Sunday, 30 November 2014

Alphabet Patch Pitch

We had the opportunity to do a pitch presentation of our ideas to writer James Henry.
Below is my pitch of Alphabet Patch:

My idea is called 'Alphabet Patch'. It's an educational tv series for pre-school children, teaching the alphabet and encouraging kids to explore the natural world. It follows a garden gnome and his animal friends as they play in their garden home.
I'm proposing 24 x 15 minute [James Henry commented that 5 minute episodes would be more appropriate] episodes.

Here are two of the main characters - Dotty a curious lady bug and Mrs Beanie, a curious but silly chicken who provides lots of comedy.

Now here is the main character Paddy, he's a garden gnome and 'the voice of reason' and leader within the garden - similar to Shaun from 'Shaun the Sheep'.
Norman the cat is one of the many characters in the show who doesn't speak, instead just meowing in a way kids will love to mimic.

Here's a turn around of Paddy showing how the characters work in a 2D cutout style.

There will be 24 episodes in the first series with each episode based on a letter of the alphabet (XYZ in one final episode together). 
The bee here is a special character for the second episode 'B'. As you can see it is shaped like the letter B and it also makes a "BBBBBBBBB" sound when it flies. 
Sound is very important for this series, with lots of fun sounds for kids to mimic and learn through repetition.

Topics for the episodes include berries as above...

... plants and insects; weather; outdoor activities...

... types of trees and so on.

This design for the episode 'T' shows how all the trees are shaped as 'T's.

There are also 'baddies'! Naughty characters that are fun for kids to watch. These will be garden pests that eat, steal, play tricks and leave slime everywhere...

For example, Cecil the snail. He doesn't mean to be naughty but he just can't help eating! 

Viola the squirrel has fun playing tricks on the other animals.

A concept piece for episode 'T', in which Paddy and Dotty learn about trees. Quirky things such as Paddy flying using a sycamore helicopter and Viola throwing acorns at other animals mean kids have a fun way to learn.

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