Fellow screenwriter, Guy Toubes, and I both went to NYU together. But as far as I know we never met there. We had a lot of mutual friends, though, which is how we eventually connected out in Los Angeles after we both graduated.
Working together at the independent production company, Wolfcrest Entertainment, we collaborated on lots of different projects. All brilliant, of course, but with varying levels of success.
Our crowning achievement there was undoubtedly the live-action series, “Mowgli: The New Adventures of the Jungle Book,” which we created along with Tim Bogart for the Fox Kids Network (that experience itself will fill many a post moving forward, but that’s not what this one’s about).
Since Wolfcrest, Guy and I have had the opportunity to work together again a few times. Most recently, Rhonda Smiley and I wrote six episodes of the Hub’s “The Adventures of Chuck and Friends,” for Guy, who was the show’s Story Editor at the time.
Clearly, we’re partial to shows with “Adventures” in the title.
Anyway, Guy’s latest creation is a brand new talking truck series, “The Stinky & Dirty Show,” an Amazon Original. He developed the kids’ show based on the book series by Jim and Kate McMullan (who are real people, apparently, though we’ve never met).
Here’s the official pitch:
The adventures of best friends and unlikely heroes, Stinky the garbage truck and Dirty the backhoe loader, a dynamic and hilarious duo of resourcefulness that learn that when things don’t go as expected, asking “what if” can lead to success.
Good advice for all ages, really.
In addition to the show’s up-and-coming voice talent stars, they’ve got some cool celebrity contributions as well, including Jane Lynch, Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, Andy Richter, and Whoopi Goldberg.
(When you’re writing for an animated show, cool celebrity voices are always a plus)
Anyway, if you’ve got some young kids in the house (or maybe you’re just one at heart), click on over and check it out.
The season premiered just last week on September 2nd, so it’s not too late to get up-to-date and avoid any spoilers before all the water cooler talk at the office.
You’ll need to be an Amazon Prime member, but you can always try their 30-day free trial in case you aren’t ready to commit.
Tell ’em Jim sent you, and enjoy!