My Life Me
|My Life Me|
|Directed by||JC Little, Mr. Niko|
|Country of origin||
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26 (52 shorts)|
|Running time||22 minutes (11 minutes per short)|
|Picture format||HDTV (1080p)|
|Original release||September 19, 2010|
My Life Me is a Canadian-French Cartoon television series created by JC Little, Cindy Filipenko and Svetlana Chmakova, co-directed by Mr. Niko. The teen slice-of-life comedy follows Birch Small, a manga and anime fan with aspirations of being a comic artist, as she tries to survive high school. The show features manga symbols such as sweatdrops, speech bubbles, and super-deformed chibi characters.
My Life Me received a development deal in 2006 from Teletoon. The series was a co-production between Canadian and French companies. The episodes were animated using ToonBoom Harmony, and the animation was split episodically between Toutenkartoon in Montreal, Canada, and Caribara in Angoulême, France. Backgrounds were created in Maya, then toonshaded, rendered and imported into Harmony. The animators did a hybrid of digital and hand drawn to help the fluidity in the animation.
Animated digitally, manga aesthetics were given homage "using various comic book manga codes and language such as stylish black and white comic book panels dropping behind the characters to express their suppressed feelings on screen." Even before production began My Life Me was planned to be "developed as a lifestyle brand, there will be a licensing and merchandising program to support the brand with a strong emphasis on publishing, accessories, gifts, stationery, apparel as well as a strong online component with a fully interactive website currently in production." The planned delivery of the series, shorts, and website was fall 2009.
My Life Me was "at the top of [German co-production group TV-Loonland's] offering in the 2009 autumn TV markets". In early 2010, TV-Loonland filed for bankruptcy/insolvency and its assets were sold off. My Life Me, at the time still in production, was one of such properties. The series was acquired by Classic Media in February. Classic Media embraced the show with enthusiasm and took control of all media iterations of the property including the planned "heavily interactive" website. "Other than the television series, fifty-two eleven-minute episodes, the property is reported to include music video clips and more for mobile, online, and video on-demand distribution."
Birch Small's school system requires her and her classmates, Liam, Sandra, and Raffi to work together in a group known around the school as a "Pod." The students don't get to choose who they are partnered up with; they must work together, despite their differences and shortcomings.
- Birch Small (French: Béa Petit) (Voiced by Sarah Camacho): A young talented artist and manga fan. Birch is 13 years old, making her younger than everyone else in her "pod". Birch has a crush on Raffi as hinted in a number of episodes, and is shown to be very familiar with almost anything involving art, including various historical artist names. Her interest in Raffi and trying to impress him has her often doing absurd things such as becoming vegetarian simply because Raffi was which conflicted with her love of fast foods, and meaty foods. She is also heavily interested with Japanese Manga and is usually seen drawing these comics in said style.
- Liam Coll: 14-year-old cousin of Birch. Very little is known about Liam other than he's very close to Birch as he's often seen in Birch's house for one reason or another, usually looking for a good time. His goofy personality often causes problems, even getting himself into a "duel" with another kid in school unintentionally; however, his personal skills and specialties have their uses and can come out to help and often come out to help his "pod" in tight situations. He loves music, is easily jealous of Raffi over his popularity. Liam also expresses a rather continuous problem of being unable to "find himself" as that he can't find one thing he wants to be or one thing to fully define himself as he will often express a different hobby or interest in different episode. It's expressed that he's been doing this since grade 6. Like Birch, Liam is heavily into Manga, and contributes the plot and writing to Birch's illustrations.
- Sandra le Blanc (Voiced by Stephanie Buxton): A skateboarding fan and highly athletic girl who likes to take things to the extreme, such as getting volunteers to do a skateboard jump over. She has a rather devious and somewhat sadistic personality, as she often will do things to earn the discomfort and embarrassment of others for her own entertain, and often would go so far as to try to get others including members of her "pod" to get angry at each other again for her own entertainment. She constantly denies of her "geek phase" that she had before, instead constantly bashing her own pod's geeky moments.
- Raffi Rodriguez (Voiced by Justin Bradley): Love interest of Birch. Often considered the coolest guy in school, he often gets chosen for events and fund-raisers, much to the jealousy of other males such as Liam. He is often concerned about his looks and often expresses that as his only concern at times. He's shown to care for Birch considerably, whether or not he reciprocates Birch's feelings has yet to be shown. One of the ways the official website has described him as, "would drive anyone crazy if he wasn't so darn nice".
- Misconcepted Deceptions (September 5, 2011)
- Reach for the Pod (September 5, 2011)
- Big Man on Canvas (September 5, 2011)
- The Pencil Assassin (September 5, 2011)
- The Makeover (September 6, 2011)
- The Pom-Pom Girl (September 6, 2011)
- Unreasonable Facsimiles (September 6, 2011)
- Planets Maligned (September 6, 2011)
- The Big Flap (September 7, 2011)
- Finding Neko (September 7, 2011)
- The Raffi Raffle (September 7, 2011)
- Crushed (September 7, 2011)
- Friday the 13th (September 8, 2011)
- Bossman’s Blues (September 8, 2011)
- Birch’s Beef (September 8, 2011)
- A Fine Balance (September 8, 2011)
- Liam the Hero (September 9, 2011)
- True Colors (September 9, 2011)
- Love Lessons (September 9, 2011)
- Miss President (September 9, 2011)
- Bad Company (September 12, 2011)
- Manga Slam (September 12, 2011)
- They’re Watching Us (September 12, 2011)
- The Mascot (September 12, 2011)
- Holiday Hijinx (September 13, 2011)
- Rope Burn (September 13, 2011)
- There’s No Business… (September 22, 2011)
- Growing Pains (September 22, 2011)
- Comic Chaos (September 22, 2011)
- Working Stiff (September 22, 2011)
- Star-Struck (September 23, 2011)
- The Big Switch (September 23, 2011)
- A Bed for Raffi (September 23, 2011)
- Back to the Stone Age (September 23, 2011)
- The Costume Party (September 26, 2011)
- Integrity Insmegrity (September 26, 2011)
- Making a Mountain of a Molehill (September 26, 2011)
- Here’s Liam (September 26, 2011)
- The Diary (September 27, 2011)
- Raffi’s Secret Love (September 27, 2011)
- Skate Club (September 27, 2011)
- Pinged and Ponged (September 27, 2011)
- Love is in the Air (September 28, 2011)
- Cyranette (September 28, 2011)
- Liam and the Kid’s Big Day Out (September 28, 2011)
- Cut Out the Sarkasm (September 28, 2011)
- Family Tree (September 29, 2011)
- Just Say Nooo (September 29, 2011)
- At Odds with the Pad (September 29, 2011)
- Accept No Substitutes (September 29, 2011)
- Fish Fiasco (September 30, 2011)
- Birch’s Trial (September 30, 2011)
|Countries||Channels (notes)||Currently airing?||First aired|
|Mexico||Once TV Mexico||No|
|South Korea||Educational Broadcasting System||No|
|United Kingdom||DreamWorks Channel||No|
|Spain||Super3 (Catalonia only)||No|
|Hong Kong||ATV World||No|
It was nominated for a Kidscreen Award 2010. The MyLifeME.com website was nominated for Best Kids Interactive for the Canada New Media Awards in 2010. My Life ME was nominated for two Gemini Awards in 2011; in Internet and New Media, Best Website for a Program or Series: Youth and in Television, Best Animation Program or Series.
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