A sci-fi kids show for adults that journeys inside the internet in a Tron meets Reading Rainbow adventure.
We made an awesome half animated, half live action sci-fi kids show for adults (full episode here). See trailer below:
Now we need $7,500 to make Episode 2!!
What is Super Fun Show, with Learning?
Super Fun Show, with Learning! is a half animated, half live-action sci-fi comedy kids show for adults. I play Sandy Childs, who is newly unemployed, uninsured, and deep in debt. Sandy’s co-stars are electronics who compete for her attention. Think Pee Wee's Playhouse meets Tim and Eric with some Videodrome thrown in.
I’m a huge fan of shows like Wonder Showzen and South Park. Naturally, it was a dream come true to work for and learn from PFFR, the creators of Wonder Showzen. I was the writer's assistant and a cartoon character on Season 2 of the Adult Swim show, Xavier: Renegade Angel. I also had my hand in all areas of production on Season 1 of Delocated (Adult Swim).
Since my time working for PFFR, I’ve wanted to create a show in their legacy that also incorporates the sci-fi portrayed by Lynch, Cronenberg, Carpenter, and Gilliam, for example. Another major dream come true is that Super Fun’s director is PFFR member Jim Tozzi.
This sounds Super Fun...but what about the Learning?
A lot of us went to college but didn't receive the skills necessary to survive afterwards. Super Fun Show, with Learning! offers practical information about what to do if you suddenly lose your job and can't afford to eat, let alone pay your bills.
The show is also packed with learning about the health effects of technology. In the first episode, the QR code on the living room wall leads to a blog packed with helpful information about what our electronics are doing to us. Even the news crawl on TV features information about the carcinogenic effects of cell phone use reported by the World Health Organization.
In the next episode, we’ll get a sense about how a plasma TV and the internet work. We’ll explore how search engines and hyper links are changing us (they are literally altering our brains). We’ll also learn about food stamps.
What Happens in Episode 2?
As Sandy crawls through the TV, we’ll see how a plasma TV works in a psychedelic laser light show adventure that's reminiscent of that creepy tunnel scene in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1971). But Sandy can't find what she's looking for - the money to buy food - inside TV.
So she and the Spirit of the Internet hop aboard a Google rainbow in a Reading Rainbow meets Tron musical adventure through the internet, where Sandy discovers food stamps.
This leads to a separate stop motion segment with hand drawn animation in the style of classic Sesame Street. We’ll learn about recognizing the need for food stamps, how to register for them, and not to feel so guilty about getting assistance. This will feature a never-before-heard track by the awesome funkadelic band, The Stepkids.
Episode 2 will feature references to Alice and Wonderland, The Matrix, Tron, Reading Rainbow, Sesame Street, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (1971), and classic 90s CG portrayals of the internet like in Johnny Mnemonic, for example.
Super Fun Cast and Crew
We are so fortunate to have PFFR art legend and Adult Swim's Xavier: Renegade Angel co-creator Jim Tozzi attached to direct. We also have UCB's talented Frank Hejl and Nicole Byer in our cast. Matt Richards, our unbelievably talented and versatile animator has signed on for Episode 2. The awesomely funkadelic band The Stepkids have generously given us a never-before-heard track. Additional cast and crew can be seen on our website.
We Need Your Help
We need $7,500 to make Episode 2. Bravo Studios has generously offered their space to film, but we still need to pay for cast and crew, equipment, make-up and food. We need to make a Tron-style suit that glows. In post-production, we’ll pay for three different animators, editors, compositors, VFX, sound design, mixing, and original music. Additional expenses will go toward props, hard drives, software, and artist’s materials.
A Big Super Fun Thank You!!!
This holiday season, please help keep experimental, thought-provoking animation and comedy alive. You will provide an outlet for some incredibly talented artists to demonstrate their abilities. That’s a super powerful gift.
We have some fantastic incentives, including original art by Jim Tozzi and pieces of the tunnel featured in Episode 1. We thank you with all our hearts in advance. We hope to welcome you into the Super Fun family!!
We promise to blow your mind with visual and musical awesomeness and fill it with some learning!
