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The latest animated video from Alex Bradley: Part 4 of the JoCo Cruise Crazy saga.
The latest animated video from Alex Bradley: Part 4 of the JoCo Cruise Crazy saga.
114 backers pledged $8,199 to help bring this project to life.

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(UPDATE: Nov. 25: We've added a couple of great new rewards for those of you who want to appear as an animated character, but for whom the existing tiers were just a little too far out of reach. Check out Hovercraft Full of Eels and Nyancatamaran, below!)

Are you a fan of traditional hand-drawn animation? Are you a nerd or a geek? Do you love it when your pop culture gets mashed up in exciting new ways? Then help us satisfy that itch with a brand new animated music video combining the nerdery goodness of geek-folk rocker Jonathan Coulton with a classic style of animation from days of yore. Here's a sneak preview:

JoCo Cruise Crazy IV sneak preview
JoCo Cruise Crazy IV sneak preview

Alex Bradley is an award-winning animator, illustrator, and motion graphics artist, and the creator of the H.P. Lovecraft-based web comic, Miskatonic University. He has also created independent films and commercials for Looney Labs games. His wife Renée Camus is a writer, former dancer, and pop culture enthusiast working in entertainment journalism.

Alex and Renée are both Sea Monkeys, which means they’ve attended (all three) previous JoCo Cruise Crazy events. JCCC is an annual Caribbean cruise for nerds featuring Internet musicians Jonathan Coulton, Paul and Storm, and a variety of other guest artists.

The first year of the cruise, Paul and Storm announced a video contest asking what will happen on JoCo Cruise Crazy. In response, Alex created an animated video based on the Superfriends, with cartoon likenesses of Jonathan as Superman, Paul and Storm as the Wonder Twins, Wil Wheaton as Gleek, and the various other guests making up the other members of the Justice League.

This set a precedent, and Alex has challenged himself to create a new homage animation every year. The second year’s video paid tribute to He-Man.

For JoCo Cruise Crazy 3, Alex upped his game by taking on a very ambitious style: Anime.

For JCCC4, Alex plans to make his most ambitious animated homage yet. This time, Alex will take on the king of animation: Disney. He will recreate the opening sequence of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, but instead of Belle walking through her small provincial town, it will feature an animated Jonathan talking about all that is amazing about JoCo Cruise Crazy. Alex will also write an original song to go with the video.

Lots of special rewards are available in varying levels, from basic updates, downloads, DVDs, and prints, to visual and audio guest appearances in the video. Last year’s anime also included animated appearances from friends. This year it’s your turn!

You could be animated in the video!
You could be animated in the video!

Please help us make this video the best it can be. Thank you, and hope to see you on JCCC4.

Risks and challenges

These videos are all made from 2-D cel animation, like the early days, which means that Alex draws each frame by hand. As much as computers and modern technology make this process faster, it is still arduous and time consuming. The low end of the standard rate for professional cel animation is $150 per second, which means that a 60-second video would cost about $9,000. Your donations will help offset the costs of production and labor for the new video and the various rewards.

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    Barge: For $50 you get the email and video updates, the script PDF, the digital download of the video and song, and a credit in the description, plus a DVD of all four JoCo Cruise Crazy videos.

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    Ferry: For $75, you get the email and video updates, the script PDF, digital downloads of the video and song, a credit in the description, and the DVD with all four JoCo Cruise Crazy videos. You also get a custom T-shirt of the video.

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    Sloop: For $100, you get the $75 reward, plus a limited edition 8.5 x 11-inch print of the video scene of your choice, with a personalized signature by Alex.

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    Hovercraft: For $150, you get everything in the $100 reward. You also get to have your voice appear in the video, singing or speaking a line from the song.

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    Hovercraft Full of Eels: For $150, you will get the digital rewards (thank you, updates, PDF of the script, digital download of MP3 of the song and the finished video, a credit in the description) AND Alex will animate your likeness as an extra in the video. NOTE: This reward does not include shipped items (DVD, T-shirt, signed print).

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    Catamaran: For $300, you get everything in the $100 reward, plus Alex will animate your likeness for the video.

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    Nyancatamaran: For $350, you will get the digital rewards (thank you, updates, PDF of the script, digital download of MP3 of the song and the finished video, a credit in the description) AND Alex will animate your likeness, AND ALSO your voice will be heard singing or speaking a line from the song. NOTE: This reward does not include shipped items (DVD, T-shirt, signed print).

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    Yacht: For $500, you get everything in the $150 reward, plus you appear as a speaking character in the video. Alex will animate your likeness, and your voice will be heard singing or speaking a line from the song.

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    Cruise Liner: For $1,000, you will get everything in the $500 reward package, plus a special invitation to dinner with us while on JoCo Cruise Crazy (either in Port Everglades before the cruise or on the ship!). If you will not be on JoCo Cruise Crazy, we can make other arrangements for dinner in Los Angeles.

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