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"We're all on the same Rock!"

The Wrong Rock | Animated Special In Production

The Pitch

Martin was born on the wrong rock. Martin is a mushroom and he overcomes enormous challenges to travel to a far away rock where he hopes to be accepted.

This is a fantastic tale of the pure of heart overcoming bigotry. Anyone who's experienced, sexism, racism, ageism, political or religious persecution will relate to this story. A character who's passion is unlike the people who he grew up around, discovers a place he can be himself, but faces enormous obstacles to get there. Along the way he exposes the futility of the other character's bigotry and bias and puts it all in perspective so that they can finally deal with the bigger issues in life.

Disney Layout Supervisor – Joaquin Baldwin

“Michael has the knowledge to make a film like this take off, he is great at bringing people together, running a large project and seeing it is completed. His previous experience and the way he managed the community of artists tells me this new film is sure to be a passionate and well managed endeavor.”

Disney Layout Supervisor – Joaquin Baldwin
Nimble Collective Founder & Head of Animation at Dreamworks – Jason Schleifer

“Through The Wrong Rock, Michael Cawood celebrates a powerful message of acceptance and unity. By assembling a global team of talented animators, he masterfully crafts (and echos) the journey of a single hopeful soul who helps shine a light on the truth that we are all one. There is no time more appropriate than now to spread this message, and I’m thrilled that Michael and his team are doing so with passion and integrity.”

Nimble Collective Founder & Head of Animation at Dreamworks – Jason Schleifer
Artella & Animation Mentor Founder & Pixar Animator – Bobby Beck

“The Wrong Rock hits home and drives to the core of what makes cinema great. The team Michael has assembled is absolutely incredible. Despite everyone being spread out all over the world, Michael has been able to unify their efforts in an extremely cohesive way and the work they are doing is truly awe inspiring.”

Artella & Animation Mentor Founder & Pixar Animator – Bobby Beck

Work in Progress Renders

Concept Art

Wave of Terror - Solomon Gamino


The film takes place over a series of days shown in, what looks like, time lapse photography, accelerating and slowing as needed to showcase Martin's adventure. The characters of the story are the animated toadstools and they will show their age by growing over time. Time speed changes will also be reflected in the environment, e.g. surfaces will get rougher with age, grass will sway quicker, the sea with swell, night an day will pass, clouds will move across the sky, etc...

The project is being run through the Artella Virtual Studio Platform, an evolution of an online workflow originally pioneered by a small group of Animated Filmmakers including Michael Cawood, the director of 'Devil's Angels & Dating' and the 'The Wrong Rock'.


  • Martin doesn't fit in with the other toadstools on his rock, despite looking just like them
  • He sees a second rock with toadstools that look different, but act more like him, and he wants to be with them
  • In his frustration, he dismisses the attention of an enthusiastic Ladybug
  • He overcomes various challenges to get to the other rock
  • Along the way Martin inspires others like him, including the Ladybug

This universal tale symbolizes the true unity of the human race. Despite racism, sexism, and every other form of bigotry, we are all on this rock together. The current political and social climate makes this the perfect time for this story to strike a chord with viewers, push them to take stock of their worldview, and take positive action.

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This project is currently volunteer based, but we can make it better and faster, reaching a wider audience, if we're able to pay the artists involved. Please consider donating to help us out, or better still, get in touch if you would like to get involved.

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