Mia and Me

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Mia and Me
Genre Fantasy, action, adventure,
Created by Gerhard Hahn
Directed by Bianca Lussi
Starring Rosabell Laurenti Sellers
Adrian Moore
Saphia Stoney
Josephine Benini
Voices of Rosabell Laurenti Sellers
Andrew Craig
Tajja Isen
Rod Wilson
Linda Ballantyne
Jonathan Wilson
Elizabeth Hanna
Norma Dell'Agnese
Composer(s) Gerd Kaeding(Original Score Music for Season 1 + 2 (52 Episodes))[1]
Simon Frontzek(Season 3)[1]
Country of origin Italy
Germany
Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 78[1]
Production
Executive producer(s) Bill Speers
Anthony Power
Location(s) Florence (Live action part)
Running time 20 minutes
Production company(s) ZDF
Rainbow S.r.l. (until 2016)
March Entertainment (season 1 only)
Hahn Film
M4e[2](Formerly Lucky Punch) [3]
Release
Original network Rai Due, ZDF, Canal+, Nick Jr.
Picture format 1080i:HDTV
Audio format Stereo
Original release 19 December 2011 (worldwide)[4][better source needed] – present
External links
Website www.mia-and-me.com

Mia and Me is an Italian/German/Canadian live action/CGI animated television series created by Gerhard Hahn (director) (de).[5] The title is about Mia only; as in the end of the opening theme song: "There (Earth) I'm Mia, here (Centopia), I'm me."

Premise[edit]

Season One[edit]

The story begins when a 12-year-old girl named Mia goes to a prestigious boarding school in Florence, Italy as an exchange student. Her parents died recently in an accident. Her father was a successful game maker. Mia's aunt gives Mia a game that her father made before he died. The game is in the form of a large book called "The Legend of Centopia" (a book he read to her when she was younger) which is full of mystical rune writing that gives Mia the latest password (that has to be read backwards) that allows her to go to the magical world of Centopia. The land is full of winged elves (fairies), pans (goat-like creatures), unicorns, dragons (they do not breathe fire) and much more. Perhaps the strangest creature there is Polytheus, a snake like being with snake hair like a Gorgon. He is a trader, strictly in it for the money (though what good money is on such a world is debatable) but has done the Elves some good turns without reward, such as when he fixes their waterdome, saving them from a munc attack (Episode 23).

While in Centopia, Mia is a beautiful, winged, fairy-like, elf girl. Mia is very special because she can talk to unicorns. No one else in Centopia has that ability. She meets a unicorn named Lyria and later, her winged son (born in "The Golden Son" episode), Onchao. She befriends Yuko, a girl warrior who likes Mia but is jealous of the attention Mo pays her, Prince Mo, son of King Raynor and Queen Mayla, and Phuddle, a pan, the comic relief (though more often annoying than funny). In Season 1, with the help of oracles from the magic book, they must find all the trumptus pieces, a magic horn made by Phuddle. It was captured, broken apart and, in twenty pieces, scattered by the munculus on orders of Queen Panthea (Episode 4) as it is the one thing that can destroy the evil beings. Water from the elves waterglares shrinks munculus (a.k.a. muncs) but it is only a temporary effect.

They also have to stop the evil Queen Panthea, General Gargona and her munculus army (who ride on blue dragons and fire non venomous snakes which encircle and trap their victims) from capturing the unicorns. Panthea needs their horns as without them she becomes (even more) old and ugly (her face is always hidden by a mask). But the horns are linked to the unicorn shaped island of Centopia so every time she takes and destroys a unicorn horn, more of the island dies and vegetation and trees become desert. The "golden unicorn" Onchao is the only unicorn with wings. He can make the desert bloom again (the other unicorns can do this but less easily) and later, restore horns to unicorns who have had them cut off by Panthea. There are also four unicorns with elemental powers (earth, air, fire and water) who mostly stay out of the affairs of others but join in the final battle.

In Episode 9 the elves make friends with a baby dragon (Baby Blue) which quickly grows up and as a full sized dragon, helps them a few times. Episode 22 is the only episode that takes place at night. Mia has a wrist amulet that when charged allows her to go to Centopia and when the battery runs down, she returns to Earth till it recharges itself again (we see the recharger in Episode 25). Though she may spend many hours in Centopia, only a few minutes pass on Earth. At her school, we see cartoon effects around her and characters there, as in question marks when they are puzzled, flowers, comic characters, etc. Vincent is her friend there and learns about her ability to travel to Centopia. The stuck-up and nasty Violetta is against her. Paula starts off as a friend of Violetta but over time comes to realize how nasty and shallow Violetta is and joins Mia. She learns about Centopia in the final two-part episodes (Episode 25 and 26).

