Every day, Donald Trump unleashes a torrent of exaggerations, insults, threats, and self-pity. What's going on inside that fevered brain? We asked the ingenious animator Bill Plympton to help us investigate.
We've been mining Internet, TV, and radio archives for juicy Trump sound bites to inspire Plympton's surreal, hand-drawn animations.
Trump Bites is the illegitimate offspring of Plympton's witty animations and Trump's witless pronouncements.
Where We Are Now
Our first three episodes are now streaming on the New York Times. We'd like to make at least a dozen more.
Hand-drawn animation is not cheap. Bill works with a team artists that includes a colorist, a compositor, an editor, and a sound designer -- each adding their talent and hard work to the finished product. And due to the sensitive nature of the content, our legal and insurance fees are substantial. To keep this series going, we need your help.
There are so many more Trumpisms that we're eager to spoof, and we welcome your suggestions in the comments section. Here are a a few that we are considering for future episodes:
“I would love to be a well-educated black…” Trump experiences the perks of being a black male in America.
“The medical deferment is feet…” What exactly was the problem with Trump’s feet that sidelined him during the Vietnam War? We take you inside the exam room.
"We had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake..." Presidents Trump and Xi frolic in a chocolate dreamscape while missiles fly to "Iraq... I mean Syria."
Bill Plympton (animator) has made over fifty films, receiving the Palme D'Or at Cannes and two Academy Award nominations; Billy Shebar (series creator/producer) is an Emmy-nominated writer and filmmaker, whose screenplay for Dark Matter, starring Meryl Streep, won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at Sundance; David C. Roberts (series creator/producer) is a former US diplomat turned writer/filmmaker whose work has appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Billy and David are co-founders of 110th Street Films.
Adam Rackoff (consulting producer) is a frequent Plympton collaborator and the co-founder of Cinco Dedos Peliculas with actor Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket, Stranger Things). Evan Shapiro (consulting producer) is an Emmy-nominated producer and former President of Pivot, IFC TV, and the Sundance Channel. Peggy Stern (consulting producer) won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short as producer of The Moon and The Son (2005).
Wendy Cong Zhao is our compositor and editor; Sandrine Plympton is our colorist; Weston Fonger is our sound designer; Miles Shebar is our creative strategist; Michael Richard Martin shot our Kickstarter video; Neil J. Rosini (Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo) is our attorney.
How You Can Help
It costs $20K per episode to do these right, so we're asking for $60K to do at least three more. Should we be lucky enough to exceed our goal, we'll put the money toward additional episodes. Top distribution outlets have already shown interest, so there’s a wide audience eager to see them, but we want to stay independent and true to our vision. This can only happen with your help.
We're offering some tantalizing rewards for our contributors, from Bill's original drawings and storyboards to your (animated) appearance in one of our episodes.
If you'd rather get a tax deduction, you can donate to our project via Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.
For anyone interested in making a major contribution, we'd love to discuss ways to recognize you in our on-screen credits. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for more details.
The Way Kickstarter Works
Kickstarter is all or nothing – so if we don’t reach our initial goal of $60,000 by midnight (EST) on July 25, we won’t get any money, and no one's credit card will be charged. Please help us out by contributing whatever you can, and sharing this project as widely as you can. Every dollar helps, and every share helps. Thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge is to rise above the noise of the Internet to connect with the large audience that we believe is out there for this series, and to raise the money necessary to keep it going. We have a great team, and the New York Times's enthusiasm is proof that, with proper funding, Trump Bites will snowball.
Our biggest risk is getting sued. These short films are no-holds-barred parodies of real Trump audio. We have hired a top lawyer, Neil Rosini, who has diligently prepared for any eventuality. We have also obtained insurance to mitigate the remaining risk.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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