About this project
WE FUNDED! BUT WE'VE GOT ALMOST 3 FULLS DAYS LEFT WHICH MEANS YOU CAN STILL SUPPORT THIS DREAM AND GET AN EPIC COLLECTIBLE REWARD FOR DOING SO! THANK YOU!!!
Help us launch this Epic Adventure -- The Nine Lives of Claw™ ! We will be creating an actual animated episode to introduce our core characters! Then we will shop it around to TV networks and videos streaming sites like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime!
We're two best friends with a life-long dream.
We are a small team trying to do this without the heavy-handed control of a big studio who will want to control everything we do.
For years we've given everything we have to help bring our animated cartoon, The Nine Lives of Claw to life. Lack of funds and Hollywood's fear of new ideas make it so difficult to launch a new cartoon...
We've had to buy rights, protect our intellectual property, and laid out big money for equipment and prototypes BUT now at last, we're at the final stage -- proving that with sweat, creativity, and limited funds our dream still can come true! That's why we've come to Kickstarter...
...so that dreamers like you can believe too and help bring our dream to life. We hope you enjoy The Nine Lives of Claw and thank for your support -- Gary Pilla and Greg Scheetz
THE REST OF THE TEAM
You've already met us, Gary and Greg. We've got some amazing, talented friends who have jumped on board to help make this all happen!
Our core characters are Claw and Edison. They are good, they fight for goodness, and - thanks to Edison's genius, they sport the coolest gadgets in animation history. Despite facing the most dastardly adversaries, they manage to remain polite, respectful, and ... Edison is overly concerned about recycling!
Claw is a reluctant superhero, and Edison is shy. The action is cool, the music is super-cool, and gadgets are "the coolest". The humor is irreverent, and adults will love that part, but this is truly for all ages - great, positive messages for kids amid the action. It's like a combination of a modern-day live comic and a throwback to the smart 90's animations you love and recall. We hope you find this a cool project to back.
The Tail. Ooops, Tale.
The Nine Lives of Claw™ follows the adventures of Claw and his brainiac sidekick, Edison. Forced down a path he never expected, Claw must recover from being cut within an inch of his “lives”.
Together with Edison, (the genius behind Claw’s recovery and hi-tech weaponry and gadgets), they may just yet save the city of Anonymous from utter K9 destruction.
It is a very dark time for their city. Things have never been more bleak. Natural resources are scarce, especially water. There are some that have access to what water is left, and they have turned that access into power. But it takes one of 2 things to gain that type of power; wealth, or corruption. And the city of Anonymous has plenty of the latter. Everyone lives in fear of stepping out of line, and being cut off.
Who keeps them in line? That would be M.U.T.T. (Malicious Urban Thugs and Thieves). You guessed it, a K9 problem has hit the city. But for now, these rogue mutts are keeping that, their little secret. Moving in the shadows, these disguised dogs have got the city under their thumbs (er, paws). But that’s all about to change, as an unusual alliance takes place.
About This Kickstarter Campaign…
We need your support to help bring “The Nine Lives of Claw™” animated series to life! We will be creating an episode, a little shorter than a full episode, but with all the necessary introductory animation that showcases our core characters, voices, background scenery, lots of cool gadgets, with music, humor, style, and effects. This will establish our unique look and be the groundwork that all future episodes will be built around. We will then be able to release The Nine Lives of Claw to the world!
When we meet our goal, we’ll be within 6 months of delivery!
And – of course - “The Nine Lives of Claw™” animation will be available as an HD download to ALL backers when completed.
Every $ pledged is used to produce the best possible product, and it’s all created and supported by the 5 of us, an incredible team. Together we can make The Nine Lives of Claw a reality. And you’ll know you played an important role.
Meet CLAW– the full-of-himself, street-smart, reluctant hero and EDISON– his genius, sometimes overly-nervous and over-analyzing rodent partner.
Christopher Knights will be voicing Edison! Christopher has voiced many characters that you know and love in movies like Shrek, Flushed Away and Megamind! You without a doubt know him from voicing Private in Madagascar and The Penguins of Madagascar. Take a listen! Cheezowie Claw fans!!!
