Follow TV Tropes


Trivia / Monica's Gang

Go To

  • Cash Cow Franchise: Any Brazilian supermarket will have plenty of products with the characters on them.
  • Casting Gag:
    • Happened regarding Monica's mother in both the cartoon (at a certain point, she started being voiced by the same Marli Bortoletto who does her daughter) and the Live-Action Adaptation (where she's played by actress Monica Iozzi).
    • Marina Takeda Sousa voiced her namesake character she inspired for a period.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor:
    • In the VHS releases and made-for-TV movies from 1974 to 1983, Monica was voiced by Maria Costa Manso, a popular Brazilian singer at the time these films were released.
    • An Adventure in Time had actress Bianca Rinaldi as the villain.
  • Channel Hop:
    • The comics have gone through three publishers. Abril published the comics from 1970 to 1986, Globo handled publication of the comics from 1987 to 2006 and Panini is the present publisher as of 2007.
    • The animated TV shorts has been available on home video or on 8mm film from the 1970s to the 1990s, Globo aired the shorts from 1999-2000, and again from 2010-2014. Strangely, there are two networks currently carrying the show: Cartoon Network from 2004 onward, and TV Cultura from 2017 onward.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
    • Two women have provided Jimmy Five's voice: Ivete Jayme from 1974 to 1983, and Angélica Santos from 1983 onwardsnote . This extends to his current English voice actress, Julia Sales.
    • Advertisement:
    • Originally, Smudge was voiced by a woman, Isaura Gomes. From 1983 onwards, he is voiced by Paulo Cavalcante, thus averting this trope.
  • The Danza: Monica's father is "Mr. Sousa". Add that he looks just like Mauricio at the time of creation, and in some animations Mauricio himself voices him.
  • Dawson Casting: All of the child characters are voiced by adults.
  • Descended Creator: Julia Sales helps with translating the show into English at BKS Dubbing Studios and is also the voice of Jimmy Five in that dub.
  • Dueling Dubs: There are two versions of the English dub available on YouTube: One by The Kitchen Studios in the early to mid-2000's, and the other from BKS Dubbing Studios in 2019.
  • Fandom Life Cycle: In Brazil, the series is a solid Stage 5, with Monica and her friends being deeply ingrained in Brazilian pop culture. Outside of Brazil, the series is at a Stage 2-3 in Latin America, especially Mexico (due to there being a short-lived Spanish dub of the animated series), and a Stage 1 everywhere else. With the release of the official English dub on the Monica Plus channel, the series is slowly going to Stage X, at least in the United States.
  • Follow the Leader:
    • Mauricio admitted a few characters emerged from the desire of Brazilian versions: Peanuts = the main gang, Casper = Bug-a-boo, Alley Oop = Pitheco, Flash Gordon = Bubbly. And the Animesque teen Monica comes from the popularity of Manga (although Mauricio had been nurturing the idea for quite a while, having befriended none other than Osamu Tezuka in the latter's final years).
    • The manga spinoff itself inspired a wave of "manga-style teen spinoff" imitators in the early Tens, none of which were very successful.
  • In Memoriam: In 1996, Rosana Munhoz, one of the main writers\artists at the period, died in a boating accident. Along with editorial eulogies, a whole story was written in her homage, with Chuck Billy and Rosie Lee see a star in the sky, realize it's Rosana and basically mourn that she'll never write them again.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • A few of their movies (except for the two films in the franchise that are distributed by Paramount Pictures and Buena Vista International) have never seen a DVD release (and all of the old stuff on DVD have new soundtracks and redubbed voices). Though they decided to fix this with A Princesa e o Robô, the one 1980s movie that isn't an anthology, which was uploaded to their Youtube channel.
    • The original comics have become this for some fans, specially once it became clear that when a story is republished, it will be altered to fit current political correctness standards.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: The manga chapters that are part of the "End of the World Saga" and the ones that feature Osamu Tezuka's characters were rereleased in a hardcover "Deluxe Edition".
