The story so far: I have a project called "Fly Guy." It's a super hero story, but with a twist. So far, it seems to be a bad thing to everyone I've talked to, that the concept of the story can't be communicated in 30 words or less.
Jab has been helping me for over a year, giving him a project on which to perfect his questionable skillz. :p Feeling like he was working a lot harder on my project than even I was, and knowing he has his own projects he'd like to pursue, I put us both in Animation Magazine.
They liked his better.
So I ask myself, "Why?" Is it the simplicity of the concept? It is the over-saturation of superheroes while wizards have really been limited to Harry Potter and LOTR? Is it because people like likeable bad guys like Invader Zim? Or is it just because my story is too complex to sell to "kids?"
It has been frustrating to have what I think is this cool idea, and watch from the sidelines as I see bits and pieces of it show up in everything from "Sky High" to "Superman Returns" to "My Super Ex-Girlfriend." I must be onto something, if I'm coming up with ideas separately that other people are also coming up with and paying to put it on film.
Right now, it looks like Christoph and I are an unofficial team. We've got two properties between us, and one of them has been well received.
Where do we go from here?
Do we: work the "Malfaryus" project, with Christoph now focusing on creating materials while I stay here in California and "pimp" it? And if we ever do find success, make "Fly Guy" the project we drag out when they ask us, "What else ya got?"
What do we need to DO to Malfaryus? Make :30 of rough animation? Complete a script for a 12-minute episode? Build a pitch book?
To help you understand where we're coming from, here's a little about both stories:
Malfaryus is a school for villains. What's the point of being a goody-goody wizard if you don't have a bad guy to take out? Well in someone's infinite "wiz"dom, they came up with the idea of a school for training villains for the heroes to fight. The problem with that is, most of the heroes are, in reality, inept. The villains spend most of their time fixing (most of the time, unintentionally) the screw-ups of the heroes. Malfaryus is run by the goody-goodiest wizard ever, who is the perfect foil for the villainous kids.
One story Christoph came up with featured the three kids from Malfaryus being caught doing a bad deed, and getting punished by being sentenced to community service - in an old-villains home. A number of famous villains would be pariodied, including my favorite, Emperor Palpatine. I saw this gag of the kids cleaning up after lunch. Palpy's got a corn dog on his tray. He bends his head down and says, "You... want... this..."
Sounds fun, huh?
Fly Guy is about a boy convinced it's his destiny to be a super hero like the heroes he's read about since he was a child. But when the moment comes, he messes up and the girl next to him in his science class gets the powers that were meant for him. He freaks out because he didn't get the powers and she freaks out because she DID. He's not quite ready to give up on his destiny, so he dresses up as a superhero and hopes he can convince the girl to provide him a little "muscle."
In the grand scheme of things, the boy is really the mentor and the girl is the hero, they don't particularly like each other, and the only thing they have in common is the powers. But when bad things happen, they're forced to put it all aside and work together to save the day.
Not to derail this, but I've always hated Scooby Doo. The mysteries were lame, the animation was lame, the jokes were lame. At seven years old, I'd rather watch Rocky and Bullwinkle. The thing I really didn't like was the music. I liked the IDEA of having music. Other cartoons didn't. They'd put a song in each episode while the bad guys were chasing Shag and Scoob, and it was always the most horrible song I'd ever heard... until the next week's. Disney had all this great music in their movies, and even music from stuff like "The Bugaloos" wasn't as bad as that Scooby Doo stuff.
I decided I wanted my cartoon to play like a movie or a weekly anime, but I wanted it to have music - GOOD music. I wanted "Grease" with super heroes. Or "The Incredibles" with "Kiss The Girl." My twist with the kids working as a team to be ONE superhero, and a QUALITY song in every episode, makes mine different.
Now can you understand why I struggled so hard with what to write for the Animation Magazine Pitch Party entry? I read that "Sturgeon Surgeon" was one of the most popular because they thought it would succeed as an adult-minded cartoon..... how did they get THAT from that ad? I didn't. Did that creator have an opportunity to provide more details about his project than I did?
Anyway.... Malfaryus was a hit in the contest. Fly Guy got no comment, but looked like nothing more than any other super hero thing.
Where do we go from here?