WELCOME TO INSPIRIA 

SYNOPSIS BY 

Ronald J. Fields

   THE CONCEPT

It’s crazy!  How could the most enduring and endearing film in the history of Hollywood, The Wizard of Oz, never have inspired someone to grab its rainbow buckets and create a show at least a wisp of the original? But no one has.   Well we intend to change that. We got our own Wizard…well Mayor anyway.

THE SHOW

Each  episode  starts with two young, adorable live-action kids: Pixel, a very independent, self-assured, young gal with a fearless curiosity  , and her sidekick, the next-door neighbor boy, Chip, a considerably more cautious, young guy whose timidity often sabotages his always noble intentions. Whenever either one of them confront the ever-present pugnacious peccadillos of growing up (bullying, parental misunderstandings, even issues of war and peace on a kid’s level) a dilapidated and a mystical shed shows up in the middle of an empty lot at the end of Pixel and Chip’s block.  A lean-to only Chip and Pixel can see; and it appears only when the kids need answers to their childhood dilemmas. The shack houses memorabilia from early Hollywood.

 

The place also holds a threadbare, dusty stage. Behind the dusty. torn curtain. a blinking state of the art computer sits on a pedestal. Pixel pushes some buttons on the device and she and Chip get caught in a vortex that lands them in a brilliantly bright land called Inspiria, populated with wonderful characters. A talking squirrel, pond, tree, and a tall lanky artist known as Remy Brandt make up just some of the characters all presented as puppets. The ring leader of the once solved the shack disappears and the pair have no memory of it except for the solution to their episodic perplexity.  

Pixel and Chip’s neighborhood drones on day after day as a fairly typical, dull middle-class enclave with cookie-cutter homes. In our pilot episode, we find that Pixel suffers from near terminal boredom. While walking around the neighborhood Chip, tries all he can to drag her out of her ennui.

 

They eventual walk to the empty lot at the end of their block where they discover that weather-beaten, dilapidated and very scary looking structure. At first swipe, Chip figures the place is a flop house for ghouls and goblins. That gets Pixel ready to explore. She’s going to do it!  Of course, not alone. She will drag a very reluctant Chip on her exciting adventure. If they don’t do this, they will suffer another boring Summer day. Scared, Chip argues that boredom can be fun. She drags him to the shack.

At the shed’s  door, Pixel looks frightened but determined. Chip looks fearful but…well…really fearful. They reach the door and Pixel pushes and peeks inside. Not unlike Dorothy entering “Munchkin land,” she seems in awe, while Chip, not unlike the lion, covers his eyes in extreme trepidation.  As Pixel pushes the door wider, creaks and groans punctuate the cobwebbed, dusty interior. They enter to what looks like a storage facility of some kind; a back room of a library or museum. She and Chip see a plethora of scrapbooks and posters from a bygone era. Chip points out a poster of a funny looking juggler from stage and tells Pixel that the juggler looks familiar. Pixel says that he looks kind of like one of her uncles.  

 

Behind the props and posters, masks and wigs, juggling balls and over-flowing steamer trunks, and the yellow-aged scrap books from old time films and vaudeville shows, stands what looks like a theatrical curtain closed tightly. Pixel approaches it, and sees faint colors seep from underneath the gray, dirty curtain. Chip warns Pixel but she yanks the curtain open anyway to find a computer sitting on a . “Look!” She yells, “It’s an old computer, that’s all.” Chip relaxes, then they both hear a raspy voice of subtle indignation coming from the computer, “What do you mean, ’that’s all’ ."

Suddenly, the old grey shed starts spinning in circles.  Sunlight seems to hit where it has never been before. Then the spinning stops. The shed’s walls have vanished. The place literally blooms, revealing a secret world of vivid colors! Nothing looks like their dull neighborhood anymore. Bright reds, greens and yellows fill the environment. By magic, they have arrived in this glorious secret world, called INSPIRIA! They stand in the town square.

At the town square the residents of Inspiria stop and stare.  Pixel notices a lovely fountain perched right in the middle of the quad. Chip sees nothing - he has his eyes closed. In no time the citizens of Inspiria introduce themselves…including the fountain!  The Inspirians represent an incredibly eclectic bunch of individuals living in this land of imagination. Their apparent leader, whom we will discover holds the self-appointed position of Mayor, struts a lot, and always carries his podium  (you never know when a speech is in order). He exhibits the eternally-loveable qualities of the ersatz rogue, W.C. Fields. In this case, the Inspirians will show Pixel and Chip how to overcome boredom.

The Mayor acts as Pixel and Chip’s self-appointed host, introducing the other residents, which include: Butch F. Snugglesworth, a three-foot fuzzy grey rabbit with dancing feet and a “can-do” attitude; Elliot Nessie, the cute Lock Ness monster sort of character, who just loves good gossip; Remy Brandt, an artist who seems to be the longsuffering brains of Inspiria, and a host of others. All of these citizens of Inspiria offer their talents to help the kids find artistic solutions to any problems, questions or probes to which the kids want answers.

 

WELCOME TO INSPIRIA is dedicated to helping children learn how to use their imagination and the ARTS to solve their daily conflicts.    

