Motown Magic

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  • TV-Y
  • 2018
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.1  (312)

Motown Magic is an American animated children's television series that was first released on Netflix in November 2018. The show is a collaboration between Smokey Robinson, the legendary Motown singer-songwriter, and Josh Wakely, the creator of another Netflix original series, Beat Bugs. Motown Magic features 52 episodes in total, each lasting approximately 11 minutes.

The show follows a young boy named Ben, who lives in a city and loves to draw. Ben is very imaginative and enjoys turning everyday experiences into fantastical adventures. He loves all types of music but is especially intrigued by the sounds of Motown. His creativity allows him to bring his drawings to life, and he is able to enter a world where he interacts with Motown stars and their music.

Each episode of Motown Magic features a different beloved hit from the Motown era. The music is used to tell heartwarming stories that often teach valuable life lessons to young viewers. The show is filled with positive messages about friendship, family, and perseverance, all set to the upbeat and catchy music that Motown is famous for.

In each episode, Ben faces a challenge or problem that he must solve with the help of some famous Motown stars. For example, in "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," Ben needs to draw a special picture for his grandfather's birthday. When his drawing goes missing, he enlists the help of Stevie Wonder, who uses his musical powers to help Ben get inspiration for a new drawing. In "Super Freak," Ben helps Marvin Gaye and Rick James get along after the two musicians have a big disagreement.

Motown Magic is produced in a unique style that combines 3D animation with live-action footage, giving the show a playful and vibrant feel. The characters' movements are smooth and cartoonish, but the real-life settings that serve as the backdrop give the show a sense of realism. The attention to detail in the background scenery is notable, as it reflects the time period of the Motown era, transporting viewers to the 1960s and 70s.

The show's voice acting is also an important element that adds to the overall enjoyment of Motown Magic. The cast of voice actors brings the Motown stars to life, including Avia Fields as the voice of the main character, Ben, and Monie Mon as the voice of the neighborhood resident, Miss Mamie. Ross Lynch, who previously starred in Disney Channel's Austin & Ally, provides the voice of a fictional version of himself in one episode.

The music and sound design in Motown Magic is exceptional, creating an immersive experience that transports viewers to a different world. The show features many of Motown's most beloved songs, including "Dancing in the Street," "My Girl," and "ABC." The show also includes new renditions of classic Motown songs, such as the Stevie Wonder-inspired "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" cover.

In conclusion, Motown Magic is a highly entertaining and educational children's show that stays true to the legacy of the Motown era. The show's emphasis on friendship, family, and positivity makes it a great choice for young viewers, while the classic Motown hits and famous guest stars are sure to delight adults. The show's unique animation style, attention to detail, and exceptional voice acting make Motown Magic a must-watch for any fan of Motown music.

Motown Magic is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (51 episodes). The series first aired on November 20, 2018.

