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WE NEED YOUR HELP to create THE BEEF SUMO SHOW, a hilarious, outrageous and totally original animated series, in the spirit of REN & STIMPY meets THE SIMPSONS, starring some of the most amazing and legendary voices in animation! 

If you help us get a little money, we will give you a lot of funny!

 05/25/15 Update: We are adding a new premium. We will record your voice in person or via Skype, then we’ll animate your character in a Beef Sumo Show episode. That’s right! Voice a one or two-line character alongside animation legends John DiMaggio, Dee Bradley Baker and Tara Strong and have your animated character appear in the show! (*See premium description to the right for details*) It'll be fun!

05/26/15 Update: A stretch goal has been added. If we hit $20,000, everyone gets to download THE BEEF SUMO SHOW RINGTONES.

Hi! We're Keith Graves and Rob Moreland!

Keith is the author and illustrator of a bunch of nutty books for children including FRANK WAS A MONSTER WHO WANTED TO DANCE, CHICKEN BIG, and THE MONSTERATOR. Keith lives in Austin with his wife Nancy and twins Max and Emma. 

Check out an amazing GALLERY of Keith's KOOKY ORIGINAL ART.

And his stellar reviews on AMAZON.COM.

Rob was part of the small team that set-up SHREK at Dreamworks. He's written animated features, sold a bunch of scripts to studios, and Rob's newest animated movie is in preproduction from the producer of SHREK. He lives in LA with his wife Inma and their kids Ana and Jamie. 

What we’re doing is creating a HOMEGROWN animation STUDIO. 

Our dream is to create a whole bunch of animated series we love, the way we like, with our creative dream team. 

We'll start by completing 12 short animated webisodes of THE BEEF SUMO SHOW.  And we will share them with the world!

Who the hell is Beef Sumo, you ask?
He’s an all-American, hard partying hunk of bovine badness, with an ego the size of.... something really really big. A super hero minus the super. And generally minus the hero. Often sporting a bad hangover. All wrapped in a Sumo diaper. 

What about the little purple guy? Is he a rat, or what?
That’s Batimir, Beef’s faithful sidekick. He’s an East Slovonian tube-nosed bat whose goal in life is to have bigger biceps than Robin. And to lay some old-world romance on his dream girl, J-Lo. 


Do they live in Gotham City? Metropolis? A post-nuclear, dystopian, futuristic hellhole?
No, they live in Brooklyn. But not the cool part of Brooklyn. The part where all the pawn shops, liquor stores and loan places have bars on the windows. Beef and Batimir are at the bottom of the super hero food chain. They are broke. They have no Beefmobile (they take the bus). They have no phone (they use the only pay phone). They do have Old Milwaukee. 

OK, sounds like it might be funny. But why should I give you guys money to make a bunch of webisodes?
BECAUSE you will LAUGH when you see the one where Beef gets a prostate exam from an orangutan. The one where Batimir goes on a date with J-Lo. The one where Beef has an epic sumo grudge match with a nine year old girl.

We've spent a lot of our time, and probably too much of our money, making Beef Sumo. Now we are living in a trailer in Tijuana, eating prickly pear sandwiches.

With your support, we can complete Season One of webisodes and land our show on a big, honking-loud network.

Here is a chance to get in on the ground floor, and become a part of creating something totally new and different. 

What's in it for us? We need your financial support but also we need you as our creative focus group and our fan base to popularize the show.

What's in it for you? You will laugh your ass off! You'll be the first one of your friends to see and share the Beefisodes. You get some really fun Sumo Swag. You'll get to glimpse our kooky creative process. 

Kickstarters, please become part of our AAA Beef Team and help us do what we love: create original stuff and make you laugh!

If you help us get a little money, we will give you a lot of funny!

Beef Sumo will be voiced by the amazing JOHN DIMAGGIO (the voice of Jake on ADVENTURE TIME, Bender on FUTURAMA, Gonza in PRINCESS MONONOKE, and SO much more)! Click on his amazing RESUME.

Voicing Batimir is the brilliant DEE BRADLEY BAKER (the voice of Perry the Platypus from PHINEAS AND FERB, Klaus on AMERICAN DAD, Cinnamon Bun on ADVENTURE TIME, Dopey on Disney's 7D, Commander Cody on CLONE WARS, and SO much more)! Click on Dee's unbelievable RESUME.

Voicing Beef Sumo's nemesis, the lounge singer Mona Chardonnay, is TARA STRONG (the voice of Twilight Sparkle from MY LITTLE PONY, Timmy Turner from THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS, Bubbles on THE POWERPUFF GIRLS, Toot Braunstein from DRAWN TOGETHER, and SO much more)! See her amazing RESUME.

Heading animation is DAN WEISMAN, a super talented young dude. Dan has an amazing ability to make Keith's original artwork come alive.

