ⓘ Amphibia (TV series)

                                     

ⓘ Amphibia (TV series)

Amphibia is an American animated television series created by Matt Braly and produced by Disney Television Animation for Disney Channel. The series stars the voices of Brenda Song, Justin Felbinger, Bill Farmer, and Amanda Leighton. It premiered on June 17, 2019 following a preview of the first episode on DisneyNOW and YouTube three days earlier, and the shows first season concluded on July 18.

On May 15, 2019, a month before the series premiere, Amphibia was renewed for a second season which will premiere in 2020.

                                     

1. Plot

The series chronicles the adventures of a self-centered 13-year-old Thai-American girl named Anne Boonchuy. After stealing a mysterious music box on her birthday at the advice of her frenemy Sasha, she is magically transported to Amphibia, a wild marshland-themed island full of anthropomorphic frogs and giant versions of smaller animals. She soon meets and befriends an adventurous 10-year-old frog named Sprig Plantar who will guide her to be a true hero while discovering the first true friendship of her life as she lives with the Plantar family.

                                     

2.1. Characters Main characters

  • Sprig Plantar voiced by Justin Felbinger - A 10-year-old adventurous and curious pink frog who befriends Anne.
  • Hopadiah "Hop Pop" Plantar voiced by Bill Farmer - Sprig and Pollys 68-year-old traditional, strict, and overprotective grandfather and farmer who runs the family farm.
  • Polly Plantar voiced by Amanda Leighton - Sprigs polliwog sister who carries herself around inside a bucket. Sometimes, she can be carried around by Anne, Sprig, or Hop Pop.
  • Anne Boonchuy voiced by Brenda Song - A 13-year-old Thai-American girl who finds a mysterious music box that leads her to Amphibia. She must adjust to her new life and family while facing the ups and downs of Amphibia. Upon arrival, she somehow lost her right shoe that was later found by the inhabitants from Toad Tower.
  • Bessie vocal effects provided by Dee Bradley Baker - Hop Pops giant snail who serves as the Plantar familys mode of transportation. She also pulls the familys cart.
                                     

2.2. Characters Wartwood inhabitants

  • Toadie voiced by Jack McBrayer - A small toad who is Mayor Toadstools loyal assistant.
  • Mayor Toadstool voiced by Stephen Root - A toad who is the corrupt, rude, greedy, and arrogant mayor of Wartwood Swamp. He has a tendency to raise the taxes on anything. Despite his flaws, he can do something nice and even do the unexpected for the greater good as seen in "Anne of the Year" and "Reunion."
  • Buck Leatherleaf voiced by James Adomian - The sheriff of Wartwood who enforces the rules.
  • Sadie Croaker voiced by Laila Berzins - An old lady with a cataract in her left eye. She runs Croaker Dairy where she sells different dairy items and is also a cowapillar farmer.
  • Archie vocal effects provided by Dee Bradley Baker - Sadie Croakers pet spider.
  • One-Eyed Wally voiced by James Patrick Stuart - A local vagrant with one working eye and half a shoe on one foot who plays a caterpillar-shaped accordion.
  • Felicia Sundew voiced by Kaitlyn Robrock - The proprietor of "Felicias Tea Shoppe" that sells food like tea and dung beetle scones. She is Ivys mother and Sylvias daughter.
  • Albus Duckweed voiced by Kevin McDonald - A newt who is the local food critic. He also acts as a master of ceremonies at different events.
  • Leopold Loggle voiced by Brian Maillard - An axolotl who is the towns wood-smith and is the proprietor of his woodcraft store. He used to be a metalsmith until an incident where he accidentally impaled his voice box causing him to have speaking issues where he says introducing adverbs and pausing before saying a negative ending word.
  • Ivy Sundew voiced by Katie Crown - Felicias daughter, Sylvias granddaughter, and Sprigs love interest.
  • Soggy Joe voiced by Fred Tatasciore - A frog survivalist. He is also the star of the "Wild Amphibia" shorts.
  • Maddie Flour voiced by Jill Bartlett - Mr. Flours eerie yet understanding daughter and Sprigs ex-fiancee who works at "Flour & Daughters Bakery."
  • Sylvia Sundew voiced by Mona Marshall - Felicias mother, Ivys grandmother, and Hop Pops girlfriend.
  • Stumpy voiced by John DiMaggio - The cook and proprietor of "Stumpys Diner" with interchangeable prosthetic hands. His restaurant became a Thai-Frog fusion restaurant in "Lily Pad Thai" after he learns some Thai recipes from Anne.
  • Mr. Flour voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson - The baker and proprietor of "Flour & Daughters Bakery."


