The Adventures of Prada Enchilada, Children's Animation Series
The Adventures of Prada Enchilada, Children's Animation Series
African American creator aims to be the first to develop an educational children's animation series to pitch to a major TV network or Video On Demand (VOD) platform. As of 2018, there has never been an educational children's cartoon on Disney, Nickelodeon or PBS Kids created by an African American.
Inclusion StatementThe Adventures of Prada Enchilada is ground breaking, the project aims to be the first children's educational animation series to be created by an African American for a major TV network/VOD platform helping kids identify objects, utilize basic math & more w/ actors of color voicing the lead roles.
About The Project
Derived from a lovable educational interactive children’s book series, meet Prada Enchilada and his best friend, Mimi Tortellini.
Join them on Endless Lane, where every learning adventure is endless, as they embark on various missions helping children identify objects, learn fun facts, and utilize basic math. However, when it seems the job is almost done a little magical owl (Olli) appears to ruin the fun.
The Adventures of Prada Enchilada aims to be the first children's educational cartoon series created by an African American to be on a major TV network or VOD platform which helps kids identify objects, learn fun facts & utilize basic math. In 2018, this particular stature has never been done. However, with your help we can begin to set a path & make some history.
The animation aims to target children ages 3 to 6 that are in daycare or with stay at home moms, dads, grandparents and more.
We have been working hard within the last 2 1/2 years to bring you The Adventures of Prada Enchilada cartoon series. We first launched the series as a full length educational movie in 2016. From there we did focus groups at schools, summer camps, churches and more. The response from the groups were positive, however two things kept circling back around.
"Since it is an educational cartoon instead of making it an hour and such, condense it down to a half an hour or shorter."
Listening to this insight, we chopped the animation down to 28 mins; then re released what you see below.
"Since you are aiming for a younger audience you should make the characters younger and relatable to children."
Taking in this advice, we went back to the drawing board to bring about younger characters. Also bringing in parents for the characters, which is displayed in this clip.
After all the focus groups, tweaking, and re casting we are finally ready to bring The Adventures of Prada Enchilada to the mass audience. We have assembled a great team of actors and crew to take the project to the next level. Once the campaign is successfully completed, we will go into production and post production completing 2 episodes by Winter of 2020. From there we will pitch the project to a major TV network and VOD platform. And by mid 2020 we hope to have The Adventures of Prada Enchilada greenlight on either a major TV network or VOD platform.
PRADA ENCHILADA - 7 year old black male mixed poodle & maltese dog; The boy next store.
Played by Marquiz Moore is a friendly giant (6'4) who enjoys coming up with new voices. He was first inspired to do voices at a young age watching Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes. Marquiz has always been the "tall kid" most of his childhood and many assumed he would play basketball, though his heart was in the arts. Dancing, singing and of course acting was and still are skills he enjoys. That passion is what fueled him to earn a degree in Theatre at Temple University. The teachings helped him refine his voice overs and discover new techniques along the way. The one thing Marquiz can say about voice acting is that it gives him a reason to act silly on a professional level (not that he needs one to be a goof ball).
MIMI TORTELLINI - 7 year old white & gray siamese cat; Rambunctious and full of energy.
Played by Marion N. Toro is professional voice actress of 5+ years and is the voice of “Mimi Toretellini”. Living the dream as a full-time voice actress, she is a native of New Jersey and currently resides in Xiamen, China. Recording from her personal home studio, she specializes in voice overs for animations, video games, and teen novel narrations. She provides a variety of voices ranging from young children to the elderly, and alien/monster like sounds. She whole-heartedly believes that inclusion of POC in the world of voice over, is important. Aside from her work with ADC Kid, she has also worked on the visual novel “Emergency! Monster Team” by Toro Comics, as “Nadel Pierce” and “Terra Cotta”, along with the versus game “Way of the Sinner” by Matteo Tallevi, as the main player “Kyra”. You can listen to her work at www.mariontoro.com or youtube.com/mariontoro.
OLLI THE WIZARD OWL - 8 year old colorful owl; Magical and mischievous.
Played by Christina Nicholls was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Christina relocated to Southern California to further her career. Initially focused on live-action films, she has set her sights on voice-over projects in animated films, video games, audio-books, and cartoon series. She is best known for her voice-over work on Suspense radio, in KOTOR Star Wars animated films, and the upcoming video game franchise, Atrocity: Field of Hands by Cold Furnace Studios.
Why is this project and campaign important you ask? In the world of people seeking diversity and inclusion we still fall short in alot of fields, animation being one. In 2018, there has not been a children's educational animation series created by an African American to grace any major TV network (Disney, Nickelodeon, PBS Kids and more) or VOD platform (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and more). Beyond an African American creator, there has not been a children's educational animation series where African Americans serve as the lead voice over actors on a major TV network or VOD platform. We would like to change that dynamic and began to bring about that diversity and inclusion in which we are asking for in a field that still seems to fall short, animation.
* Little Bill teaches children about family, bullying and more, not about identifying objects, fun facts and basic math.
Representation Matters!! Inclusion Matters!!
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About This Team
Davon Clark - Creator/Director/Writer
has 17+ years of experience and training in the educational and entertainment field; Obtaining (2) NAACP Image Awards for his work on TV One's critically acclaimed docu series UnSung, receiving an Commendation from the City of Camden, awarded a Wells Fargo & Wawa Foundation Reading Hero Award, 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Medal Award, 2018 Black Enterprise Be 100 Modern Man and more.
Maya Gwynn - Writer
is a Los Angles based Actress, writer, and improviser who is very excited about the future of this project. In addition to pursuing her career, she works for the non profit Zip Zap Zop as an improv/ creative writing teacher to children ages 3-16. Since Maya was a little girl she has had a passion for creative writing. Her goal with this project, and all of her other future projects is to bring people of all backgrounds together through the art of storytelling.
Nijah Kelly - Writer
was born in Camden, New Jersey. She is a wife and mother. Her passion for writing began over 3 years ago. She has written a couple short films and an independent series. Her goal as a writer is to tell stories people can relate to and inspire future writers to follow their dream.