What's Coming Up?
YOU! WATCH THIS NOW!!!
Phil LaMarr talks about the ins and outs of getting an animation like this done and we show a bit of the Animatic with all of the amazing voices you know and love!
What's going on?
Phil is going TO THE POOP!
Tara Strong announced as 'Saves a Fox'!
Jennifer Hale announced as Kin!
Who's Talking About Goblins Animated?
GOBLINS is the story of a D and D realm told from the point of view of the little guys, the "monsters," instead of the adventurers. It's a heroic tale of a group normally considered evil and weak. Think Smurfs meets Game of Thrones.
What's Goblins Animated? It's the cartoon version of the Goblins Comic. Week to week, Tarol Hunt has taken us through an incredible world, all seen through the eyes of Complains of Names, Thaco, Minmax, Big Ears, Forgath and many more. These fantastic characters do the best they can in circumstances always a little out of their control. Their emotional roller coaster has made fans laugh, gasp and cry for a decade, making Goblins one of the most popular webcomics on the net!
Matt, Phil and Tarol have turned Goblins Book 1 into Ten Episodes of incredible fantasy role-playing Goblinic Cartoon Awesomeness! Matt King (GI:Joe Renegades, World of Warcraft) and Phil LaMarr (Samurai Jack, Futurama, Mad TV) are lending their voice talents to the production as well. Phil and Matt's friends from Futurama and other fan favorites, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Jim Cummings, Matthew Mercer, Steve Blum, and more amazing Mystery Cast Members have agreed to come onboard, grab a +1 sword of sharpness and help bring these characters to life!
When we started this whole thing, we had no idea how big it would grow, but we rolled a natural 20! However, the only way we can do it, is if YOU believe in us!
STRETCH GOAL #1: +$195,000 ($660,000 total) + Episode 2 + Members-only access
Hooray, we funded the pilot episode! Go Backers! Let's do it again! Reaching this goal will allow us to make EPISODE 2. Also, you'll gain access to the MEMBERS-ONLY WEBSITE where we'll share goodies and project info. All backers will become members!
Also, check out the Stretch Goal sketch as we reach our goals! Can you find the changes?
STRETCH GOAL #2: +$170,000 ($830,000 total) + Episode 3 + DVD
Reaching this goal will allow us to make EPISODE 3. Also, we'll produce a DVD of all the episodes funded, and send it to backers who pledged at the Thaco level ($50) and higher.
STRETCH GOAL #3: +$150,000 ($980,000 total) + Episode 4 + Character Guide
Reaching this goal will allow us to make EPISODE 4. Also, we'll release a digital version of the GOBLINS CHARACTER GUIDE, which includes rules and cultural info for creating RPG characters in the Goblins universe. All backers will get a copy of the ebook.
STRETCH GOAL #4: +$215,000 ($1,195,000 total) + Episode 5 + Custom Dice
Reaching this goal will allow us to make EPISODE 5. Also, we'll create CUSTOM DICE, and send them to backers who pledged at the Thaco level ($50) and higher. We'll also create a dice-rolling app for when you haven't got your dice in your pocket. All backers will get the app.
STRETCH GOAL #5: +$165,000 ($1,360,000 total) + Episode 6 + Cast Q&A
Reaching this goal will allow us to make EPISODE 6. Also, we'll record a live CAST Q&A session and take questions from backers. All backers will have access to the livestream, and the recording.
STRETCH GOAL #6: +$165,000 ($1,525,000 total) + Episode 7 + Commentary!
Reaching this goal will allow us to make EPISODE 7. Also, Creators and Cast will record a COMMENTARY TRACK for every episode funded, and add it to the DVD (unlocked in Goal #2).
STRETCH GOAL #7: +$150,000 ($1,675,000 total) + Episode 8 + Klik Companion ebook!
Reaching this goal will allow us to make EPISODE 8. Also, we'll release a digital version of the KLIK COMPANION, which is a companion piece to the Goblins Character Guide (unlocked in Goal #3), detailing playable Klik creatures. All backers will get a copy of the ebook!
STRETCH GOAL #8: +$160,000 ($1,835,000 total) + Episode 9 + Live RPG + How to Make A Comic!
Reaching this goal will allow us to make EPISODE 9. Also, we''ll record Creators and Cast playing a LIVE RPG SESSION set in the Goblins universe, with characters being created using the Goblins Character Guide and Klik Companion (unlocked in Goals #3 and #7). Also, Tarol Hunt will create a series of videos on HOW TO MAKE A COMIC. All backers will have access to the RPG livestream, the RPG recording, and the Comic videos!
STRETCH GOAL #9: +$150,000 ($1,985,000 total) + Episode 10 + Module!
