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Help us reach our goal of a pilot episode for an animated fantasy adventure series that is “Princess Bride” meets “Lord of the Rings!”
We reached our funding goal to bring an adventure fantasy story to the screen that's described as "Princess Bride" meets "Lord of the Rings!" Follow our journey below!
We reached our funding goal to bring an adventure fantasy story to the screen that's described as "Princess Bride" meets "Lord of the Rings!" Follow our journey below!
3,169 backers pledged $265,880 to help bring this project to life.

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 Welcome to the world of Wingfeather! We are Andrew Peterson, author of the bestselling and award-winning book series, The Wingfeather Saga, J. Chris Wall, animation producer extraordinaire, veteran director Tom Owens and CGI visual development expert Keith Lango. We are teaming up to bring the quirky and harrowing stories of the book series to animated life. Between us is a mashup of experience from How to Train Your Dragon / VeggieTales / 3-2-1 Penguins and Portal. Yeah. Awesome, right? We think you’ll love our series and we need your help!

We raised $250k to create a half-episode pilot animated short film!

Beginning now, you have the chance to help create a new animated kids series by funding the pilot episode. This will do two things - prove there is an audience for it and maybe convince a network to make a permanent spot for us.

So what stretch goals have been met and what do I get?

  • An animated short film with these characters from the book: Janner, Kalmar, Leeli, Slarb, Nugget, Thwaps, Nia, Podo, Gnorm and Peet the Sock Man!
  • 5 Illustrated Short Stories from Aerwiar in The Wingfeather Tales eBook. See the list of amazing guest authors and illustrators lower on the page!
  • NOW we get to add a 6th Wingfeather Tales short story - from none other than Andrew Peterson! He'll be joined by illustrator Cory Godbey.
  • NOW we'll create The Florid Sword / Shadowblade first-edition digital comic for all backers at DUGTOWNER and above! And we're excited to have Jay Myers joining us to create it!
  • NOW the animated short becomes a half-pilot and we get to create the town of Glipwood! This will allow us to make a significantly deeper experience with the characters and story in Aerwiar!
  • Plus, whatever Reward level you pledged!

All Physical Reward Levels DURGAN and above Get these Bonus Stretch Rewards:

  • Backer Goal Reward of an exclusive Wingfeather Saga bookmark
  • Printable coloring pages + temporary tattoos
  • An additional patch for the Bookbindery Guild + an additional mini-poster of Janner
  • An additional patch for The Houndry Guild + an additional mini-poster of Leeli
  • An additional mini-poster of Kalmar
  • NOW a printed version of The Wingfeather Tales! (due to production and shipping costs, this reward is only available for $30 pledge and up)

Want to Add-On to your Rewards?

Simply choose an item from this chart and add to your pledge amount. We'll follow up later with a survey to make sure you get the rewards you want. And Yes! We do offer the t-shirts in all adult and youth sizes, including men's and ladies' cut!

Our fans answered quickly when we launched our project, showing how beloved this series is. Reaching that minimum goal gives us a few minutes of animation in a short film. And that’s great! But we’re not done yet!! With your help, we can create a half or maybe even a full pilot episode of the new Wingfeather Saga animated series!

Pre-production CGI render of Janner and a Toothy Cow
Pre-production CGI render of Janner and a Toothy Cow

The story of The Wingfeather Saga is unique among other animated series in that while the core target is 7-12yr old fans, it is a perilous epic with a self-aware tone that we think will engage “over-the-shoulder” viewing. In other words, we are making our series something really cool for the whole family! Check out our first test scene in this animatic:

Yes, the series will be built in 3D (CGI)!
Yes, the series will be built in 3D (CGI)!

As we began meeting with major distributors, we felt like we should reach out to our amazing fans first! We want to ensure that we are able to make the series that the fans want — a new experience adapted from the books, but without a network attempting to interpret our audience for us!

The Wingfeather Saga blends the whimsy and heart of THE PRINCESS BRIDE with the vastness and peril of THE LORD OF THE RINGS. After living for years under occupation by the evil Fangs of Dang, the Igiby children find a map rumored to lead to the lost Jewels of Anniera---the one thing the Fangs will do anything to find---and the family is thrown headlong into a perilous adventure, uncovering hidden truths about who they are that will change their world forever. If you missed it, check out the teaser!

