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Carmen Sandiego is a Netflix original series released in 2019, based on the Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? educational computer game created by Lauren Elliott in 1985 and the associated franchise.

The first season premiered on January 18, 2019, and was followed by the second season on October 1, 2019. An interactive special was released in March 2020. A third season was announced on April 24, 2020.[1] The third season will be released on October 1, 2020.[2]

Summary

"A master thief who uses her skills for good, Carmen Sandiego travels the world foiling V.I.L.E.'s evil plans -- with help from her savvy sidekicks."[3]

Synopsis

In this version of the story, an orphan girl codenamed Black Sheep was found on the side of the road in Buenos Aires, Argentina roughly 20 years ago and raised by a group of villains who double as the faculty at V.I.L.E. Academy, located on the Isle of V.I.L.E. in the Canary Islands. Black Sheep considers the isle her home until she learns the organization's true nature.

She goes rogue, adopting the name Carmen Sandiego, and seeks to take down V.I.L.E. by stealing things they have already stolen and returning them to their rightful owners. Carmen's friends and team are Player, who works as tech support and who she has been in contact with since her days on the isle, and siblings Ivy and Zack, who help her on-scene and often act as distractions or operate the various get-away vehicles. She treats each of them with care and was even willing to save Ivy from falling off a van door and down a cliff in Indonesia.

At the end, one of her old teachers, Shadowsan, tells Carmen that he found her at the road in Buenos Aires, Argentina instead of Coach Brunt, who she had always assumed it to be. He also reveals that, during her initial tests at V.I.L.E., he had rigged the test so she would fail by removing the dollar she wasn't supposed to find in his coat. Later he leaves an important hard drive behind for her and disappears without saying goodbye.

Characters and cast

Spanish Cast (W.I.P.)

Carmen's Team

V.I.L.E. Faculty

V.I.L.E. Operatives

A.C.M.E. Agents

Others

French Cast (W.I.P.)

Carmen's Team

V.I.L.E. Faculty

V.I.L.E. Operatives

A.C.M.E. Agents

Others

Production

The series was first rumored to be in the works by The Tracking Board on April 14, 2017, reporting that Netflix had ordered 20 episodes and signed on Gina Rodriguez to voice the title character.[4] Netflix officially announced the show in a press release on April 19, 2017.[5] The second season was announced on February 15, with a trailer releasing September 18, 2019.

The series is produced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt with DHX Media serving as the production company with help from Chromosphere Studio and Top Draw Animation.

Episodes

Main article: Carmen Sandiego (2019 Series)/Episode Guide
Season Episodes Released
Season 1 9 January 18, 2019
Season 2 10 October 1, 2019
Season 3 TBD October 1, 2020
Interactive Special March 10, 2020

Other Media

 Live Action Movie

Main article: Carmen Sandiego (2020 film)

A live-action Carmen Sandiego Netflix movie was first reported by Deadline on March 26, 2019. It is set for release in 2020, starring Gina Rodriguez as Carmen Sandiego.[6] Rodriguez will also produce the film through I Can and Will productions, along with Kevin Misher and Caroline Fraser. Screenwriter Mark Perez is set to write for the film.[7]

Interactive Special

Main article: Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not To Steal

An interactive Netflix special based on the series was first reported by Bloomberg on August 8, 2019.[8] On February 10, 2020, the special was officially announced by the Twitter account under the title of Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not To Steal. It released March 10, 2020.[9]

Books

A number of books have been released that tie in to the show.

Title Type Release Date Author
Who in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Novelization January 22, 2019 Rebecca Tinker
Clue by Clue Novel May 7, 2019 Catherine Hapka
The Sticky Rice Caper Graphic Novel May 7, 2019 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The Fishy Treasure Caper Graphic Novel October 1, 2019 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Endangered Operation Choose-your-own

Adventure

October 1, 2019 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Jetpack Attack Choose-your-own Adventure October 1, 2019 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Activity Book October 1, 2019 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Secrets of the Silver Lion Novel September 8, 2020[10] Emma Otheguy
Chasing Paper Caper Graphic Novel October 6, 2020[11] Etch

 Web Games

Three games were released and hosted on Google Earth, with gameplay reminiscent of the classic Carmen Sandiego titles by Brøderbund.

