Constant Payne was an animated pilot I created, wrote, directed, and produced for Nickelodeon Animation. It was designed to compete against Toonami on Cartoon Network, which at that time was decimating Nick's 5pm ratings.
The show is set in the steampunk science-fiction metropolis of New Amsterdam City and revolves around a non-powered crime-fighting genius named Doc Payne and his daughter, Amanda Payne.
This was to be Nickelodeon's first Action-Adventure show. The network had never tried to produce one previously because they couldn't figure out how to appeal to both girls and boys. I solved that problem by making the daughter the star of the show and having the father character be a major ass-kicker to appeal to the boys. The familial relationships were what made their exciting adventures relatable for kids.
The main credits for the show were inspired by the look and colors of Russian wood-block propaganda posters of the 1920s and '30s. We produced the show at Madhouse Studios in Tokyo, and I was fortunate enough to live in Tokyo for three months supervising production.
The pilot tested well but never made it to series because the terrorist attacks of 9/11 made the network skittish about producing a series where the main character's mother was killed by a religious cult of terrorists bent on world destruction. Prior to 9/11, the storyline seemed unrelatable to kids, but after 9/11, it seemed too horrifyingly relatable.
I still own the rights, however, so if you want to produce a series or a film, just drop me a line. :)
Constant Payne ©Copyright 2019, Micah Ian Wright