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An animated comedy about a time traveling action hero T-Rex from the prehistoric 80s!
An animated comedy about a time traveling action hero T-Rex from the prehistoric 80s!
An animated comedy about a time traveling action hero T-Rex from the prehistoric 80s!
228 backers pledged $23,139 to help bring this project to life.

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HELLO!

Action Dinosaur is an animated comedy that's also a love letter to the insanity that was 80s media. A mashup of the decade's colorful, zany cartoons and ridiculous over the top action movies, Action Dinosaur is a throwback to an era when a story didn't need to make a lot of sense in order to be fun.

Action Dinosaur stars Action Dinosaur, a time traveling, extreme skateboarding, electric guitar playing, totally rad T-Rex action hero from the prehistoric 80s. He is in possession of a time/space/dimensional vortex, which he uses extremely irresponsibly.

Amazingly, he is also in possession of a Twitter account, which he also uses extremely irresponsibly:

 

THE PLAN

We're raising money to complete our first Action Dinosaur short - which is already written, recorded, and storyboarded. The short will be submitted to film festivals and eventually released online, with the hopes that we can build enough interest to launch an Action Dinosaur series.

Of course, if we raise enough money now we'll be able to keep making Action Dinosaur episodes for the internet! We have a bunch of episode concepts mapped out, and we'd love nothing more than to share them with you. We've come up with a bunch of stretch goals to help us get there, and we'll keep adding more as we go!

 $1750 - ONE OF A KIND ACTION DINOSAUR GUITAR!

 

 

THE TEAM

Kyle Kinane (voice of Action Dinosaur)

Kyle Kinane is a renowned stand-up comedian, actor, and voice actor, with regular appearances on Drunk History, Love, TripTank, and Those Who Can't. He is also known as the "Voice of Comedy Central," and does the narration for their TV ads. His fourth comedy special, Loose in Chicago, was recently released by Comedy Central and was met with rave reviews. 

Jason Merrin (writer/director)

Jason Merrin is a writer and director of film, television, and music videos. Jason directed the official lyric video for the triple-platinum song "Honey I'm Good" by Andy Grammer, and the award winning feature film Sleepwalkers. His work has screened on The Nicktoons Network and MTV2, and he recently had an animated series in development with Nick Jr.

Rachel Liu (producer)

Rachel Liu has produced on numerous projects including the feature films Bite Me, Sleepwalkers, and In a New York Minute, and music videos for artists including Andy Grammer, AJR, and Minor Soul. She has also produced a number of short films and podcasts.

Sam Pasternack (producer)

Sam Pasternack has written and produced segments for several television programs, including Steve Harvey's new talk show Steve, truTV's Comedy Knockout, and NBCUniversal's The Meredith Vieira Show. He has also written for Above Average, Someecards, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and Spiltsider's Humor Section.

Ha Huy Hoang (character designer)

Ha Huy Hoang “Splendid River” is a cartoonist/animator born and raised in Vietnam. He works in many fields of art like illustration, comic books, digital hand-drawn animation, character design, and occasionally caricature drawings.

Pauline Maltseva "Xaigoart" (background artist)

Pauline Maltseva (xaigoart) is a digital artist and illustrator from Russia.

Ronnie DiSimone (composer)

Ronnie DiSimone (aka Torna) is a songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and engineer working out of Studio G and The Brick Box, both in Brooklyn, NY.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

We're asking for $20,000 to help us finish Action Dinosaur. That might sound like a lot for a short film, but it's actually very low for what we're trying to achieve - professional, television quality hand drawn animation. Similar projects usually cost upwards of $100,000 to make, but we believe we can do it for a fraction of the cost thanks to our experiences and resources as independent film producers. Our team has made professional high-quality animated music videos for similar low budgets. The trick is putting in a lot of hard work ourselves, and keeping our teams as small and efficient as possible.

We also need funding to complete elements of the short that we've already started, including our beautifully painted backgrounds and totally radical film score. We also need a small amount for logistical incidentals, costs we incur in the process of getting the short made (travel, materials, etc). Finally, Kickstarter and the credit card companies keep about 9% of what we raise, and another 10% will go towards fulfilling our backer rewards. We've intentionally kept the number of physical rewards low so that more of your money goes towards making this short the best it can be. We're here to make cartoons, not t-shirts.*

*But we do have t-shirts.

Risks and challenges

We are all independent producers and artists so delays due to personal or professional interference is possible. However, we are all experienced professionals and are constantly meeting deadlines so we are confident in our ability to deliver on our promises in a timely manner. If anything comes up, we know to keep you updated and in the loop!

