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Turma da Mônica (1976-1995; 1997-2008; 2017-present)

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Turma da Mônica (1976-1995; 1997-2008; 2017-present)
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Chegou a Turma da Mônica, quanta alegria, e a fantasia se torna real!

Monica's Gang arrived, what joy, and the fantasy becomes real!

Genre: Comedy
Adventure
Science fiction
Fantasy
Running Time: 2 to 15 minutes aprox. (episodes) 22 minutes (specials) 1 hour (movies)
Country: Brazil
Release Date: December 24, 1976 – present
Network(s): Rede Globo (1999-2000, 2010-2014)
Cartoon Network (2004-present)
TV Cultura (2017-present)
HBO Max (2021-present)
Created by: Mauricio de Sousa
Distributed by: Mauricio de Sousa Produções
Starring: Marli Bortoletto
Angélica Santos
Elza Gonçalves
Paulo Cavalcante
Sibele Toledo
Seasons: 11
Episodes: 207
Next show: Mônica Toy
Turma da Mônica Jovem
Biduzidos


Turma da Mônica (Monica and Friends, formerly known as Monica's Gang) is a Brazilian animated series, based on the comic book of the same name, by Mauricio de Sousa. The series is currently broadcast on the Brazilian feed of Cartoon Network since 2004, on the public channel TV Cultura since 2017 and on the Latin American and Brazilian versions of HBO Max since 2021. Previously, the series aired on TV Globo from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2010 to 2014 and before that, the show was available on home video and in movie theatres through many compilation films.

Why These Seasons Rock

  1. It is very faithful to the source material, only making a few adaptations when necessary.
  2. Likeable and memorable protagonists, like Mônica, Magali (Maggy), Cascão (Smudge), Cebolinha (Jimmy Five, depending on your view), Franjinha (Franklin), Anjinho (Angel), Xaveco (Sunny), Louco (Nutty Ned), Chico Bento (Chuck Billy) and etc.
    • All of them carries their charm personalites from the comics without a change.
  3. Great animation for most of the time, even more so when we are talking about the episodes made in the 80's, late 90's, 2009 and 2017.
  4. Contains several funny jokes and gags.
  5. Decent voice acting, which improves as the series progresses.
    • The English-dubbed version is also good.
  6. Has earned at least three successful spin-offs, such as Monica Toy, Biduzidos, and Turma da Mônica Jovem.
  7. It also has some great movies, like Turma da Mônica: Laços, A Princesa e o Robô, and Turma da Mônica em Uma Aventura no Tempo.
  8. Some of the episodes can be quite heartwarming, examples include:
    • A História do Galo Ataliba (The Rooster Ataliba's Tale)
    • O Monstro da Lagoa (The Monster from the Lagoon)
    • A Estrelinha Mágica (The Little Magic Star)
  9. Many of the episodes are memorable, such as:
    • O Natal da Turma da Mônica (The Christmas of Monica and Friends; mainly because it is the first episode of the series)
    • Um Amor de Ratinho (An Love of Mouse)
    • Cascão no País das Torneirnhas (Smudge in the Land of Little Taps)
    • A Gruta do Diabo (The Devil's Grotto)
    • Jacaré de Estimação (Pet Alligator)
    • A Sereia do Rio (The Mermaid from the River)
    • O Bicho-papão (The Boogeyman)
    • Um Dia de Cão (A Dog Day)
    • O Detetive (The Detective)
    • Chico Bento em: Oia a Onça! (Chuck Billy in: Watch the Jaguar!)
    • Na Roça é Diferente (It's Different on the Farm)
    • Duelo em Quadrinhos (A Cartoon Duel)
    • O Estranho Soro do Doutor X (Doctor X's Weird Serum)
    • A Ilha Misteriosa (The Mysterious Island)
    • Chico Mico (Chuckey Monkey)
    • O Guarda-Chuva Voador (The Flying Umbrella)
    • Bichinhos sem Pelúcia (Pet without Plush; depending on your view)
    • Irmão Cascão (Brother Smudge)
    • Plano Hipnótico (Hypnotic Plan)
    • Turma da Mônica Contra o Capitão Feio (Monica and Friends Vs. Captain Fray)
    • Um Coelho de Verdade (A Real Bunny)
    • Folias no Clube (Follies at the Club)
    • O Coelhinho Amarelo (The Yellow Bunny)
    • O Quarto Posterizado (The Posterized Room)
    • Versus Versus Versus
  10. Excellent songs, especially the show's theme intro, A Fantasia se torna real.
  11. It got a lot of merchandise, such as dolls, games, books, and even chocolates.
  12. This show stands out as the first Brazilian animated series ever made, way before Ancine was created and encouraged the creation of more animated series on that country.

Bad Qualities

  1. A few mediocre and bad episodes can appear from time to time, like:
  2. It can get mean-spirited at times.
  3. It started to go downhill in season 6, with weaker and generic plots, along with the few flanderization of the characters. This also made some fans to stop watching the show.
    • Even before that, the show had already went downhill, with the infamous Quadro a Quadro, which is considered to be a huge downgrade to previous Monica's Gang animations, though later installments had mostly received good reception.
  4. There are some cases where the animation can be bad depending on the season:
    • The Quadro a Quadro animation as a whole is an infamous example.
    • Episodes from 1997-1998 (that were part of O Mônico and O Plano Sengrento) still uses low quality CGI backgrounds for 90s standards, even if it they are mostly an improvement from the aforementioned movie, and the 2D animation is more expressive and dinamic.
    • The episodes from 1998 to 1999 (released as part of O Estranho Soro do Dr. X and A Ilha Misteriosa), despite having more loosely animation than before and hand-drawn backgrounds, it is filled to the brim with visible animation errors. This is because they were outsourced to a Chinese animation studio.
    • Episodes from 2002-2009 (grouped as season five by fans) have the characters mostly standing and having limited facial expressions, even though the animation is decent.
    • The animation of the ninth season (released between 2012-2015) is very stiff and awful by flash standards, even though the sixth, seventh, and eighth season also used Adobe Flash and had better animation than these episodes.
    • The animation of the tenth season onward (while improved in season nine) is pretty choppy (at times).
  5. It can be very childish sometimes.
  6. The redubbing of episodes between 1986 and 1999 was unnecessary and mediocre.

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