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Miraculous Shanghai

Released on May 28, 2021 (Disney Channel)[1]

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"Miraculous World: Shanghai – The Legend of Ladydragon"[3] (or simply "Miraculous Shanghai") is the 54-minute special TV movie of the Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir.[4][5] Its US premiere will be on May 28, 2021 (at 8:00 p.m) on Disney Channel.[1]

Synopsis

To join Adrien in Shanghai, Marinette is going to visit her uncle Wang who is celebrating his anniversary. But, as soon as she arrives in China, her purse gets stolen with Tikki inside, whom she needs to secretly transform into Ladybug! Without money and alone in the immense city, Marinette accepts the help of a young and resourceful girl, Fei. The two girls will ally and discover the existence of a new magical jewel, the Prodigious. Hawk Moth, also present in Shanghai, seeks to finding it since a long time...[6]

Production history

On October 7, 2017, a crew member of the show mentioned that the special had been moved from Season 2 to one of the following seasons.[7]

On May 29, 2019, Jeremy Zag revealed background concept art of Shanghai, although he didn't specifically reveal that the Shanghai concept art is for the upcoming promotional poster for this special. The caption of his post read: "New city. New Magical Object. New Hero. #zagheroez #ladydragon".[8]

On March 1, 2020, it was confirmed the special is currently in production. SAMG is involved in the special's production.[9]

On May 5, 2020, Jeremy Zag revealed that the production of special has started.[10]

On June 15, 2020, Jeremy Zag revealed a new superhero, who will appear in this special.[11]

On June 17, 2020, Jeremy Zag posted on his Instagram an official promotional poster for this special.[12]

On July 1, 2020 the synopsis for the special was revealed during a TFOU conference.[citation needed]

On July 6, 2020 French news La Libre announced that TF1 will air New York and Shanghai specials at Christmas 2020.[13]

On July 31, 2020 Jeremy Zag posted on Instagram drawing of "Kwami cousins" named Renlings.[14]

On September 13, 2020, two concept arts for Shanghai were revealed by Sylvain Fabre.[15]

On September 28, 2020, Thomas Astruc revealed the full title of the special to be "Miraculous World: Shanghai: The Legend of Ladydragon" in a comment to Le Figaro FR. He also stated that Marinette would reconnect with her Chinese roots in the special.[3]

On October 5, 2020, Jeremy Zag posted on his Instagram a new image of the Renlings, but a few minutes later the post was removed.[16] On October 8, Jeremy image posted again, but this time in color, with the caption "They are not Kwamis they are renlings, they can transform you into a wild animal you must control. Their owner is a very special person Ladybug and Cat Noir will meet in Shanghai! Coming very soon to you.".[17]

On October 13, 2020, it was said that Miraculous Shanghai special will be released in the first quarter of 2021.[18]

On October 28, 2020, Lindalee Rose confirms that the Shanghai special will come around March/April 2021.[19]

On December 16, 2020, an English-language South Korean television network Arirang TV posted video on YouTube video from a visit to the SAMG Animation studio, where they've mentioned Miraculous as one of its projects and a little scene from the Shanghai special was shown: Tikki captured in a toy.[20]

On January 19, 2021, the premiere of the Shanghai special was reconfirmed to be April 2021.[21]

On March 10, 2021, TFOU announced that they would soon publish the release date of the special.[22] On March 12, Family Channel has added similar information.[23]

On March 13, 2021, the Brazilian TV channel Telecine Premium has announced they would air special on March 27, 2021.[24]

On March 16, 2021, the first teaser trailer for the special was released.[25] Two days later, TFOU released the second teaser with new scenes.[26]

On March 19, 2021, the Brazilian TV channel Telecine has confirmed delay of the special to April.[27] At the same day, TF1 revealed first 3 miniutes from the special.[28][29]

On March 22, 2021, the official French Miraculous YouTube channel released an official trailer for the special.[30] A day later, the English version of the trailer was released.[31]

On March 25, 2021, TFOU has released another teaser for the special.[32]

On March 29, 2021, Jeremy Zag on Instagram posted a new scene with Ladydragon.[33]

On April 3, 2021, the Spanish Disney Channel has released a teaser for the special.[34]

Characters

To view a complete list of all the staff and cast that worked on the special, go to Miraculous Shanghai/Credits.

