The pilot follows the lives of Floyd and his alcoholic friend Ferdy who were banished from their meerkat communities and destined to become oddball roommates. Floyd and Ferdy experiment with the dangers of drugs, alcohol, love, and sex along side their pals Bruce the gay cobra, Deke the stoner mongoose, and Gus the anti-social meerkat.
In the pilot episode entitled "You Booze, You Lose", Floyd and Ferdy get extremely wasted on scorpion venom at a night club and are kicked out. The two roommates bet to see who can go the longest without drinking. Floyd has no problem staying off the wagon while Ferdy becomes a total wreck without booze in his life.
I put this cartoon together in 2011 as a Comedy Central pilot. Needless to say, it failed. Unfortunately, the pilot episode is not as good as the six other scripts I have written for the series. I focused on this episode as the pilot because it introduces the characters and was the most simple to animate. I am not a greater animator, which is the reason I don't animate my best ideas. They are too complex.
A scene was cut out because I could not get the character angles to look right. It involved a stoner mongoose getting Ferdy to take drugs to chill himself out.
Merely Meerkats is what it is. A failed experiment. What's important is I had fun with it at the time. I enjoyed developing the characters more than anything. It is a shame I can't do more. Ferdy really develops nicely and gets into some great situations.
This cartoon was animated in Flash and edited in Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects. I did everything except for two voices and the music. I credited my friend Ben because he supported me through the venture and I developed the idea driving to his house. He threw out ideas as well.
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