For those who like good music, Motown Magic is what’s best in the Netflix catalog (watch here).
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It is not surprising that such a good soundtrack is in children’s animation: it is important to give children some classic songs that are, in fact, interesting and that add some culture to them. In this animation, as with “Beat Bugs” – another Netflix production, which brings Beatles songs integrated into its story – we have a parade of great songs from the legendary producer Motown, serving as a backdrop for a story that may seem silly but that becomes charming as the episodes go by.
In the Motown Magic trailer we have the fantastic “ABC”, from Jackson’s Five, which were a part of Motown’s cast of artists in the 1970s. And of course, it isn’t for nothing that the main character’s name in the animation is Ben: It also refers to a famous song from the Motown catalog, sung by Michael Jackson in his teenage years. The references to artists of the time are many, and anyone who knows a little of the record label’s history will recognize them immediately, while the kids will have fun with the adventures of Ben and his whole crew in a magical world.
The Magic of Music
In Motown Magic, we follow the journey of Ben, an 8-year-old boy who spends his days at home, using his fertile imagination to have fun. He lives in a town called Motown, which is stuffed with street art that Ben admires. What few people know is that he possesses a magic brush, with which he can give life to all these arts in Motown and vent his vivid imagination. Meanwhile, he makes new friends, in addition to always counting on the support of his family, in which everybody has some artistic talent.
As much as the animation in Motown Magic draws attention for being very well finished and for being able to deliver a good message in 11 minutes (the average duration of an episode), what really appeals to Motown Magic is the music. There are more than 50 classics from the legendary Motown Records, founded by Barry Gordy in the mid-1970s, which brought together a team of stars that made a resounding success and monopolized American culture at that time. Songs by artists like Lionel Richie, The Jackson’s Five, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, among others, appear in episodes re-performed by current artists such as Ne-Yo and Skylar Gray.
These rewrites fit better into the structure of the animation than the original versions while also being respectful. It is not the reimagining of these songs in other beats or rhythms, but an update. For this solely reason, Motown Magic can already be considered a must for adults and children. However, in the case of an animation aimed at the children’s audience, it also needs to bring some important messages to this audience, which it does with praise.
Better than expected
Motown Magic is produced by Smokey Robinson, one of the greatest of Motown Records’ golden era. His songs are also used in the series, and because he was part of the gear that moved the industry at the time that served as inspiration for the episodes of this cartoon, he allowed an interesting use of these songs – they are not only there to fill a space, but rather to be part of Ben’s narrative and his adventures in the world of imagination.
Thus, Motown Magic reveals itself as a better-than-expected production, bringing good music and a charismatic and sensitive story to new generations who, more than ever, need to know the classics and admire them as they should be.
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Trailer and additional information about Motown Magic Netflix
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Synopsis 1: A lovable boy, a magical brush and a colorful world where anything’s possible. Add music – and bucle up for adventure!
Synopsis 2: Imaginative boy Ben transforms his city by bringing colorful street art to life, armed with a magic paintbrush – and the classic sounds of Motown.
Age rating: Everyone;