A Christian Ben 10 meets Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Pitch completed. Pilot script in work. Seeking partners/funding for full production.
Logline: Fraternal twins, separated from their mother and father in a freak accident, span the globe searching for clues to their parents’ whereabouts and the strange, spiritual mystery of the Divine Nine.
The Show: The Divine Nine is a supernaturally supercharged animated series of half-hour cartoons that will hit seven-to thirteen-year-olds right between the eyes with world-spanning, spiritual action-adventure that speaks non-preachy truth amid amazing visual spectacles and out-of-left-field excitement.
Nutshell: A Christian Ben 10 meets Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Target Demographic: Kids, ages 7-13, and their families in the Faith Narrow category.
Style: Action packed, fast paced, exciting, and visually amazing, the world of the Divine Nine is designed to catch our viewers’ eyes and draw them in like a spinning vortex. The characters, allies, enemies, locations, and activities of this show will blow the target audience completely away while leaving them wanting more.
Setting: The setting of The Divine Nine is the real world as we know it. Our reality, and all that is within it, exists in parallel to the spiritual realm referenced in Biblical scripture, which is inhabited by all of the Hosts of Heaven and their Fallen counterparts. As they follow the main characters of The Divine Nine, viewers will continually find themselves in new and fascinating global locales as Demi and Davy seek clues to their parents’ location while also attempting to unravel the mystery of the Nine. From an experimental facility originally created by Jacques Cousteau beneath the waves of the Red Sea to an eternally boiling lake atop a secluded mountain on the Caribbean island of Dominica, each new location reveals the varied and amazing nature of our planet.
Demi Bello is the picture of the reluctant hero: she doesn’t believe that she’s old enough, big enough, skilled enough, or smart enough to aid anyone. This is primarily because deep down, even at nine years old, she sees her parents as perfect and tells herself that she will never be able to live up to that standard. Demi is also heavily geared toward self-doubt, listening to the lies of the Enemy, and not the truth of the Lord. Ironically, every time she’s ever had to rise to the occasion, she’s been able to do so, but she rarely gives herself credit for those moments, ignoring or dismissing them utterly. There’s only one thing that she feels she is good at: taking care of her younger brother Davy, but that’s a job she’d really rather not have. Of the two Bello twins, Demi is by far the more studious and her ideal day would be spent curled up in a library window seat surrounded by books.
Davy Bello is only nine minutes younger than his older sister, Demi, but sadly, that’s a fact that she never, ever lets Davy forget. Davy is a naturally confident kid and rarely encounters a situation wherein he does not have a plan or a path ahead. This only infuriates Demi, but Davy maintains that when he provides suggestions, he’s not trying to run things, but only trying to help. Davy is an “act first, ask questions later” kind of kid, which tends to land both him and his sister in all manner of issues; of the two of them, Davy is by far more equipped to play things “fast and loose”. Davy is just as smart as his sister but would rather learn by doing than by studying, and his ideal day is getting lost in the woods or near a Bello family dig site and “toughing it out” until he finds his way back home.
Li Bello - Li is forty, tall, and bookish, but not unhealthy looking. With his neatly cropped, straight black hair and striking, egalitarian Asian-American features, he looks like an Asian noble from old who has stepped into modern society. Li is very neat, always managing to look put together and collected, even when he's dirty from his archeological work in the fields. His small circular black glasses accent his deep green eyes and somehow make even his narrow nose and chin look cute. He is rarely seen out of his white work shirt with rolled-up cuffs, trademark battered, many pocketed travel vest, all atop light grey cargo pants with reinforced knees. Ankle-high trekking boots complete his ensemble, along with a fedora that looks like it could have been taken off the set of Indiana Jones, with the sole addition of a modified chin strap. Li is a renowned professor of Archeology and Biblical studies at a respected Christian university.
Ailani Bello - Ailani is a second-generation Hawaiian-American whose family has a long history with her home island of Kauai and the sugar cane farm of Koloa. In fact, her family amassed a fortune from the manufacture and sale of sugar cane, much of which is tied up in the trust that funds the children’s adventures through the course of the show. Ailani is a Professor of Linguistics and History at the same Christian university as Li. She prefers to wear her wavy hair long but keeps it from her copper colored eyes by pulling her bangs back and tying/braiding it in such a way as to keep the rest of her hair in place. She prefers to wear linens and silks and delights in pastel colors and floral/foliage prints. Calf-high, lace up boots atop blowsy pants complete her look, but each are personalized with the highly visible letters "H.C." - a joke between her and her husband. Ailani means "High Chief" in her native tongue.
Harwell Long - Harwell is an old college pal of Li's, who has trailed around behind him for most of their adult lives. Now an assistant professor of Archeology and Li's and Ailani's lackadaisical field assistant, Harwell is a near constant fixture of the Bello's lives. In truth, he's been around since before Demi and Davy were born, and the twins have always known a world of at least two constants: exciting world travel, and having the oft sour Harwell around. While he's never the butt of any jokes, Demi and Davy think that Harwell is a little bit creepy and maybe even a bit of a "poser", to boot. Harwell generally keeps to himself and keeps a horde of "treasures" that he's picked up over the years traveling on the Bello Expeditions. These artifacts should probably belong in a museum somewhere, but Harwell's having none of that, claiming them covetously for his own and endlessly obsessing over their safety and condition.