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Kazmir the Flying Camel

The Documentary


Interviews with Gina Vivona, Bryan Cranston, Bill Brendle, Colleen O'Shaughnessey, and Steve Blum talk about working on the audiobook of Kazmir the Flying Camel. Filmed by Viktor Budnik. Written by Gina Vivona, Janie Hewson, and Matt Bett. Produced by Gina Vivona and Michael Woodrum. 


The Cast


Gina Vivona Author

Growing up with Bugs Bunny-filled Saturday mornings, Gina developed a great appreciation for a witty, cunning character. Kazmir isn't as much of a "lil stinker" as Bugs, but he can carry his own weight in wit.

Kazmir, the story and audiobook, has been a family affair in the making. Husband, Michael Woodrum was the one who suggested to turn the story into the audio version. "I was so excited to hear my characters come alive when Bryan, Colleen, and Steve animated their parts," recalls Gina.

"It would have been impossible to finish my story before now. All these people and their talents needed to first come into my life. When they arrived, the road was easy and fun.

I hope you will enjoy the adventure with someone you love."

Bryan Cranston Narrator

Though many know him as “The One Who Knocks”, Bryan Cranston is also the one who narrates the adventures of Michael-Ann and Kazmir on their journey through the Five Skies. Over the years, Bryan Cranston has had a litany of career-defining performances, whether as the overwhelmed patriarch on “Malcolm in the Middle”, as the groundbreaking president LBJ in “All The Way” or as the aforementioned Walter White in “Breaking Bad”.

Bryan was initially drawn to the story of Kazmir by the positive messages that it conveyed. Using only his voice to pull together the connective tissue of the story was a unique challenge that Bryan sought out, as he is accustomed to being able to convey emotion using his entire body. However, his genuinely warm and sincere tone added a calming guide for the listener to experience the magic of Kazmir and Michael-Ann’s journey. We were extremely delighted that he was able to add his unique talents to telling this tale.


Nida G. Sanger Editor

Nida grew up with an English teacher mom who saddled her with the annoying lifetime habit of correcting other people's spelling and grammar mistakes. Fortunately, it also inspired a lifetime love of reading and some of her fondest memories of childhood involve being curled up with a great book.

So when Gina shared an early draft of Kazmir with Nida, she simply couldn't resist the opportunity to help the story come to life. Armed with a sharpened pencil, Nida found it easy to inhabit the magical world of Kazmir and Michael-Ann.

Colleen O'Shaughnessy Voice Actor

Michael-Ann, Prince Ahmed, Queen Mother, Daka-la, Felicia Morgan, Gwen, Opling, Answer Head, Wish Weaver Spider

Colleen O’Shaughnessy has been voicing characters since her college days. Though back then, the subjects of her voiceovers were unwitting animals and babies.  Nowadays, her voiceovers expand to a litany of classic cartoon roles including Sonic the Hedgehog’s steadfast sidekick “Tails”, Digimon’s leading lady “Sora”, and The Avengers' pint-sized powerhouse “Wasp”. That last role she particularly loved, enjoying the fact that the Wasp was, “funny and sarcastic…but also a badass”.  

In preparing for her multiple Kazmir roles, Colleen tested her voices out against the toughest critics of all: her children. Luckily, reading and acting out different roles is a pastime for Colleen’s entire family.


Steve Blum Voice Actor

Kazmir, Farouk, Mosaic, Prof. Neville Fraser, Optionator, Puffinhuffer, Question Head, The Great Hammer Shnail, Helmet Head, Somebody

Steve Blum’s voice is behind some of the most iconic animated characters in the past few decades, ranging from Cowboy Bebop’s martian bounty hunter “Spike Spiegel”, the musclebound Lasat from Star Wars Rebels’ “Zeb Orrelios", and everyone’s favorite metal-clawed Canuck “Wolverine”. Of the latter role, Blum mentioned that every time he tries to get into character he can, “feel the adamantium surge through his bones.”  It’s that kind of passion that Steve brought with him into the land of the Five Skies.

When Steve approaches any project, the thing he hopes to encounter are real characters with a great sense of purpose.  Upon reading the journey that Michael-Ann and Kazmir take throughout the Five Skies, Steve realized that it encompassed all of the elements that keep him excited about this business and agreed to lend his vocal talents to the team.

Michael Woodrum Producer, Engineer

Michael, the consummate producer, is at the top of his game bringing words to life with sound and music. Michael Woodrum has a ton of experience producing and engineering with rock, pop, and hip hop royalty such as Willie Nelson, Clint Black, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Snoop Dogg, Backstreet Boys, Joss Stone, and exciting indie artists such as The Well Pennies, P. Hux, The Show Ponies, and BC Jean.

When given the task of bringing "listening life" to Kazmir, Michael jumped at the opportunity. The story's magic is matched by Michael's musical magic ability in the studio. There he mixed and recorded the character's dialog, added effects to move the story along, modulated the narration to add to its drama, recorded and mixed original music and co-produced with Parthenon Huxley a very special song just for the book.

