Eamon & the Last Forest

By Mark Rickerby – As the Moon Drake global journey continues, we are thrilled to bring you another episode script for the series. Mark Rickerby has completed episode 1.8 – “Eamon & the Last Forest.”

This time the story takes us to the European Continent and the country of Ireland. It is the tale of a 11-year-old lad addressing the conflict of deforestation and a family feud… and there may also be an enchanted forest! So, the question is, what would an Irish story be without leprechauns?

Mark has created a powerful episode that will delight children. It is a relatable topic, and kids will learn about that part of the world and the Indigenous wisdom it holds for each of us…

This story unfolds fun, conflict, resolution and a strong passion for family love. I am so thankful for Mark and his creativity and writing talents. Indeed, he has created a powerful addition to the first Moon Drake season.

With only three more scripts to complete for the 12-episode season, we are very proud of our writers, and we look forward to the next exciting steps. Thank you, all, for your good wishes and encouragement! Indeed, we are REACHING FOR THE MOON!

Episode 8 – Eamon & the Last Forest by Mark Rickerby

Episode 1.8

Eamon, an 11-year-old boy, is frightened by a forest on his family’s land until his grandfather shows him, he doesn’t need to be afraid. One day, he explores the forest himself and meets Cadhla, the neighbor’s 10-year-old granddaughter from the other side of the woods. The kids learn that their grandfathers have feuded for decades over the forest they both planted as children. But when one grandfather must prevent the other from cutting down and selling the trees, the men are finally forced to speak to each other again for the sake of their respective grandchildren, who have become friends with each other and the forest creatures. When all seems lost, the creatures of ancient folklore come to the rescue and help the children save the trees.

Chinua & Bayarmaa

By Martin Nuza – Moon Drake producers are humbled and grateful to present to you Episode 1.5 (Asian Continent). Once again, Martin has touched our hearts, our minds and our spirits through his newest creation, “Chinua & Bayarmaa.” It is a story set in a most intriguing and remarkable place, Mongolia.

Throughout the storyline there is cultural wisdom and an adversary to conquer – there’s illegal poaching and also love… But the greatest lesson in this tale is a battle within for this Mongolian huntress. It is the hardest choice of all, to let something go – something that must be free.

Personally, I absolutely loved the power of this story, the colorful culture and traditional beauty portrayed through the characters and their relationships – all presented in the backdrop of this mystical place. I believe children will fall in love with Chinua and her golden eagle!

Over the next few days, watch for Episode 1.8 by Mark Rickerby, and other episodes coming soon. We are working to bring this rich series to children and adults around the world, to spread the wisdom from the earth.

Episode 5 – Chinua & Bayarmaa by Martin Nuza

A young girl must try and save her village from a man’s illegal poaching activities, while, at the same time, trying to prepare her beloved golden eagle for the Eagle Festival in the Mongolian mountains.

Episode 1.5

Koen & the Wandjina

By Martin Nuza – I was so inspired to read Moon Drake’s newest episode 1.4, “Koen & the Wandjina,” by our magnificent writer, Martin Nuza. The story takes place in Tasmania, Australian Continent, where we follow the powerful experiences of Koen, a 14-year-old Aboriginal boy.

This story is a coming-of-age, spiritual tale that teaches and deals with the Human condition and conflict. It addresses Spirit, Mind, Body and how we respond to the challenges we face in life. It takes us to a place that is always with us, but we must open our eyes and heart to know it.

The Moon Drake series is for children ages 8-13. Each episode is rich with adventure and powerful Indigenous wisdom and story lines that take place all around the world, from every continent. Children experience and learn from ancient cultures and traditions as Moon Drake makes them relevant for today.

This is the fourth episode written by Martin. We can all look forward to seeing his stories, and all the wonderful stories of this series in animation! Watch for more coming very soon!

Episode 4 – Koen & the Wandjina by Martin Nuza

Episode 1.4

An indigenous boy, Koen, sets off with his father on a trip into the wilderness. They share many of their indigenous rituals and traditions until tragedy strikes and Koen must make a life changing decision, against tremendous odds in order to save his father. The Windjina will protect and guide them both, during their ordeal.

