StarBeam

From Wikipedia the free encyclopedia

StarBeam
GenreAnimated
Superhero
Preschool
Science fiction
Animated sitcom
Created by
  • Loris Lunsford
  • Jason Netter
Written byNoelle Wright
Directed byJohnny Darrell
Voices of
  • Nahanni Mitchell
  • Dean Petriw
Theme music composerEarworm Sound
Opening theme"StarBeam Theme"
by Kathryn Rende
ComposerJim Latham
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes35 (33 regular, 2 specials)
Production
Executive producers
  • Loris Kramer Lunsford
  • Jason Netter
  • Heather Puttock
Editors
  • Peter Faint
  • Kerr Holden
Running time11-14 minutes
Production companyKickstart Entertainment
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture formatHDTV 1080p
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03) –
present

StarBeam is a superhero animated streaming television series created for Netflix by Loris Lunsford and Jason Netter. The show follows Zoey (voiced by Nahanni Mitchell), a young girl who is a superhero.[1][2]

The first season of the series premiered on Netflix on April 3, 2020,[3] followed by a second season on September 8, 2020. A third season debuted on a March 9, 2021 release.[4] Season 4 debuted on June 29, 2021, introducing a new format in the last few episodes.

A Halloween special, StarBeam: Halloween Hero, was released on October 6, 2020.[5]

A New Years' special, StarBeam: Beaming in the New Year, was released on December 14, 2021.[6] It is not known if StarBeam will have a Season 5.

Synopsis[edit]

The show is based on Zoey, a girl in second grade. StarBeam, a superhero with unusual powers, including super-speed, super-strength, flight, high-velocity wind breathing, and the power to build force fields with bubbles, is Zoey's alter-ego. With her catchphrase, "It's time to shine!" Zoey turns into StarBeam. Zoey inherited her superpowers from her superhero mother, WonderBeam, and follows the theme of family superheroes.

Only a few people are aware of her hidden existence in Zoey's world. These individuals include her "Gramps" non-superpower grandfather; her closest friend, Henry, a "Boost" superhero who invents devices that strengthen his superhero abilities; and a friend who gives moral encouragement, their seagull sidekick, "Kipper." Gramps, Boost, and Kipper, together, always assist Zoey to save the day.

Characters[edit]