                                     

2.3. Characters Toad Tower inhabitants

  • Mire - A toad soldier in full body armor who doesnt speak and mostly growls.
  • Braddock voiced by Kristen Johnston - A friendly female toad soldier who likes to garden and socialize.
  • Sasha voiced by Anna Akana - Annes former human friend who was captured by Grime and became his new lieutenant. She was the one who made Anne steal the Calamity Box that transported them both to Amphibia.
  • Fens voiced by April Winchell - An aggressive female toad soldier who fights with a kanabō.
  • Bog voiced by Darin De Paul - A ruthless toad soldier and tax collector who wields a giant hammer.
  • Percy voiced by Matt Jones - A friendly toad soldier who dreams of being a jester.
  • Captain Grime voiced by Troy Baker - A villainous one-eyed toad who is the ruler of Toad Tower and the primary antagonist of the series.
                                     

3. Production

Amphibia was created by Matt Braly, previously a storyboard artist on Gravity Falls and later a director on both Gravity Falls and Big City Greens. According to his Twitter account, he had been working on the series for almost two years before being greenlit. The show was based on Bralys childhood trips to Bangkok, Thailand.

On February 23, 2018, Amphibia was greenlit by Disney Channel alongside The Owl House.

On March 27, 2019, it was revealed that Brenda Song would return to Disney as the voice of Anne Boonchuy.

On May 15, 2019, Disney Channel renewed Amphibia for a second season ahead of its premiere.

Rough Draft Korea, SMIP, and Saerom each provide animation, and takes about nine months for each episode to be complete.

                                     

3.1. Production Marketing

On July 19, 2018, during the Star vs. the Forces of Evil and Big City Greens panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Disney released an early version of the intro for the series.

On April 27, 2019, Disney FanFest released a music video for a vocal version of the opening theme performed by Celica Gray Westbrook and a two-minute clip during a livestream.

On May 14, 2019, Disney Channel released the trailer.

On May 17, 2019, Disney Channel released the final version of the intro.

Amphibia also included shorts, beginning with Teen Girl in a Frog World. The shorts premiered on September 3, 2019.



                                     

4. Episodes

Teen Girl in a Frog World

A series of shorts began airing depicting Anne encountering oddities in Amphibia with the Plantars.

Wild Amphibia

In the style of nature documentaries, Soggy Joe introduces the viewer to a variety of strange creatures in Amphibia. After Soggy Joe is done reviewing each one, he will reveal a fictional promotion that is associated with him.

                                     

5.1. Reception Critical reception

Amphibia received a positive reception from critics. Common Sense Media s Emily Ashby praised the series for its characters and themes, writing that "Sprig and Annes adventures are a joy to behold, mostly thanks to their delightfully compatible personalities and the sweet friendship that develops between them" and that "the story illustrates issues like bullying and emotional manipulation in ways that will resonate with kids and tweens and can prompt discussions about the topics". Bekah Burbank of LaughingPlace.com praised the series ability to balance its humor and its terror elements, as well as its pacing, characters, and animation, stating that Amphibia is clever and goofy with plenty of jokes to keep kids laughing and just enough scary content to hold their attention. The show moves quickly and is broken into two 11-minute episodes that, at least for the premiere, form one complete chapter. The animation is bouncy and colorful and the characters are a delight". Collider s Dave Trumbore gave the series first two episodes a 4 stars rating, feeling that they as a great introduction to the series".



                                     
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