Developed by José Behar
Created by Akiva & Sophia Prell
Art by Yariv Newman
Woke World is an animated All In The Family for our time – a sitcom that shines a funny light on today’s most divisive issues, and gives audiences – left, right and middle – a safe space to come together and laugh.
Woke World is a 20-minute/episode animated sitcom born from a comic strip.
NORM (DAD) is a grumpy curmudgeon who works at a strip-mall trophy shop and gripes over our “participation trophy” / “safe space” culture that his woke daughter Chloe and her non-binary friend Chaz are always yelling at him about.
JANICE (MOM) is the guidance counsellor at their daughter Chloe’s newly-renamed Colin Kaepernick High School. Janice belongs to her husband Norm’s generation, and she is loyal to him, but she is open to and eager (sometimes too eager) to learn today’s new “woke” ways.
CHLOE (DAUGHTER) is a wannabe culture warrior who adopts woke lingo and ideas, and champions every new cause – even ones she has no connection to but feels the need to “intersect” with. She falls for the wokest person in her high school: non-binary exchange student Chaz.
CHAZ is a “woke hero” exchange student from Portland who identifies as non-binary and is an online influencer who looks down “Their” masked nose at those who are less woke than They. Chaz is largely uninterested in “woke wannabe” Chloe, until Chaz meets Chloe’s dad Norm and becomes fascinated with Norm as the perfect foil for his online rants.
CHARLIE is Norm’s boss at Trophies R USA and perhaps the least politically correct character in Woke World. An aging former football star, Charlie is gobsmacked that his unathletic son is “transitioning” – until he sees it as an opportunity for his son/daughter to dominate female football and win a Heis(woman) Trophy.
BILLIE is Chloe’s emotional support dog to help her cope with her “triggering” dad. But Billie winds up becoming “Dad’s best friend” after Norm treats Billie like a dog, not an emotional crutch.
OMNI is a digital assistant (a “binary” character) which constantly updates itself on the tastes and needs of the family, and on the ever-evolving language and rules of our new Woke World.
WOKE WORLD is a turn-key project seeking a network partner to enhance the creative and bridge, through comedy, the gap between extremes in a quite polarized society.
All characters are rigged for quick animation.
ABC Reboot of All In The Family: 2019
WOKE WORLD is a new animated sitcom that fills the space left by All In The Family : the “greatest television series in history,” the #1 show in America for nearly a decade, winner of 22 Emmy Awards, and immortalized in America’s Smithsonian.
WOKE WORLD , like All In The Family , takes the biggest issues of the day and makes them funny and personal by airing them out “in the family” – through strong characters on all sides.
WOKE WORLD’s Archie Bunker-like dad Norm speaks to half of the country, and the rest of the characters (who argue with him) speak to the other half, and the issues they care about.
This “left/right-in the family” formula still works. In 2019, Jimmy Kimmel recreated a classic episode of All In The Family on ABC Television – featuring Jamie Foxx, Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei. It was #1 in the ratings and won an Emmy Award.
Now, more than ever, we need a “safe space” to laugh. WOKE WORLD fills that space.
“Woke World hits the nail right on its politically correct head. The clever art aesthetic is in perfect harmony with the dialogue as each strip plays out like a sit-com allowing the characters to come alive. Leaves no stone unturned with the issues it addresses.”
Creature Designer (Avatar, Star Trek, Cloverfield, Super 8, Garfield)
“Much like science fiction, comic strips have long been a medium to have a dialog about the issues of our times in a relaxed setting. Woke World is a genius strip which is brave enough to get us to laugh about today’s issues and pulls no punches in doing so.”
CEO of Pitch Dev (Disney, LucasFilms, Netflix, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers)
Woke World: Pilot
Norm discovers (to his dismay, and to his woke-wannabe daughter Chloe’s delight) that non-binary exchange student Chaz is going to live in their home. Meanwhile, Norm’s boss at the trophy store Charlie finds out that his son is “transitioning” – to what? – “hopefully not a Jets fan.” The two men lament that “everything is changing, and not for the better” as they try to restore normalcy by watching a football game. But gametime becomes woke wartime when Chloe and Chaz express outrage over Charlie’s throwback Washington Redskins jersey, and battle over who should stand or kneel during the national anthem. Emotional Support Dog Billie pee-pees, Omni the woke digital assistant melts down and goes into “safe mode,” and the Pilot episode ends with a heart-to-heart between Norm and Charlie about the importance of remaining a family.
