Pilot (Queen of the Willis)
|Queen of the Willis episode|
|Episode no.||Episode 1|
|Written by||Ava Zinn|
|Original air date||December 20, 2003 (rough-cut)|
August 12, 2006
"Pilot" is the pilot episode of the American animated television series Queen of the Willis. Written by series creator Ava Zinn, A rough-cut version of this episode originally aired on December 20, 2003 on ATE Media, a final version was later aired on August 12, 2006, following World News Tonight on WMRI.
The basis for "Pilot", as well as Queen of the Willis a whole, was Zinn's thesis film Frank's Life, created in 1994 while she was a student at R.J. Baskett Middle School. A sequel was conceived in 2000 called Frank & Brittani, which aired in 2001 as a segment of ATE Media's Saturday Morning. Both shorts caught the attention of Patrice Rafferty, who contacted Zinn in 2001 to develop a series based on the films. A hand-drawn pilot was created by Zinn with a budget of $10,000, which led to the series being accepted for production and the pilot being remade and extended into its broadcast form. It was rated TV-PG-L (TV-14-L in off-network syndication).
Critical responses to the episode were mostly positive.