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Miracle Star (simplified Chinese: 奇迹星; traditional Chinese: 奇蹟星; pinyin: Qíjī xīng) is an obscure Chinese 2014 commercial series created by the Chinese food company Sanyuan Foods (which is China's most prestigious milk company after Sanlu Group (responsible for the 2008 Chinese Milk incident), the previous holder of that title, broke in 2008). It became infamous in early 2015 when Youtube user ryoga316 uploaded a commercial of the show which promoted children's powdered milk, and called the video Chinese Gumball, due to its similarities to the British-American cartoon series The Amazing World of Gumball. The show is so obscure it is unknown who voices the characters and in which channel it airs (most likely one of CCTV's infinite TV channels) and was canceled after its 12th episode aired.

Plot

The series is apparently about a young goat named Miao Le Xing (roughly, Miracle Star/Kiki, or Chi Chi on TAWOG), who lives in an apartment with his family and his brother Gua-Gua (roughly, Quack, Ribbit on TAWOG), a frog that is most likely Miao's science test experiment, and the two have bizarre adventures.

Why It Sucks

  1. The show is a blatant ripoff of The Amazing World of Gumball, right down to the premise and character designs. Ben Bocquelet, Gumball's creator, even made a tweet in which he discussed the similarities between both shows.
    • As a side note, Cartoon Network ended up suing Sanyuan Foods for $10,000 (65,300.96 yuan).
  2. Miao Le Xing's design is very weird and we can't tell if he's supposed to be a bull or a goat.
  3. The first episode of the series promotes excessive eating since Miao Le Xing enters an eating contest just to eat food, which causes him to become insane and try to eat everything he sees.
  4. Not only that Miao Le Xing and Gua Gua ripped off Gumball and Darwin, they even ripped off how Upin and Ipin scream from the Malaysian animated cartoon Upin dan Ipin.
  5. The lip-syncing is way off, just like Block 13.
  6. It doesn't include an Anais ripoff since China's government doesn't allow more than 2 children in a single family to fix the overpopulation problem the country suffers (China is the most populated country in the world).
  7. Apart from the two main characters, there are also ripoffs of almost every character in the original show (e.g. A milk bottle who's a ripoff of Penny, a piece of broccoli who's a ripoff of Carmen, a guy who rips off both Principal Brown and Teri, a cloud who's literally Masami and a giant spider who's a ripoff of Tina).
  8. Uses copyrighted logos without their owner's permission, such as the Coca-Cola, McDonald's and Windows XP logos.
  9. The second episode has Miao Le Xing doing an evil-eyed creepy face while holding Gua-Gua's cellphone.
  10. The theme song is horribly sung and cringy.
  11. Almost all episodes have scenes that ripoff a Gumball scene, and even some of them use plots from Gumball episodes, such as "The Horror Movie", which is a ripoff of "The DVD" (since the episodes have the two main protagonists of their respective show destroying a DVD that was a rental (in both Gumball and Miracle Star, the characters destroy it accidentally), thus ending in the main characters doing a homemade version of the film that was on the rental disc).
  12. The first episode (which is titled "Big Eater") has a glitch where, during the scene where Miao Le Xing and Gua Gua are eating ice cream, the logo of the show appears for no reason whatsoever, however, this was fixed in the Youku version.
  13. Some episodes feature disgusting gross-out humor.
  14. It didn't only ripoff Gumball and McDonald's, the Hector ripoff in this show is also a ripoff of Sulley from Pixar's Monsters Inc. and its prequel Monsters University.
  15. Almost all of his friends are eating-theme, either their food, drink, mouths and even stomachs.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Some episodes are nicely animated.
  2. The backgrounds are overall good.
  3. The fact that there is no Anais rip-off is a blessing in disguise.
  4. Despite being weird and confusing Miao Le Xing's design is cute.
  5. The Amazing World of Gumball mocked this show in The Copycats

Reception

Miracle Star has a 3.6/10 rating on IMDb.

Trivia

  • Miracle Star was mocked by the writers of The Amazing World of Gumball in the episode "The Copycats", where Gumball and Darwin find out that a family is making money online by copying everything the Wattersons do or say; a clear reference to how Miracle Star ripped off The Amazing World of Gumball.
  • Strangely enough, in the original official arts for Miracle Star, Miao's mother has no breasts, while in the commercials as well as the television series promoting the product, she has breasts.

Videos

The Amazing World of Gumball - Be Your Own You! (The Copycats)

The Amazing World of Gumball - Be Your Own You! (The Copycats)