When I was younger, I created a hip-hop sketch comedy character named Kid Wiz. After I wrapped on the project, my friends and I talked about how animated the Kid Wiz character was and how I should make the concept into a children’s cartoon. Five years flew by and I never forgot about the Kid Wiz cartoon idea.

I decided to follow through with my vision and I wrote the Kid Wiz cartoon treatment and called the show The Adventures of Kid Wiz and Lil Fatback. The treatment broke down the themes, characters, locations, and episodes for the show. I also wrote a short screenplay for The Adventures of Kid Wiz and Lil Fatback called “Shine-alholic.”

Note: The Adventures of Kid Wiz and Lil Fatback cartoon characters are not based on the rappers or celebrities featured in the theme song video below. The photos represent stereotypical hip-hop characteristics and showcase visual elements of The Adventures of Kid Wiz and Lil Fatback cartoon.

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The Adventures of Kid Wiz and Lil Fatback, Cartoon Treatment
Written By Sean Lewis
Copyright – Sean Lewis – All Rights Reserved

Log Line
The Adventures of Kid Wiz and Lil Fatback is a hip-hop musical cartoon that follows the adventures of Kid Wiz, Lil Fatback and their middle school crew, the Double Gate Posse. Through hip-hop adventures, the Double Gate Posse learns life lessons and the children create songs and music videos that reflect the lessons learned.

Synopsis
The Adventures of Kid Wiz and Lil Fatback takes place in a timeless hip-hop world. Past and present hip-hop cultures blend together and interact simultaneously.

The Adventures of Kid Wiz and Lil Fatback encourages kids to be creative and express themselves through the four elements of hip-hop: Rapping, DJing, B-Boying, and Art/Fashion.

The Adventures of Kid Wiz and Lil Fatback shows kids how to develop and produce creative projects. The Double Gate Posse use computers to produce and post their songs, music videos and art on the Internet.

The Double Gate Posse’s rival hip-hop crew is the greedy and materialistic Da Get Dat Click. Conflicts with the high school kids in the Da Get Dat Click teach the Double Gate Posse positive and non-violent ways to deal with conflict.

Funky community center director Chief Rocka guides Kid Wiz and the Double Gate Posse through life and hip-hop. Chief Rocka teaches the Double Gate Posse how to express themselves through song and dance, work together as a team, and uplift each other through hip-hop and its four elements.

Chief Rocka hosts and DJ’s the hottest block parties in town. The Saturday afternoon block parties give the Double Gate Posse and Da Get Dat Click platforms to showcase their talents through hip-hop battles.

Themes
Timeless Hip-hop World
The Adventures of Kid Wiz and Lil Fatback takes place in a timeless hip-hop world. Past and present hip-hop cultures blend together and interact simultaneously. Rap stars, fashions trends, and hairstyles from the 1970’s to the 2000’s and beyond combine together to form the ultimate hip-hop world.

Hip-hop
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “Hip-hop”? More often than not, people associate hip-hop with Rap Music. Hip-hop is the culture and rap is the style of music that reflects the culture. The Adventures of Kid Wiz and Lil Fatback reflects the culture through the four elements of hip-hop.

Creativity and Self Expression
The two major themes in The Adventures of Kid Wiz and Lil Fatback are creativity and self-expression. The show offers children ways to take negative energy and turn it into positive by creating outlets to showcase their talents and skills through song, dance and art.

Kid Wiz and his crew, the Double Gate Posse, express themselves and showcase their creativity through the four elements of hip-hop: Rapping, DJing, B-Boying, and Art/Fashion.

The Four Elements of Hip-hop
The four elements of hip-hop all have the potential to ignite exciting hip-hop battles. Similar to back alley street fights with wild screaming crowds, hip-hop battles are ways for Rappers, DJs, B-Boys, and Artists to compete against each other in nonviolent ways. The contestant who receives the best audience response is viewed as the victor.

Rapping – also known as MCing, Spitting, or Rhyming is the art of being a Microphone Controller (MC). Rapping is the art of rhyming over beats with clever lyrics that tell a story.

DJing – The DJ creates the music that MC’s rap over. A traditional hip-hop DJ uses two turntables while simultaneously mixing and matching different beats and records.

B-Boying – Also known as Breakdancing, Breaking, or B-Girling. Breakdancing is a competitive dance between B-Boys. Surrounded by cheering fans, breakdancers battle each other with innovative dance moves. The B-Boy who rocks the crowd and displays more complicated dance moves is declared the winner.

Art and Fashion – Hip-hop art and fashion complement the expression and attitude of hip-hop culture. Graffiti is the traditional art of hip-hop and has pushed the boundaries of preconceived art. Hip-hop fashion is a prominent part of mainstream fashion and has been setting worldwide trends for decades.

