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Introducing a fresh take on an old children's classic, featuring animated shorts & original music from recently-released "Bear Hunt" CD
Introducing a fresh take on an old children's classic, featuring animated shorts & original music from recently-released "Bear Hunt" CD
136 backers pledged $25,074 to help bring this project to life.

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“The Jamtones have created with 'Bear Hunt!' a narrative that leaves lots of imagination space and hits just the right note for the 21st century kid brain.”--Broadway World, September 30th 2013 

HELP THE JAMTONES MAKE MOVIE MAGIC!

Josh and Pat posing w/Evil Scary Bear from Bear Mountain
Josh and Pat posing w/Evil Scary Bear from Bear Mountain

Hey everybody! We're Josh and the Jamtones, an interactive dance party family band from Boston, MA., and we're here to announce that we're making a movie! "Bear Hunt: the Mini-Movie!" will feature music videos, live performance footage and animated shorts based on the "adventure chapter" story skits from our recently-released album "Bear Hunt!" Check out an adventure chapter below, featuring the enigmatic Margie (voiced by the talented and dapper-looking Joshua Shriber):

"Bear Cave Lodge and Resort" - Bear Hunt!

“Josh and Patrick have a great comic chemistry together that should entertain both children and parents alike. GRADE:A” --Shakefire (Oct 01, 2013)

WHY KICKSTARTER?

Normally this kind of undertaking would involve financiers, which can lead to wasted time, loss of creative freedom and budget corner-cutting (not to mention those pesky lawyer fees). 

Enter Kickstarter, which has quickly become the go-to business model for modern independent fundraising! Through Kickstarter we're able to bring this project directly to you! Our beloved, ever-appreciated and downright handsome audience. This allows us to make the animated shorts that we want to make and it gives you the chance to be a part of making it happen from the very bottom floor. 

I'll make you a deal: you pledge towards the making of our brand new (and very first!) animated mini-movie adventure, and we'll offer up a veritable shmorgishborg of inventive and exciting rewards in return for your donation (check out the pledge rewards on the right!). We'll also keep you in the loop from day one with updates, storyboard and character design content, animation drafts and all sorts of other nifty stuff.

Meet the Jamtones!
Meet the Jamtones!

"The funniest 16 minutes of the year in kid's music." Jeff Bogle, Cooper and Kid "Best Family Music Songs of 2013" (Dec 18,2013)

LET'S TALK CONTENT!

Here's another adventure chapter:

"Lightning Lake of 1,000 Sea Monsters" - Bear Hunt! 

Part of the charm of these skits is the imagery Josh and Pat (that's us!) create with their wildly outlandish descriptions of sea monsters, scary cornfields and (of course) evil bears. This is where we think the animations will really come to life! For example: when Josh and Pat describe the evil scary bear as "76 feet tall, with laser eyes and bees coming out of his ears," there would be an awesome/hilarious correlating animation of a massive cyborg bear wading through a cloud of angry bees!

It'll take the right animator for the job, which means raising an exorbitant amount of money to get a real pro (and/or pros!) in our corner. 

THREE TIERS OF GOALS!

Our starting goal of $12,500 is just that: a starting goal. That 12K is going to afford us a really cool line-art style of animation for our Bear Hunting adventure. But it's only the first of three tiered fundraising goals for making this movie! Our second tier would go straight into our animation budget, paying for an upgraded stop-motion style feature! The third and highest tier would be enough for us to hire a top-of-the-line animation company, like Hero4Hire or Zambam.

Riding the waves of life on our very favorite couch..
Riding the waves of life on our very favorite couch..

“From booking their hotel room to traveling through the cornfield of doom to the lightning lake of a thousand sea monsters. It really leaves you in suspense.” - Elissa L., Punk Rock Parents (Oct 01, 2013)

DO IT FOR THE KIDS!

It's our goal here at Jamtones HQ to put out quality, de-hokified content for kids and families. Pledge today and help us to continue making movies and records that parents can truly enjoy watching alongside their children.

We'll leave you with a super-quick sneak peak inside the original "Bear Hunt" album! Thanks so much for your time and consideration and please, stay in school everybody. 

THE "BEAR HUNT!" ALBUM IN 60 SECONDS!

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Risks and challenges

This Kickstarter Campaign will be a three-tiered project, with:

1. a lower goal covering a modest budget for a simple animation style
2. higher goals that would allow us to use an ultra-fancy animation house for ground-breaking 5D graphic technology!

We're confidant the animations are going to be super nifty, whether it's at a lower or higher price point. We expect some production delays, considering that this will be our first attempt at anything even remotely close to a movie. But we're also extremely confident we'll be able to work through any issues and end up with a great end product.

What might take the longest time is the shopping period, where we'll cart around our finished product to anybody that might be interested in picking it up (be it television, internet streaming sites, etc). When all's said and done, we hope to have this thing finished up and out to everybody by Summertime 2014!!

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    [ HEY THANKS! ]

    We'll list your family's name in a "special thanks" section on joshandthejamtones.com and social media blast! You and yours will also receive unlimited hi-fives whenever you see us at shows, bagel shops, community field hockey matches, etc...

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    [ THE RECORD! ]

    Receive an autographed copy of "Bear Hunt!", the CD that started it all!

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    [ THE MOVIE! ]

    You'll get the movie, in DVD format! ((you'll also receive the "Bear Hunt!" record!))

