A story contest focused on tales concerning pets was recently announced by the Story Pirates band. To celebrate THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, the heartwarming animated film of the summer available this week on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD, The Story Pirates are partnering with Illumination and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment for a fun contest to capture the wildest and funniest stories about pets.
Kids everywhere (via their parents and caregivers) are invited to submit their original story on a topic that relates directly to this hit animated family movie: What Do Your Pets Do When You’re Not at Home?
Parents of authors (ages 4 to 18) are invited to submit their stories at: www.storypirates.com/secretlife by (September 10th, 2019). The winner will be chosen and announced in late September. The winning story will be performed on a special bonus episode of the Story Pirates Podcast, and a full cast of Story Pirates will also perform their story for the lucky winner.
The Story Pirates are a group of top comedians, musicians, best-selling authors, and world-class teachers who partner with schools to help tens of thousands of kids write original stories. Then they adapt these kids’ stories into a critically acclaimed series of books, a sold-out national tour, award-winning albums featuring guest artists like Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the #1 podcast for kids and families. Presented by Gimlet Media, their podcast has been downloaded more than 10 million times. In addition, Story Pirates Changemakers, the non-profit arm of the organization, have brought life-changing literacy programs to more than 500,000 students.
NBCUniversal and Story Pirates have enjoyed a year-long partnership and corporate volunteer program wherein hundreds of NBCUniversal employees have participated in Story Love. “This program, where we enlist volunteers to help us write positive, hand-written letters to young authors, has helped us immeasurably to further encourage kids to keep writing,” says Benjamin Salka, co-founder and CEO of Story Pirates.
The Story Pirates are always looking for great stories from kids. Young authors are invited to submit their tales anytime at StoryPirates.com. Check the website for the latest news about the Story Pirates Podcast, music, books and performances.
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 explores the emotional lives of our pets, the deep bond between them, the families that love them and answers the question: What are your pets really doing when you’re not at home? Terrier Max (Patton Oswalt) is coping with major life changes after Katie’s marriage and the arrival of a toddler, Liam. Meanwhile, Gidget (Jenny Slate) tries to rescue Max’s favorite toy from a cat-packed apartment with a little help from her feline friend, Chloe (Lake Bell), who has discovered the joys of catnip. And Snowball (Kevin Hart) believes, despite the other pets’ teasing, that he’s a superhero after his owner starts dressing him in superhero pajamas. But when Daisy (Tiffany Haddish), a fearless Shih Tzu, shows up to ask for Snowball’s help on a dangerous mission, he’ll have to summon the courage to become the hero he’s been pretending to be.
View a clip from THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 HERE.
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Meagan J. Meehan is a published author, poet, cartoonist, and produced playwright. She pens columns for the Great South Bay Magazine, Blasting News, and Entertainment Vine. She is also a stop-motion animator and an award-winning abstract artist. Meagan holds a BA in English Literature and a MA in Communication. She is also an animal advocate and a fledging toy and game designer.
Meagan is a contributing editor to Kidskintha writing on Toys, Games, Entertainment, and other topics that are happy and fun!