The plan is to create 3 minute webisodes and present very short and funny situations on each one. Each situation will teach a very simple lesson or answer a very basic question that everybody and specially children can relate to.
I invested some of my own money and hired a creative writer to develop 12 short stories for the first season of the Farm Babies.
Here they are!
1. Jumpin’ on the Band Wagon
Cathy Cow is playing by the pond when she notices the music the wind makes when it blows across some hollow reeds. Inspired by the sound, she makes a reed flute, which gets the other Farm Babies excited about building their own instruments and starting a band.
Unfortunately, everyone wants to play a different style of music – Charlie Chick wants to play country, Tamir wants to play salsa. Benny Bear tries to get everyone to take turns, but they scatter to play by themselves. A frustrated Benny throws his paws up and is about to give up, until he hears the sound of music on the air and realizes he’s hearing each Farm Baby playing in different places on the farm, their individual sounds harmonizing.
Benny approaches each Farm Baby and asks them to play a solo concert in the barn – a scheme that gets all the animals together at the same time. When each Farm Baby tries to outplay the other, they realize how good they sound together and learn the importance of working together for a common goal.
2. The Blizzard of Shnozz
Cathy Cow and Eliki are exploring in the forest. Eliki is nervous and wants to go home – the weather is changing and he’s afraid of catching cold. But Cathy urges him onward and they find a meadow with flowers Cathy has never seen before. Cathy weaves a garland of flowers to show the others.
On the way home it begins to rain and Eliki starts sneezing – giant, blasting sneezes that blows leaves off the trees and sends the other Farm Babies rolling across the ground. Eliki ends up in bed and Charlie Chick and the others propose various silly cures to stop the sneezing. Cathy is upset. She’s sure she’s made her friend terribly ill, until everyone realize Eliki is allergic to the new flowers Cathy is wearing around her neck.
It’s the Farm Babies first experience with allergies and Cathy learns a lesson about being aware of others fears and concerns.
3. I Can’t Hear You, Text Louder!
Charlie Chick creates a “talking clickograph”, his version of a cell phone. When he shows the others how they can type messages to each other, everyone wants one except Benny Bear, who’d rather talk to the other Farm Babies in person, and Tamir, who wants to keep his paws free to work on his own style of martial arts he calls “Kat-rate.”
Soon, everyone is spending their time typing away, quietly sending messages back and forth while the lively, happy atmosphere of the farm falls silent. Benny calls a meeting to discuss the issue and is frustrated that everyone in attendance ignores him as they text back and forth amongst themselves.
Tamir suggests a commando style mission to take out Charlie Chick’s radio tower, but Benny suggests a different plan. The duo creates a fake emergency scenario where things happen faster than the Farm Babies can type and they toss their clickographs away to come help. With their minds off their texting, the Farm Babies realize the fun they’ve been missing and learn a lesson about clickograph etiquette.
4. Moo Mail
Cathy Cow is responsible for delivering mail. She loves to organize it neatly in her cart and go around the farm to chat with her friends.
One day, she injures her hoof and has to stay off it while it heals. While she’s resting, Charlie Chick takes over the mail duties, using his plane to deliver the mail much more quickly than Cathy. Cathy’s feelings are hurt when she overhears some of the Farm Babies discussing how good a job Charlie is doing. She pretends her foot is still sore because she doesn’t want to be told she’s being replaced, unaware that Charlie doesn’t even want the job. He’d rather work in his shop, but pretends to like it because he doesn’t want to make Cathy feel like she has to hurry up and get well.
Ultimately, the truth comes out when Cathy learns that the other Farm Babies miss her chats as she delivers the mail. The Farm Babies learn a lesson about the importance of talking through your feelings.
5. How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Cow the Ways…
Cathy Cow is having trouble fixing the fence around her garden when Tamir lends a hand. Cathy is so impressed with what Tamir has done, she develops a crush on Tamir and starts following him around. She eagerly joins in when Tamir shows her a basketball hoop he’s woven from tree branches, but becomes embarrassed when she can’t shoot very well.
Her embarrassment becomes jealousy when Eliki joins them and is able to play the game with ease. Tamir and Eliki have a great time and Cathy, rather than join in, sulks and devises ways to get Tamir’s attention: breaking the fence again, bringing him lunch, creating her own game with amusing results. Her jealousy gets the best of her and she breaks the hoop, which only makes Tamir angry with her. Cathy runs away in shame and pours her heart out to Benny, who helps he resolve her feelings.
