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|Created by||Josh Wakely|
|Directed by||Josh Wakely|
|Opening theme||"ABC" performed by Zacary James and Motown Magic Cast|
|Ending theme||"ABC" performed by Zacary James and Motown Magic Cast|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||51|
|Running time||15 minutes|
|Production companies||Grace - A Storytelling Company|
EMI Music Publishing
Sony-ATV Music Publishing
|Release||November 20, 2018 –|
June 28, 2019
Motown Magic is an animated children's television series, created by Josh Wakely, and produced for Netflix. The series follows Ben, described by Netflix as “a wide-eyed 8-year-old with a big heart and an amazing imagination,” who uses a magic paintbrush to bring the street art in Motown to life. Wakely acquired worldwide rights from the music of Motown to feature in the series. The program features versions of songs by the popular record label, performed by contemporary recording artists and interwoven into the narrative. Motown hits that are recorded in the series are from such performers as The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.
The series was first made available worldwide on Netflix on November 20, 2018.
Cast and characters
- Avia Fields as Ben
- Marissa Buccianti as Ella
- Betsy Kenney as Angie
- Monie Mon as Mickey
- Alex Thomas as Brad, Jimmy Mack
- Steven Cantor as Dancing Machine
- Rhonda Morman as Grandma Ruby
- Ryan Robinson as Grandpa Marvin
- Byron Marc Newsome as Uncle Rod
- Kelly Jean Badgley as Jenny
- Ingrid Nilson as Harmony
- Autumn Joy as Bernadette
- Amanuel Richards as Bill
- Peter Tiganis as Johnny
Motown Magic received favourable reviews. Critics praised the concept of reimagining Motown songs for a young audience.
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- "Motown Reveals 'Motown Magic' Soundtrack Track List, Previews Becky G's 'For Once in My Life' (Exclusive)". Billboard.
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