(The show consists of large rod puppets, artistic sets, fun projects or storyboards, and toe-tapping music and songs. W.C. FIELDS: THE WIZARD OF INSPIRIA recounts Pixel and Chip’s extraordinary adventures in a magic land reminiscent of OZ but with considerably more surprises. The puppets are made, the sets done, and the puppeteers want to get moving. Let’s do this thing.

THE MAYOR

Psychologists explain children’s incredible attraction to “lovable rogues” in literature, films, and television as a product of latent mischievousness inherent in all of us, particularly in our youth.  That’s our MAYOR…the imp inside us.

The history of the “loveable rogue” (and its close cousin the “lovable incompetent”) populate children’s entertainment like no other characters, i.e., Miss Piggy, Elmer Fudd, Mr. Magoo, W.C. Fritos, etc. The last two admittedly inspired by the comedian that Conan O’Brien, no less,  dubbed, “The funniest person who ever lived.” With his grandson, Primetime Emmy award winning writer/producer and NYT best-selling author, Ronald J Fields, we have secured the exclusive rights to use a caricature of the famous comedian.

Jerry Seinfeld called Fields “perfect.” Just a month ago John Landis praised Fields’ film, IT’S A GIFT, as one of the funniest ever made.

We believe by combining the ever-endearing and enduring “King of the Golden Age of Comedy,” W.C. Fields, with the eternally-popular WIZARD OF OZ, WELCOME TO INSPIRIA will garner a large and  loyal children’s audience generating golden ratings.  

   

THE ARTISTIC TEAM

Unlike Mr. Rogers’ finger bending puppets, these malleable mannequins have green-screened adults artistically manipulating their moveable parts. This troupe of incredibly accomplished puppeteers, led by the nationally recognized multi-talented puppeteer and puppet maker, Dennis Lancaster, has dazzled audiences nationwide. Now he has dedicated himself to get his puppets on air.

 

To that end, Dennis courted seasoned and experienced broadcast team including the aforementioned Ronald J. Fields,  Ronald has also written primetime sitcoms for NBC and Paramount Studios. Charles Rudnick brings to  WELCOME TO INSIPIRA veteran writer/director/producer of numerous productions, including the Leonard Nimoy popular series “In Search Of…” And Sheryl Madison, producer/director of innumerable  stage and video productions.

 

With this cadre of talent, we propose a high-energy, hilarious show with tight story-telling and subliminal, and not so subliminal, life lessons. In short, a perfect show for television, stage, screen or any new outlets for entertainment.

Welcome to Inspiria 

Dia Songbird

Elliot Nessie

Butch

Mayor | W.C. Fields 

Madeline Squirrel

Remy Brandt

Brenden The Ant

WIZARD OF INSPIRIA 

SYNOPSIS BY 

Ronald J. Fields

THE CONCEPT

It’s crazy! that no one ever caught a spark of inspiration from the most endearing and enduring film in the history of Hollywood. THE WIZARD OF OZ. Well we intend to change that.

In the 1970’s, Frito-Lay initiated its most successful ad campaign in its history at the time: “W.C. Fritos.” No five to ten-year-old kid ever heard of W.C. Fields, indeed, parents of five to ten year old’s during the time introduced, Ronald J. Fields as the “Grandson of W.C. Fritos.” Keeping the W. C. Fields’ brand current and relevant to young people, Conan O’Brien recently wrote the preface in Ronalds’ re-release of his first book stating unequivocally that “W.C. Fields was the funniest person who ever lived.”

We believe by combining the ever-endearing and enduring “King of the Golden Age of Comedy,” W.C. Fields, with the eternally-popular WIZARD OF OZ ,THE WIZARD OF INSPIRIA will garner a blizzard of ratings.

THE SHOW

The show always starts with two young, adorable live-action kids: Pixel, a very independent, self-assured, young gal with pigtails, freckles, and a fearless curiosity; a modern-day Nancy Drew, and her sidekick, the next-door neighbor boy, Chip, a considerably more cautious, young guy whose timidity often sabotages his always noble intentions. One day while looking through the fence at the neighborhood empty lot, this Pixel and Chip see a forlorn shed, a building they had never seen before.

(In subsequent shows we discover that the shed appears magically whenever Pixel and/or Chip need kid problems solved, i.e., bullying, parental problems, even issues of war and peace on a child’s level.)

Pixel and Chip’s neighborhood seems to drone on day by day as a fairly typical, kind of dull and drab middle-class enclave with cookie cutter homes—now with one exception; this new structure in an empty field. Weather-beaten, dilapidated and very scary looking, at first swipe one would think it can only house ghouls and goblins. But that very fear motivates Pixel to dream of exploring this homestead of ghosts and spirits. She’s going to do it! Of course, not alone. She will drag a very reluctant, kicking-and-screaming Chip on her exciting adventure. If they don’t do this, they will suffer another boring Summer day. Scared, Chip argues that boredom can be fun. “Come on, Chip, adventure awaits.”