The evil ones are finally defeated (the trumptus blast turns them into flowers) with only Gargona surviving in ep 26. It is in the final pages of the book and Mia goes back to her world where it is the end of the school year, and she says she will see her friends in a few months after the summer break. According to the Panda TV site, the artwork for the land of Centopia is based on the art of Gustav Klimt. This is particularly noticeable in the robes worn by the King and Queen as well as Mo's shirt. Also Gargona is heavily influenced by Hygieia in the ceiling paintings of the University of Vienna.

Season Two[edit]

In the second season, Mia spends her summer holiday at grandpa Renzo's farm. There she also meets Mario who later learns about her ability to travel to Centopia. In this season there is a new antagonist named Rixel who wants to catch Onchao. Mia's bully Violetta ends up discovering Mia's secret during the second half of season 2 in "My Name is Varia", after finding a slice of Mia's Pebble bracelet which allows her to transform into an elf whenever Mia travels to Centopia. While in Centopia, Violetta pretends to be an elf named Varia to hide her true identity from Mia. As Varia, Violetta becomes one of Mia's allies joining Mia and her friends on their adventures, though is reluctant to tell them her true identity. As a result, Violetta begins to be shown in a more sympathetic light and her mother Countess Di Nola takes over her antagonistic role in the real world as her mother begins eyeing Grandpa Renzo's farm to expand the Di Nola Family estate and interferes with her daughter Violetta's relationship with her father, Victorio.

Season Three[edit]

Cast[edit]

Live action[edit]

Animation[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2011-12)[edit]

# Title
1 Talking to Unicorns
2 Centopia's Hope
3 Restoration
4 Trumptus Lost
5 The Golden Son
6 Onchao's Oasis
7 Hope in Pieces
8 Ziggo's Day Off
9 The Elves and the Dragon
10 The Blossom Tree
11 All That Glitters
12 Phuddle's Foibles
13 The Fire Unicorn
14 The Wizened Woods
15 Miss Know-It-All
16 The Unicorn Trap
17 All Dressed Up
18 King for a Day
19 The Panned Piper
20 Cave of Truth
21 Against the Wind
22 Under the Moon
23 Choosing Sides
24 Tears of Joy
25 Panthea's Proposal
26 End of an Age

Season 2 (2015)[edit]

# Title
1 The Mysterious Visitor
2 Behind the Curtain
3 The Animal Guardians
4 Dragons in Danger
5 The Ghost of Blackwood Forest
6 The Spell of the Green Fluids
7 Beyond the Wall of Vines
8 A Father's Feather
9 Speaking with Stones
10 Dancing with Stars
11 The Unwanted Roommate
12 That's What Friends are For
13 Return to Panthea's Castle
14 The Whistling Bolobo
15 My Name is Varia
16 Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
17 Taking Sides
18 A Shower of Pollen
19 The Fiery Flower
20 Journey to the north
21 The unicorn king
22 The Rainbow Spring
23 Hide and Seek
24 A Sticky Situation
25 The Strongest Team
26 Breaking the Spell

Season 3 (2017)[edit]

Season 3 (2017)[edit]

# Title
1 Kyara's birth
2 Arrival of the Bug Men
3 King and Queen Asleep
4 Return to Bolobo Mountain
5 Sister Wracked
6 Unicorn Kindergarten
7 Phuddle Moves Out
8 Highest Bidder
9 Night Becomes Day
10 Circle of Life
11 Glowing Arrows
12 Finding Simo
13 Freeze and Snoot
14 The Six-eyed Monster
15 Moonstruck
16 Under the Heartleaf Tree
17 Giant Butterfly
18 Bluebardo in Trouble
19 Shyest Unicorn
20 Return to Rainbow Island
21 Ziggo Moves Out
22 What Is Your Desire?
23 Heist on Dark Castle
24 Seeing in the Dark
25 The Big Sleep
26 The Last Stand
# Title 1 A New Beginning

Broadcast[edit]

In the United Kingdom, the series aired on Nickelodeon (UK and Ireland) in January 2014, Nickelodeon began airing the series in the Philippines on July 1, 2013. The series aired in Singapore on MediaCorp Okto, in Indonesia on RCTI and in Australia on Eleven. In the United States, the series is carried by Nick Jr. beginning May 3, 2014.[6] The series is available through Netflix in many countries, since September 2014.[7]

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