Are kids still learning from cartoons, or is it all violence and bad jokes? Maybe today’s cartoons are aimed more toward adults (like Family Guy and Archer). One man in Las Vegas hopes that’s not true. Phil Fitzlaff has a passion for science fiction, “Being a kid who grew up in the late 70s and 80s, I cut my teeth on shows like Buck Rogers, Battlestar Galactica, He-Man, Star Wars and the original Star Trek.” Now he wants to bring that joy to a younger generation with his new series, Max Adventure, in a style he refers to as Edutainment. “Max Adventure is a combination of great family entertainment and educational properties for a younger crowd. Everything that I loved as a kid makes Max what it is.”
The show takes place in a “pseudo California Star Wars funk” type of future and follows Max, a delivery man who finds himself on a strange planet and caught between two battling species. “He’s more of the Indiana Jones type, fallible and flawed. I feel that it’s important that even the best of us can make mistakes and [the show] allows us to take our central character, our hero, and have him make those mistakes and grow from them in a responsible way.” Max finds company in his female sidekick, Phem, who represents a beacon of gender equality, showing that anything Max can do, she can do equally as well, if not better. For comedic relief, there’s Tugg-Butt, a robot who reels in a younger audience and allows viewers to feel a sense of child-like fun.
Fitzlaff hopes to avoid the corny feel of other educational shows and bring more action and drama. The cartoon will actually feel more like a video game since it will apply motion capture technology from IpiSoft and Brekel ProFace. Also attached to the series are Emmy-nominated composer Richard Band (Masters of Horror) and The Guild’s Vincent Caso.
Topics like anger management, social skills, and others will be covered in the 23 minute episodes. Each season will contain fifteen of them. Fitzlaff is hoping to pull off at least three seasons. To keep updated with him and the making of Max Adventure, you can check out their Facebook page at Facebook.com/maxadventurecartoon.
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