Reaching this goal will allow us to make EPISODE 10! This will COMPLETE SERIES ONE as imagined by the Creators! Also, we'll release a digital version of one of the dungeon crawls from the comic, as an RPG MODULE! All backers will get a copy of the module!
Tarol Hunt first tried to place his comics on the internet as a child in the 80’s. Discovering that this would be an almost impossible task until the internet was invented, he tried again in 2005 with much greater success. As a child, Tarol drew scores of comics, mostly involving Dungeons & Dragons. He was inspired by other comics like Elfquest, Heavy Metal Magazine and Dragon Magazine (well you know, the back of Dragon Magazine… where the comics were).
Without Danielle Stephens, there would be no Goblins. As the other half of the husband and wife team, Danielle has edited and managed the comic since 2005. She is the all-purpose cookie-baker and Production Coordinator for the Goblins Animated project. When not juggling goblin-related paperwork, she writes the Hyper Halfling line of role-playing game supplements. She's also a rather good french horn player.
Matt King is the winner of the CAPE/Hollywood Foreign Press Young Screenwriters Award and the creator, writer and director of The World of Steam; a Twilight Zone-like seasonal anthology series set in a Steampunk universe. The World of Steam is now being developed in partnership with The Jim Henson Company with the goal of bringing a Steampunk TV show to life! Matt has appeared on numerous TV shows, as a series regular on the shows Washington Field and GI Joe: Renegades, and has appeared on everything from Friends to Bones, Frasier to 24. He is most noted for his roles on POWERS as THX, and on Numb3rs as Agent Matt Li. Matt is also widely known for voice work as Illidan Demon Hunter in Warcraft III, Tunnel Rat (GI: Joe Renegades), Sumaru on Naruto, Simicore (Transformers: Robots in Disguise), The Pandaren PC (World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria), Master Windstrong (WoW: Legion), TMNT: Don Vs Ralph as Splinter and Shredder, Fright Rider (Skylanders), and many more. Currently, he can be seen on CBS's Code Black, FOX's Lucifer and heard on Studio Ghibli's Only Yesterday, and the hit games Agents of Mayhem and Injustice 2. Matt was also a judge on the Steampunk reality show Steampunk'd. Matt lives and works in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.
Born in Los Angeles, an alumnus of Yale University and The Groundlings Theater, Phil has spent a LOT of time with animated characters. Who knew Samurai Jack, Hermes from Futurama, and Green Lantern John Stewart from Justice League would start as “Woody” on the Mr.T cartoon? Phil is best known as one of the original cast members of Mad TV, as "Marvin" in Pulp Fiction and for appearances in TV shows and films like HBO’s Veep, Epix's Get Shorty, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Grey's Anatomy, Men, Women & Children, Step Brothers, and Free Enterprise. After roles in video games like Metal Gear 2 & 4, Injustice, Shadow of Mordor, Dead Island, Mortal Kombat X and Marvel Vs Capcom, and animated series like Family Guy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Young Justice, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Netflix's Kulipari, Cartoon Network's Craig of The Creek and starring in Tyler The Creator's new series, The Jellies for Adult Swim, Phil is excited to use his experience to help bring GOBLINS ANIMATED to life.
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How it all started...
In 2007, Tarol Hunt was working as a croupier, drawing the comic in his spare time, and not loving life. He had a dream to be a comic book artist full time. He went out and pursued that dream, and ten years later we have the genius of Goblins Comic for all to see. In 2012, Matt King began pestering Tarol about creating an animated version of Goblins, giving audiences the chance to see the violent, hilarious and touching world he's created come to life. In 2016, TV's Phil LaMarr got on board and the whole endeavor took off. By their powers combined (and with the support of the amazing woman behind the curtain, Danielle Stephens) Goblins Animated is coming to life... with your help!
We chose Kickstarter for a number of reasons:
1. The team and plan we have assembled give us the opportunity to bring to life a unique vision and a quality of animation that we, and you, can be proud of. Crowdfunding will allow us to retain creative independence, creative rights, and make sure our GOBLINS ANIMATED is true to the tone, humor, depth and quality of the comic. We want to blow you away and it is very difficult to attain the level of excellence we're aiming for with traditional media partnerships.
2. We know you, as fans of GOBLINS and great animation, have an interest in seeing something like this happen, and we love the idea that you guys will be involved and be given the opportunity to help it along the way! If you come, we will build it!
Where does the money go?
$465,000 sounds like a lot of money. Well, it is, but it takes a lot of money to get where we're going:
37% - Animation Production - The actual job of animating the episode; directing, advanced character design, editing, sound effects, mixing, etc.
23% - Voice Record - Voice actors you know, paid at union scale; recording studio rental; voice director; etc.
10% - Incentives - Designing, producing, executing and shipping rewards.
6% - Pre-Production - Everything that's prep-work; storyboards, the animatic, backgrounds, script writing, basic character design, etc.