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    [ AUTOGRAPHED ADVANCE COPY OF DVD + "GREEN AND SPAKKLED FROGS" APP! ] We'll get you a signed copy of the DVD a month prior to its release, along with download of our new app: an interactive play-along jam session to our suped-up version of "Green and Spakkled Frogs!" ((you'll also receive the "Bear Hunt!" record!))

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    [ LIVE PLEDGE LEVEL 1 ] We've got a great custom Jamtones poster, signed sealed and delivered to you! And, as a super nifty bonus, you can pick any two Jamtones records to live within your heart and your automobile :)

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    [ "BEAR HUNT!" JUMBO PACKAGE! ] So much stuff!! You get (1) The autographed "Bear Hunt!" CD (2) The autographed "Bear Hunt!" DVD (3) An autographed "Bear Hunt!" poster (4) A personalized "destination" postcard written by Josh and Pat, addressed to your cubbies! (5) An original "Bear Hunt!" coloring book, illustrated by one of our very favorite artists, Wendi Wing!

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    [ A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU ]

    You'll receive all rewards previous, and in addition Josh will record a special video message for you and the cubbies! He'll talk about how awesome you guys are, then something about undying gratitude, etc. He'll even sing you your very favorite Jamtone song!

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    [ THE ULTRA MEGA JUMBO PACKAGE ] You get all the stuffs. We'll ship you the entire Jamtones discography, the DVD, a Jamtones tee, a limited edition "Bear Hunt!" tee, the personalized video message and a couple shakers to boot.

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    [ OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL DISTRIBUTER ] Buy in bulk! You'll get five copies of the record and another five copies of the DVD! Great for gifting.

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    [ COME BE IN OUR MOVIE! ] It's easy, just send us a headshot of your cubbies. We'll chop up the photos and throw em in the movie, with the headshots attached to nifty animated bodies! ((You'll also receive the "ULTRA MEGA JUMBO PACKAGE"!))

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    [ EXECUTIVE PRODUCER STATUS! ] We're giving you and the cubs Executive Producer status, which includes your family name being displayed prominently along with your nifty new title in the opening and ending credits of the mini-movies and liner notes of the DVD! Also we'll set up a Facetime with you guys so Josh can express to your face just how awesome he thinks you are. Seriously, we're big fans. ((You'll also receive the "ULTRA MEGA JUMBO PACKAGE"!))

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    [ FAMILY RECORDING SESSION AT JAMHOUSE! ] Come kick it with the Josh and Pat at their recording studio in Wellesley, MA! Your cubbies can sing along and shred sweet drum solos to their favorite Jamtones songs! And you'll have it on wax for forever! Or at least until the CD scratches and we have to send you another..

    **Pledger must also cover airfare!

    ((You'll also receive the "ULTRA MEGA JUMBO PACKAGE"!))

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    [ SPONSORSHIP LEVEL 1 ] Got a company or a fancy product? Pledge as a sponsor and we'll put your logo in the mini-movies opening and ending credits, as well as the DVD's liner notes. We'll also throw up a banner linking to your company on www.joshandthejamtones.com ! ((You'll also receive the "ULTRA MEGA JUMBO PACKAGE"!))

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    [ SPONSORSHIP LEVEL 2 ] Pledge to sponsor at this level and you'll get all the benefits of level 1, along with your logo on our official Jamtones "step and repeat" banner, which hangs at every Jamtones show and at our performance/program center in Wellesely! We'll also house any promotional material for your company at shows and our center!

    ((You'll also receive the "ULTRA MEGA JUMBO PACKAGE"!))

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    [ IT'S HOUSE PARTY TIME! ] Josh and Pat are coming to your hood and throwing a dance party like none you've ever seen! Unless you've been to a Jamtones show already, then I guess you've already seen a dancy party like the one we're going to throw at your house...party. HOUSE PARTY! Invite all your cubby's little buddies! Let's do this up right. ((You'll also receive the "ULTRA MEGA JUMBO PACKAGE"!))

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    [ FREE CLASSES, WHATEVER/WHENEVER! ] ((Locals Only!)) Familiar with our parent/toddler, young musician, kids theatre/drama and rock band classes?? Well if you live in or around Metro-West, we're offering up FREE CLASSES FOR A YEAR! We're talking about ANY of our classes here. Seriously, mi casa es su casa. Come in and kick it with us whenever! Try any class you want, whenever you want. Whatever's clever! We usually have lunch around 12:45pm, call ahead and we'll pick you up a turkey sub or something..((You'll also receive the "ULTRA MEGA JUMBO PACKAGE"!))

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    [ SPONSOR A SHOW! ] Put on a Jamtones concert at your child's classroom/school, town green, church/temple, etc! We'll do a meet and greet too, and donate up to 25 CD's for attending families. **Pledger must also cover airfare! ((You'll also receive the "ULTRA MEGA JUMBO PACKAGE"!))

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    [ ULTIMATE SPONSOR! ] Your company is the official presenter and top sponsor for our mini-movie! The title on the dvd cover and in the movie credits will be as such: "YOUR COMPANY NAME" and JAMhouse Records present: "Bear Hunt!" The Mini Movie!! Not only that, but we'll sneak your product into the mini movies! We can't promise we won't be cheeky with it, but we'll be sure to positively promote your awesome product!! ((You'll also receive the "ULTRA MEGA JUMBO PACKAGE"!))

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