Helping Dan will be a brilliant young animator named KIMBERLY MILLS. When we saw Kimberly's work, we were blown away.

The Beef Sumo Show's music will be composed by JAMES VENABLE. Jim did the incredible music for SAMURAI JACK, THE POWERPUFF GIRLS, and FOSTERS HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS.  Click to see James' amazing CREDITS.

 

How will the funds be used? For stuff like John, Dee and Tara's time, Dan and Kim's animation, Jim's music, record sessions and post-production. The money we raise will go into the show.

$10. RUMP ROAST! This is an all-digital premium level. You will get a DRM FREE DOWNLOAD of a special exclusive version of our Kickstarter video that includes three times as much animation. You also get WALLPAPER WHAMMY, an amazing selection of high quality Beef Sumo Show wallpapers for your 'puter.

Most importantly, we want you to have access to the BEEF BLOG. The Beef Blog is the place where we will be posting not just updates about our adventures in animation, but also development sketches, audio clips, scripts we're working on, and more. We want your feedback!

*UPDATE 05/06: Everyone who pledges also gets a CUSTOM GRAPHIC WITH THEIR NAME ON IT, posted on FACEBOOK and available to download. It's one way we can say, THANK YOU!!

(The graphic is made by Rob with Photoshop. Keith is the artistic genius. Rob makes the coffee but he'll be doing his very best!)

$20. BEEF CHOW FUN! There's nothing more fun than STICKERS!  You get 5 BEEF STICKERS plus 5 BATIMIR STICKERS! They're durable, laminated, die-cut and water resistant! The Beef Sticker is approx 3" by 3" and Batimir is 2" by 2". You'll have enough to share with your friends!

PLUS you get all the Digital Premiums at the $10 level, above.

$30. TOP SIRLOIN! You get the official Kickstarter limited edition BEEF SUMO T-SHIRT! This isn't just some cheapo shirt. It's a 100% cotton Stonewashed Blue t-shirt with SILKSCREENED FASHION WATER BASE colors that pop and last. 

Wearing this studly shirt, you are 100% guaranteed to get laid*

*Within 71.5 years or before the return of Haley's Comet whichever comes first.

PLUS you get all the previous premiums (5 Beef Stickers, 5 Batimir Stickers, and the Digital Premiums).

 

 $40. FILET MIGNON! You get an AUTOGRAPHED SCRIPTIt's our 10-page record script from this KS fundraiser, a numbered and limited edition, signed by THE BEEF SUMO SHOW creators Keith Graves and Rob Moreland. 

Printed along with the script are a bunch of development character sketches and storyboard art!

We hope the script will become a valuable piece of Beefamobilia. Some day soon, you may be able to sell this script and retire on a sweet bed of Korean pennies!

PLUS you get all the previous premiums (the Beef Shirt, 5 Beef Stickers, 5 Batimir Stickers, and the Digital Premiums).

$50. STEAK CHIMICHANGA! You get a CREDIT to appear in the scroll after one of the Beefisodes! Your credit can say ANYTHING YOU WANT (just nothing overtly offensive please).  That's right, MAKE UP YOUR CREDIT! Let your imagination go wild!

PLUS you get all the previous premiums (the Autographed Script, the Beef Shirt, 5 Beef Stickers, 5 Batimir Stickers, and the Digital Premiums).

 $75. MONGOLIAN BEEF! There's nothing Beef Sumo loves more than drinking, so it's appropriate that we're offering this fun, full-color collapsible FOAM KOOZIE. It's the perfect way to keep your Malt Liquor cool on a Saturday night as you sit on the sidewalk outside Curly's Mini Mart.

PLUS you get all the previous premiums but with extra stickers (the Invent Your Own Credit, the Autographed Script, the Beef Shirt, but with 10 Beef Stickers, 10 Batimir Stickers, and the Digital Premiums).

 

$200. BEEF ON A STICK! You get custom-printed full-color 36" by 24" posters of Beef and Batimir! 

PLUS you get all the previous premiums but with extra stickers  (the Beef Koozie, the Invent Your Own Credit, the Autographed Script, the Beef Shirt, 20 Beef Stickers, 20 Batimir Stickers, and the Digital Premiums).

$250. TEXAS CHILI! You get a high quality ART PRINT signed by Austin-based illustrator and author Keith Graves.

$750. BEEF TERIYAKE! Your CARICATURE APPEARS IN THE CARTOON (*see premium description above for details*)

PLUS you get all the previous premiums but with extra stickers (the Beef Koozie, the Invent Your Own Credit, the Autographed Script, the Beef Shirt, 20 Beef Stickers, 20 Batimir Stickers, and the Digital Premiums).

