REVIEW * Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir: Be Miraculous DVD

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Miraculous: Tales Of Ladybug & Cat Noir: Be Miraculous

Miraculous Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir: Be Miraculous

  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2017
  • Rated: TVY7
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Studio: Shout Kids Factory
  • SMRP: $14.94
  • Preorder: Amazon.com and Shout Kids

Official Shout Factory Synopsis:

The time is now. The city is Paris. And two amazing heroes, Ladybug and Cat Noir, stand to protect its citizens against evildoers. But can this uncanny duo continue to keep their city safe from these dastardly ne’er-do-wells…and get their homework done on time? That’s right. The superheroes known as Ladybug and Cat Noir are actually Marinette and Adrien, two young students with super-secret lives filled with super-awesome excitement!

Seven episodes include:
Ladybug and Cat Noir (Origins, Part 1)–Every great story has a great beginning. Discover how Marinette and Adrien become Ladybug and Cat Noir.

Stone Heart (Origins, Part 2)–Marinette decides she doesn’t want to be Ladybug anymore. But when her best friend, Alya, her crime fighting partner Cat Noir, and the city of Paris all end up in danger, she has no choice but to Ladybug-up and save them all.

Animan–While Marinette waits for Adrien at the zoo, the zookeeper gets akumatized into Animan, a shapeshifter who can take the form of any animal! Ladybug and Cat Noir must catch Animan before he and the other animals take over Paris.

Simon Says–Humiliated while performing a hypnosis act on TV, Simon gets akumatized into Simon Says. Now, by uttering simple phrase, he is able to hypnotize anyone into doing his bidding. His main targets are Ladybug and Cat Noir!

Pixelator–Vincent wants nothing more than to pose for a picture with his favorite pop singer, Jagged Stone. But when the star rejects him, Vincent gets akumatized into Pixelator–determined to capture hid idol’s image of good!

Guitar Villain–Angered by an arrogant young singer called Mr. X, Jagged Stone is akumatized into Guitar Villain, a rock’n’roll superstar. Ladybug and Cat Noir will have to go with the rhythm to save Mr. XY from the vengeful rock star.

Kung Food–Marinette accompanies her favorite chefWang to a cook-off. When Chloe sabotages Wang’s dish, he gets akumatized into Kung Food. Those who taste his dishes are transformed into waking terrors for our heroes!

Bonus Features:
Animatics for Selected Scenes
Laura Marano Theme Song Music Video
Behind-the-Scenes of the Music World

Brief Summary:

Beginning the Be Miraculous DVD with Origins 1 and 2 Episodes helped me understand what the third installment of France’s hit series is about. (I regret to admit that I missed the first two.) Two superhero teens Marinette AKA Ladybug and Adrien AKA Cat Noir helped by akuma butterflies Kwami and Tikki and Plagg thwart masked Hawk Moth and his villains. They use brains not brawn to neutralize a Stone Heart, a panther, a telescoping camera, playing cards, and Celestial Soup. Thank you, ZAGHEROEZ.

My Opinion Only:

Typical high school tween characters and their novel alter-egos reminiscent of Spiderman and Catwoman, good and bad luck symbols blended in magic to energize, multi-racial characters set against a culturally-diverse cosmopolitan backdrop, and CGI magna-style anime artwork in vibrant colors mean that The Miraculous Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir has the makings of an international hit. Younger audiences can identify the everyday problems that heroes and villains face. Love its positive messages of be yourself and no bullying. Best thing is no sex, profanity, or excessive violence.

FYI: December 20, 2016 Netflix will broadcast a Miraculous Christmas special.

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