MOO is a live-action, English language family film, with an estimated budget of €3.5 million, targeted mainly at 6 to 10 year olds and their parents.
MOO is a live-action, English language family film, with an estimated budget of €3.5 million, targeted mainly at 6 to 10 year olds and their parents. It has won development funding from The Malta Film Fund and was selected for the EAVE Producers’ Workshop (European Audiovisual Enterprise). It was also selected to attend at Cinekid for Professionals (The Netherlands) and The Financing Forum for Kids Content (Sweden). The script has been fully developed, and we are now looking for the right co-producer, a cross-media partner, and some further investment.
This story is inspired by true events.
The film tells the tale of a feisty girl (Lily, 11 years old) and her cow (Moo), set on the last remaining traditional family farm on a little island in the Mediterranean Sea. When we meet Lily for the first time, the farm is in financial trouble and the industrial dairy farmer next door is threatening to take it over. To cut costs, Lily’s parents decide to sell Moo, whose milk has dried up.
Devastated at the thought of her beloved cow at a slaughterhouse, Lily does everything she can to save her. All seems lost until Moo jumps over a fence, and Lily gets the bright idea of entering her into a horse-jumping show – that will show her parents, and the world, that even though cows are different to horses, they should have equal rights to live – with or without milk! So, in secret, Lily spends the long, hot summer, training Moo. But, once at the show, Moo is a total disaster.
However, Lily and Moo do manage to get the attention of the media: “The cow, who thinks she’s a horse” goes viral – beyond the island’s shores! MOO is saved, and so is the farm – thanks to Lily and with a little help from the rest of the world.
Lily launches a global online platform for children and animals. The movement, rather The MOO-vement is launched!
Reference films include Babe and National Velvet. These are similar and successful live action family films featuring animals. There are also elements of Little Miss Sunshine – a girl hero who enters a competition which she is destined to fail but is determined to participate just the same.
MOO has a number of strengths: an English language family film, with farm and domestic animals, dealing with issues of our times, such as animal rights and industrialization, and with an Online Child Activist and her pet cow as its heroes. MOO deals with zeitgeist issues, but remains a classic feelgood family film – and, with many comic moments. It is a story with a number of cross-media opportunities and with a universal appeal.