The Runaway Dandelion; Adventures in SustainAbility
ACTION CHILDREN'S FAMILY ADVENTURE FABLE ADVENTURE FAMILY FANTASY CHILDREN'S
A lonely little dandelion, displaced from her idyllic meadow by a clear cutting bulldozer, finds her way to a sustainable family farm where she puts down new roots. We encounter from her vantage point what daily life is like for the human and animal inhabitants of a working organic homestead.
Action, Children's, Family, Adventure, Fable,Adventure,Family,Fantasy,Children's
A once idyllic meadow, home to animals, birds, insects, ancient apple trees and wildflowers is clear cut by a loud, smelly, bulldozer, to make way for new construction. Miraculously, one lonely little dandelion survives. When her golden petals turn to white fluff she goes in search of a new home.
Our heroine flourishes, and is soon joined by many other dandelions in her new environment. By contributing their edible flowers and leaves to the farm family's daily menus (as well as medicinal needs) they help to ensure a promising and bright sustainable future for Planet Earth.
1) A beautiful meadow buzzing with bees, twittering birds, scampering animals, and lots of wildflowers and ancient apple trees. 2) A small sustainable family farm/homestead.
Based on a True Story
Plot - Premise
Plot - Other Elements
Meaningful Message,Happy Ending,Twist
Mature Audience Themes
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Main Character Details
Name: The Lonely Little Dandelion
Key Traits: Adventurous, Charming, Heroic, Aspiring, Beautiful, Confident, Decisive, Engaging, Perseverance,Aspiring,Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Visionary,Complex,Heroic
Additional Character Details
Key Traits: Engaging, Aspiring, Perseverance, Skillful, Charming, Confident, Educated,Skillful,Educated,Leader
Additional Character Details
Key Traits: Leader, Masculine, Skillful, Confident, Decisive, Educated, Engaging, Aspiring, Charming,Aspiring,Masculine,Confident,Decisive,Skillful,Flexible,Visionary,Educated
Additional Character Details
Name: 2 boys
Key Traits: Perseverance, Skillful, Adventurous, Charming, Confident, Decisive, Educated,Confident,Decisive,Skillful,Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Obedient,Engaging,Flexible,Educated
An animated color film short with a narrator (7-12 minutes long) that is fun, adventurous, engaging and informative. A quality educational teaching "tool" appropriate for grades 1-5.
A dandelion becomes lonely after her fellow animal and plant friends are driven away by encroaching humans who build houses. The dandelion flies away in search of a new home and finds one in the form of a family that operates a sustainable organic farm. The dandelion revels in the positive environmental impact the family has on Earth. Eventually, a garden the family plants produces more dandelions ensuring the protagonist won't be lonely again in its new home.
Authors Writing Style: FAIR
Franchise Potential: FAIR
Accuracy of Book Profile
The book profile accurately reflects the book.
Draw of Story
The illustrations for the story had an interesting combination of minimalist design with vibrant colors.
The story's message feels a bit ham-fisted at times. The protagonist, fairly quickly, just feels like a megaphone for the author to preach about sustainable living rather than a fully fleshed-out character with an emotional arc. This can be avoided by setting up the dandelion character with a tangible want/desire that they actively pursue throughout the story. The author can use the obstacles and other characters the protagonist encounters to communicate the themes of the story. As written, the protagonist basically just sees a new home that seems nice and settles down, effectively ending the story as soon as it moves and leaving the majority of the story as an extended "resolution" detailing why the dandelion's new home is better than the last.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The hook is showing the harm and the good humans can do to the environment from the P.O.V. of a dandelion.
I don't see this having a large fanbase due to this story not being very adaptable to the tv/film medium. This story could just as easily be an informative pamphlet on sustainable living due to the lack of an arc for the protagonist and no real conflict in the story. The majority of the story is detailing how the family the dandelion encounters practices sustainable living.
The only way I can see this story garnering awards/acclaim is through a reworking of the concept. The dandelion should experience a journey to finding a new home, complete with obstacles, fleshed out-characters that help/derail it on the way, and having a resonant message that is universal or allows for discussion about the themes the author is trying to convey like the benefits of sustainable living.
Similar Films/TV Series
FILMS SUCH AS "WATERSHIP DOWN", "THE LORAX", "CHICKEN RUN", "BAMBI", AND "FINDING NEMO" ARE SIMILAR TO THIS STORY AS THEY FEATURE AN ANTHROPOMORPHIC PROTAGONIST AND ENVIRONMENTAL THEMES.
What’s New About the Story
The story is unique in having its main theme convey the benefits and importance of sustainable living. Also, using a plant as a protagonist is not often seen in film/tv. The goal/journey of the protagonist could be more unique. Perhaps, the dandelion becomes deeply impacted by the destruction of its home and becomes a paranoid crusader, seeking to warn other plant life to leave their homes before humans encroach upon it. However, upon meeting a group of plants living on a sustainable farm, learns of the positive impact humans can have on the environment. This is just an "off-the-top" idea that allows for more characterization and a stronger arc for the protagonist to follow.
The fact that the main character is a dandelion, stands out because plants aren't usually the protagonists in stories featuring anthropomorphism.
Uniqueness of Story
I believe tweaking the story to have memorable characters and a clear goal/conflict can make it stand out as a fun story with an important environmental message. However, as currently written the story does not fully stand out.
Film - Indie, Film - Studio
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