  • Zoey/StarBeam: The main heroine. Typically energetic and strong-willed, Zoey is very playful and excitable, though she doesn't like snails due to their slow and slimy nature. StarBeam's powers are bubble-based, though she also has super breath in addition to flight, super strength, and super speed. StarBeam's suit has also changed appearances depending on the mission, from manifesting as a spacesuit to giving her a mermaid tail for underwater missions.
  • Henry Blumenshine/Boost: The secondary main character and Zoey’s best friend. Henry is the son of Mayor Blumenshine, who is unaware of his superhero identity as much as Zoey's. Henry is relatively more scientific and down to earth than Zoey, but he does enjoy much of the same activities that she likes. Unlike StarBeam, Boost lacks natural superpowers, including super strength and flight, and instead uses a menagerie of high-tech gadgets and inventions to assist any way he can.
  • Gramps: The fourth main character and the father of Zoey's mother, as well as Zoey's grandfather. Gramps lacks any superpowers compared to Zoey and her mom, but his main role is mission control; he works in Beam Control at the lighthouse to watch for villains and other emergencies. Gramps has a calming presence, and gives Zoey words of wisdom when things get hairy in a mission. In his downtime, he enjoys fishing at the dock outside. Although he lacks natural superpowers, like Boost he makes use of a high-tech suit as a superhero, first doing so in the New Years' special.
  • Kipper: The third main character and the only one other than Zoey and Henry to appear in every episode. Kipper is a seagull with the attitude of glutton who hangs around the lighthouse, being the pet-like resident of Zoey's household. Much like Gramps, he has no superpowers, but he does accompany StarBeam on her missions. Kipper is notably food-minded, as his primary motive, aside from helping StarBeam, is to constantly snack on miscellaneous foodstuffs, which can get him and/or the mission in big trouble.
  • Zoey's Mom/WonderBeam: The fifth main character and Zoey's mother as well as Gramps' daughter. Zoey's mom cares very much about her family, but like Zoey, she is dedicated to her duty as a superheroine. She shares StarBeam's powers of super strength, super speed and flight, but she uses more laser-derived superpowers in contrast to StarBeam's bubbles, including a laser cage that renders all superpowers unusable. WonderBeam is the least recurring main character, only showing up in a handful of episodes per season.
  • Captain Fishbeard: An overweight pirate who, much like a few species of birds, kleptomaniacally takes whatever shiny objects he sees, no matter how worthless much of them are. Fishbeard captains a flying pirate ship known as the Delores, and he has a gecko named Leonard instead of a parrot as with most pirates. Rather than a typical pirate accent, he uses a hoarse American accent whenever he speaks. Fishbeard appears the most out of the current villains, showing up in most of the episodes and the Halloween special.
  • Miserable Marla: A blue-skinned girl with freckles and generally drab clothing. True to her name, Marla acts miserable when others are enjoying themselves, and she delights in spreading misery to the citizens of Somerset. Marla can levitate in mid-air, and while capable of generating wind, she primarily controls cloud-based weather, namely rain, snow or lightning as well as static electricity. She is sometimes accompanied by a number of sentient storm clouds, but she otherwise goes solo in her schemes. Marla appears a few episodes short of matching Captain Fishbeard.
  • Cosmic Crusher: A large muscular man. Crusher is highly arrogant and believes himself to be the best dancer in all of Somerset, usually arriving to a captive audience. Twice however, his defeat comes from his overconfidence, which allows StarBeam and Boost to outsmart and defeat him. Cosmic Crusher has super strength and advanced dance moves, but his ego often hampers his performance. He only appears once in every season, and appears the least frequently as he's so far only appeared thrice.
  • Ms. Winkleman: A teacher at the school where Henry and Zoey attend.
  • Mayor Blumenshine: The mayor of Somerset and the mother of Henry/Boost. As with much of the other characters, Blumenshine is unaware of Henry and Zoey's superhero identities, but she does appreciate their help to a great extent. Her name is a pun on the words "bloom and shine".
  • Luna Diaz: An astronaut who works for an unknown space program in Somerset. Diaz was a local hero of the Somerset citizens, and she researched the possibilities of growing plants in outer space.
  • Ms. Fawkes: A photographer who takes pictures for the local school.
  • Goop: A green and purple three-eyed alien-like being who appeared sporadically throughout the series (mostly under the servitude of his master Todd). He is idiotically ditzy and partially go-lucky, but he is loyal and enjoys helping his boss, though he is a bit of a coward. Goop is able to transform his body into many different forms, though a focused beam of light can force him back into his true shape.
  • Todd: A short purple being in a black and yellow outfit whole is widely known to Zoey's family as the most troublesome villain in all of Somerset's knowledge. Todd is extremely mad and dramatic, though while he is malicious, he is always foiled due to some of his drawbacks, abusing his servant Goop being among them. Todd's primary (and seemingly only) superpower is his ability to grow at will, though he can often get arrogant when doing so. He only appeared via mentions or through communication windows between him and Goop, but debuted in person during the Season 3 premiere.
  • Tricksy the Pixie: A mischievous fairy who enjoys causing problems around Somerset. Tricksy has arachnophobia but delights in playing pranks in peaceful environments, ranging from switching trail signs to swapping a hot dog for a snail. She often revels in her tricks, but has shown sympathy in her debut. She affectionately refers to her magic wand as "Wanda", and often leaves with a good laugh. Tricksy only reverses the effects of her pranks after somebody pranks her back. She was introduced in Season 3.
  • Stella: A young redhead girl with glasses, pigtails and braces who is one of Zoey and Henry's classmates and friends. Stella is known to everyone else as a huge StarBeam superfan, even crafting herself a costume based on StarBeam's uniform.
  • Greta and Gunther: Classmates of Zoey and Henry who are twins.
  • Zak: Zoey and Henry's paraplegic classmate.
  • Zara: A new character debuting in the New Years' special. She is Zoey's cousin. Like Gramps and Boost, her superhero identity uses a high-tech suit.
  • Mystery Villain: An unknown character who hired Cosmic Crusher, Fishbeard, and Miserable Marla to sabotage the New Year.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
18April 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
28September 8, 2020 (2020-09-08)
39March 9, 2021 (2021-03-09)
48June 29, 2021 (2021-06-29)
Specials2October 6, 2020 (2020-10-06)

