Monkie Kid is a 2020 LEGO TV show based off of the world-famous Chinese folk tale Journey to the West. It was produced by Flying Bark Productions (Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Glitch Techs) to coincide with the release of the theme's Lego sets.
Monkie Kid, or MK as his friends call him, is your average kid, but his world is completely changed when a noodle delivery turns into him discovering the resurrection of the great Demon Bull King the fabled ultimate enemy of MK's hero, The Monkey King.
The series premiered worldwide with a 45-minute TV special (A Hero Is Born) that premiered on Mediacorp in Singapore on June 27, 2020. Season one then premiered on September 13 of that year in Malaysia, with 10 episodes. A season two is currently in production.
Monkie Kid provides examples of:
- Brought Down to Badass: In the first episode "Bad Weather", in order to help MK learn to control his powers better, Monkey King reduces MK's power and removes his invincibility in order to do so.
- Casting Gag: This show's portrayal of Sun Wukong is voiced by none other than Sean Schemmel, the iconic English voice of Son Goku from Dragon Ball, another series based on Journey to the West. That's right, Sean has now voiced two versions of the Monkey King himself.
- Darker and Edgier: Downplayed, but in comparison to several of the other LEGO shows that were released in the past, the show features much more threatening villains who on many occasions outright stated they were going to kill the heroes.
- Diegetic Soundtrack Usage: Apparently, MK has the show's theme song for his phone's ringtone.
- Five-Man Band:
- The Leader: MK, being the protagonist and the one chosen by the Monkey King himself
- The Lancer: Pigsy, being the one who is most willing to call MK out on his irresponsibility while still acting as the hot-headed support
- The Big Guy: Sandy, being the most boisterous and muscular of the group
- The Smart Guy: Tang, being the one most knowledgeable about Monkey King's lore
- The Chick: Mei, being the tag-along girl though she's a capable Action Girl in her own right
- Fuzz Therapy: Sandy owns a dozen or so therapy cats. They're also members of his crew.
- Generation Xerox: It's no coincidence that MK's team perfectly matches up with the Monkey King's old companions. Other than the clear Monkey King parallels and interest MK exhibits, Sandy and Pigsy are the most blatant given their names and species, Mei's bike and dragon aura reflect the White Dragon Horse, and Tang is just as close to MK as Sanzang was to the Monkey King. It's to the point where the show itself points this out in the pilot episode.
- A Glitch in the Matrix: In the episode "Calabash", MK gets trapped in a Lotus-Eater Machine by a pair of demons. While weirded out by Pigsy being a Benevolent Boss and Mei being in love with him, MK finally figures out something is seriously wrong when Monkey King arrives and tells him to accept the situation.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Literally the premise for the six episode "The Great Wall Race", in which MK and Mei end up having to race against the Demon Bull Family, with Jin and Yin (Who originally planned on participating until the Demon Bull King and Iron Fan showed up) being the commentators after the original commentators fled.
- Like Brother and Sister: MK and Mei's close relationship is strictly platonic, to the point that MK will get visibly sick at the thought of Mei being in love with him.
- Morphic Resonance: The Monkey King is, no matter what form he takes, always orange with green and red highlights.
- Passing the Torch: The whole premise is basically that the Monkey King is passing on his signature weapon and his duties to the Monkie Kid.
- Sentient Weapon: The Monkey King's staff is this. While it usually helps out in a fight, it also seems to mess with people for kicks.
- Setting Update: The original story was set in the Tang Dynasty, but the show of course takes place in modern times.