Mia and Me
|Mia and Me|
|Created by||Gerhard Hahn|
|Starring||Rosabell Laurenti Sellers|
|Voices of||Rosabell Laurenti Sellers|
|Composer(s)||Gerd Kaeding (Original Score Music for Season 1 + 2 (52 Episodes))|
Simon Frontzek (Season 3)
|Country of origin|| Italy|
|Original language(s)||English, Italian, German|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||78|
|Running time||23 minutes|
|Production company(s)||M4e (formerly Lucky Punch)|
|Original network||Rai 2, Rai Gulp, ZDF, Canal+, Nick Jr.|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||19 December 2011 (worldwide)[better source needed]|
Mia and Me is an Italian-German-Canadian live action CGI animated television series created by Gerhard Hahn. 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."
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.
In the second season, Mia spends her summer holiday at her grandfather 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. Rixel runs Funtopia, a mobile circus full of animals. 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, as her connections with her father are disrupted by her mother Countess Di Nola.
The season starts with the birth of a new unicorn. Meanwhile Mia's aunt Annie brings her to stay at the Hathaway Farm. However, she made the reservation for next month, not this month. So she stays with a blind girl named Sara.
- Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Mia (season 1-2)
- Margot Nuccetelli as Mia (season 3-)
- Adrian Moore as Vincent (season 1)
- Saphia Stoney as Paula (season 1)
- Josephine Benini as Violetta di Nola
- Ray Lovelock as Renzo
- Luca Saviozzi Murphy as Mario
- Gianna Paola Scaffidi as Franca
- Anthony Souter as Silvio Frascati
- Sara Ricci as Contessa di Nola
- Fabio Corallini as Vittorio
- Douglas Dean as the boss of the bank
- Massimiliano Pazzaglia as himself
- Rick Braco as The Judge Back
- Lucia Luna as Sara (season 3)
Season 1 (2011-12)
|5||The Golden Son|
|7||Hope in Pieces|
|8||Ziggo's Day Off|
|9||The Elves and the Dragon|
|10||The Blossom Tree|
|11||All That Glitters|
|13||The Fire Unicorn|
|14||The Wizened Woods|
|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|
|24||Tears of Joy|
|26||End of an Age|
Season 2 (2015)
|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|
|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)
|2||The Dark Elf's Arrival|
|3||King and Queen Asleep|
|4||Pan King's Secret|
|7||Phuddle Moves Out|
|8||The Highest Bidder|
|9||Night Becomes Day|
|10||Circle of Life|
|13||Freeze and Snoot|
|16||Unicorn of Hearts|
|17||The Giant Butterfly|
|18||Bluebardo in Trouble|
|19||The Shyest Unicorn|
|20||Return to Rainbow Island|
|21||Ziggo Moves Out|
|22||Return to Crystal Cave|
|23||Heist on Dark Castle|
|24||Seeing in the Dark|
|26||The Last Stand|
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 10 Peach (formally Eleven). In the United States, the series was carried by Nick Jr. beginning May 3, 2014 and ending on December 25, 2016. The series is available through Netflix in many countries, since September 2014.
In 2017, The series has been seen on eToonz in South Africa.
A movie in production with a projected release in 2020. It is produced by Hahn & m4e Productions and Flying Bark Productions.
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