Astruc on his twitter account
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (also named Miraculous Ladybug and Cat Noir, Miraculous, or Miraculous Ladybug) is a French CGI animated series. It is a co-production between ZAG Animation, Method Animation, Disney Channel EMEA, Toei Animation, SAMG Animation, SK Broadband, PGS Entertainment and AB International Distribution. It premiered around the world starting in fall of 2015. The show was formerly licensed by Nickelodeon in the United States where it aired the entirety of season 1. Netflix picked up SVOD streaming rights for seasons 1-3, which were also later acquired by Disney Channel and its online streaming platform, Disney Plus. Variety reported that Disney Channel and Disney Plus will hold the exclusive streaming & television rights for the next few seasons, after which it will leave Netflix. The 4th season made its US debut on June 21st, 2021 on Disney Channel.
The first season, second season, and third season each have 26 half-hour episodes. A web series and some additional web exclusive content released after its first season. Plans for a fourth and fifth season have also been revealed. On April 2021, via Licensing Russia, sixth and seventh season have also been confirmed.
For an episode list, see Episode guide.
- Two high-school students, Marinette and Adrien, are chosen to become Paris’ superheroes: Ladybug and Cat Noir. They each have a Miraculous, a jewel linked to their the magical creatures (Kwamis) that give them powers.Their mission is to keep Gabriel Agreste a.k.a Hawk Moth/Scarlet Moth/Shadow Moth – who wants to steal their Miraculouses – from wreaking havoc on the town by creating increasingly dangerous supervillains – all while living their high school lives and keeping their identities secret. At school, Marinette has a crush on Adrien but cannot tell him, so she acts awkwardly whenever he’s around. As a superhero, Cat Noir loves Ladybug, but his ego annoys her: Marinette prefers Adrien anyway! Throughout the school year and their adventures, Ladybug discovers many nice qualities in Cat Noir while Marinette grows ever closer to Adrien, making huge efforts to overcome her shyness.
Cast and crew
- To view a complete list of everyone who has worked on Miraculous related material, see Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir/Credits.
The original concept for Ladybug was conceived by Thomas Astruc around 2005. One day, after meeting a young woman who was wearing a ladybug shirt and working with her, Thomas played around with the idea of a ladybug, soon creating a sticky note with the design of Ladybug. Thinking that the character worked well, Thomas began to develop this character with new drawings (like as seen with fake comic book covers called The Mini Menace Ladybug) and constructed the universe around her, inspired by comic universes like Marvel. He continued to develop his idea until he met Jeremy Zag, a producer at Zagtoon, who allowed Thomas to do what he thought best with it.
There were many changes that Ladybug went through during development. The series was originally meant to be for older audiences like teens and young adults, having political stories and a darker tone. However, as explained by writing director Sébastien Thibaudeau, "Some elements hindered its perception and no one really knew why", so the crew worked on making it lighter for a younger audience. Toei Animation helped to create an animated promotional video showing footage of what the show would be like in order to showcase the show as an anime, but eventually, it was decided to make the series in CGI. There was also a point in time where producers encouraged making Ladybug and Cat Noir a part of a superhero team, but it didn't help sell the show, and the superhero team idea was dropped because of it.
Astruc created the show by drawing ideas and concepts from Franco-Belgian comics, American comics, and Japanese animation. He found inspiration for Ladybug from Amélie Poulain, Spider-Man, and Sailor Moon. He and his team wanted to create a show that reflected the romance and beauty of France, and they aimed for it to have superheroes that appeal to young girls while not falling into the clichés of female characters.
The following is a list of the DVD volumes of the show released in the United States.
|No. in Series||Release Date||Episodes||Distributor||Source|
|Volume 1||May 3, 2016||1-7||Shout! Factory Kids|||
|Volume 2||August 9, 2016||8-13||Shout! Factory Kids|||
|Volume 3||January 10, 2017||14-20||Shout! Factory Kids|||
|Volume 4||April 11, 2017||21-26||Shout! Factory Kids|||
|Season 1||February 6, 2018||1-26||Shout! Factory Kids|||
Miraculous has had a collection of comic books planned and released in both the United States and worldwide. The first of these comics released on July 6, 2016, adapting television episodes into the comic book format. Miraculous Adventures, the first original comic release, officially debuted on July 19, 2017.
- Main article: Chapter guide
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir was first released in the United States on December 6, 2015 on Nickelodeon. The series currently streams on Netflix and was also available on children's television network KidsClick until March 31, 2019. On April 8th, it started airing on Disney Channel US.
- To view a full worldwide list, see Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir/International Releases.
- Every episode is named after the titular supervillain (or sentimonster, starting with Season 3) with the exception of three episodes:
- It takes one entire year to finish an episode, and many episodes are usually being worked on at the same time.
- In South Korea, the show is simply titled Ladybug.
- The EBS version of the logo also varies from the original one and is based off a conceptual logo for the series.
- As of September 2020, Miraculous has been broadcast in over 160 countries.
- Despite being a primarily French animated series, the show was lip-synced to English audio.
- The Miraculous team chose to do this in order to make the series more marketable in the United States.
- After only 10 weeks on air in the United States, Miraculous entered the top 10 animated series for all time slots and networks.
- The show also managed to track around three for the top 10 children's television programs.
- Internationally, Miraculous was also met with impressive numbers, becoming the #1 kids' show on both TF1 in France and EBS1 in South Korea. Eventually, it became a child favorite in France, ranking high among the most popular children's shows there. In Brazil, the show even managed to be the top series in the nation.
- During the series's Netflix debut in February 2017, it ranked #4 in popularity among children's shows, managing to drive a 10% share.
- According to series director Wilfried Pain, all episodes of Season 2, Season 3, and the Miraculous Ladybug OVA "were written at the same time... [and] also written one by one."
- Thomas Astruc is planning for the series to have six seasons or more.
- As of April 2021, three seasons have been aired, one is currently being aired, and one is in production, with the next season currently slotted to premiere in 2022.
- As revealed by the official Miraculous Ladybug Tumblr blog, in later seasons, some characters will get expanded wardrobes, including clothes, accessories, and more.
- Marinette, Alya, Adrien and Chloé have their own official Instagram accounts: @marinettedesigned, @alya.ladyblogger, @adrienagrestebrand and @theofficialchloebourgeois.
- All seasons have 26 aired episodes.
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- Official website
- Official Toei Animation website
- Official English YouTube channel
- Official French YouTube channel
- Official Twitter
- Miraculous FAQ
- Previous official Instagram
- Current official Instagram
- Official Tumblr
- Official Facebook
- Official TikTok
- Although it is a co-producer since the second season, it's also mentioned as such in the Italian version of the credits from the first season, both on Super! and the Disney Channel
- Toei Animation to Co-Produce French Cartoon Miraculous
- https://www.pscp.tv/w/1yNxaqRQrMqxj @0:00
- http://imgur.com/a/iU8ip (English translation)
- Korean logo
- Conceptual logo
- https://twitter.com/Thomas_Astruc/status/680527063099523072 (In response to @Tayokami
- Report on Thomas Astruc at Japan Weekend: https://twitter.com/Ladybug_Cartoon/status/780018904513015808 https://twitter.com/Ladybug_Cartoon/status/780064207882551296