THE BAD GUYS
M.U.T.T. Malicious Urban Thugs and Thieves
Naz-T. And is he ever. The self-proclaimed leader of these gruesome pooches spends his days and nights keeping the city of Anonymous thirsty
THE VOICE OF NAZ-T™ – SCARFACE!
Scarface, is an American rapper and member of the Geto Boys. In 2012, The Source ranked him #16 on their list of Top 50 Lyricists of All Time, while About.com ranked him #10 on its list of 50 Greatest MCs.
"His enormous talent and gritty, tough voice make “Face” the clear choice to voice the leader of the pack, Naz-T” says Gary Pilla
“Claw fans, I’m ready to help bring The Nine Lives of Claw to life. "Naz-T is one bad dude and I’m going to make him even badder” says Scarface. "Get ready, it’s going to get crazy”
Meet Roadkill™ and Fleadipp™. Two of MUTT's henchman are less brains than brawn. They live in fear of Naz-T and will do whatever he commands to stay in his good graces
Other MUTT henchmen “Indognito” (in disguise)
THE CITY OF ANONYMOUS' DO-GOODERS
Meet Purrfessor Purrnelope™. Could she be Claw's biggest weakness?
Purrfessor Purrnelope™ is the leading expert on privatized experimental power development in the city of Anonymous. Not only is she smart, she knows how to put Claw in his place and get his attention. Sometimes playful, sometimes sweet and sometimes a vixen – but always brilliant, she keeps everyone guessing.
Jessy Schram joins The Nine Lives of Claw™ to voice Purrfessor Purrnelope™
The wonderfully talented Jessica "Jessy" Schram who played Hannah Griffith in Veronica Mars, Rachel Seybolt in Life, Karen in Falling Skies and Cinderella/Ashley Boyd in Once Upon a Time will be voicing the super smart and super sexy feline, Purrfessor Purrnelope in The Nine Lives of Claw. “We were looking for someone that could bring multiple levels to Purrnelope. At times she needs to be shy, sometimes coy, sometimes stern, but always smart. Jessy brings that and more to this character.” Says, Gary Pilla — co-creator of The Nine Lives of Claw™. "I know Claw's fans and Jessy’s fans will be super excited with this news.”
And don't forget:
Trash Manhole™ is a sanitation expert extraordinaire! He’s a big toughie with an even bigger soft spot for Claw and Edison. He proves to be the dynamic fur ball's secret ally– which Claw (and viewers) never see coming
Using his truck, (the T.N.T. Unit – Trash Negation Transport), Trash secretly transports Claw, Edison & the Hovercat™ from Anonymous to Dump Point (or anywhere else). Oh what a surprise those MUTTs are in for!
The Hovercat™ – Talk about getting around in style – our hero’s hover-tech vehicle is fully loaded! This feline-inspired vehicle features laser fire, anti-gravity traction and so much more. With 4, hover-tech turbine engines beneath it, this baby screams through the streets! And it conceals an even more maneuverable vehicle (see Mousycle™ below). Designed by Edison, of course!
The Mousycle™ – Nothing cheesy about this baby! When things get a bit too sticky for our hair-balled hero and whiskered white companion, they hit a button and POW, this rodent-revving hovercycle ejects to make a quick getaway!
The CATFISH AquaJet™ – Danger happens everywhere, even underwater. Claw isn’t too keen on getting wet, but wearing specially designed breathing gills, he & Edison can submerge into action. Another of Edison’s crime-fighting contraptions to keep trouble from bubbling up!
The Skull Deville™ – This is MUTT kingpin Naz-T's extreme street machine. And it’s packed with weaponry sure to do damage to anyone that gets in its way (especially those with nine lives). No bones about it, you don’t want this chasing your tail!
The Mecatical (MA-CAT-I-CAL) Claw™ – Perhaps the most essential of all of Claw's custom-created gadgetry, this power paw is packed with extras (some the viewers will never see coming). He can defend himself, grapple, become invisible, maybe even brush his teeth.
