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IT ALL STARTS WITH A COMIC BOOK…

The Series begins in a comic book artist’s studio (in live action), while he is busy working on the story that will be his claim to fame or so he believes.

In his first board, we see our main character Gabriele, as he heads unwillingly to the Natural History Museum where he is being dragged into an internship program by his friend Anna.

Gabriele doesn’t really like animals. In fact, he especially doesn’t like dinosaurs. He does, however, have a passion for drawing and loves making funny sketches of everyone he knows.

Gabriele has drawn Anna (the friend he’s meeting at the Museum), the physics teacher (Professor Teodora Teodori), the principal of the school where Gabriele and Anna go (Professor Drago), and many other characters who will have a part in the story.

The comics continues, illustrating an unsuccessful experiment performed by Professor Teodora Teodori in the school physics lab.

A TIME/SPACE PORTAL

The experiment consisted in opening a time/space portal. Unfortunately, a sudden storm with unexpected lightning creates an unpredictable event, and the Professor is catapulted through time at hypersonic speed, only to end up trapped inside a Parallel Lab.

Stepping through the time/space portal has also turned Teodora Teodori into an animated character.

Another character who was also in the lab during the botched experiment, oddly turned into a Turaco bird (we’ll find out at the end of the Series that it is actually Gabriele’s older brother, with whom he doesn’t get along).

The Turaco bird exits the lab carrying the “wood box” which opens the time/space portal.

As the series evolves, the challenges Professor Teodori goes through (trapped in the Parallel Lab) to convey information to the kids about her location will also be revealed.

To make matters worse, we also discover that Professor Drago has an accomplice who wants to get into Professor Teodori’s lab (the real one) to steal her time/space research.

At the same time, the Turaco bird convinces Anna to use the “wood box” to open the portal and go search for Professor Teodori.

Gabriele will also enter the portal, along with Marco (the paleontologist who is their guide during the Museum tour), Professor Drago and, of course, the Turaco bird.

TRAVELING BETWEEN LIVE ACTION AND CARTOON

Another significant aspect of the Series is the journey our main characters will go on through the various eras, starting from 66 million years ago on the trail of Professor Teodori’s travels at hypersonic speed.

We will discover Professor Drago’s plans to alter the events on the evolutionary timeline to his own advantage.

The Series ends with Professor Teodori being rescued and the disclosure of Professor Drago’s actions.

The story will unfold in a mixed media of comics, live action, and animation.

Genre
Adventure/Edutainment

Format
26×6′

Target
6 to 10 year-olds

Technique
Live Action + 2D Digital Animation

Director
Sergio Manfio

Production status
In production

 

A Gruppo Alcuni, RAI Kids, MUSE, Trentino Film Commission, and Green Ink Animation co-production

 

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