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Short Summary

I am a writer and producer of animations and I wrote The Piddletons many years ago due to my frustration of the ever growing dominance of the huge supermarkets - I grew up in a small village which just had the one shop which sold everything you could imagine and The Piddletons is very much my homage to this small village shop which still manages to cling on and survive today.

When I was a child, our local town was where we would go for our weekly shop, there were individual stores for butchers, bakers, grocers and cafes and the weekly shop was a fun day out, but as I grew up I slowly watched all the stores close down after a huge superstore was built just outside the town, selling everything at a lower cost and lower quality than the local stores, but everybody went there out of convenience.

I hope that The Piddletons touches the heart strings of all those out there who like the David and Goliath story of "the small and weak" against "the huge and strong" - written for a family audience in a very similar way to The Simpsons, but with the age old British humour of Fawlty Towers and Monty Python, The Piddletons is a fun, entertaining comedy film for the whole family.

This is a small storyboarded animatic of a sketch from The Piddletons...

As well as this, we have developed several other story ideas like the ones below...

Smelly Cheese

After Lord Finklebottom comes to Piddletons with an order for a large quantity of blue cheese for his wine tasting club, Bert manages to produce a rare blue cheese, which just happens to come from the mouldy cheese thrown out the back of the GigantaMART. Watson sends out his spy Pierre to find out where Bert gets his “Secret cheese” in an aim to lure the Lord and his rich wine tasting friends to the GigantaMART, but when Barb finds out where Bert gets the cheese from, what shall she do?

Love Triangle

Molly has feelings for the new paper boy who is doing the rounds for Bert, and we discover the history of the love triangle that has been going on between Bert, Barb and Watson since primary school, where Molly finds out that Barb and Watson were once boyfriend and girlfriend and the fact she chose Bert over Watson. When Molly finds out the newspaper boy has been playing her, along with several other girls from the village, Bert and Molly come up with a plan to teach him a lesson.

I.T.

Richie Haywire, the local farmer, begins his IT company due to the downturn in demand for his Ostrich egg Farm, which it turns out Bert had recommended was the way to go (and sold him his first Ostrich!?). But after doing a bodge job repair on the supermarkets computer system the whole GigantaMART has to close down. Bert is overjoyed, but things soon turn bad when he realises he cannot cope with the huge influx of customers and Molly has to step in and get the GigantaMART back up and running without her father knowing.

Home or away

Much to the annoyance of Bert, Robbie, Marge’s American nephew comes to stay for a gap year (from which he never leaves) , Bert hatches a plan to try and get him working but things soon go disastrously wrong when Bert assigns Robbie the task of fixing one of his inventions, which soon goes up in smoke, almost setting fire to the entire Piddletons stock room. It isn’t long before Robbie is back to playing his consoles. In the meantime Watson hatches a plan to get the Piddletons store closed down for health and safety reasons following on from the accident and Barbs allegiance is tested.

“Apples and Pears”

Terrence the local cockney supplier comes to town on his regular visit, supplying some of the regular stock to Watson and some of the not so regular stock to Bert who falls for his blagging and advice. Barb is furious when she discovers Bert has ordered 12 palettes of half price Ice-cream in October. Watson is overjoyed when he soon discovers that the ice-cream has a use by date of December, so Bert and Molly have to hatch an ingenious plan to sell the Ice-cream before it goes off, much to the annoyance of Watson.

The Pilot

We have also written a longer pilot episode which introduces the main characters and the love triangle between Barb, Bert and Watson, and the ongoing battle between Watson GigantaMART supermarket and Berts small family run store.

If you back The Piddletons, you get a chance to read through the various ideas and scripts and help us develop this first short film - as you can see we have already developed the characters, style and look of the film and are ready to go into production on the first short film and we hope this will just be the start and we can continue to grow The Piddletons in much the same way that The SImpsons started out!

CREW

Directed by Clark Irving and created and produced by Tony Nottage, The Piddletons is a humorous and fun short movie which we can all relate to and it will hopefully lead to further short movies or possibly a TV series in a similar format to The Simpsons and Family Guy, but with a very British style of humor like Fawlty towers and Monty Python.

Tony Nottage wrote and produced Saving Santa with Martin Freeman and Tim Curry which releases on home video this year...

We will be casting an A-List voice cast and you have the chance to meet with and work alongside them.

What can you do?

