Jody (a human) & Mumba (a Voodoo doll) work together to save the Magic House of Mumba from Jane, Jordy's greedy Mom.
Jordy and his odd friends - his girlfriend, Dee Dee; Larry, a pink unicorn; Deb, a clueless android; two magpies; and Mumba Jumba Wang, a voodoo doll - have to save the House of Mumba, their home. The story is set in the very near future - when humans and technology merge with magic. Jane, a condo developer, owner of the Magic House of Mumba, and Jordy's Mom, suddenly informs her son she is having the house demolished immediately. Her agreement to let Jordy and his friends stay there nearly rent-free if they fixed up the old place is over! After confronting Jane and losing to her greedy, Jordy leads the gang to try to save the Magic House of Mumba from the wrecking ball.
House of Mumba has an incredible team of artists, with years of experience creating both animation & live action. We're exhibitionists - thankfully animation can expose our inner lives before we do!
Jody's a twenty-something pragmatic human. He focusses on getting things done. A natural leader, he listens and encourages everyone to bring out their inner best. He hates bullies and dishonesty. He's loyal and trustworthy. He cares about his community and the environment. He has a constant power balance/struggle with his overbearing mother.
Mumba is an ageless voodoo doll that loves life, his friends and his mischief. He’s all fun and games and arrested adolescence. He also has a finely tuned sense of revenge. His dabbles in the minor black arts, and can converse with magpies! He loves his House of Mumba - it's the first time he's had a place that loves him back!
Jane is age-nevermind. She's Jordy's Mom. She loves money, power and beauty spas. She is conservative to be politically correct, and if it makes her more money. She's vain. Her son's creation, gestation and birth were the only events in Jane's life not totally under her control. She loves her son a lot, but she loves money more than anyone should love anything.
Mags is a Sassy bird. She lives on Mumba's roof. Her mission is to protect her unborn babies.
Dee Dee is Jordy's girlfriend. She loves Jordy cautiously, being protective of herself. Her troubled childhood has not made her comfortably outgoing. Her Metis heritage has instilled a love of history in her attempt to understand human foibles. The odd people and exotic creatures at the House of Mumba are her adopted family. And, she'll do anything to protect her family.
Larry is a proud pink unicorn, and a great friend and mentor to Jordy. His advice is a little overbearing, slightly pompous, and quite certain of its perfection and authority. It's also never ending! Larry and Mumba 'go way back', having traveled the universe together. They finally settling on planet earth, falling in love with the hopeless, hapless human race.
Rick was Jordy's best friend in High School. Who evolved into a real jerk - taking the money road rather than the 'high road'. Rick works for Jordy's Mom, Jane - it's obviously where the money is.
Mugs is Mags partner. He thinks he's the boss... he's not. Mags will push Mugs to the limit when it comes to saving their home.
Deb is wanted by every man. She also happens to be a robot, which in some ways makes her even more desirable to the lesser evolved. Deb went to high school with Jordy, Dee Dee and Rick, but at the time, she didn't know she was a cyborg. It's a more accepted thing now, so she's 'out'! No-one was all that surprised - she always did get the best marks. Never mind winning all athletic competitions!
Norm's lifelong appreciation of YEG's artists and their creations can be illustrated by may of his collaborative projects. After touring the world, Catalyst Theatre's, "Blue Orphan" was given a short re-tooling. Original Designer Bretta Gerecke and Norm worked together to reinvent the story. And three of the original cast worked with Norm to reinvent their characters and bring the new story to life. Part of Norm's dream to create a bridge between the Edmonton stage and film communities. 'Body and Soul' is the result.
In the hit Edmonton Fringe play “The Unabomber”, Jeff Paige brilliantly performed a dozen characters, including; the insane Unabomber, the bombers brother, a Russian baba, a Russian Theatre director, a rocket scientist, and a marooned Russian cosmonaut. Jeff’s brilliant performance inspired Norm to lead a group of Edmonton artists to recreate the inside of Jeff’s head. 'When the Pig Looks at the Matchbox' was born.
In the highly collaborative production of "Staring at a Fearful Ocean”, Norm worked with Lauri Purcell, an Edmonton Metis street kid. With the assistance of iHuman, an Edmonton resource centre for troubled young adults, and the inimitable Wallace Kendall (who has saved and turned around hundreds of street kids lives) the project allowed Lauri to tell her tragic life story. The short travelled the world and was broadcast on Bravo. It also was used by Tanya in Dene and Cree settlements in the north to engage kids to talk about their lives.
In the stage play, 'Tornado Magnet', a mac-and-cheese tribute to mothers living in mobile homes, Darrin Hagen debunked the myths of life in an Alberta trailer court. Norm joined forces with Darrin and Guys in Disguise to produce a short film about Dotty Parson, and her single-minded battle against mobile home-ophobia.
Jane prepares for her "makeover" as she welcomes her son, Jordy.
Jordy enters, questioning his Mom's "invite".
The automated make-over begins in earnest as mother and son debate.
Jane and Jordy continue their discussion of "the future".
Jordy confronts his Mom.
Jane isn't hearing him.
Jordy can't help but wince at his Mom's automated "pampering".
The reveal. Years of work done to attain great beauty seems to be doing the trick as far as Jane is concerned.