Pearl and the Pumpkin

Daniel Freedman

Book Cover

GENRE

CHILDREN'S YOUNG ADULT FOLKTALE ROMANCE FAMILY ACTION OTHER

    Core Theme

    ADVENTURE

    TIME PERIOD

    20th Century (multiple decades)

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

    CHARACTER LIST

    JOE MILLER: BRAVE, ADVENTUROUS

    PEARL PRINGLE: SWEET, BEAUTIFUL, LOVE INTEREST FOR JOE

    CORN DODGER: SPRITE, MISCHIEVOUS

    CAPTAIN JINKS: HELPFUL, CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP

    ANCIENT MARINER: MYSTERIOUS

    CAPTAIN BING: SALTY PIRATE CAPTAIN

    MOTHER CAREY: LOVING, MAGICAL

    Logline

    Pearl and the Pumpkin is a magical journey that Pearl Pringle and Joe Miller take on Halloween night! Joe is kidnapped by a bunch of salty Pirates, and Pearl joins Captain Jinks on his ship the Boulderdash where she is taken to the bottom of the Ocean and the realm of the Sea Fairies.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 13-17,7-12,6 and under

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Littletown USA, Atlantic Ocean, Denslow Island Bermuda.

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: with a Publisher

    Publisher: G. W. Dillingham Co. New York

    Year Published: 1904 (My musical is copyrighted 1996 and varies greatly from the original story)

    Starting Description

    Joe Miller is tired of Littletown, which just gives him the blues. Enter his friend Pearl Pringle to cheer him up. They get ready for the annual Halloween party when Joe is kidnapped by the Ancient Mariner. They are captured by a bunch of salty Pirates and Joe is turned into a pumpkin!

    Ending Description

    All ends well when the ships reach King Denslow's island. Joe and Pearl are reunited and he realizes that he truly loves her. As the final song "When Dreams come True" plays "When dreams come true, they do if you believe that I love you!"

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    Information not completed

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Happy Ending,Twist,Philosophical Questions,Coming of Age

    Plot - Premise

    Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest,Voyage and Return

    Main Character Details

    Name: Joe Miller

    Age: 15

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Heroic,Naive,Funny,Romantic,Engaging,Charming

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Pearl Pringle

    Age: 15

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Charming,Adventurous,Confident,Decisive,Faithful,Naive,Funny,Honorable

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Captain Jinks

    Age: 50

    Gender: Male

    Role: mentor

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Clumsy,Crazy,Educated,Funny,Sarcastic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Captain Bing

    Age: 45

    Gender: Male

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Crazy,Confident,Greedy,Villainous,Power Hungry,Blunt,Unapologetic,Leader

    Development Pitch

    "Pearl and the Pumpkin" has the potential to be one of the biggest Block Buster films ever made! Just think of the "The Wizard of Oz" another creation of L.Frank Baum and W. W. Denslow. Their ideas are incorporated into "Pearl and the Pumpkin" from the earlier book "The Pearl and the Pumpkin" written by W.W. Denslow and Paul West and produced on Broadway. My show uses their ideas but in an updated form with all new music. The show creates an absolutely fantastic opportunity for the right choreographer and costume designer! What could be better than a show about Halloween? The potential for spin offs and merchandising is huge, as this will be an evergreen film seen every year. There are eighteen great songs, one of which, "It's Halloween Tonight" has been a favorite all over the globe. Fantastic, incredible, even an underwater school of fish ballet! A feast for the eyes and ears. Now we just need you!

    Genre

    COMEDY, FANTASY, DRAMA

    Brief

    Joe is turned into a pumpkin on Halloween night and kidnapped by the Ancient Mariner and his pirates. His friend, Pearl, goes in search of him with the help of Captain Jinks and his ship the Boulderdash.

    Overall Rating

    GOOD

    Point of View

    FIRST PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: GOOD

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: GOOD

    Franchise Potential: GOOD

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: GOOD

    Structure: GOOD

    Theme: GOOD

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    The book profile is an accurate reflection of the book.

    Draw of Story

    The fantasy elements of the children's story draws the reader in.

    Possible Drawbacks

    It's hard to get through the songs in a narrative format. That will be remedied in a musical adaptation of the story.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    The fact that the story takes place on Halloween is good hook for an audience.

    Fanbase Potential

    Children's stories are usually popular. This could make relatively successful children's programing for a large audience.