Cathy makes things right with Tamir by building him a new hoop then joins him and Eliki as they shoot hoops, learning a lesson about how to handle jealousy.
6. Gray and Gray and Red All Over
The sun is shining bright and hot and the Farm Babies are all swimming in the pond. Eliki floats on a tube in the middle of the pond, baking in the sun. Cathy warns him to put on sun block, but Eliki ignores her. He realizes he should have listened when he wakes up the next morning covered in bright pink sunburn. Now, while his friends play in the pond, Eliki can only watch from the cool dark interior of the grain silo.
Charlie Chick, in sunglasses and board shorts, passes by and invites Eliki to join them. When Eliki tells Charlie about his sunburn, Charlie tries to help. He builds a protective suit made of tin that makes Eliki sink, then a giant hat that catches a gust of wind, nearly carrying the elephant away. Charlie is at a loss and a sad Eliki can only watch from the shade filled silo. Then Charlie is struck by an idea. He grabs a bucket and runs to the pond, filling the bucket and returning to dump it on the floor of the silo. Back and forth he goes, calling out to the other Farm Babies for help.
At first the Farm Babies are reluctant because it’s too hot to work, but one by one they pitch in, forming a bucket brigade from the pond to the silo. Soon, the bottom of the silo is full of water, kept refreshing and cool by the shade. Eliki joins his friends in the new pool, teaching them fancy dives and the Farm Babies realize the joy in doing hard work to help out a friend.
7. Garden of Lies
One evening, the Farm Babies are telling ghost stories around a camp fire. Tamir tells a scary story about a creature called the Red Eyed Bandicoot.
The story is a little much for Eliki. After the story session, he is spooked by some fireflies and thinking the Red Eyed Bandicoot is after him, runs through Cathy’s garden, trampling it flat. Rather than be truthful, he makes up a story about the Bandicoot attacking the garden.
The farm goes on alert. Charlie Chick builds bandicoot traps, Tamir has extra Kat-rate practice sessions, and Benny patrols the farm. Everyone is nervous and exhausted from the extra work.
Eliki is wracked with guilt and in an effort to relieve it, decides to sneak in and repair Cathy’s garden. In the process, he is caught in one of Charlie’s bandicoot traps. When he is confronted by the other Farm Babies, Eliki confesses. Cathy forgives him and Eliki learns the importance of telling the truth.
8. Three Hundred Ring Circus
One day the wind carries a flier for a nearby circus onto the farm. The Farm Babies marvel at the exciting looking acts pictured on the advertisement. They decide to start a circus of their own. But a disagreement breaks out about who gets to be the ring master. Everyone wants it but Tamir, who would much rather perform as a clown.
At first, he’s happy to not be caught up in the struggle to be ring master, but when everyone decides to form their own circus and the only act they have is Tamir, he soon becomes exhausted, having to practice for one circus after another. When he shows up for Eliki’s practice, he spots Eliki casually juggling with his trunk.
Tamir thinks about other things he’s seen his friends do…Charlie Chick can do magic tricks, Cathy Cow can sing. Tamir drags one of the other wannabe ring master to see Eliki perform, and everyone realizes they have some talent they can do. Everyone ends up in the show, with each performer putting on the ring master’s hat to introduce the next act. The Farm Babies learn a lesson about compromise and taking turns.
9. Smell It Like It Is
Tamir, Eliki and Benny Bear are laughing and playing in a huge mud puddle in the woods. Cathy Cow tells them it’s time to get cleaned up, but the boys are having too good a time. When she tries to be firm with them, it rubs Tamir the wrong way. He tell her she he doesn’t have to do what she says and he can stay dirty all the time if he wants. The others agree and decide to never take baths again.
They form the country of Mudtopia, building mud huts and mud couches to sit on. Cathy enlists Charlie Chick in several schemes to clean the mudtopians, but Tamir and the others are too clever to fall for them, so Cathy decides to ignore her increasingly foul smelling friends. For a while, things are great, but it begins to go sour. They don’t like the way each other smells, clouds of flies swarm around them and everything they eat tastes like mud because their hands are dirty. Even Tamir starts to get tired of it and realizes it’s not good to be dirty all the time.
