Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur and How It’s Influenced by New York from the Past

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Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is an animated series that premiered on Disney Channel and will be available on Disney+. It follows Lunella Lafayette, a 13-year-old genius in New York’s Lower East Side who meets a red-horned Tyrannosaurus rex thanks to a portal she activated.

Steve Loter is one of the creators of the show and also serves as an executive producer. He grew up in New York in that zone in the ’80s and ’90s, an area and time before gentrification. Graffiti art, music, poetry and books thrived, and he wanted to capture that in Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur.

“I was there at kind of the perfect time where creativity, imagination, and just music, art, poetry, and books were still very vibrant and alive in New York,” Loter said during the Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur press conference.” And I wanted to make sure that we could capture that in the show because I’ve seen New York misrepresented in a lot of animated properties. So I had to make sure it was accurate. So we relied on a lot of New York kinda artistic benchmarks — the Andy Warhol silk screening process, Basquiat graffiti art, street art murals — to kind of find the flavor of New York we wanted to capture. Cause I knew that I had to get it right ’cause if I didn’t, I couldn’t go back to New York. They wouldn’t allow me back in.”

Laurence Fishburne has been in a few superhero projects like Man of Steel and Ant-Man and the Wasp. With Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, he serves as an executive producer and reveals whether it is connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the differences between the show and the other films he’s been a part of.

“Well, it takes a lot longer,” Fishburne laughs. “And, we aren’t really connected to the MCU officially. Our show is really a family show. Maybe we’re not gonna save the world, but we are gonna save the Lower East Side.”

One of the inspirations for the show was Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, especially with the unique design and animation. Loter revealed how he and Fishburne got together to work on the Marvel animated series.

“Well, I think that we wanted to make sure that we were doing something unique,” Loter said. “Spider-Verse was a huge inspiration for us. It really kinda blew the doors wide open to do superhero animation that looked really specialized and unique. Laurence and I connected early, and we kinda talked about
the vision of the show and what it should look like. And Laurence is a huge comic book fan, so we used that as kind of a springboard for the visual styling, particularly the linework on the characters and the overall look of the show.”

About Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

“Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur” follows the adventures of 13-year-old super-genius Lunella Lafayette and her 10-ton T-Rex, Devil Dinosaur. After Lunella accidentally brings Devil Dinosaur into present-day New York City, the duo works together to protect the city’s Lower East Side from danger. Based on Marvel’s hit comic books, the action-packed, funny and heartwarming series premiered on February 10 on Disney Channel and will premiere on February 15 on Disney+.

The series is executive produced by Laurence Fishburne (who also voices the recurring role of The Beyonder) and Helen Sugland’s Cinema Gypsy Productions and Steve Loter (“Kim Possible”). The series is a production of Disney Television Animation.

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