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Animalia tells an enchanting story about human-animal relations, secret bee societies and haunted circus scenes.

Thank you everybody, we reached our Kickstarter goal so quickly!!!! We still need more support for this project...funds are yet needed to print the Animalia books/DVD's and for distribution, so please keep supporting us!

xoxo Ryder

Animalia Animation A lyrical fairytale by C. Ryder Cooley (website) Animated by Bart Woodstrup(website)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION Animalia is an inter-species fairytale about a girl who is disenchanted with the world and wishes she could fly. She joins the circus only to discover it is a secret military operation. She then runs away to the woods and falls under the spell of a mystical deer. When she becomes an antlered deer-creature, she finally achieves flying powers and enters an ethereal world of hybrid creatures.

Animalia began as a multi-media performance created by inter-diciplinary artist C. Ryder Cooley. Now the story is coming to life as a unique animation and printed book. Collaborator Bart Woodstrup is working with Ryder, animating her hand drawn illustrations.

The Animation will be available as a digital download and screened alongside Animalia performances. It will also be available as a limited edition DVD with the printed Animalia Book.

This project is in the final stages of production. Currently a 12-minute assembly has been created. The final animation will be approximately 15-20 minutes. The remaining work involves creating additional drawings, scanning and animating the drawings, finessing transitions between scenes and recording/mixing additional music for the soundtrack.

WHY YOUR HELP IS NEEDED Ryder & Bart began collaborating on the Animalia Animation in the spring of 2009 in Troy, New York. When Bart moved to Chicago, they continued collaborating from afar, but in order to finish the project they need to work together in the same studio. They need your support to make this happen! Funds are needed for travel between New York and Chicago, as well as for studio fees, supplies, and Book/DVD production.

PROJECT BACKGROUND In 2008, Animalia debuted as a multi-media performance at Proctors Mainstage Theater in Schenectady, NY. The performance combines live music (accordion, banjo, singing saw and upright bass) with movement, video projection and aerial-trapeze. Animalia was translated from stage to paper by Ryder during a residency at the MacDowell Colony in 2009. The illustrations were digitized for animation, and then composed into a book. The animation soundtrack combines music from live performances with recordings by Ryder, Bart and the band Fall Harbor (Todd Chandler & Ryder).

Offering metaphors of flight in response to environmental collapse, gender dysphoria and warfare, Animalia is a story about hybridity and transformation. Humans become deer, bees become keepers, circus becomes war. By inserting the masculine power symbol of the buck “rack” onto a feminine character, Animalia blurs the divisions between masculine/feminine identities and human/animal forms.

Animalia has been developed thus far with the support of the Robert Wilson Watermill Center, MacDowell, Yaddo, Experimental Television Center, Rensselaer Polytechic Institute (iEAR) and NY Foundation for the Arts. The Animalia show has been performed in numerous venues including Skybox in Brooklyn, Mass College of Liberal Arts, Los Solos Festival in Baltimore, Mission Creek Festival in San Francisco and Proctors Mainstage Theater in Schenectady, NY.


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    We send you our deepest thanks and access to special project updates - which will be posted weekly.

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    More special thank-yous and a high-quality digital download of Animalia, once it is completed.

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    We will send you 3 Animalia greeting cards (blank inside) made by Ryder. Plus you will also receive a high-quality digital download. Thanks!

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    We are very excited to send you an original sketch drawn by Ryder for the animation. You will also receive a digital download. (The sketches are drawn on tracing paper and are approximately 8" x 10")

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    You will receive an original animation drawing on found book pages by C. Ryder Cooley. The drawings are approximately 5" x 8". We will also send you 5 Animalia greeting cards, and access to a digital download. Thank you!

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    The idea for this animation started from an illustrated book written and drawn by C. Ryder Cooley. We will send you a signed copy of the full-color Animalia illustrated book with a DVD of the animation. You will also receive a digital download. Thank you!

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    Thank you! Your name will be added to the "Special Thanks" credits of the movie. You will also receive a signed copy of the Animalia illustrated book (with DVD), an original drawing, a digital download, and a copy of the latest Fall Harbor CD (

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