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The Miraculous Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir!

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Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (also named Miraculous Ladybug and Cat Noir,[1] Miraculous,[2] 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.[3] It premiered around the world starting in fall of 2015.[4] The show was formally licensed by and premiered on Nickelodeon in the United States, with Netflix currently holding the series and online streaming rights.[5][6]

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.[7]

Synopsis

For an episode list, see Episode guide.

[In] modern-day Paris, Marinette and Adrien are two high school kids with a difference: they are the chosen ones to save Paris from evil! They have been entrusted with an important mission – to capture akumas, creatures responsible for turning normal people into super-baddies. When involved in such adventures, these two school kids become superheroes: Marinette transforms into Ladybug and Adrien becomes Cat Noir. But 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.[8]

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.

Main cast

Voice Actor Character(s)
Cristina Vee Marinette Dupain-Cheng/Ladybug/Lady Noir/Multimouse/Dragon Bug
Bryce Papenbrook Adrien Agreste/Cat Noir/Mister Bug/Aspik/Snake Noir
Keith Silverstein Gabriel Agreste/Hawk Moth/Shadow Moth
Mela Lee Tikki
Max Mittelman Plagg
Carrie Keranen Alya Césaire/Rena Rouge

Recurring cast

Voice Actor Character(s)
Ben Diskin Nino Lahiffe/Carapace
Max Kanté/Pegasus
Nooroo
XY
Butler Jean
Selah Victor Chloé Bourgeois/Queen Bee
Marieve Herington Sabrina Raincomprix (Season 1 and "Despair Bear")
Cassandra Lee Morris Sabrina Raincomprix (Season 2)
Sabrina Weisz Nathalie Sancoeur/Mayura
Nadja Chamack
Sarah
Keith Silverstein Prince Ali
Kira Buckland Alix Kubdel/Bunnyx
Vic Mignogna Jalil Kubdel
Erin Fitzgerald Rose Lavillant (Season 1)
Juleka Couffaine (Season 1)
Marlena Césaire
Reba Buhr Rose Lavillant (Season 2)
Juleka Couffaine (Season 2)
Gina Dupain
Michael Sinterniklaas Nathaniel Kurtzberg
Grant George Lê Chiến Kim/King Monkey
Chris
Bob Roth
Joe Ochman André Bourgeois
Santa Claus
Stephanie Sheh Manon Chamack
Lex Lang Jagged Stone
Christopher Smith Tom Dupain
Roger Raincomprix
Wayzz
Philece Sampler Sabine Cheng
Ms. Mendeleiev
Prince Ali's chaperone
Dorothy Fahn Caline Bustier
André Gordon Alec Cataldi
Ezra Weisz

Adrien's bodyguard
Albert
André
Doorman
Fred Haprèle
Simon Grimault
Théo Barbot (Season 2)

Todd Haberkorn Xavier Ramier
Alim Kubdel
Wang Cheng
Mela Lee Aurore Beauréal
Mireille Caquet
Penny Rolling
Jessica Gee Mylène Haprèle
Matt Mercer Ivan Bruel (Season 1)
Vincent Aza
Vincent
Max Mittelman Ivan Bruel (Season 2)
Brian Beacock Théo Barbot (Season 1)
JC Hyke Mr. Damocles
Paul St. Peter Wang Fu
Otis Césaire
Joe Fria Armand D'Argencourt
Lisa Kay Jennings Lila Rossi
Faye Mata Kagami Tsurugi/Ryuko
Andrew Russell Luka Couffaine/Viperion

Production

First drawing of Ladybug by Thomas Astruc

First drawing of Ladybug by Thomas Astruc.

The original concept for Ladybug was conceived by Thomas Astruc around 2005.[9][10] 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.[11]

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",[11] 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.[12]

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.[11]

DVD releases

The following is a list of the DVD volumes of the show released in the US.

No. in Series Release Date Episodes Distributor Source
Volume 1 May 3, 2016 1-7 Shout! Factory Kids [13][14]
Volume 2 August 9, 2016 8-13 Shout! Factory Kids [15][16]
Volume 3 January 10, 2017 14-20 Shout! Factory Kids [17]
Volume 4 April 11, 2017 21-26 Shout! Factory Kids [18]
Season 1 February 6, 2018 1-26 Shout! Factory Kids [19]

Comic books

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.[20] Miraculous Adventures, the first original comic release, officially debuted on July 19, 2017.[21][22]

Main article: Chapter guide

International releases

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.[23][24]

To view a full worldwide list, see Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir/International Releases.


