'TARA TREMENDOUS' Origin Story To Be Revealed In New Season Of Musical Podcast
Wonkybot Studios, a production, publishing and music company focusing on creating stellar content and entertainment experiences for kids and families across all media platforms, today announced it will release the untold origin story of its popular, musically-infused audio drama Tara Tremendous: The Secret Diaries in a brand new season -- "Genesis". Billed as a special "Prequel Season 1", the 12-episode series will now become the official first season of the podcast which, when it premiered, skyrocketed to #1 in the kids and family category on Apple Podcasts.
Production on Genesis has wrapped and the studio has dropped a first-look video and audio trailer available at http://www.wonkybot.com. Look for the series to be available on Pinna, the premiere audio-on-demand streaming service for kids, as well as Apple Podcasts and other platforms soon.
Created, written and directed by Stewart St. John (Sabrina: The Animated Series, Seventeen Again) with songs and score by composing team Stewart St John & Michael Plahuta (who produced a live concert event of Tara Tremendous at 54 Below), Tara Tremendous: The Secret Diaries - Genesis is set around the extraordinary events that lead to 11-year-old Tara Callahan acquiring the powers of every super hero in the world.
"It's the origin story fans have been asking for," explained St John. "Genesis introduces us to Tara before she becomes a super hero. We see her at school where she sticks up for kids getting bullied, and at home with her dad who's a police officer raising Tara on his own. We develop a better sense of who she is and what her world looks like before it gets turned upside down."
"And when the 'boy from nowhere' appears with an urgent message for Tara," teased Todd Fisher, Co-Founder, Wonkybot Studios, "She finds herself in a thrilling, twisty, race against time to save the world - and herself, which brings her face to face with arch rivals, super villains, alien beings - and the chance to become the most powerful superhero in the galaxy!"
Genesis features the introduction of several key characters in the Tara Tremendous universe: the diabolical scientist Dr. Epic, his loyal and lovable minion 1102, and the unflappable Mr. Barrington, headmaster of Power University.
"The story is set in the real world, so the characters are grounded and relatable, dealing with issues that kids can relate to," said St John, who has been building an expanded superhero universe since launching the series. "Themes of bullying, financial adversity, responsibility, and doing what's right are mixed into the fabric of an exciting adventure series."
New characters introduced in Genesis include Tara's police detective dad Nick Callahan, her grandfather Jack, the mysterious Shasta Culpepper and Tara's wealthy, wicked Aunt Lucinda - mayor of San Francisco - who, along with her assistant Abigail, is plotting the eviction of superheroes from every major city on the planet.
"We've brought on some wonderful new voice talent to play these delicious new characters," said St John. "Genesis is quite a story and features over 40 different voices from all around the world, and a dozen highly produced original songs. It's a huge production, especially for a children's audio series!"
"All the chapters can be enjoyed as stand-alone adventures, but they also make up a larger story arc if you listen to the lot of them," added Fisher.
Through dialogue, sound effects and music, Wonkybot Studios transports listeners into Tara's exciting universe where they'll discover a full-cast of characters, thrilling soundscapes, background music score and fully produced original songs.
"Wonkybot Studios is taking a timeless format, the audio play, and injecting it with special audio effects and magnificent music that will fully engage listeners in a fantastical escape anywhere and anytime," added Michael Plahuta, Co-Founder, Wonkybot Studios and Co-Composer of Tara Tremendous: The Secret Diaries. "Audio stories spark the imaginations of young listeners and open their creativity in describing the characters, environments and storylines in their mind's eye - and I'm excited to be a part of that energy and mission."
Wonkybot Studios is in development on several other family-themed audio series and is set to share more exciting news on multiple fronts in the coming weeks.
About Wonkybot Studios
Wonkybot Studios, the children's and family production, music and publishing company formed by industry veterans Stewart St. John, Todd Fisher and Michael Plahuta in 2015, is an incubator for St. John's many kids and family projects. Dedicated to creating entertaining and engaging characters, stories and tunes for kids and families across all media platforms which inspire, uplift and entertain the imagination. For more information, visit http://www.wonkybot.com