Munja Sunrise

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ADVENTURE COMEDY DRAMA FAMILY FANTASY CHILDREN'S ROMANCE YOUNG ADULT FUNNY

Contemporary

PAULINE GIBB

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Logline

Leroy and the creatures in his habitat get word that the council is planning to reclaim for housing the swamp they have lived in all their lives. With local community support and some careful and clever interference they manage to obstruct all efforts to get the project underway, saving their home

Genre

Adventure,Comedy,Drama,Family,Fantasy,Children's,Romance,Young Adult,Funny

Short Summary

Leroy, a motorbike frog, starts life as a tadpole the rest of the swamp creatures look up to for answers. As he turns into a frog the swamp's reliance on him to make things right, increases especially when the threat of redevelopment looms.


The swamp creatures and members of the community are victorious in having the swamp and surrounds turned into an A class reserve. No thanks to traditional methods. It's the appearance of a new and unique species endemic to this habitat that gains world attention and saves the swamp

Setting

A swamp in small suburb of Perth Western Australia. Could be any swamp anywhere thouigh

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Meaningful Message,Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

Information not completed

Main Character Details

Name: Leroy

Age: 2 frog years

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Aspiring,Adventurous,Charming,Decisive,Engaging,Honorable,Leader,Visionary,Skillful,Masculine

Additional Character Details

Name: Hopper

Age: 2 in frog years

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Clumsy,Crazy,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Naive,Funny,Selfless,Obedient

Additional Character Details

Name: Sharni

Age: 2/3 in frog years

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Aspiring,Adventurous,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Educated,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Romantic,Visionary,Skillful,Selfless,Sexy

Additional Character Details

The author has not yet written this

Development Pitch

The journey into adulthood is not an easy one especially for Leroy and his friends as the grow from tadpoles into mature frogs. They must dodge predators on a daily basis, hunt for food and shelter and contend with the changes of the seasons and what that means for their survival. All these environmental issues however are not the enemy for it is man and his quest for progress and development that proves to be their toughest foe. With the proposed reclaiming of their swamp and it's redevelopment on the council agenda the creatures risk losing the habitat they were born into and as a result find they will have nowhere to go. Under Leroy's leadership the creatures mount campaign of interference to demonstrate to the 'powers that be' the significance of their wetland and it's effect on the local environment. No-one is prepared for what ensures, including the discovery of a new, rare species endemic to that specific environment. All work on redevelopment grinds to a halt as the scientists and environmentalists move in to study the impact on this delicate ecosystem and it's residents. Can one frog and his band of supporters pull off the greatest coupe of the century or will progress finally find a way to break through?

About The Author

Pauline continues to write after leaving her position as an educational administrator three years ago and this is now the third book she has had published. With a love of the outdoors, she busies herself kayaking, bike riding, running, swimming and surfing when she is not writing. Her creative pursuits include painting and making artistic and functional pieces from recycled materials. Pauline is currently the Vice President of the WAAFL—Women’s Masters Committee— and is training with the squad representing Western Australia in the national competition. She enjoys an intimate circle of friends with whom she travels, attends theatre performances and takes time to socialise with either by dining out or at home over a meal and a few quiet drinks. She has undertaken a number of roles in live productions portraying fictional characters through immersive and interactive theatre. Pauline has incorporated into this story many aspects of her life growing up in Maniana, a low socio-economic housing commission suburb that once existed on the outskirts of Perth. She hopes that she can inspire others to move past challenging circumstances and follow their dreams, letting nothing get in the way!

Target Audiences

Age: 7-12,13-17

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Austin Macauley

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

9781528916196/9781568961486

Genre

DRAMA, POLITICS, COMEDY, FANTASY

Brief

Leroy and his friends in his swamp ecosystem navigate and survive growing up as frogs only to have their home threatened by human development. Leroy and his friends band together with the local protestors to stop the housing development and save their habitat. A scientific discovery helps aid their efforts and they are able to save their homeland.

Overall Rating

EXCELLENT

Point of View

THIRD PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: FAIR

Premise: EXCELLENT

Structure: FAIR

Theme: EXCELLENT

Accuracy of Book Profile

Indeed the Book Profile accurately showcases the narrative. The development pitch does have the phrase "Nobody is prepared for what ensures" and this seems more fitting to say "ensues." Otherwise the profile does a great job summarizing the plot and message of the story.

Draw of Story

The army of frogs is comforting both in terms of their genuine friendship growing up and surviving the ecosystem but also as wildlife warriors in their dedication to not give up the fight to protect their swamp.

Possible Drawbacks

There almost seems to be two parts to the story in that half is the frogs growing up and half is the protest and learning how to prevent land development on the swamp. Either chosing which story to focus the message on or combining the narratives more cohesively might maximize the applicable messages to children. At present it has good lessons about growing up and teaches about the swamp animals but the crux is teaching children how to navigate local politics as climate activists. Given that children are curious how they can help a children rather than waiting to be adults to protest, it might be helpful to show how child characters can support climate activism or split the narratives.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that the swamp ecosystem has to band together in order to stop humans from developing their home. It shows the inner beauty of swamp and the necessity that children might not pickup on compared to the more charismatic ecosystems like jungles and the arctic in order to instill climate activism in viewers.

Fanbase Potential

As an animated feature this could have a huge family audience given its clear message, likeable characters and easy to follow plot with key teaching features both about ecosystems and climate activism. It would be entertaining for home environments but also usable in classroom settings and for organizations looking to involve or educate children.

Awards Potential

This might win non-media awards for its environmental message and possibly animation awards given its socially responsible message about civic engagement and how to respectfully debate climate politics.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

HAPPY FEET, OVER THE HEDGE, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, WALL-E, ZOOTOPIA

What’s New About the Story

The originality of the story is its showcase of the swamp ecosystem and how to be active in local politics about climate change. By integrating the coming of age alongside the pacing of the activism the narrative would feel more cohesive rather than like two parts.

Lead Characters

Leroy is brave and a fair leader with a clear uncomplicated vision and a strength as community engagement but boosting moral. Hopper is less serious but loyal and dedicated and an overall good friend and neighbor.

Uniqueness of Story

This has the potential to be an engaging animated story for children with a thoughtful message. With a bit of restructuring this could be very marketable.

Possible Formats

Film - Streaming, Film - Indie, Film - Studio

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

The swamp ecosystem and group of frog friends are excellent conduits to teach larger lessons about growing up, supporting the community and learning how to navigate climate activism in an organized and mobile manner.