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Zak ShafferBy Zak Shaffer
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Zak ShafferBy Zak Shaffer
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$4,110
pledged of $150,000pledged of $150,000 goal
40
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, July 30 2015 6:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

Maybe you have just stumbled onto this page, or been brought here by a friend. Whatever the reason, we couldn't be more excited that you are here right now.

We are totally amped to tell you our story, show you what we are making, and ask for your help - to inspire and entertain millions of kids and adults. Dreaming big? Yes, we are! That's our vision, and we intend to see it to completion by the end of the year. 

Gigantic animation project? Impact countless lives? It really didn't start out that way..

The development of Izzy (turnaround development)
The development of Izzy (turnaround development)

In the beginning, all we wanted to do was try writing some kids songs together. Take the challenges that today's kids face and give them positive messaging they can relate to, no matter their wealth or personality or body type. Turned out the animal characters in the tunes had a swagger and synergy to them. They had enthusiasm that would not be contained. They broke out into song together, and their harmonies were determined to be heard.. they yearned to be so much more than just an album of 80s inspired fun.

Ruby, Dallas, Punkin', Izzy and Rufus. This posse turned into The Juicebox Crew. All of a sudden we were so excited about making this 80s animated super team come to life that we hired out some local artists to draw the characters up.. then had a logo made.. then professionally recorded the theme song.. Before we knew it we were having resin action figure prototypes made up! All in the name of building a vehicle to uplift children, help them learn and make them laugh.

The Crew hanging out! (rough conceptual drawing)
The Crew hanging out! (rough conceptual drawing)

Our close friends, most of whom grew up at some point through the 1980's, seem to all be having kids for the first time. From the feedback we've gotten so far, it's become clear that the show can even be a way for parents to reconnect with the things they loved about the way they grew up! The same opportunity to connect also circles back to the kids.. What better way to teach kids of today about the 80's culture than to set a popular animated series in the very decade their parents were young?

We think this show is a big-time alley-oop slam dunk. We're taking the leap of faith that you will help this independent production rise up from the countless hours we've put into concept drawings, scripts, voiceover brainstorming, songwriting and business planning; turning it all into a show you can actually press "PLAY" to watch. And want to rewatch.

In the classroom. (rough conceptual drawing)
In the classroom. (rough conceptual drawing)

If you donate $2 or $10,000, any amount helps get us closer to our goal. And we are truly grateful for your contribution. We have some exciting stretch goals planned in the case this thing takes off like a space shuttle. We are aiming for the stars.. will you dream with us?

Some final words.. Thanks for your support, please spread the news any way you feel appropriate (or inappropriate? haha), and if you want to help out with the show itself don't hesitate to let us know. We still need help with many aspects of the production, and it will only ramp up from there once the show has funding. We look forward to sharing this journey with you, feel honored that you would spend some time out of your daily journey to support this, and we will be sending out timely & fun updates as the campaign progresses.

Rock on!
Zak & John

Comic Book Cover (rough concept)
Comic Book Cover (rough concept)

Risks and challenges

We have done a great deal of planning ahead with this project. The main obstacles have been finding qualified animators to do the job - right and in a timely fashion. We feel strongly after getting quotes from multiple sources that we can get the storyboards, animatics and at least the 30 second intro fully animated by receiving full funding. It will turn our concept into a living comic book! This includes paying substantial state and federal taxes, Kickstarter and Amazon fees, and fulfillment of all rewards. We are drawing up legal agreements between all parties so that everything is in clearly written terms as far as responsibilities moving forward. Some other big things that we have on our side.. we have done so much of the ground work (creatively and from an organizational perspective), we have a bunch of awesome & and creative friends willing to help.. and we have a burning desire to make this happen no matter what. If setbacks occur from a production perspective, we have given ourselves ample time and conservative financial estimates so that even if a particular job needs to be rushed, we will be able to cover that. The main focus of our lives, once this project is fully funded, will be to bring Juicebox to life. So there won't be any major distractions.

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    I Want My Two Dollars!

    Hope you get the reference. We sure appreciate the support.. thanks a lot! If we get 5000 $2 pledges we promise to record “Eye of the Tiger” and make an awesome video for it for the whole world to enjoy. The video will including montages, boxing training, Chuck Norris roundhouses, striving to be the best, and all 5 of the main characters of Juicebox as live-action furries.

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    Early Juicebox Access & Digital Comic Book

    Early online access to Juicebox web series - you’ll be the first to see it. Digital download of Juicebox comic book telling the series origin story! Your beautiful name goes on the contributors page of our website.

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    Add Sunglasses

    80s-tastic custom Juicebox shades will take you back and keep you rockin'! Includes all rewards at lower levels.

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    Printed Comic Book & Flash Drive

    Juicebox comic book (hand # to 500 copies)
    USB Flash Drive containing digital Juicebox comic book & complete show soundtrack
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    Add Tee Shirt & Soundtrack CD

    Screen printed official Juicebox tee shirt
    Juicebox soundtrack CD (signed and # to 250 copies)
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    Add Retro Lunch Box with 80s Goodies

    Juicebox retro lunch box - literally filled to the brim with 80s goodness
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    Add Limited Edition Poster

    Juicebox limited edition screen printed poster (limited # and signed by artists)
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    Premiere Party VIP Passes

    Includes a pair of tickets to the Juicebox Series Premiere Party! (to be held in Los Angeles)
    Also join the cast and crew for a special behind the scenes session creating Juicebox!
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    Action Figure Prototypes

    Receive one of 5 of the original Juicebox Crew prototype figures! There are only five of them! Availability (and choice of character) is first come, first serve.
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    Join the Juicebox Crew

    Have your own character designed to be featured in an episode of the show. We can make it look similar to you and of your favorite animal. Option to receive a free voiceover training session and actually voice the character! (For L.A. locals)

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    Rock N’ Roll Kids Party

    The Juicebox crew will bring a 1 hour party to your location (you provide location in Los Angeles)! Includes music games & live visits from the main characters of the Juicebox series.

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Funding period

- (43 days)