Monica's Gang

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Monica's Gang
Publication information
Schedule monthly
Format Comic strip
Comic book
Genre
Publication date 1959 – present
Main character(s) Mônica (Monica)
Cebolinha (Jimmy Five)
Cascão (Smudge)
Magali (Maggy)
Creative team
Creator(s) Mauricio de Sousa

Monica's Gang (originally titled Turma da Mônica in Portuguese) is a popular Brazilian comic book series created by Mauricio de Sousa in 1959.

Plots are centered on the adventures of a group of seven-year-old friends in the fictional neighborhood of "Limoeiro" in São Paulo. The neighborhood was inspired by the neighborhood of Cambuí, in Campinas and the city of Mogi das Cruzes, where de Sousa lived his childhood.[1] It is the main series created by cartoonist, and also holds a series of mini-groups, in which the characters go through various adventures everyday. The term can also refer to all characters ever created by Mauricio, but, strictly speaking, not part of "Monica", such as the characters of Chuck Billy 'n' Folks or Bug-a-Booo.

The first characters of series were Blu (Bidu) and Franklin (Franjinha) published by Editora Continental in 1960.[2] Monica's Gang was published by publishers Abril and Globo and has been published by Panini Comics since 2007.

Publication history[edit]

Cover of the first edition of Monica's Gang launched in 1970.

Maurício de Sousa, then reporter for Folha da Manhã , in 1959 decided to enter the field of comics hitherto little disputed in the country.[3] In the same year made his first characters Blu and Franklin, and decided that would be Blu the protagonist.[4] Both were based on his own childhood , Franklin based on Maurício himself and Blu in his pet dog Cuíca.[5] In the following year,1960, by an editor the characters gained ground through the children's magazine Zaz Traz by publisher Editora Outubro later getting their own comic titled "Bidu" by Editora Continental, but the same year the magazines were canceled.[6]

After that the characters returned the newspaper strips, where they developed with more characters being created and earning their own series such as Jimmy Five, The Cavern Clan, The Funnies, Horacio's World, Bug-a-Booo and Zezinho and Hiroshi (now called Chuck Billy 'n' Folks). But after so long Maurício received a complaint for the lack of feminine characters in his comics.[7] So to avoid further controversy, in 1963 Monica was created, initially as a supporting character in the Jimmy Five strips based on Mauricio's real daughter Mônica Sousa.[8]Eventually, the popularity and charisma of the character made her be the protagonist of the series instead of Jimmy Five.

Maurício de Souza was responsible for the creation of the series.

With this, Monica's comic magazine was launched in 1970, initially under the title of "Mônica e Sua Turma" (Monica and Her Gang). Over the years, other characters gained their own magazines, like Jimmy Five (1973), Smudge (1982), Chuck Billy (1987), Maggy (1989). Over time new characters and series have emerged, such as Chuck Billy, Bug-a-Booo and Thunder. The staff of cartoonists has grown, leading to the foundation of the Estúdios Maurício de Sousa, and projects were also emerging for a cartoon. Other media have strengthened over the years and Monica-branded merchandise were launched, with products like books, toys, discs, CD-ROM and video games. A Monica-themed amusement park was created in 1993 in São Paulo, titled "Parque da Mônica" (Monica Park).[9] In 2008 the franchise has received a manga-style comic entitled Monica Teen.[10]

The story is similar with comics like Peanuts and Little Lulu, due to their reflective stories, but more often restless turning to subjects such as science fiction, magic, slapstick, drama, action-adventure and sometimes even educational, although many comparing the series with characters like Mickey Mouse due to his success representing his country in the media of comics and animations.

Nowadays the comics are sold in 40 countries in 14 languages.[11]

Characters[edit]

Some of the main characters of Monica.