Bill Brendle Composer

The lush undercurrent of music that populates the world of Kazmir was composed by the prolific Bill Brendle. His musical talents have existed in a variety of spaces over the years, whether it be as a composer at Hollywood Bowl, a collaborating pianist working with pop luminaries such as Justin Timberlake and Whitney Houston, or as an arranger on perhaps the most successful musical reality show of all time, “American Idol”.

When working on Kazmir, Bill endeavored to give each character their own theme, aurally isolating and enhancing the characteristics that they brought to the story. The unique soundscape Bill composed for the story adds a layer of mystique and adventure to Michael-Ann and Kazmir’s quest.

Parthenon Huxley Songwriter

Prolific songwriter Parthenon Huxley has been accused of creating pop songs so infectious that Rolling Stone magazine once raved, “You could land a marlin with these hooks!”.  Along from having a successful solo career, Parthenon tours with the current incarnation of ELO, now known as “The Orchestra”.

We approached Parthenon with creating an original theme song to accompany the book. To create emotional territory, he drew inspiration from his own daughters, Fiona and Imogen. What Parthenon created, “My Special Angel”, is a beautiful tribute not only to the book, but to the universal bond shared between parents and their children worldwide.

Performing on "My Special Angel":
Bill Brendle wurlitzer and mellotron
Tom Witt bass
Parthenon Huxley guitar and vocals
Paul Allen drums



This work is dedicated to Michael and Leo, who keep me grounded and laughing out loud.

My family, friends, and life experiences supplied the inspiration.

Special Thanks

Many people made this book possible through support, encouragement and creative input.
Thanks for the nudge.

Michael Woodrum | Nida Sanger | Bryan Cranston
Jay Vigon | Elliot Abbott | Betty and Matthew Arnold
Amy Color | Simon Abbott | Dick Monda | Matt Bett
Don Foster | Clayton Henry | Viktor Budnik | Janie Hewson



The Buzz About Kazmir

Listen to a sample chapter.


Listen to the theme song.


Rave Reviews


Vivona’s book is so original,

entertaining and imaginative.

Good Reads with Ronna for LA Parent Magazine and Parenthood.

Our family listened

to it during a long drive and it kept our 11 year old entranced. We were anxious to find out what kind of character the next Sky would bring and was never disappointed. I am now ordering the book to have a hard copy to go along with the audiobook.

Patricia, grandmother

I loved

The Adventures of Kazmir, especially chapter 9, Wish Weaver.

Jake, 12

Great story for all ages.

Keeps children's attention waiting for what will happen next. The characters are brought to life by the author. Well written with great imagination.

Sheryl, mother

It was so enjoyable

that I shared it with my students as an excercise to improve their listening skills.

James, 5th grade teacher

I was captivated

by the story of Kazmir the Flying Camel. The entertaining and loving messages cary young listeners on an amazing journey.

Bryan Cranston

We drove to Gramma's house

and listened in the car. I like Michael-Ann.

Caroline, 11

It was my little brother's turn

to pick for our movie night. I was surprised that I liked it too.

Taylor, 14

Our whole family

just loved this story...and the music!

Jenny, mother of 3

I had the pleasure

of listing to The Adventures of Kazmir. I found it to be a fun story that I think younger kids would love. The story contains a fun adventure as well as some moral lessons. The different voices made the story easy to follow. It would be a great book for kids and I think adults will enjoy it as well.

Mitch, author


More Videos

"My Special Angel" is a delightful theme song inspired by little girls on flying camels and Parthenon Huxley's own daughter, Fiona. P.Hux is a Kazmir BFF - are you?

In this clip, audiobook narrator and Kazmir BFF Bryan Cranston talks about what drew him to the story of Kazmir the Flying Camel, and what it was like to tell a story with just his voice. Fly on over to Kazmir's Facebook page to learn more about this magical camel, his friend Michael-Ann, and their adventures through the mystical Five Skies!

Bill Brendle is the talented composer whose delightful soundtrack weaves throughout the "Adventures with Kazmir the Flying Camel" audiobook. In this clip, he talks about what it was like exploring the musical styles of Ancient Egypt, and how he approached the task of storytelling through instruments and sound.
Bryan Cranston is a Kazmir BFF! An amazing actor, Bryan brought the story to life as narrator of the "Adventures with Kazmir the Flying Camel" audiobook. In this clip, he tells us what moved him about the story and why he chose this project.
Meet Steve and Colleen, the voice actors who brought to life the friends and foes of the Five Skies for the Kazmir audiobook. They each portrayed a huge variety of characters, from friendly Kazmir to evil Daka-la. In this clip, they talk about how they got caught up in the story and just played.

"It's a fantasy. It's a magical journey." In this clip, audiobook narrator Bryan Cranston talks about his experiences working on the project, and how excited he was to see the project come together. Find out more about Kazmir BFFs and our audiobook documentary, "Kazmir Takes Off."