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Through miniature puppets, we follow the lives of the Cicadas as they come out of the ground for the party at the end of their lives.
Through miniature puppets, we follow the lives of the Cicadas as they come out of the ground for the party at the end of their lives.
1,097 backers pledged $74,272 to help bring this project to life.

June 15th 2011


Here are the eight variations of the bridge bugs. When we set out to do the bridge scene, we considered doing the masses of bugs digitally. It is standard practice these days but... I don't know, it just didn't feel real to do it that way. So Steve made molds and we took turns casting these critters at the rate of eight every 30 minutes, everyone pitched in, I have fond memories of a very cold studio in December and the egg timer going off a couple times an hour.

Each of these was painted by Steve, you could say he is a perfectionist, insane or both. Either way, we needed to have enough bugs to create a moving stream at least ten seconds long and this is how we got there. The decision to make them all for real added six weeks of work, but they are beautiful and genuine things. From the other photo you can see how they were mounted on round carts in groupings of two or three, then those carts were connected together with springs. I labeled each of the bugs, if there's a specific one you would like, drop me a note in the next month or so.

Also while I have you on the line... thanks to the additional pledges raised here we're going to be building a couple new scenes that I had cut out previously for lack of funds. We've done great! The extra attention has also caught the fancies of publishers so the book may find a home in the near future. 

Because of the kickstarter project here, I've met all kinds of new folks stopping by, offering help, or just saying hi. That is really good energy, please keep it coming!

I'll post pictures of the new set coming up next week! exciting stuff!

very best,


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    1. Annie Forbes on July 10, 2011

      All the bugs are great but in order of preference I would choose E first, second D, third C. Congratulations on surpassing your financial goal and best of luck for the production. I am looking forward to the final result!

    2. Susan Ator on July 7, 2011

      I love them all and would be happy with any of them. This is really what finally pushed me over the edge to committing to this project!

    3. Sophie on July 4, 2011

      I love the video, the children love it too and were enchanted and excited to be able to make a contribution. We like D and E the best, but all are delightful and we would be proud to offer permanent residence to a cicada superstar.

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      Franceskimo on June 29, 2011

      I love 'I' , ...a kind of quite resignation,.. a knowing...but I am partial to A, D, E as well. Can't wait to see it / them in all their finished glory! Best of luck!

    5. Carolyn Brajkovich on June 29, 2011

      Hi Mauricio and insanely talented artistic team,
      I just couldn't help myself! I grew up in Japan so I am used to hearing their cries in the summer. Summer isn't the same without them. What a gorgeous vision you have created.
      Is it possible to request a specific bug, because if so I would really love to give "I" a home with me (he really speaks to me)? But each of them are so precious. Thanks - I can't wait to view the finished product! Best wishes to you all.

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      Nukegara on June 22, 2011

      What a unique opportunity. I appreciate the choice. I like A,C, and I the most with I being my favorite. That being said I would be happy to welcome any of these little guys into my home. Congratulations on all the success so far!

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      Mary Davis on June 22, 2011

      I am very familiar with the CICADA They lived in two big oak trees in front of our house and sang every evening to us. I would like to have A Of course they are all so cute But A said he would like to come to live with me. Love this peoject I will be waiting for more news. Thanks

    8. Kevin E. Buntin on June 18, 2011

      I'm so pleased to see this overwhelming level of support, but not surprised in the least...I think we will all be hearing more regarding attention for this grand project- I'm quite certain it still has places to go! And I truly hope that we shall be seeing and hearing more from you and your crew Mauchi.

      As to which Bridge Bug I would like...I love them all, so which ever you choose to send me I will be over the moon with the little one! I can't wait to have one of the little fellows come live with me! Supporting this was my Father's Day gift, and I can't think of a better gift!

    9. Eva Cowell on June 18, 2011

      I am amazed at all of these!!! Kudos to the brilliance behind each individual personality!! I am in love with so many of them....but am oddly struck by "A" he a schemer or a worrier? Have to think on this little guy for a while! I am so excited you will be able to add originally cut scenes and look forward to the final project! From concept to execution, truly a work of art....thank you to everyone for bringing this beauty into our lives!

