Cosmic Critters

Captain Tina the tweeny tortoise leads her crew of eccentric bunch of critters on the Spaceship P.A.W.S as they have galactic adventures all the while trying to find their way back to earth in this YA animated musical series.

  • Crystal Skillman
    Adventure Time, Marvel, Eat Fighter (Web Toon)
  • Bobby Cronin
    Mary and Max the Musical (based on Adam Elliot's film)
  • Crystal Skillman & Bobby Cronin
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Writer Biography - Crystal Skillman

Crystal Skillman is an award winning playwright who has written for Marvel and Adventure Time comics. She is the co-creator of the original comic book series Eat Fighter (WebToon Studios). Bobby Cronin is an award-winning composer who has scored numerous films. As a writing team, Skillman and Cronin’s work is currently featured on the Broadway Podcast Network in the popular audio drama series King Kirby about the life of comic book artist Jack Kirby. They are the writers of Mary and Max the musical, based on the animated film by Adam Elliot, just optioned by Broadway producers. Their work has often been described as a “children’s show for adults” or “Pixar-like”.

As a writing team we are both animal lovers and activists. Composer Bobby Cronin has worked as a veterinarian assistant, and writer Crystal Skillman has helped assist animal rescue groups. With Cosmic Critters we began to explore writing a musical animated show that asks what kind of animal aliens might be out there waiting for us? Can humans appreciate animalkind in a new way? How can we explore this new frontier but also find a solution for saving our own planet? And what can happen when our earth critters meet up with some extraordinary extraterrestrials?

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Why is your cat pawing at your heels in the middle of the night?
Why is that monkey at the zoo mimicking your expression?
Why is your neighbor’s dog barking at the swaying trees at one in the morning?!

Who doesn’t wonder what goes through the mind of animals?

And what if they dream of going to the stars?

Right now throughout the world, all ages are dreaming of finding new homes to live in beyond earth - from NASA, to billionaires, to William Shatner himself blasting off into the “new frontier”. But what if those dreaming about exploring the “big sky” aren’t just humans?

What if there is a whole world at work that animalkind has created … a world unknown to humans … that doesn’t just affect our life here on on Earth… but among the stars? What if these critters are the hope for all animalkind? And what if the fate of all creatures depended on a geeky, young tortoise named Tina?

This misfit crew of various animal escapees from NASA’s testing program are flung through a wormhole to the other side of the universe. Tina has to keep her crew of literal guinea pigs (and mice, frogs, raccoons, and pigs!) focused on the right stuff to survive the dangers of uncharted space.

Constantly challenged by her bestie Alan a neurotic lemur, her mentor Ham the Chimp, and her own tween angst, Tina works each week to get her friends back to earth. Each episode our crew finds themselves on strange new worlds. Our critters are also being pursued pursued by a fearful alien race… that is obsessed with destroying the Cosmic Critters. Because they’re nasty!

Cosmic Critters features a soundtrack of original songs which capture the high energy and big dreams of our critters and the alien friends (and foes!) they encounter on a thousand fantastical worlds!