T.A.L.I.S.M.A.N. is a wacky, rollicking, action-adventure show that takes kids on a crazy ride through story, space and time. An age-appropriate mix of DR. WHO and ONCE UPON A TIME, the show playfully introduces its viewers to the colorful characters and locations found in History, Art, Folklore, Myth and Literature as our team of protagonists set forth on one rousing adventure after another.
When two kids are accidentally pulled inside the book they’re reading, they encounter a mixed-up menagerie of characters from other books and discover that stories, history and literature are not as static or isolated as we might think. The separation between written worlds, it turns out, is thin and permeable, and for centuries the Storyverse has been secretly patrolled and protected by a super-secret agency called T.A.L.I.S.M.A.N.
T.A.L.I.S.M.A.N. agents possess the technology to physically transport themselves inside any book … be it story-jumping through fiction, time-traveling into history books, or teleporting via geography books. Utilizing this technology, the agency is tasked with maintaining the continuity of the Page-Time Fabric, protecting every book, scroll, tablet and text from mayhem and Gobbledygook.
After successfully helping to set things right in the book they were reading, the two kids become Agents-In-Training and join the team of fabled agents Audacious Hardy and Perspicacious Keen, where the four discover a kind of family in one another. During one wild and wacky “In-Book” adventure after another, they jump across time and around the globe, correcting any chaos they find and resetting each book back to its original state. Along the way, they encounter all sorts of colorful literary characters and historical figures—some of them friends, some of them foes, but all of them fun and exciting.
That fun and excitement will be the hallmark of the show. While T.A.L.I.S.M.A.N. does hope to plant seeds of curiosity about the characters we come across, our goal isn’t to educate about these literary/historical figures, but to introduce them as supporting characters in each wild and adventurous escapade. If our viewers learn something along the way, that’s great, but our mission, first and foremost, is to take the kids who watch T.A.L.I.S.M.A.N. on a silly, zany and unforgettable ride, with a team of protagonists they grow to love.
A Note About The Artwork
The artwork presented here is conceptual only, and is not intended to represent the actual animation style of the show. In fact, one very real possibility is that the Book World might ultimately manifest as live-action CGI rather than animation — a strong case can be made for either option, and there are many incredible artists in either medium with whom we’d love to work.
Mark Deklin and Dean Purvis met and became friends while they were classmates at the University of Washington, where they earned MFAs from its prestigious Professional Actor Training Program. In addition to both being actors, writers and musicians, Dean brings his professional experience in marketing and digital development to this project while Mark brings his professional experience as an English and History teacher. Most importantly, they both bring their experience as dads (and specifically, dads to kids in the same age bracket as T.A.L.I.S.M.A.N.’s demographic) – which is how and why this whole thing started.