"In Marjoram" is a cartoon/puppet show driven by the imaginations & surrealist stories two kids, Lark & Coil, tell each other while hanging out & wandering around their hometown. While it's not explicitly stated - this particular town, while seeming like a typical suburb, is actually a town filled with bio-mechanical hybrid beings. There are pure robots and pure humans, but the culture as well as lots of citizens are a perfect merger of both and have peacefully coexisted for a long while. So, yes - both Coil and Lark are hybrid beings, but that doesn't matter much because they're still kids & are all about kid-stuff.
The duo are often seen walking (or running) to/from something or some destination. It's never quite explained where they're going or what they're getting away from, but that's part of the fun. It harkens back to the days of being a kid, not having a schedule to adhere to and just being out & about in a sort of aimless manner with friends. One of the things that friends do is chat & tell each other stories about things they heard about or claim to have witnessed first hand.
One subject that Coil can't stop talking about is his favorite hero, Relic Hound. A treasure hunter that with the help of the research of his partner, Prof. Daikon Leek, goes out on adventures around the world to seek legendary artifacts & bring them back to the local museum branch. If you asked Coil then Relic Hound is always cool & always successful in his attempts, but Lark often calls him out on his exaggerations and they land on the truth of the situation somewhere in the middle.
Lark heard that over on a distant group of islands, there was a star that fell, but the star wasn't a star - it was a shooting puppy-star! A nice lady named, Chambray, took it in & named her Zodie. She and her friends settled on the notion that it would be best to get their little visitor back home, but in the end Chambray & Zodie's fast, but strong bond kept them together. An online friend that claims he knows Chambray (It's really Chambray's buddy, Ferris) tells Lark all about the day to day of living with a cosmic pooch.
And, both have heard stories from their grandparents about these sprites called, The Pahts that live in a village in the clouds & are carried down to the surface in raindrops. They're responsible for raising and caring for all of the trees, flowers, and plant-life in Marjoram. Most of the folk tales that've been passed down are usually about restoring desolate lands, waking up the plants after a long Winter, or being stuck in meetings & dealing with bureaucracy and office politics.
- Characters should be voiced by actual children
- In show, Coil & Lark are represented by paper cut outs, on sticks, in specific poses moving through diorama-like scenery.
- Lark & Coil will sometimes interrupt scenes with bickering about how a situation really happened or what someone actually said. Often they'll do their own impression of how the other characters would sound.
- If this short goes on to become a series, the opening + ending themes will change often using music by friends & their bands.
- Stories can be action packed, but are always non-violent. Light slapstick, over the top reactions, & crazy situations are fine, but nobody gets punched, shot, etc.
- The show would be aimed at middle school-aged & younger kids, but anyone can enjoy it. No age limit!
- Art should maintain a sketchy aesthetic so that it better represents a childish perspective