14% - Overhead - Web hosting, office rental, storage, etc.
5% - Kickstarter fees - Kickstarter's fee for enabling the project.
5% - Stripe processing fees - Stripe's fees for payment processing.
Thanks for reading this far! You're a star!
Risks and challenges
Our cast includes Emmy-winners, world record holders and beloved childhood icons - basically some of the best voice talent in the world. As such, scheduling around their very busy schedules, making sure their paperwork and union requirements are filled, as well as renting the space to record them are just a few of the logistics necessary to get a production of this scale done. We realized that going in, so we've prepared for over a year to make sure that we have all of the necessary pieces in place to put creatives in a space to create. Phil LaMarr and Matt King have decades of experience as professional performers and are committed to bringing the Goblins comic we all love to life as an animated series.
On the technical side, we have the task of creating a fully-realized animated show. This is expensive and difficult. It requires hiring directors, character designers, background artists, doing sound, music, post-production and much, much more. Guiding us through this we have the talent and expertise of Johnny Bravo's Van Partible and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh's (Phineas & Ferb) Surfer Jack Productions to advise us and help make sure that we are bringing our backers the best possible product.
Matt King has already been through the wringer of creating and producing rewards for his backers on The World of Steam. The scale of the items produced for that show was staggering, and taught Matt a lot about how to budget, produce and effectively release rewards in an efficient manner. We've also worked hard to be certain that we have budgeted accurately for both the production and the rewards.
Tarol has struggled in the past with getting goodies out on time, but now he has help, and Matt's really good at it! If the production scales to a full 10 episodes, then we will be hiring a fulfillment company and we have budgeted for that eventuality.
Both Matt and Tarol have had productions that have been through incredibly rocky places, what have you learned from that?
Since Tarol and his supporters were ripped off by the company that was supposed to make Goblins: Alternate Realities, Tarol has worked for four years for NO money to try to make good on people's donations by himself. This is a testament to his desire to give his fans what they deserve. This time around there are no strangers. We've known each other for years. We've taken the time to vet, research and carefully prepare. Also, we have really good American entertainment lawyers this time. :)
With The World of Steam, Matt learned a lot about the process of a successful kickstarter, as well as Hollywood's response to a successful creative endeavor. First is that production companies line up to become part of a successful product, but that their goal is not necessarily in line with the goal of the content creator. Their goal is to gain a piece of ownership and it can stall production. This happened to Matt with The World of Steam, where he became contractually bound to a very successful producer, but was held off for over a year, preventing him from shooting. With Goblins, the Team has laid down all of the legal paperwork up front as well as lining up Surfer Jack to avoid that and make sure production of an animated Goblins starts as soon as we are funded. Having Matt, Phil, Tarol and Dani as partners in the endeavour also makes sure that we have a great set of brains to make sure this thing is always driving forward.
Under budgeting was a huge challenge to The World of Steam. It meant that the speed of the production slowed as Matt was forced to do things himself. As such, Goblins Animated has made sure that we are adequately budgeted and have the staff in place to help us cover any potential challenges.
The World of Steam has now become partnered with The Jim Henson Company and with John Hyde (The Neverending Story, Lost Boys) to come to television. Matt has maintained a constant set of updates with his backers about developments on the show and all of the trials and tribulations. He's used these hard experiences to make sure that Goblins Animated is prepared for the problems that he's solved and that Goblins Animated has the budget and the help it needs to get the job done.
The US Postal Service, as of this writing and our budgeting, had not yet released its 2018 rate increases. We've included a contingency estimate in our budget, but as we can't read minds, our estimate could conceivably fall short. We think we've covered our bases, though.
Special thanks to so many people who got us to this point. It definitely takes a village of Goblins to get this done! Thanks to Dorrie LaMarr for hugs and letting us invade her house and pretend to be Goblins for so many hours, Catharine King for patience, understanding and cookies, Swampy, Van, Lance, Craig, Dota, and all the folks at Surfer Jack for your expertise and time, L Dillon Thomas for many many hours of editing, Seth Podowitz for putting your beautiful tunes into our world, Evelyn Kriete for your internet savvy, Ashley and the lawyer horde who got all our contracts done, Drisa for your accounting and corporation help, Kara Vallow, Claudia Katz, Stacey Wilson, and Asa Tait at Psychic Bunny for letting us borrow your brains and experience, Patty Woo for lending us your house and talents, Laina Cohn for always being there, Jonathan Taub for all the answers, Shawn 'Shawny' Reed for all the help with the rewards and icons, Marem Hassler and Karl Landler for manning camera and lights so ably, Peyton Skelton for being a shooters dream, Micah and Lisa Reid for trekking from Vancouver and shooting in the woods, our children who have given of their love and time and of course all of our fans who have put up with silence and question marks. We couldn't do it without you! Thank you so much!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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