The Bunny Racket rock 'n' roll web series is like a cross between Sesame Street and MTV!
Bunny Racket is a live action series that follows the adventures of 'King Bunny' - a guitar wielding, skateboarding, nature-loving rabbit with a passion to share his love of rock ’n’ roll. King Bunny travels the open highways in his old van, seeking adventure, inspiration and collaboration on his quest to create the greatest kids rock record of all time.
Kids will rock and so will you!
We have a rocking web series soundtrack.
Bunny Racket's first album, Rock 'n' Roll Animals, sits somewhere between KISS, The Ramones and AC/DC teaming up with The Cat In The Hat.
Bunny Racket’s creator, Andy Walker (who also plays the lead character King Bunny) collaborates with friend Brant Bjork (Kyuss, Fumanchu) who produced the album as well as playing drums, percussion and performing backing vocals.
The legendary Robby Krieger (The Doors) came on board to play lead guitar.
The result is a rocking series soundtrack that we could have only dreamed about when we were kids.
And now for the web series.
The first Bunny Racket series will consist of 8 short episodes. Each episode features two of Bunny Racket's songs. In this first series all the songs are about the animal kingdom: rock 'n' roll animals!
This series will be released through the Bunny Racket YouTube channel so that it will be accessible to everybody.
The viewer will feel that they are part of the writing process as King Bunny invites kids on a creative quest to help assemble the building blocks of songwriting. This adventure will take King Bunny to many different settings: the beautiful scenery of national parks, the excitement of music festivals, the culture at car shows and the buzz at skate parks. There are lessons in basics like spelling, counting, geography and, of course, music.
Our aim is to also encourage youngsters to explore their own musical creativity and to discover, with King Bunny, that it's a process of inspiration, dedication and collaboration.
The world will open up up for all the kids to see because with Bunny Racket, the journey is just as important as the destination, and the destination is rock 'n' roll!
The world needs to encourage kids to be confident, creative thinkers.
Research shows that positive co-learning experiences between children and adults are some of the the most powerful ways for youngsters to absorb new knowledge with confidence.
Let's face it, it’s also a lot more fun for us bigger kids when we can share in something we think is awesome. It may be through riding a skateboard, kicking a football or reading a story. Or in Bunny Racket’s case - rocking out!
The series has as much content to inspire, entertain and teach adults as it does for children.
Bridging generations through the power of rock 'n' Roll.
King Bunny's main aim is to bring all ages together through a common love of rock 'n' roll. Yes, there is a whole universe of kids' music out there. But does any of it rock? I mean truly rock. Do you find yourself sneaking out to the car so that you can have just one more listen before the kids wake up from their nap? Does any of it make you feel 10 foot tall and bulletproof? Do you find yourself air-guitaring and shaking your head uncontrollably just after a short listen? No? Well you just wait until Bunny Racket is unleashed.
The story of Bunny Racket so far, as told by Andy Walker (AKA King Bunny).
The idea for Bunny Racket came through my fierce love of rock 'n' roll and the drive to do something fun and positive for the ever growing gang of all my friends and family’s kids. I played in bands and lived in a house full of music with an open door policy. We always had visitors dropping by for a jam or recording session (we had a super cool little tascam 8 track recorder always set up and good to go).
No one likes to be left out of a good time, so when there were kids around, the emphasis was to really include them in the writing process and have them leave with a cool song or two that we had recorded together. Good times for everyone and a rocking soundtrack for the car trip home! So many of these kids have grown up to be amazing creative human beings with an honest love of music, a great relationship with their folks and a desire to collaborate.
A long time friend of mine, Brant Bjork was fairly new to the fathering game when I was visiting him in Los Angeles some years back, and I was not far off from parenthood myself. We had talked about a collaboration earlier on and the timing for this project was clearly perfect. We both wanted to share our love of music with our kids. I had been writing and demoing songs for quite a while and the visual component to Bunny Racket was slowly becoming clearer.
A love of early rock 'n' roll, heavy metal and punk rock music was joining forces with an equally strong love of Saturday morning cartoons, 80's movies, music videos and kids programs like The Muppets and Sesame Street.
For me, the combining of both visual and musical elements has always been a very powerful way to communicate ideas, and something I planned on putting into practice for Bunny Racket. I believe that the series will enhance kids' level of engagement with rock music and rock culture, while teaching them basic life skills through good old fashioned storytelling.
About a year later we laid down a bunch of songs in Brant's analogue studio out in the Joshua Tree desert in California. During the recording process, we were introduced to Robby Krieger (of The Doors) by our engineer Harper Hug. A long time supporter of music programs for children, Robby liked the idea of Bunny Racket and had heard some of the tracks that Harper had played him. We were pretty stoked to have him come on board for Bunny Racket lead guitar duties. We even got Sam Cutler (Rolling Stones/Grateful Dead TM) to lay down a little spoken word! We now had ourselves a soundtrack!
The next 12 months were spent back in Australia with my wife Poppy and my new son Wolfgang. I went back to work (I'm a stonemason) to pay for the recordings and save for the next trip back to California. In December last year we returned to Los Angeles, put together a really cool and experienced (and very small) production crew and started filming ideas for the Bunny Racket series, to get a good idea of how it's all going to look.
Which brings us to now.
Bunny Racket is ready to come to life.
We are asking for your help to produce the first 4 episodes of the Bunny Racket web series.
The intention is to introduce Bunny Racket's music through 4 short episodes which we will release through our Bunny Racket YouTube channel. Each episode will revolve around a story featuring 2 music videos from the upcoming 'Rock 'n' Roll Animals' album.
Ok, King Bunny, where is the money going?
Bunny Racket began 3 years ago. It has been entirely self funded. All recording, mastering, concept artwork, design, costumes, film shoots, travel, editing, rehearsal space, trademarks and other costs have been paid for by the Walker family.
What We’ve Already Got:
- A finished soundtrack. 22 songs mixed and mastered.
- Production crew assembled.
- Mentors in child entertainment, development and education guiding the next steps.
- Concept and artwork for the series.
- Strategy and outline for the series. - One completed music video for the first track release: ‘A Chicken Is Not A Fruit’.
What we need:
To produce each episode to a professional standard, we need the services of experienced crew: from production through to post-production. We are lucky to have the support of creative, passionate and experienced crew members.
Our Kickstarter target of $50k will help fund the production and post-production phases of the first 4 episodes of our Bunny Racket web series.
We will be paying our production crew: producer, director, sound recordist and cast. Then our post-production expenses include: editing, graphics, grading, soundmixing and final mastering.
If we do happen to fund over our target, then you can bet your cottontails that we will be investing every dollar into more episodes for the Bunny Racket web series!
Even if you can’t contribute financially, we would love it if you could help us to spread the word by sharing the campaign with your friends.
Please come and be part of the kids rock 'n' roll revolution! Be a Bunny Racketeer!
Risks and challenges
There is a slight risk of King Bunny getting lost in the desert. It would be a lie to say that this has not happened before.
Like any creative undertaking, there have been challenges along the way. The biggest hurdle so far is financial. Once funded, we intend to head straight into pre-production and begin filming the first four episodes in early 2017. We have a great crew, a great soundtrack and we're ready to get filming!
The risk of this series not coming to life is almost non-existent. We are an ambitious little crew with big ideas. Weather delays, tech issues and flat tyres are just some of the many obstacles that can be faced when getting down to the filming side of things. But we have rock ’n’ roll on our sides. And rock ’n’ roll always wins.
Every one of our crew believes in Bunny Racket so strongly that no matter what gets in our way, we will see this first series though to completion!
- (31 days)