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Samurai! Daycare VO Casting Call

SAMURAI! DAYCARE: an Animated Web Series

Samurai Daycare sample imageFor: Alloy Digital Media

Created By: Mike Blum

Director: Mike Blum

Writers: Mike Blum, James Waugh, Joelle Sellner, Kevin Brennan, Doug Manley, Tom Campana

Producer: Mike Blum

Instructions (READ CAREFULLY): e-mail your IMDB link/resume plus a VO reel/link to info@pipsqueakfilms.com.  Indicate which role(s) you are interested in auditioning for.  We will email sides if we are interested in an audition.  We are not looking for amateurs and will not respond to all queries.  If we do ask you to put yourself on tape, please send one audio file (mp3, aiff) per character.  Make sure you precede the audition with your name and the character you are reading for.  File format: “[CHARACTER]  [your first name/last name].[fileextension]” (e.g. “Jess Joe Smith.mp3”).

NOTE: This is a SAG New Media production.

WE ARE CASTING FOR THE FOLLOWING ROLES:

RECURRING:

[NED]  Ned is a deluded but well intentioned samurai sword wearing daycare provider. His sacred texts (which he uses as teaching materials) consist of violent and sexy comic books and 1970s Hong Kong kung-fu movies.  Ned goes to his Korean landlord and downstairs neighbor, Park, for advice – he sees Park as his Sensei and does not realize that Park neither knows kung fu nor is he Japanese.

[JESS]   Ned’s hot, young, half-Asian (but raised in the South) student teacher.  Like Jessica Rabbit, she can’t help the way she’s drawn, but she’s also oblivious to the effect she has on men (notably Park) and only accidentally uses those sexy/schoolgirl charms.  Sarcastic towards Ned’s insanity, but warm to the kids, Jess is the viewer’s entry point into the world.

[PARK]   Park is Ned’s landlord and the owner of a Korean grocery downstairs from Ned’s daycare/apartment.  He considers Ned a pest.  Park speaks broken English (with a strong accent) that Ned misinterprets as sage words of wisdom.  Park has a somewhat perverted sexual attraction to Jess.

[BRUCE] Pint-sized, pale skinned, 4-year-old boy with long, dark hair.  Every episode he undergoes some accidental physical or emotional trauma — usually at the hands of Ned — and has developed a stutter because of it.   By the end of the series, Bruce harbors a deep seated but unrealized hatred of Ned.  Will consider children but prefer adults who can play kids.  Do NOT WANT anything too cartoony.  Think King of the Hill.

[GRANDMA]  Sassy, octogenarian, kleptomaniac and MMA devotee with a very strong libido.  She an Park are friends with benefits.

SINGLE EPISODE: We are looking for VO actors who can play more than 1 of the following roles.

[BRUCE’S MOM]  Mid-thirties, loving, lower middle class and definitely desperate for childcare to even consider leaving her son at “Samurai! Daycare”.

[BRUCE’S DAD]  Mid-thirties, loving but ultimately less concerned about the particulars of where his kid goes to daycare.  Develops a crush on Jess (who doesn’t?).

[SHADY GUY]  Mid-twenties, sick (with flu)

[PERCY]  5-year-old beefy classroom bully who picks on Bruce.  Will consider children but prefer adults who can play kids.  Do NOT WANT anything too cartoony.  Think “King of the Hill”.

[BUM/DRUNKEN MASTER] An old, 60-something, drunken bum who Ned believes is the famed Drunken Master.

[TAD] 18, clean cut, dumb jock who wants to get busy with Jess.

[RON] Jess’s stuffy, 50-something, college professor.

[PARK’S WIFE] 60-something nagging wife who speaks only Korean.

[WAYNE] 30-something, preppy, overly polite dad of one of the daycare students.  Develops a crush on Jess.

[MARCUS] 30-something, preppy, overly polite dad of one of the daycare students.  Develops a crush on Jess.

[WISE ASIAN WARRIOR]  Soothing but noble Asian voice reading a book on tape.  Light Asian accent.

[BOBBY BROSEPH]  Inventor of the fitness craze sweeping the nation, “Senior Citizen MMA.” He opens his first gym across the street from Ned and is hell bent on avenging Ned’s treament of Grandma from a previous episode.  Bobby has an outrageous faux-hawk, huge upper body, tribal tattoos, cauliflower ears, and twig thin legs.

[OLD MAN] A dirty old 90+ student of Bobby Broseph who is smitten with Jess.

[SALLY]  4-year-old, girly daycare student who’s into dressing up and playing with dolls.  Will consider children but prefer adults who can play kids.  Do NOT WANT anything too cartoony.  Think “King of the Hill”.

[DANNY] 3-year-old daycare student. Frenemy of Timmy. Will consider children but prefer adults who can play kids.  No NOT WANT anything too cartoony.  Think “King of the Hill”.

[TIMMY] 3-year-old daycare student. Frenemy of Danny.  Will consider children but prefer adults who can play kids.  Do NOT WANT anything too cartoony.  Think “King of the Hill”.

[CRYING KIDS] Mixed boy and girl cries, moans, shocked surprise, etc.

LOGLINE: Lovable nerd Ned is a samurai sword wearing daycare instructor.  We follow him as he “teaches” a bunch of preschoolers, while simultaneously “rooting out evil” in his misguided, yet well intentioned manner.

TONE: Irreverent comedy based on juxtaposing a deluded “hero” against a society of straight men.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Teen through 20-something male.

LENGTH: 10 x 3 minutes

THE WORLD: The series is set in an unspecified, generic mid-sized city.  Ned’s daycare (called “Samurai! Daycare”), also known as Ned’s apartment, is above Park’s grocery store.  “Samurai! Daycare” is the cheapest in the neighborhood — one of the reasons parents send their kids there.