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WHAT IS MEILYNN'S WORLD?

MeiLynn's World is like nothing you've ever seen before in the genre of Mandarin Learning Programs!  

MEILYNN'S WORLD is a highly engaging and unique Mandarin learning program that features great storytelling, appealing characters, fantastic original songs and score, and perhaps most unique of all -- a very cool combination animation+live-action look!  The show features a live-action main character, existing in a fully animated world, and is executed with top-notch production values and entertainment value!

MEILYNN'S WORLD is created by Peilin Chou, who was inspired to create this program in a desire to excite her own children about learning Mandarin!  Peilin has a background as a creative development executive at Walt Disney Feature Animation and Nickelodeon and brings that level of experience, expertise and professionalism to this creation. 

HERE IS A SHORT CLIP FROM THE SHOW:

SHOW OVERVIEW

MEILYNN'S WORLD follows the adventures of MeiLynn, the owner of a Chinese restaurant in New York City Chinatown. What you quickly come to learn is that MeiLynn's restaurant is actually magical. After dark when the restaurant closes, MeiLynn has a whole team of friends that come to life and help her prepare the food for the next day. MeiLynn's best friends are MICRO - a funny, fast-talking dragon, HAYDEN and BAILEY - two daring little teacups - and their doting mother CHA MA MA. Also in the mix is a ninja-like knife named DA DAO, and a mischievous condiment known as JIANG YIO!

MEILYNN'S WORLD will feature original score and original songs by Broadway composer Chris Curtis (CHAPLIN).  The clip below showcases the beginnings of the exciting musical personality and voice he will bring to MeiLynn's World!  

WATCH 'WE CAN MAKE NOODLE SOUP TOGETHER':

THE CURRENT MARKETPLACE

Mandarin learning videos for children currently on the market are often dry, repetitive, and focused exclusively on trying to drill vocabulary. They are usually produced with little to no budget and have no defined characters or even story to latch on to. It feels more like "homework" and is not fun for kids to watch. When kids turn away, no learning takes place!  MEILYNN'S WORLD will attract and engage kids who will be so invested in and entertained by the characters and story, they won't even realize they're learning Mandarin!

THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE SHOW

We know that kids love animation, and it would seem quite simple to create an exclusively animated program to entice them.  However, a crucial research finding in the realm of language acquisition reveals that children learn language not only by hearing it, but by also reading lips.  "In order to imitate you, the baby and young child has to figure out how to shape their lips to make that particular sound they're hearing," explains developmental psychologist David Lewkowicz of Florida Atlantic University, "It's an incredibly complex process."  Based on this, we knew having just animation would not maximize learning when it came to language acquisition.  We made the strategic choice to have a live-action main character in MeiLynn and gave her the role of being the character that really focuses on teaching Mandarin. 

HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF MEILYNN TEACHING MANDARIN:

MEET THE TEAM

CREATOR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Peilin Chou 

Peilin worked for years as a Creative Executive at Walt Disney Feature Animation and the Director or Development at Nickelodeon. Her credits include: MULAN, TOY STORY 2, TARZAN and A BUG'S LIFE.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: John Brancaccio 

John has worked in TV for the past 15 years as an Executive Producer, Producer, Director and Editor for AMC, MTV, NBC, ABC, FOX, Bravo, A&E, ESPN, PBS, and Lionsgate.  John is also Founder of Park Bench Media the creator of iBelieve Media, the company behind Santa Caught on Tape.

CHARACTER DESIGNER: Jing Wei - Jing is a Chinese-born illustrator and printmaker whose innovative and exciting designs have been featured in The New York Times, Boston Globe, The New Yorker, Etsy, Fast Company and Giant Robot. 

COMPOSER: Chris Curtis - Chris Curtis’ musical Chaplin, played on Broadway and was nominated for eight Outer Circle Critics’ Awards including “Best Musical” and “Best Score”. In film, Chris was signed to the Songwriter Development Program at Walt Disney Feature Animation where he wrote songs for the feature film development project “Rapunzel”

CHOREOGRAPHER: Jillian Hervey - Jillian Hervey is a New York City based dancer, singer/song writer and performance artist. After graduating from New School in 2011, she and producer Lucas Goodman formed the band LION BABE who is releasing their first EP December 15th. 

ACTRESS: Shelly Luan

Shelly is the star of the Little Dumplings Preschool Video, and now MeiLynn's World!  Shelly works in NYC as an actress, language teacher, interpreter, freelance artist and face painter!  

VOICE TALENT: Jeffrey Shecter (Voice of Micro) 

Jeffrey is a versatile performer whose Broadway and National Tour credits include: A Chorus Line, The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town, Beauty And The Beast, Guys And Dolls, West Side Story, Ragtime, and The Mambo Kings.

 

VOICE TALENT: Jeff Yang (Voice of Da Dao) 

Jeff is an American writer, journalist, and business/media consultant who writes the "Tao Jones" column for the Wall Street Journal. Previously, he was the "Asian Pop" columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle. Yang is also known for his books which include:  "Once Upon a Time in China: A Guide to the Cinemas of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China", "I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action (with Jackie Chan)", and "Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology." 

VOICE TALENT: Hayden Chou Almeraz and Jasper Lee (Voices of Hayden and Bailey) 

Hayden and Jasper are both graduates of the Little Dumplings Pre-Nursery. The are currently both in 2nd grade and reside in Manhattan, New York.

 

VOICE TALENT: Tony Cheng (Voice of Jiang Yio)

Tony is the CEO and Founder of online travel channel Tripfilms.  He is also quite partial to soy sauce as a condiment!

THE ASK 

Due to some initial seed funding, we've been able to take MeiLynn's World a significantly long way towards reality.  Months ago, we shot Shelly in an empty room against a green screen where she "pretended" to interact with animated characters.  Next, we employed an animation company to create the world of MeiLynn's restaurant and bring the characters within it to life!  Now what we need is your help to finish our project and get it out into the world.  We are raising funds for: completing the animation, completing the post-production -- which includes original score, as well as sound effects and sound mixing -- and the actual production of the completed DVDs.  In exchange for your help, we're offering a whole bunch of cool perks which I hope you'll check out right now!

Please join us on the journey of bringing MeiLynn's World to future-Mandarin speaking children and parents everywhere!!  Thanks so much for your consideration.  

Risks and challenges

Given the professional and highly experienced team we have in place, and the tremendous amount of work we have already completed and achieved on the project, the risks and challenges are actually quite minimal. MeiLynn's World is the second language video to be produced by our company so we have the experience and expertise that it takes to complete the project and bring it to market successfully.

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