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A ridiculous 30 minute final episode of Charlie the Unicorn, the animated series about a grumpy unicorn and his magical friends.
A ridiculous 30 minute final episode of Charlie the Unicorn, the animated series about a grumpy unicorn and his magical friends.
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Charlie the Unicorn is an animated web series about about a disgruntled unicorn and his two strange, energetic "friends." I would like to complete Charlie's enchanted journey with a big final episode, and I need some help to make that happen!

If you've never heard of the series here is a compilation of all of the episodes thus far:

When the original "Charlie the Unicorn" video got such an enthusiastic response after its release (way back in 2005!) I decided to write a roadmap for the series. In the time since then I've produced three additional episodes, all following that roadmap. I love the series, and I really didn't want to mess up what made it special by pumping out a bunch of episodes without good reason. If I did that, it would be Garfield.  Every episode would involve Charlie throwing himself into a pan of lasagna and then assaulting a dog. What a world that would be.

My roadmap ends with episode five, a big finale to finish off the story. There is a lot that is going to happen in the final episode, much more than can be covered in 5-6 minutes. Longer is not always better, but if you like Charlie the Unicorn I think you'll really like what I have planned for this. It's going to be ridiculous, and musical, and extremely complicated to animate. Maybe not for Pixar, with their supercomputers and fur physics and blood pact with Yuroth, but complicated for me at least.

The reason I haven't completed the series yet is because of how much time (and thus money) it's going to take to do so. Episodes 2-4 each took around three months to create, and the finale is as long as all of the previous episodes combined. To create a cartoon of that length without sacrificing on quality or scope will require a pretty huge time investment - I expect that I'll be working on this for around a year.

A good chunk of my income each year comes from taking on side projects, and those projects combined with my regular FilmCow videos consume all of my time. Realistically, the only way I can complete an animation like this is by cutting out most of my side work, and the only way I can afford to do that is by raising the money to replace it. Or by signing one of those blood pacts with Yuroth, but that's how we ended up with Cars 2 and I'm not going to let something like that happen again. Never forget.

There's a few pieces of software and some hardware upgrades I'd like to get, but what I need most is time. The bulk of the money will go towards keeping me fed / keeping my bills paid for a year while I work on this.

Stretch goals make sense for many projects, but I don't think they make sense here. Far too often it seems like the stretch goals are the "actual" goals, and the project isn't going to be "really" funded unless it raises way above the initial goal amount.

For the Charlie finale, the $35,000 (minus Kickstarter fees and reward fulfillment) represents what I'll need to create the movie I want to create. If the project raises more than that it'll go towards a new computer - my primary work computer is one I've been using since 2009! If it reaches way higher than $35,000 that money will go towards bringing more people onto the project to increase the production value.

If this raises just an absurd amount of money I'll attempt to hire Aubrey Plaza to play every single character and release an Aubrey Plaza edition. Did you see the Grumpy Cat movie? It would have been so much better if literally every character had been voiced by Aubrey Plaza.

$5: SPECIAL THANKS & BACKER UPDATES

Your name, nickname or username in the credits (if you want), plus access to backer updates and extras!


$10: HD DOWNLOAD & STORYBOOK PDF DOWNLOAD

A DRM-free, HD download of the movie when it's complete, as well as a PDF download of the Charlie the Unicorn storybook I'm creating called "Charlie the Unicorn: Lost in Dreamspace" (an illustrated side-adventure that takes place a little while after the end of "Charlie the Unicorn 2").

Also, this reward includes a DRM-free download of all the previous Charlie episodes, as well as mp3 downloads of all the songs from the movie and entire series.

PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS


$15: TRADING CARDS (BACKER EXCLUSIVE)

A set of 12 Charlie the Unicorn trading cards, signed by me, only available through this Kickstarter! These are going to be high quality, professionally printed cards that are sure to delight and astound! DELIGHT AND ASTOUND!

PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS


$25: SIGNED PAPERBACK STORYBOOK

A signed paperback copy of the Charlie the Unicorn storybook I'm creating called "Charlie the Unicorn: Lost in Dreamspace" - a perfect gift for child and adult alike! Even savage wild animals will appreciate this book, probably!


PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS


$35: SIGNED HARDCOVER STORYBOOK (BACKER EXCLUSIVE)

Same as the $25 level, but instead of a paperback copy you'll get a signed hardcover copy. The hardcover edition will only ever be available through this Kickstarter!

PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS (Except the paperback storybook)


$50: COLLECTIBLE COIN (BACKER EXCLUSIVE)

A special backer-exclusive Charlie the Unicorn collectable coin. Impress your Treasury Department friends! This is going to be a high quality coin worthy of a Duke or Duchess.

Check out how fabulous the coins for my previous Kickstarter turned out!

PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS (Includes the hardcover storybook, unless you prefer the paperback)


$70: T-SHIRT (BACKER EXCLUSIVE)

A backer exclusive Charlie the Unicorn shirt, available in both mens (S to 4XL) and womens (XS to 3XL) fits. You will practically exude unicorn magic while wearing this. There will be two design options, both only ever available through this campaign!

PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS (Includes the hardcover storybook, unless you prefer the paperback)


$120: STARFISH PLUSH (BACKER EXCLUSIVE)

A plush doll of everyone's favorite screaming sea star of love! Be the envy of your neighbors and local wildlife. You will finally know true aquatic love, which is the greatest and most precious kind. These polyester plushes are only going to be available through this Kickstarter!

PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS (Includes the hardcover storybook, unless you prefer the paperback)


$250: SIGNED ARTWORK

A signed piece of art from the production of the video (character mock-ups, background mattes, etc), PLUS a signed 9x12 original drawing created by me JUST FOR YOU. It might be a unicorn, it might be a goat with an umbrella, who knows!

PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS (Includes the hardcover storybook, unless you prefer the paperback)


$500: A CHARACTER DESIGNED AFTER YOU

I will create a character in the Charlie finale based on a photo you provide of either you / a friend / a family member / a pet / whoever. The character will be non-human but recognizable (to the best of my skills.) Your character won't have a big part in the movie, but they'll be clearly visible. And they might explode. I'll also send you an 8x10 signed print of your character!

PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS (Includes the hardcover storybook, unless you prefer the paperback)


$1000: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT

Your name immortalized for all of time in prominent placement on the Charlie the Unicorn finale credits. A million years from now the space droids scanning the remnants of Earth will see your credit and think, for a passing moment, "Who was that?" Imagine the glory.

PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS (Includes the hardcover storybook, unless you prefer the paperback)


$2500: ORIGINAL FILMCOW AD

I will create, and then upload to the FilmCow YouTube channel (1.3 million subscribers), a video about your product / business / book club / whatever. Just want a video made about your dog? That's fine too! The ad will be around two minutes in length and in the style of my usual animations. It will be 100% HONEST and, most likely, very weird. See OMG BISCOFF SPREAD on YouTube for an idea of what you can expect, except animated. Unless you want puppets!

IMPORTANT DETAILS: One of the reasons I feel this reward is valuable is because people who watch my channel know I'm not going to mislead them. Honesty is important to me, and that philosophy will be applied to your ad. So if your product / whatever is actually a complete scam... the video will reflect that. I will work very, very hard to make a GREAT ad for you that people will enjoy watching but you will not have any input in the creative process, and you will not be able to request changes. You may, if you do not like the final product, request that I do not release it, and it will not go up on my channel.

PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS (Includes the hardcover storybook, unless you prefer the paperback)

When will this be released?

The plan is to finish the movie by December, 2016. Delays can happen, and they often do, but that's my goal!

Where will this be released?

It will be released for free on YouTube, like all of the previous episodes.

How long is the finale going to be?

Right now it's looking to be around 30 minutes, although that could change a little during production.

Tell me more about the storybook!

It's an illustrated adventure that takes place a little while after the end of Charlie the Unicorn 2. Charlie, Blue, and Pink going on a magical journey to the enchanted realm of DREAMSPACE, and a number of pretty weird things happen along the way. If you like the Charlie videos I think you'll enjoy the book!

Can I get more than one storybook / coin / whatever?

