Sabrina's Secret Life

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Sabrina's Secret Life
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The massacre of DIC Entertainment's Sabrina The Teenage Witch cartoon franchise... brought to you by the same studio behind The Wacky World of Tex Avery who ruined two great franchises and the legacy of one famous cartoonist. What an accomplishment!
Genre: Action
Science fiction
Dramedy
Suspense
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: United States
France
Canada
Release Date: November 10, 2003 – February 3, 2004
Network(s): Syndication
TF1
Distributed by: DHX Media
Starring: Britt McKillip
Maurice LaMarche
Bill Switzer
Jane Mortifee
Tifanie Christun
Moneca Stori
Shannon Chan-Kent
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 26


Sabrina's Secret Life is a 2003 French-American-Canadian animated television series produced by DIC Entertainment and their French subsidiary Les Studios Tex. It is a sequel series to [[mh:besttvshows:Sabrina: The Animated Series}} and the TV movie Sabrina: Friends Forever!.

Plot

Sabrina Spellman has turned 14-years-old and is now in High School. However, being a half-witch, she now attends secret witch-training lessons with her rival - Cassandra, who wants to make Sabrina's life go wrong.

Bad Qualities

  1. Although Secret Life takes place after Sabrina: The Animated Series and the movie Sabrina: Friends Forever!, it almost has no connection to either, especially the former.
    • Nicole Candler, the secondary protagonist from Sabrina: Friends Forever! isn't seen or even mentioned at all in this series.
    • The production team is also different to STAS, as this series lacks humor or creative storylines it has.
  2. Bland voice cast, which doesn't help that none of the voice actors from the 1999 series reprise their roles. Britt McKillip does reprise her role as Sabrina from the movie Sabrina: Friends Forever!, however.
  3. Generic and pathetic soundtrack, especially the theme song as it mainly repeats the line "Who's Makin' Magic?" over and over again.
  4. Although sharing a similar art style to STAS and Sabrina: Friends Forever!, the animation in this series looks a bit rough and cheap, as to be expected with Les Studios Tex.
  5. A majority of the character designs used for characters in this series are just lazy recolors of existing characters from STAS and Sabrina: Friends Forever!. 2 examples being:
    • Sabrina's new best friend Maritza re-uses Chloe's model, although with a different skin color.
    • Cassandra's design and voice was reused from another character named Portia from Sabrina: Friends Forever!, which itself used the character design of an unnamed background friend of Gem's in STAS.
    • Margaux and Tiffany, Cassandra's friends, also reuse character models from unvoiced background characters in STAS.
  6. Cliched storylines and concepts which rip-off other franchises.
    • For example, Sabrina in this series uses a wand to cast spells (although she still occasionally uses her fingers, she uses the former more often), which obviously shows that Sabrina in this series is an uninspired Harry Potter-like character. For some reason, her magic is far weaker than in STAS.
  7. Many characters who appeared in STAS were removed in this series, with almost no explanation given on why they were removed.
    • Uncle Quigley (his voice-of-reason role was reassigned to Salem)
    • Chloe Flan (replaced with Maritza as Sabrina's best friend who acts similar to Chloe although unlike her, she doesn't know Sabrina is a witch. According to one source, Chloe moved away before the events of the series took place)
    • Gem Stone (replaced with Cassandra as the [[mh:loathsomecharacters:The Mean Popular Girl|Queen Bee}}. As with the latter, a source says that Gem moved to a faraway boarding school away from Greendale)
    • Other characters like the Spookie Jar, Pi and Tim the Witch Smeller were also removed, without any reason.
  8. Many of the characters are [[mh:loathsomecharacters:Flanderization|Flanderized}} or are unlikable, in order for the show to meet an FCC E/I criteria and to make the series more educational than the latter:
    • Sabrina herself has turned into a whiny, jerky crybaby, despite being two years older than she was in STAS.
    • Harvey was turned from a cute, friendly boy into a dumb, braindead and stupid person.
    • Salem has become a huge nagbag, and doesn't have the same sarcastic and funny characteristic that he had in STAS or in the sitcom.
    • Maritza is pretty bland for a best friend, and acts almost similar to Chloe.
    • Cassandra barely shows any remorse for Sabrina whatsoever, although this would change later on as the series processed.
      • Ironically enough, there wasn't any reason for DIC to do this, as STAS already fulfilled E/I criteria in a far better matter.

Good Qualities

  1. The series still has the Sabrina feel that STAS and Friends Forever! have.
    • On the side of that, fans of both may enjoy this series.
  2. Cassandra can be nice at times.
  3. The villains this show has aren't too bad and are based on problems Sabrina has.
  4. Some of the character designs are alright, like Sabrina's.

Trivia

  • This was the final series to be produced by Les Studios Tex, as they ceased operations around the time the show ended.