The old saying ‘there’s nothing new under the sun’ seems to definitely apply to Hollywood and movie makers in general, doesn’t it? Don’t get me wrong – I get nostalgic about re-makes of old classics and companies that bring back the toys of my childhood. But sometimes, if feels like the same old same old. When Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir dropped on our doorstep, I was pleasantly surprised. This is new. A girl superhero and her male sidekick (sort of), both keeping their identities hidden from the world and each other.
Marinette and Adrien, two seemingly normal kids live what appears to be an ordinary teen life in Paris with daily encounters that create amusing circumstances in school, with friends, family, and even with strangers. But when the evil Hawk Moth threatens their beloved city of Paris, they transform into the superheroes Ladybug and Cat Noir using super powers gained with the help of their magical friends. Hawk Moth is using his evil energy to transform normal people into super villains, so our two heroes need to use all their skills to defeat him.
Becoming Ladybug is a complicated process. First, Marinette needs a “Kwami,” which is a tiny magical assistant (called Tikki). She also needs a “Miraculous,” which is a magical accessory (her special pair of earrings). Tikki uses the Miraculous to transform Marinette, but her Ladybug super powers only work for a limited time!
It is a good thing that she gets a little help from her superhero partner, Cat Noir even though she insists she doesn’t need him. If only she knew Cat Noir’s true identity – her school crush, Adrien! It will take a lot – friendship, teamwork and skill – to outwit Hawk Moth. Will Ladybug and Cat Noir be able to balance their double lives and keep Paris safe? Will they ever find out each other’s true identity? Until then – there is a whole city of baddies to defeat… SPOTS ON, CLAWS OUT!
So, you will need to suspend some of your adult notions for a bit if you intend to watch it with your kids. For starters, even though they are living in Paris, everybody speaks perfect English. Once you get past that idea, things are a little more believable.
Hawk Moth is essentially the keeper of bad feelings. Jealousy, anger, resentment – personified. Instead of dealing with negative emotions, the villains are tricked into thinking they can gain power and control by letting their bad feelings take over and seeking revenge. Of course, this never works because the super heroes manage to dislodge the root of the bitterness each of the villains is feeling. It is an incredibly clever way to get kids to see the negative effects of not dealing with hurt feelings and that seeking revenge does not end up with the result you might be hoping for.
All four of my kids are riveted to this show. It is easy to see why it is a top-rated series on Nickelodeon.
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