Genre: Rescue adventures | 3D animated series | 26 x 11 minute episodes | Age 6 – 8
There are many good reasons why children sometimes feel ready to give up. It’s the Little Wingsters’ job to remind them that they can always choose their reaction to any event. They are never alone.
The main reason for producing this story is to personify children’s own inner strengths; to let them pause and imagine the angels… In that moment when they ‘hand it over’, their minds can come up with a solution in a more relaxed state.
Their home, Winghaven
Inga, the Maker
Punki the Creative
The cocoon from where Coco hatches
Xuki, the mathematician and scientist
Xuki's winged steed
Coco, who begins the story by hatching out of the cocoon
Little Wingsters is a courier company on the tiny planet Winghaven, from where the all-knowing Moya sends four angels to help children everywhere, but …when they mess up, who will un-mess the messengers?
Little Wingsters: putting the ‘mess’ into ‘messengers’!
Project summary: Moya dwells inside the tiny planet Winghaven, a swarm of lights listening via the planet’s earphones to the yearnings of children everywhere, through the roots of the Slynaps Tree growing through the centre. Then the postbox spews instructions via telex which Ignatius the sheep tries to munch before the Little Wingsters arrive. The screen under the slot shows footage of different situations encountered by two siblings and their friends, the human protagonists of each episode.
The feathers on the tree catch star-seeds, forming cocoons to hatch new angels, like Coco. When she hatches, the others introduce her to Moya and she learns that Little Wingsters can create anything, enlarge and reduce objects, appear anywhere and must wear their satchels and wings ‘to work’. If they find odd items lying around apparently abandoned by the children they serve, they may ‘tidy up’ and take these things for their own purposes. Here some misunderstandings can occur...
Winghaven, the singing planet
But, as you’ll hear in their song: ‘Sometimes we may get it wrong, but our Moya makes us strong!’
I first heard‘Sounding Ground’ by Stuart Zedeka, live at an exhibition by Katherine Glenday. Two musicians (Christina and Richard Goodall), performed with stones, shells and various other objects from nature. Stuart then mixed these with music he supplied. I hope to collaborate with him to supply the track for Moya/Winghaven’s music which will probably include many more everyday sounds. Another inspiration is the work of Felix Laband who also incorporates everyday sounds, like a bath draining, bits of conversation etc.
Click here for the ‘Song of Wings’ which plays out each episode and can be used as the base for general theme music or as part of Moya’s mashups. Note – I am not a professional musician. So I’ve done this in ScoreCloud, which is like a speech-to-text app, only for music. What a time to be alive.
So if it’s not perfect, please keep in mind that this is the equivalent of a rough sketch one hands to an illustrator. The experts will fix!