Tuesday, April 04, 2006

New Show Based On Children's Book Just Like Old Shows Based On Children's Books

BlamZone Animation has announced another 26 episode animated show based on Fred Crimpen's somewhat popular children's book "Rabbits Ahoy!"

After a number of shows produced by Blamzone in the mid nineties failed to catch on with audiences, the company, on the verge of bankruptcy, decided to entertain original pitches.
Blamzone producer Sheryl Tooker elaborates: "There was a scary period where we were bombarded by crazy creatives offering up shows like a child who gets his wishes granted by fairy godparents, and a talking kitchen sponge that lives in a pineapple, of all things! We at BlamZone were relieved when the CEO finally decided to stop experimenting, and retreat into the warm safety of adapting another children's book."

"Rabbits Ahoy" has been a brisk seller amongst gift-giving grandparents, school librarians, and is a regular selection in the "Pediatrician and Dentist Periodical Purchasing Society" catalogue. The series will feature characters who appeared in other Crimpen adaptations. Said Tooker: "With a children's book, we can put it on a table in the boardroom and look at it, and understand it, without having to make a 'leap of faith' with some artsy lunatic."

Ms. Tooker continues: "The past 5 attempts at adapting a children's book ended in failure for our company, and for our shareholders, but the one we did before that made a boatload of money, so there's no reason to think that doing more of the same won't pay off in a big way. If the show is a hit, we can expect to make at least $2,000.00 per episode, with merchandising making up the shortfall. Everyone will want one of our stuffed rabbits. Right now we are in the process of negotiating a deal with "Joe Panklin's Midway Shows" to have the bunnies featured at Ring Tosses and Rubber Duck Fishing games at County Fairs across the midwest."

"Rabbits Ahoy" is the third Crimpen book adapted by BlamZone, after "Puppies Ahoy!" and "Ducks Ahoy!" Rumors have it that Crimpen has negotiated a deal that allows his company and the network to take 95% of any profit. Said Sheryl Tooker: "Mr. Crimpen has been a treasure to work with, even though he demands that every picture of his characters in the show always be his 3/4 front model, making inbetweens impossible- but the impossible is what makes our animators thrive!"

Miss Tooker looks thoughtful. "It turns out that the sponge show we passed on was, yes, Spongebob Squarepants, and yes, it has been very lucrative, but you have to look at the big picture realistically. Risks are "risky" for a reason, and in the long run, it's better to have 5% of a sure thing than 100% of something that may or may not pay off. Right?"