Superpretzel-Double Decker Bros.

Job #2883

Job Posting Details

Job # 2883 Superpretzel-Double Decker Bros.

Posted Date
Feb 5, 2007 @ 19:32
Respond By
Feb 6, 2007
Word Count
0
Budget
$250
Language
English
Gender
Male
Age Range
-
Category
Cartoons

Job Description

This project was posted last week. Our client would like to hear more reads on all the characters posted again. All are welcome to re-submit, but we would prefer new reads and multiple takes would be appreciated.

About Us:

Blissium Motion Graphics is a full service motion design studio. We offer a wide variety of services, and we have the capability to meet and project needs, creatively and technologically.

We have 26 web videos that we are producing. Sample lines and character descriptions have been included here but the full script is in pdf. We are working on a tight deadline so we need audition reads as soon as possible. One person can read more than one character if they are capable. This project is for web-only, non-broadcast.

A NOTE ON THE VOICES: Some are almost normal speaking voices. Some are over the top, but mostly, the voices are just quirky enough to be engaging and funny. The voices never get in the way of the character or the script. Lastly, if you didn’t see the cartoon, if you could only hear the voices, you would still be able to follow the story. Because the voices are the characters. The very sound of the voice should make us laugh.

The campaign as a whole is designed to look like a very low-budget affair. The pretzels are real, not animated. They move a little stiffly. We’ve found that this sort of authenticity resonates very well with our target audience of 13-17 year olds (mostly male). Giving them the expected ceases to entertain and engage them. On the contrary, to do the expected, even with voice characterizations, is to sell to them.

That said, the characters should be broad and a little over the top to start with. Use pop culture as a guide and go from there.

DOUBLEDECKER BROS.:

Characters: Dirk and Nigel, aka, the DoubleDecker Brothers, are from the UK and believe all pretzels should be eaten two at a time, stuck together with peanut butter or whatever else you like.

Voices: English rock star accents. Nigel Tufnel and David St. Hubbins from This is Spinal Tap is better than Austin Powers. Other examples that would do well would be Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange; the guy who performs as The Streets (a UK hip-hop act) has a naturally hilarious delivery. Avoid Beatle-esque voices.


WEB VIDEO XVI: Web Video XVI is a press conference at which the DoubleDecker Brothers talk about the upcoming bout between them and Cinnamon & Sugar. Open on the DoubleDecker Brothers against the press conference background:

REPORTER: How do you feel about fighting two girls in the semi-finals?

DIRK: I’m all a-quiver, mate.

NIGEL: If I had boots I’d be shaking in them.

REPORTER: Really?

DIRK: ‘Course not. Birds can’t fight, can they?

NIGEL: Well, actually, that one from Manchester . . .

DIRK: Just because she was stronger and faster than me . . . anyway we’ve got a strategy.

REPORTER: Care to share?

NIGEL: That would be unsporting, wouldn’t it?

REPORTER: The winner fights the winner of the El Salsador, Bavarian bout. Which one makes you more nervous?

DIRK: Nervous? You mean nauseous.

NIGEL: Yeah, Bavarian definitely makes us more nauseous.

DIRK: I think I’m going to throw up. PLAIN!

As he says “Plain,” he bends over and it looks and sounds like he’s throwing up. The same happens next on Nigel’s line:

NIGEL: PURE!

DIRK: PLAIN!

NIGEL: Oh, look at that, peanut butter!

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