*We also have an excerpt from the first book in the series, On The Edge Of The Dark Sea Of Darkness, which will give you a taste of our story. Read it and if you like it, come back here and join in the adventure. Better hurry!

We're still pinching ourselves about the enormous show of support from our Wingfeather fans when, in 2013, right here on Kickstarter we hit 840% of our goal in order to publish The Warden and the Wolf King.

By raising our first goal of $110k, we’ll be able to make an animated short film with our favorite characters Janner, Kalmar and Leeli in the whimsical and deadly world of Aerwiar. The higher we go with stretch goals, the more characters we'll be able to animate, which will allow us to broaden the scope of the animated short. We'll decide on the scene once we know how many goals we reach and how many characters we can animate!

But wait, there’s more!

We’ve invited some of our amazing friends, who just happen to be award-winning authors and artists, to help us create a very special illustrated, limited edition digital eBook called Wingfeather Tales, which will be a collection of short stories that will explore lots of untold bits from Skree to Dugtown and Clovenfast and the Green Hollows. Andrew's going to work with these authors and illustrators to fling open the doors to Aerwiar one more time. (I have a feeling we'll learn a bit more of Podo's childhood, and maybe we'll find out what Shadowblade and the Florid Sword have been up to...) For our launch goal, we’ll get to create one story, and with each successive goal we'll add more to the Wingfeather Tales book. The first will be written by Douglas McKelvey (The Angel Knew Papa and the Dog) and illustrated by Aedan Peterson (Pembrick's Creaturepedia).

With our next goal of $125k, we’ll get to add additional characters to our animated short film—thwaps, those pesky critters that trouble the gardens of the people of Skree. We’ll also be able to add a second Wingfeather Tales short story, written by Jonathan Rogers (The Wilderking Trilogy) and illustrated by Justin Gerard (The Monster in the Hollows).

With our third goal of $135k, we’re excited to add everybody's favorite former pirate, Podo Helmer, to our animated short film. And we’ll get a third Wingfeather Tales short story, written by Jennifer Trafton (The Rise and Fall of Mt. Majestic) and illustrated by John Hendrix (Drawing is Magic, Miracle Man).

For our fourth goal of $145k, we’ll be able to tell a story that adds yet another character to our animated short film, the noble Nia. She's the mother of our heroes, and carries a secret that will change everything for them. And we’ll get a fourth Wingfeather Tales short story, this one written by A.S. Peterson (The Fiddler’s Gun) and illustrated by Doug TenNapel (Ghostopolis, Cardboard).

Our fifth goal is a big one at $175k and we're excited to add the Fang Commander Gnorm and a second character, fan-favorite Peet the Sock Man, to our animated short film! Plus, we’ll get a fifth Wingfeather Tales short story. We’re excited to have writer N.D. Wilson (100 Cupboards) and illustrations by Joe Sutphin (The Warden and the Wolf King).

The $250k expansion goal! We’ll get to design the town of Glipwood as part of our animation production and, more importantly, DOUBLE the story length to create a half episode pilot. That means more characters, more adventures and more of Aerwiar.

Oh man, do we have lots more rewards we'd love to unlock as we head towards creating a full pilot episode.

How Can You Help? Backer Goals!

We REALLY want as many people as possible to share about The Wingfeather Saga! So, we've made a special set of rewards to encourage you, our fine backers, to spread the word. When we hit 10 of these goals, every backer that has a physical reward will get an exclusive Wingfeather Saga bookmark, plus a very entertaining commentary track from Andrew and Chris (and maybe a few special guests). At 20 of these goals, it unlocks a whole host of behind-the-scenes features!

Click on the images below to be whisked away to each page!

           
                     
              

Rewards

Hopefully, the most compelling part of this project is seeing The Wingfeather Saga come to life on the screen! We also wanted to come up with some really unique and interesting rewards to say 'thank you' for supporting us on our way towards making the project. If you are interested in Add-On Rewards in addition to your pledge level reward, we have those available for the "Song Maiden $25" level and up! To take advantage of these, simply decide which additional reward you would like - find your pledge level on the chart and add that item amount to your current pledge.

Budget

In case you're wondering how we’ll be using your donations, here's a handy breakout. Animation is an expensive format, but we're confident it's the best way to tell this epic story.

