On the island of Mutasia, where everyone is a mix of two or more different animals, it sure is hard to find the perfect pet. But if anyone is up for the challenge, it’s Figley! When his friend, Billie, admits that she’s grown tired of her boring pet pugapillar (pug-caterpillar), Figley sets out to find her the weirdest, wildest, and wackiest pets on the island! He introduces her to an assortment of mixed-up animals like a dolphin-pony, a lizard-cat, and a flamingo-elephant-goldfish! But with each positive feature that comes with a critter’s mix, there’s an unexpectedly troublesome trait too! As the exotic animals begin destroying her house, Billie starts to reassess what’s really important in a perfect pet.
Suzanne Cotsakos is Co-Founder, President and Co-Head Writer for Mutasia, a children’s entertainment company. Suzanne is also the award winning co-founder of Tertiary Productions, an independent film production company, and a main company member of the comedy troupe Duchess Riot, which has been voted “Best Theatre Group” on LA Hotlist for the last four years. The first book that Suzanne co-authored in the Mutasia children’s book series, ‘Figley’s New Favorite Food,’ was awarded the “Mom’s Choice Gold Seal Award” as well as “Honorable Mention” at the Los Angeles and Pacific Rim Book Festivals. The second book she co-authored, ‘Land of Illogical & Utterly Impossible Critters,’ also received a “Mom’s Choice Gold Seal Award.”
As an actor, Suzanne has performed in hundreds of shows around Los Angeles with her comedy troupes, Duchess Riot and Side Effects Comedy, for which she is also a contributing director, editor, producer, and writer. She is also the voice of Mutasia’s main character, Figley, who’s a mix of possum, cow, and finch. She performed the voice of Figley in Mutasia’s animated special, ‘The Mish Mash Bash,’ and the music album, ‘Nature Calls: Songs from Mutasia.’ Suzanne is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Pepperdine University, a BFA in Motion Pictures and Television from the Academy of Art University, and an MBA from William Paterson University.
Ryan McCulloch is the Chief Artist & Designer, Co-Head Writer for Mutasian Entertainment. Since its conception, Ryan has designed the multitude of original characters and critters inhabiting the island of Mutasia. He has illustrated a number of books in Mutasia’s award-winning children’s book series, including: ‘Mutasia: The Land of Illogical and Utterly Impossible Critters,’ ‘Figley’s New Favorite Food,’ ‘The Nib Book,’ and ‘A Nib Christmas.’ Additionally, he worked on the production of Mutasia’s first animated special, ‘The Mish Mash Bash,’ and Mutasia’s music album ‘Nature Calls: Songs from Mutasia.’ On both projects Ryan is also the voice of Chadwick, who is part cheetah, part elephant, and part frog.
Aside from his work on Mutasia, Ryan is an award-winning clay-animator and illustrator whose animations have screened at numerous film festivals across the globe, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., HBO, HBO Family, and more. He has produced an educational film for Partnership for a Drug Free America and environmental commercials in Northern California.
Ryan graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration, and studied art and art history at the Scuola Lorenzo Di Medici in Florence, Italy. He served as Animation Producer for Tertiary Productions, developing animated advertisements and the web series, ‘Fox & Calf.’