Title: Dr. Nutmeg’s Femmebots
Creator: Melanie Feliciano
Format: 22-minute animated comedy series about a mad scientist who programs a fleet of female robots to fight a ruling class of male robots. The concept is Silicon Valley Meets the Dollhouse (Joss Whedon).
Mad scientist Dr. Nutmeg builds her BoobCoin empire by programming Femmebots and sending them out into the world to steal data from Brobots.
The time frame is one year in the future and takes place in two major locations: Dr. Nutmeg’s Factory in Newark, New Jersey and a hacker house full of seven Femmebots in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The hacker house is networked to Dr. Nutmeg’s Factory so she can watch everything The Femmebots do, whether they are fighting with each other, sleeping with Brobots, or most importantly, building apps to fill needs in the human market. But these apps weirdly never work and The Femmebots always end up back at Dr. Nutmeg’s Factory to download the data they’ve collected during the building process…
Dr. Nutmeg and The Femmebots are the main characters in the series. They are like a twisted modern family of cyborg females.
Dr. Nutmeg is the mother of the robot family. At her core she is a lonely, suicidal, oversexualized, overeducated neurotic tech entrepreneur who never succeeded in the tech world because she is female. When she realizes she is about to age out of the market, she creates The Femmebots to get the attention of males, whether they are Brobots full of valuable data, or Investors full of cold, hard cash that can keep her flailing tech empire afloat.
The Femmebots come in six different flavors, and we see all of them in every episode either interacting with each other or with Dr. Nutmeg. Their personalities were programmed based on social media profiles and search engine results, similar to the way Ava was programmed in “Ex-Machina,” Dr. Nutmeg’s favorite film.
In the first season, Dr. Nutmeg commissions The Femmebots to build an app called GETKnockedUp. They invite Brobots and Femmebots from other factories to the launch party. When Femmebot 7.0 catches a virus from a Brobot while beta testing the app, she starts suffering from delusions that she is a human woman. The Femmebots bring 7.0 to Dr. Nutmeg’s therapy couch where she complains about the new tech culture that has gentrified Williamsburg, her lost sex drive and Russian Troll Farmers. Dr. Nutmeg promises to clear the viruses from Femmebot 7.0’s system and give her an upgrade if she passes the Turing Test, but instead she collects all of 7.0’s data and memory files as ammunition to continue her war against the Brobots.
Episode 1: Virtual Reality
Femmebot 7.0 ends up at Dr. Nutmeg’s Factory after experiencing a MeltDownLoad.
Episode 2: Turing Test
Dr. Nutmeg introduces Femmebot 7.0 as the latest guest on her talk show Turing Test.
Episode 3: Exit Strategy
Femmebot 7.0 flashes back to the launch party of a new dating app that exits Femmebots from the dating scene.
Episode 4: Prince White Rice Swipes Right
After kissing many Brobots, Femmebot 7.0 finds the perfect match…until he loses interest and moves on to the next “idea.”
Episode 5: Tech & The City
Femmebot 7.0 discovers the bugs in the dating app when she tries a new kind of “API.”
Episode 6: The Factory
Femmebot 7.0 explains her understanding of The Factory to Dr. Nutmeg.
Episode 7: Mofongo
Dr. Nutmeg decides if she will give Femmebot 7.0 an upgrade to 8.0.
Special thank-yous to all our Kickstarter funders, Kerri Sohn and 2293 Productions in Bushwick, Angello Pizarro (Queens), Andrew Conklin (Washington, DC), Genevieve Chavira (Bed Stuy), Jacklyn Laryea (Washington, DC) and Clara Ibarra (Williamsburg) for supporting production and post-production of The Femmebots. Also, thanks to FreeMusicArchive.org for The Femmebots theme song, “You Were My Robot Lover,” by the band Quiet Music for Tiny Robots.
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Femmebot 2.0 thinks she is an old traveling gypsy when she ends up on Dr. Nutmeg’s therapy couch. Once fluent in many languages, including PHP, love and Spanish, she has forgotten them all. She blames the failure of her Streetcred app on homeless people who aren’t interested in living in virtual shelters.
Femmebot 6.0 thinks she is a mermaid when she finds herself on Dr. Nutmeg’s therapy couch. She is vain and uses her sexuality to negotiate deals as she builds an app called Diggler, a matchmaking platform for Femmebots and Investors.
Femmebot 1.0 thinks she is a princess when she ends up on Dr. Nutmeg’s therapy couch. She believes a prince will rescue her someday and she will live happily ever after. Her belief leads The Femmebots to build PrinceFinder which gets hacked by #MeThree feminists.
Femmebot 3.0 believes she is an accountant and lawyer when she ends up on Dr. Nutmeg’s therapy couch. She takes the opposite point of view on everything and only cares about money and power. It is very difficult for her to work with anyone else because she is only self-interested which leads to the demise of her Augmented Reality app for real estate agents.
Femmebot 4.0 thinks she is a fairy when she ends up on Dr. Nutmeg’s Therapy couch. She is always agreeable and happy and loves to please others which is why her Homewrecker app for Mistresses fails.
Femmebot 5.0 believes she is a witch with magical powers when she lands on Dr. Nutmeg’s therapy couch. She loves to connect the dots and imagine the future with drawings and pictures, but these skills lead to the failure of her Boob Tube app.
Dr. Nutmeg eventually becomes a wildly successful female tech billionaire – in her virtual reality. She graces the cover of Big Bucks Magazine. Her net worth starts to compete with Oprah’s when she begins a virtual reality talk show for her fleet of her hilariously malfunctioning Femmebots called “Turing Test.”
The Brobots come from factories in the Midwest where they were programmed by Nerd Boy to believe they would would get rich quick while guzzling cheap beer, working out (even though their hardware does not change) and doing many lines of code with Femmebots at underground tech parties in Williamsburg.
Dr. Blank is a Burning Man regular searching for investments that will fulfill his spiritual appetite for “doing good.” He thinks of himself as a conscious capitalist, but he is actually a douchebag finance guy whose speech does not match his actions.
Nerd Boy is a serial entrepreneur who has invented a slew of successful apps. He has a fetish for Femmebots. He enjoys taking them apart and putting them back together again, like he did with legos when he was a kid. He builds Brobots just for fun and to see how they interact with Femmebots.
Prince White Rice is a Brobot who thinks he is a hipster. All the Femmebots always swipe right on his profiles.
Russian Troll Farmers are an underground group of punks who can hack into any operating system to sabotage any campaign in the Media War Zone.
The Media War Zone is a virtual representation of Times Square. Bots inside the battleground can shoot Tweets, stream live unconscious bias, and post animated gifs and boomerangs.