 *Shipping fees are calculated in the overall funding total. We’re not charging twice, just reporting it in our budget!

Creators

Book Series History

The publishing of The Wingfeather Saga began with On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness in 2008, continued with North! Or Be Eaten in 2009 and The Monster in the Hollows in 2011 and ended with The Warden and the Wolf King in 2014. The series has sold over 80,000 copies and has won multiple awards, including the prestigious Christy Award for Young Adult Fiction, the Clive Staples Award, and was named Children's Book of the Year by World Magazine in 2015.

Risks and challenges

Thankfully, producing CG animation on a budget is not new for our crew. However, we are working to apply some new technologies in creating the distinct visuals for our series and we could face some delays. We’ll certainly do everything in our power to keep moving at a brisk pace and on schedule, but at no point do we want to sacrifice the quality of what we are trying to create for you, our fans.

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    THE NUGGET - A big thank you and we'll keep you updated on all our progress!

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    THE DUGTOWNER - Includes a download of ONE original Wingfeather Tales short story, written by Douglas McKelvey and illustrated by Aedan Peterson. (If you want the complete collection of Wingfeather Tales, keep scrolling down!)

    But that's not all. You'll get desktop, tablet and phone wallpaper with original art from the series--and you'll also get Facebook avatars of your favorite characters and the Wingfeather Saga logo--and you'll also, ALSO get a printable Wingfeather Saga membership card.

    We're also, also, ALSO granting you exclusive access to video updates and our production blog so you can keep up with our super-secret progress.

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    THE DURGAN - You'll get an official, limited edition Durgan patch, worn only by members of the super sneaky Durgan Guild. Attach it to your cloak and be amazed by your increase in sneakery.

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    THE SONG MAIDEN - You'll get a download of the FULL SOUNDTRACK and any songs we produce, as well as exclusive streaming access of the ANIMATED SHORT when we finish it!

    We'll also mail you a full set of Wingfeather Saga stickers--which are perfect for affixing to your minivan or Ferrari, that the world may know your Wingfeatheriness.

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    THE WINGFEATHER TALES (EARLYBIRD) - You'll get a download of the complete collection of WINGFEATHER TALES (as many as the stretch goals allow).

    Plus a signed Wingfeather Saga POSTER, from Andrew and Chris! You could put this on your bedroom wall, or better yet, tape it to the front of your shirt every time you leave the house.

    Not only that, you'll also get weekly video updates from the team, which are bound to be endlessly entertaining and boundlessly informative and possibly funny.

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    THE WINGFEATHER TALES - You'll get a download of the complete collection of WINGFEATHER TALES (as many as the stretch goals allow).

    We'll also mail you a Wingfeather Saga POSTER! You could put this on your bedroom wall, or better yet, tape it to the front of your shirt every time you leave the house.

    Not only that, you'll also get bi-weekly video updates from the team, which are bound to be endlessly entertaining and boundlessly informative and possibly funny.

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    THE ANCIENT STONE (EARLYBIRD) - Get a DVD of the animated short (when it's finished), PLUS all previous digital and physical rewards. INCONCEIVABLE.

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    THE ANCIENT STONE - Get a DVD of the animated short (when it's finished), PLUS all previous digital and physical rewards. INCONCEIVABLE.

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    THE ZIBZY - You'll get a super-cool set of collectible Wingfeather CHARACTER CARDS (with strengths, weaknesses, weapons, and stats).

    PLUS all previous digital and physical rewards. INCONCEIVABLE.

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    THE RAGGANT - Get a signed copy of a book by our friend and bestselling author N.D. Wilson!

    Not only that, you'll get the super-cool set of collectible Wingfeather character cards (with strengths, weaknesses, weapons, and stats), as well as exclusive Wingfeather Saga bookmarks.

    This is in addition to all previous physical AND digital rewards from the Zibzy level and below. CRAZY.

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    THE SKETCHER - Get a signed copy of our friend John Hendrix's amazing book, DRAWING IS MAGIC.

    Not only that, you'll get the super-cool set of collectible Wingfeather character cards (with strengths, weaknesses, weapons, and stats), as well as exclusive Wingfeather Saga bookmarks.

