The Wendell family doesn’t usually do too much together; the parents work, the kids go out, etc. But this year, Norm (aka Dad) has planned a family vacation. He rents a van and a camper trailer, forces everyone inside, and the family sets off on a week of heavily-scheduled fun (this ever happen to you?). It’s not so bad looking at the various tourist attractions. And they could deal with the scenic vistas. But when Norm accidentally drives the van over a cliff, things get a bit more interesting. Two miles deep into this canyon, the Wendells emerge in a community of other family’s who ran into the same fate. Breakthrough Animation hopes this “LOST meets Survivor meets Malcom in the Middle” storyline brings in new fans to Teletoon when the animated series debuts sometime next year, with a goal of eventually reaching Cartoon Network in 2012. Check out the full write up, and let us know if this sounds like something you’d watch
Few would mistake the Wendell family of four as your typical 21st Century nuclear family, but it appears that working parents and a pair of children who have developed their own seemingly sustainable life apart form the family, this is the new norm. Regardless, the Wendells, guided by Norm, the patriarch, are about to get a bit of a reality check. In the newly commissioned television animation Crash Canyon, Norm forces his family into a weeklong family vacation less risk everyone drifting farther apart than ever before. Unfortunately for Norm and his family, a wrong turn out in the middle of nowhere sets the family’s once impromptu journey across the country adrift — and in more ways than one.
A co-production of Breakthrough Animation (Producing Parker, Jimmy Two Shoes), of Breakthrough Films & Television, and Jam Filled Entertainment (Manotick, Ontario), Crash Canyon begins with the Wendells stuffed into a camper trailer and in the middle of Norm’s self-proclaimed “week of heavily-scheduled fun.” But as is often the case with family vacations whose original intention is to survey clear skies or tour the most touristy destinations, Norm takes a wrong turn. So wrong in fact, he drives off of a cliff and plummets some two miles down into a canyon. As Crash Canyon continues, the Wendell family finds themselves lucky to be alive, and strangely enough, not alone either.
Currently billed as a primetime animated comedy, commissioned for thirteen half-hour episodes to air in the distant future on Canada’s TELETOON network, Crash Canyon finds the Wendells smack dab in the middle of a community of residents (whom, it turns out, also drove/crashed into the canyon over the course of any number of months or years). Their neighbors include an astronaut and his chimp companion, a wealthy family (who live in the summer house they were transporting), a has-been British punk rocker and many more. Add to this the fact that it appears as if Norm’s family-bonding time is going to get it’s ultimate test given tat no one’s plan for escape from the massive canyon ever seems to work.
Crash Canyon was developed by Breakthrough’s Ira Levy, Peter Williamson and Executive Producer Joan Lambur; alongside Joel Cohen, Co-Executive Producer The Simpsons and Futurama.
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