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Microraptor

    All our backers get a sweet high quality digital Action Dinosaur wallpaper! Or, you can print it out and have physical wallpaper! Plus, you get exclusive project updates! First update: you just backed a really cool project. *sunglasses emoji*

    Includes:
    • Thank You!
    • Action Dinosaur Wallpaper
    • Updates from the Action Dinosaur Team!
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    Pterodactyl

    Action Dinosaur has been tweeting with the caps lock on for over a year now! For all backers at this level, Action Dinosaur will slide into those DMs (Dinosaur Messages) and tweet a special message directly @ you. You can request a topic for the message, though Action Dinosaur will honor or ignore those requests at his discretion. Nothing overtly offensive or inflammatory, please - if you're looking for that, might we suggest the rest of Twitter?

    (Plus previous rewards)

    Includes:
    • Action Dinosaur will tweet at you! (@akshundinosaur)
    • Action Dinosaur Wallpaper
    • Updates from the Action Dinosaur Team!
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    Velociraptor

    Want a special, just-for-you digital download of Action Dinosaur to take on the go? Everyone at this tier gets an HD (Highdefinition Dinosaur) digital copy of the Action Dinosaur short, to be distributed simultaneously with the short's release. We thought about sending DVDs, but unfortunately Action Dinosaur is the only one here with a time machine.

    (Plus all previous rewards)

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of the Finished Short
    • Action Dinosaur will tweet at you! (@akshundinosaur)
    • Action Dinosaur Wallpaper
    • Updates from the Action Dinosaur Team!
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    Iguanodon

    Just can't wait to see Action Dinosaur? At this tier you'll get BONUS preview materials, including the finished animatic (which is ALREADY COMPLETE!) and early footage before anyone else sees it! It’s the least we can do to help with the debilitating personality flaw of IMPATIENCE.

    (Plus all previous rewards)

    Includes:
    • Sneak Peek of Animatic and Early Footage
    • Digital Download of the Finished Short
    • Action Dinosaur Wallpaper
    • Action Dinosaur will tweet at you! (@akshundinosaur)
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    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    Triceratops

    At this level, we’ll send you the complete digital production bible. It’ll have high definition copies of concept art, unused designs, backgrounds, storyboards, the complete script - you’ll practically be able to make your own Action Dinosaur at that point! But don’t, please. Because then we’d have to donate to YOUR Kickstarter, and it would be a whole thing. Let us make it for you!

    (Plus all previous rewards)

    Includes:
    • The Production Package
    • Sneak Peek of Animatic and Early Footage
    • Digital Download of the Finished Short
    • Action Dinosaur will tweet at you! (@akshundinosaur)
    • Action Dinosaur Wallpaper
    • Updates from the Action Dinosaur Team!
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    Stegosaurus

    Always wanted to see your name up on the big screen? Would you settle for the small one? Everyone who backs at this level gets a special thanks in the credits!

    (Plus all previous rewards)

    Includes:
    • Special Thanks in the Credits
    • The Production Package
    • Sneak Peek of Animatic and Early Footage
    • Digital Download of the Finished Short
    • Action Dinosaur will tweet at you! (@akshundinosaur)
    • Action Dinosaur Wallpaper
    • Updates from the Action Dinosaur Team!
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    Ankylosaurus

    We'll send you a special Action Dinosaur print, made exclusively for backers of this Kickstarter! Move over, digital wallpaper from before! This one is a specially commissioned work of art - printed on quality glossy cardstock! *sunglasses emoji*

    (Plus all previous rewards)

    Includes:
    • Action Dinosaur Exclusive Print
    • Special Thanks in the Credits
    • The Production Package
    • Sneak Peek of Animatic and Early Footage
    • Digital Download of the Finished Short
    • Action Dinosaur will tweet at you! (@akshundinosaur)
    • Action Dinosaur Wallpaper
    • Updates from the Action Dinosaur Team!
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    Ankylosaurus PLUS

    LIMITED - Your special Action Dinosaur print will be SIGNED by star Kyle Kinane! That’s right! I've seen his signature, and it's spectacular. It looks a little bit like this: “Kyle Kinane.”

    Plus all previous (non-ankylosaurus) rewards.

    Includes:
    • Action Dinosaur Exclusive Print Signed by Kyle Kinane
    • Special Thanks in the Credits
    • The Production Package
    • Sneak Peek of Animatic and Early Footage
    • Digital Download of the Finished Short
    • Action Dinosaur will tweet at you! (@akshundinosaur)
    • Action Dinosaur Wallpaper
    • Updates from the Action Dinosaur Team!
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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Allosaurus

    T-shirts. You know 'em. You love 'em. The only problem? Action Dinosaur isn't on 'em. UNTIL NOW. These exclusive Kickstarter Backer shirts will become the hottest fashion accessory of the season. Pretty soon, they'll have to put a sign out in front of every restaurant: "No Action Dinosaur Shirt, No Shoes, No Service" (still figuring out the Action Dinosaur shoes).

