First Series Starring Full Cast With Special Needs

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Raised by 33 people in 10 months
Help us create The Hunt for the Holiday Spirit, an animated musical comedy series with a complete cast of performers with disabilities—the first ever of its kind.

Its purpose is to provide uniquely talented people with an opportunity to showcase their abilities, sparking fuller awareness and appreciation for people with special needs.

We are raising $20,000 to launch this series, subsidizing the costs for animation, talent, staffing and pitching to industry professionals eager to be on the right side of history.

A Voice for Special Needs

There has never been a show featuring an entire cast of talent with special needs. 

We’ve seen shows with one or two actors with disabilities, including HBO’s Sesame Street, AMC’s Breaking Bad, ABC’s Speechless, and Netflix’s Atypical.

Applaudable progress, though it’s long past time people with special needs are given the opportunity to tell an entire story, in their own unique voices.

The Story 

The Hunt for The Holiday Spirit recalls a simpler time, where kindness, compassion and community are all you need. 

Inspired by the likes of Muppets, Peanuts, Cheers, and The Wizard of Oz, our story is set in a wintery wonderland in the heart of the holiday season

Our heroes are The Pearl Family and their cadre of colorful companions, each with their own personalities, abilities, challenges and insecurities. 

These affable characters encounter real-life problems as their paths intersect through our tale, selflessly helping each other overcome hardships amid song, dance and forest fun.

The Characters 

Their spirit is endearing and kind; their love will evoke laughter and tears.

The Great Christmas Tree 
Primary Traits - Lovable, friendly and soulful
Likes - Singing, dancing, a warm, safe place
Dislikes - Books, chainsaws, lumberjacks

The Magic Snowwoman
Primary Traits - Magical, proud and sassy
Likes - Classic pranks and gags, not melting, swiss cheese
Dislikes - Waiting to eat, unhappy endings


The Snow Angel

Primary Traits - Wise, wordly and adorably insecure
Likes - Superman, Parliament/Funkadelic, coffee talks with Christmas Tree
Dislikes - Not being universally adored


The Pearl Family

Primary Traits - Kind, nurturing, loving, and supportive
Likes - The Great Christmas Forest, helping people, singing and dancing
Dislikes - When everyone’s not happy and together on Christmas Eve


Performed on Stage

The Hunt for The Holiday Spirit was originally performed as a stage production under the name, The Hunt for The Great Christmas Tree, each holiday season from 2014-2017.

The experience shared by performers, audience members and the creative team had a humbling and profound impact.

Four successful productions proved the concept while furnishing profound evidence that actors (and characters) with disabilities are fully capable of breathing life into a heartwarming and powerful story.

Why Make An Animated Series?

Our goal is to bring The Hunt for The Holiday Spirit to life in an animated series.

With 10 characters animated and 24 episodes written (including over 120 original songs), funds from this campaign will be used to produce the pilot episode.

Transforming The Hunt for The Holiday Spirit into an animated series will carry the voice each character and performer, with a message of equality and inclusivity, to the ears of millions of children and families.

Countless children may be introduced to their first (animated) friend in a wheelchair (i.e., The Magic Snowwoman), or with crutches (i.e., The Snow Angel).

Instead of staring or feeling uncomfortable, viewers will develop knowledge and compassion, discovering friends and even role models in those who may appear different on the surface.

May Their Voices Be Heard

Everyone deserves to be heard, and people with disabilities have waited far too long for this opportunity. When all voices are heard, we are whole.

While mainstream and social media are riddled with anti-heroes and divisiveness, The Hunt for The Holiday Spirit will foster messages of love, acceptance, understanding and gratitude.

Written for the age of inclusivity, paired with America’s voracious appetite for binge-watching and Christmas/holiday content, this heartwarming story is positioned to become a groundbreaking 21st century classic.

(imagine 24 episodes of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer or Frosty the Snowman!)

People with special needs have a story to tell. With your help, their voices will be heard.

About the Creator: Jefferson Jay

Jefferson Jay has spent the better part of his adult life doing things no one’s ever done before—no small feat in the 21st century.

He’s a talented emcee, hosting weekly shows and special events, captivating audiences with wit and wisdom while delivering the show.

He’s been a music teacher and a music therapist, changing lives through education and kindness for over 15 years, and has fronted The Jefferson Jay Band  since 2001. Their seven records are available now on most streaming services, including Spotify.

Jefferson’s unmatched 24 Hours of Free Music  concerts, offered in ‘03, ‘05, ‘08, ‘09, brought local artists to larger audience and made music available all day for anyone to attend and enjoy.

The Operation 365  is the largest daily video project in internet history according to The Huffington Post. Offered twice in 2011 and 2016, featured three videos and a blog post each day for an entire year.

He was recently the emcee at The Great Cut , a production by The Longhairs, in which he orchestrated events on the main stage for 14 hours, and was instrumental in helping break the Guinness World Record for the most hair donated for charity in history.

He is a creator, having penned well over 1,000 songs and he founded The San Diego Music Hall of Fame  in 2018 to honor the rich history of music in San Diego County. Jefferson is also a new father. His first child, Every, was born in June 2019.

Jefferson Jay on YouTube 

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Hello! Thanks everyone for their inspiring support. Because of you, production of our landmark pilot is underway. Know that your crucial support will help change the way many people view the world we share. There is more money to raise and work to do but I wanted to take a minute this Friday to thank you for being you and all you do and have done.


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Hello Friends!

It's been a bit since our last update and we are super excited about the progress we have made. Please know that your support has been at the core of all of it. We have totally upgraded our GoFundMe campaign and have started raising funds once again, as we prepare to make the first all-inclusive series very shortly. When all voices are heard, we are WHOLE. Please enjoy our new video, imagery, and name, "The Hunt for The Holiday Spirit," one we feel reflects the nature of our heartwarming and inspiring program far more accurately.

And that's not all! My wife, Leanne and I had our first child in June, a son, Everett Paul! What a thrill life can be. Please consider donating again if you can and connecting us with anyone you think would want to be part of building the inclusive future we all deserve. Thanks again for your friendship and support.

Jefferson Jay
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Thanks so much. I am humbled and overjoyed by your generous. Thanks for the encouragement. It helps beyond words.
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Campaign is off to a great start. I’ve been humbled by all the great feedback from everybody. Thanks
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