Every male/female/religious/traditional convention is dragged out and wokified
Chloe is the maid of honor at the wedding of her childhood best friend – who knew Chloe back before she was woke. Every wedding-based tradition, and every non-woke gender role expectation, is ridiculed, attacked and turned on its head: Best Man, Garter, Dresses & Ties, Cake (and Supreme Court challenges thereof), the Reverend, God, “Man & Wife,” clinking glasses for a Kiss (repeating joke), Dancing, the Band, Music Choices, Toasts. Non-binary Chaz grabs the mic and airs grievances. The Bride grabs the mic and shares secrets from Chloe's girlie-girl non-woke past. One of Chloe’s old (masculine, football player) boyfriends is there. Norm loves him. Chaz is confused and threatened. Chloe is mortified.
Mom sells Weed like an Avon/Tupperware Lady
And doesn’t know what she’s selling!
Janice joins a multi-level marketing company that sells nutraceuticals to neighborhood ladies – but doesn't know that she’s selling THC. Norm and Chaz try it, get unexpectedly high, and (to their horror) begin to see things from each other’s perspective. Chloe educates the fam on what they are consuming and, since she knows so much, Janice invites her along to be her sales associate. Chloe is cynical, looking down her nose at housewives in the suburbs, but over time she proves her worth, they accept her, and she sees them as human beings. She also achieves much success, which adds to her independence and sense of self-worth. Mother daughter version of Breaking Bad, in a funny way. They make bank, which makes Norm feel despondent over how little money he makes at the trophy shop as the head of the family.
Everyone gets sick (spoiler alert: it’s not Covid!)
Everyone gets sick, and we see their different reactions and characters. Fear, whining, male, female, I'm sicker than you, we're all gonna die. Chaz feels a deeper sense of meaning and importance because he thinks it's Covid, which gives him opportunities to be pious and look down his mask-covered nose at Norm and other red-state, knuckle-dragging science-deniers who are not as woke and enlightened as They. Also, since Chaz is an online “influencer,” Chaz makes a series of social media video posts chronicling Their ordeal and waxing philosophical and dramatic. Lots of showdowns with Norm, until They realize at the end that it's not Covid – it's just a cold. Chaz is disappointed and downtrodden. Norm: “What, you were hoping it was Covid?” Chaz: “I wish I was dead.”
Sophia & Akiva Prell
Creators of Woke World
“We need a safe space to laugh again” – Sophia Prell
Mumbai, India-born Sophia, and political comedy writer Akiva did the unthinkable in today’s society: they got married (ew – how traditional) and they kept their sense of humor. “Growing up brown, people always assumed I was a doctor or from tech support,” said Sophia. “In truth, I longed to be Beyoncé and/or Madea, and I can’t even keep my phone charged.” Akiva has written comedy for VICE, Jay Leno, for 300 politicians, was called “Brilliant” by HBO’s Politically Incorrect host Bill Maher, and produced a gay anthem dance track that charted above Puff Daddy (in Belgium) and revived Nina Simone’s career.
Illustrator of Woke World
Raised in the valley of Los Angeles, Yariv has worked as a Hollywood concept designer since 2010. He began as a VFX art director at Café FX, which provided visual effects for Iron Man, Spider Man 3, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Underworld: Evolution, King Kong, Pan’s Labyrinth and more. He developed several mobile painting apps for iPad, worked with SnowBall VFX, and is a concept designer on Films, TV, Games and ID projects for PitchDev Studios. Yariv has inexplicable encyclopedic knowledge of TV shows and cartoons from before he was born, and he based the Woke World character of Janice (Mom) on his real-life Mom (Mom).
Developer of Woke World
Born in Mexico and raised in Hollywood, José Behar negotiated major deals with Disney, Netflix, NBC Universal, Sony Entertainment, Fox Entertainment, InDemand, Turner and others. He sold Electric Entertainment’s projects domestically and/or internationally: Independence Day, Who Killed the Electric Car, LBJ, The Book of Life, Blackway (starring Anthony Hopkins), Geostorm, The Patriot, and Flyboys among others. Behar’s company ZÜM Media acquired several best-selling intellectual properties from Scholastic, and he has recently secured development deals for four-quadrant, television series to Apple TV+, HBO Max, Netflix and Disney+.