The concept for converting the Le Mieux characters into an animated educational series for PreK kids started in late 2018, when creator Jessi's son was one year old and just starting to enjoy watching cartoons. Flipping through all the options, Jessi was left wondering where the art-themed cartoons were. She could find a multitude of cartoons about nature, math, dinosaurs, being good neighbors, space, food, traveling/geography, oceanography, mechanical engineering, even Christianity -- but no art-centric cartoons. What gives?!
So she did what she usually does: got annoyed, brainstormed, and decided to make one of her own.
This is the story of Le Mieux & Amis.
A bundle of "THANK YOU" to these individuals for their financial support of our project:
A summary of work done under the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant program from Jan 2019-Apr 2020*. Plus, listen to insights from co-animator Jennifer McMenemy and theme song singer-songwriter Trevor Marty.
(( WE INTENDED TO MAKE THE MAIN VIDEO INTERACTIVE, WE'VE BEEN HAVING DIFFICULTY UPLOADING . Please use the popups as indicators for viewing other clips -- listed below -- from our fellow creatives. Thanks! ))
Print a page to color by hand, or download the image and color it using Microsoft Paint (or a similar program) on your computer. Then take a photo of your art (or save it, if using your PC) and email it to Human@LeMieuxComic.com to get entered to win some cool artsy prizes. Me-WOW!
Each different page qualifies you for one entry each. Color them all for maximum entries in our prize drawing(s)!
Jessica Woken is a fiscal year 2019 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.