Leo's Comfy Corner: Star vs the Forces of Evil: Lisa Frank meets Powerpuff Girls
Star vs The Forces of Evil is one of those cartoons that has been somewhat popular on the internet with adult audiences. In fact, it is the only of two Disney programs that has managed this in the past several years, and of those two, it is the only currently running program (Gravity Falls being the previous holder of this title). In the show, Star Butterfly, a princess from a fantastical dimension rife with unicorns and rainbows, is sent to live with a human family in what appears to be California. Specifically, she is chosen to live with Marco Diaz, a boy who is a stickler for the rules and apathetic to magic and adventures, in the hopes he will temper her zeal to get into trouble.
At first glance, and even after the first few episodes, it appears to be a Manic Pixie Dream Girl cliche wherein the titular Star brings the stuffy and fearful Marco Diaz out of his shell. Star also, by nature of her character, seems a likely candidate for the dreaded "LOL soooo Random XD" character that is depressingly par for the course for most girl-oriented shows.
But thankfully, neither of these expectations (or concerns) come to pass. Instead, Star manages to stay coherent and focused, and even admirable, while displaying the energy and peculiarity that manages to be funny rather than annoying. Marco makes for a fun character, too. Rather than calling attention to their differing personalities, the show manages to let the two compliment one another's strengths and make up for their weaknesses.
Star vs is cute, funny, unique, and even during its most juvenile moments, still has a story and a cast that capture attention and hold interest. There was so much that could have gone wrong with this show...but went right instead.