Season 1 (2020)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal release date
11"Something's Fishy"April 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
Captain Fishbeard begins stealing shiny objects all over Somerset on Fun Food Friday, and it is up to both StarBeam and Boost to try and stop him from stealing the city hall bell.
22"Gotcha Goop"April 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
On Gramps's birthday, Goop manages to enter the lighthouse on a mission from Todd to infiltrate Beam Control, forcing StarBeam, Boost and WonderBeam to find him before he gets the key needed to free Todd and before the birthday party begins.
33"Picture Day"April 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
Miserable Marla sets out to ruin picture day by overloading the school building with static electricity. While Henry tries to fix things in the classroom, StarBeam must figure out how to stop the static storm.
44"Spaced Out"April 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
Local Somerset astronaut Luna Diez encounters a meteor shower that dislodges the fuel tank from her Space Shuttle, and with Kipper by her side, StarBeam sets out to make sure Diez returns safely with Boost transmitting repair instructions from Beam Control.
55"Dancing Shoes"April 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
Zoey is struggling to master a move for her dance recital, so Henry gives her some high-tech dance shoes to help her practice. Unfortunately, Zoey chooses to use them in the recital, and stuck to her feet they begin malfunctioning just as Cosmic Crushter begins attack the school before the recital, and even as StarBeam they remain stuck on her.
66"Delores in Distress"April 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
After Captain Fishbeard steals a jewel from a volcanic island, the island begins attacking him for his misdeed and he is forced to return it with the help of StarBeam.
77"Critter Sitter"April 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
Zoey has to take care of Quincy the classroom caterpillar for one day, but he ends up hatching out of his chrysalis and flies out into town as a butterfly. Zoey is then forced to chase him as StarBeam to get him back, with Boost and Kipper by her side.
88"Super Sniffles"April 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)
Zoey's mom has contracted the super sniffles and can't control her powers. While Henry and Gramps try to modify a citron fruit to make a super tea, Zoey has to struggle to keep her mom in bed, which gets harder as Miserable Marla sets out to worsen WonderBeam's condition.

Season 2 (2020)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal release date
91"Friendsnatcher from Outer Space"September 8, 2020 (2020-09-08)
A mysterious meteorite arrives on planet Earth and is revealed to be a UFO. The extraterrestrial inside also seems interested in a meteor in the Somerset museum, forcing StarBeam and Boost to try and keep him out of trouble.
102"Superfan"September 8, 2020 (2020-09-08)
Zoey has to deal with Stella, a StarBeam Superfan, just as Cosmic Crushter begins causing problems, also almost coming to harm's way as StarBeam tries to stop him.
113"Clean Machine"September 8, 2020 (2020-09-08)
Zoey and Henry end up making a supersized mess in the house and when Henry's cleaning robot goes haywire, StarBeam and Boost must hurry before Zoey's mom returns.
124"Mother's Day Mayhem"September 8, 2020 (2020-09-08)
Zoey and Henry plan on gifting flowers to their mothers on Mother's Day, but Miserable Marla finds beautiful flowers to be repulsive, and StarBeam and Boost are forced to try and stop her from flooding the community garden and ruining the flowers.
135"Whale Tale"September 8, 2020 (2020-09-08)
StarBeam and Boost set off underwater to help a whale calf tangled in a fishing net, but the young aquatic mammal keeps swimming away.
146"Fishstick Fiasco"September 8, 2020 (2020-09-08)
It's fishstick Friday at lunchtime, and Captain Fishbeard is hoarding all off the fishsticks he can find. To save the day, StarBeam must teach him the value of sharing with others.
157"Snacktime for Stewart"September 8, 2020 (2020-09-08)
StarBeam must find a runaway sea snail before he dies. Already not a fan of snails, things get problematic when the snail is enlarged by a mistaken shot from Boost's new invention.
168"Super Playdate"September 8, 2020 (2020-09-08)
Greta and Gunther arrive at the lighthouse for a playdate, but Goop manages to enter the premises, forcing StarBeam and Boost to send him on his way before things take a turn for the worst.

