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Barack Obama and Joe Biden are sent back in time by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Bromancing the multiverse to save us from ourselves.
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Barry & Joe - The Animated Series (Pilot)

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These are the adventures of Barack Obama and Joe Biden bromancing the multiverse as they try and save us from ourselves. 

Moments after the inauguration of the forty-fifth President, Barack Obama and his best friend Joe Biden were escorted to a secret lab, run by a team of the world's greatest scientists and occasionally Elon Musk.

Obama and Biden were asked to take off all of their clothes and hold very still in a fetal position until they felt a painful tingling sensation.

They would awake to find themselves inside of their younger selves. Driven to find each other, and together, change history for the better.

Their only guide on this journey is Neil deGrasse Tyson. A brilliant scientist from the present who appears in the form of an augmented reality that only they can see and hear.

And so they find themselves leaping throughout their own lifetime. Looking for the best in people... Striving to right injustice wherever they find it. Forever hoping that their next jump in time will take them to a future that’s not scary and fucked up. 

A world which they can proudly call… home.

 

 

Created by Adam Reid / Illustration by Lance Laspina
Created by Adam Reid / Illustration by Lance Laspina

The Darkest Timeline

If you’re like me, you’re more than a bit concerned lately about the fate of our country, our planet, and humanity itself.

And while we need new heroes to step in and stand up for what is right, I can’t help but intensely miss Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

I dream about how the world might be different if we could go back in time and make better choices understanding what we know now. If only there was some way to set things right.

What is this? 

An adult animated sci-fi sitcom. A parody of Quantum Leap and countless other 80's TV classics. 

Every episode will follow Barack and Joe as they leap into the past and change a part of history.

You will never see Donald Trump's face. In this way, he is like our Doctor Claw from the original Inspector Gadget cartoon. A villain to be heard and felt but not seen. Except for his tiny hands, we'll see those. 

What needs kickstarting? 

This Kickstarter is to help us raise funds to fully produce the "prologue" show open & a mini-episode "pilot" as proof of concept for the series. This will cover the cost of storyboards, recording, animation and sound design. 

What's a "pilot"? 

The pilot is a first episode of a proposed series. Achieving our Kickstarter goal would allow us to produce a perfect short episode in all it's intended glory. 

Who is it for?

People who miss Obama and Biden as much as we do. 

Connoisseurs of brilliantly cheesy 80’s television and science fiction.

Anyone on the left side of the political spectrum who isn’t afraid to question everything they know about America.

Anyone on the right side of the political spectrum who enjoys watching the left get all worked up and finds themselves engaged by the rich storyline and surprising depth.

This could be your pledge reward! Replica Friendship Bracelets will look exactly like the original Joe gave to Barack on his 55th Birthday.
This could be your pledge reward! Replica Friendship Bracelets will look exactly like the original Joe gave to Barack on his 55th Birthday.

Isn't this just leftist fan fiction meant to give solace to those who need some hope and healing? 

Yes.

If I love Trump, will I want to watch this and then rant about it online? 

Probably.

Will there be anything educational about it?

Kinda!  

In fact, it’s our aim to recruit Neil deGrasse Tyson to play himself with the lure of genuine science, history and education. Not for kids, but for adults who understand the difference between science fiction and actual science when it’s explained to them. Our ideas are infused with the urgency for saving our actual world by spreading awareness of climate change science and an understanding of history and our place in it.

Barry & Joe will interact with major events in history as well as lesser known footnotes. Neil will provide insight from the future on how they may have altered the course of history with their actions. Subjects like race, sexism and equality will be addressed with historical perspective, sensitivity and grace despite the absurdity of the episodic television-flavored plot. 

Things get weird. But the series wants to reflect and build on the feelings we’re having in the real world in 2017 where things are super fucked up stranger than fiction already.

But isn't this just a meme flavored cash in? A way to market and appropriate public figures who deserve our respect and not some political cartoon that puts words in their mouths? 

Ouch. When you put it that way, yes. And now I have some palpable remorse about this entire enterprise.

But then I think of Obama and Biden playing skee ball together and I feel much better about everything. 

I'd like to believe that there is room for more smart and delightfully weird takes on current events, politics and history. 

Isn't time travel played out? We have so many things with time travel right now. 

I love pizza. It would never occur to me to want fewer pizza places or less great pizza.

I love time travel too. Especially when it comes out of a wood burning oven with a slightly burnt crunch and a chewy melty-ness. My point is, the art of time travel storytelling should be rich and ever-evolving.

Where can we see it? When?

If this Kickstarter is successful, I believe we can put out the first episode during the holiday season. You can expect updates throughout the process!

Who will be in it? Do you have a dream cast? 

We know it's silly to dream about a cast this A-list. These people are in no way involved in our show and many casting possibilities could still become reality. But you know, crazier things have happened and we're just putting it out there. Are you one of these people? Reach out to us and say hello! 

Neil deGrasse Tyson as Himself
Jordan Peele as Barack Obama (Obama the Grey / Barry) 
Chris Pratt as Joe Biden 

Can we have a taste of the series? 

Sure. 

In this scene, Barack Obama and Joe Biden are in the bodies of their younger selves in 1985. They walk and talk on the sidewalk in New York City. At this point in the timeline, they have also just learned that Obama no longer becomes President in the future. Joe is devastated. They walk and talk. 

Joe: It’s not healthy to hold it all in.

Barry: Hold what in?

