Duration: 7 minutos
Number of Episodes: 13
Animation technique: Stop Motion
Genre: Educativa / Aventura
Objetive audience: 6 a 9 años.
Zander is a stop-motion philosophy TV series for children ages 7 to 10, about the incredible adventures of Mila, Leo and Zander. In each episode, the protagonists try to figure out what it means to be human as they exchange their extraordinary thoughts, and embark on fantastic journeys that take them to the most strange and unexpected places as they try to reach the center the idea.
- The Leaders of our Adventure -
MILA (10) the enigmas and the
abstract ideas: the artistic genius
Mila is eccentric; there is no doubt about it. Her
languid movements, her free spirited nature, and
her ability to constantly shift her perspective and
opinions makes everyone think she must come
from another planet. This girl is as strange as the
intricate questions and ideas that come out of
her mouth! Sensitive and alert, she loves poetry,
music and the arts in general. Restless and a bit
of a liar - or maybe “too creative” - Mila is not
afraid of anything.
LEONOR (9) the experiments and the inventions: the scientific genius
Leo is what some might call a tomboy,
and she is an unconventional genius! Her
strong character, her intelligence, and
her sense of irony are her most important
traits. Practical, concrete and rational,
she always finds solutions and draws conclusions
immediately. Her friends think
she is grumpy because she has little tolerance
for frustration, but she has a big
heart. Leo loves tools, almost as much
as her boots and gloves that allow her to
conjure extraordinary creations.
ZANDER (9 approx.)
life and existentialism: the observer
Zander is a robot created by Mila and Leo and
the three seem to be lifelong friends. Using
the knowledge from the books that the robot
can access in a second, it pushes the girls to
challenge their perceptions and doubts. As
a sort of botanist-alchemist, Zander devotes
hours to the observation of organic forms of
the Earth, showing an immense sensitivity.
The screws in its back and the light on its
head are activated in response to the thrill
of discovering some mystery about what it
means to be a living being.
- The World of Ideas -
"Our goal is to give a concrete face to the huge questions underlie the plot of Zander, making them accessible to all. Stop motion it’s the perfect technique in this matter, because it let us to remain close to the audience making everything familiar and extremely attractive: you can almost feel the texture of the materials and the characters on screen even if we are talking about abstract concepts."
"The visual proposal of the series represents a sort of three-dimensional collage in which the laws of physics or realistic proportions will not necessarily be respected, creating a dreamlike and fantastical world. The stage will be built on a foundation of concentric circles that will give movement to each scene and will allow us to introduce and remove elements from the frame, taking inspiration from classic theatrical staging and the aesthetics of Miélès. Likewise, the lighting will be central in our proposal: each “world” visited by the characters will have its own luminous atmosphere and we will develop a sort of mini mapping to project directly onto the structures in set, facilitating the process of general production."
"The resources used to map the abstract world of ideas that articulate the series, will be diverse and multiple: on the one hand, we seek to highlight the importance of recycling by using cardboard, magazine clippings, antique toys and other reused items. On the other hand, objects will be created to scale, prioritizing a fantastical aesthetic close to the children’s own imagination."