In the year 2010, a force exists that stands for good. It is a force that fights for true boy justice and which fights against all that icky, unicorn shaped, flowery stuff. The extraordinary, fantastic and yet strangely improbable adventures of the Nebular Street Space Cadets, is an action packed adventure set in New Zealands backyard of Wellington. The two Space Cadets, Jay and Peanut, wage war with aliens, monsters and girl germs on a daily basis.
But with any great hero there is always a great villain, and the Nebular Street Space Cadets have to face off against one of the most evil. A four year old called Millie McLaren, the icky girl next door who supports attacks that range from hugs and kisses to plastic cupcakes and tea parties! With villainy like this in the world the Space Cadets have a busy time ahead.
The Nebular Street Space Cadets is a light-hearted 3D animation that is set in-between the real world and the boy’s imagination. Constantly flicking between the two states, where the unbelievable is more believable than what actually happens. The Space Cadets are a two-man squad, consisting of Jay (Red) and Peanut (Blue) both aged 4. Their armour was drop forged in the plastic mines of China and custom built for boys aged 3 – 5 (caution: small pieces may cause choking hazard). Dressed in red, Jay is the commander of the squad. Jay has a headstrong attitude and is never afraid of adversity. He is a true and just commander who leads by example and from the front. Peanut on the other hand, is more interested in flashy lights and the occasional passing butterfly. He is carefree and goes with the flow, adding an injection of humour at all the wrong times. Peanut is a lieutenant in the Space Cadets and this is shown by the blue colour of his armour. However, the main adversary of the Space Cadets is the girl next door Millie. She is an only child who constantly seeks attention and she is not above kidnapping to get it. With a pretty pink dress, pink ribbons and pink shoes, Millie is a true force of evil. If she doesn’t get her own way she can change from being a happy lovely girl into one of the scariest pre-schoolers on the planet. But Millie is not the only baddie the Space Cadets have to deal with. Along with invading aliens, spooky monsters and mums who won’t give them cookies, the Space Cadets are in a constant struggle with the forces of evil.
The story is set in the two neighbouring backyards of the boys and Millie, and like the characters, the backyards are polar opposites. On the boys’ side of the fence, the grass is lush and the trees are strong. Toys are scattered around and it has a very lived and cared for feel. Millie’s side is very different, with yellow and patchy grass, dead shrubs and one big scary tree. Litter is scattered around the yard and parts of broken toys lie discarded among the leaves.
The style of the clip has been heavily inspired by my passion for cartoons and animated films. The heavily saturated landscapes and overly animated styles flow through into the Nebular Street Space Cadets. Starring the voices of Ashleigh MacLeod, Lisa McLaren, Kim Owen and Jeff Cochrane. The audio has a vibrant and fun feel, which compliments the visuals.
The Nebular Street Space Cadets is aimed at younger generations aged five to ten, but will also hold an attraction for older audiences and is an action packed science-fiction adventure with so many twists and turns that it could put your back out!
The main feature film was scheduled to be released in March, 2010. But was abandoned after lack of funding.