by Hoogie Espinosa . September 5th, 2014
I used to be filled with excitement every time a new episode of Samurai Jack or Zoids: Old Century got out. I have the same feeling today with episodes of Hanayamata or Aldnoah Zero. When Wreck-It Ralph came out, I was on the edge of my seat not only for the movie itself, but also for Paperman, the short right before it. Forgive me if this post is filled with fanboyisms.
And I get it. 3D is a lot easier. You make your assets once and just reuse them over and over again. Plus, the technology has been improving a lot. You have movies such as Owls of Gahoole and Final Fantasy: Advent Children which are highly detailed, yet they move smoothly. Disney’s series, Sofia the First, has the same lovable bounce and beat as any other Disney musical cartoon. I was playing NBA 2k13 with my brother, and my mom thought it was a real game. Wait till she sees 2k15.
Enter the Hullabaloo project, an Indiegogo campaign to make a 2D animated short film as a pitch reel to investors for a full-length feature with two purposes: to revive the art of 2D, and to encourage girls to explore science and exploration. That sounds great!
Did I mention it’s gonna be steampunk?
In the animation team, you’ve got creator James Lopez of The Lion King, Bruce Smith of Roger Rabbit, Rick Farmiloe of The Little Mermaid, Sandro Cluezo of The Princess and the Frog, and Sarah Airriess of Paperman. Special shout out to Minkyu Lee, who got nominated for an Academy Award for one of his personal projects, Adam and Dog.
Prizes include your usual animation crowdfunding prizes plus steampunk merchandise like brass key-shaped bottle openers and goggles. Stretch goals range up to two more shorts and full-orchestra soundtracks.
27 days left to go and it’s well past its original goal and quite close to its first stretch of $140,000. So what are you waiting for? Join us in funding this great project into reality.