Today is the Season 2 premiere for Hello Kitty and Friends Supercute Adventures and we're super excited to talk to our friend Mairghread Scott, who is the writer of episode 1: Speedy Sweets!
Get to know Mairghread Scott and check out the Season 2 premiere today at 12:30PM (PST). And follow along in the LIVE Youtube Chat with Hello Kitty starting at 12:00PM (PST)
Hello Friend! Introduce yourself and tell us what you do for Hello Kitty and Friends Supercute Adventures animation series.
Hi! I’m Mairghread Scott and I’m one of the writers who works on Hello Kitty and Friends Supercute Adventures. So my job is to think up all the trials, tribulations, and adventures our supercute friends encounter.
What Hello Kitty and Friend is your favorite from the series? When did you first hear about Sanrio?
My Melody and I are definitely on the same wavelength. I joke that my job is to stress her out as much as possible, but it’s nice to be able to make sure things always work out for her in the end.
I’ve known Sanrio about as long as I can remember. These characters mean so much to so many people. I never thought I’d be able to help give Hello Kitty and her friends their voices, but I trying hard every day to live up to the task.
Season 2 introduces two new friends to the series: Chococat and Cinnamoroll! How fun was it to write for these new friends and did you have any favorite lines from them?
Chococat is so much fun to write. My favorite thing isn’t a line of dialog, but I love getting to make his whiskers tingle. You know there’s news nearby and Chococat is gonna find it!
As for Cinnamoroll, I love his tiny little “Excuse me” lines. I just want to give him a hug and shout at everyone to “Listen up!” You gotta protect your Cinnamorolls, right?
You wrote the Season 2 premiere episode: Speedy Sweets, and speaking of sweets....What is your favorite sweet treat?
Oh I have a massive sweet tooth! My favorite treat is yellow cake with milk chocolate frosting (the classic birthday combo) and whenever I find a new bakery I try their version. But I have been known to dip spoonfuls of peanut butter into chocolate chips if it’s a treat-mergency. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.
What’s your favorite part of writing for an animation series?
I always thought up my own cartoon episodes as a kid and I truly love getting to do that every day as a grown-up. There a moments when you’re writing that you feel like you’re just watching a brand new episode fall out of your fingertips and I live for those. They’re even better with Hello Kitty and Friends because the show is just so happy and sweet. It’s been a rough time for everyone lately, but it’s impossible to be sad when you’re writing Hello Kitty.
For someone wanting to write for an animation series, do you have any advice?
The Animation Guild (our union) has a great series of videos talking about the craft of writing on their YouTube channel. But if you want to write cartoons professionally your best bet is to find whoever wrote you favorite cartoons and connect with them on social media. Ask them how they write, how they network, if they have any old scripts you could peak at… (And don’t forget to actually tell them you’re interested in getting into the business. Don’t be shy! I believe in you!)
I think people can be intimidated by professional writers, but we’re the kind of goofy oddballs who write cartoons all day! We can be pretty busy, but if we have the time we’d love to chat.