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Review: “Ladybug & Cat Noir: The Movie,” departure from original show [MUSE]

“Ladybug & Cat Noir: The Movie” caught me off guard in the best possible way. Based on the animated TV series “Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir,” the storyline revolves around the lives of two Parisian teenagers, Marinette Dupain-Cheng and Adrien Agreste. These teenagers transform into superheroes Ladybug and Cat Noir, dedicated to safeguarding their city from supervillains led by Hawk Moth. 

As an avid follower of the show for over 6 years, I was worried that the movie wouldn’t match up to the show. However, the animation, character stories, and plot were phenomenal. It is apparent that producer Jeremy Zag and the entire behind-the-scenes team have poured their hearts and efforts into this project. 

First of all, I was captivated by the exceptional animation displayed in the movie. The animation studio really went all out, and it shows in every frame. The action scenes, the camera angles, everything–it is like a visual feast. I fell in love with the scenery, especially during the scenes where Cat Noir and Ladybug would interact.

Additionally, I was taken aback by the musical element in the movie since I was not aware that it was a musical. As I continued to watch the movie, some songs like “Chaos Reigns” were an instant earworm, and voice actor Keith Silverstein performed exceptionally. One of the only things that bugged me was how Marinette’s singing voice and voice actress Christina Vee’s Marinette voice were different. The voice acting and musical numbers collectively stand as a testament to the cast’s remarkable talent.

What truly stood out in this movie was the newfound chemistry between Ladybug and Cat Noir. From my perspective, the show often overlooks Cat Noir’s significance, throwing him into the shadows. This movie rectifies that imbalance and it treats both protagonists with equal importance and respect. This balanced portrayal allows viewers to empathize with each individual’s challenges without pitting one against the other. Overall, the genuine mutual regard they display–despite their complicated feelings–is a delightful watch.

In general, I appreciate how the movie is not afraid to try something different, and for me, that is what makes it stand out. “Ladybug & Cat Noir: The Movie” is a reminder that sometimes the most unexpected changes can be exactly what a story needs. Whether you are a fan like me or just curious about the Miraculous world, you should watch this movie. It is a wild ride that may leave you with a smile or maybe a tear or two.

To watch the trailer of “Ladybug & Cat Noir: The Movie,” click here.

On this blog, members of the Carmel High School chapter of the Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists (and the occasional guest writer) produce curations of all facets of popular culture, from TV shows to music to novels to technology. We hope our readers always leave with something new to muse over. Click here to read more from the MUSE Summer Series.

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    MuskanSep 6, 2023 at 5:52 am

    Awesome

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    Majid AhmedSep 5, 2023 at 11:47 am

    This is a good movie but if you change the story in next one so it will be best
    Animation is cool
    Songs are soulfull
    Costumes are nice
    But the story wasn’t cool

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