Submission Samples from the Animation Genre

Title: The Migration

Logline: Migration is an animated, coming of age tale about a young bird, Dylan and his attempt to find his place in the flock

Synopsis: Dylan dreams of becoming a member of the elite group fliers, the Golden Crowns who each year lead the flock to their winter destination, the Emerald Haven. Unable to join because he was born of a different breed he tries out for their secondary squad, the Silver Tips. Humiliated during the try-outs by his nemesis, Bradley, Dylan embarks on an adventure of self discovery. With the help of many friends he encounters along the way, Dylan learns the value of family and friends. He returns to the meadow only to find the flock has departed. With the help of Piper, an older, seasoned flyer, Dylan finds the strength and courage to prove his worth and find his place among his peers.

Title: Eye of the Bennu

Logline: A young scribe finds himself caught up in an epic conflict between his kingdom on the Nile and their enemies the Hyksos, who seek to call a great evil into the world through his former best friend.

Synopsis: In the mythological tradition of "The Chronicles of Narnia", the setting of "Eye of the Bennu" exists in an Egyptian-inspired universe, wherein all of the races are based off of the animal gods of ancient Egypt. The kingdom of Kemet is at war with their mortal enemies, the Hyksos, who seek to call their dark god Apep into the world and gain dominion over all life. The only way to stop them is by calling the great sun god Ra into the Pharaoh of Kemet, creating a being known as the Bennu. It is this conflict that Aketnu, a jackal scribe, and his best friend Izra, an orphaned Hyksos servant, find thrust upon them. The Hyksos invade their city while seeking the forbidden rituals to call upon Apep, and Aketnu and his mother become separated. As Aketnu ventures forth seeking his mother, he will encounter great miracles from Ra, join the Pharaoh on his journey, and find himself pitted against Apep - who has chosen none other than Izra as his vessel through which to enter the world.

Title: Wings

Logline: Twins Sasha and Samson, the most animated planes you'll ever meet, grow up facing life's challenges and finally come together to save their home and their valley from the flood of the century.

Synopsis: Samson and Sasha are just toddler planes when they see their father, the amazing Piercing Arrow, headliner of the Wings Air Show, crash while trying to perform a near impossible stunt called the Yuri. Flash forward a dozen years or so and the twins are now sleek and powerful Mustangs just like their dad. The two live in pristine Magic Mountain Valley. They help their mom, a sleek, feminine P-36 Hawk plane named Ava, run their delivery and rescue service. Samson dreams of joining the air show just like dad. Sasha is the more timid one of the twins and is still trying to find her place in the world. Flash forward Samson is seconds from performing the Yuri when he gets the calls and pulls up. The entire show joins Samson and they rush towards Magic Mountain. They save everyone except the only chance they have to save their best friends is to come together and perform the Yuri. Side by side they perform the Yuri. Their valley is saved and everyone is rescued.

Title: Jolly Kryzmooz

Logline: Jolly Kryzmooz is a young moose who overcomes physical injuries and obstacles to compete in the Winter Wonderland Games at the North Pole. He learns his special gift is helping other injured animals.

Synopsis: A young moose named Jolly Kryzmooz loves to run and jump. He trains hard to compete in the Winter Wonderland Games at the North Pole. Jolly must jump a river to save his friends during the journey north. He is taken to the North Pole hospital where he learns he will never be able to use his back legs again. His teammates and new friends at the North Pole help him compete despite his injury. Santa, his elves and several young reindeer become good friends. His positive attitude and big heart help him through the hard times. He learns that his special gift is helping other injured animals.

Title: Jolly Kryzmooz

Logline: A young athletic moose named Jolly Kryzmooz overcomes an injury to compete again and stop evil poachers at the Winter Wonderland Games just before Christmas.

Synopsis: A young moose named Jolly Kryzmooz is a natural athlete who loves to run, jump and compete in winter sports with his friends. His NorthWoodz team is relying on him to help them win the championship at the Winter Wonderland Games at the North Pole. The mean Craggy Mountain team tricks him on the journey north and accidently sends him into conflict with poachers. His back legs are paralyzed when he jumps a river to save his skijoring partner. He refuses to give up on his dreams and fights to recover. Jolly's determination along with help from his friends and family allow him to run using a wheelchair like sleighkart. Poachers and wolves challenge him all the way. Jolly and the furry host of winter sports loving animals frolic and play despite the challenges. They keep the holiday spirit alive with music and fun. Jolly proves he can compete again and fouls an evil plot by the poachers during his championship race. He saves everyone and they all have a Merry and Jolly Christmas.

