‘Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur‘ is the latest Marvel Comics concept that will be turned into an animated series on the Disney Channel. While we learned that this series was in the works back in February 2018, it was just officially announced at D23.
The series follows the adventures of 13-year-old super-genius Lunella Lafayette and her ten-ton T-Rex, Devil Dinosaur. After Lunella accidentally brings Devil Dinosaur into present-day New York City via a time vortex, the duo works together to protect the city’s Lower East Side from danger.
Laurence Fishburn and Helen Sugland’s Gypsy Productions, Marvel Animation & Family Entertainment, and Emmy winner Steve Loter will executive produce. Among Gypsy Productions’ successes are ABC’s hit sitcom ‘black-ish’ and its spin-off ‘grown-ish’ which airs on another of Disney’s networks, Freeform. Loter has won both a Primetime Emmy and a Daytime Emmy for ‘The Penguins of Madagascar’. He has also worked episodes of ‘Kim Possible’, ‘Buzz Lightyear of Star Command’, and ‘The Ren & Stimpy Show’, among many others.
Devil Dinosaur was created by the legendary Jack Kirby and made his comic book debut in his self-titled series in 1978. Moon Girl is a much newer addition to the Marvel Universe, first appearing in 2016. She was created by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustos. Though she is 13 on the cartoon, she is only nine in the comics and among the youngest superheroes around.
At D23, Fishburn stated:
“As an avid comic book fan, I am thrilled to be involved with Marvel’s ‘Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur’. Disney Channel is the perfect platform to explore this pint-sized female African American superhero, and I can’t wait for their audience to enjoy the lighthearted adventures of Lunella and Devil Dinosaur.”
Disney Channel’s senior vice president, Animation Strategy, Meredith Roberts added:
“Disney TV Animation is thrilled to collaborate with renowned producers Laurence, Helen and Steve and the talented Marvel Animation team to bring this modern-day roller-skating, gadget-wielding tween superhero, and her larger-than-life partner to Disney Channel.”
Cort Lane, SVP of Marvel Animation & Family Entertainment also stated:
“Lunella doesn’t know she is the smartest person on the planet, but audiences will soon know how very cool Moon Girl is. Her adventures with giant buddy, Devil Dinosaur, are filled with so much wonder and joy, and this historic partnership with Disney Television Animation and Cinema Gypsy Productions proved the right formula to bring them to television.”
‘Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur’ will arrive on Disney Channel in 2020.