“The greatest animated film you get to help make.”
You may or may not have heard of the Hullabaloo Steampunk 2D (hand-drawn) animated film by a team of former Disney and Dreamworks animators. The indiegogo crowdfunded project was spearheaded by James Lopez, an alumni of CalArts who worked on Disney films The Lion King, Pocahontas, and short film Paperman.
WHAT IS HULLABALOO?
“Hullabaloo is a 2D (hand-drawn) animated steampunk film that hopes to help preserve the dying art of 2D animation; and by supporting this project, you get to help save 2D animation from an untimely demise. We want you to join us in making a short film that will showcase the world of Hullabaloo, which we can show to investors to fund a full length 2D feature. 2D animation is a beautiful but dying art form that the animation studios have all but abandoned. But if we can fund this film with your help, we will be able to show investors that people really do want to see a feature length animated steampunk film, allowing us to get the tremendous amount of funding needed to complete Hullabaloo as the full-length feature we believe you want to see.”
It is hard to think of 2D animation as a dying art form after growing up with the style. Anyone who creates a webcomic using the hand drawn technique coupled with cel shading is familiar with the process of 2D illustration. This is an exciting time for 2D animation in a time that the majority of animated features are drawn in a 3D style.
The setting of Hullabaloo takes place in a Steampunk genre. It is great for fans of the Victorian era, science fiction, as well as the Industrial Revolution.
The most exciting aspect is that Hullabaloo features two females as the film's lead protagonists.
“Hullabaloo aims to encourage girls to explore science and adventure. The film's two protagonists are both young women and both scientists who use their intellect, wits, and courage to fight greed and corruption. We hope that Veronica Daring and her friend Jules will serve as positive role models for girls of all ages and encourage them to get excited about science, engineering, and sci-fi.”
This is a positive role-model for a daughter, sister, niece, girl cousin, and young girls everywhere. How great it would be to have a character like Veronica Daring or Jules to look up to and try to emulate? I know that the younger version of myself would have appreciated a story where girls are capable of working with old fashion technology.
WHY SAVE 2D ANIMATION?
“2D animation is the heart and soul of all animation. 2D created the animation industry, and without it modern computer-generated animation simply would not exist. And 2D animation is a truly American art form. 2D animation is capable of conveying a truly incredible level of emotion and feeling. It is beautiful and and it is important.
Unfortunately, the film industry has developed the misconception that 2D animation is a dead art form that should be neither preserved nor perpetuated. We believe that they are wrong, and by joining us you can help us prove that people still love and want 2D animation.”
Hullabaloo has currently reached its initial funding goal, but new stretch goals are released each day for additional animated shorts and fun extras. Check out the indiegogo campaign site for additional YouTube videos of the work in progress and to learn more about the team behind this project. It is very exciting to see brilliant animators have the chance to write and tell an original story.
The indiegogo campaign ends on October 1st, 2014, at midnight. So hop on the steam train before it is too late!
2014 DRUNK DUCK AWARDS
It's Show Time!!
Today is the first day of the Awards Presentations. Come and join the celebration of this great online community.
There are two more presentations that we could use some help with:
Best Adult Oriented Comic
Readers' Choice Award
Also, being a community project the awards loves any contributions. Everyone is invited to submit “behind the scenes” extras and acceptance/concession speeches during the ceremony. Deadline for any extras is 10/01.
KAM, who was a featured interviewer/interviewee on last week's newspost has a special announcement to make. His comic, The KAMics has reached a whopping 1500 pages on September 12th. THAT is a lot of pages to get through. Congratulations on the milestone, KAM, and continue the great work!
Do you have any original art to contribute to our stock image database, announcements, community projects, ideas, news, or milestones to report? Please leave general comments below or send a PQ to kawaiidaigakusei. Email me at kawaiidaigakusei(at)gmail(dot)com.
kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Sept. 15, 2014
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