October 1, 2012

Sabrina the Teenage Witch's new animated series to debut in summer 2013

Sabrina the Teenage Witch's new animated series to debut in summer 2013

Sabrina Spellman in CGIRemember that new CGI animated series starring Sabrina the Teenage Witch that was announced awhile ago? Originally, it was supposed to debut sometime this year, but it almost sounded like it’d been shelved. However, that’s not the case, as it was announced today that we’ll be seeing the newly revamped Sabrina Spellman make her debut next summer. See the press release for more details, or the excerpt below for a brief description of the series’ premise:

In the upcoming series “Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch,” Sabrina is half-witch and half-human, and all super hero as she leads two vastly different lives; one disguised as a normal, klutzy high school student and the other as the top sorcery student in the magical world. When her two worlds collide, Sabrina is the only one who has the power to battle her foes, while managing to keep her magical identity a secret from humankind.

Sounds like a big departure from the early 2000s’ “Sabrina, the Animated Series” and “Sabrina’s Secret Life,” with the former hewing closer to the 90s sitcom (albeit aimed at a younger audience) and the latter incorporating elements of “Harry Potter” (Sabrina attending a magic school and using a wand to cast spells, versus the usual “point and zap” approach). I also wonder about the “klutzy high school student” part, though it worked for Clark Kent in some of the 70s/80s comics. Plus, will the art for the series still resemble the publicity shot (shown above) from last year? And finally, I wonder what Aunt Hilda and Zelda (plus Salem) will be like?

Given the Hub’s had a fairly successful track record with its shows so far in its young lifespan, especially “My Little Pony,” maybe this will bode well for one of Archie’s most successful characters.

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