The Monica's Gang series has a very extensive amount of main and secondary characters. It has as main protagonists characters Monica, Jimmy Five, Smudge, Maggy and Chuck Billy (the latter derived from the Chuck Billy 'n' Folks) and each has its own comic. Other characters from other series created by Mauricio de Sousa are also included on Monica's often making crossovers or quotations from each other in several stories. Among the secondary characters are blue dog Blu, the prodigy scientist Franklin, the " eternal secondary" Sunny, the guardian angel Angel, the artist Marina, the contrarian Nick Nope, among several other characters. The main setting of the stories is the fictional neighborhood of "Limoeiro" in São Paulo.

Most histories focus on the daily lives of the main characters and occasionally in the secondary; the humour usually uses various types of repetitions, allusions, appeals to the nonsense, paranomasias, sarcasm and metalanguage. The stories with Monica and Jimmy Five be revolve around the conflict between the two, being that Jimmy Five is a troublemaker and bully boy who always tries to scold Monica or steal her stuffed bunny to give knots in its ears (usually having Smudge or another boy accomplice), always having due Monica revenge by hitting him with her stuffed bunny that often comes to leave him bruised and with black eyes. Sometimes Jimmy Five usually make plans against her with various traps, often using Franklin's inventions and taking Smudge helping, but likewise he always loses to Monica at the end. Smudge's stories usually focus on his penchant for dirt and mess and his fear of water, without ever having taken a bath in life, and constantly being threatened by villains or his friends to take a bath whenever he gets away with a result in end of story. The stories with Maggy has generally focused on her gluttony, with a superhuman appetite coming to eat more than a normal person without ever getting fat and sometimes stealing food from your friends.

Among the villains are Captain Fray, a supervillain with the power to control the garbage and dirt, and Lord Big Rabbit, a space bunny whose first appearance was in the movies. A joke is shown very often make them breaks the fourth wall, like the fact that they know they are characters in comics often insulting Sunny for being a mere secondary characters, or they have access to the creator of Mauricio de Sousa series and its studio.

Related works[edit]

Other related works which relate to the series are:

  • Blu - Based on the first character of Monica's Gang it shows the character Blu as acting as a mere actor in a studio of comics.
  • Chuck Billy 'n' Folks - Focuses the comic daily life of Chuck Billy, a lazy caipira boy and his friends who live on a farm in the interior of Brazil. It is what most often appear in contact with Monica's Gang. As Monica's Gang received a manga-style comic in 2013 called Chico Bento Moço (Chuck Billy Teen).
  • Bug-a-Booo - Focuses on comedy stories involving monsters of horror films (ghosts, vampires, werewolfs, frankestein and even the death) in a cemetery.
  • Tina's Pals - Similar to Archie Comics, shows a daily routine of a group of teenagers and their daily lives as dating, college, among other issues.
  • The Funnies - Focuses on the comic adventures of Bubbly, an astronaut at space filled with aliens.
  • Lionel's Kingdom - Focuses on the daily lives of a group of anthropomorphic animals of different species in a forest led by a lion king.
  • The Cavern Clan - Focuses on everyday Piteco a caveman inventor who is living in the midst of a pre-history with dinosaurs.
  • Horacio's World - Focuses on the life of a young dinosaur philosopher Horacio and his friends dinosaurs.
  • The Tribe - Focuses on the everyday one an amazonian Indian Tom-Tom in the midst of a constantly threatened by white men forest.

Media[edit]

Films[edit]

Over the years the series has received several animated films having commenced production in times that the animation was very rare in Brazil. The first animated film to be released was "As Aventuras da Turma da Mônica" (The Adventures of Monica's Gang) of 1982. After that most of the films that were released were compilations of episodes from the cartoon. Only two films have unique stories that were A Princesa e o Robô (1983) and Uma Aventura no Tempo (2007). Among the films already released are:

