Amphibia

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Name: Amphibia
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Creator: Matt Braly
Date(s): June 14,2019--present
Medium: television
Country of Origin: USA
External Links: Amphibia on Wikipedia
Amphibia on Disney Wiki
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Amphibia is a Disney Channel cartoon created by Matt Braly and began airing on June 17, 2019, with the first episode (divided into two segments) premiering on Disney Channel’s Youtube channel and the DisneyNOW app four days prior. The show is mainly based off Braly’s own childhood experiences in his visits to Thailand.

Canon Overview

The series focuses on the adventures of 13-year-old Anne Boonchuy and frog-person companion Sprig Plantar. In these adventures, Anne adjusts to life in the titular world of Amphibia as she tries a way back to her own world while a true friendship between Anne and Sprig grows.

Characters

Main

Supporting

Antagonists

Fanon

The main draw for the series was the representation of Thai characters through the main character Anne Boonchuy, who is voiced by Brenda Song (of The Suite Life of Zach & Cody fame), who is herself half-Thai, and the show itself being based off the creator’s experiences in Thailand (The creator himself is also half-Thai.). [1]

The series is often compared to Gravity Falls for sharing similar elements and art style. This is supported by the creator having also worked on Gravity Falls.

The fandom is predominantly active in Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Discord, and Amino.

Terminology

  • Amphibsona: A -sona of either a human or a frog-person in the Amphibia universe.
  • Spranne: a portmanteau of Sprig Plantar and Anne Boonchuy, mentioned in this catchphrase said three times in the first season: "Spranne against the world!" It is rarely used in shipping context.

Shipping

  • Spraddie: a portmanteau of Sprig Plantar and Maddie Flour, first teased in “Hop Luck”, the ship canonically sank in “Cursed!”, leaving their relationship in good terms.
  • Sprigivy: a portmanteau of Sprig Plantar and Ivy Sundew. First teased in “Dating Season”. As of "Anne of the Year", this ship is canon.
  • Sylvia/Hopediah, Sylvia/Hop Pop: the ship between Sylvia Sundew and Hopediah Plantar, teased in "Hop Pop and Lock" and "Family Fishing Trip".

Controversies

Sasha/Grime Incident

On July 18, 2019, former storyboard artist Hannah Ayoubi posted a fanart of Sasha being carried bridal-style by the main antagonist, Grime, with both of them having faint blush on their cheeks.[2] There were many fans that did not react well to this image, accusing the artist of supporting pedophilia and creating child porn. The tweet had been deleted a few days later, with the accused artist issuing an apology, which has also been deleted later. This is the artist’s only comment that remains regarding the incident.[3]

Incidents like this, along with similar incidents from other cartoon fandoms such as OK K.O. Let’s Be Heroes, sparked some articles addressing the problems of modern children’s cartoons[4][5] and a hashtag on Twitter called #NotJustADrawing, which is a mix of criticism on modern children’s cartoons, testimonies of users’ pasts of being victim to grooming and sexual abuse, and other users condemning said criticism entirely.[6]

Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Communities and Other Resources

References

  1. Celebrating Thai Culture | Amphibia | Disney Channel, from Disney Channel’s Youtube
  2. OMG WHO DREW THIS?!?!?!??! screenshot of the tweet in question, which has since been deleted.
  3. “Whew. Love the internet”
  4. Kids’ TV Has a Porn Problem
  5. Cartoon Fandom has a Puritanism Problem
  6. #NotJustADrawing on Twitter