A Kind of Magic (TV series)
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|A Kind of Magic|
|Also known as||Magic|
|Created by||Charile Skanker
Arthur de Pins
|Directed by||Charles Vaucelle|
|Opening theme||A Kind of Magic by Queen|
|Country of origin||France|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Producer(s)||Marc du Pontavice|
Disney Television France
|Original channel||France 3
Disney Channel France
|Original run||2006 – 2009|
A Kind of Magic (known as Magic in France) is a French animated television series created by Michel Coulon, based upon Arthur de Pins's original design. It was produced by French animation company Xilam Animation, directed by Charles Vaucelle, character design by David Gilson.
The story deals with a kid named Tom and his family's problems, including his sister Cindy, who is crazy after every boy she sees, his toad 'His Highness', his evil Aunt Ferocia who wants to turn him evil as well, and his parents who have been exiled from Fairyland and now have to live on Earth.
The series first aired in 2008 on Disney Channel (France, then Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Asia, and Latin America), then France 3 (France), Gulli (France), Super RTL (Germany), Mediaset (Italy), VRT (Belgium), TSR (Switzerland) and ABC (Australia).The series has been an instant hit and was rated the most popular series at the 2007 MIPCOM Junior trade show, attracting over 280 buyers.
- All voices given are for the English version.
The story follows the life of Willow the fairy (voiced by Kelly Sheridan), and her reformed ogre husband Gregore (Trevor Devall), who are not allowed to get married as per Fairyland rules. They move out to Planet Earth, where they try and fit into society as normal human beings with their children, Tom (Erin Mathews) and Cindy (Kelly Sheridan) (named after Tom Thumb and Cinderella) and their Aunt Ferocia (Pauline Newstone).
Clever, spontaneous and mischievous, Tom has the presence of mind of a boy who has had to take care of himself from very young. Thanks to his limitless imagination and instinctive quick reflexes, he is able to convince anyone of anything. This skill is very useful to his absent-minded family members who are always forgetting they no longer live in a world of magical creatures.
In spite of having been banished from the only home she knew, Willow doesn't worry. Being a fairy who has lived in the land of happy endings has given her an eternal optimism that she retains in her life with her family. The harsh realities of her new home are unable to shake her confidence that Good will always triumph over Evil. She is lighthearted and carefree and doesn't let the world get her down.
Gregory finds it hard to live in the hard economic reality of the real world. Despite being an ogre, he is a sweet, benevolent, and gentle father. He's more sensitive to his responsibility than his wife Willow, but both are so disconnected from reality that their children tend to be the ones that resolve the problems created by their parents.
Stubborn, rebellious, and very romantic, Cindy knows that a better future awaits her. In the land of fairy tales she was responsible for cleaning the sewers of the kingdom, but in the real world, she dreams of grand projects and a more agreeable life. Like all adolescents, she worries about being accepted by the other children at school. In general she opposes the use of magic because she considers it distasteful, but she makes use of it when it helps her accomplish what she wants.
Unlike the other members of the family, this witch finds her deportation unbearable. She feels nostalgic for her old country and dreams of finding a way to recover her powers and return to the kingdom to wreak havoc and restore terror. She hates almost everything about the real world, except crimes, reality shows, and driving her motorcycle. She is always in a bad mood and shouts furiously when she speaks.
Tom's pet is an extremely ugly toad, but he always has an regal expression and moves with the airs of a prince. In spite of his appearance and low profile, he is a real snob. He refuses to hunt insects and lives in a mineral water bath.
He always travels via the communications network and most of the time emerges from Cindy's cellphone. He helps his nephew Tom in tricky situations. He is very friendly and worries about others.
Tom's best friend doesn't know that his friend's family is a fairy tale family. Sometimes he thinks Tom keeps secrets from him, which causes him to become angry and mistrust his friend.
A little neighbor girl who always sees strange things when one of the family leaves or enters the house. When she is surprised by something magical, she screams to call her mother to tell or show her what she has seen, but her mother never sees what has happened.
Grandma and Grandpa
A pair of smelly and stinky ogres. They always want the family to be smelly, rude, and greedy, which they are not. Most of the time they want to teach their grandson ogre lessons, like how to hunt animals for food, how to smell bad, etc.
1 * Memory Gaps
2 * Meet The Parents
3 * Trust
4 * Framed!
5 * Big Love
6 * Uncle Sandman
7 * The Ventriloquist
8 * Wishing Powder
9 * What Big Teeth You Have
10* Ugly, Idle & Nasty
11* When An Ogre Loves A Fairy
12* A Dogs Life
13* A Fairytale Wedding
14* The Truth, Nothing But The Truth
15* An Awkward Visit
16* Family Matters
17* Peekaboo Tom
18* The Wand's Burial
19* Lovely Dragon
21* Whatever You Wish
22* Daddy Un-Cool
23* Deep Freeze
24* Mosquito Fairy
25* Only Child
26* Home Sweet Home
- ZAGTOON heads for MIP Junior with a raft of blue chip animation programs
- "A Kind of Magic". Telebisyon. Archived from the original on 20 February 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2009.
- Magic (Xilam)
- "Xilam's 'A Kind of Magic' top rated series at Mipcom junior". Xilam. 8 October 2007. Archived from the original on 6 March 2009. Retrieved 8 March 2009.