The Karate Tortoise Series
Karate Tortoise is a comedic series about an unimpressive tortoise and his Damsel friend who battle a medley of unlikely superheroes for pizza. This live action cartoon will be created through practical sets, prosthetics, puppetry, stop motion animation, and miniature models.
About The Project
Karate Tortoise was born out of this simple question: Why, oh why, of all the eligible creatures on this planet, would you choose a turtle to be a mutant ninja?
Karate Tortoise is our way of revisiting childhood. This began as a way to satirize the shows we loved while growing up– the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Super Mario Brothers, Looney Toons, Batman, Spiderman, and others. But in the process, we’ve created something wholly original and unlike anything out there today– a live action cartoon!
Bringing our crazy cast of human-animal hybrids, aliens, and anthropomorphic reptiles to life is going to necessitate hiring puppeteers, animators, sculptors, and builders.
We’re going to need your help to make our dream a reality!
When extraterrestrial spaceships bring famine to the Big City, famed Italian restaurateur, Fatty Bonati, becomes the only guy with food in town. A young Damsel desperate to feed her lizards, embarks on a quest to feed them Fatty’s delicious pizza before it’s too late. Little does she know that a laundry list of deranged supervillains have been employed to stop her in her tracks. Just when the going gets tough, the freakish chimera known as the Karate Tortoise swoops in to save her life… and take the Italian cuisine for himself!
Before long, the Damsel realizes that Fatty’s not the jolly pizza chef she knows from TV. He’s got his dark heart set on capturing the Karate Tortoise for god knows what, and it’s up to the Damsel to keep her new, dimwitted superhero friend from harm…
Our target audience falls between the ages of 13 and 30, encompassing both Millennials who came of age in the 80s and 90s, as well as today’s middle and high schoolers. The story, aesthetic, and characters of each 8 minute episode will make older viewers nostalgic for their childhood, while also capitalizing on the Snapchat addled attention spans of younger audiences. We see Karate Tortoise eventually having a life on Adult Swim, IFC, or Comedy Central.
It may seem like a lot, but $30,000 is the minimum number we need to complete the Karate Tortoise Series. It will be spent paying all the actors, artists, animators, visual effects supervisors, and production personnel who will make this project a reality. If you’d like to see where your money’s going, we’ve laid it out for you below:
About This Team
Mike Diaz is a writer/director who’s worked all over the world, from Iceland to Australia, Nigeria to Alaska, and everywhere in between. For the last couple of years, he’s produced dramatic docuseries for juggernauts like National Geographic Studios. Recently, though, he’s returned to his narrative roots, writing and directing scripted content that’s at once absurd and darkly comedic and aims to bastardize popular culture from the last thirty years.
Annie Chang is graduate of NYU Tisch, Stella Adler Studio. Recent screen credits include The Jim Gaffigan Show, Shades of Blue (NBC with Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta), Master of None (Netflix with Aziz Ansari), Donny!, House of Cards, and The Carrie Diaries. Theatrical credits include 4,000 Miles (Studio Theatre) and Wild Swans (A.R.T., Young Vic in London).
Ryan Pomeranz is an award winning director and editor living in New York City. His most recent feature, Pennsylvania Holy Ghosts, is currently streaming on Amazon.com and other fine websites. He has literally no bad qualities to speak of.
Billy Hiller works in New York City as an Engineer and Project Manager in the construction industry. He is also an artist working with multiple mediums such as spray paint, pencil, stop motion, clay and recycled materials. Utilizing a vivid imagination and creativity, Billy is able to develop a concept and see a project through completion.