The Clawkie Talkie™ – When MUTT is able to intercept and scramble modern communications, sometimes “old-school” technology is all you need. Here's Claw and Edison’s matched set of Clawkie Talkies. Over!
LOOK WHAT OTHER BADDIES ARE LOOKING TO WREAK HAVOC...
THE GOAL: We are looking to raise $60,000 to launch our animated series. This animated content will be strategically placed online and in targeted media outlets to create awareness, and build an incredible fan base. In turn, fueling production of additional animation. The dollars are spent on Storyboard Artists, Animators, Effects Animators, Voice Over talent and sessions, SFX, Editing and Marketing.
THEME SONG BY POSITIVE CHAOS!
GREAT REWARDS FOR YOUR DONATIONS.
Take a look at the other THE AMAZING REWARDS we have for you!
Pledge $10 or more
OUR THANKS … AND WALLPAPER. The world is full of insincere gratitude (thank you for shopping at Rite-Aid – yeah, right!). Well, for ten bucks, you will receive our SINCERE gratitude, visible on both our website and Facebook page PLUS you get downloadable wallpaper for your mobile device. We do appreciate you.
Pledge $15 or more
SUPER-COOL SCREENSAVER. You get everything from the $10 level above PLUS a slide show of rotating screensaver images … when you say hi to your computer in the morning, you will smile, and your coffee will taste better. Thanks for being you.
Pledge $25 or more
PRODUCTION BLOG ACCESS. You get everything from the $15 level above, PLUS a rare look into the behind the scenes workings of The Nine Lives of Claw™. Our production blog is updated weekly with new photos, new artwork, and blogs from the team. You are one of us!
Pledge $35 or more
CLAW STICKERS. You get everything from the $25 level above, PLUS two fun stickers featuring Claw and Edison; one for your home, and one for your boat. Think of a Claw Sticker like a wall tattoo, wear it well.
Pledge $55 or more
CREW T-SHIRT. You get everything from the $35 level above, PLUS a genuine crew t-shirt, just like the real crew wears, but brand new, not used and sweaty. For men, women and children. You can proudly show the world that you helped get “The Nine Lives of Claw” kick-started!
Pledge $55 or more
TRADING CARDS – LIMITED EDITION. You get everything from the $35 level above, PLUS 2, Limited-Edition trading cards, one which features Claw and the other Edison. Hand-signed and numbered by Gary and Greg. You are a discriminating collector.
Pledge $70 or more
CREW T-SHIRT AND TRADING CARDS. You get everything from the $35 level above PLUS the genuine crew T-shirt PLUS the hand-signed and numbered trading cards. And you know what, we’ll throw in an autographed copy of the script from the first episode, too. Whoa, right? You are one who recognizes a value proposition.
Pledge $100 or more
LIMITED EDITION HAND-SIGNED PRINT. You get everything from the $35 level above PLUS an 8"x10" Limited Edition, hand-signed and numbered Giclee print. This will be personally delivered to your home by a scantily clad supermodel, subject to his/her availability; regular mail otherwise. As Edison would say: Cheezowie!!!
Pledge $125 or more
PRODUCTION PAK ARTWORK EXTRAVAGANZA. This one’s for the true fan of animation. You get everything from the $35 level above PLUS our “Production Pak” – these are digital images (over 20 of them) from our creative process, with some earlier generations of the final images, and notes from Greg and Gary. And – we’ll toss in your choice of T-Shirt or Trading Cards (from the $55 levels – you make that choice after the campaign on the survey form). Animation rocks! - and the characters never talk back (and if they ever do, you should really see someone).
Pledge $150 or more
NEW REWARD JUST ADDED!
VINTAGE HAND-SIGNED POSTER. Limited Edition version from our original print run! Metallic silver and neon yellow/green ink make this poster pop! Plus, we’ll sign it for you. Better with time like a fine wine, but then you can’t exactly hang fine wine on the wall now can you!
