THE GROK SQUAD
The Grok Squad is a group of sixteen little alien researchers stranded on Earth. While trying to find a way home, they decide to start learning more about our world to prepare an impromptu field report to their home culture. The show is essentially a fun educational show where each new topic is looked at through multiple lenses -- the scientific alien, the jock alien, the social alien, the artistic alien, and so on.
One thing to remember with these characters is that they are all smart and friendly. Some are a little more introverted, others are much more outgoing. They are very curious which occasionally gets them into trouble, but they do their best not to cause trouble intentionally. Imagine a mix of an innocent inquisitive child with a trained scientist. Each has their own area of interest and unique way of looking at the world, but overall they are positive, upbeat, fun-loving, and have a thirst for knowledge.
Just as important, none of the accents should be TOO thick. These characters need to be able to explain complex topics in ways an average person can understand, and the accents, while adding flavor, should not subtract from the comprehension.
Character design artwork is available here: http://www.interestingstudios.com/the-grok-squad/
If anyone has questions about like, personalities, that aren't clear from the images or descriptions, let me know!
EDIT: I have posted this same offer to my Facebook friends, but no one has specified any parts yet, so they are all still equally open and I will indicate otherwise if that changes!
SCRUMP (Spatial/Dimensional): Brooklyn, Italian, Gangster, Gravely, New York, New Jersey (Danny Devito, Frank Stallone, Tony Clifton, Al Pacino, Chazz Palminteri)
VINDALOO (Vocal/Linguistic): Arkansas, Georgia, Politician, Deep Southern Drawl (Bill Clinton, Roscoe and Boss Hogg, Foghorn Leghorn, Futurama's Hyperchicken Lawyer)
HORNSWOGGLE (Mechanical/Dexterous): New England, Boston (Norm Abrahm's New Yankee Workshop, Peter Griffin, Alan Alda)
DIDGERIDOO (Kinesthetic/Athletic): Black, Urban (Will Smith, Michael Jordan)
MOOG (Naturalistic/Environmental): Australian, Ocker (Crocodile Hunter Steve irwin, Paul Hogan, Yahoo Derious)
YONKERS (Interpersonal/Social): Canadian, Minnesota (Bob and Doug McKenzie, Fargo, Drop Dead Gorgeous)
GIMBLE (Intrapersonal/Emotional): Midwest, Northwest, Quiet, Reserves, Friendly (Michael Cera, Tobey Maguire, Winnie the Pooh, Piglet)
IPSWITCH (Literary/Textual): British, Southern English, Formal RP (David Mitchell, Ricky Gervaise, Stephen Fry, John Cleese, Wadsworth the Robot)
NUDNIK (Visual/Graphic): High rising terminal (Hippie, Valley Girl, Luna Lovegood, Cat Valentine from Victorious, Phoebe and Ursula from Friends/Mad About You, Cloudcuckoolander)
POLLIWOG (Aural/Rhythmic): Country Western (Reba McIntyre, Holly Hunter)
KATZENJAMMER (Existential/Spiritual): Southern Irish, Gaelic (Elvish)
WURTZEL (Analytical/Empirical): Queens, Yiddish, Jewish (Less Annoying Fran Drescher)
CADDYWAMPUS (Creative/Synthetical): Chicano, Latino (Carla from Scrubs)
TREACLE (Mathematical/Logical): Hindi, Indian, Pakistani (Raj -- Big Bang Theory, Samir -- Office Space)
BOROGOVE (Symbolic/Metaphorical): Jamaican (Cool Runnings)
FLINK (Factual/Memorial): Mid/Trans-Atlantic (Katherine Hepburn, Joan Crawford)
NOTE: The following was voted the second most funniest joke in the world, according to Wikipedia. As it combines critical thinking with humor, it seemed a great sample script to play with animation using these characters, I'd like a full version of the script all in the same accent but with different inflections. Example: If you decide to do Wurtzel, you would do all the lines with the Queens/Yiddish accent, but she might do her regular voice for the narrator, a stern, deeper voice for Holmes, and a wistful dreamy voice for Watson, but they all would still sound like her. I'll cut and splice after I get 16 good recordings, either with one line from each character, or do a separate animation for each character telling the story, or combine two or three characters -- one as the narrator, one playing Holmes and one playing Watson. We'll see once I know what I have to work with!
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson were going camping.
They pitched their tent under the stars and went to sleep.
Sometime in the middle of the night Holmes woke Watson up and said:
Watson, look up at the sky, and tell me what you see.
I see millions and millions of stars.
And what do you deduce from that?
Well, if there are millions of stars,
and if even a few of those have planets,
itâEUTMs quite likely there are some planets like Earth out there.
And if there are a few planets like Earth out there,
there might also be life."
And Holmes said:
Watson, you idiot, it means that somebody stole our tent!
I will set an initial deadline of 11:59PM, January 31st, 2013. If I need to extend the date more, I'll do so at that time (sixteen voices is a lot to ask for!)
Please send attached files OR links to files on something such as Soundcloud (don't forget to enable downloading) to my email: [email protected]