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Help the popular "ROCK" band for kids, "The Party Animals" film a Web Series that children can enjoy whenever/wherever they want!
Help the popular "ROCK" band for kids, "The Party Animals" film a Web Series that children can enjoy whenever/wherever they want!
286 backers pledged $25,287 to help bring this project to life.

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The Party Animals (click to go to our website)

For the past few years The Party Animals have been traveling the globe entertaining families of the US military and other organizations like Children's Cancer Research Fund, Bynum School for children with special needs and other community concerts. It has been extremely rewarding to see these kids smile, laugh and sing along with us. We often go out-of-pocket without a profit because we believe that all kids should have a chance to be entertained. The common statement wherever we go is always "You guys need to have your own TV show". We agree and now we want to give all of these kids, and others around the world, what they have been asking for…but we NEED YOUR HELP…"

Levitt's Pavilion Pasadena Summer 2014
Levitt's Pavilion Pasadena Summer 2014

LET'S MAKE A WEB SERIES FOR KIDS:

We want to use the money we raise to make 5 webisodes. If we surpass our goal we will make more. We will then distribute the show on our Website and YouTube channel and maybe even entice a bigger network like Disney or Nickelodeon to jump on board. Other companies like Netflix and Amazon are also looking for quality children's entertainment like The Party Animals. So with YOUR help we can make that happen. The Party Animals will be a musically driven, comedic show for children ages 2-6. It'll incorporate original pop/rock songs with hilarious adventures that will teach life lessons along the way. The Party Animals, along with their supporting cast will face daily conflicts and obstacles that they will always overcome with a song and a smile. The best way for me to explain the show would be like a modern day Zoobilee Zoo/Pee-Wee's Playhouse meets The Fresh Beat Band.

THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN:

Our goal is to make a show the whole family can enjoy. One that will make an impact on both child and parent alike. To do that we need your help. The more money we raise, the more ambitious we will be in creating this project and distributing it. We have already created most of the costumes and songs, but we still NEED HELP building the sets, making the props, writing the scripts, choreographing the dance numbers, hiring a crew and finding an editor who will help make our final product look AMAZING!! Our friends at Magic Beans and Pollution Studio's have generously loaned us their studio space to film the show so we just need this final push to get our project to COMPLETION.

Budget Breakdown
Budget Breakdown

The Party Animals:

The Party Animals is an interactive, Rock 'n Roll show for the whole family consisting of four lovable characters: Kaiya the Kangaroo, Walter the Fox, Brandon the Bear and Lance the Lion. Think of them as "KISS" for kids. Our supporting characters that help us out from time to time are Teeny and Tiny (stilt walkers), Sky Blue (aerialist), Bendy (contortionist), Tommy the Clown, Dee and Jay (twin sisters that finish each other sentences in rhyme) and DJ Penguin who will be mixing up the beats.

CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO TO MEET THE CAST:

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The Party Animals Live started at The Colony Theater in Burbank, CA.  We sold out all three shows in a matter of days and was a huge success.   Armed Forces Entertainment then sponsored 12 shows over 18 days in Europe having us travel to England, Belgium, Germany, Norway and The Netherlands for military families stationed abroad.  Once that tour ended, The Party Animals continued to make kids belly-laugh up and down the coast of California and over to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Armed Forces Entertainment then sponsored another 5 tours taking us to Guantanamo Bay, Guam, Japan, and Bahrain.

Fast-forward to today and The Party Animals have performed over a hundred shows to thousands of kids. In April we will be traveling to the Mediterranean to perform 11 shows in five more countries. The Party Animals have performed at Universal City Walk, LA Live and Levitt's Pavilion in McArthur Park and Pasadena. We have performed private events for The Screen Actors Guild, The Four Seasons in San Diego and The Farmers Market in Hollywood as well as shows in Maryland, Texas and Tennessee.

We had a chance to perform for our Military Families Stationed at GITMO
We had a chance to perform for our Military Families Stationed at GITMO
The Party Animals performed in celebration of Month of the Military Child in Japan
The Party Animals performed in celebration of Month of the Military Child in Japan


WATCH SOME CLIPS FROM OUR STAGE SHOW:

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The Party Animals on tour with AFE
The Party Animals on tour with AFE

THE CREATIVE TEAM:

CREATOR: MARK ALLEN RUEGG

Mark Ruegg is a well known "Baby Wrangler" in Los Angeles, CA. What is a Baby Wrangler? Well I work with children on Photo, Video and Commercial shoots all over the country. My clientele consists of Disney, Mattel, Target, Hugo Boss, Munchkin, Gerber, Pampers, Gap, Old Navy, Nordstrom and Lands End just to name a few. I spend every day working on set with children and talking with parents. So I know what they both want when it comes to quality entertainment. I've used this knowledge to create "The Party Animals".  Along with my Baby Wrangling experience, I've been entertaining children for years as a dancer/actor/singer in children's theater in Chicago and Los Angeles and for Disney in both the U.S and Europe. The Party Animals Live has toured all over the world and have performed for thousands of kids. Our reputation precedes us and we are now ready to take this popular theater show and bring it to the screen. We hope, with your help, we can make that a reality.