THERE ARE ONLY 50 OF THESE SO HURRY!
Pledge $200 or more
ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S PAK. You get everything from the $35 level, PLUS the T-Shirt, PLUS the Limited Edition Print ($100 level), PLUS the Production Pak ($125 level) PLUS the COMPLETE SET of 9, Nine Lives of Claw™ Limited-Edition Trading Cards, each Hand-Signed and Numbered by Gary and Greg! There are 9 cards, each a different character from The Nine Lives of Claw. So much great stuff that you'll want to move your current stuff to the attic or garage. And – if you add $50 to the pledge, the trading cards will arrive in an attractive and awesome sardine tin. This is tied for my personal favorite reward level.
Pledge $250 or more
CUSTOM ONE-OF-A-KIND HAND-DRAWING, YOU PICK THE CHARACTER. You get everything from the $35 level, PLUS the T-Shirt PLUS the COMPLETE SET of 9, Nine Lives of Claw™ Trading Cards, PLUS - an original, custom, hand-produced, and hand-signed drawing. Claw, Edison, Naz-T, any character. To be clear – NOBODY else will have this. NOBODY IN THE WORLD – not the Queen of England, or Bill Gates, or Putin, not even Oprah will have this. You are unique, mostly in a good way.
Pledge $550 or more
CUSTOM 1-OF-A-KIND POSTER WITH YOU IN IT. You get everything from the $35 level, PLUS the T-Shirt PLUS the COMPLETE SET of 9, Nine Lives of Claw™ Limited-Edition Trading Cards, PLUS – a custom, hand-signed poster, with an animated version of YOU on it. To be clear – NOBODY else will have this, except Oprah. At your option, you can be speaking, and we will put the appropriate caption on it. And, if you want to gift this to someone, and have THEM be in the poster instead of you, go right ahead, this is a gift that they will cherish forever. Very thoughtful.
Pledge $750 or more
TECHIE SPECIAL - LIMITED EDITION BLUEPRINTS. OK, this one takes coolness to a whole new level. You get everything from the $35 level, PLUS the T-Shirt PLUS the COMPLETE SET of 9, Nine Lives of Claw™ Limited-Edition Trading Cards, PLUS a set of 7, Limited-Edition blueprints of our gadgets and vehicle, hand-signed and numbered! Purrfect for framing, gawking, and if you want to use these blueprints to actually create real Hovercats and other vehicles, our permission is included! You are a true Silicon Valley-type maverick.
Pledge $1200 or more
YOUR VOICE is IMMORTALIZED. Fame and fortune – is it overrated? Choose this Reward and find out! You get everything from the $35 level, PLUS the T-Shirt PLUS the COMPLETE SET of 9, Nine Lives of Claw™ Limited-Edition Trading Cards, PLUS your voice will be incorporated into our show. We will find the purrfect part for you! Imagine watching at home, your significant other will be impressed, and your dog will hear your voice and not know what is going on! There are only 4 available!
Pledge $1600 or more
THE FIRST-EVER CLAW LOGO – COULD BE INSANELY VALUABLE 1 DAY! What if you owned the first-ever Coca Cola logo? What could you buy? A Caribbean Island, for 1 thing. You get everything from the $35 level, PLUS the T-Shirt PLUS the COMPLETE SET of 9, Nine Lives of Claw™ Limited-Edition Trading Cards, PLUS the very first Claw logo. This logo was hand-airbrushed years ago, before computers started doing this! So - there's only 1! It comes deluxe framed and Hand Signed by Gary and Greg! Yowza!
Pledge $2500 or more
HAND-PAINTED CEL. Nothing will look cooler on your walls. You get everything from the $35 level, PLUS the T-Shirt PLUS the COMPLETE SET of 9, Nine Lives of Claw™ Limited-Edition Trading Cards PLUS a Limited-Edition, Hand-Painted Cel of Claw and Edison! Only 15 are available - brilliant colors, full acetate construction. And, of course, hand-signed! An awesome original piece of art, please don’t ever resell it on eBay. For true fans only.
