Supposedly I wrote a TV movie. At least, that’s what the imdb tells me.
Here I was thinking it was only an hour-long animated special, but someone somewhere along the way decided it was going to be called a movie, and that’s all there was to it. I guess it’s a movie the same way various world film institutes have decided that a feature film is anything that runs longer than 40 to 45 minutes.
Shrug. Whatever. If Mighty Mighty Monsters were a regular series instead of three hour-long specials, it would just have been an hour-long episode.
My work on the project ended nearly two years ago now. Preliminary discussions with the producers began over a year before that. The upshot was that I wrote two entire hour-long episodes/movies, both of which were supposed to be the third and final special. My first screenplay was paid for and ditched because it was decided, late in the game, that they wanted to tell a different story for part three of the trilogy. The second one I wrote is what got shot.
With literally years of my life ticking away in the interim, I didn’t really pay attention to what was happening with the show. Apparently the first two special-TV-movie-episodes aired and did well. My closing part of the trio was originally slated to run on Teletoon in April and then didn’t. Post-production may have dragged on, I don’t know. But apparently it’s done now. I only know this because I’ve seen stills and a little bit of footage.
Here are all the individual frames I’ve been able to collect online that are verifiably from my episode, Pranks for the Memories. I’d say SPOILER ALERT, but it’s a cartoon for children. If you’re expecting any great Machiavellian plot twists, turn the channel and go watch HBO.
What’s most intriguing to me is the poster. This is the first time I’ve had my name on an actual promotional poster for a release. I guess having a poster for the episode helps make the argument that it’s really a movie after all.
Best guess is that Teletoon will sit on the Mighty Mighty Monsters finale until late October/Halloween, which seems appropriate. Will more TV movies or an actual series follow? Again, shrug. I dunno. I’m just the writer. Nobody tells me anything.