Disney Channel has ordered the Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur original animated series from Disney Television Animation.
The news was announced today by Laurence Fishburne during Disney Animation’s panel at Disney’s D23 Expo.
Executive produced by Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland’s Cinema Gypsy Productions (ABC’s “black-ish”), Marvel Animation & Family Entertainment, and Emmy Award-winner Steve Loter (Disney’s “Kim Possible”), Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur “follows the adventures of 13-year-old super-genius Lunella Lafayette and her ten-ton T-Rex, Devil Dinosaur. After Lunella accidentally brings Devil Dinosaur into present-day New York City via a time vortex, the duo works together to protect the city’s Lower East Side from danger.”
Fishburne said, “As an avid comic book fan, I am thrilled to be involved with ‘Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur.’ Disney Channel is the perfect platform to explore this pint-sized female African American superhero and I can’t wait for their audience to enjoy the lighthearted adventures of Lunella and Devil Dinosaur.”
Meredith Roberts, senior vice president, Animation Strategy, Disney Channels shared, “Disney TV Animation is thrilled to collaborate with renowned producers Laurence, Helen and Steve and the talented Marvel Animation team to bring this modern-day roller-skating, gadget-wielding tween superhero and her larger-than-life partner to Disney Channel.”
Cort Lane, senior vice president, Marvel Animation & Family Entertainment said, “Lunella doesn’t know she is the smartest person on the planet, but audiences will soon know how very cool Moon Girl is. Her adventures with giant buddy, Devil Dinosaur, are filled with so much wonder and joy, and this historic partnership with Disney Television Animation and Cinema Gypsy Productions proved the right formula to bring them to television.”
Jeff Howard (“Planes”) and Kate Kondell (“The Pirate Fairy”) serve as co-producers and story editors.
For those who might not know, Moon Girl was created by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare and Natacha Bustos and first appeared in Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur issue 1 back in January 2016. As far as I can remember, Lunella is supposed to be nine-years-old. So, I guess the upcoming animated series is aging her up a bit. She is also an Inhuman like Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel).
No premiere date has been announced. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if this series debuts sometime later next year.
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Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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