  • Long Runner: One of the oldest Brazilian comic series still in print, being consistently released since 1963.
  • Milestone Celebration: Every 100th issue of any title is celebratory (a few 200th too, and a 50th once), and the 500th overall (counting the runs in all three publishers) of Monica, Jimmy Five and Maggy earned a Continuity Porn-heavy issue. Smudge and Chuck Billy were less lucky, with an issue that just featured an acknowledgement of the 700th issue in the cover. Issues celebrating character anniversaries also happen, and starting with Mauricio 30 Anos in 1990 celebrating 30 years of the universe, at times there will be special books.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • From 1974 until 1983, Monica, Jimmy Five, Maggy and Smudge were voiced by Maria Costa Manso, Ivete Jayme, Silvia Marinho, and Isaura Gomes, respectively. In 1984, they were recast with Marli Bortoletto, Angélica Santos, Elza Gonçalves, and Paulo Cavalcante, respectively - and all four are still in the roles!
    • After over two decades of voicing Chuck Billy, Dirceu de Oliveira was replaced with Altieres Coelho in 2007 - albeit both sound just about the same.
    • From the English dub of the show: The Kitchen Studios dub had actors who had Uncredited Roles. The BKS dub brought on a new wave of actors, like Gabriela Jensen as Monica, Julia Sales as Jimmy Five, Lissa Grossman as Maggy, and Roly Gutierrez as Smudge.
  • Posthumous Credit: In the 2010s, two scripts by the deceased Rosana Munhoz were uncovered and turned into actual comics.
  • Real-Life Relative: Voice acting-wise, Monica (Marli Bortoletto) and Smudge (Paulo Cavalcante) eventually got married. And their daughter (Leticia Bortoletto), who also went into the business, eventually joined the cast as both Marina and Crystal.
  • Recycled Script: Some strips' jokes are repeated over the many years, so it's not surprising, but some longer stories' recycling do happen. For example, a script in which a character avoided Smudge thanks to his smell, felt guilty afterwards, gets the idea of getting a cold so they could be close to Smudge and then gets repelled by Smudge himself since he doesn't want to get their cold was used twice: first with Jimmy as the main character, and later with Dustine. Amusingly enough, in Dustine's version of the story, Jimmy is the one who gives her the getting-a-cold idea by sneezing next to her (in his version, that was Monica).
  • Sequel in Another Medium: In a variant crossing with Writing for the Trade, two of books compiling Cinema Classics had parodies that didn't get published in the regular title, namely ones for It: Chapter Two (with the manga versions, given part 1 was with the regular Gang) and The Return of the King.
  • Uncredited Role: Until 2015, the producers of the comics were never credited at all, with extremely rare exceptions in some 80's stories. This led people to act like Mauricio was still in charge of writing each comic. (although at times the writers put themselves in the story, or have a strong Creator Thumbprint) Since the 2015 reboot, small white boxes started being added in the first panel of each story (or the corner of the strips) listing the people who wrote, drew, and did the final art.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • According to writer Carlos Estefan, it was originally intended for The Riddler to be a major antagonist in the crossover with Batman. However, DC Comics vetoed the idea.
    • Cumulus' harassment of Maggy was going to be much worse in the original script of "Vacation at the Beach". The original idea was to have the protagonist laying naked on a bathtub, when suddenly the water morphs into the villain, who proceeds to lick her mouth. The editors thought that the scene was far too graphic and demanded it was changed so Cumulus instead stalks Maggy while she is fully dressed.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Turma da Monica Wiki (Portuguese), and the Monica's Gang Wiki (English).
  • Write Who You Know: Most characters are based on Maurício's family (best example being the characters based on his children, such as Monica, Maggy, Marina, Mary Angela - who, interestingly enough, is Jimmy Five's baby sister - Nick Nope and Nimbus) and childhood friends.