6x24" Online Comedy Series
When a plush toy T-Rex is assigned to care for a 27-year-old OCD sufferer, he must overcome his own insecurities in order to defeat the mental illness before his human gives up on life.
Alan, a plush toy T-Rex, has just graduated from Carer’s School. Top of his friggin’ class y’all!!! Self-assured, he’s ready to make a child very happy. But he finds himself paired with Matthew - a depressed 27-year-old suffering from OCD. Alan adjusts to his unexpected charge and struggles to bond with Matthew. The OCD (aptly named Brian) has its metaphorical tentacles wrapped around every part of Matthew’s life. Alan begins to question his abilities, and his own insecurities emerge. Luckily, he finds an ally - 80s medical sitcom “Mercy Halls”. As he slowly grows closer to Matthew, Alan helps him win victories over Brian and move forward with life. Brian viciously fights back, not wanting to lose control. Matthew becomes more dependent on Alan, taking him to work and integrating him into his life. They are a team, inseparable. They can do this. But, Matthew meets a girl… Once again, Alan’s back to square one. Life’s PLUSHED!
PLUSHED is a heartfelt comedy that takes an honest and playful look at mental illness. Inspired by an article (The Dag, the Demon, and the Plush Dino) written by the show’s creator, it charts the ever-changing relationship between a plush toy carer and his human being. In order to combat his depression and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Simon Taylor adopted a plush toy dinosaur and gave him a vibrant personality. Hans (named in tribute to Alan Rickman - Die Hard) is now a full-time comfort aide and mental illness carer. He’s also a rising Instagram star, university lecturer, and one heck of a writer. There will come a time when Simon doesn’t need Hans, but for now they are a dynamic team. PLUSHED will join such series as “Please Like Me", “Bojack Horseman”, “Lady Dynamite” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” in bravely shaking off the stigma surrounding mental illness by presenting its raw and ugly true face. It is also a series for those who care for, live with or know someone who is mentally ill. Life’s tough for them too, and those suffering from mental illness often can’t see the effect they are having on the people around them. The series will challenge ideals of manhood. It’ll teach young men (16-25) that it’s okay to admit that they have a problem and seek help. They won’t be told to simply ‘toughen up’ or ‘harden up’ and expected to shake it off. PLUSHED will demonstrate how unsolved issues can lead to the creation of aggression and other issues down the line for men. PLUSHED will employ puppetry, animatronics and CGI to bring its loveable plush cast to life. Prototype puppets have already been built for Alan and Mouldy.
Alan is a plush toy T-Rex. He’s blue ’n’ cream, 30cm tall, stuffed full of love, wit and awesomeness. Alan’s just graduated from Carer’s School (top of his class) and is ready to make a human child very happy. He jumps into his Amazon delivery box, confidently smiling as the box is taped shut. On delivery, two painfully boring weeks later, Alan is locked up inside The Quarantine Zone. Escaping, he discovers that he’s actually been paired with Matthew Wilson - a depressed 27-year-old male suffering from OCD. Crap! The Quarantine Zone is where Matthew stores any new object that comes into the house, along with anything he owned before starting university. Alan tries to get reassigned to a child, only to discover that unless he or Matthew commit to each other, he will lose his Carers’ Badge and be shipped to a kindergarten or a pet store. AKA, hell on Earth. The OCD, aptly called Brian, has its metaphorical tentacles wrapped around every part of Matthew’s life and Alan can’t reach him. To make matters worse, Alan is confronted by Brian’s physical form - made up of Blu-tack and very sharp implements. Gulp! Luckily, Alan discovers an ally - 80s medical sitcom “Mercy Halls”. An episode reminds him why he become a carer and that it’s his job to help anyone in need. Alan commits to Matthew and swears to defeat Brian. Alan, in his Sherlock Holmes outfit, carefully studies both Matthew and Brian, trying to work out a game plan. He reaches out to other plush toys dealing with adult humans, making new friends and enemies. This includes the neighbour’s dog, who wants to turn Alan into a chew toy. Matthew and Alan slowly bond. Alan’s a handful and … well … annoying. However, he provides Matthew with a new sense of life and confidence. Matthew is able to finally get his dream job, but wishes that Alan didn’t leave empty cereal packets in the cupboard. Matthew and Alan win their first major victory over Brian - resisting stirring coffee six times (three in each direction). Brian viciously fights back, not wanting to lose control. But Alan and Matthew hang in there. The dynamic duo become inseparable, and Alan accompanies Matthew to work. It’s here that Alan meets Matthew’s new boss - an absolute jerk who continually tells Matthew that he needs to ‘toughen up’ and ‘grow a pair.’ Alan pulls pranks on him, nearly getting Matthew fired. This leads Matthew to slip back into some of his rituals, allowing Brian to take control again. Alan realises that he’s gone too far and reaches out to his plush mentor - Mouldy. He’s shocked to learn that his role model is addicted to iced coffee and is not doing too good. Mercy Halls helps Alan accept that no-one’s perfect and everyone makes mistakes. He takes it upon himself to help Mouldy and lets the old guinea pig plush toy secretly move in. They team up to stop Brian from ruining Christmas by convincing Matthew to not put presents into Quarantine. A brave journey into the Quarantine Zone reminds Matthew of the past and he lets his mum visit for the first time in three years. Mouldy decides to go with her, so that Alan and Matthew can concentrate on defeating Brian. Exercising more and focusing on his health, Matthew decides that it’s time to be more social. Taking Alan out and about with him, Matthew makes friends. Poor Alan finds himself working overtime as Brian rears his ugly head at every turn. A serious bout of Dino-Flu doesn’t help his cause. It’s way worse than man-flu… Waking up one morning, Alan finds himself in a strange house. Matthew is nowhere to be seen. Narrowly escaping a squad of creepy porcelain dolls, he finds Matthew in bed with a human girl. Matthew has a girlfriend. Everything is going to change. Once again, Alan’s back to square one. He can never catch a break. Life’s PLUSHED!
The Plushed team are a group of collaborative creators based in good 'ol Brissy!
Creator, Writer & Director
Simon is a writer, filmmaker and content creator. Working on a variety of corporate and creative outlets, his true love lies in film and television. He has worked in development with a number of Australian production companies including LUDO Studio, Freshwater Pictures and Like a Photon Creative. Simon’s short film 1848 won him best director at the Griffith Film School awards in 2011 and has featured in festivals overseas. In 2016, Simon was selected by Screen Queensland to pitch at 37
Degree South and to take part in Screen Queensland’s Podcast development program in 2017. In 2018, Simon received Screen Queensland Talent Development Funding for his horror feature script RED RITES.
Sam / Producer
Sam Weingott is a producer, content creator and co-founder of 2CAN-MEDIA. With experience in feature films, television, corporates, educational content and TVCs, Sam has worked for numerous companies. As a Senior Producer/Director, Sam managed QUT’s media production team and produced a range of educational content. For the past three years, Sam has been the director of the West End Film Festival.
In a prior life she ran Health, Safety & Rehabilitation Departments, was a member of the Australian Ice-Skating Team and recently completed a Ski Instructor course preparing for her 'retirement' in the ski field.
Martin / Director
Martin Ingle is a writer, filmmaker and satirist. His short film Instructions Inside won Most Outstanding Film and Most Outstanding Script of Griffith Film School in 2011. His online documentary project Into the Middle of Things went to the Woodford Folk Festival and the Queensland Poetry Festival, as well as being featured on Channel Ten, ABC Radio National and many regional radio programs across Australia.
In 2016 he was The Chaser‘s first-ever scholarship winner, travelling the US reporting on the 2016 presidential election. He is now a regular contributor to The Chaser and The Shovel, as well as being a writer and contributor to the recent seasons of The Leak.
David / Editor
David Peterson freelances as a producer/writer/editor, working with production houses including Hoodlum and Freshwater Pictures. His YouTube channel has gained over 20 million views. Most recently he edited the Screen Queensland-funded horror short “Post Mortem Mary”. David loves to create stories that connect with people the world over.