    Awards Potential

    This is most likely not an Awards contender since it is relative small in scope.

    Envisioned Budget

    MEDIUM BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

    What’s New About the Story

    This is pretty original story and adapting it into a musical version makes it unique.

    Lead Characters

    Jack and Pearl are good wholesome kids that are relatable to audiences.

    Uniqueness of Story

    Though this is a musical, more attention to narrative story could make it more impactful.

    Possible Formats

    Film - Studio, Film - Indie, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series

    Analyst Recommendation

    CONSIDER

    Justification

    The story is universal and has appeal for a broad audience.

    Brief

    On Halloween night, two friends take a magical journey complete with pirates and an underwater sea palace.

    What We Liked

    The family friendly aspect of the story is appealing. There is a lot of magic and songs that could make this fun for kids. Pirates, pumpkins and sea fairies all add to the charm.

    Film: A feature adaptation would be a good option for this story. Be it animated or live action, it has sweeping potential to bring to life the adventures of the characters on a big screen.

    TV: A series could be built upon the magical journeys taken by Pearl and Joe as they traverse the sea and other fantastical lands.

    Key points: Lovely premise; Family friendly; Magical elements; Broad appeal; Connection to popular story

    Synopsis

    Sixteen year old Joe Miller wants to win a pumpkin contest at the at annual Halloween party at a local farm. He worries that his pumpkin isn’t big enough to win. He is soon joined by his friend Pearl. They are both wishing for excitement when they are scared by Corn Dodger, a sprite in the form of a giant ear of corn. He thinks that the kids should have an adventure. With the help of a crow, Corn Dodger decides to leave some pumpkin growth hormone on the ground by Joe’s pumpkin. Joe finds some chemicals and the manual left behind by Corn Dodger and he tests everything out.

    Ike Cannem, the vegetable canner, and John Doe, the baker, are attending the Halloween party and chatting. Pearl looks around for Joe who is nowhere to be found. The farmer is just about to give the prize to someone with the largest pumpkin when Joe bursts in with the largest pumpkin anyone has ever seen. Joe wins the prize and Ike takes a great interest in the formula Joe used to get such a big pumpkin. When the guests bob for apples during a party that evening, the Ancient Mariner magically materializes from the tub of apples. He pulls Joe into a barrel and they are gone. The Mariner forces Joe to drink the pumpkin growing formula and he turns into a pumpkin. He takes Joe to a pirate ship where he is met by Blackbeard and Captain Bing, the captain of the pirate ship. They bring Pumpkin Joe onto the ship and hire him as their cook to make pumpkin pies.

    Meanwhile, Pearl is forlorn after Joe’s disappearance. A visit from Mother Carey, a sea fairy queen, gives her hope that she can find Joe again. She gives Pearl a shell she can use to summon her when needed. Mother Carey tells Pearl to go to the stream at midnight. She does and is followed by Ike and John. The Ancient Mariner appears and helps her get to the Boulderdash, a fast ship that can up to Joe. She boards the ship bound for Denslow Island and meets Captain Jinks. Ike, John and Corn Dodger are secretly board the ship as well. Corn Dodger manages to elude canning by running away from Ike and John.

    Joe helps the whale who needs a tail and betrays his pirate oath. He is forced to walk the plank. When Captain Jinks and Pearl arrive at pirate ship to rescue Joe, they are told that he is in Davey Jones’ Locker. The Ancient Mariner goes in search of Joe and Pearl is swept overboard. Pearl awakes in Mother Carey’s sea palace where she can breathe underwater from fairy magic. She is surrounded by magical sea creatures. With their help, Joe and Pearl are reunited and they go to visit King Denslow, who has power from the land of Oz, in hopes of getting him changed back into a boy. Denslow changes him back into a boy. They ride off towards home on the back of the whale.

    About The Author

    Daniel Freedman is a graduate of Boston University film school and has written several musicals and a book of poetry. His musical "Pearl and the Pumpkin" was performed at Red Rocks Theater in Colorado and The Dramatist Guild in NYC. He also wrote "Toby the Incredible Learned Pig" which was a finalist in the Wonderland One Act Festival in NYC at Theater Works and performed there. He wrote music for the film "Passion" and worked with Tom Petty on his song "Jessie James". Dan is a member of The Dramatists Guild, The New England Poetry Society and ASCAP as a writer and producer.