Season 3 (2021)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal release date
171"Springing StarBeam"March 9, 2021 (2021-03-09)
When WonderBeam ends up trapped by Todd, StarBeam attempts multiple solo missions to save her mother, but after Todd successfully makes it to Somerset, StarBeam and WonderBeam realize that even superheroes need help, and all hands are on deck to prevent Todd from ruining Somerset's egg hunt.
182"Tricky Trails"March 9, 2021 (2021-03-09)
When Zoey and Henry go on a hike with twins Greta and Gunther, they quickly find that Tricksy the Pixie is up to her usual pranks, and trying to keep their identities a secret, the 2 must keep Tricksy from pulling pranks that are too dangerous.
193"SnowFoot"March 9, 2021 (2021-03-09)
Zoey and Henry take a snowy getaway to the Ilse of Brrr, but when Zoey finds a being known as SnowFoot has taken a snow bunny, StarBeam and Boost come in hot pursuit.
204"Goopy Lunch"March 9, 2021 (2021-03-09)
While searching for the Beam Key to free Todd, Goop manages to lose it in Zoey's school lunchbox. Soon, StarBeam and Boost are on a mission: To get the Beam Key Back!
215"Fishy Treasure"March 9, 2021 (2021-03-09)
When Captain Fishbeard steals a map from a museum, StarBeam and Boost find him trying to steal a diamond from a volcano, but both StarBeam and Fishbeard have to work together when their pets become endangered.
226"Wonder Wheels"March 9, 2021 (2021-03-09)
On wheels day, where everybody rides their bicycles around, Tricksy the Pixie is up to her tricks, and StarBeam finds her dealing with a dangerous situation when Tricksy swaps Stella's bike with Boost's high-tech turbo cycle.
237"You Can Crush This"March 9, 2021 (2021-03-09)
StarBeam has to deal with Cosmic Crusher causing trouble at a carnival, but all he does is cheat! Her resolve? Making sure he knows how to have fun without cheating.
248"Blue Moon"March 9, 2021 (2021-03-09)
Miserable Marla is making sure nobody will be able to see the highly anticipated lunar eclipse, but although she manages to get rid of her, StarBeam still doesn't feel right for fooling the villain.
259"Puppy Panic"March 9, 2021 (2021-03-09)
Ms. Winkleman leaves her puppy Rex under Zoey's care, but the day grows chaotic when Tricksy the Pixie swaps the puppy's form with a nearby inflatable T-rex, and turns him into a living dinosaur. StarBeam and Boost are now forced to take action.

