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An off-beat, live-action comedy for quirky kids and their families.

Flummox and Friends is an offbeat, live-action comedy designed to help kids navigate the social and emotional world.

With your contribution, we can produce a pilot episode that will help us attract an audience and investment for an entire series.

Get the full story and meet our whole team at www.flummoxandfriends.com

A comedy for the quirky kids

Flummox and Friends features three smart and quirky inventors, Professor Gideon T. Flummox and his assistants, Milo and Wanda. Many of their inventions are designed to help them overcome challenges they encounter when interacting with their friends and neighbors.

Their inventions are well-intentioned, but often impractical or comically non-functional. When their designs fall short, the inventors and their friends come up with easier and more practical ways they—and the viewers—can navigate everyday social challenges and emotional hurdles.

In each half-hour episode, the storyline set in Flummox Labs is interspersed with short musical and animated segments that reinforce the learning goals of the episode.

A different approach for teaching social skills

Anyone who knows a quirky kid knows they're smart and usually have a great sense of humor. We think they deserve a smart show that will help them learn and make them laugh.

Flummox and Friends is more like a contemporary television comedy than a traditional educational program, in part because we want parents to enjoy watching along with their kids.

This isn’t a show about learning how to “be nice” or have “good manners.” It’s not about changing who you are. It’s about using your brain—your strengths—to solve everyday social dilemmas.

Helping kids Tune In, Connect and Have Fun!

Flummox and Friends is designed to support elementary school children who experience social and emotional struggles. They may be already receiving support—inclusion, speech therapy, social skills groups—or simply fit the category of “smart but quirky” without an official diagnosis.

And because most typically-developing children experience some degree of difficulty with social rules and emotional regulation at one time or another, we believe the show has broad appeal.

Flummox and Friends can be used either at home or in an educational setting. Our curriculum (Tune In, Connect, Have Fun!) was developed by practicing professionals in the field of social communication so teachers and therapists can use episodes and supporting materials to complement their classroom activities or therapy sessions.

Why we’re making a pilot

We believe that best way to communicate our vision, showcase our unconventional approach, and to build confidence in potential investors is to create a pilot rather than pitch an idea or circulate a script. We also plan to test and refine our approach by using the pilot with our target audiences.

The pilot will help us generate interest and investment in an entire series that could be distributed through cable TV, streaming media, digital downloads, or DVDs.

We’ve got a finished script and have lined up a cast and crew. After we’ve met our fundraising goal, we’ll use the money—along with the personal investment of the show’s creators—to start pre-production activities with the hopes of completing principal photography in early 2012.

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