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 NeedsThere 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 http://thehuntforthholidayspirit.com/