An animated marching band show has hit YouTube! The first episode of Bandies, created by writer Sung Suh, is now available on the SpindoTV YouTube channel.
“From a writing or story standpoint, I just always felt like marching bands were so cool, but they’re always somehow getting the short end of the stick, and by that I mean they’ve always kind of been the punchline to a joke,” Suh says. “That’s so wrong, that’s so limiting, there’s so much more to it than that.”
The first three-minute episode, “Gopher Treble,” follows three band student superheroes as they battle a giant gopher that has eaten the lunch lady. “I felt really fortunate that I was able to work on this project because superhero marching band kids was something that I’ve been itching to develop, and I’m so glad that I got a chance to do it,” Suh says.
Depending on the success of the first episode, more are possible. Suh has ideas for more episodes, characters, and villains.
Suh has written for television shows such as “According to Jim.” Although he did not participate in marching band himself, he did a lot of reading, attending performances, interviewing, and sitting in band rooms to do research for the show.
“The more research I did into the marching band life, the more I wish that I had the opportunity to be a part of it and the more I respect everyone who went through it and is still in it,” Suh says. “It’s tough, but it looks so rewarding. I’m just kind of in awe about the kids and adults who do it year after year.”
Bandies is produced by Spin Master Entertainment, a division of Spin Master, a global toy and entertainment company, and animated by Little Blackstone Studios. To watch, search for “Bandies” on YouTube.com.