They have a great group of five animated kids/animals who live their imaginations in their backyard. But even though they are pretending to be different people (pirates, spies, trash collectors, clowns) their individuality still shows through.
Pablo panicks easily, Austin is shy, Tasha plays the diva, Tyrone states the obvious, and Uniqua...well - I haven't quite figured her out yet.
Of course, they are much more complicated than that - but the consistency and strength of these traits shows through, regardless of what's happening in that
They have very basic plots for each episode (hey - my 18-month old daughter can kinda follow along). But it is still something that can be translated into plotting a novel...ifjust do it with more subtlety.
- They start by telling you their goal.
- They introduce the characters in their roles - antagonist, protagonist, plucky side-kick.
- They sprinkle in some conflict or obstacles to be overcome - usually something for each character to help with.
- Finally, they achieve their goal and have a happy ending - because really...who wants unresolved, unhappy endings?
Of course, they add in a nice musical number every couple minutes...I wonder how I can work that into my novel?
What have you learned from watching TV?