The Biggest Bear; Emilia, Anzi, the Bear, and the Dream

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20th Century (multiple decades),2000s

Paul Jay

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A teenage girl, her grandfather, an ancient myth, a plan to dominate the lives of an entire village, and a dream that can change everything.


Adventure, Family,,Family,Action,Fantasy

Short Summary

Emilia is in the happy place of her garden. Her walk to school reveals her world. Papa gets a call informing him that a generations-old contract has come due and Emilia's garden is destroyed. An ensuing journey with her grandfather reveals deception, controlling forces, and ultimately, the truth.

At a party comes word of destruction. Emilia is the reluctant moderator of truth, lies, and mythology. Leading the showdown between villagers and the evil corporate conglomerate, Emilia embodies her grandfather’s advice to "Be The Bear" of her dreams, leading to a satisfying David vs Goliath climax.


small, rural village, anywhere in the world

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

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

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Happy Ending, Meaningful Message,,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Emilia

Age: 14

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous, Aspiring, Confident, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Heroic, Perseverance,Complex,Underdog,Aspiring,Selfless,Heroic,Empathetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Anzi

Age: 80+

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Gracious, Honorable, Leader, Modest, Strong Moral Code, Adventurous, Complex, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities,Adventurous,Charming,Confident,Modest,Secretive,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Miguel

Age: 14

Gender: Male

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Clumsy, Empathetic, Honorable, Romantic, Insecure,Modest,Funny,Insecure,Faithful

Additional Character Details

Name: Corporate Conglomerate

Age: 50

Gender: Other

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Confident, Masculine, Outspoken, Power-hungry, Aggressive,Masculine,Aggressive,Confident,Greedy,Unapologetic,Manipulative,Secretive,Power Hungry,Villainous,Criminal,Complex,Desperate

Development Pitch

Emilia is a shy teenager who faces a breaking point and stands up to school bullies by redirecting their energy. She uses the same tactic to defeat the antagonist, a corporate conglomerate secretly trying to take over the village. Elements of scenic fantasy, dreamscape, transformational magic, and flash-backs in time make this story well-suited to animation. Themes embraced include personal empowerment, embracing the feminine, oppression, bullies, coming of age, respect for the past, age and youth in collaboration, and reverence for nature. In a divisive world, this message of hope offers understanding of how to navigate and regard what we don’t understand. The story accepts dreams as a teaching element in life, providing the ultimate motivating force to overcome the antagonist that has bullied the village for decades. Anzi mentors Emilia in the old ways and together they re-discover their dramatic and secretive history. There are complicated family relationships and history, a mystical, enigmatic grandfather figure who contrasts with impetuous and passionate youth, a teenage crush, a father’s desire to succeed, a plot to destroy the community’s way of life for the sake of profit, and the path to stepping into one’s power with the guidance of a mentor and a recurring dream. This middle grade reader contains themes and adventures meaty enough to be enjoyed by the whole family. At the end of the movie, you will know that you too, can Be the Bear!

About The Author

I try to offer a more grounded view of a very tangled world, something based on what we all feel deeply, rather than what we react to superficially. I think we all strive for some ultimate, authentic connection to each other, and we can share that through our work, music, art, writing, or any creative force that makes us feel truly alive inside. I was that kid in high school who always had a notepad, a pen, and an ink stain in his back pocket. Glasses, bit of a lisp, you know the type. I didn’t talk much, but I had a lot to say! I noticed everything and took notes. Any and all randomness was entered in ink and I’m still amazed at how a single word can turn into a gusher leaking out of my pen. There’s story material everywhere! Today, I’m grateful to live off the grid surrounded by nature, where various bits of news, observations, musings, insights, and dreams sometimes coalesce into a story. My writing focuses on the parts of human nature that explore how we come into our true selves with all the tension, fear, passion, and insecurity we all feel. Our best is borne of personal struggle, either internal or external, mixed with the true desire to create something that we can give back for all to benefit from.

Target Audiences

Age: 7-12,13-17

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: self-published

Year Published: 2021

Hard Copy Available