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Living for the City
26. Living for the City
June 28, 2019
Determined to win a museum art competition but faced with a creative block, Ben goes through the portal to get inspired.
Higher Ground
25. Higher Ground
June 28, 2019
Ben must conquer his fear of heights to save Skywriter when her wings get tangled and she's caught between two tall buildings.
Nowhere to Run
24. Nowhere to Run
June 28, 2019
Ben is embarrassed about bringing his teddy bear to camp, so he tries to find him a new home where he'll be happy.
I Want You Back
23. I Want You Back
June 28, 2019
When Ella sells Ben's beloved Motown Man toy at a yard sale, Ben asks his magical friends to help him find it again.
Reach Out I'll Be There
22. Reach Out I'll Be There
June 28, 2019
Ben loses his confidence as an artist -- then loses his touch with the Master Piece! But he's the only one who knows how to get his groove back.
21. Easy
June 28, 2019
Bill's boss is coming for dinner, but the house is a mess! Can Dancing Machine help Ben get everything cleaned up in time?
Keep on Truckin'
20. Keep on Truckin'
June 28, 2019
Bernadette is determined to win the annual Motown Ice Cream Fair with an elaborate cake -- but she's got to get it there before it melts!
Don't Let the Joneses Get You Down
19. Don't Let the Joneses Get You Down
June 28, 2019
When the Loves go overboard with upgrades to impress the Jones family, Ben reminds them that their life is already great.
Christmas Everyday
18. Christmas Everyday
June 28, 2019
Angie's upset when she finds out she'll be away for Christmas, so Ben and Mickey plan a special surprise to cheer her up.
You Haven't Done Nothin'
17. You Haven't Done Nothin'
June 28, 2019
Ben and his friends try to build a clubhouse -- but things don't go as planned. Can Skywriter, Jimmy Mack and Dancing Machine help get the job done?
Agent Double O Soul
16. Agent Double O Soul
June 28, 2019
Ben goes undercover when Stephanie and her mom open up a rival bakery that's exactly like the Loves' -- down to the recipes!
15. Uptight "Everything's Alright"
June 28, 2019
When Mickey gets stressed out about an important basketball tryout, Ben and Angie use the paintbrush to help him have fun and relax.
You Can't Hurry Love
14. You Can't Hurry Love
June 28, 2019
The Loves take too much time to get ready! Can Ben's magical friends help him get his family to Motown's annual fireworks show on time?
He's Misstra Know-It-All
13. He's Misstra Know-It-All
June 28, 2019
Ben and Mickey should be working as a team to win their class's quiz-show competition. But Ben's doing all the work -- and Mickey's sick of it!
I'll Be Doggone
12. I'll Be Doggone
June 28, 2019
When Angie's dog, Boogie, won't behave for Ben, he takes him through the portal, where they learn to speak the same language.
You Are the Sunshine of My Life
11. You Are the Sunshine of My Life
June 28, 2019
Ben tells Ella the story of how he first met his pet cat, Harmony, a lost kitty who didn't have a place to call home.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours
10. Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours
June 28, 2019
With Valentine's Day coming, love is in the air -- and artistic Ben gets tapped to make heart-shaped cards for everyone in his class.
Somebody's Watching Me
9. Somebody's Watching Me
June 28, 2019
When he's too scared to go trick-or-treating at a spooky house, Ben recruits Jimmy Mack, Dancing Machine and Skywriter to help him be brave.
I Wish It Would Rain
8. I Wish It Would Rain
June 28, 2019
Ben's dad has the day off, and he's got a long list of things he wants to do with his son. But Ben wants to finish his painting. Can they compromise?
You've Really Got a Hold on Me
7. You've Really Got a Hold on Me
June 28, 2019
While using one of Uncle Rod's inventions to practice for a three-legged race, Ben and Ella get tied together ... permanently!
My Guy
6. My Guy
June 28, 2019
Ben wants to spend quality time with his mom for the first-ever Mom and Son Day. But she's so distracted, it's easier said than done.
Skate to the Rhythm
5. Skate to the Rhythm
June 28, 2019
Dancing Machine helps the gang get ready for a big hockey game against the Jives. But can they win against the best team in Motown?
How Funky Is Your Chicken
4. How Funky Is Your Chicken
June 28, 2019
When the Loves bring home a chicken that can't lay eggs, Ben takes the bird to meet his magical friends and discovers she's got a hidden talent.
3. Superstition
June 28, 2019
After Harmony the cat runs off, a superstitious Ben and Jimmy Mack must face their fears to get her back.
Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)
2. Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)
June 28, 2019
Ben questions his creative mind -- and whether the world through the portal is real -- when he's told he spends too much time daydreaming.
I Heard It Through The Grapevine
1. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
June 28, 2019
While touring the museum with Mr. Love, Ben and his friends accidentally bring a T. rex back to life for the first time in 60 million years!
Where to Watch Motown Magic
Motown Magic is available for streaming on the Netflix website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Motown Magic on demand at Netflix.
  • Premiere Date
    November 20, 2018
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (312)