Miraculous Ladybug is a Korean-French animation, the brainchild of Thomas Astruc and produced by multiple animation companies including Japanese company Toei Animation and The Walt Disney company.
The story centres around Marinette, an average, extra dippy Parisian teen with a crush on the handsome blonde Adrienne. When she’s not drooling and squeaking over him, she’s busy protecting her city as “Miraculous Ladybug” in a spotty lyrca costume. What she doesn’t know (of course) is that Adrienne is also protecting the city as “Cat Noir” with his own stretchy outfit. He fancies Miraculous Ladybug, she fancies Adrienne, neither knows who the other is…you get the picture.
Miraculous Ladybug and Cat Noir must protect the city from “Hawk Moth” who releases magical butterflies to transform Marinette’s peers and provide them with the power to enact revenge on the city for the injustice they have suffered. Although predictable, this formula could have worked if there was something extra to make it interesting. Unfortunately Miraculous Ladybug fails to deliver anything truly fresh, exciting, or original. Marinette is on a whole new level of dippy, often tripping over her words and herself in her general dizziness. In fact, none of the characters seem to have any hint of real personality beyond the barest stereotypes. I was surprised and disappointed that this was the case when so many cultures and big names had been involved in the creation of the show.
If you’re looking for a very light-hearted, very simple superhero cartoon, you might want to give this a try, but there are probably others more worth your time.
Miraculous Ladybug airs on Disney Channel UK in January 2016.