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Our estimated date of completion is August 15th, 2014. That may seem like a long ways away, but it's pretty reasonable given the amount of post-production and hand drawn animation needed. A challenge we face is finishing in a timely manner. Many crew members have already demonstrated their commitment to finishing Episode 1 under tight deadlines while also making it look like a million bucks. They will be joining us for Episode 2.
New York has an incredible talent pool. I'm confident in my ability to attract the additional passionate, supportive and dedicated crew needed. I'm also confident in my producing skills that will allow me solve any problem quickly.
I look forward to the opportunity to apply what was learned from producing Episode 1 to Episode 2. We will keep rocking it harder.
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SHOW DOWNLOAD AND CALENDAR MAGNET. You'll receive a high res download of Episode 1 and 2, PLUS an official 2014 Super Fun Show calendar magnet (March delivery for calendar magnet, August delivery for name in credits).Estimated delivery:Add $1 USD to ship outside the US
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YOUR NAME IN A SUPER FUN SONG. Super Fun Show music composer Adam D. Strauss will incorporate your name into a very special, original thank you song that will be featured on the Super Fun website and FB page that you can download. You'll also receive the calendar magnet, a high res download of both episodes, and your name in the ending credit sequence.Estimated delivery:Add $1 USD to ship outside the US
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A HAND DRAWN MONSTER WITH YOUR NAME ON IT BY PFFR LEGEND JIM TOZZI. Plus the calendar magnet, a high res download of both episodes, your name in the Super Fun song and in the ending credit sequence.Estimated delivery:Add $2 USD to ship outside the US
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HOME ROASTED COFFEE AND A SPECIAL SHOUT-OUT. Adam D. Strauss is a coffee expert and professional trainer in coffee. He will will home-roast you a custom bag of coffee as you like it. This will be the freshest and best bag of coffee you've ever had. AND we'll give you a special shout-out at the screening party so that everyone knows just how awesome you are. PLUS the Jim Tozzi monster drawing, your name more featured in the ending credit sequence and in the song, a high res download of both episodes, and the Super Fun calendar magnet.Estimated delivery:Add $1 USD to ship outside the US
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LIMITED EDITION PIXEL ART PRINT. A limited edition pixel art print from the intro in Episode 1. PLUS the Jim Tozzi monster drawing, the hand roasted coffee, a high res download of both episodes, the Super Fun calendar magnet, and a special shout-out at the party.Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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ORIGINAL TUNNEL DRAWING. An exquisite drawing by Matt Richards that was used in the tunnel sequence from Episode 1. PLUS the Jim Tozzi monster drawing, hand-roasted coffee, a limited edition pixel art print from the Episode 1 intro, your name more featured in the ending credits and in the thank you song, a high res download of both episodes, a 2014 Super Fun calendar magnet, and a special shout-out at the party.Estimated delivery:Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
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ASSOCIATE PRODUCER AND PIECE OF ORIGINAL TUNNEL SCULPTURE. You'll receive an associate producer credit on the show AND a piece of the tunnel sculpture used in Episode 1. PLUS you'll receive the Jim Tozzi monster drawing, the hand-roasted coffee, a limited edition pixel art print from the Episode 1 intro, your name more featured in the song, a high res download of both episodes, a 2014 Super Fun calendar magnet, and a super special shout-out at the party.Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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PRODUCER. You'll receive a producer credit on the show. You'll have access to rough cuts and we welcome your feedback. You can also attend a production meeting. Plus an original drawing used in the tunnel sequence from Episode 1, a Jim Tozzi monster drawing, the hand-roasted coffee, a limited edition pixel art print from the Episode 1 intro, your name featured in the thank you song, a high res download of both episodes, a 2014 Super Fun calendar magnet, and a super special shout-out at the party.Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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EXECUTIVE PRODUCER. You'll receive an Executive Producer credit on the show. We'll also make you dinner with the cast and crew. We'll send you rough cuts and we welcome your feedback. We'd love to have you at production meetings or on set. PLUS you'll get the original drawing used in the tunnel sequence from Episode 1, a Jim Tozzi monster drawing, the hand-roasted coffee, a limited edition pixel art print from the Episode 1 intro, your name super featured in the thank you song, a high res download of both episodes, a 2014 Super Fun calendar magnet, and an extra super special shout-out at the party.Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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