My Life Me
Title: My Life Me
Genres: adventure, comedy
Themes: school life
Vintage: June 13, 2009 – present
My Life Me is a comedic show about a girl named Birch Small who attempts to fit in with Liam, Sandra and Raffi at a cooperative high school. All the confusions, distractions, and unwieldy personal relationships of modern teendom keep getting in the way. Add to this her school's ridiculous new learning structure -- The Pod Program -- which forces kids to partner into groups; and you have Birch's perfectly and wonderfully mismatched youth. They fumble with teen angst and their identities as they navigate new social terrain and try to learn who they are. Add in the friction that comes with relationships forged out of necessity and there’s a perfectly taut environment ready to crack…into peals of laughter!
Using the girl's artistic interests and social/emotional reluctance as its foundation, My Life Me often takes on the appearance of a comic book; the animated series is populated by the off-beat cultural tropes and artistic motifs common to Japanese animation and comics -- thought bubbles, sweat drops, and the use of black and white screentones. Far from a slapdash inclusion of formulaic visual cues, My Life Me is layered with imaging effects, makes extensive use of timely storyboarding, and uses a smart collection of visual paneling and strong posing/framing indicative of Japanese-styled comics.