THE MACARONI MUSEUM OF ART!
A CHICKEN NUGGET GOLD RUSH!
RAINBOW MONKEYS IN SPACE!
And we definitely met some fun new characters:
NICK AND CHIP!
ROBIN FOOD AND HIS HUNGRY MEN!
So how about I tell you some anecdotes about these episodes?
Operation: POOL - There were a bunch of cliche episode ideas I swore on The Book of KND I would never, ever, ever (forever ever?) do. Like an evil twin episode. Yet here's the evil twin episode. And it turned out to be a HUGE fan favorite... so goes to show you what I know.
Operation: NUGGET - Mr. Willems spent an unfair and inordinate amount of time throwing story ideas at me... and then throwing bricks when I said no to most of them. But when he came storming into my office and said, 'Chicken nuggets are gold nuggets' I screamed like a little girl. A pitch perfect KND premise that practically wrote itself.
BONUS: In case you were wondering what Lizzie's nugget song sounded like in Spanish--- WISH GRANTED!
Operation: CAKED FOUR - This is another of those episodes that just WORKED from start to finish. The idea that a technological genius like Numbuh Two refuses to use technology in the race, even though it's perfectly legal, made for a great story. I still chuckle at the idea of 'Farfigtoobin'.
Operation: SITTER -- I still love this line:
Cree (taking a taste): What kind of fondue is this?
Numbuh Two (purring): Well, I couldn't decide between cheese or chocolate. So I went with hamburger, taffy and orange soda.
Cree: (spit take)
Operation: MAURICE - This episode was partly intended as a good-bye to Mr. Willems (Mo being short for Maurice), who's first picture books came out blazing and allowed him the perfect escape from my tyrannical clutches. The idea of a great KND operative willingly being decommissioned and moving on to the next phase of his life seemed dead on with the achey-breaky loss of our 4 season head writer!
Operation: SATURN -- One of the handful of episodes to use computer animation up to this point-- the others being the Numbuh One sequence in REPORT and the opening of ARCHIVE. But this was the first one to composite our 2-D animation with 3-D elements. I was afraid of asking our overseas studio, Rough Draft, to animate billions of orbiting Rainbow Monkeys... but the Curious Pictures CG team rose to the challenge.
Operation: SNOWING - This one actually came from a dream I had where Imperial Walker-like school busses were abducting kids to drag them to school on a snow day... that's why I try to keep a notebook by my bed. You never know when an idea is going to pop into your head.
Operation: LOVE - Well, first... Mo's song writing was phenomenal and funny. Then composer Steve Rucker knocked it OUT OF THE PARK by writing uber-catchy music that got stuck in our heads. Then storyboard artist Matt Peters posed it out like he was on Broadway. And finally, with a devastatingly beautiful touch, timing director Karen Villareal choreographed it to the beat.
See if I'm wrong:
KND - Operation: LOVE - MyVideo België
And there ya go!
Hope ya'll love this weeks episodes and get ready for more next week!