About this project
So what's the deal here?
Hi there! We’re the guys who make Cyanide & Happiness. You might’ve seen some of our comics and animations floating around the Internet. For a few years now, we’ve been in talks to develop a Cyanide & Happiness TV show with several networks. And we're starting to realize that TV, as a medium, doesn't really work for what we want to do with a Cyanide & Happiness Show.
Instead we want to create an online show that everyone in the world can watch anytime they want.
It just makes more sense.
Wait, you turned down TV deals?Yep.
Here's the way we see it: We like creating funny stuff on the internet and you guys like looking at it.
Believe us, turning down a TV show is a huge scary leap of faith, but with our fans’ help we really think this will work.
What'll the show be about and when will it be available?
If we meet our goal we'll create a season of eight 10-12 minute episodes (estimated maximum Internet attention span) to begin airing in Fall of 2013. If we surpass it, we will create even more animation (we'll say more about that that if we actually make our goal!)
It’ll be sketch comedy, in other words an intertwined collection of shorts. The shorts will be a lot like the ones on this page and our YouTube channel. We're not going to deviate from what we enjoy and give you a family sitcom about an obese father and his talking animal. We're doing what we do best.
Where can we watch it?
The episodes will be released at the same time every week, with very limited advertising, on our own website, on YouTube, and on several other free streaming websites.
You can also get the show in the form of DRM-free, ad-free downloads for a low price per season (in fact it's one of the pledge rewards). You'll get an email when a new episode is out, and be able to download it even before it hits YouTube. Do whatever you want with it once you download it. Take it to your friend's house on a flash drive. Remix it. Print out each amazing frame and roll around naked on top of them. We don't care.
Lastly, we’re working to make the episodes available through third-party services that get them onto your game consoles, televisions and mobile phones.
What do I get for donating?
$15: Season Pass, getting you every video DRM-free when it drops, plus special merch offers and behind the scenes stuff on our site:
$30: Season Pass and eventual DVD / Blu-ray, plus an exclusive sticker pack:
$60: Season Pass, DVD / Blu-ray, sticker pack, and a backer t-shirt:
$100: Season Pass, signed DVD / Blu-ray, sticker pack, t-shirt, and signed poster (that's right, the four C&H guys will autograph your poster AND your DVD!):
$250: Season Pass, signed DVD / Blu-ray, sticker pack, t-shirt, signed poster, and a limited edition medal, framed:
$500: Season Pass, signed DVD / Blu-ray, sticker pack, t-shirt, signed poster, and a framed piece of production artwork taken straight from our sketchbooks:
$750: Season Pass, signed DVD / Blu-ray, sticker pack, t-shirt, signed poster, production sketch, and a personalized crystal trophy (only 50 will ever be made) thanking you:
$1,000: Season Pass, signed DVD / Blu-ray, sticker pack, t-shirt, signed poster, production sketch, and one of the C&H guys will make you a custom comic about you and your friends:
$1,000: Season Pass, signed DVD / Blu-ray, sticker pack, t-shirt, signed poster, production sketch, and an oil painting by one of the show's artists of you as a C&H character:
$5,000: Season Pass, signed DVD / Blu-ray, sticker pack, t-shirt, signed poster, production sketch, and we'll list you as a Producer on each episode:
$8,000: Season Pass, signed DVD / Blu-ray, sticker pack, t-shirt, signed poster, production sketch, and we'll turn you into a character in one of the episodes.
$10,000: Fly to Dallas to see our studio and voice act, come on our annual Banana Bar Crawl as the royal guest of honor, or have us visit your university to screen and talk about the show. The choice is yours:
Risks and challenges
Production delays are the most likely risk. There's a huge difference between shorts and entire episodes, so there will of course be snags along the way. In preparation for this, we're building in lots of lead time before Fall 2013 when we intend to start the show. Should any issues arise, this will give us plenty of time to address them without sacrificing our schedule. We're putting our hearts and souls into this show and want it done right.
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Yep! Below each pledge it says "add $xx to ship outside US". Just add that dollar amount to your pledge to cover international shipping and we'll get you your goodies.
The four Cyanide & Happiness guys will high five each other in mid-air and then immediately jump full throttle into writing and making storyboards and other pre-pro. We’ll have a lot of work ahead of us.
We have some further “stretch goals” in mind to create even more animation than the initial eight episodes. We’ll announce those stretch goals as soon as we reach the main goal. We may or may not buy an expensive bottle of scotch to celebrate.
We made those shorts almost entirely by ourselves. Other than bringing in a musician (Steve Lehmann) and a second animator (Chase Suddarth) the writers and the production team were literally one and the same. This meant extremely long work hours and a limit on how much animation we could produce without killing ourselves in the process or sacrificing quality.
The plan for the show, on the other hand, is to bring in some talented animators and artists to work under us, so that we can be solely writer/directors and create WAY more animation than we did before.
Kickstarter only works with Amazon Payment, so PayPal is unfortunately not supported. This is Kickstarter’s policy in order to protect project creators from PayPal payments not going through at the end of the campaign. There is nothing we can do for now, but we do plan to allow the Season Passes to be purchased later on, outside of Kickstarter, as a means to watch the show.
By making the shorts we got a pretty good sense of what animating costs, and we’ve done some detailed extrapolation to determine our budget for a season of longer animations.
A small part will go to start-up costs like software and equipment, a slightly larger part is set aside for bringing in guest voice actors and other varied talent, and the bulk of the budget is estimated based on freelance pay standards (by minute) for animation of this caliber. Unsurprisingly, the fact that we’re working with stick figures saves a great deal of money. The $250,000 budget will perfectly cover the ~1.5 hours of animation we’re shooting for and even allow some more technically advanced ideas like action scenes and musical numbers.
Possibly! We’re seeking talent from all over to help bring this show to life. Please check out our help wanted page (www.explosm.net/helpus) and, if you meet the criteria, send an application and portfolio over to us.
The easiest way would be to get a season pass for DRM-free downloads (which is also one of the donation rewards). Once you download an episode, it’s yours forever to put on a USB stick and plug into your game console, or stream over your home WiFi. We’re also making progress on getting the show into existing streaming services that already connect to a lot of people’s TVs, like iTunes and Amazon. We want to get this into living rooms as conveniently as possible, because couches are comfy.
We’ll send out a backer survey after the kickstarter is over and we’re ready to ship. Shoot us your preferred address and we’ll send your loot there when the time comes.
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