Season 4 (2021)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal release date [7]
261"Beachy Blunder"June 29, 2021 (2021-06-29)
The group's beach day is prematurely ended when Tricksy swaps Gramps' human body for that of a giant snail and begins causing mischief in town, forcing StarBeam and Boost to think creatively.
272"Tag Along"June 29, 2021 (2021-06-29)
Murp arrives on planet Earth on the run from a mysterious entity, and he won't stay long enough to tell StarBeam and Boost who he's running from.
283"Clean Up Crush"June 29, 2021 (2021-06-29)
Cosmic Crusher tries to help out on a day meant for cleaning, but he only realizes he is doing more harm than good when he sends a boulder hurtling towards a goat farm.
294"Beam BubbyLicious"June 29, 2021 (2021-06-29)
Zoey ends up with a severe set of supersonic hiccups after quickly downing a whole bottle of a fizzy drink, and as StarBeam is hampered constantly by her condition while trying to save a goat.
305"Summersette Spectacular"June 29, 2021 (2021-06-29)
On the day of a special parade, StarBeam and Boost learn that Tricksy is up to her usual mischief, and they set off to stop her before she makes things too dangerous.
316"Freeze!"June 29, 2021 (2021-06-29)
Henry develops a special freezing spray that renders anything it sprays completely frozen. Unfortunately, it is stolen by Captain Fishbeard, who uses it to freeze everyone in town so he can loot them unimpeded. StarBeam is in hot pursuit of the pirate, while Boost has to develop a thawing agent before Fishbeard swipes the lighthouse crystal.
327"Saving Kipper"June 29, 2021 (2021-06-29)
While the group explores Lava Lava Island, Kipper is befriended by a bird who takes him as a best friend. Unfortunately, it will not let him leave, and StarBeam and Boost have to take drastic measures to save him.
338"Critter Chaos"June 29, 2021 (2021-06-29)
Zoey and Henry plan a special music performance at an animal shelter to help some of the residing animals to find a forever home. Unfortunately, the plan hits a snag at the main event when Tricksy swaps the instrument noises with the animal sounds, forcing StarBeam and Boost to take action.

StarBeam Shorts (2021)[edit]

Unusually, instead of being uploaded to the Netflix Jr. YouTube channel, the shorts are instead placed as episodes 9-16 of Season 4.

The first seven shorts are depicted as home movies made by Stella, a local of Somersette known as a StarBeam Superfan to everyone else. The last short is a music video featuring an extended version of the StarBeam theme song, previously uploaded to YouTube as a form of promotion for the series.

  • Gonzo for Gadgets
  • Meeting Marla
  • A Day on the Delores
  • Tricking Like Tricksy
  • StarBeam Style
  • Kipper Cam
  • Family Pictures
  • Time to Shine

Specials[edit]

No.TitleOriginal release date
1"Starbeam: Halloween Hero"October 6, 2020 (2020-10-06)
Halloween is essentially ruined for the people of Somerset when Captain Fishbeard steals all the candy and the prize for a cosume contest, forcing StarBeam and Boost to step into action. Meanwhile, Kipper sets out to try and steal candy from a bowl that Gramps set up specifically for Trick-or-treaters, but the gluttonous seagull is consistently foiled.
2"Starbeam: Beaming in the New Year"December 14, 2021 (2021-12-14)

Release[edit]

StarBeam was released on April 3, 2020. The series aired on Netflix.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Stream It Or Skip It: 'StarBeam' on Netflix, a Cheery You-Go-Girl Kiddie Superhero Cartoon". Decider. 3 April 2020. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  2. ^ "StarBeam review – will it distract your children for long enough to preserve your sanity?". Ready Steady Cut. 4 April 2020. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  3. ^ Dutta, Anisha (2020-09-07). "Starbeam Season 2 Release Date, Cast, Netflix, New Season 2020". The Cinemaholic. Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  4. ^ "Netflix Originals Coming to Netflix in March 2021". What's on Netflix. February 12, 2021. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  5. ^ "What's coming to Netflix in October 2020: 'Rebecca,' 'Trial of the Chicago 7,' more". Entertainment Weekly.
  6. ^ "Netflix Unwraps Animated Gifts During 'Here for the Holidays'". 6 October 2021.
  7. ^ "StarBeam – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 22, 2021.

External links[edit]