2011: The Videos

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Are those new shoes?  If we tried to explain the Freakers video you wouldn't believe us. Just watch. 

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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.

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We probably shouldn't, but... After two years and thousands of videos, we finally make one of our own.

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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. 

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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!

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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!

    1. Kentucky for Kentucky on

      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. Zerom Games on

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    3. Nourishing Media on

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

      Funniest thing I'd seen in ages.

    4. Brandt 'Bubba' Page on

      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. Blake Snyder Eames on

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

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      Sarah Tahamont on

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

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      Tiffany on

      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. Matthew Mobley on

      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. Jeff Probst on

      Great stuff gang HD all the way.

    10. Bruce Benjamin Thomas on

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

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      Ira Liss on

      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. Yancey Strickler

      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. Maxence Leret d'Aubigny on

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

    14. Sue C Brown on

      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. Paul and Hansen on

      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

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      Ryan on

      no griz coat!???

    17. Blueseed on

      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.)

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    19. Nem Perez on

      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. debi Beard on

      I loved the Freaker guy so much!!!!

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