  • Mônica e Cebolinha – No Mundo de Romeu e Julieta (1979, live-action, made-for-TV) - (Monica and Jimmy Five: In the World of Romeo & Juliet)
  • As Aventuras da Turma da Mônica (1982) - (The Adventures of Monica's Gang)
  • A Princesa e o Robô (1983) - (The Princess and the Robot)
  • As Novas Aventuras da Turma da Mônica (1986) - (The New Adventures of Monica's Gang)
  • Mônica e a Sereia do Rio (1986) - (Monica and the River Mermaid)
  • O Bicho-Papão (1987) - (The Boogeyman)
  • A Estrelinha Mágica (1988) - (The Magic Star)
  • A Rádio do Chico Bento (1989, live-action, direct-to-video) (The Chuck Billy Radio Station)
  • Chico Bento, Óia a Onça! (1990) - (Chuck Billy, Watch Out for the Jaguar!)
  • Videogibi: O Mônico (1997, direct-to-video) - (The He-Monica)
  • Videogibi: O Plano Sangrento (1997, direct-to-video) - (The Bloody Plan)
  • Videogibi: O Estranho Soro do Dr. X (1998, direct-to-video) - (VideoComic: Dr. X's Strange Serum)
  • Cine Gibi - O Filme (2004) - MovieComic: The Movie)
  • Cine Gibi 2 (2005, direct-to-video) - (MovieComic 2)
  • Uma Aventura no Tempo (2007) - (An Adventure in Time)
  • Cine Gibi 3: Planos Infalíveis (2008, direct-to-video) - (Movie Comic 3: Infallible Plans)
  • Cine Gibi 4: Meninos e Meninas (2009, direct-to-video) - (MovieComic 4: Boys and Girls)
  • Cine Gibi 5: Luzes, Câmera, Ação! (2010, direct-to-video) - (MovieComic 5: Lights, Camera, Action!)

Cartoon[edit]

The first animations of Monica's Gang emerged in the late 60s in television commercials food company Cica. The first episode of the animated series aired during the 70s, with a special Christmas on Rede Globo. The animated series has only started in 1986 with the film "As Novas Aventuras da Turma da Mônica" which was the first film to present a compilation of episodes. In the following years other episodes have been released, but through other movies in VHSs. Some episodes were also shown by Rede Globo occasionally. The series only came to be displayed on television from 2004 by Cartoon Network Brazil. In 2010 the episodes began to be shown by Rede Globo and stayed on the air until 2014. From 2012 episodes began to be produced specifically for television renewing seasons each year.

Video games[edit]

Comparison of games Wonder Boy in Monster World and Turma da Mônica na Terra dos Monstros

In the 1990s, three Monica video games were released by Tectoy for Sega consoles (Master System and Mega Drive/Genesis), consisting of romhacks of Wonder Boy games, with translated text and sprites replaced with characters from the comic.

Console Original Wonder Boy game Original release Monica's Gang version Release
Master System Wonder Boy in Monster Land 1987 Mônica no Castelo do Dragão 1991
Master System Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap 1989 Turma da Mônica em O Resgate 1993
Mega Drive Wonder Boy in Monster World 1991 Turma da Mônica na Terra dos Monstros 1994

In the 1990s, MSP released three CD-ROMs with short stories complemented by minigames: Mônica Dentuça (1995), Cebolinha e Floquinho (1996) e A Roça do Chico Bento (1998). Two CDs for creating comic books with both Monica and Chuck Billy were also released.

In September 2010 it was announced by Tec Toy to produce an exclusive game for videogame console Zeebo Turma da Mônica - Vamos Brincar Nº1, but the game was canceled months later. The idea was to create a series of eight puzzle games, but due to the end of the island the project was canceled.[12]

In 2012 was released the application for iPhones "Quero Ser da Turma da Mônica", a game where you create an digital avatar in the style of the characters of the series. In 2013 a game was released for iOS and Android called "Coelhadas da Mônica", a puzzle game like Angry Birds.[13] And in 2014 was released the game "Jogo do Cascão" (The Smudge Game) 2D plataform running game with multiple stages.[14]

Mônica Park[edit]

An amusement park themed with Mauricio de Souza's characters, located at the Eldorado Shopping in São Paulo. It was opened in January 1993, and features a number of attractions, like the "Carrossel do Horácio" (Horacio's merry-go-round, a carousel featuring dinosaurs instead of horses), the 3-D cinema, and many more. The Parque da Mônica of Curitiba and of Rio de Janeiro were also created, in 1998 and 2001, respectively, but both were closed, in 2000 and 2005, respectively. Until the end of 2006, it had its own comic book, featuring adventures of Monica's gang at the park. When Panini Comics started to publish Mauricio's works, this magazine was replaced by Turma da Mônica.

