Submission Samples from the Animation Genre

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: MIMIC

Logline: A chance meeting brings MIMIC, the planets most lethal predator, face to face with prehistoric MAN. Just before the Ice Age,two intelligent species unite to become the most formidable nation on earth.

Synopsis: MAN & MIMIC save each others lives and become life long friends. They unite their tribes to preserve their beutiful prehistoric environment and to protect themselves against man eating dinosaurs. Mimics are amphibious creatures with incredible morphing powers, whose sole purpose is to protect the oceans. MIMIC teaches Man about caring for his own environment while Man amazes MIMIC with his ingenuity and will to survive. No other union between two species seems so complete until Mans eldest son KOR, plots to take his fathers chiefly title. The ugliness of mankinds thirst for power is demonstarated through Kors cruelty to his own kind and the Mimics. Worse still, the Ice Age has arrived and both tribe's leaders must make some extremely difficult decisions in order to survive. Skip to the present day and GORBAS, MIMICS youngest son has been woken from a very long hibernation. Can the last surviving Mimic finish the work that his father began with mankind - To protect the environment?

Title: The Hairy Hunchback Monster

Logline: A young hairy Hunchback Monster, loses his roar after witnessing his mother, being kidnapped by CLEAN SWEEPERS androids that evict Monsters from their homes so that the OTHER KIND (humans) can move in

Synopsis: A young Monster, loses his roar after witnessing his mother GRACE, being kidnapped by CLEAN SWEEPERS androids that evict Monsters from their home in the forests of Monster Oak; so that the OTHER KIND (humans) can move in. Embarrassed and feeling ostracised by his father Nroar is desperate to prove his worth and embarks on a journey to rescue his mother and reclaim his roar. Nroar is spotted and captured by the Clean Sweepers and brought before MOTSO-MOTSO, a gross-looking creature. Desperate to stay alive, Nroar denies any allegiance to his tribe on account that he does not have a roar and therefore could not possibly be a monster. Seeing the irony in Nroar's predicament Motso-Motso, orders Nroar to become a Clean Sweeper. Nroar bonds with a ONE EARED SWEEPER, and is told where to find his Ma, and consequently learns the Clean Sweepers are to claim his home in Monster Oak. Facing the colonisation and possible physical danger of his family Nroar, asserts he must warn his tribe.

Title: Down at the Crossroads Cafe

Logline: What if there was a venue where many great Blues, rock, R & B, and soul singers, and musicians, most of whom are no longer with us, could once again perform their greatest songs?

Synopsis: The film opens with a close-up of an old-style juke box as the tone arm lowers onto a record. We hear Robert Johnson singing "Come On In My Kitchen". The scene then fades to him strumming and singing at the legendary Crossroads depicted here as two rural roads. He is approached by a young couple who ask him for directions to "A place that's near here". After he directs them they quickly arrive at this great roadhouse with the sound of music getting louder as they approach. The rest of the movie will take place inside this venue where one great singer after another will perform, presented as realistic CGI avatars of themselves. Some of them are Jackie Wilson, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, and Ike & Tina Turner. The atmosphere is casual. All of the songs will be original versions. There is dialog between songs involving people in the audience many of whom are also famous singers.

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

Title: Wings

Logline: Two twin planes, Samson and Sasha, come of age when they combine their amazing aerobatic skills and a growing sense of responsibility to rescue their valley from the impending 100-year-storm.

Synopsis: Samson and Sasha are just toddler planes when they see their father crash while trying to perform a near-impossible stunt called the Yuri. Flash forward a dozen years and the twins are living in pristine Magic Mountain Valley. Samson dreams of performing the Yuri - and after he is tricked into thinking his girlfriend has found another plane, he runs away to join the air show. While Samson is vying to become the air show's headliner, the 100-year-storm is brewing over the valley. Sasha forms a rescue party that includes Wild Horse, Samson's best friend, who falls and breaks his leg. When the storm is at its worst, the whole valley rallies around Sasha, and they rush to save their valley. Samson is seconds from performing the Yuri when he hears Sasha's emergency call. He leaves the air show with an amazing squadron of planes to save the valley from disaster. Everyone has been saved except for Samson's best friend, and he and Sasha will have to perform the Yuri in order to save him.

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: the world above

Logline: survivors of a world war come together to protect the earth from dreadful monsters called krisans.

Synopsis: yoshito, minori, koji, yagi, & taku works for ufk, a secret government organization, fighting krisans. the krisans begin to move against the government with kaeda as their leader, yoshito's lost foster brother.

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 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.