WGTE PBS INTERDISCIPLINARY GRANT-Tilly the Time Traveling Earthworm

WORKING TITLE: 

Tilly, The Time Traveling Earthworm 

 

STORY PREMISE: 

An earthworm, Tilly and her best friend sidekick Polli the honey bee, voyage 

through the spacetime continuum via wormholes, seeking ethical answers to the 

conflicts that exist between 21st century technologies and planet Earth’s 

sustainability.

 

FORMAT: 

Mixed Media: puppet theatre, short form documentary, music video, and computer 

generated special effects and motion graphics. 

 

STRUCTURE: 

Vignette Episode: Total running time of 28.0 minutes. 15 short segments realized 

through various media. (See Chart #1). Each vignette presents a story that shares 

common themes or subjects with Tilly and Polli’s adventures throughout the 

spacetime continuum. 

 

CONNECTIONS TO THE HUMANITIES: 

Although the characters appear simply humorous and adventurous, the underlying 

themes within Tilly, The Time Traveling Earthworm examine relevant 21st century 

social realities in simple yet meaningful ways. The playful engagement inherent 

within vignette storytelling coupled with puppetry and mixed media accommodates 

a diverse audience that seeks meaningful entertainment. By re-examining unethical 

cultural concepts, processes, and messages plaguing our planet the show attempts 

to strengthen the problem solving abilities of its viewers of all ages. Through active 

and engaged learning, the episode reveals that individuals can make alternative 

choices to the unprincipled decisions made by special interest groups and governing 

powers. Better-informed choices contribute to a healthier living environment. 

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