Icon Title Release Date
The Crown Jewels Caper - Carmen
The Crown Jewels March 13, 2019[12]
"The world’s greatest super thief has struck again. Can you track her around the globe to recover the stolen loot? You’ll need to talk to locals, gather clues, and learn about different cultures as you follow Carmen’s trail around the world."[13]
Tutankhamun's Mask Caper - Carmen and El Topo
Tutankhamun's Mask Caper May 15, 2019[14]
"VILE has stolen one of the world’s greatest treasures. Help Carmen Sandiego™ track VILE operative Le Chevre around the globe and recover it."[13]
The Keys to the Kremlin Caper - Carmen and Paper Star at kremlin
The Keys to the Kremlin Caper June 18, 2019[15]
"Help Carmen Sandiego™ track VILE operative Paper Star as she seeks the keys to the Kremlin."[13]

Google Expeditions

A series of Google Expedition VR field trips were made, being introduced alongside the "Carmen in the Classroom" program, on June 24, 2019.[16]

Image Title
Expedition1
Carmen's Skyscraper Caper
Travel with Carmen to the world's tallest structures! Kids will learn about the innovations behind these architectural wonders.
Expedition2
Carmen's Ancient Caper
Kids journey back in time to famous sites like the Parthenon in Athens and the Pyramids in Giza. Try to spot Carmen along the way!
Carmen’s Crowded Caper Teacher Guide
Carmen's Crowded Caper
Kids learn about population density by traveling to some of the most populous cities in the world, such as Jakarta and Shanghai.
Expedition4
Carmen's Hot and Cold Caper
Explore the hottest and coldest places on Earth! Kids learn why we have such an incredible range of temperatures on our planet.

Board Game

Main article: Carmen Sandiego: ACME's Most Wanted

A board game was released by Pressman Toys, as a Wal-Mart exclusive. For 2-4 players ages 7 and up, the object of the game is to collect loot and stop V.I.L.E. It features locations from Italy, Australia, and San Francisco.[17]

In-Flight Game

Global Eagle released an in-flight trivia game titled "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?"[18] in the fall of 2019.[19]

Reception

As of April 24, 2020, the series has a 7.9 rating out of 3,017 user votes on IMDb.[20]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has a 93% Tomatometer rating and a 94% user rating, with the following critics' consensus: "Vivid animation and creative reconstruction of the Carmen Sandiego backstory elevates this property beyond its edutainment roots."[21]

Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media gave the series 4 stars out of 5, stating "Not only is [Carmen Sandiego's educational content] good for viewers' sense of different places and cultures, it's also a reminder that knowledge can be an effective tool against the world's ills and one's enemies."[22]

Steve Greene of IndieWire praised the show's art style and creative writing, giving it a grade of B+.[23] comicbook.com's Charlie Ridgely admired the performances of the lead voice actors Gina Rodriguez and Finn Wolfhard, the show's representation, and appreciated the moral gray area where most of the characters reside in.[24]

Awards and Accolades

Year

Award Category Nominee Result
2019 Online Film & Television Association[25] Best Children's Program Carmen Sandiego Nominated
Best New Theme Song in a Series Carmen Sandiego Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards[26] Outstanding Children's Program Caroline Fraser, Executive Producer

CJ Kettler, Executive Producer

Kristen Newlands, Executive Producer

Anne Loi, Executive Producer

Duane Capizzi, Co-Executive Producer

Brian Hulme, Producer

Nominated
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Elaine Lee, Background Painter "The Chasing Paper Caper" Winner
Television Critics Association[27] Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming Carmen Sandiego Nominated
2020 Annie Awards[28] Best Character Design - TV/Media Keiko Murayama Won
Best Music - TV/Media Jared Lee Gosselin