Do it Yourself
The Do it Yourself (D.I.Y.) theme shows children how to create their own songs, music videos, and websites. Kid Wiz and the Double Gate Posse show kids how to set and achieve creative goals through action steps. To promote their music and art, the Double Gate Posse use computers, video cameras, and the Internet.

Good Guys vs. Bad Guys
The Double Gate Posse are the good guys while Da Get Dat Click are the bad guys. The two crews accentuate each other’s differences while having similar interests and desires.

Hip-hop Powers
Each character has special hip-hop powers. The characters’ powers will be reflected in their hip-hop special skill such as Rapping, DJing, Beat Boxing, or Breakdancing. During the shows opening sequence and in battles, characters will be introduced with branded colors, graphics, icons and trademark hip-hop poses. The branded graphics and icons fly in and out of frame while starburst graphics (think 1960’s Batman graphics or Scott Pilgrim Film) put exclamation points on phrases and words.

Characters
Kid Wiz – The Rapper
Posse – Double Gate Posse
Hip-hop Powers – Rapping and Breakdancing
Kid Wiz is the leader of the hip-hop crew, the Double Gate Posse. The skinny and hyperactive twelve-year-old is a foot or two shorter than his peers. Kid Wiz dreams of becoming a professional rapper and his obsessive-compulsive behaviors puts him and his friends in dicey situations where they end up learning life lessons through their experiences.

Lil Fatback – Kid Wiz’s sidekick
Posse – Double Gate Posse
Hip-hop Powers – Beat-boxing and Farting
The overweight and laid-back Lil Fatback is Kid Wiz’s best friend and hype man. Lil Fatback is always there to help calm down and support his best friend Kid Wiz. Lil Fatback loves eating cheeseburgers and passing gas.

Craig Smack – The Bully
Posse – Da Get Dat Click
Hip-hop Powers – Rapping and Talking Smack
Craig Smack is the fifteen-year-old leader of the rival crew Da Get Dat Click and is in ninth grade. Craig is a bully who is always talking smack.

Bobby Nasty – Craig Smack’s sidekick
Posse – Da Get Dat Click
Hip-hop Powers – Breakdancing and “Yo Mama” jokes
Bobby Nasty a.k.a. B. Nasty is Craig Smack’s annoying yes man. Bobby buzzes around Craig Smack like a yellow jacket bumblebee and is always ready to sting passer byes with his vicious “Yo Mama” jokes.

Kesha – The Flygirl
Posse – Double Gate Posse
Hip-hop Powers – Rapping, B-girling, Graffiti
Kesha is a no non-sense fly girl. She is a middle school tomboy who loves to dance.

Latesha – The Diva
Posse – Double Gate Posse
Hip-hop Powers – Singing and Fashion
Lateasha is the girly girl of the Double Gate Posse. She uses her fashion savvy and sense of style to solve problems and make plans.

Shameka Da Shawty – The Bad Girl
Posse – Da Get Dat Click
Hip-hop Powers – Rapping and Attitude
Shameka uses her aggressive attitude to intimidate boys. She is a two snaps and a circle kind of girl.

Chief Rocka – The Teacher
Hip-hop Powers – DJing, Knowledge and Wisdom
Chief Rocka is the funky intergalactic community center director that teaches Kid Wiz and the Double Gate Posse how to express themselves, work together and uplift each other through hip-hop and its four elements.

Baby Leg Jones – The Hustler
Hip-hop Powers – Ability to Influence people
Baby Leg Jones is an old school hustler from the 1970’s. Baby Leg owns The Candy Store and employs Craig Smack and Da Get Dat Click as his street team to sell candy to kids.

Big Daddy Donut – Kid Wiz and Lil Fatback’s favorite rapper
Hip-hop Powers – Rapping and Comedy
Big Daddy Donut a.k.a. The Donut King represents the positive and creative side of hip-hop.

Gangsta Boogie – Craig Smack and B. Nasty’s favorite rapper
Hip-hop Powers – Rapping and Peacocking
Gangsta Boogie is a materialistic blinged out gangster rapper covered in tattoos.

Wiggy D (Donald) – Producer of the Double Gate Posse
Posse – Double Gate Posse
Hip-hop Powers – Producing, DJing, and Video Editing
Wiggy D is the nerdy thirteen-year-old producer and technical wizard of the Double Gate Posse. His gadgets are his best friends.

Dancing Machine – Mascot of the Double Gate Posse
Posse – Double Gate Posse
Hip-hop Powers – Dancing
The Dancing Machine a.k.a. DM is Kid Wiz’s two-year-old brother. The DM never walks or talks and only stands up to get down on the dance floor. The DM is the Double Gate Posse’s secret weapon.

Locations
The Club House – The Club House is where the Double Gate Posse hangs out and creates music, videos, and dance moves. The clubhouse is located in the refurbished basement of an abandon building and the children must pass through two old rusted gates to get inside. Hence the name the Double Gate Posse.