The park was removed from ElDorado Shopping Center on early 2010, when the space occupied by it was asked back by the shopping administrators.[15] Mauricio de Sousa had already announced that the shopping had requested the area back on July 2009.[15] The administration of the Shopping says that the place is seeking more up to date alternatives, which fall under the consumers expectation.[15]

Publications[edit]

Monica’s Gang and its related works are released in a number of different books. Firstly, they were published by Editora Abril, from 1970 to 1986, then Editora Globo, from 1987 to 2006. From 2007 on, Panini Comics was chosen to keep the publications.

Comic books (released monthly)[edit]

Monica's Gang titles are usually published in digest size.[16]

  • Mônica
    • Ed. Abril (1970–1986): 1-200
    • Ed. Globo (1987–2006): 1-246
    • Ed. Panini (2007-): 1-
  • Cebolinha
    • Ed. Abril (1973–1986): 1-168
    • Ed. Globo (1987–2006): 1-246
    • Ed. Panini (2007-): 1-
  • Cascão
    • Ed. Abril (1982–1986): 1-114
    • Ed. Globo (1987–2006): 1-467
    • Ed. Panini (2007-): 1-
  • Chico Bento
    • Ed. Abril (1982–1986): 1-114
    • Ed. Globo (1987–2006): 1-467
    • Ed. Panini (2007-): 1-
  • Magali
    • Ed. Globo (1989–2006): 1-403
    • Ed. Panini (2007-): 1-
  • Turma da Mônica

It features mainly adventures at the Parque da Mônica, which were formerly published at the defunct “Revista Parque da Mônica”.

    • Ed. Globo (1993–2006): 1-168 (as "Revista Parque da Mônica")
    • Ed. Panini (2007-): 1-
  • Ronaldinho Gaúcho

Adventures of Ronaldinho Gaúcho, interacting or not with the rest of the gang.

    • Ed. Globo (2006): 1-3
    • Ed. Panini (2007-): 1-

Almanacs[edit]

The "Almanaques da Turma da Mônica" (Monica's Gang Almanacs) bring republications of the best stories.

Bi-monthly publications[edit]

  • Almanaque da Mônica (Monica's Almanac)
  • Almanaque do Cebolinha (Jimmy Five's Almanac)
  • Almanaque do Cascão (Smudge's Almanac)
  • Almanaque do Chico Bento (Chuck Billy's Almanac)
  • Almanaque da Magali (Maggy's Almanac)

Quarterly publications[edit]

  • Almanaque Temático (Thematic Almanac, with several stories featuring several different characters, but with the same theme, formerly named "Coleção Um Tema Só" (One Single Theme Collection))

Biannual publications[edit]

  • Almanaque Turma do Penadinho (Bug-a-Booo's Almanac)
  • Almanaque Turma da Tina (Tina's Pals' Almanac)
  • Almanaque Turma do Astronauta (The Funnies' Almanac)
  • Grande Almanaque de Férias (Great Holidays Almanac, released during Brazil school holidays, former "Almanacão de Férias" (Holidays' Big Almanac))
  • Grande Almanaque Turma da Mônica (Great Monica's Gang Almanac, a big-sized Almanac, former "Almanacão Turma da Mônica" (Monica's Gang Big Almanac))
  • Almanaque Historinhas de Uma Página (Single-page strories Almanac, featuring only stories that occupies only one page at a comic book)
  • Clássicos do Cinema Turma da Mônica (Monica's Gang Classics of the Cinema): parodies of movies, with republications of the Gibizão stories and sequels of them, as well as original stories ("Cascão Porker", an adaptation of the first Harry Potter film).

