Movie Review : Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

The newest Marvel animated series, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is truly shaping itself to be exceptional, which is fitting considering the series’ name. That’s a lot to pack into a half-hour series, especially considering the title suggests that it will involve teenagers with superpowers, prehistoric monsters, and an undiscovered chain of events that ties the two together. Thankfully, the series that airs on the Disney Channel can accomplish this goal while imbuing the narrative with the sentimental aspect of a Saturday morning cartoon and a great deal of heart.

The show’s main character is Lunella Lafayette, a little girl who is brilliant in the field of science and lives on the Lower East Side with her family. Diamond White plays Lunella. She takes it upon herself to try and find a solution to the problem when persistent blackouts plague her neighborhood and put her family’s roller rink in danger. She does this by imitating her hero, the mysterious scientist who disappeared years ago and became known as “Moon Girl,” whose body of work will assist her in constructing an independent power grid for the Lower East Side.

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Her early efforts to address the problem create a whole new issue because things are never as simple as you think they’re going to be, specifically, the appearance of a massive, fire-breathing T. Rex via a time portal. This is because things are never as simple as you think they will be. Although initially afraid, Lunella rapidly realized the benefits of her prehistoric friend, who complements her enormous intelligence by providing the necessary physical strength.

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Casey, Lunella’s new closest friend, is also lending a hand to her efforts to better the lives of individuals in the Lower East Side. Superhero teams like the Avengers rarely travel to such a southern location, so Lunella’s efforts are particularly welcome (Libe Barber). Casey is the only person in Lunella’s life aware of her alter ego, Moon Girl, and she manages Moon Girl’s social media accounts.

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Casey possesses social skills that are on par with Lunella, who is notoriously reserved. Throughout the series, Casey and Lunella develop a very sweet and strong friendship. It’s possible that their friendship was initially sparked by Casey’s ambitions to increase the number of people who follow her on social media, while Lunella was trying to conceal her secret identity.

Lunella faces out against a new evildoer in each episode of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur since the show is geared toward a younger audience and is structured similarly to the popular format known as “case of the week.” However, the series is not only about vanquishing the villains; rather, it is also very much a story that confronts very simple themes surrounding the process of growing up, with plots that are not out of place in a setting that does not involve superheroes.

The seamless integration of the superhero elements with the story’s more grounded aspects gives the whole thing its impressive level of effectiveness. Lunella’s battle with her peers or her family does not typically revolve exclusively around her efforts to conceal her status as Moon Girl from them; rather, it frequently contributes directly to whatever issue Moon Girl is attempting to resolve with regard to a supervillain.

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One of the most compelling illustrations of this can be found in the fifth episode of the current season, titled “Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow.” In this episode, Lunella tries to concoct a chemical that will alter how her hair looks in time for picture day. Instead, she turns her hair into a vengeful and autonomous being (voiced by Jennifer Hudson no less).

According to White, the series drew inspiration for the episode’s premise, at least regarding how the characters style their hair, from her childhood memories. In the same way that the heart of any story that contains a fantastical element is most effective when it is true, the heart of the story works best when it is true in Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, and the story is simply jam-packed with heart.

The show as a whole feels like something of a spiritual successor to The Powerpuff Girls, with its over-the-top villains and very stylized action-oriented animation, and Phineas and Ferb in the way it approaches creative children and the fantastical solutions they concoct to their problems. This is because of how the show approaches creative children and the fantastical solutions they concoct to their problems.

Moon Girl, much like Phineas and Ferb, includes young characters that are bright and well-versed in technology. In addition, the show has an overall atmosphere that is extremely contemporary while retaining an element of timelessness about the whole thing. Casey indeed spends a lot of time on social media, and it is also true that issues that are receiving a lot more attention now than they did in previous years (such as gentrification and Eurocentric beauty standards, for example) are brought up in this series as well.

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However, the show never crosses the uncomfortable line of trying too hard to be accessible to children to the point that it becomes out of date in months rather than years. Because the writers and actors are so confident in their tale and in the importance and plausibility of Lunella’s experiences, they let the story speak for itself.

It is abundantly evident from the very first episode that the residents of the Lower East Side like and accept Moon Girl and everything that she does for them. This feeling is easily carried over into the real world as well. Audiences who aren’t used to seeing themselves as the hero onscreen now have a superhero they can call their own in the form of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur.