A deadbeat stoner dies and wakes up in purgatory to discover his long-lost grandpa is a mafia Don who runs the afterlife. Now he must earn his way into heaven while helping his grandpa save the family business.
Half-hour animated series that follows an episodic structure that pushes the storyline forward.
Futurama meets The Sopranos.
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2020 - ScreenCraft Animation Competition - Semifinalist
Livin' The Afterlife is about Aaron Marino, a young atheist, schmuck, who learns his life's purpose after he's bit the dust. Aaron's always felt like he didn't belong. He ain't got much for friends, and when he did have a girlfriend, he messed that up pretty bad. Unfortunately for him, one night, this fuggin’ guy chokes on some late-night snacks and dies.
When Aaron awakens in the afterlife, he discovers that his long-lost grandfather is Vincenzo Vonalini, the notorious mafia Don who’s been put in charge of the afterlife. Vincenzo, a.k.a. Vince, has created an organization in the afterlife known as La Cosa Morta. They’re in charge of the souls who ain't done enough good to go to heaven or bad to go to hell.
Aaron has arrived at a time of crisis; the number of souls crossin’ into heaven has dropped significantly, puttin’ the afterlife at risk of bein’ overturned by the devil and his minion, Kakia, the goddess of vice and moral badness. Not to mention the crazy paranormal crap that’ll happen to the livin’ if the devil gets his hands on the afterlife. Vince needs a solution and fast. Lucky for Vince, Aaron has a fresh outlook on things.
Aaron needs to earn his way into the good books, so Vince assigns him favors like any other soul, but as you can imagine, Aaron, the schmuck that he is, is easily distracted and cuts it a little close from time to time. Now with a purpose, Aaron sets off to earn a seat at La Cosa Morta table as the leader of the non-believers, all the while strugglin’ to keep Kakia and her evil antics at bay.
This adult comedy, animated series will have an episodic structure that follows Aaron's pathetic attempts at completin’ his favors in a timely manner, but the serialized storyline will be interwoven through the episodes as Aaron strives to earn a seat where he belongs, at La Cosa Morta table as the leader of the non-believers.
Aaron was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was raised by his single-parent mother and didn't know his dad's side of the family due to the whole mob ties thing.
Aaron was bullied growin' up, which is unfortunate, but that did help him develop his compassionate side. Aaron's amazin' at givin' advice, but he ain'tso good at takin' it.
Aaron's a little confused at this point in his life as he has no direction. He’s an atheist and ain’t too big on conformin’. He's never felt accepted, and the only relationship/friendship he's ever had has gone down the tubes. All this kid wants is to feel like he belongs.
Vince is your Old School-type Mafia boss. He's strict, cold, and, well, organized if you catch my drift. He grew up in the mob world, doin’ everythin’ from deliveries to runnin’ numbers, to enforcin’.
Up until Aaron's untimely arrival, Vince has been reluctant to change, and even Aaron finds times when his grandpa Vinny can be pretty stubborn. But wit' Aaron's new agey approach on all things afterlife, Vince has got a pretty good shot at turnin’ things around.
Reluctant to change or not, Aaron's got a lot to teach Vince and vice versa. These two make a pretty unstoppable team when they ain't at each other's throats.
Casey Tubinski, a.k.a. Tubz, is Vince's consigliere and right-hand man. Tubz' been runnin' wit' Vince since he was a goon for Vince's father. Tubz was alongside Vince when they were gun down by an overly ambitious capo and has remained by Vince's side, even after death.
The only thing Tubz loves more than workin’ for the Vonalini family is food. I swear this fuggin' guy came out of his mother's womb with a cannoli in hand. His love for food gets him into more trouble than he'd like to admit.
Wit' a new Vonalini to look after, Tubz has become more like Aaron's afterlife guide. He watches over him to make sure he don't get into too much trouble. But what do you think happens when you put two Bozo's together? You get a fuggin' mess, that’s what!
Sidney Slickowski, a.k.a. Slick, was born in the rough streets of the Bronx. After a bout of livin’ on the streets in Brooklyn, Slick witnessed a hit put on by the Vonalini family. The FBI brought him in for questionin', and let me tell you, that birdy sang like a canary.
Slick, that slitherin' snake made his way into the mafia as an FBI informant. If the feds knew what kind of dirty work he was pullin' to climb the mob ladder, they woulda cut ties with him long before he was shot dead with Vince and Tubz.
Unfortunately, Vince and Tubz never found out what kind of cockroach Slick really is. But one thing's for sure; he's tryin' to sabotage Aaron's rise to the top and spendin' an awful lot of time with Kakia down at her bar, Allure, in Bedstuy.
Kakia - the Greek Goddess of vice and moral badness. What more needs to be said? This broad seduced fuggin' Hercules fa Christ sake. From what I heard, she almost had even Vince doin' her biddin'. What better of a bad apple to put in charge of the evil side of the afterlife?
Kakia runs this fancy speakeasy called Allure down in Bedstuy. Us respectable members of the afterlife wouldn't be caught alive in that juke joint. Rumor has it, you can get whatever you want down there - but it'll cost ya.
Kakia will stop at nothin' to get what she wants. And all she wants is to control the afterlife and everyone within it. The Devil's got himself a new minion, and she looks incredible in a toga. Bada-bing!
Freddy Frightenin’ is a paranormal investigation YouTube sensation who's had a hate on for ghosts since he could remember. He claims one night he came home to find his wife had left him for a ghost who's been hauntin' him since his childhood, but who knows - the guy's a fuggin' nut.
Now that he's the top paranormal investigator in America, he's deadset on destroyin' any ghost he comes across with his broke-ass ghostbuster-like contraptions. Ain’t no soul ever return from a run-in with Freddy Frightenin’.
After gettin' a whiff of Aaron's spirit the day he died, Freddy's been hot on Aaron’s trail, and he ain't gonna let up until he gets his guy. So not only does Aaron need to worry about Kakia and her attempts at taking over the afterlife now he's gottaworry about this fuggin' guy.
This is Carl Higgins. Once upon a time, he was the top Psychologist in Brooklyn. His work in the mental health field was world renown until one day, the poor bastard's husband croaked.
Needless to say, he was never the same, and his status slowly declined to that of a beggar outside Aaron's buildin'. Aaron always thought Carl was schizophrenic due to all his talkin' to himself and such. Turns out Carl didn't fly over the cuckoo's nest; the fuggin' guy can talk to us dead folk.
As you can imagine, Carl comes in pretty handy for Aaron as he tries to navigate his way through the afterlife. Carl acts as a medium on numerous occasions, even helpin' Aaron climb La Cosa Morta ladder.
Jillian Two-Axe is a Canadian broad who moved to Brooklyn to join the National Women's Liberation Movement. Jillian died at a concert one night after a stage collapsed on the poor gal. The whole thing went viral - it was a fuggin' mess!
Jillian haunts the same apartment building’ as Aaron. When they first laid eyes on each other, it was afterlove at first sight. And they've been inseparable ever since.
Aaron, the numskull that he is, can think up some pretty moronic ways to get into trouble. Lucky for him, Jillian sees greatness in the guy and sticks by his side, actin’ like a moral compass of sorts - a consigliere, if you will.