Almost every child has an imaginary friend of some kind, but not many adults, unless they’re animators! The main character of the story is Toby, a 35 year-old single parent who works at the world’s least successful animation studio, run by a man who insists that all his employees call him Uncle Morris. He’s just been audited by the IRS and needs to sell a project to one of the networks right away. He browbeats poor Toby to stay up all night and to come up with a new characters to replace the whole repertoire of terrible cartoons personalities owned by the studio. Reluctantly Toby agrees, knowing that his 9 year-old daughter Cassie will have to spend the evening and night alone, and even make dinner for herself.

After hours of working on his drawing board, Toby falls asleep, and when he wakes up, he sees that he’s come up with something great. Just a few sketches of a new little duck character Toby has named Pojo. But we don’t see them at first, just Toby’s smile of satisfaction. It’s dawn, and when he arrives at home, he finds his daughter asleep on the couch and his very cold dinner on the table. She wakes up when she hears Toby come in and sit next to her on the couch. Then the doorbell rings. Cassie gets up and goes to the door.  The door opens and we see Pojo, with his suitcase and sleeping bag, looking up at Cassie, with a sweet and hopeful look in his eyes. “Hello, I’m here!” he says. Cassie says hello, then turns to call to Toby.  “Dad, it’s for you.”  This is just the beginning of this live action + animation project, and the heartwarming and hysterical adventures of a somewhat unusual nuclear family.

The world of Pojo will be created in computer-generated 3D imagery.

Premiere In The News

See our News page for a side-by-side comparison of some original and restored footage from The Prince and the Pauper done by Premiere Pictures.

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