Major characters

Minor Characters

Trivia

  • This is the first special to use a cold opening.
    • This is also the first episode to involve a lunar eclipse.
  • This marks Cosmobug and Astrocat's first appearance.
  • It is revealed that kwamis automatically know every single language.
  • This is the few times where things are seen from a character's point of view following "Stormy Weather".
    • Tikki sees things in a pink tint, suggesting that Kwamis are partially colorblind.
  • This movie has many strong references to the Kung Fu Panda franchise.
    • Both movies have settings in China.
    • Hou Hou, Hu Hu, She She, Tang Tang and Ying Ying represent the five values the Furious Five from the franchise had to learn to become great masters.
    • Tai Lung and Fei were both children that were left at their adoptive father's doorstep, taught the ways of Kung Fu and believed to be the chosen ones.
      • But unlike Tai Lung, Fei succeeded in being the chosen one.
      • Both adopted children wanted revenge, Tai Lung for feeling betrayed by Shifu and Fei because she had everything taken from her but unlike the Tai Lung she was able to let it go.
    • When consumed by rage both Tai Lung and Mei Shi laid waste to the lands they were supposed to protect and yet were stopped by the heroes.
    • Shifu and Fei had to take over as mentors when their masters passed away.
  • It's also revealed that Sabine's original name was Xia Bing. She changed her name to Sabine after she moved to France.
    • In the French version, Sabine's original name was pronounced as Xia Bing, however in the English version her name is pronounced as Chabine.
  • The Prodigious was abandoned for the Miraculouses because the jewel's powers were too dangerous for anyone to control, implying that a long time ago someone tried to use its power but it ended with disastrous or unexpected results, similar to when the Absolute Power was used.
    • Hawk Moth says that the power of the Prodigious is higher than the Miraculouses, suggesting that it's just as old as the Miraculouses or older. Since a scroll is seen in the end credits of someone using the Prodigious' powers, it implies that this was the 1st owner and that the jewel was used almost 2,000 years ago that the jewels power is younger
  • The episode was known as "Ladybug in Shanghai" when Jeremy Zag first announced the special.[4] Its previous name, "The Chinese Legend", was revealed at the Miraculous Ladybug panel at SDCC 2016.[5]
  • During a Miraculous Ladybug Panel at Anime Expo 2016, it was revealed that one of the upcoming specials would be in 2D rather than the usual CGI style.[35] This was later revealed to be "The Chinese Legend", since, if greenlit, the special would be too expensive to make in 3D.[36]
    • It is no longer true, the Shanghai special was made in 3D.
  • Wang Fu appeared in one of the concept arts, but he didn't appear in the final version.
    • He's indirectly mentioned by Marinette.
  • Jeremy Zag revealed that Marinette will meet her maternal grandmother in this special.[35]
    • However, she did not appear physically. Only her photographs did.
  • This is the third time Marinette and Tikki are separated following "Princess Fragrance" and "Sandboy".
  • This is second time where Ladybug had to defeat a villain from the inside, following "Animan".
  • This is the third time where Ladybug hides inside her Lucky Charm object following, "Santa Claws" and "Gigantitan".
    • Where she had help in activating her Miraculous Ladybug (superpower) following "Frightningale" and "Reverser".
  • This is the third time Hawk Moth loses control of his akumatized villain following "Robostus" and "Gigantitan".
  • This special reveals that kwamis have "cousins" (creatures similar to them) named Renlings.
    • According to Jeremy Zag, Ladybug and Cat Noir will meet their owner who is very special.[17]
  • According to Orion Ross, the special will play on one of Marinette's dualities: her Franco-Chinese origins, which may turn out to be very interesting.[37]
    • As of this episode Wang Cheng is 60 years old, and according to him people in China don't celebrate their next birthday until they turn said age and have long noodles called "longevity noodles" on their celebration which is a real life tradition in China.
    • Fei being adopted by Wu Shifu resembles the real life tradition of many kids being adopted in or from China.
    • Marinette and Fei accepting each other as honorary sisters is another real life tradition in China.
  • This is one of the seven known episodes that are at least partly set in locations outside of Paris, including "Startrain", "Miraculous New York", "Miraculous Rio", "Miraculous Africa", "Miraculous London" and "Miraculous Japan".
    • Near the end, Cat Noir asked Ladybug about going on a world tour, foreshadowing the future Miraculous World specials.
  • The events of this special take place somewhere between season 2 and season 3.[38]
    • Adrien transforming into Cat Noir to look for Marinette is similar to what she did as Ladybug for Adrien in "Santa Claws".
    • Near the end Adrien was seen wearing Marinette's derby hat from "Style Queen".
    • This is the second time we see Marinette's Kwagatama since "Befana" but its "very important" function is still a mystery.
      • That Marinette wears her kwagatama all the time, but it's hidden under her T-shirt.
    • A mentioning of justice and revenge was also done in "Rogercop" and "Silencer".
      • Marinette is shown not to know the difference between justice and revenge, while she's shown to have the knowledge in "Silencer", which could imply that the episode is after the special.
    • In the webisode "Family", Marinette mentions that she hasn't met all other members of her family, which implies that it takes place before the special. Furthermore, as Marinette mentions that she has already met her grandfather, and clips from "Weredad" are used, which implies that the special is after both "Bakerix" and "Weredad".
    • In the webisode "New Powers", Marinette mentions that she hasn't used the space power-up, and that she's used the Cat Miraculous, and has unified miraculouses prior to that episode. This would place "Miraculous Shanghai" after "Reflekdoll", and possibly "Kwamibuster", although it's not mentioned whether "Kwamibuster" is the first time that she unifies miraculouses.
      • Taking all hints into consideration, the special is set between "Weredad" and "Silencer".
  • One of the promotional posters for the special was made by Konrad Olchawa, a Polish freelance artist and a fan of Miraculous.[39]
  • The space power-up is shown for the first time but the color of the potion is unknown until "Miraculous New York".
  • Starting this special and continuing in Season 4, Adrien's transformation theme is different, being higher pitched.
  • It's revealed that the user of the Butterfly Miraculous can use the same akuma more than once to akumatize another person whether it is purified or not as seen in "Catalyst".
    • The Butterfly Miraculous user can also akumatize spirits as well as long as said spirit is housed in a vessel.
  • This is the second time were a character(s) is killed onscreen following, "Timebreaker".
    • It's also the third time a Miraculous is destroyed onscreen following "Timebreaker" and "Queen Wasp".
  • This is one of the several times where Marinette has a sad face during her transformation.
    • But this time it wasn't because someone she cared about was in danger yet, she felt betrayed or wasn't so sure about the intentions of someone she thought was her friend.
  • Hawk Moth shows concern for his plans once again following "Simon Says" and "Riposte".
  • Fei having doubts to the point of giving up is similar to what Marinette did in "Origins", Gabriel in "Queen's Battle" and Adrien in "Miraculous New York."
  • Both Cash and Hawk Moth acted as personality foils for Fei in the special, with her thinking the destruction done was her fault when in reality it was caused by both Hawk Moth and Cash.
    • Cash's desire to get what he wanted was so vast he used dirty tactics to get it which left Fei homeless and caused her to do the same.
    • Hawk Moth was consumed with negative feelings about his own past to the point where he couldn't let it go and he didn't think about the consequences of his actions until it led to his demise, foreshadowing it happening again in "Cat Blanc". Since Hawk Moth was the one that paid Cash for the Dragon Cave Key that would make him also indirectly responsible for what happened to Fei.
      • But unlike him, by choosing a better way and with the help of a friend, Fei was able to make amends for her mistakes not only leading to better choices for her but others as well.
  • In many non-English dubs, how they speak the language was both explained and left unexplained:
    • Wang Cheng speaks it to communicate to Marinette.
    • Fei Wu speaks it because her father adored the language.
    • This doesn't explain how some of the civilians speak the language.
      • The French Dub suggests that one superhero fan may have learnt it for their admiration for Ladybug and Cat Noir as they recognized Cat Noir.
  • Hawk Moth's transformation theme is once again changed.
    • Hawk Moth is currently the only Miraculous Holder whose transformation sequence has been shown more than once, and each of the times it is shown, it is different in some way from the previous ones (music, clothes, expression etc).

