Monday, January 19, 2015

Star vs. the Forces of Evil

Last night Disney Channel previewed two 11 minute episodes of a new animated series called Star vs. the Forces of Evil, which will air on Disney XD later this year. It's noted for being only the second Disney animated TV series created by a woman (the first being Sue Rose's Pepper Ann). Get my review below the break.

Star vs. the Forces of Evil focuses on Star Butterfly, a teenage princess from the planet Mooney. Her parents send her to live on Earth after she keeps getting into much trouble. They have her go to school as a foreign exchange student. During her time on Earth, she is staying with the Diaz family. The Diaz's son , Marco, is a classmate of Star's, and was asked by the principal to show her around. Star and Marco become friends, and instead of living a normal life, they battle villains, mainly to protect Star's extremely powerful wand (an object she has yet to master).

Star seems to be the ditzy, girly, type. While she does get into trouble, she does mean well, and she is also stays in a bright mood. But she can always take out a villain when she needs too. Marco, on the other hand, is the responsible type. He's always watching out for dangerous objects, but he wants to take risks. He also knows karate, which comes in handy when fighting villains.

I found this to be a pretty enjoyable show. It kind of reminds me of Wander Over Yonder, except it takes place on Earth. Wander creator Craig McCracken said that he doesn't want to take Wander and Sylvia to Earth. Either way isn't bad. I just felt like pointing out the difference. Star creator Daron Nefcy could've been influenced by her work on Wander, where she was a storyboard revisionist. This show also shows that just because a show has a girly protagonist doesn't mean it can't be exciting. It's similar to shows like The Powerpuff Girls and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic that way.

Final Score: 3.5/5

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