Joe: The unbridled rage you are entitled to by having your entire legacy, everything you’ve worked for over the last three decades of your life, taken away! The crushing disappointment you must feel in having every achievement you unlocked re-locked, every barrier and ceiling you broke through repaired and reenforced, of having your historic footsteps in the sands of time permanently erased! Millions, billions of souls screaming out all at once and falling on deaf ears. If not for yourself, then for humanity! You must feel something!?

Barry delights in discovering a pack of cigarettes in his pocket.

Barry: Ha!

He lights one and begins to take a deep drag. Joe throws the cigarette to the ground and smashes it with his foot.

Joe: Barack Hussein Obama as your best friend and Vice President in a parallel universe we’ll converge with hopefully soon, I hereby COMMAND you to be full of righteous fury or extreme moping or anything other than cool. This instant! And that’s an order!

How can I help?

Do you have 5 dollars or more to spare? Please join the fight to help us save the future. 

Do you work in development at a network or streaming empire and want to help us fast track this timely material to the widest possible audience? I’d love to meet you.

Fan ART by Court Jones
Fan ART by Court Jones

 

Risks and challenges

Animation is time consuming and takes a village of talent and generosity to will itself into being. Independent projects like this even more-so.

Contribute knowing we'll do our very best to make you insanely proud. We'll be transparent about our challenges as we go. No doubt we'll learn a whole lot on the way.

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    Eternal Karmic Woofie!

    For your support of this mission we'd like to grant you something everlasting that's also easy on the environment.

    A brilliant digital pack of Barry & Joe themed artwork.

    And of course overly enthusiastic updates from Adam and the team throughout production.

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    One Scoop Chocolate, One Scoop Vanilla!

    High Quality 5"x7" color illustration of Barry & Joe riding a horse together while Joe eats ice cream!

    Make this lovely illustration part of your private collection and become a small part of history.

    Plus, you'll get the inside scoop with regular updates and a look into the process.

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    Bromantic Poster!

    Own the concept artwork in all it's glory!

    Your very own 11" x 17" Barry & Joe poster also features the likeness of Neil deGrasse Tyson, Notorious RBG thumb wrestling, Trumps tiny orange hand and much, much more!

    A terrible forgery of Obama and Biden's signature is optional. Plus, you'll get updates from Adam and the team throughout production.

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    Barack & Joe Friendship Bracelets!

    A set of two hand made (our hands!) replicas of the friendship bracelets that Joe gave to Barack for his 55th Birthday. (1 says JOE, the other says BARACK)

    Make this truly adorable footnote in bromance history yours for future you and your best friend today!

    Plus, you'll get regular updates and a look into the process.

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    Quantum Mug!

    This mug is always both full and empty!

    Your very own Barry & Joe themed Mug features properties that bend space and time so you always may or may not have a hot cup of coffee or tea in hand. (Just don't look at it.)

    Plus, you'll get updates from Adam and the team throughout production.

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    Poster of Righteousness!

    This bad boy is beautiful and begging to be framed!

    Your very own limited edition full size 27x41" one sheet poster.

    This high quality theater size poster print will show your conservative family and friends just how much you miss the last administration. A real conversation starter!

    Plus, you'll get updates from Adam and the team throughout production.

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    CLASSIC B&J T-SHIRT (NEW ITEM!)

    Simple. Soft.

    Just like you.

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    Barry & Joe: The Coloring Book!

    Daydream your sanity back with your very own Barry & Joe coloring book!

    Page after page of original illustrations waiting to be colored. A limited edition item featuring our favorite time traveling politicians and "The Five Fingers of Science".

    And of course, you'll also get updates from Adam and the team throughout production.

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    Hoodie of Resistance!

    An insanely stylish Barry & Joe HOODIE to love and cherish!

    This limited edition hoodie is made from the softest material known to liberals that you'll never want to take off.

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    Digital Producer Credit + Poster

    You know you want to be a part of this project in a real way.

    By pledging $125 (or higher) we give you an official "Digital Producer" credit on the Barry & Joe pilot episode! We want to empower YOU to help us spread the word and be proud of what we're making together. You see your name in the credits and everything.

    You'll also get an exclusive 27"x41" Poster for your home or production office. (That way you can point at it and say, see that beautiful craziness, I made that happen.)

    Welcome to the team! We promise to make future you proud and keep you updated throughout the process.

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    Life-Size Barry & Joe Standees!

    For the Obama-Biden super fan with lots of space in their lives.

    You very own set of limited edition life-size color cutouts of our illustrated Barry & Joe characters. Great for legislation parties, quiet company at home, and bold office decoration.

    Plus, you'll get updates from Adam and the team throughout production.

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    Your Likeness in the Prologue!

    The limited edition full size poster, the sweet hoodie, PLUS we'll attempt to draw your likeness into the series prologue as a featured background character!

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    Associate Producer Credit!

    You're feeling this in your bones and you need to make it personal. The fact is, we need you.

    Legit IMDB Associate Producer Credit on our Barry & Joe Pilot plus a raft of goodies that show your Barry & Joe Pride including the limited edition 27x4 Poster, the Hoodie of Resistance, plus genuine access to OUR animated production as we make it.

    Future you is SO pumped you did this!

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    Producer Credit & Speaking Role!

    Who are you, Rachel Maddow?

    For this high level contribution you get all the stuff above (poster & hoodie & mug) PLUS a producer credit PLUS a speaking role.

    Welcome to the team! We've been working closely with Future You and it's been genuinely awesome.

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