Errors

  • When Cat Noir shows the passerby a photo of Marinette, it's mirrored. In the following shots its shown correctly.
  • When Fei was running away from the three guys who saw that she was stealing from Marinette, Fei had a blue cap on her. However, Marinette still recognized that she was the girl the guys were chasing even though at that moment she wasn't wearing a blue cap.
  • The clock face on the Custom House is rotated 30 degrees to the left (the 1 is on top instead of the 12), and it has a second hand, which the real Custom House doesn't have.
  • When the akuma landed on Cash's fan, instead of it turning into a black color it had a black ether.
    • When the akuma landed on Mei Shi's orb, it transformed directly into its akumatized design (black with purple designs), instead of being completely black.
  • There are multiple errors in Marinette's transformation:
    • When she puts on her mask, she already has it on.
    • After she puts on the mask, she has the Friendship Day badge from Ikari Gozen.
    • At the beginning of the transformation, she is sad, however, during her final pose, she's smiling.
  • One of the figurines Adrien's bodyguard owns is a figurine of Eagle. However, according to Thomas Astruc, it's an error, and that should have been a Sparrow figurine.[40]
    • Since a Sparrow figurine was supposed to be in the stand, that means Ladybug and Cat Noir haven't met the real Sparrow and Uncanny Valley yet. This means that this episode take place some point between Seasons 2 and 3 and before "Miraculous New York".
  • After Ladybear hits King Cash, her mane disappears. However, after Ladybug uses her lucky charm, it reappears.
  • When destroying King Cash's fan, Cat Noir's destructive powers start bubbling over his ring before he called on the power of Cataclysm.
  • When Marinette finds Fei crying on a roof, she is wearing her purse, when it should've been at Cash's store.
  • On the French credits, Ladybug's name is written as "Lady Bug".
  • The Chinese Scripts keep swapping from Traditional Chinese to Simplified Chinese in the signs in front of stores.
    • The movie is set in Mainland China, Shanghai where they use Simplified Chinese as opposed to Traditional Chinese

