Forget Batman and the talks about “The Dark Knight”. Forget what people tell about the hero we need right now. In the last Batman-movie he’s been quite self-pitiful. I didn’t like that. The hero I think about doesn’t have time for that.
There’s a nice little girl in an ordinary world,
show us your fangs (Yay Mona)
Life goes on, life is weird, tell its everything you feared,
show us your fangs (Yay Mona)
Grab your cat, grab your cape,
Boogeyman: there’s no escape.
Give a hebie jibe grin fight those nasty till you win. (You will win)
Despite being produced over ten years ago, I am highly confident on the fact that we need “Mona the Vampire” now. No, I am NOT on drugs. Of course, I watched the series in TV when I was a child and always found her kind of cool. But only since this offer in Poundland, that made me buy a complete season of my favourite heroine’s show, I can see that it wasn’t only children’s dreams. There are good reasons for fact that I find her highly admirable and some piece of my always wanted to be like her.
Mona and her friends are sitting in her room. They are thinking about battles they already won. Someone is knocking on the door, Mona explains that it is her “Robot-Babysitter”.
Of course, it may not be easy to see what is so special about her. On first sight, she is only another cartoon girl. But Mona is more than that. She always has a plan. Every episode follows a certain principle – despite tackling diverse issues like national socialism (will upload it later, better than PETA’s approach btw.), environmental problems and wrong ideals. Mona sits in her classroom, suddenly her sight becomes blurry and she sees something really scary threatening the world. This may be – like mentioned in the German version of the theme song – “Zombies, Mummies, Aliens, Ghosts” – or something else where everyone would just look away or hide. Funny thing is: when grown-ups watch it, they ask whether anything of this is really happening. Children don’t ask that question.
They discuss what to do next, since the world is in danger again – them being the only ones who can take care of the issue. The ordinary kids put on their hero-costumes to fight the evil. Mona obviously becomes a vampire, her sidekicks are not only her cat fang. There’s Lily Duncan as Princess Giant, this wrong ideal of beauty. And Charley Bones as Zapman – Wikipedia describes him as intelligent but scared boy.
Ordinary people hide their feelings and lie – Mona doesn’t. She always speaks her mind – to her teacher, her arch-enemy Angela, and of course also to her friends. Every situation that seems hopeless – Mona doesn’t just crumble. She stays cool and figures something out. She tells her friends to get special weapons. And she fights till the last moment.
Of course, the grown-ups don’t believe her. The situation gets more hopeless when even her friends turn their backs on her.
But Mona still doesn’t give up. She doesn’t victimize herself. She just thinks about how it can go on. She’s a strong woman in a world where loads of things are going wrong. I want to be like Mona. She stays strong against every restriction .She has leadership skills Wall-Street bankers can only be jealous of.
Final battle. Mona has figured a plan to not only destroy the demon, but help them to be included in the real world. She doesn’t see the evil as pure evil – she tries to understand what they need.
No, Mona doesn’t take drugs either. She has everything a heroine needs and stil the innocence of a child. She doesn’t give up. Never ever. She has strong ambitions and a vivid imagination. she has the power of rescuing everyone – she is like Liam Neeson in Taken – with the innocence of a child.
The fight is over – surprise surprise, Mona won. Nonetheless, the others will come up with some rational explanation for everything that happened. All that Mona says is “That is one explanation”.
Mona has her own. But she doesn’t mind what other think. She is just happy that everyone can live their lives; ignorance is bliss.
Mona has a smile on her face, some final dream-sequence shows a comic relief.
It doesn’t really matter if it’s real or not.
She the woman we need right now. The light(-headed) heroine.