At the shed’s door, Pixel looks scared but determined. Chip looks scared but…well…really scared. They reach the door and Pixel pushes and peaks inside. Not unlike Dorothy entering “Munchkinland” she seems in awe while Chip, not unlike the lion, covers his eyes in extreme trepidation. As Pixel pushes the door wider creaks and groans punctuate the cobwebbed, dusty interior. They enter to what looks like a storage facility of some kind; a back room of a library or museum. She and Chip see a plethora of scrapbooks and posters from a bygone era. Chip points out a poster of a funny looking juggler from stage and tells Pixel that the juggler looks familiar. Pixel says that he looks kind of like one of her uncles. Behind the props and posters, masks and wigs, juggling balls and over-flowing steamer trunks, and the yellow-aged scrap books from old time films and vaudeville shows, stands what looks like a theatrical curtain closed tightly. Pixel approaches it, and sees faint colors seep from underneath the gray, dirty curtain through the crack where the curtains meet. She wonders aloud what could be behind the curtain. Chip suggests that she should not be so nosey. She opens it slowly anyway. She peeks! Then she opens it all the way. “Look!” She yells, “It’s a stage, that’s all.” Chip relaxes, then they both hear a raspy voice of subtle indignation, “What do you mean, ’that’s all’”

Suddenly, the old grey shed starts spinning in circles sunlight seems to hit where it has never been before. Then the spinning stops. The shed’s walls have vanished. The place literally blooms, revealing a secret world of vivid colors! Nothing looks like their dull neighborhood anymore. Bright reds, greens and yellows fill the environment. By magic, they have arrived in this glorious secret world, called INSPIRIA!

At the town square the residents of Inspiria stop and stare. Pixel notices a lovely waterfall perched right in the middle of the quad. Chip sees nothing - he has his eyes closed. In no time the citizens of Inspiria introduce themselves. They represent an incredibly eclectic bunch of individuals living in this land of imagination. Their apparent leader, whom we will discover holds the self-appointed position of mayor, struts a lot, and always carries his podium (you never know when a speech is in order). He exhibits the eternally-loveable qualities of the ersatz rogue of a Mr. Magoo or a W.C. Fields.

The Wizard, a brash spoken, but loveable, roque acts as Pixel and Chip’s host, introducing the other residents, which include: Butch F. Snugglesworth, a three-foot fuzzy grey rabbit with dancing feet and a “can-do” attitude; Elliot Nessie, the cute Lock Ness monster sort of character, who just loves good gossip; Remy Brandt, an artist who seems to be the longsuffering brains of Inspiria, and a host of others. All of these citizens of Inspiria offer their talents to help the kids find artistic solutions to any problems, questions or probes to which the kids want answers. THE WIZARD OF INSPIRIA is dedicated to helping children learn how to use their imagination and the ARTS to solve their daily conflicts.

(The show consists of large rod puppets, artistic sets, fun projects or storyboards, and toe-tapping music. THE WIZARD OF INSPIRIA recounts Pixel and Chip’s extraordinary adventures in a magic land reminiscent of OZ but with considerably more surprises. The puppets are made, the sets done, and the puppeteers want to get moving. Let’s do this thing.)

THE ARTISTIC TEAM

Unlike Mr. Rogers’ finger bending puppets these malleable mannequins have green screened adults artistically manipulating their moveable parts. This troupe of incredibly accomplished puppeteers, led by the nationally recognized multi-talented puppeteer maker, Dennis Lancaster, has travelled the country dazzling and entertaining audiences nationwide. Now he has dedicated himself to get his puppets on air.

To that end, Dennis courted seasoned and experienced broadcast team including Primetime Emmy-award winning writer/producer Ronald J. Fields, who brings with him the added benefit of the rights to the image and likeness of his grandfather, W.C. Fields. A New York Times bestselling author, Ronald has also written primetime sitcoms for NBC and Paramount Studios.

 

Charles Rudnick brings to THE WIZARD OF INSIPIRA veteran experience as writer/director/producer of numerous productions, including the Leonard Nimoy popular series “In Search Of…

 

” Sheryl Madison, a stage producer, entertainer and a puppeteer in her own right.

 

Kathy Garver best known for her co-starring role in Family Affair, but since, a constantly working actress, author and interviewee on nationally aired talk shows.

 

Rounding out the team we feature Ken Prescott a nationally recognized talent as a composer/lyricist who will infuse THE WIZARD OF INSPIRIA with incredible melodies and songs. With this cadre of talent, we propose a high-energy, hilarious show with tight story-telling and subliminal, and not so subliminal, life lessons. In short, a perfect show for television, stage, screen or any new outlets for entertainment.

THE WIZARD OF INSPIRIA has made its mission to help expand the imagination of children everywhere and of any age. The show will inspire as it entertains, educates, and best of all, shows us how to rev-up the incredible creative forces within all of us to use our imaginations to learn, to solve problems, and to find creative solutions to conflicts in children’s lives with family, friends and the world.    

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RONALD J. FIELDS

Ronald J. Fields, a critically acclaimed writer, motion picture Executive Producer, a playwright, New York Times Best Selling Author, a Primetime Emmy Award Winning Writer/Producer and he is also the grandson of the legendary W. C. Fields.

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