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'Bee and PuppyCat' - Mega Kickstarter $ucce$$
Written by Charles   
Thursday, 14 November 2013 20:48

Don't you just love it when an animated property circumvents the gatekeepers in traditional entertainment media and finds huge success through crowdfunding? Yet again that is indeed the case today as a project entitled "Bee and PuppyCat" wrapped up their Kickstarter campaign just a few hours ago and I'm sure are celebrating the great results.

They exceeded their $600,000 goal with a final tally of $872,133 raised through 18,209 backers!

Bee and PuppyCat is the brainchild of Natasha Allegri. You can see her creative works here. It's been featured on Cartoon Hangover and on Kickstarter through Frederator.

The huge success of the Bee and PuppyCat campaign means that nine episodes in the series will be produced.

Take a look at the promotional video below. I particularly appreciate what Frederator founder Fred Seibert has to say about how the Internet and crowdfunding is helping projects move directly towards their audience outflanking the obstacles of broadcast TV. Then watch an episode of the cartoon for an idea as to what we can expect to see now that Bee and PuppyCat has been greenlit by the fans...

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'The Bear & The Hare' - Blink - UK
Written by Charles   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 20:03

There's a buzz about an animated Christmas film entitled "The Bear and the Hare". It's associated with the John Lewis stores in the UK and features the story of a bear who keeps missing Christmas because he hibernates during the winter. The video was impressive enough as it is always great to see quality animated entertainment in the traditional hand drawn method. But when I saw the making-of video I was amazed at how the film was actually produced.

The production company behind the endeavor is London based Blink. The directors of the film are Elliot Dear and  Yves Geleyn backed up by an extensive crew of very talented artists and technicians. Take a look at the trailer for The Bear & The Hare and then watch the making-of video which follows. You'll appreciate the dedicated effort behind the project.

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Paul Rudish at KLIK! - Amsterdam - Nov 12-17 2013
Written by Charles   
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 21:10

The KLIK! Animation Festival in Amsterdam is under way starting today and running through November 17 2013. If you're in the area and are up for having a good time in a fun city it's not too late to head on over and be a part of all the exciting things that are happening.

One of the highlights of the festival is the participation of industry veteran Paul Rudish. He'll be a keynote speaker on Friday evening November 15 among other appearances he'll be making. Paul is best known for his reworking of Mickey Mouse in the recent shorts produced by Disney. He's the Executive Producer of the series. It's especially gratifying for me to see Paul in the spotlight since I knew him as a youngster in Kansas City. His father was my supervisor when I worked as a staff artist at Halmark Cards. Here's video of Paul drawing Mickey.  Have a good time at KLIK!

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'Tuurngait' - Supinfocom Arles
Written by Charles   
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 01:37

Another marvelous film to enjoy from the world of animated student films. This one from Supinfocom Arles where masterful productions at a school level seem to come with the territory. In "Tuurngait" we see what happens when an Innuit boy wanders off and engages in a frightening mystical experience. It took five students a year and a half to produce the film. In 2012 it had its festival run at 50 screenings and won 9 awards. The team includes Paul-Emile Boucher, Remy Dupont, Benjamin Flouw, Mickael Riciotti and Alexandre Toufaili. There's also several making-of videos in diverse cataegories such as the Animatic, Modeling, Animation and Compositing. You can see Tuurngait in 3D on Youtube, visit the film's official website and also catch up on Facebook. Enjoy this impressive work...

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'Azadae' on Kickstarter - Nov 30 2013
Written by Charles   
Monday, 11 November 2013 04:25

The creative team at Oxinfree Studios in the US are producing an exciting new animated series for children in Tanzania called "Azadae".

Oxinfree is an an independent animation studio built solely on the effort of artistic volunteers hoping to shape communities and bring people together both locally and globally. For the past year They've been developing an educational and entertaining television series for children that follows a young girl and her friends through the everyday life of a child growing up in Tanzania.

"Azadae" started out as a student film in consultation with Tanzanian university students on our storylines and characters to make the series is as culturally accurate as possible. Oxinfree is hoping to create an educational children’s series that can be broadcasted on Tanzanian television stations, providing Tanzania with their own children’s media while making Azadae available and entertaining for audiences everywhere.

The 4-minute pilot short for the series is progressing and Oxinfree has launched a crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter.

Follow the link to the Azadae campaign to learn more about the project and consider supporting this effort with a contribution and also by helping to spread the word. Deadline for the campaign is November 30 2013. Here's the video with details...

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