    10. Skullcat on June 18, 2011

      They are all amazing, very adorable! I'm so pleased I found out about your project. "I" is definitely a favorite, also C G E H -- heck, all are just lovely! Really appreciate the update and wonderful news about the extra scenes.

    11. Steve King on June 17, 2011

      Thanks for the update and all the best for the home stretch.Imogen would like an 'I' bug if there are any left please.

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      Sue Barrett on June 17, 2011

      The Bridge Cicada’s are darling, in a bug kind of way! I like letter “I”, seems to be a humble little bugger.

      Keep up the good work!
      Sue Barrett

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      Tracy King on June 17, 2011

      They are beautiful!!! I'm so glad that you're getting the funding needed. This is the first time I've done something like this, and I just think this is going to be a wonderful movie. The fact that you guys have put the thought and care into the creation of this film is to be commended. It's so good to know that there are artists out there still willing to put the time and energy into their art.

      We personally would love to have the bridge cicada "E." That one is my favorite. If these are gone, "B" is our runner up and "I" is third. I seriously am just excited to see the trailer for the film!

      Thank you for this opportunity!

    14. Jean Louise on June 17, 2011

      Hello, and thank you so much! Telling a narrative about cicadas has to be one of the more enchanting projects I've ever heard undertaken. I am glad you are the one to take on this job, as your and your team's passion and attention to detail truly shows through and is sure to produce a wonderful film!
      I also like Style C. They all look amazing!

    15. Anne Vollen on June 17, 2011

      Thanks, Mauchi:

      I backed your project because I loved it, and knew my 11-year-old artiste daughter would as well. We each had a tough time choosing a favorite, but she's picked her favorite models and the verdict is: style I (eye). We're huge fans (and are just over in SF, so may have to come visit one of these days!).

    16. Micheal Hoffa on June 16, 2011

      I like Style C, please. These look wonderful! Very much looking forward to the additional scenes, too.

    17. Kim Hunter on June 16, 2011

      Amazing! Can't wait to see the end product.

    18. Jesse Lively on June 16, 2011

      I would lIke style A, Thank you ... I am very excited about your project.

    19. Julie Hodgson on June 16, 2011

      I love B style.....

    20. Julie Hodgson on June 16, 2011

      They are beautiful!!!!

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      LD in PDX on June 16, 2011

      E or C would be lovely. They look great!

    22. Adam C Sager on June 16, 2011

      I'll provide a home for a 'D' style cicada as well. All look amazing though.

    23. EvErywhErE on June 16, 2011

      How many did you make- it looks like enough to fill a small village! They all have such personality- I so excited to be able to watch this process! I think my favorite is C though, he seems to shy, and quite. He'll be a good companion and silent support on nights when i stay up way too late working on a design :-)

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      Jane Tribick (deleted) on June 16, 2011

      Thrilled with your success and happy to support you. I would love to give a home to "E" or "D", and can't wait to see the final film .

    25. Cazes Verbois on June 16, 2011

      I like the styles of b d and i.
      I think B is my favorite, he seems most wise.

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      Austin J. Austin on June 15, 2011

      Thank you so much for such attention to detail and commitment to realism, all of you! I can't help but love this entire project. This treasured bug will be a present to my mom...unless I can't live without it once it arrives! :D

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      Liz O'Brien on June 15, 2011

      I'm sure it's this beautiful attention to detail and the true piece of art that you are creating that is attracting so much support for your creation. I will treasure my bridge bug :-)

    28. SANDY 'AIDY' HOFFMAN on June 15, 2011

      Absolutely brilliant project and I am overjoyed to be one of the awesome supporters for the "Cicada Princess!"

    29. Jody Lemke on June 15, 2011

      Your attention to detail will make a huge difference in the final product. Painstaking, but worth it!

    30. Rebecca Emberley on June 15, 2011

      I love that you decided to create them rather that recreate them digitally...

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      Sharon Stern on June 15, 2011

      This project is so exciting! I'm so proud to be a part of it and can't believe I'm actually helping you to produce this and wish I could do more!

    32. Loretta Billingsley on June 15, 2011

      Congrats! Great art is always rewarded! Well done!