The Kooky Adventures of My Friend Kookabuk

Danimation is working to help develop The Kooky Adventures of My Friend Kookabuk by Kevin Howard, a wonderful collection of social stories created as a guide to help you and your special child approach new experiences and challenges in a positive and enriching way.

Successfully navigating through a world filled with uncertainties is difficult for all children. The struggle is often magnified for children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  A social story is a fun and powerful tool in helping to address specific challenges that your child may encounter. Our social stories are thoughtfully designed to encourage the participation of all those who love and support your child.

The books introduce you to Emily, a neurotypical child (child without a developmental disability).  She becomes Kookabuk’s first friend and narrates all of Kookabuk’s “kooky” adventures.  She reflects upon Kookabuk’s unique way of interacting with the world. Throughout the series, Emily develops an incredible friendship with Kookabuk.  Acting upon the simple virtues of kindness, patience, and acceptance, she proves that in spite of his differences, a deeply rewarding relationship can be achieved.

Boys Don’t Wear Dresses

In Collaboration with Spectrum Laboratory.

Script and Story by Steven Felder and Jason Weissbrod

Alon, a young gay man on the autism spectrum who deeply wants to be accepted into the world. He struggles with the need for coming out of his shell but is too scared of other people judging him, especially his peers. This journey follows Alon during one of the most important days in his life. He will explore the possibilities of overcoming his doubts, insecurities, and anxiety through a new friend and his first crush.

This short film will combine live action and animation. Coming soon to film festivals, Spring 2020.

Schlitzie: One of Us

In Co-production with Waldo Dog Productions, Directed by Steven Belgard.

Schlitzie: One of Us is a love letter to the 4-foot-tall performer, who was born with microcephaly, and made his most notable cultural impact via the 1932 classic film Freaks. The Ramones immortalized him with a song; the FX series “American Horror Story: Freakshow” featured a character based on him, as well as in the comic strip “Zippy the Pinhead.” The documentary examines how he touched the hearts of many and made an impact on pop culture, while imparting a hopeful message of acceptance and tolerance. In addition to Schlitzie, the film features those born different, who have made an impact and thrived despite their obstacles. Artists on the Autism Spectrum have created the film’s animation and musical score.

Coming to Film Festivals, Fall 2020