Amphibia” Season 2: A Hopping Good Second Go-Round
Created by Matt Braly
Starring the voices of Brenda Song, Justin Fellbinger, Bill Farmer, Amanda Leighton, Dee Bradley Baker, Stephen Root, Jack McBrayer, and Troy Baker with Anna Akana, James Patrick Stuart and Haley Tju
Available on Disney Channel and Disney XD (Check your local cable or satellite listings, Coming June 4, 2021 to Disney Plus)
My Rating: *****/5
After the success of its first season, the hit Disney animated series “Amphibia” aired its second season from 2020 to May 22, 2021. As Anne Boonchuy (voice of Brenda Song) continues to find her way back home and go on a journey of self-discovery; her quest leads her to familiar faces and new dangers.
Alongside her companion Spring Plantar (voice of Justin Fellbinger), his little sister Polly (voice of Amanda Leighton) and their grandfather “Hop Pop” (voice of Bill Farmer); Anne journeys to the land of Newtopia to find out more about the artifact known the “Calamity Box,” which could cause disaster in the wrong hands. Crossing paths with her old friend Marcy Wu (voice of Haley Tju) and her rival Sasha Waybright (voice of Anna Akana), Anne’s quest back home has entered the next key phase.
Though the offbeat humor remains from the first season of the show that aired in 2019, this season is a darker and more personal story this time around. Without spoiling anything, the events of this season manage to retroactively make the story told before darker than first envisioned.
That’s not to say the show doesn’t add more levity to the mix either: the antagonistic Captain Grime (voice of Troy Baker) spends his first appearance of the season hiding out in the mountains; watching a campy spoof of “Lost” known as “Suspicion Island” on Sasha’s cell phone and having grown an impressive beard. Marcy is a welcome addition to the cast, as eccentric but intelligent student and gamer who provides a new flavor of humor and vital help in finding Anne her way back home. The animation expands on what’s come before, with the new land of Newtopia and its characters being key standouts.
With the show having a third season in the wings for the near future, season 2 of “Amphibia” is a hopping good second go-round of the series from “Gravity Falls” alum Matt Braly. Whether your preferred gear is a single yellow Converse or a pair of armored boots, now is a great time to jump into it.