Halloween arrives a little earlier this year, as Disney Channel offers two slightly creepy delights this month:The Ghost and Molly McGee, and this year Big City Greens Halloween Special.
A new series that premieres this month is The Ghost and Molly McGee–A story of a young tween Molly (Ashly Burch), whose family finally stops moving and moves to her “home forever” in Brighton who has just been chased by Scratch (Dana Snyder,) the most emaciated ghost in the city.
What might be terrifying to most is nothing more than serendipity to the invincibly optimistic Molly who can only see in Scratch the BFF she’s always wanted. For Scratch, being the negative of all Molly’s relentless positivity, it is hatred at first sight that ultimately leads him to curse her with a restlessness forever … which has the unintended effect of linking him to she in perpetuity while she lives in her house. Will Scratch manage to scare the family out of town? Or will Molly’s sunny exuberance win over the poltergeist beetle first? Three assumptions and the first two do not count.
The show has a beautiful character design and soft animation that we expect from Disney Television Animation, with the age-appropriate humor we’ve seen previously produced by creators Bill Motz and Bob Roth. LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures. While Molly’s excessive extroversion is initially a little rewarding for those of us who are closer to Scratch in the mood, she quickly grows endearing as successive episodes show that she is subject to the same insecurities and worries that any child could having after a nomadic childhood without long-term friends. Snyder does a great job as a ghost who just wants to rest in peace, keeping him properly irritable without ever letting him pass the line of being really bad or hurtful. It soon becomes clear to both Scratch and the audience that Molly’s sympathy and good humor might not be as foolish as a refreshing contrast to the negativity and cynicism of our times.
Green City Greens, the animated comedy-adventure series about the Green family who lose their farm in the country and are forced to live with their grandmother in Big City, opening their third season with the Halloween special “Squashed”.
In “Squashed,” Father Bill Green takes his daughter Tilly to Big Tech to do a product delivery while the rest of the family prepares for a Halloween party. Still, things come to a head when the well-meaning Tilly tries to cheer his father up by fertilizing Bill’s small urban pumpkin crop with scientist Gwendolyn Zapp’s alien chemical compound, no doubt crazy. While the pumpkins reach an impressive size, they also transform into giant, mobile, annoying monsters that quickly incapacitate most of the party and force Bill, Tilly, and their brother Cricket to figure out a way to defeat them and save Halloween. … and the world.
As an introduction to the world of Green City Greens, Squashed is probably not the best episode to enter, as most of the episode involves dealing with the alien pumpkin disaster, however, it’s easy enough to get the feel of the main characters: Tilly’s good humor, Cricket rampant and his prudent farmer. Father Bill – and his kind of investmentGreen acres situation. The special is fun, fast-paced, and not too terrifying for younger viewers, as it quickly becomes apparent that the rumble leaves no permanent damage.
Halloween is a holiday that has always had its share of scare, ranging from the benign to the evil. If you’re too scared this year of going out in crowded areas with potentially unvaccinated children, you could certainly do worse than stay home and celebrate with Scratch, Molly McGee, and the Green Family.
Both of us The Ghost and Molly McGee i Green City Greens can be found streaming on Disney Channel, Disney + and the DisneyNOW app.
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