Still not wanting to admit he was wrong, Tamir talks himself into believing it’s OK to take a bath, as long as HE wants to do it. Relieved, the other mudtopians agree and trade their mud puddle for the clean water of the pond, learning that personal hygiene is better than picking mud from your teeth.
10. Blender Blunder
Eliki is in the kitchen, baking muffins. Muffin Day is huge on the farm. Several Farm Babies wait anxiously outside talking about what a great cook Eliki is and how much he knows about baking. Eliki overhears them and is getting a little full of himself when Tamir bursts into the kitchen demanding muffins. Eliki forces him out, slamming the door behind him. He quickly finishes stirring the batter and pours it in muffin tins. Later, he hands out the muffins and everyone thinks they’re delicious, except for Charlie Chick, who, in a hurry like always, just grabs one to eat for later.
Eliki samples a muffin and is confused – it does not taste like the recipe he followed. When the other Farm Babies asked him about the unique flavor in the muffin, Eliki doesn’t want to look dumb, so he mumbles something about a secret ingredient. He hurries back to the kitchen and tries to figure out what he put in the batter. He’s worried the others will think less of him if he can’t re-create the muffins. He remembers Charlie Chick took his muffin with him, so Eliki tries to steal the muffin back so he can taste it and try to figure out what the mystery ingredient is. Charlie catches him and Eliki has to confess he doesn’t know what he used.
Charlie suggests re-enacting the creation of the muffins and when they do, they discover that when Eliki slammed the door on Tamir, several bottles tipped over on the shelf and dumped spices into the batter. Relieved, Eliki is able to re-create the muffin recipe and learns a lesson about using your brain to solve your problems.
11. Over Use It, You Lose It
The well on the farm gets a lot of use. Charlie Chick has a pipes running to a water wheel outside his shop that provides power for his work. Cathy uses the hose to water her garden and Tamir and Eliki like to play in the sprinklers. Benny Bear is a little worried.
There has not been much rain and when he looks down the well, the water level looks low. He tries to get the Farm Babies to conserve water, but Charlie thinks his work is too important and the others just think he’s bossy. Cathy lets the water run in her garden all day long, and Tamir leaves the sprinklers on when he runs inside for dinner.
During the night, Charlie Chick’s water wheel slows to a stop and Tamir’s sprinklers run dry. The next morning, Eliki makes a running dive into the pond…and lands on dry sand. The water in the pond is gone! Cathy realizes her garden hose isn’t working and Charlie Chick shop is useless without his water wheel. Everyone looks to Benny Bear for answers but he tells them there is nothing he can do. The well has run dry.
Everyone is getting thirsty. Cathy’s garden is wilting. Tamir and Eliki lay in the shade, panting because it so hot. Charlie Chick takes his bi-plane into the sky looking for clouds, but there none to be seen. The Farm Babies start talking about having to move and are worried – what if the farm becomes a desert? The Farm Babies go to bed, unsure of what tomorrow will bring.
In the night, rain drops patter on the roof of the barn. In the morning, the pond is full! Everyone goes back to life as usual…but not exactly. Tamir and Eliki play in the shady woods to keep cool and when Cathy finishes watering her garden, she makes a point of turning the faucet off. The Farm Babies now understand how important it is to conserve water.
12. What’s the Four One One?
Tamir Tiger has a secret. He doesn’t know what “four” is. He can count to three and knows four is more, just not how much, and he’s afraid someone is going to find out. So he fakes it.
When Benny Bear asks Tamir to meet him at four o’clock, Tamir secretly follows Benny around all day so he makes sure he shows up on time. Charlie Chick asks Tamir to bring him four nails for a project he’s working on and Tamir brings him an entire bucket full. When Candy Cow tells Tamir to lay out four bases for kick ball, Tamir lays out a dozen, claiming he was thinking of Canadian kick ball.
The problem comes to a head when Candy Cow comes to Tamir in a panic. She was babysitting four kittens but they wandered off in the woods and are lost. Tamir knows the woods better than anyone and the only one who can find them before dark. Tamir tries to push the job off onto Charlie or Benny but eventually has to admit he doesn’t know what four is. Instead of making fun of him, the Farm Babies give him a tip – you have four paws so just make sure you find a kitten for each paw.
Tamir heads of into the woods and tracks down the lost kittens, emerging from the darkness with a kitten clinging to each paw. Tamir is a hero and learns an important lesson – it’s OK to ask questions.