Gallery

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://twitter.com/DisneySchedules/status/1380571464244531205
  2. https://twitter.com/TF1Pro/status/1371845576111882250
  3. 3.0 3.1 https://tvmag.lefigaro.fr/programme-tv/miraculous-world-new-york-les-heros-unis-trois-choses-a-savoir-sur-la-nouvelle-aventure-de-ladybug-et-chat-noir_9494858c-ff10-11ea-9ef3-0e4e93e7a417/
  4. 4.0 4.1 https://www.instagram.com/p/BFm_iB4SQx9/
  5. 5.0 5.1 https://twitter.com/MoonieBalloonie/status/756960058798280705
  6. TF1 Youth Program Press Kit 2020-2021 [PDF]
  7. https://twitter.com/MiraculousMX/status/916824040232423424
  8. https://www.instagram.com/p/ByBxUNiAg3Y/
  9. http://web.archive.org/web/20200302120325/https://docs.google.com/document/d/1r1uw73OIgYVHbOqS1qtdamk11TJnNPa7pC5NvAUXTlU/edit
  10. https://twitter.com/MiraculousINTL/status/1257825494663217152
  11. https://www.instagram.com/p/CBcNsvzgU93/
  12. https://www.instagram.com/p/CBi1WkCgmm5
  13. https://www.lalibre.be/culture/medias-tele/une-rentree-riche-en-nouveautes-sur-tfou-on-a-decouvert-l-existence-du-village-des-schtroumpfs-filles-5f01f1479978e21bd0326206
  14. https://www.instagram.com/p/CDTezfrg3jM/
  15. https://www.artstation.com/artwork/AqQn4o
  16. https://www.instagram.com/p/CF9-vu2F9sB/
  17. 17.0 17.1 https://www.instagram.com/p/CF9-vu2F9sB/
  18. https://www.buggreport.com.au/merchantwise-licensing-confirmed-as-australian-new-zealand-licensing-agent-for-zag/
  19. https://twitter.com/iamlindaleerose/status/1321261050570784768
  20. https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=135&v=dPZM-DbM6kg
  21. https://venturebeat.com/2021/01/19/toya-and-zag-games-team-up-for-miraculous-ladybug-cat-noir-adventure-game-on-roblox
  22. https://www.instagram.com/p/CMOxB71oUh3/
  23. https://www.instagram.com/p/CMVGTeBh9qh/
  24. https://twitter.com/LadyblogBrazil/status/1370781046804000771
  25. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCUOI0F8Dpo
  26. https://twitter.com/MiraculousINTL/status/1372685027104948226
  27. https://twitter.com/MiraculousINTL/status/1372924791309660161
  28. https://twitter.com/MiraculousINTL/status/1372942081971343361
  29. https://twitter.com/MiraculousINTL/status/1372942386704355334
  30. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0baDUWXxqvY
  31. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TF63WzwuBcM
  32. https://twitter.com/MiraculousINTL/status/1375084567472787460
  33. https://www.instagram.com/p/CM5Dj5vgLUB/
  34. https://www.instagram.com/p/CNMtJPHphC_/
  35. 35.0 35.1 https://youtu.be/ED8bC3LL_x8?t=378
  36. https://twitter.com/Thomas_Astruc/status/749871825623126017
  37. https://radiodisneyclub.fr/miraculous-world-new-york-nous-avons-rencontre-les-equipes-du-film/
  38. https://twitter.com/Thomas_Astruc/status/1367132036033576964
  39. https://www.instagram.com/p/CMfE2lxlH4W/
  40. https://twitter.com/Thomas_Astruc/status/1378628740209639424


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