Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
A new animated and live action TV series, from the creator of PBS's Reading Rainbow, takes kids on fantastic flying food adventures.
A new animated and live action TV series, from the creator of PBS's Reading Rainbow, takes kids on fantastic flying food adventures.
A new animated and live action TV series, from the creator of PBS's Reading Rainbow, takes kids on fantastic flying food adventures.
147 backers pledged $41,001 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

Betty Spaghetti's Flying Food Adventure Show is taking off! project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Betty Spaghetti's Flying Food Adventure Show is taking off!

$41,001

147

"Through food, we learn that there are other people in the world."     Maya Angelou

The world of food is full of amazing stories, discovery and fun. Come along as we follow an ingredient as it takes us around the world, tells a tale and inspires our culinary imaginations....

Project Description:

Betty Spaghetti’s Flying Food Adventure Show is an imaginative and entertaining children's television series featuring incredible edibles. Each episode combines live action and animation, spotlighting a "Blue Plate Special" food ingredient as its theme. Our hosts Betty and her Uncle Eddie Spaghetti go on exciting, ingredient-inspired flying food adventures. Combining live action with the creative imagination of artist Laurie Pincus, and flavored with a whimsical sense of humor and lots of original music, Betty Spaghetti's Flying Food Adventure Show will entertain and inspire children and their families to discover a lifelong love of healthy eating.  Our team includes Twila Liggett, creator and executive producer of PBS’s award winning series, Reading Rainbow, Laurie Pincus, internationally recognized multi-media artist, and Eric Haessler, an actor and teacher with over 30 years of experience working with children.

The Problem:

Today there is a recognized crisis regarding children and their health. Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. Children are bombarded daily with ads for prepackaged foods, sugar soda, fast food and candy, known to be contributing factors to the rise of obesity and type II diabetes in children under the age of twelve. Given this unhealthy trend, it appears that corporations and foundations are beginning to recognize the need to address this issue.

The Solution:

We believe quality television can make a difference. As veteran educators and television producers, we believe that children learn best when they are excited and entertained, not preached to about what is good for them. By involving kids in the fun of discovering unprocessed foods, we are teaching without preaching, paving the way for a lifetime of healthy eating. By learning about new food choices, children can contribute in a meaningful way to the improved health of their entire family. The time is now! Betty Spaghetti's Flying Food Adventure Show will impact children's health issues the way Reading Rainbow impacted children's literacy.

The Recipe for the show:

Take two hosts, animated Betty Spaghetti and her live-action Uncle Eddie Spaghetti.

Mix in Wanda, the Blue Plate Special GPS for our food adventure navigation. Add the Flying Food Adventure Truck and today's special food ingredient, and away we go, off on a food adventure. Visit the Food History Hall of Fame with food reporters John Stilton Cheese, Carmen Banana and Pico de Gallo and learn fun facts about today's ingredient. 

We will stop by Pete's Place, a juice bar for the good bugs in the garden, and hear the latest garden news. We visit the truck's roof top garden with Ali Fresco, our garden expert, and learn how today's ingredient grows.

Inside the truck is Kitchen Island, where we cook today's ingredient. We will stir it all up with Kids-in-the-Kitchen locally and around the world. And for a whole lot of tasty fun, we can sprinkle in shows on EATV: Let's Make A Meal, The Okra Winfrey Show, Meal of Fortune and The Spice is Right. Meet Snacky Chan, Rachel Ravioli and Jamie Olive, exercise with Richard Persimmon and sit back with the Couch Potatoes to enjoy performing acts "Live Tonight from the Ice Box Theater," accompanied by "The Pots and Pans Orchestra."  Watch for 30 minutes with your family and enjoy.

Why We Need A Sizzle Reel:

Today’s climate for funding a children’s television series is very different from the era during which Twila created and secured funding for Reading Rainbow. A strong concept and proposal helped secure a pilot and subsequently series funding. In today’s market, a “sizzle reel” is a key element (along with a written proposal) that will help “sell” this concept to corporate and foundation sponsors. Because Betty Spaghetti’s Flying Food Adventure Show is unique in its combination of art, animation and live action, this sizzle reel will help potential funders envision the essence and excitement of the series. To this end, we have partnered with Flickerlab  in NYC, who specialize in unique animation styles, and are creating this reel. The finished sizzle reel will also function as the opening titles for the actual show, once we are in production on the series. One of the things that makes the look of our show unique, is that while many of the “entertainment show” segments will be in standard 2-D animation style, some of the main characters will be Laurie's animated small and life-size 3-D painted plywood figures. There are three phases of work to create our reel, including the finished music. Having completed two thirds of the process, we are looking for your help to underwrite the last third of the project.