$1000. I AM THE BEEF. VOICE AN ANIMATED CHARACTER IN THE CARTOON. You get a one or two line walk-on role as a cartoon character alongside our All Star Cast. (*see premium description above for details*)

$5,000. MARTINIS & BEEF! If you can get yourself to either Austin or LA (your pick), Keith and Rob will take you out for a debauched night on the town. You get all the above premiums, plus probably a hangover.

If we hit $20,000 everybody gets Beef Sumo and Batimir RINGTONES. These will be audio files that you drop into a folder on your computer for Android and you import into iTunes for iPhone. Here are samples of a Batimir ringtone and a Beef ringtone.

 

 
 
 

Risks and challenges

As you can see, we have invested already in working out our animation process and pipeline. Our bigger challenge is to get you the t-shirts and other premiums to you ASAP. We are full-time professionals with over 20 years experience working in graphics, animation, publishing, development, screenwriting, and design. If anything else happens, we will deal with it. We are very committed to making this project, and our animation studio, happen. Keith n' Rob

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    $5. BALONEY!

    You like what we're doing and you want to help. Thank you! You get a custom Beef Sumo graphic featuring YOUR NAME, available to download and posted on our Beef Sumo social media sites!

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    $10. RUMP ROAST!

    The Digital Premiums (they include DRM free downloads of exclusive animation, HD wallpapers, and access to our community's blog).

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    $20. BEEF CHOW FUN!

    5 BEEF STICKERS, 5 BATIMIR STICKERS, plus the the Digital Premiums above.

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    $30. TOP SIRLOIN!

    The BEEF SHIRT, plus all the previous premiums (5 Beef Stickers, 5 Batimir Stickers, and the Digital Premiums).

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    $40. FILET MIGNON!

    The AUTOGRAPHED SCRIPT, plus the previous premiums (the Beef Shirt, 5 Beef Stickers, 5 Batimir Stickers, and the Digital Premiums).

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    $50. STEAK CHIMICHANGA!

    You get a CREDIT to appear in the scroll after one of the Beefisodes! Your credit can say ANYTHING YOU WANT (just nothing overtly offensive please).  That's right, MAKE UP YOUR CREDIT! Let your imagination go wild!

    LIMIT: 25 characters for your credit + we'll need it within 30 days of funding.

    Plus you get the previous premiums (the Autographed Script, the Beef Shirt, 5 Beef Stickers, 5 Batimir Stickers, and the Digital Premiums).

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    $75. MONGOLIAN BEEF!

    The BEEF SUMO KOOZIE, plus the previous premiums with extra stickers (Invent Your Own Credit, the Autographed Script, the Beef Shirt, 10 Beef Stickers, 10 Batimir Stickers, and the Digital Premiums).

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    $200. BEEF ON A STICK!

    You get the full-color unframed BEEF POSTER and the BATIMIR POSTER, plus the previous premiums with extra stickers (the Beef Sumo Koozie, Invent Your Own Credit, the Autographed Script, the Beef Shirt, 20 Beef Stickers, 20 Batimir Stickers, and the Digital Premiums).

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    $250. TEXAS CHILI!

    You get a high quality ART PRINT signed by Austin-based illustrator and author Keith Graves.

    NOTE: This high quality art print is being shipped from a different location, so we're just going to keep this premium simple and not include any additional items. You just get Keith's signed awesome cool art print.

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    $750. BEEF TERIYAKI!

    Your CARICATURE APPEARS IN THE CARTOON. We get to pick how your image gets used. It might be on a framed portrait on the wall. Or it might appear on the label of Beef's potato chip bag. We get to pick how we use your caricature because we are control freaks, and we'll need your picture within 30 days of funding. There's no take backs. If you don't like the result, we won't be able to remove it from the animation due to budget constraints.

    Plus you get the Beef Sumo Koozie, Invent Your Own Credit, the Autographed Script, the Beef Shirt, 20 Beef Stickers, 20 Batimir Stickers, and the Digital Premiums.

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    $1000. I AM THE BEEF!

    Have a WALK-ON ROLE IN THE BEEF SUMO SHOW AS AN ANIMATED CARTOON CHARACTER! It’ll be fun! We will record your voice in person or via Skype, then we’ll animate your character in a Beef Sumo Show episode. That’s right! Voice a one or two-line character alongside animation legends John DiMaggio, Dee Bradley Baker and Tara Strong and have your animated character appear in the show! We get to pick which character you’ll voice and we retain ownership over your character and the lines we record with you, because we are control freaks.

    Plus you get the Beef Sumo Koozie, Invent Your Own Credit, the Autographed Script, the Beef Shirt, 20 Beef Stickers, 20 Batimir Stickers, and the Digital Premiums.

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    $750. MARTINIS & BEEF!

    If you can get yourself to either Austin or LA (your pick), Keith and Rob will take you out for a debauched night on the town. You get all the above premiums, plus probably a hangover.

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