Sure! As long as you're pledging at a level that already gets you at least one of the item you want you can add the following to your pledge to get a second / third / fourth item:

Trading cards: $5
Storybook: $15
Hardcover storybook: $25
Collectable coin: $15
T-shirt: $20
Plush doll: $50

When the backer surveys go out after the campaign is over there will be a field to let me know about any extras you paid for.

Thank you for your help, your support means so much to me. I'm really looking forward to making a spectacular finale for Charlie the Unicorn!

If you would like to know more about my work, you can find me at:

http://filmcow.com/

http://youtube.com/c/filmcow

http://www.facebook.com/FilmCow

Risks and challenges

This is a big project and it's going to take a lot of time and effort to make it great. There will be many late nights of feverishly animating unicorns where I ask myself why I chose this line of work instead of the noble life of a palynologist. "I could be studying plant spores right now" I'll say aloud to no one, and then wiggle some unicorns around for another eight hours.

Over the last few years I've created and released well over a hundred shorts as well as two feature-length films. Every project has its own set of challenges and obstacles but I have the experience and dedication needed to overcome them. And I specifically have experience with unicorn wiggling, which is going to be an integral part of this project.

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    HD DOWNLOAD & STORYBOOK PDF DOWNLOAD

    A DRM-free, HD download of the movie when it's complete, as well as a PDF download of the Charlie the Unicorn storybook I'm creating called "Charlie the Unicorn: Lost in Dreamspace" (an illustrated side-adventure that takes place a little while after the end of Charlie the Unicorn 2).

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    SIGNED TRADING CARDS (BACKER EXCLUSIVE)

    A set of 12 Charlie the Unicorn trading cards, signed by me, only available through this Kickstarter! These are going to be high quality, professionally printed cards that are sure to delight and astound! DELIGHT AND ASTOUND!

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    SIGNED PAPERBACK STORYBOOK

    A signed paperback copy of the Charlie the Unicorn storybook I'm creating called "Charlie the Unicorn: Lost in Dreamspace" - a perfect gift for child and adult alike! Even savage wild animals will appreciate this book, probably!

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    SIGNED HARDCOVER STORYBOOK (BACKER EXCLUSIVE)

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    COLLECTIBLE COIN (BACKER EXCLUSIVE)

    A special backer exclusive Charlie the Unicorn collectable coin. Impress your Treasury Department friends! This is going to be a high quality coin worthy of a Duke or Duchess.

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    T-SHIRT (BACKER EXCLUSIVE)

    A backer exclusive Charlie the Unicorn shirt, available in both mens (S to 4XL) and womens (XS to 3XL) fits. You will practically exude unicorn magic while wearing this. There will be two design options, both only ever available through this campaign.

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    STARFISH PLUSH (BACKER EXCLUSIVE)

    A plush doll of everyone's favorite screaming sea star of love! Be the envy of your neighbors and local wildlife. You will finally know true aquatic love, which is the greatest and most precious kind. These polyester plushes are only going to be available through this Kickstarter!

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    SIGNED ARTWORK

    A signed piece of art from the production of the video (character mock-ups, background mattes, etc), PLUS a signed 9x12 original drawing created by me JUST FOR YOU. It might be a unicorn, it might be a goat with an umbrella, who knows!

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    A CHARACTER DESIGNED AFTER YOU

    I will create a character in the Charlie finale based on a photo you provide of either you / a friend / a family member / a pet / whoever. The character will be non-human but recognizable (to the best of my skills.) Your character won't have a big part in the movie, but they'll be clearly visible. And they might explode. I'll also send you an 8x10 signed print of your character!

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT

    Your name immortalized for all of time in prominent placement on the Charlie the Unicorn finale credits. A million years from now the space droids scanning the remnants of Earth will see your credit and think, for a passing moment, "Who was that?" Imagine the glory.

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    ORIGINAL FILMCOW AD

    I will create, and then upload to the FilmCow YouTube channel (1.3 million subscribers), a video about your product / business / book club / whatever. Just want a video made about your dog? That's fine too! The ad will be around two minutes in length and in the style of my usual animations. It will be 100% HONEST and, most likely, very weird. See OMG BISCOFF SPREAD on YouTube for an idea of what you can expect, except animated. Unless you want puppets! Check out the main campaign section for more details.

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