You can pledge as little as £1, or for higher pledges check out our rewards, for as little as £2 you will receive a digital copy of the finished movie, for higher rewards you can receive artwork, signed scripts and even get invited to the premier screening in London and come and record with the stars.  Anybody who pledges will be updated regularly and will have a chance to give feedback throughout the production and see how this short film is produced from script to final delivery to festivals and hopefully see it get nominated or possibly even win some awards.

We don't receive any money unless the project is fully funded, but If you can't give a monetary pledge, then please show your support by giving us feedback and sharing our kickstarter project to friends and family - in the words of a similar real life GigantaMART superstore "every little helps"!

SYNOPSIS

This short animated film is an introduction to the world of the Piddletons – a kind of cross between the Simpsons and the British comedy classic, Fawlty Towers. Most of us can relate to the giant superstore swallowing our small towns and villages, where all the small local stores have to close down and leave our high streets empty. Piddletons is the last remaining small store in the town of Pinklepott and it sells pretty much anything that you won’t find in a superstore, from home-brew to stuffed swordfish – things you never knew you wanted and actually, never did.

Our hero is the store’s owner, Bert Piddleton, a tubby, dopey wannabe inventor and entrepreneur who tries to take the most useless items and turn them into something sellable, normally with disastrous consequences.

Bert’s efforts at retail greatness drive his shrewish wife, Barb, mad with disgust and frustration.She is the complete opposite of Bert, she loves things to be neat, tidy and organised, which is something you will never see in The Piddleton’s store.The only character who really holds the family and business together is Bert and Barb’s daughter Molly – a clever, inventive teenager who secretly fights the temptation to “glam up” and dumb down in order to catch the eye of her oblivious best friend, Percy.

Unfortunately the Piddleton’s little shop makes so little money that Barb is forced to take a job at the neighboring GigantaMART superstore which is run by the villain of our piece, Watson.Watson is an egotistical, greedy and smarmy little empire-builder who has creeped and crawled his way up to be manager and now wants the deeds to Bert’s little store.His hatred of Bert runs deep - not just because the Piddleton’s store sits directly between the Superstore and its own car park, but also because he has been in love with Barb since his teens and was devastated when she chose Bert over him.He still believes if he can get Bert out of the picture then he will win over the woman of his dreams.

So the war between Bert and Watson is both personal and professional and neither will stop at anything to beat the other.

Much like The Simpsons’ town of Springfield, the traditional, Middle-England town of Pinklepott has a startling array of eccentric characters such as Lord Finklebottom, 234th heir to the throne, who is often the centre of battles between Bert and Watson as they try and tempt him into their respective stores.Other main players include Terrence the shady dealer who supplies Bert with a range of dodgy products, Pierre the French superstore trolley-wally who also works as a spy for Watson in his mission rid Pinklepott of Bert and his store.

The world of the Piddletons is unending and has great potential to become a series and perhaps a full-length movie, introducing further characters, storylines and locations in the town.With the humour of British classics like Fawlty Towers, Open all hours and Monty Python and the format and target audience of shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy, we hope The Piddletons willbe a short film that everybody of all ages can relate to and enjoy..

Created and produced by Tony Nottage, an award winning animation writer and producer of full length films such as Saving Santa with Martin Freeman and Tim Curry and the up and coming Reds and Grays with David Tennant and Gemma Arterton, The Piddletons will be produced to the highest standards with an acclaimed and award winning cast and crew.

We would love for you to be a part of the production, giving your feedback and input on such things as script and casting as the short is created.Some of the higher rewards for your pledges include original artwork and recording sessions with the stars but everyone who kindly supports us in this project will be in at the start of a hopefully world-beating cartoon series to rival The Simpsons.

Risks and challenges

Due to the fact that the majority of the development work on this production has been complete, the main production itself should be relatively smooth.

Securing a well-known cast within the budget will be the hardest task, but Tony Nottage has very good relationships with all the main agencies and, as this is a short involving just a few lines for each character, we hope that the budget we have will suffice. Obviously, the more we can raise the higher profile actors we can afford to bring on board.

We believe this project has a high chance of success. Tony Nottage is experienced in producing animation productions, from TV adverts for leading brands, through award winning shorts to major feature films which have received theatrical release. His excellent, on-going working relationships with major agencies, studios and distributors are invaluable and will provide a fantastic insight into this exciting industry for everyone involved.

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