Parsons School of Design

BFA Communication Design

Thesis 2013

Belinda Whiteman
Freaks ‘R’ Us
Belinda Whiteman
Freaks ‘R’ Us

This animation is a pilot for a television show called Freaks ‘R’ Us. The pilot tells the origin of the main characters, Al and Karl, along with introducing the enemies. The animated series is geared towards children six to thirteen years of age. The cartoon is the best way to explain different subjects in a quick amount of time while having a profound effect on the audience. The story is about a boy how meets a monster in the woods. The boy is intrigued by the monster and brings it into the village. Nobody accepts the new creature and runs him out of town. The boy and the monster realize that their accepting ways of thinking are too advanced for the people in the town and they fly off to a new land filled with different monsters. The main practice that I preach is acceptances and tolerance. My animation shows how great it is to be different. Even though the majority might not understand, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t had an impact on a few. Freaks ‘R’ Us embodies alienation and how to overcome it.


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