    This is in addition to all previous physical AND digital rewards from the Zibzy level and below. UNHINGED.

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    THE CHESTERTONIAN - Get a signed copy of a book by our friend, the esteemed artist and author Doug TenNapel!

    Not only that, you'll get the super-cool set of collectible Wingfeather character cards (with strengths, weaknesses, weapons, and stats), as well as exclusive Wingfeather Saga bookmarks.

    This is in addition to all previous physical AND digital rewards from the Zibzy level and below. HAREBRAINED.

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    THE LORE WAIN - Choose either 1) a signed book of your choice from the Wingfeather Saga or 2) an exclusive Wingfeather t-shirt.

    You also get all rewards from the Zibzy level and below. INSANE.

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    THE FAR COUNTRY - A special reward level for our international friends. You'll get an exclusive Wingfeather t-shirt!

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    THE SKREEAN- Get one signed book of your choice from the Wingfeather Saga, AND an exclusive t-shirt!

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    THE GREAT LIBRARY - How about a complete, signed set of all four books of the Wingfeather Saga? Yes. And we'll include a full color map of Aerwiar, which will look nice over your fireplace.

    You also get all rewards from the Zibzy level and below. RIDICULOUS.

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    THE BARD - Already have all the Wingfeather Saga books? How about a signed set of three of Andrew's CDs (your choice), to listen to while you admire your signed ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION from the production.

    You also get all rewards from the Zibzy level and below. SILLY.

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    THE RED CARPET - Get a VIP invitation to the Nashville premiere (travel and lodging not included)!

    We'll also include a signed AND personalized exclusive production art print.

    You also get all rewards from the Zibzy level and below. OUT OF CONTROL.

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    THE CHARACTER BUILDER - Want to see yourself included with the Wingfeather heroes? We’ll create one personalized, custom character card of YOU! Includes your own strengths, weaknesses, weapons, and stats. You’ll also get a full set of collectible Wingfeather CHARACTER CARDS. Add-on additional custom cards of friends or family by adding $35 per card to your pledge!

    We’ll also include a signed AND personalized original production art print.

    You also get all the rewards from the Zibzy level and below. PREPOSTEROUS.

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    THE NAMER OF NAMES- We're going to let you name a new character in one of the Wingfeather Tales short stories! (We'll work with you to make sure the name fits. There probably isn't a "Steve" in Aerwiar.)

    You'll also get the VIP invitation to the premiere (travel and lodging not included), the signed and personalized original production art, as well as all rewards from the Zibzy level and below. WACKY.

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    THE WARDROBE - A complete, signed set of all four books of the Wingfeather Saga? Yes! And we'll include a full color map of Aerwiar, which will look nice over your fireplace, while you listen to your signed 4 disc collection of Andrew's music (your choice). You'll look great in your exclusive Wingfeather Saga t-shirts. That's right, one shirt for you and one to give your favorite Wingfeather friend.

    You'll also get the VIP invitation for your immediate family to the premiere (travel and lodging not included), the signed and personalized original production art, as well as all rewards from the Zibzy level and below. PROFOUND.

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    THE CASTLE TORR- We'll give you a tour of the production and lunch with the creators. You'll also get a VIP Invitation to the Nashville premiere (travel and accommodations not included).

    Plus you get all the rewards from the Zibzy level and below. UNREAL.

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    THE ANNIERAN SHIELD - Master craftsman David DelaGardelle will custom create an exclusive Shield of Anneira. His work is AMAZING! Check out his site: http://bit.ly/226myfO And while we can't offer one of his weapons on Kickstarter, this shield will be incredible! Plus, you'll also get a VIP Invitation to the Nashville premiere (travel and accommodations not included) AND a special thanks in the credits of the film.

    You also get all rewards from the Zibzy level and below. ASTOUNDING.

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    THE HOUSE SHOW - Andrew will work with you to find a date to fly to your city and perform a 90 minute acoustic concert for you and your friends, where he will answer all your Wingfeather questions in person. (Andrew will cover travel and lodging, unless you own a hotel chain.)

    We'll also include you in the special thanks section of the film credits, give you a tour of the production, a VIP Invitation to the Nashville premiere (travel and accommodations not included).

    You also get all the rewards at the Zibzy level and below. ASTONISHING.

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Funding period

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