Title: The Year Santa Stubbed His Toe

Logline: Having stubbed his toe on a banister and then a bowling ball, Santa needs the help of four of his best elves to make all his deliveries on Christmas Eve.

Synopsis: On Christmas Eve, Santa stubs his toe so bad-bad enough to balloon twice its size-that he's forced to ask the aid of four of his best elves to help with his Christmas Eve run around the world to deliver the presents to all the good boys and girls. Never has an elf left the Pole-and never has Santa not gone out alone on this night-as a pilgrimage around the world begins: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe and Australia. A night for the elves to experience the different ways Christmas is celebrated around the world. A journey that is not only eye-opening for the elves on this night ... but for Santa as well. Although "The Year Santa Stubbed His Toe" has not been entered in many contests, "Save Him", another of my completed specs has been acknowledged as listed below: Honorable Mention 2013 Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards Honorable Mention 2013 London Film Awards Currently First Round Qualifier 2014 Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards

Title: Adventure A-Head

Logline: Curious and Consciousness take a guided tour of Jojo's brain and have an amazing adventure, meeting emotions and molecules, taming dragons, freeing Creativity and exchanging wisecracks with Wisdom.

Synopsis: Jojo, a 14 year old boy has a bad day at school. He meets his personified Consciousness, Curiosity and an Endorphin molecule. They take a tour within Jojo's brain. Other brain structures, emotions and molecules turn up as characters to play out the brain's processes including interaction with Alcohol who makes an appearance at a party. The adventures include lessons on Teamwork from Granny Cross-Eyes, up-side down images in the visual cortex, an encounter with Fear Dragon, strangely proportioned Sensory Man, Motor Mouth, Pig Superior and liberation of Creativity. Our heroes learn to respect tissue responsible for relationships and the use it or lose it principle of neural mechanisms. They journey to a higher level to meet Wisdom and share wisecracks. Back in the real world we find Jojo transformed and adjusted to his self-image and pubertal transition, with enough courage to ask Anita out.

Title: The messenger of the Princess

Logline: This is a story of how a young man excelling in martial arts rescued the Princess of Water Nagas. And it's a true widespread story of Chinese "Dragon".

Synopsis: Liu Yi, excelling in martial arts, longed to join the army and reconstruct the splendor of his family. However, his father who once retired from the army strongly disagreed. After a bust-up with his father, Liu Yi understood his father's love and decided to give up his dream and follow his father's will to take the imperial examination held in the capital. On the way, Liu Yi came across the Princess of Water Nagas who had a difficult time. Liu Yi knew from Princess that Fire Dragon King plotted a conspiracy. Liu Yi helped Princess bring a letter to Dragon Mother in East Sea Dragon Palace. Dragon Mother decided to rescue the Princess first. Liu Yi volunteered to rescue Princess. Liu Yi, Sea Turtle and Lobster went to Fire Dragon Sea with magic weapons. Liu Yi turned into a Water Dragon and defeated Fire Dragon King after a fierce battle, rescued the Princess and saved the world. Finally, with the help of Dragon Mother, Liu Yi realized his dream and harvested Princess's love.

Title: Flying South

Logline: Every young bird must make their first journey south for the winter, but only one will make it alone. One flight, one destination, one adventure you will never forget!

Synopsis: Sport, a young sparrow, is about to embark on his first flight south for the winter. Everything goes as planned until he is suddenly knocked from the flight. Now, for the first time on his own, he must make the remaining journey alone. Something no other bird his age has done. Along the way he meets various interesting and comical characters who challenge his ideals and thoughts of family and friendship. Although Sport journeys south alone, he does not go unnoticed or unmissed. After realizing a young bird is missing from the flock, General Torbert sends out his finest search team. Unfortunately for Sport and his family the search team closely resembles the three stooges and is less than desirable!

Title: Pet Project

Logline: A family of pets find their world turned upside down when a genetically perfected 'kitten of the future' is brought into the fold.

Synopsis: Family is a powerful thing. It bonds and holds those in it without question, and within most families, there is a second family. One as precious and delicate as any other. The pets. My name is Jason Melby and I have a new script for an animated feature, "Pet Project". The story is in the tradition of "Toy Story", "Toy Story 2" and "Monsters, Inc." It's about the animals that live in the Talbot home. Life is good among the pets until the status quo is disrupted when Harold Talbot, a brilliant scientist, brings home his latest experiment. A genetically perfected cat, Gene, which he brings home to test around other animals before it is sold to then public. The others decide to teach Gene how to be a real cat, but they end up learning the value of family, no matter who, or what, it is. "Pet Project" is a funny and touching movie that will have a broad appeal for family members of all ages. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely Jason Melby