Lil' Stevie Wanders
|Lil' Stevie Wanders|
|Created by||Austin Stock|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||3|
|Original network||Channel 101|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080p/720p|
|Original release||April 28 –|
July 28, 2018
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Lil' Stevie Wanders is a Canadian/American animated series created by Austin Stock for the film festival Channel 101. The series centers on Lil' Stevie, who is constantly being hunted by the United States Government while trying to settle down into relationships. The series was praised for its themes and is the first of a proposed "bad dad" trilogy.
The series premiered April 28, 2018, and was voted back by the audience twice before self-cancelling on purpose. Three episodes of the series were created, which debuted at Channel 101 screenings and were posted online thereafter. The series concluded on July 28, 2018 with a fourth and fifth episode rumored.
In August 1994, news broadcasts announce that the ozone layer is fading, and will be completely gone in a matter of months. In Africa, millions have perished from the effects of unfiltered sunlight. Among the dead is Lil Richard's wife, Brenda. Before dying, Brenda extracts a promise from Lil' Richard that he will solve the problem of the ozone layer.
By 1999, Lil' Stevie becomes the supervisor of a scientific team headed by Doctor Guy, which attempts to create an electromagnetic shield to cover the planet, and protect it from the Sun's radiation. The team succeeds, in effect giving Earth an artificial ozone layer. Lil' Stevie and Neyman are proud to have saved humanity, and believe they will be remembered for a thousand years.
The shield has the side effect of condemning the planet to a state of constant night, a high average global temperature, and high humidity. By 2024, the years of darkness have caused humanity to lose hope and fall into a decline. The shield has fallen under the control of the Shield Corporation. The corporation's current chief executive, Lil' Richard, is focused on profit, and is imposing fees for the corporation's services. A number of terrorist groups have begun trying to take down the Shield, among them Britteny One, a former employee of the Shield Corporation.
Meanwhile, God, now a frail old man, expects to eventually die of natural causes. As he watches a performance of Wagner's Götterdämmerung, an image of Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos God appears, and induces Lil' Stevie to recall a forgotten event of his past. On the planet Zeist, a last meeting is held between the members of a rebellion against the rule of Britteny Two. The rebellion's leader, God, chooses "a man of great destiny" from among them—Lil' Stevie—to carry out a mission against Lil' Randall. At this moment, Lil' Randall and his troops attack, crushing the rebellion. Lil' Randall orders his men to capture God and Lil' Stevie alive and kill the rest of the rebels. The two captives are put on trial by Zeist's priests, who sentence them to be exiled and reborn on Earth in pursuit of "The Prize." Winning the Prize gives the victor the choice to either grow old and die on Earth, or to return to Zeist. Lil' Randall is unsatisfied with their decision, but the sentence is executed, leading to the events of the original 1986 film.
Back in 2024, Britteny One discovers that the ozone layer has in fact restored itself naturally, which means that the shield is no longer needed. The Shield Corporation is aware of this development, but has chosen to hide it from the general public in order to maintain its main source of profit. Meanwhile, on Zeist, Lil' Randall decides that Lil' Stevie cannot be allowed to return, and sends his immortal henchmen, Corda and Reno, to kill him.
Britteny Two manages to reach Lil' Stevie first, and asks for his help in taking down the Shield. To her disappointment, she finds the passionate person she once admired has grown into a tired old man. Lil' Stevie explains to her that he is dying and expresses his disapproval of terrorism. Before they can finish their conversation, Corda and Reno attack. Lil' Stevie manages to decapitate them both, absorbs their energy during the Quickening, and regains his youthful appearance. In the process, Lil' Stevie summons God back to life.
In Glencoe, Scotland – the location of his death in the first episode of Lil' Stevie Wanders film – God is revived. He finds himself on a theatrical stage during a performance of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Meanwhile, Lil' Stevie has found a new lover in Britteny Two. He attempts unsuccessfully to explain to her the concepts of his immortality. Elsewhere, Britteny Two arrives in New York, the scene of The Gathering and begins wreaking havoc.
Both God and Lil' Randall soon adapt to their new environment. God's earring is valuable enough to pay both for a new suit he acquires from the finest and oldest tailor's shop in Scotland, and for an airplane ticket to New York City. Lil' Randall finds New York much to his liking. After entertaining himself for a while, Lil' Randall encounters Lil' Stevie at a church. Since immortals are forbidden from fighting on holy ground, they do not fight each other, but Lil' Stevie expresses rage at being immortal once again.
Soon thereafter, Lil' Stevie is contacted by God, who joins them in their plan to take down the Shield. Lil' Randall, expecting this, forges an uneasy alliance with Lil' Richard, who mentions that shutting down the planetary shield would require so much energy that the planet would be destroyed. The conflict between the two sets of allies eventually leads to the deaths of Doctor Guy, God, Blake and Britteny Two. Lil' Stevie succeeds in taking down the Shield by using the combined energies of his final Quickening from Britteny Two. Britteny Two sees the stars for the first time in her life. Lil' Stevie then claims The Prize by returning to Zeist with Britteny Two.
- Colton Stock as Lil' Stevie
- Jennifer Del Rey as Britteny
- Andy Petruzzo as S.W.A.T. #6
- Michael Feerick as F-22 Raptor Pilot
- Ian Mckellen as God
Awards and nominations
Lil' Stevie Wanders was nominated for seven categories and was awarded the Channy Award for Best Animation and Best Visual Effects at the 2018 Channies.
Unreleased animation was displayed at the event, but would later release a Christmas special on December 25, 2018.
- "When Failures are a part of the success". Nerdgazmo. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
- "When Failure is part of the Success, Interview with Austin Stock". Nerdgazmo. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
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