Trivia

  • Every episode is named after the titular supervillain with the exception of five episodes.
  • It takes one entire year to finish an episode, and many episodes are usually being worked on at the same time.[25]
  • In South Korea, the show is simply titled Ladybug.[26]
    • The EBS version of the logo also varies from the original one and is based off a conceptual logo for the series.[27]
  • As of March 2016, Miraculous has been broadcast in over 120 countries.[28]
  • Despite being a primarily French animated series, the show was lip-synced to English audio.[29]
    • The Miraculous team chose to do this in order to make the series more marketable in the US.[30]
  • After only 10 weeks on air in the US, Miraculous entered the top 10 animated series for all time slots and networks.[31]
    • The show also managed to track around three for the top 10 children's television programs.[32]
    • Internationally, Miraculous was also met with impressive numbers, becoming the #1 kids' show on both TF1 in France and EBS1 in South Korea.[33] Eventually, it became a child favorite in France, ranking high among the most popular children's shows there.[34] In Brazil, the show even managed to be the top series in the nation.[35]
  • During the series's Netflix debut in February 2017, it ranked #4 in popularity among children's shows, managing to drive a 10% share.[36]
  • 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."[37]
  • Astruc is planning for the series to have six seasons or more.[38]
    • As of July 2020, three seasons have been aired, and two are in production, with the next season currently slotted to premiere in 2021.
  • As revealed by the official Miraculous Ladybug Tumblr blog, in later seasons, some characters will get expanded wardrobes, including clothes, accessories, and more.[39]
  • Marinette, Alya, Adrien and Chloé have their own official Instagram accounts: @marinettedesigned, @alya.ladyblogger, @adrienagrestebrand and @theofficialchloebourgeois.[40]

Gallery

Season 1 Premiere on Netflix!
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External links

References

  1. Zag-Inc.Com
  2. Toei Animation to Co-Produce French Cartoon Miraculous
  3. http://www.animationmagazine.net/licensing/zags-miraculous-racks-up-licensees/?doing_wp_cron=1433844052.6262900829315185546875
  4. http://adala-news.fr/2014/12/lanime-ladybug-en-court-extrait-video/
  5. http://www.nick.com/miraculous-series/
  6. https://twitter.com/Thomas_Astruc/status/811286743827828736
  7. https://www.pscp.tv/w/1yNxaqRQrMqxj @0:00
  8. https://web.archive.org/web/20150207220442/http://www.zagtoon.com/
  9. http://variety.com/2010/film/news/duo-prep-s3d-superhero-toon-1118025064/
  10. https://twitter.com/Thomas_Astruc/status/698235435600977920
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 http://imgur.com/a/iU8ip (English translation)
  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoXav4p8zJ4&lc=z124w3x4lnyvxzdrw04chzywfoqvjxsqohw
  13. http://www.amazon.com/Miraculous-Tales-Ladybug-Cat-Noir/dp/B01BHCPQF8/ref=pd_sim_sbs_229_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0Y4WWCZ81HYW2CYKPKDG
  14. http://www.multichannel.com/prfeed/shout-factory-and-zag-enter-new-tv-series-content-distribution-alliance-home-entertainment/397217
  15. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F6EHOGM/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_3?pf_rd_p=1944687742&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B01BHCPQF8&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=11D35V30GHD6JWC641PR
  16. https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/miraculous-tales-of-ladybug-cat-noir-spots-on
  17. https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-action-adventure/miraculous-tales-of-ladybug-cat-noir-be-miraculous
  18. https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-action-adventure/miraculous-tales-of-ladybug-cat-noir-it-s-ladybug
  19. https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/miraculous-tales-of-ladybug-cat-noir-season-one
  20. https://www.amazon.com/Miraculous-Tales-Lady-Bug-Noir-ebook/dp/B01FL5E8Y2/ref=pd_sim_sbs_351_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=51WJ2ZAOZ2L&dpSrc=sims&preST=_OU01_AC_UL160_SR105%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=415SDF4ENZ2K2KQFTS04
  21. http://freecomicbookday.com/Catalog/JAN170013
  22. https://www.amazon.com/Miraculous-Adventures-Ladybug-Noir-Noir-ebook/dp/B071RPCLZ3/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1501692863&sr=1-1&keywords=miraculous+adventures
  23. https://www.netflix.com/title/80164216
  24. https://www.instagram.com/p/BXKVqCDBM9x/?taken-by=jeremyzag
  25. https://twitter.com/Thomas_Astruc/status/716662476801183744
  26. Korean logo
  27. Conceptual logo
  28. https://youtu.be/VrSLlWH9uuY?t=17m57s
  29. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6Ux4OWMyNk
  30. https://twitter.com/Thomas_Astruc/status/680527063099523072 (In response to @Tayokami
  31. http://cdn.bleedingcool.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/12721884_10153580794446359_1304734148_n.jpg
  32. http://www.bleedingcool.com/2016/03/18/action-lab-announces-two-miraculous-comic-series-based-on-nickelodeon-series-at-c2e2/
  33. http://kidscreen.com/2016/04/01/zag-expands-global-licensing-program-for-miraculous/
  34. https://www.instagram.com/p/BDt7af_SQ38/?taken-by=jeremy_zag
  35. https://www.instagram.com/p/BG-pcIeyQwQ/?taken-by=jeremy_zag
  36. https://twitter.com/Ladybug_Cartoon/status/848595303729164288
  37. https://twitter.com/WinnyGZ/status/745484929258004482
  38. Report on Thomas Astruc at Japan Weekend: https://twitter.com/Ladybug_Cartoon/status/780018904513015808 https://twitter.com/Ladybug_Cartoon/status/780064207882551296
  39. https://officialmiraculousladybug.tumblr.com/post/158085547027/will-any-of-the-characters-have-a-wardrobe
  40. https://twitter.com/MiraculousMX/status/1152334692370309128

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