Web Animation / True Tail

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The cast of the first version.

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The cast of the second version.

True Tail is a forthcoming Web series project, directed by Zachary Rich, the same guy who directed Double Rainboom. It's been through two incarnations, and this page covers them both.

The First Version

On the surface, the original True Tail looks like a story of how a young orphan cat (Caleb Truetail) teams up with a hulking brute bear knight (Brutus Ironclaw), an old phoenix wizard (Kanikus), a half-dragon half-sheep priestess (Doh-Li), a thief fox (Viktor) and a Cute But Psycho rabbit bard (Melody Briar) to fight an evil bird wizard, or in other words, Dungeons & Dragons... with animals. However, it takes place in the fantastical medieval world of Splitpaw, a land inhabited by anthropomorphic animals. Fortune and adventure await those that are willing to claim it! But there is a darkness festering within the land, casting a shadow over any would-be heroes.

True Tail follow the adventures of Caleb Truetail, an orphaned kitten looking for a family, who finds one in the most unlikely of places: a group of mercenaries. Accustomed to working alone, and willing to sell their services to the highest bidder, these mercenaries find themselves being forced to team up in order to obtain an artifact for an evil cockatrice. Will this group of rowdy "heroes" overcome their flaws and work together? Or will they succumb to the treacherous plans of Eldritch the Necromancer?

Since its announcement on August 2013, True Tail grew a reasonable fanbase, and progress on the series resumed after a very long hiatus started August 2014 and ended March 29th 2015. The pilot was scheduled to be completed in 2016, but was delayed by the creators' efforts to sell the show to a network. However, in May 2015 the creators posted an animatic of the episode... which is likely as far as it will ever get.

The Second Version

On 1 July 2017, Skynamic announced that after an unsuccessful meeting with Nickelodeon, they had reworked the show in an effort to make it more network-friendly. The revised premise centers on True Tail, a school for prospective heroes. Caleb and Melody are students, along with younger versions of Doh-Li and Viktor; the faculty includes Brutus and Kanikus; and several new characters, both pupils and teachers, are introduced. (The creators have said that this version might be a Prequel to the original.) Therefore, this page is now divided into two sections: one for the old version, and one for the new one.

The Website for Skynamic Studios, the studio that makes True Tail, is found here.

Now has a character page in need of construction.

True Tail Tropes:

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    Tropes Common to Both Versions 

     Tropes Exclusive to Old True Tail 

    Tropes Exclusive to New True Tail 

  • Alpha Bitch: Heavily downplayed with Harper. She's all about her good looks, but is unquestionably one of the heroes.
  • Bird People: Harper the mockingbird, though she's not as humanoid as some examples.
  • Draconic Humanoid: Atticus.
  • Furry Confusion: Lyra is a werewolf, in a World of Funny Animals. Apparently how that works is that her "human" form is the purple anthro wolf seen on the website's cast page, and her "wolf" form is something more beastly.
  • Hero Academy: The focus of the new version.
  • Lighter and Softer: Than the original version. From the Skynamic website:
    Though our original story was good, and we loved mixing our simplistic shape-based art with a mature story line, we found it nearly impossible to pitch this concept to any animation studio. With this new version we have a more lighthearted tone that gives us the chance to bring humor and energy into the series. We are still making an action adventure show, but it will just be a little less serious.
  • A Load of Bull: Boris, though he's said to be rather agreeable when not in combat.
  • Magic Music: Melody "sings magical songs to empower even the weakest of heroes."
  • Mind-Control Music: Lyra's song.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Lyra has the power of Mind-Control Music.
  • Precious Puppy: Garth.
  • Tomboy: Ami is a tanuki who dresses like Robin Hood and "can take down any boy that gets in her way."


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