CREATOR/PRODUCER: BUFFY HORNUNG

Buffy Hornung has been on all sides of the entertainment world. She started as a dancer performing all around the world with many companies including Holland America, Universal Studios, Disneyland and Norwegian Cruise lines. She eventually joined the circus world as an aerialist performing with the The Silk Sisters, specializing in Doubles Fabric, Pole Athletics, Stilts, and their signature Doubles Act on the L’Ocho, Lira and Double Tissue. They performed for high end events, commercials, and TV/film. Some highlights include... the Motley Crue Tour, Tyra Banks Show, and an AT&T Commercial, She is now working as a producer and production coordinator with clients such as LandsEnd, Womens Health, DisneyStore and ESPN. She currently produces all of The Party Animals Live tours.

More kids laughing with The Party Animals
More kids laughing with The Party Animals

WRITERS: MARK ALLEN RUEGG AND MARK HEFTI

Mark Hefti is an award winning writer and producer who began his film writing career when he co-wrote the award winning feature films Fandom and an American Vampire in America. After Executive Producing and penning the award winning short film Play Ball, Mark went on to write and produce the feature films Tomorrow is Today (starring Scott Taylor-Compton) the Australian sci-fi Ektopos and the upcoming drama Broken Doll starring Cuba Gooding Jr. Mark has received the Park Avenue Award at the New York Screenplay contest as well as top awards at Slamdance Film Festival script competition and Hollywood Screenplay contest. Most recently he surpassed his own Kickstarter goal for his documentary project: Lady Ganga.

MUSIC COMPOSER/LYRICIST : PHIL XENIDIS (PHIL X)

Phil X is a prolific session guitarist, having played on albums by Tommy Lee, Methods of Mayhem, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, and Chris Daughtry, just to name a few.  He has appeared with Tommy Lee and Bon Jovi on Ellen and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 2011 Phil X substituted for Bon Jovi's lead guitarist Richie Sambora, and again on the US and Europe leg of the 2013 tour, after Sambora dropped out due to personal reasons.

MUSIC COMPOSER/LYRICIST: NINETTE TERHART

Ninette Terhart pursued her career in entertainment right from the get go. After her chart topping pop hit “Don’t Ever Leave” Terhart aka “Laya” garnered a JUNO nomination (Canada’s Grammy Award equivelant). In 1996, Terhart moved to Los Angeles to co – found the award winning turbo pop band “Powder”.  The eye-popping stage spectacular with a cast of 10, featured stilt walkers , fire breathers, contortionists, roller skaters, in- sync trick jump ropers, and Cirque De Soleil style aerial art stunt work choreographed and performed by Terhart herself! After sharing the stage with acts such as Metallica, Flavor Flav she went on to win “Band of the Year” & “BEST Front Person” at the Los Angeles Music Awards. Her talents were utilized as a consultant for major film projects like “Josie and the Pussycats” where she taught the actresses how to get that female rock ‘n roll swag! Her own vocals and compositions have also been used in numerous television, film and commercial spots.

Both Parent and Child alike LOVE The Party Animals
Both Parent and Child alike LOVE The Party Animals
PRODUCER: ASHER BROWN

Asher Brown is a reformed music video director. He hails from the city of Brotherly Love, and a family of teachers, writers, and toy store owners. A graduate of Wesleyan University’s Film Program, for the past decade he has brought his blend of east­ coast sensibilities and Hollywood style to producing commercials, videos, and feature films. In addition to his work with Magic Beans, Asher also serves on the board of the non­profit 'Play Library', which is like a regular library, but with toys and games. He is one of the founders of Pollution:Studios, the creative collective that gave birth to Magic Beans. 

Little Girl AMAZED at The Party Animals Show
Little Girl AMAZED at The Party Animals Show

CHOREOGRAPHER: DAVID UNDERWOOD

David Underwood has had a long professional relationship with the Disney Company as a performer, choreographer and assistant director. Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, David graduated with a bachelor's of fine arts in Dance and Choreography from Towson State University. He launched his career as one of the "Kids of the Kingdom" at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. His diverse career experiences showcase his knowledge of: various dance styles and techniques, puppetry, aerial work, character animation, acting and improvisation. In addition to commercials and television specials, David has choreographed numerous projects around the globe, such as, “Under the Sea” in Tokyo, Japan; “The Power of Imagination” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; “Mickey’s Holiday Gift” in Rome, Italy and “The Disney Dream Cruise Ship Christening” in Orlando, Florida, to name a few.

DIRECTOR/CIRCUS CONSULTANT: SEBASTIEN STELLA

Seb Stella is a French choreographer and director. He is best known for creating aerial performance routines for singer "Pink" and devising the circus choreography for the 2010 American romantic drama film "Water for Elephants". Most recently can be seen as a celebrity judge on both the hit French talent show, TF1's "The Best" (Le Meilleur Artiste") and the new British celebrity gymnastics series, BBC's "Tumble".

Children gathered at the end of the show w/ The Party Animals
Children gathered at the end of the show w/ The Party Animals

PRODUCTION STUDIOS: MAGIC BEANS AND POLLUTION STUDIOS

www.magicbeanscreative.com

www.pollutionstudios.com

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WE CANNOT DO THIS ALONE!!!!

We believe we have put together an AMAZING team but it's still missing that one crucial piece... YOU!

Help us by donating what you can and spreading the word to everyone you know.

Strength is in numbers and TOGETHER WE CAN ACHIEVE THIS GOAL!

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    * have me personally come and entertain your child at their next birthday party or event (Dates must be flexible and in the LA and Orange County areas only). It would be my pleasure to entertain your children as I say "Thank You" for your generous donation.

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    * choose to have a character of your choice join me as we personally entertain your child at their next birthday party or event (Dates must be flexible and in LA and Orange County areas only). You are BEYOND generous and an integral part of The Party Animals Webisode team!!

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