Rakesh & the Rain Dancer

By Jane L. Fitzpatrick – A few years ago, I met a beautiful sister, Monique Wijngaarde. I did not know her background until she wrote her powerful story for the Warrior Woman Spirit blog about her multi-racial family from Suriname and the Netherlands. Since then, I discovered I had relatives from the Netherlands, and some had traveled to Brazil and Suriname. Who would have thought our paths would cross in the way they have… with such meaningful and dynamic purpose. The Universe shows us things, and we are just in awe!

As we planned the episodes for Moon Drake, we decided to build a story around Suriname, South American Continent, in honor of this shared purpose. Today I finished the script “Rakesh & the Rain Dancer,” Episode 1.6 – that tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy who courageously reaches for his dream, which leads to a harrowing adventure of illegal gillnets, a dangerous experience and the judgment of others.

I sent the script to fellow producer and writer, Martin Manuel Nuza, and I was moved to tears by his words, because I respect him so deeply. This is what he said:

“Jane, it’s a great story full of hope and making right, especially at the end when Konrad confesses to his son that he shouldn’t have judged him and allowed him to follow his dream without judgement. The tension when the children race against all odds to save the stricken dolphin from the gillnet… the suspense of the capsized boat. The story has a powerful message – Follow your dreams and believe in what is right, regardless of the consequences that may follow by your actions. I loved it.”

All the Moon Drake stories address the relevant topics and issues (environmental, human, spiritual) we face in our current world and couple them with the answers through Indigenous cultural and traditional wisdom many have forgotten. We believe these action-packed stories will make sense to young hearts in a gentle and sensitive way. We believe children, and even adults, will learn something they truly long to hear.

I want to thank my sister Monique for her invaluable cultural advice on this episode, and my brother, Martin, for his continued inspiration as we work to write these stories and bring Moon Drake Anime Series to the world! Thank you, also, to our other two writers, Mark Rickerby and Jack Comeau! What a writing TEAM!!

WE ARE REACHING FOR THE MOON!!

Jane

Episode 6 – Rakesh & the Rain Dancer by Jane L. Fitzpatrick

Episode 1.6

Twelve-year-old Rakesh believes he can achieve his dream to be a scuba diver. His grandmother agrees to pay for his lessons and promises him a trip to Venezuela to scuba dive since Suriname’s waters are polluted and dangerous. At his birthday celebration, Rakesh encounters a “friendly” dolphin until he realizes the creature is actually in distress… So, with his scuba gear, inexperienced Rakesh, his irresponsible brother, Soraido, and his friend, Petronella, embark on a harrowing rescue mission. Through stormy winds, choppy waves and the dead of night, Rakesh realizes he can’t wait for the storm to pass. It is up to him to save the rain dancer and become the Ruler of the Full Moon.

Ali & His Dream

By Martin Nuza – Moon Drake writer, Martin Nuza, creates a story for Episode 1.10 that ignites our imagination and weaves a life of intrigue for this 13-year-old boy who lives in Cairo, Egypt.

“Ali & His Dream” will inspire young hearts, for it takes us into another world; a place of wonder. It’s a world that teaches Ali about love. And when he awakens he also learns about hope.

In every Moon Drake episode we address a conflict, whether it be environmental, spiritual or a human issue or choice. We see modern or ancient characters and landmarks, regalia and traditions embedded in these compelling stories that draw children of the world together. And each story gives answers through the Indigenous wisdom of that place.

Martin is a truly gifted storyteller. Each of his three episodes (with more to come) are special and filled with wise gems sparkling in the sun. Thank you, brother!

Watch for more about the Moon Drake Anime Series coming soon!

Episode 10 – Ali & His Dream by Martin Nuza

Episode 1.10

Ali and his father live in Cairo and work as tour guides at the Giza Plateau. One night Ali meets Nefertiti in a dream, causing him happiness until he wakes up and discovers a part of his life is now missing.