Mira, Royal Detective, review of the new animated series on Disney +

Mira, Royal Detective, review of the new animated series on Disney +


The novelties of the Disney Plus catalog, which unfortunately are not original titles of the streaming platform of the Mickey Mouse house, are really numerous and the month of April opens with the inclusion of an animated TV series already known to the foreign public, and perhaps to any of you. We are talking about Mira Royal Detective, a title that debuted in the USA on Disney Junior on March 20, 2020 and in Canada on March 22 of the same year, produced by Wild Canary Animation, Technicolor Animation Productions and Disney Television Animation. Although the series was renewed for a second season on 12 December 2019, at the moment we can only enjoy the first season on the Italian platform. Let's find out together then what the numerous episodes available, as many as 25, last about 20 minutes each.

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Mira, Royal Detective, educational animation for the little ones

A series for the whole family, the one starring Mira, a young detective who accompanies the youngest spectators in a journey of discovery and knowledge of its Indian community, as it proceeds with the resolution of various mysteries. Set in the fictional land of Jalpur, the series follows the brave and enterprising little girl, an ordinary town who is named royal detective by the queen of this world, but she won't be alone.

Together with her friend Prince Neel, a very skilled inventor, her creative cousin Priya and the very nice mongoose Mikku and Chikku, Mira will stop at nothing to solve a case. Each episode has a particular structure: each of them includes two stories of 11 minutes each, full of music, original songs and Indian-style dances that show Mira using her critical thinking and deductive reasoning to help her. family, friends and the whole community. A sort of Sherlock Holmes in a skirt and of decidedly different origins from the Baker Street detective.

The production of this series incorporates many aspects of Indian culture in authentic ways, including cooking, music, architecture, means of transport and language. The different events we encounter in the various episodes challenge Mira and her friends to join and work as a team, collecting clues and putting them together to solve the mysteries that arise in their kingdom. Members of Mira's extended family are important people in her life, conveying the idea that the "family" is not limited to a nuclear unit. This sweet series includes lively music and just the right touch of whimsy (talking animals, vehicles that can fly, etc.) for its young audience.

Promoting sociocultural diversity

Non it is certainly the first time that animation has dedicated itself to promoting socio-cultural inclusiveness and promoting ethnic diversity, allowing the large Western public to come into contact with worlds that are often far from their daily lives. A similar work was the protagonist just recently at the Diversity Media Awards 2020, the award ceremony that gave space and voice to productions aimed at promoting integrated diversity in our society and in our daily life, with the Berry Bees series, awarded as Best Kids Series of the Year at the Diversity Media Awards 2020. Aired on Rai Gulp, Berry Bees is a concentrate of all the ingredients loved by girls and boys: action, adventure and secrets, a bit like Mira, Royal Detective, and whose director Niccolò Sacchi we interviewed at the time.

The series boasts, among the executive producers, Sascha Paladino, Richard Marlis and Carmen Italia. Paladino, previously the author of Doc McStuffins, an American TV series for children, said in March 2020 that they were working on a title that was truly authentic, a result actually achieved thanks to the inclusion of as many voices as possible. Asian in the original version, a fact that has unfortunately been lost physiologically with the Italian dubbing. The wish from the outset was precisely to allow the public to open a window on a new and interesting culture, hardly explored and deepened in the world of animation. Have they succeeded?

In our opinion, the result has been achieved and also quite well, thanks to a format that is easy to view for an audience of minors and characters made and conceived in a universal way, so that all children may find themselves in these stories despite potential cultural and social distances and differences. Not only that: the typical taste of Bollywood productions is felt thanks to the presence, in the team at the works of Mira, Royal Detective, of Shagorika Ghosh Perkins, as cultural consultant, of a Bollywood dancer, Nakul Dev Mahajan, and others designers, musicians, writers working in the animation studio in India. The involvement of indigenous people who know and frequent this world is clearly a plus in the making of the show.

Finally, the show was developed by Becca Topol, who previously worked on another title featured on Disney +, Elena of Avalor, who is also the story editor, and Perkins, quoted above, called the show a "celebration of Indian and South Asian culture", adding that she is pleased that her daughter's generation "will have a character and role model to identify with and admire. "

In conclusion

Mira, Royal Detective is a series created for rather young children, from 2 to 7 years old, but it is able to convey an important message for the public of all ages: it is essential to produce and disseminate content capable of deepening aspects of ethnic groups and societies often distant from the Western world in which we live, trying to promote (also) media integration of these cranes social ppi. Not only this is the concept behind the series, but also the attitude of the protagonist, able to cooperate with her friends and family acquaintances and to make use of her reasoning skills, a fundamental example for younger viewers.

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