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The Protector of the Wu Kingdom, searching for the lost prince, finds a town full of hostile residents numbed by constant oppression.
The Protector of the Wu Kingdom, searching for the lost prince, finds a town full of hostile residents numbed by constant oppression.
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The Black Peanut is a two-episode flash animation. It is about the adventurous journey of Da Hu Fa (the protector of the Wu Kingdom, our main character) searching for the lost prince.

A story about fury and rebellion during a mysterious era.

OUR FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/niceboat2015

In episode one, Da Hu Fa arrives at a strange place called Peanut Town, 
where a gigantic black peanut-shaped object hovers over the entire area. The local residents are conservative, depressed, and hostile towards Da Hu Fa’s intrusion. As the security guards try to arrest him, he accidentally discovers the dark secrets of this town…

So far we have finished 60% of episode one. If we successfully get funded on Kickstarter, we will be able to bring the completed episode to life this summer!

If you like The Black Peanut, please fund this project!

 $20k will get us to complete episode one. This is how we will use the money:

Recruit more animators to speed up the work progress

- Invest in visual effects to raise the production quality

- Marketing fees

- Studio maintenance fees

If we have the fortune to raise $50k, we will be able to bring to you both episode one and two, combined together a 70-minute animation film

 
character design
character design
background design
background design

Getting to Know Van Busi and How He Came Up with the Black Peanut

“Flash animation brought me to Beijing from the countryside. ”

I didn’t start off making animations. In 2004, I was working on my original comic story
 – The Black Bird. Hoping to get it published, I went to Beijing to look for a publisher, and that was the first time I went to a big city. Editors from several magazines told me that comics were not popular in the market and they couldn't publish my work. Meanwhile, they informed me that flash animation was very popular. Having experienced the good vibes from the big city,I decided to stay in Beijing and tried to learn flash, which was an affordable way to make animation at the time. My goal was to publish my story online as short flash animations to share it with the world.

Although I didn’t finish The Black Bird, I made a lot of good friends during the process. At that time, China didn’t have any professional schools for animation, and we only had one another to learn from. That’s how we started working together to make flash animations.

Over the years, we created Mee’s Forest, Mr. Miao & Rain Kids.

Mee’s Forest(2009)
Mee’s Forest(2009)

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Mr. Miao
Mr. Miao

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Rain Kids
Rain Kids

Despite our efforts, our work was not appreciated in China back then. We suffered from financial difficulties. In confusion and despair, I left animation for a few years. In early 2014, Da Niu from Niceboat found me. After hours and hours of conversation, he brought back my passion for animation and said he would support us to realize our dream. I then gathered my team and here we are!!!

The Black Peanut conveys how I understand life and the society. In China today, consumers want animations that are formulaic, fast and easy like the McDonald's mushrooming all over the country. We the independents, however, believe that our work should speak to the anger and the frustration of the young generation. 

Please help me and my team bring the unique story to life! Thank you very much! I sincerely appreciate all your help and support.

Van Busi 

 OUR FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/niceboat2015

Risks and challenges

The project is almost 60% completed, and we are hoping to complete all of the animation before July. With your support of $20,000, we will be able to deliver the best quality animation for you. However, due to tight production schedule for rewards production, there may be delays in mailing the rewards to you. We will make sure that all our backers be informed of any delay that may occur.

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