Milo Murphy’s Law: Character Review

Milo Murphy’s Law: Character Review

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Milo Murphy's Law is a currently-aired Disney Channel Original series by the modern-day kings of Disney Television Animation: Jeff (Swampy) Marsh and Dan Povenmire—none other than creators of Disney's longest-running series Phineas and Ferb (2007-2015). The story centers Milo Murphy and his two close friends Melissa Chase and Zack Underwood. The trio are subject to the Murphy-family Murphy's Law "disorder", in that in the presence of any male from said family, "anything that can go wrong, will go wrong".   This places the three protagonist in the center of some crazy scenarios, with Milo being the driving force behind them. It is set in the same city as Phineas and Ferb, as the creators have mentioned that the Murphy family only lives a few neighborhoods away from the Flynn-Fletchers. As a long-time Phineas and…
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Equestria Girls: Understanding the “My Little Pony” Hype

Equestria Girls: Understanding the “My Little Pony” Hype

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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has gained an insane amount of popularity since its release in 2010. With a shocking 143 half-hour episodes (and another 26 scheduled to air starting on April 15th), it's success is among the top in modern-day animation. The My Little Pony franchise began with a toy line in 1981, but expanded into the world of television in 1992. Its target audience has always been young girls; however, the Friendship is Magic series has seemingly opened up brand-new doors in reaching audiences of all genders and ages.   The most interesting element associated with the 2010 reboot, especially to an outsider of the fanbase, are the fandom participants known as "bronies". Urban Dictionary defines this category of fans as: "A name typically given to the male viewers/fans (whether they are…
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Star & Marco’s Guide to Mastering Every Dimension: Animation & Book Publishing

Star & Marco’s Guide to Mastering Every Dimension: Animation & Book Publishing

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Book publishing appears to be moving in an upwards trend in relation to animated television. In selling merchandise, but doing so in a "sophisticated" way, book publishing seems to carry more of a favorable connotation than toy production. Star Vs. the Forces of Evil has recently published the title Star and Marco's Guide to Mastering Every Dimension, and in being willing to turn away from children's merchandising in favor of published works implies that the creators are targeting a slightly older audience.   Lets discuss something important before moving on with this topic: Does producing merchandise for animated television series devalue its creative integrity? As mentioned in a past post about the commodification of female empowerment in animation, this isn't necessarily an issue: In order to create content there has to be financial payoff…
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Star vs. The Forces of Evil Review: Raid the Cave & Baby

Star vs. The Forces of Evil Review: Raid the Cave & Baby

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The first two weeks of the Starbomb have been incredible. We've never received this many high-quality episodes of Star vs. The Forces of Evil in such a short period of time. Just so you're all up to speed, Dinsey XD is airing new episodes of the series every Monday-Thursday for the entire month of February. Its final air date is on Monday, February 27th, which will consist of two half-hour episodes- the final one being the season 2 finale.   So far, the first two weeks have given us the episodes:     Raid the Cave Trickstar Baby Running with Scissors Mathmagic The Bounce Lounge Crystal Clear The Hard Way     These episodes are amazing! We've been spoiled with huge doses of insight, growth, and plot development- arguably more than any grouping…
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X-Men Evolution: When “for kids” and Complexity Meet

X-Men Evolution: When “for kids” and Complexity Meet

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X Men: Evolution (2000-2003) is the long-forgotten animated series that was known to be either a hit or miss among young viewers and long-time X-Men fans alike. As the successor of the highly-rated 90's X-Men cartoon, many people were upset at how Evolution strayed away from this series and, consequently, the original comics. Targeted towards a much younger audience, the latter show placed more focus on developing the social dynamic of the X-Men as high school youth over their lives as mutant superheroes.   Despite the series' stray from its origin, its premise was refreshing in the world of animation at the time of its broadcast. Characterization is very strong, especially for having such a large ensemble of protagonists- each character managed to get their turn in the spotlight. And because the series…
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