Steampuff the Animated Series
Steampuff the Animated Series
Steampuff is a 3D animated steampunk adventure with whimsical gadgets, a transforming train, and a boy's search for his father.
Steampuff is a 3D animated steampunk adventure with whimsical gadgets, a transforming train, and a boy's search for his father. Read more
About this project
The Steampuff adventure is Steelehouse's attempt to combine many of the things that sparked magic in our minds as children - and continue to as adults. Riding a fantastic line between fantasy, reality, and science fiction, Steampuff is an expansive canvas for sheer fun and a natural fit for the stories we desire to tell. A hero with awesome gizmos? Check. A transforming steam powered robot train? Got it covered. A floating city held up by massive steam jets above clouds that hide who knows what? Gotta have it. But, most importantly: heart. We know you will fall in love with the characters and world of Steampuff as much as we have - and we can't wait to share it with you.
Here at Steelehouse, we've already experienced the joy of bringing you the first three episodes of Steampuff. We want to continue to share that story with you. This is why we're here on Kickstarter. Steampuff has been a passion project for Steelehouse, up to this point producing it entirely in our spare time. As you can imagine, this means each episode takes a long time to be completed and offered to you. As the episodes have ramped up in scope and detail, with more action and story set pieces, the time between episode releases has grown even greater. The best way to keep episodes releasing at a decent pace is to look to you, our Steampuff community of fans, for support. With your help, we can make Steampuff everything it was meant to be without cutting out any of the awesome sequences we have planned (and there is a whole lot of awesome). We will also be able to get the episodes to you far more quickly.
If you haven't checked out the first three episodes, you can do so now for free!
Victor Von Toot
At 10 years of age, Victor Von Toot is already smarter than smart. Curious, inquisitive, and more than a little handy with a machine, he spends almost all of his time with his one remaining parent - the brilliant and eccentric steamsmith named Hephaestus. While his brain may seem over-developed, it’s his heart that his father is most interested in cultivating. When his father is mysteriously kidnapped by an unknown villain, Victor is left alone for the first time in his life, forced to survive on his own - but not alone. An entourage of steam-powered pals left behind by his father are there to help along the way.
Hephaestus Von Toot
As a brilliant and eccentric steamsmith, Hephaestus Von Toot spends his time tinkering with zany inventions, most of them built to protect and safeguard what remains of his family: his only son, Victor. With his wife long lost, he spends all of his time (and tinkering energy) keeping his son safe from harm. But when Hephaestus’ past comes back to haunt him, separating him from his son, it is up to Victor (and Heph’s gadget creations) to save Steampuff from destruction.
The Duchess is a highly advanced, self-winding automaton whose sole purpose is to look after (and protect) Victor. Part Mary Poppins, part Wonder Woman, all butt-kicking machine, the Duchess has a deep and childlike jealousy of anything (or anyone) else that captures Victor’s attention. Her life source is the swinging heart pendulum inside her chest.
As a trusty (albeit rusty) steam locomotive, Samson is the primary means of conveyance for both Victor and his father. But with a little help from Victor’s imagination (channeled through the ENKINDLER KEY), Samson becomes something much more than a train. Namely, a 40-foot robotic bodyguard. With the size of a monster and the fierce loyalty of a family dog, Samson is the biggest and best friend a ten-year-old boy could ever have.
Able to fish small components out of even smaller spaces with the use of his winch-like tongue, Rivet the steam-powered frog is every mechanic’s best friend. That is, until he starts eating everything that he finds. With a pet’s affinity for Victor and a comical attraction to the Duchess, Rivet is always good for a laugh. His mischievousness and uncanny ability to be in the middle of the action usually means he is either a key to stopping a crisis or creating a new one.
The mysterious proprietor of Tentacle’s Antiquitorium and one time research assistant of Hephaestus Von Toot. Though Hephaestus opted to stall their research (as their findings proved FAR TOO DANGEROUS), Phinnegan never got over the slight - determined to master an ancient power source and remake the world as he sees fit.
The Sky-High City of STEAMPUFF is a floating island hidden amongst the clouds. When Steampuff's architect Haephestus Von Toot (who has been charged with keeping the world of Steampuff aloft) is suddenly kidnapped by the robotic Killamari, it’s up to his only son Victor to rescue him. Fortunately, his father left behind a treasure-trove of steam-powered gizmos and companions to aid Victor on this dangerous quest. With the help of Duchess the sassy automaton housemaid, Rivet the croaking robot frog, and Samson the transforming locomotive, Victor must find his father and prevent the city from falling from the sky. Along the journey, he will discover something even more treacherous: the truth about his own family.
Steelehouse Productions is a media creation studio providing creative, film production, motion design, animation and post production services to entertainment studios, advertising agencies and corporations throughout the world.
Risks and challenges
Our greatest challenge in creating these episodes is that the story demands a ramping up of animation scale and action. There are some wonderful and enormous set pieces and even bigger characters. At Steelehouse, we have a history of successfully pulling off projects other teams our size would deem out of reach. Steampuff has been no different. We have a unique blend of talented animators, writers, producers, graphic artists, painters, and modelers on our full-time team that allow us to tackle any challenge with confidence.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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