A Cape Breton cartoonist’s book about a fearless princess and her farting pony has been adapted into a new Apple TV+ animated series coming out next month.
Pine cone and pony is based on the book by Kate Beaton The princess and the pony, published in 2015.
“The show has a fearless female lead who is in trouble and not perfect, which is what we meant,” Beaton told CBC Radio. Main Street from her home in Mabou, Nova Scotia, on Monday.
“We were designing his room and I thought, ‘We should put seventh place trophies on that shelf because that’s the reality. Most of us didn’t get first place all the time.”
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As executive producer, Beaton had a lot to say about the show, but she admits there was one thing the creative team had to reign over for television: only one fart joke per episode.
“It has to be plot related and it has to be character driven and everything, and it’s become a fun thing to try and add to every episode because you get your one shot to put it on,” a- she laughed.
Beaton made a name for himself in the comic world creating webcomics under the name “Hark! A Vagrant!” His print collections Listen ! A vagrantand Stay away from the pops spent several months on the New York Times Graphic Novel Bestseller list.
Pine cone and ponyBeaton’s journey began in 2017 when Toronto-based First Generation Films acquired the option rights to Beaton’s book.
Dreamworks then boarded, and Beaton pitched the idea in Los Angeles to various streaming services. Apple TV+ picked it up and it went into full production in 2020. The series is set to premiere on April 8.
First foray into television
It was Beaton’s first foray into television and she said she was able to get involved in many aspects of the production, from concept work to writing, editing scripts and the casting.
“They were always really, really respectful of my input,” she said.
“I was working with a lot of people who were a lot more experienced than me, so having that kind of deference was really special.”
pine cone and princess is an eight-part comedy about a young girl who lives in a warrior kingdom and dreams of being the greatest warrior.
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His best friend, a flatulent pony, helps him along the way.
“One of the things about the pony that didn’t exactly make it a warrior horse was that it was a little gassy, and that always made the kids laugh,” Beaton said. “I mean, you can’t mess with the classics. It’s the fart jokes, and the kids love it – and we love it!”
Beaton said the pony doesn’t appear to belong to a kingdom of warriors, “but the show’s message is often that things aren’t what they seem, and they’re made for each other. ”
The power of a good story
As a child of the 90s, Beaton grew up watching ghost hunters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
“But I wanted a book, first of all, that just had a princess that had a different story to tell than the princesses I grew up with, except maybe The princess of paper bagswhich is quite brave,” she said.
She remembers what it was like to read a book like The princess of paper bags when she was young, and falling in love with the character because she kind of saw herself.
Those childhood experiences, whether they come from a book, movie, or TV show, never really leave you, Beaton said.
Even with so many animated shows, Beaton hopes pinecone and princess can also inspire and empower young viewers.
“If you don’t make a fun show, kids just won’t watch it,” she said. “And so we wanted to do a good, really funny show.
“And to think it might be someone’s favorite, it’s just a real honor because you remember those shows for the rest of your life.”