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2011: The Videos

More than 30,000 videos were added to Kickstarter in 2011 and we happily watched every single one of them. We have hundreds of favorites, but these twelve we just had to share.

Replacing the "N-word" with "Robot" in Huck Finn's video poster
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A boy and his runaway robot. Gabe Diani and Etta Devine's satire elevates the pitch video to an art form in this clip worthy of Twain himself.

A ferry tale. Outrageously catchy and impossible not to love, the video for dance film Girl Walk // All Day oozes joie de vivre. We challenge you to watch without getting up to dance.

The Present's video poster
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A clock for all seasons. We admit it: Scott Thrift's awe-inspiring video for the Present gets us a little teary-eyed — and not just at the time-lapse shots of the Kickstarter build process.

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis finally record together.'s video poster
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Gill Webb, we salute you. Bruce and Kelly's appearance on the Gill Webb Show is like a mix of Between Two Ferns and Hee Haw. It's extremely funny, and the music is beautiful too.

Cicada Princess's video poster
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Giving Pixar a run for the money. Mauricio Baiocchi's mastery of miniature puppetry is magical and dreamlike.

Freaker USA—Making You & Your Beverage Cooler!'s video poster
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Are those new shoes?  If we tried to explain the Freakers video you wouldn't believe us. Just watch. 

The Funklet's video poster
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Gotta have that Funklet! Jack Stratton's got style and charm to spare, and he can turn the seat of a golf cart into a snare drum like it's nobody's business.

How things get made. Dan Provost and Tom Gerhardt share a poignant tour of the manufacturing process for the Cosmonaut. More kids' shows like this, please.

The Second Annual Kickstarter Film Festival's video poster
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We probably shouldn't, but... After two years and thousands of videos, we finally make one of our own.

BLANE FONDA: First Full Length Album's video poster
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Is that Morgan Freeman? This epic pitch vid is less "pitch" and more "science fictional outer space voyage." Who wins in the battle between the Spirit of Rock 'n' Roll and the Buzz Kills? You'll have to watch to find out. 

PigPen Theatre Co. Debut Album's video poster
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Watch your back, Glee. If you're looking for adorable, look no further than the video for Synchronized Speaking gold medalists the Pigpen Theatre Company. Aww!

Kentucky for Kentucky: Kick Ass Super Bowl Commercial's video poster
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Bowled over. The only thing better than Griffin Van Meter's Western bow tie is being able to type "Griffin Van Meter's Western bow tie." Love.

What was your favorite video of 2011? Please share in the comments!

Comments

    1. Creator Kentucky for Kentucky on January 9, 2012

      Griffin VanMeter's Western bow tie aka the Kentucky Stingaling Bling Bling are available for wear and type. Inquire @ info@kentuckyforkentucky.com

      Congrats to all included, and to Kickstarter for what it does.. We Kentucky folks are proud to be apart of Kickstarter's bathtub gin magic sauce.

    2. Creator Zerom Games on January 9, 2012

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    3. Creator Matthew on January 9, 2012

      Definitely the 'Kris and Scott's Scott and Kris show'

      Funniest thing I'd seen in ages.

    4. Creator Brandt 'Bubba' Page on January 9, 2012

      I love this site! Some day I will have a different idea than my current company http://launchleads.com and I am going to post it here and rock the world with the concept :) Love you guys, thanks Kickstarter for your wonderful idea.

    5. Creator Blake Snyder Eames on January 10, 2012

      Totally proud that Kentucky For Kentucky made it into the top 12!
      That's just killer ya'll !!

    6. Creator Sarah Tahamont on January 10, 2012

      South Side Chicago Documentary was the best Kickstarter video I've seen! Amazing. Thanks for the recap!

    7. Creator Tiffany on January 11, 2012

      RE: Freaker: I used to live with Oliver and his family in Virginia, woot! In other news, my fiancé and I are debating using Kickstarter to fund our wedding.

    8. Creator Matthew Mobley on January 11, 2012

      http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1337047168/geek-a-week-20 Len Peralta's Geek-A-Week 2.0 video was by far the most entertaining one I saw last year.

    9. Creator Jeff Probst on January 12, 2012

      Great stuff gang HD all the way.

    10. Creator Bruce Benjamin Thomas on January 12, 2012

      Good memories. I'm surprised that I remember all of these.

    11. Creator Ira Liss on January 13, 2012

      Love the recap.. but, beyond including her video as one of the films in the festival, give a little props to Jocelyn Towne's "I AM I" Kickstarter video for inspiring your 2nd Annual Kickstatrer Film Festival video.

    12. Creator Yancey Strickler on January 13, 2012

      Absolutely Ira. One easter egg that didn't quite come through in the video itself is that the computer screens you first see when we walk into the office are watching "I Am I."

      In another weird "I Am I" coincidence, close observers might recognize the guy and girl who do the parrot joke at the beginning of the "I Am I" video as being Gabe and Etta from Robot Huck Finn!

      The "I Am I" video for reference. It was our #1 video of last year: http://kck.st/edR7h3

    13. Creator Maxence Leret d'Aubigny on January 16, 2012

      Well Done guys :)
      Ready to back some new projects!

    14. Creator Sue C Brown on January 20, 2012

      Well these make my video really suck. The funding you put together to make great videos likes these....why bother to post on Kickstarter? LOL Well my project has no hope :(

    15. Creator Paul and Hansen on February 9, 2012

      Have a look at this video. It's on a German crowd funding website: http://bit.ly/uUIkRK
      I think a beautiful example for a crowd funding video

    16. Creator Ryan on May 11, 2012

      no griz coat!???

    17. Creator Blueseed on May 15, 2012

      I found the Matter video to be much better made than any on these list. It didn't make the list because it's a 2012 project, but check it out: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/readmatter/matter. They have a great intro, good music, and high-brow endorsers (Cory Doctorow, Alexis Ohanian, Matt Haughey of Metafilter etc.)

    18. Creator willie shi on August 24, 2012

      I like it

    19. Creator Nem Perez on September 9, 2012

      INSPIRING! Making an amazing, creative & engaging Kickstarter promo was such an important thing when I started mine. Maybe one day mine can make the list! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nemperez/save-her-film

    20. Creator debi Beard on December 3, 2012

      I loved the Freaker guy so much!!!!