Monthly publications[edit]

Annual publications[edit]

  • Mônica Especial de Natal (Mônica’s Christmas Special, featuring Christmas-related strories only, former "Mônica Edição Especial de Natal" (Monica’s Special Christmas Edition))

Defunct publications[edit]

  • Pelezinho
    • Editora Abril (1977–1982): 1-60
  • Almanaque do Pelezinho (Pelezinho’s Almanac)
    • Editora Abril (1977–1986)
  • As melhores piadas (The Best Jokes)
    • Editora Abril (1976–1978)(1986)
  • Tiras Especial
    • Editora Abril (1974–1975)
  • Bidu (Blu)
    • Editora Continental (1960)
  • Gibizinho da Mônica (Monica’s Little Comic, pocket comic book)
    • Editora Globo (1991–1998): 1-84
  • Almanaque do Gibizinho (Little Comic’s Almanac)
    • Editora Globo (1997–2001): 1-46 ; 2ª série: (2003–2006): 1-40

Gibizão[edit]

This huge-sized comic book (even bigger than the Almanacão) by Editora Globo had only nine editions.

Monica outside Brazil[edit]

Monica's Gang and related works have been published in 40 countries in 14 languages, including Greek and Japanese.[25]

Italy[edit]

La banda di Monica Characters: Monica, Cipollino (Jimmy Five), Patacca (Smudge), Magalì (Maggy), Tito (Bucky), Frangetta (Franklin), Nimbus, Gaio (Sunny), Maria Cipollino (Mary Angela), Vic Vampiro (Vic Vampire), Fantasmino (Bug-a-Booo), Osti Nato (Nick Nope), Piteco and many others.

Indonesia[edit]

Monika dan kawan kawan Comics are published there since 1997: Monika, Jimmi Lima (Jimmy Five), Dekil (Smudge), Maggy, and Ciko Bento (Chuck Billy).

References[edit]

  1. ^ MundoHQ - Pelezinho vai para a Copa!!!
  2. ^ Marcus Ramone (11/09/09). "Álbum especial comemora os 50 anos do Bidu". Universo HQ. 
  3. ^ Turma da Mônica o Começo do Começo
  4. ^ Bidu primeiro e único
  5. ^ Perguntas e respostas
  6. ^ http://www.planetagibi.net/2009/07/todos-os-gibis-da-turma-pre-historia.html
  7. ^ Turma da Mônica não tinha mulheres
  8. ^ Crie invente
  9. ^ "Parque da Mônica, sucesso dos anos 90, encerra atividades". Guia da Folha Online. 2010-02-16. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  10. ^ "Personagens da Turma da Mônica 'crescem' e viram mangá". O Estado de São Paulo. 2008-07-30. 
  11. ^ http://www.infoanimation.com.br/2014/01/turma-da-monica-no-mercado-internacional.html
  12. ^ "Primeiro jogo da Turma da Mônica para Zeebo é coletânea de 6 minigames" (in portuguese). UOL. 2010-12-16. 
  13. ^ http://www.techtudo.com.br/tudo-sobre/s/coelhadas-da-monica.html
  14. ^ http://www.techtudo.com.br/tudo-sobre/s/jogo-do-cascao.html
  15. ^ a b c Seragusa, Fabiana (7 January 2010). "Parque da Mônica fecha as portas em 16 de fevereiro" (in Portuguese). Guia da Folha. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  16. ^ Laçamentos de Junho de 2010 Panini Comics Universo HQ portuguese.
  17. ^ Batboy Forever at Monica's Gang official website
  18. ^ Horacic Park at Monica’s Gang official website
  19. ^ The Twelve Labors of Monica at Monica's Gang official website
  20. ^ Romeo & Juliet at Monica's Gang official website
  21. ^ Captain Hook at Monica's Gang official website
  22. ^ Monica and the Barbarians at Monica's Gang official website
  23. ^ Superpark at Monica's Gang official website
  24. ^ Star Warp at Monica's Gang official website
  25. ^ "Toon in Monica". Perspectives in Health - Volume 9, Number 1, 2004. 

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