Pledge $5500 or more
THE CLAWKIE TALKIE™. You get everything from the $200 level, PLUS you get this actual hand-carved model of the communication device used by Claw and Edison, designed by an acclaimed race car model maker. Fits in hand, buttons work, a true one-of-a-kind collectible nobody else will have, ever. By selecting this reward, you are very wise, almost as wise as Edison. Not bad for a human.
Pledge $6500 or more
THE MOUSYCLE. You get everything from the $200 level, PLUS you get this - an injection molded model, 7” in length, designed by an acclaimed race car model maker. A true one-of-a-kind collectible nobody else will have, ever. Hand-signed by Gary and Greg. Will look great on a shelf next to a Faberge egg or a Ming vase. You have amazing taste.
CO-PRODUCER. You get everything from the $200 level, PLUS you are billed as a Co-Producer of not just the first episode but the entire first season. PLUS A MEMBER OF THE TEAM -- link into voice sessions, see clips in progress, and via web cam meet with the producers and the director. Learn the ins and outs of making an animated cartoon – we will even fly you (Continental US only) to the premiere of the cartoon in our studio in Los Angeles, California, and cover lodging, and you’ll meet and greet the entire team in person, and get more goodies than you can carry. Add this to your IMDB profile, or start one; you might even say - you got discovered; so … congratulations.
CORPORATE PARTNER with PRODUCT PLACEMENT. You get everything from the $200 level, and the Co-Producer status from the $8,000 level, PLUS a product, brand, logo of your reasonable choosing will be integrated into the content of the show, product placement style. And, we’ll blast all about this affiliation on social networks, in PR, and even on this very page. Hit us up at Contact Me to discuss details. No heavy narcotics, tanks or other armored vehicle brands, or – for God’s sake – anything containing high fructose corn syrup.
MUSIC DIRECTOR, LEGEND D'WAYNE WIGGINS
Singer, Songwriter, Recording artist, composer and Producer D’Wayne Wiggins joins The Nine Lives of Claw™ as Music Director! D’Wayne is the founding member of Tony! Toni! Toné! -- with 14 Billboard-charting R&B singles, 5 number-one hits, 3 Top-Ten pop singles, 1 gold album, 2 platinum albums and 1, double-platinum album and sold over 6-million albums through 2008.
“With the ‘throwback animation’ feel that Nine Lives of Claw™ has, we needed someone able to bridge that feeling, so that all generations will connect to the music in our adventures. I couldn’t be happier to have D’Wayne on board, he's a legend!” says Gary Pilla,
So how will your funding be spent?
CLAW Fans and Potential Kickstarter Pledgees – We want you to know that our goal is structured so that we are focusing maximum budget dollars on getting our animated episode created. We are so fortunate to have a great Director and Producer lined up, but make no mistake - we are not putting any of our Kickstarter funds into paying them for their expertise. The same goes for our amazing voice and music talents. They have all expressed interest in taking part, and love the potential they see in our project – but they will not be paid from our campaign funds.
We just want to clarify that. Our goal was to attract the best team and talent we could to create our animation. You deserve the best and that’s our collective goal.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! WE ARE SO PROUD TO HAVE SO MANY FANS AND HAVE YOU ON THIS JOURNEY WITH US!
Risks and challenges
Creating and animated cartoon is no easy task. It not only takes a great idea, interesting characters and gadgets, a unique story and amazing animation, it takes a team of very qualified people working tirelessly behind the scenes. We have that team.
We've brought together the best in Hollywood to help us create this teaser and promote and market it to the world.
The team of Director Alessandro Ongaro, Producer Tony Cosanella, Executive Producer Cameron Casey along with Creators Greg Scheetz and Gary Pilla will lead a team of designers and artists that will make the most of your donation. The goal here is to create animation of the highest quality reminiscent of some of the all-time classics created by Disney, MGM, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. The animation will then appear everywhere to be embraced everywhere. With your help we will do everything we can to get The Nine Lives of Claw™ into production and into your homes! Cheezowie!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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