Amphibia is an American animated television series created by Matt Braly and produced by Disney Television Animation for Disney Channel. The series features 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 show's first season concluded on July 18.
Amphibia has been renewed for a second season.
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 Sasha, she is magically transported to Amphibia, a wild marshland-themed lilypad-shaped island full of talking frog-people 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. In addition, she also must help the frog-people of Wartwood deal with the toad-people of Toad Tower led by Captain Grime.
Why It Rocks
- Well-written and likable characters that get a lot of development. For example, Anne starts off as a selfish and lazy teenager, but it's gradually revealed that she manipulated into being like that by her toxic friends Sasha and Marcy. She also becomes more responsible, kind, noble, and brave as the series goes on.
- Despite her Toxicity Sasha is Shown to genuinely care about Anne and see her and Marcy as actual friends.
- Attractive and fun plots.
- Really beautiful and fluid animation, and nice-looking background artwork. In fact, each of the title cards were whittled from wood, and it looks almost very similar to the Rayman and Ori series due to its environment. How impressive is that?
- It has a very adventurous vibe to it.
- Great music, such as the theme song.
- It takes heavy inspiration from Thai-American culture, especially in the episode "Lily Pad Thai" where Anne prepares Thai food.
- Has a lot of world-building and continuity from the get-go, instead of just lazily jumping onto it at the last minute like Star vs. the Forces of Evil.
- Everything comes together perfectly in the season 1 finale.
- Superb voice acting, such as Brenda Song as Anne and Bill Farmer as Hop Pop.
- Sprig's personality is hard to pinpoint, as he acts like a jerk in a few episodes.
- It Can take awhile for plot-centric episodes to air.
- Brenda Song, the actress who returned to Disney and played Anne Boonchuy, previously portrayed London Tipton from The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Suite Life on Deck.