Here is the animatic storyboard and music (in progress) for our sizzle reel:

We know the time is now for this project and would be grateful to have your help. Check out some of our rewards:

Risks and challenges

After our sizzle reel is successfully funded, our plan is to show it to Corporate Sponsors, many of whom funded Reading Rainbow in the past. We are hoping to find sponsors and apply for grants that will fully fund our first 26 episodes, before we take it to a broadcast venue. This will help us fully achieve our vision and retain creative control vs selling the idea/concept to a network and risk losing control over the final product. There is no way of knowing when and if this second stage of funding can be obtained and without the finished sizzle reel our chances will be much harder but not totally impossible.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Our eternal thanks, plus a thank you postcard of the "Betty Spaghetti" logo, mailed to you or your child, and signed by Betty and Eddie.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    7 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Our eternal thanks, plus a digital download of the completed sizzle reel. Thank you very much, you are now part of the team that is making Betty Spaghetti's Flying Food Adventure Show a reality!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    14 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    Our eternal thanks, plus a 16 oz "Betty Spaghetti" logo hot/cold tumbler cup. You can keep your coffee hot or your iced tea cold as you travel the world, beverage in hand, showing the world that you support this awesome new show!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    18 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    Our eternal thanks, plus you or your child will become a member of the official Betty Spaghetti's Flying Food Adventure Club. Club members receive a personalized FFA passport, stickers to plot your adventure, a membership card and a travel diary.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Our eternal thanks, plus your choice of a character t-shirt to wear around town and impress your friends! Collect them all: Betty & Eddie Logo, Cast of Characters, Snacky Chan, The Four Carrot Tops, The Food Fighters, Elvis Parsley, or Mr. and Mrs. Couch Potato.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    20 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Our eternal thanks, plus two stylish matching parent/child reusable Betty Spaghetti market totes to make you the envy of your next trip to the farmer's market.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    8 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Our eternal thanks, plus a limited edition signed 22"x 28" poster of either our logo or our cast of characters around the table, available only to our Kickstarter supporters. As the show takes off, so will the value of this artwork, and this will be your only chance to obtain one.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    17 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Our eternal thanks, plus both posters from the $100 reward above. These are limited edition, signed posters, available only to our Kickstarter supporters.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    Our eternal thanks, plus a handmade "Flying Food Adventure" clock. The clock face is the face of our GPS Wanda, by artist Laurie Pincus. See Wanda in the photo on the left, between Betty and Eddie. The minute hand features the truck, going around the world. A whimsical decoration to keep track of time in your kitchen, and a surefire conversation starter!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Our eternal thanks, plus an original 8 1/2 X 11 watercolor painting of one character from the show, by artist Laurie Pincus. You will have a choice of characters from which to choose. This is a Kickstarter only item, and a fantastic opportunity to own a piece of original, hand painted Laurie Pincus art.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    8 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    Our eternal thanks, plus a set of handmade Mr. and Mrs. Couch Potato figures. Packaged with a red and white checkered picnic cloth on which they sit, these spunky spuds will keep you company as you create meals with your family. Like all original art works, each one will be slightly different, but very much like the couch potatoes found hiding in the avocados in our video!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Our eternal thanks, plus a choice of one Eddie or Betty Spaghetti painted wood, jointed, primitive action figure. These are custom art pieces, approximately twelve inches tall, created for you by Eric Haessler and Laurie Pincus. They move at the hips, elbow and shoulders, and are all ready to go with you on your next food adventure. See a sample in the rewards video.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $3,000 or more About $3,000

    Our eternal thanks, plus a painted wood, custom jointed figure of yourself or a person you love, in the style of Betty Spaghetti. This art piece will be similar to the Betty and Eddie figures above, but modeled on a photograph you supply of a real person. Artist Laurie Pincus has been making custom figures for collectors for years, and now is your chance to get one: a truly unique, one of a kind custom cartoon figure to cherish forever. These can be delivered in time for Christmas 2013.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    Our eternal thanks, plus a children's cooking party hosted by Eddie Spaghetti and a professional caterer. Invite up to ten friends for your child and we will come to your house and create a one of a kind meal together. A fantastic opportunity to support the show in a huge way, while giving your child the party of a lifetime! Dates in 2014 are flexible. (Continental United States only)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge $10,000 About $10,000

    For our most amazingly awesome supporters, artist Laurie Pincus will create for you a custom, life size sculpture in the style of Betty Spaghetti, of a person of your choosing. Send us a photo and your contact information. An artwork to treasure forever, only for the very most generous people in the world! Thank you, thank you, thank you! (Shipping is not included.)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)