Steve D'Angelo

Lorenzo Castelli

Nominated
Best Production Design - TV/Media Eastwood Wong

Sylvia Liu

Elaine Lee

Linda Fong

Emily Paik

Nominated
Best Storyboarding - TV/Media Kenny Park Won
Television Critics Association Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming Carmen Sandiego TBD

Trivia

  • In China, the series is titled 新神偷卡門, roughly translating to New Thief Carmen.
    • This is an exception to other international titles, which keep the title Carmen Sandiego.
  • While originally ordered for 20 episodes,[5] the first season aired with only 9, with the remaining episodes put under Season 2's release. Despite this, Season 2 released with 10 episodes, leaving one episode left. It's possible that the 20th episode is Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not To Steal.
  • Cookie Booker is voiced by Rita Moreno, who was the voice of Carmen Sandiego in the 1994 animated series Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?
  • Zack, Player, and Ivy are characters from the 1994 animated series.
  • The Chief's main design seems to be a tribute to Lynne Thigpen, who played the role in the 1991 PBS game show.
  • All in-universe text is scribbled, to make it easier to localize to other languages.
  • Carmen being born in roughly 1999 and being currently 20 years of age, we can conclude that the show is set in 2019.

Gallery

Intro TItle

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Promo

Series

External links

Social Media

References

  1. https://twitter.com/CarmenSandiego/status/1253715576209448961
  2. https://twitter.com/carmensandiego/status/1301548006626529283?s=21
  3. https://www.netflix.com/title/80167821
  4. https://www.tracking-board.com/gina-rodriguez-to-voice-carmen-sandiego-for-netflix-as-two-movie-studios-battle-for-her-next-slot-exclusive/
  5. 5.0 5.1 https://media.netflix.com/en/press-releases/carmen-sandiego-new-animated-series-coming-to-netflix-in-2019
  6. https://deadline.com/2018/03/gina-rodriguez-carmen-sandiego-netflix-live-action-movie-1202353421/
  7. https://deadline.com/2018/07/carmen-sandiego-movie-mark-perez-screenwriter-game-night-netflix-1202430261
  8. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-08/netflix-boosts-bet-on-interactive-tv-with-wave-of-new-kids-shows
  9. https://twitter.com/CarmenSandiego/status/1226932597231673350
  10. https://www.hmhbooks.com/shop/books/Adventure-Is-Out-There/9780358379157
  11. https://www.hmhbooks.com/shop/books/Chasing-Paper-Caper/9780358411130
  12. https://www.blog.google/products/earth/your-mission-gumshoe-catch-carmen-sandiego-google-earth/
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 https://www.carmensandiego.com/game/
  14. https://www.blog.google/products/earth/carmen-sandiego-back-google-earth-gumshoe/
  15. https://www.blog.google/products/earth/carmen-sandiego-back-final-assignment-google-earth/
  16. https://www.hmhco.com/about-us/press-releases/carmen-sandiego-in-the-classroom
  17. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Carmen-Sandiego-Board-Game/348672695
  18. https://www.carmensandiego.com/partners/global_eagle/
  19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GbZM6aW82g
  20. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7042146/
  21. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/carmen_sandiego
  22. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/tv-reviews/carmen-sandiego
  23. https://www.indiewire.com/2019/01/carmen-sandiego-netflix-review-animated-show-1202036515/
  24. https://comicbook.com/tv-shows/2019/01/13/carmen-sandiego-netflix-tv-review/
  25. http://www.oftaawards.com/television-awards/23rd-annual-tv-awards-2018-19/
  26. https://www.emmys.com/shows/carmen-sandiego
  27. http://tvcritics.org/the-television-critics-association-announces-2019-tca-award-nominations/
  28. https://annieawards.org/nominees
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