Cat Noirs second piece was awesome. Still better in the French, but English was good too. Plus, as Lilanette brought up in the comments, the soundtracks (in the backround, not the songs they sing) were almost entirely new. And beautiful. I have never wished more that the creators would release YouTube videos withjustthose pieces, and no words.
Id recommend watching it in French if you can! Im actually not really a fan of the English dub in general; for every episode I think both the script and the voice acting are better in the French dub.
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While theres plenty I like about the series, Ive got to say that the Christmas Special is something of a low point. Not that Im a party pooper, but I dont feel that the songs in the Christmas episode are a good fit.
Didnt they say details regarding the Turtle Miraculous and Adriens mom would have been part of the episode but were cut for time? Talk about a bait-and-switch.
I dont really know what I think of Santa Clawss singing, actually. This time, I have to say his English voice actor is a better singer. His French one really wasnt too good, and his dancing… Wow. Just wow. He dabbed. Santa Claws dabbed. I laughed so hard… XD
However, while Im not a huge fan of the songs, I do like them, and I think the crew did a good job as best as they could with the short amount of time they had to make this special. Cat in the Night and The Boy That I Secretly Love were nice and decent looks into characters feelings, and I thought Bad Santa Claws was joyfully silly. The singers did a good job too. The French voice actors and the majority of the English voice actors sound really good. The notable exception would be Bryce Papenbrook, Adriens English voice actor who has stated multiple times he is not a singer, but for doing something uncomfortable to him, he did an okay job that I cant be upset at him for.
In the end, I mostly agree that I dont think the songs were a good choice in the end for the special, and Im honestly not eager for another full-on musical episode if we ever get another one, which we have heard may happen. As long as it makes sense in-unverse, I can at least forgive it, however, like if theres a musical stage production being done by Marinettes class or theres a music competition. With more time, a better fleshed-out story, and a longer running time, the crew wouldve probably ended up with making better songs that work well with the context and plot of the episode, but I can forgive them in this case for coming out with fine enough songs because they didnt have those options available.
What did you all think to the Christmas special?
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So yeah, theres my opinion: I absolutely loved it. My only disappointment was that it didnt turn out to be forty minutes long.
Songs in a TV series can work – just look at Phineas and Ferb. But here they seem forced and rushed. Im sure they probably worked better in the original French dub, but in English the word me is rhymed with itself (possibly on more than 1 occiasion) and the voice actors sound like theyre struggling to keep up. Maybe with a few more takes they would have sounded better.
But the worst offender is Santa Claws who repeats his short song at least 3 times in succession without any significant changes. We heard you the first time!
Both on the French and English version of the Christmas Special, I admit I have mixed feelings about it and the songs overall. I dont think the songs were necessary, as the 22-minute run time made them feel rushed, and most of them didnt feel like they were connecting well to the story. If the special had been double-length like originally conceived, I think the songs quality would have been better and wouldnt have felt as much like they were hindering the plot in some ways. Just in the show itself, it felt unnatural for there to be a musical episode in-universe. It makes sense inPhineas and Ferb, who break into song all the time throughout multiple episodes, but it felt like an odd genre shift forMiraculousfor just one episode.
I really enjoyed this episode along with the songs. Its true that the French dub singing was better, but Cristina Vee has a beautiful voice. As I also mentioned in the comments, Bryce Papenbrook has a good voice but not a great one and as someone said earlier here, has repeatedly said that hes not a singer. But he does have a really good voice for calm, peaceful songs, like Brand New Day and We All Have The Right. I actually found myself replaying them; theyre cool.
Sorry to hear you didnt enjoy the Christmas special. Personally, I actually really liked it! After Volpina, Id rank it as my second favorite episode. For me, it stood out from the other episodes by focusing on genuine character moments rather than simply having a somewhat forced intro and then jumping right to the villain, as a lot of the other episodes have done.
Im not sure I ever watched the English dub all the way through, but from what Ive seen I actually agree with your assessment of the songs. But in the French dub I only really had a problem with the first songit seemed quite rushed and it didnt really seem like there was a particular point to it. But I liked all the other songs.Cat in the NightThe Boy That I Secretly Love, andWe All Have the Rightall involved important character moments, and I thought the instrumentals were very good, as were the French lyrics. And I likedBad Santa Clawsbecause I thought it was hilarious, and I thought the completely unnecessary repetition made it even better.
And as for The Boy That I Secretly Love, I loved it. I still agree that her French voice is better, however. I found it on accident. Before I actually watched the episode, I watched a video with all the songs, which were in French. All I knew when I started watching it was Cat in the Night. But then the video kept playing and I totally freaked out (on the positive side) when Ladybug started singing. As an opinion, I consider her voice to be the prettiest female French singing ever… Anyway, the video had no subtitles, and when I finally found one that did (with The English dub still not out) I freaked again and was romantic-fangirling the entire time while writing down the lyrics. lol
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Plagg isnt really a singer either. Especially since his voice actor puts on a voice for him. But at least he was on tune, right? 😉
Other than that, the episode was a nice change of pace and it was interesting to see Gabriels reaction to pretty much the entire cast showing up at his house at the end.
Story-wise, it definitely couldve been better, but I like the ideas they had within it, and most of those ideas well excuted not too badly. It was nice to see Adriens family dynamic and struggles with missing his mother and feeling ignored by his father, and the same goes for Gabriel with his struggles to move on from his wifes disappearance and express love to his son. The akumatization cause was a bit forced and strange, but not hard to believe happening, and it was nice to see Adrien bond with a kindly older man. I wish there had been more purpose given to Marinette in this episode, but for the sake of time, it couldnt be, and a wiser choice was made to focus a bit more on Adriens struggles, something we usually get less often in regular episodes.