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Olive: Inspired by Cars

When Cars 2 was released to theaters earlier this year, I fully intended to see it. Unfortunately I did not. Jumping ahead to this past weekend, I finally got to watch it on pay-per-view. I enjoying all the familiar characters from the first Cars, as well as the new additions. If you haven’t seen Cars 2 yet, I highly recommend it. There’s a dastardly plot by an evil villain out for world domination, and it involves the oil industry. Very entertaining, and certainly a timely editorial on current events.

As the credits began to roll, it hit me: my concept for Olive’s animated film was missing one very important element: an evil villain with a plan so dastardly that it threatens to destroy the entire world (or at least the entire river).  Yes, the villainous character of Char the Bull Trout still remains, but by comparison with this new evil force, Char is a cuddly teddy bear. And no, the menace does not involve the oil industry.

So, now I’m putting my thoughts to paper, plotting the plot as it were. Everything I’ve developed thus far still fits nicely into the film outline, but now there is a truly dark force that Olive must contend with. It’s going to take the cooperation of all the fish in The Big Stream and all of creatures that rely on the river if they hope to stop this advancing menace. If they can set aside their differences and join forces they can save the Big Stream, and in doing so save themselves.

Does this make you even remotely curious?  I hope so.

I hope it makes some Big Fish curious, too.

That’s the plan. Stay tuned, and thanks for following along.


  1. Kev2380

    I could easily see the Olive stories being made into an animated movie. I hope this works out. Even if it was just a small movie for the Fly Fishing Film Tour.

    • Kirk Werner

      Thanks, Kev (and for the awesome review). The biggest challenge of animated films is the cost, due to the shear amount of work that goes into producing them. Because of that, finding sources for funding is a monumental task. I’ve pondered a short film that could possibly make the F3T, which could serve as a springboard for a larger film as well. I’ll need to ponder it some more.

  2. Brian

    Sounds like a great movie to me. You also know that every villian needs an evil sidekick as well, something like Igor the Asian Carp.

    • Kirk Werner

      Thanks for the comment, Brian. While an Asian Carp would make for a great sidekick, it may alienate an entire continent and appear to be a not-very-politically correct term, even though we know what it is. I reckon it could be referred to as a Silver Carp in the film, but who ever calls them that?! 🙂

      • Brian

        Good point. I never even thought about the PC aspect of it.

  3. Vivian Kirkfield

    Hi Kirk,
    Glad to see you are still pursuing the Olive Goes to Hollywood journey!
    Yes, you are so right…an evil protagonist is a must!
    I just did a kind of book review post of “The Fine Bamboo Fly Rod: A Master’s Secrets of Restoration and Repair”…a book my husband wrote years ago.:) I talked about how important it is to take children fishing and added a link to your site because I think your Olive stories are must-have books for kids, especially if a parent intends to introduce them to fly-fishing…but also because parents need to teach their children about preserving and protecting our rivers and streams. Here’s a link to the post: http://viviankirkfield.wordpress.com/2011/11/08/the-fine-bamboo-fly-rod-a-book-review/

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