Community Center – The community center is where the children attend their after school program. Chief Rocka runs the community center and the after school program.

The Park – The Park is located next to the community center and is the coolest place to be on Saturday afternoons. In the park, Chief Rocka host’s hip-hop block parties where he encourages Rappers, DJs, B-Boys and Artists to battle and showcase their talents.

The Candy Store – The Candy Store is owned and operated by the shady Baby Leg Jones. The infamous Candy Store is the hangout spot for mischievous kids and Baby Leg uses the store to recruit children to sell his candy in the streets at inflated prices.

The Rap A Dee Raps Show – The world famous hip-hop television series, The Rap A Dee Raps Show, is the Double Gate Posse’s and Da Get Dat Click’s favorite television program. Rappers such as Big Daddy Donut and Gangsta Boogie are shown on the television series. The show influences the children’s musical taste, fashion sense, and dance moves.

Episodes
“The Gas Box”
Lesson: Special Talent
Lil Fatback does not know how to musically contribute to the Double Gate Posse. With guidance from Chief Rocka, Lil Fatback develops his special talent of combining beat-boxing and farting.

“Where’d You Get Those?”
Lesson: Materialism and Creativity
Craig Smack has the new Gangsta Boogie signature sneakers. Kid Wiz wants them so badly, but he can’t afford the shoes. Wiggy D and Latesha help Kid Wiz design and build his own custom kicks that play music.

“Smack Attack”
Lesson: Being Different
Craig Smack and Bobby Nasty make fun of Kid Wiz’s small size and Lil Fatback’s heft. Chief Rocka teaches Kid Wiz and Lil Fatback there is nothing wrong with being different and that what’s inside you is important. Kid Wiz and Lil Fatback battle rap against Craig Smack and Bobby Nasty and show them that size and weight don’t matter.

“Video Killed the Radio Star”
Lesson: Setting Goals and Action Steps
After watching the new Big Daddy Donut music video on The Rap A Dee Raps Show, Kid Wiz and the Double Gate Posse are inspired to make their own music video. They learn how to set goals and follow through with action steps to make their music video a reality.

“Hip-hop vs. Rap”
Lesson: Hip-hop History
Chief Rocka teach kids the difference between rap and hip-hop. The Double Gate Posse explore the four elements of hip-hop culture; Rapping, DJing, B-Boying, and Art/Fashion.

“D-Nut Life”
Lesson: Diet and Exercise
Kid Wiz and Lil Fatback go on an all donut diet to be like their favorite rapper Big Daddy Donut. After several sugar rushes and nauseating crashes, Kid Wiz and Lil Fatback learn the hard way about proper diet and exercise.

“Back to Basics”
Lesson: Peer Pressure
The new Gangsta Boogie video “Backwards Boogie” has Gangsta Boogie and his crew wearing their clothes backwards. Craig Smack and Bobby Nasty start wearing their clothes backwards and pressure the Double Gate Posse to flip their clothes around.

“Double Dutch”
Lesson: Communication
Kid Wiz and Kesha enter the mixed-doubles double-dutch championships. While practicing their routine, they begin to fight with each other. Chief Rocka teaches them how to communicate their ideas and feelings towards each other so that they can work as a team.

“Extra Hip-hop”
Lesson: Being Yourself
After being shown up in a hip-hop battle by Craig Smack, Kid Wiz wants to increase his hip-hop knowledge. After discovering a “hip-hoptionary”, Kid Wiz begins to speak in only slang terms. He misuses hip-hop terminology and is teased mercilessly. Kid Wiz learns the value of being yourself.

“Dream It, Achieve It”
Lesson: Setting Goals
Kid Wiz has a dream about the Double Gate Posse recording its first song. With help from Chief Rocka and Wiggy D, Kid Wiz, and crew learn how to write and record a song.

“Gimme a Break”
Lesson: Team Work
Kid Wiz and the Double Gate Posse hangout with the world famous Rock Steady Crew and learn different breakdance moves. The Double Gate Posse learns how B-boy battles can be non-violent ways to deal with conflict. The Double Gate Posse b-boy battles Da Get Dat Click and ultimately the one who steals the show is Kid Wiz’s little brother, The Dancing Machine.

“Giving to Get”
Lesson: Being Unselfish
Rival mentors Chief Rocka and Baby Leg Jones are cousins and were band-mates in a 1970’s funk band called, Intergalactic Players. The two had conflicting opinions on the direction of the band and on other major life choices. Baby Leg wanted to take from the band where Chief Rocka was focused on giving back to the people. Baby Leg is kicked out of the band for stealing and Chief Rocka hosts his first block party.

Copyright – Sean Lewis – All Rights Reserved

 

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