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BAD PENGUIN..... a very dangerous cartoon's video poster

'Bad Penguin' is an animated feature intended for the mature audience. Imagine if Bugs Bunny and Quentin Tarantino had a child... Read more

Seattle, WA Animation
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This project was successfully funded on June 5, 2011.

'Bad Penguin' is an animated feature intended for the mature audience. Imagine if Bugs Bunny and Quentin Tarantino had a child...

Seattle, WA Animation
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Bad Penguin tells the story of Cooper, a blind jazz musician who befriends an angry, armed-to-the-teeth penguin that wishes to show Clover City how it feels about Christmas.  In a world where a man’s life is worth less than the change in his pockets, can a blind man teach the bird that people and Christmas are both worthwhile?

Once upon a time, in a far away land, cartoons were drawn by hand.  Teams of artists painstakingly illustrated cartoons frame-by-frame, creating lavish worlds and colors only previously seen in imagination.  In today's computer world, this craft is all but forgotten.

The Animaticus Foundation was founded by British Academy Award winning animator and author, Tony White.  It’s mission: the preservation of the art of traditional 2D animation, and training for new animators just starting in the field.

Our foundation is now working on its first feature-length animation, Bad Penguin.

Though a cartoon, Bad Penguin is intended for a mature audience.  Sex, drugs, violence and bigotry are all harsh realities in Bad Penguin's world.  Plus killer jazz music!  Imagine if Quentin Tarantino and Bugs Bunny had a child...

We've got the tools at the ready: a 5 star script from an award-winning screenwriter, and talent from a team of top animation professionals, poised to make a trailer with the quality of Disney, and the sensibilities of Pulp Fiction. 

We just need funding to make it happen. 

Your donations will do more than fund a trailer.  Tony White has also committed to using these funds to complete all character designs, the storyboards and production of the soundtrack.  And, once the trailer is complete, he has pledged to start work on the feature, gathering together a number of industry professionals and their most promising students.  Of course, if the trailer attracts the attention that we think it will, the movie will be completed even quicker.

While we estimate the project to run $20,000, we ask for a more realistic $12,000.

Any additional funding over our goal will be used to extend the trailer, making it longer, louder and more penguin-y.

So why should you help us out?

* Your donation is TAX DEDUCTABLE!  The Animaticus Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization;

* We plan to bring in promising young talent for the film... re-establishing an apprenticeship opportunity that's been sorely missing since the days of Walt Disney;

* For everyone who donates, we’ll provide a downloadable link to the high-def file when it’s finished;

* If pledges pass $20K, we'll set aside a portion of net proceeds to donate to the Penguin House at the Wildlife Conservation Society of New York (aka: The Bronx Zoo);

* Our rewards are really cool!

So please pledge to the Bad Penguin project - and give mindless G-rated animation The Bird.

Visit us on Facebook here for glimpses of the latest concept artwork and breaking news about the project!!

Special thanks to Brad Tollefson for help with our Kickstarter video!

The following is a 3D model of Cooper, done by one of Tony White's students, Gerritt Perkins.  This does not mean that we have changed our minds regarding this project and producing it on a computer.  BAD PENGUIN will definitely be hand drawn!

Using 3D models is a way to keep the characters uniform when they are drawn by different illustrators. 

Pretty cool, eh?


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    "Word From The Bird." a Bad Penguin postcard, with an offensive message from the Penguin himself. (Warning, not for the easily offended.)

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    "Buttons. Buttons. Who's Got The Buttons?" Show your penguin pride with not one but TWO Bad Penguin buttons. Perfect for any occasion!

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    "The Christmas Special" A pack of ten Bad Penguin Christmas cards for you to send out to your friends and family... well, maybe not Grandma.

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    "Posters For Poseurs." A full-color poster from Bad Penguin - signed/numbered by BAFTA winning animator, Tony White.

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    "The Penguin's Got Ya Covered!" In conjunction with Pingihats (, we offer a limited number of BAD PENGUIN HEAD-GEAR. Put one of these on your head and you'll be the bad boy your mother hoped you'd never be. Made of machine-washable fleece, all you'll need is a tuxedo and a machine gun to look like our foul waterfowl. And - like the penguin himself - you'll get all the chicks!

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    "Penguin Is The New Black." An official Bad Penguin t-shirt. Available only in one color: black... as black as the Penguin's Heart as well as a copy of the storyboards.

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    The "I Drink Alone" Penguin Kit. Includes 1 pint glass with Penguin artwork, and the t-shirt. Plus, a copy of the finished trailer on DVD.

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    19 backers

    "The Penguin Party Pack." Includes 2 pint glasses with Penguin artwork, a copy of the trailer storyboards and a Bad Penguin thong. Plus, a copy of the DVD. NOTE: The thong comes one-size only. If it doesn't fit, please, please don't send us a picture.

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    "I Wanna Be An Animator!" A three book set of animation books, written and signed by Tony White: "Animation from Pencils to Pixels - Classical Techniques for Digital Animators," "How To Make Animated Films," and "Jumping Through Hoops: The Animation Job Coach." Plus you'll get a signed copy of the storyboards. How awesome is that?!!

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    "The Brass Ring" ($500) - A copy of the DVD, and storyboards AND an original piece of artwork from the trailer, signed by Tony White. Limited to forty! A definite collector's item!

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    "So You Wanna Be In Pictures" Where do we begin?? Well, you get a pair of Bad Penguin pint glasses and a Bad Penguin t-shirt. You also get a copy of the storyboards, signed by Tony White and a copy of the completed trailer on DVD.

    BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!!! We will also incorporate your likeness as a character in the feature. And until then, you will receive a signed illustration of your character to put on your refrigerator!


    You will be named as Executive Producer in the trailer credits, and receive special thanks in the closing credits for the feature and on IMDB.

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    "Dine With The Penguin" With this special prize, we give you a Bad Penguin t-shirt, two pieces of original artwork from the trailer and a copy of the storyboards signed by Tony White. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!! We will fly you to and from the CTN EXPO (from the contiguous United States), host your three night stay at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport (November 18th through 21st) and give you a guest pass to the expo (November 18th through the 20). Meet and dine with the driving forces behind Bad Penguin. An awesome vacation that you could write off. Stick it to the man!!

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    "Jack" That's right! Pledge three grand and you get jack in return. You get nothing! You lose! Good day, sir!

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