    (Plus all previous non-limited rewards)

    Includes:
    • Exclusive T-Shirt
    • Action Dinosaur Exclusive Print
    • Special Thanks in the Credits
    • The Production Package
    • Sneak Peek of Animatic and Early Footage
    • Digital Download of the Finished Short
    • Action Dinosaur will tweet at you! (@akshundinosaur)
    • Action Dinosaur Wallpaper
    • Updates from the Action Dinosaur Team!
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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    T-Rex

    LIMITED - What's that? You want to join the Action Team? At this level we upgrade you to Action Hero Status with an official Associate Producer credit on the film. At this tier, the only thing you need to Associate with being a Producer is you. *sunglasses emoji* *rule of threes*

    plus all previous non-limited rewards!

    Includes:
    • Associate Producer Credit
    • Exclusive T-Shirt
    • Action Dinosaur Exclusive Print
    • Special Thanks in the Credits
    • The Production Package
    • Sneak Peek of Animatic and Early Footage
    • Digital Download of the Finished Short
    • Action Dinosaur will tweet at you! (@akshundinosaur)
    • Action Dinosaur Wallpaper
    • Updates from the Action Dinosaur Team!
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    Pledge $1,750 or more About $1,750

    Shredasaurus Rex

    EXTRA, EXTRA LIMITED - An exclusive, one-of-a-kind Action Dinosaur custom electric guitar from Rowyco Kustoms (http://www.rowycokustoms.com):

    "The Shredasauras Rex is constructed utilizing the finest components available, featuring:

    -Solid alder body for light weight and great tone.
    -Eastern rock maple neck with Indian rosewood fingerboard.
    -Gotoh double locking vibrato bridge and tuning machines.
    -Seymour Duncan Screamin’ Demon pickup.
    -Custom Action Dinosaur graphic finish by Rowyco Kustoms."

    Plus all non-producer-level rewards - including the signed Action Dinosaur print!

    Includes:
    • Custom Action Dinosaur Electric Guitar from Rowyco Customs
    • Exclusive T-Shirt
    • Action Dinosaur Exclusive Print Signed by Kyle Kinane
    • Special Thanks in the Credits
    • The Production Package
    • Sneak Peek of Animatic and Early Footage
    • Digital Download of the Finished Short
    • Action Dinosaur will tweet at you! (@akshundinosaur)
    • Action Dinosaur Wallpaper
    • Updates from the Action Dinosaur Team!
    • Thank You!
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    Ships to Only certain countries
    Limited 0 backers
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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    Literally Action Dinosaur

    LIMITED - This is the big time. At this tier, you get to be an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER on Action Dinosaur, complete with your official title in the credits AND a call/Skype session with the Action Dinosaur development team (producers and director).

    Plus all previous non-limited rewards!

    Includes:
    • Executive Producer Credit
    • Call/Skype with the Action Dinosaur Development Team*
    • Exclusive T-Shirt
    • Action Dinosaur Exclusive Print
    • Special Thanks in the Credits
    • The Production Package
    • Sneak Peek of Animatic and Early Footage
    • Digital Download of the Finished Short
    • Action Dinosaur will tweet at you! (@akshundinosaur)
    • Action Dinosaur Wallpaper
    • Updates from the Action Dinosaur Team!
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    Ships to Anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $3,500 or more About $3,500

    Literally Action Dinosaur Part II

    LIMITED - Holy cow, that went fast! By popular demand, we have brought back the executive producer credit pledge level - in very limited supply!

    At this tier, you get to be an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER on Action Dinosaur, complete with your official title in the credits AND a call/Skype session with the Action Dinosaur development team (producers and director).

    Plus all previous non-limited rewards!

    Includes:
    • Executive Producer Credit
    • Call/Skype with the Action Dinosaur Development Team*
    • Exclusive T-Shirt
    • Action Dinosaur Exclusive Print Signed by Kyle Kinane
    • Special Thanks in the Credits
    • The Production Package
    • Sneak Peek of Animatic and Early Footage
    • Digital Download of the Finished Short
    • Action Dinosaur will tweet at you! (@akshundinosaur)
    • Action Dinosaur Wallpaper
    • Updates from the Action Dinosaur Team!
    • Thank You!
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    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
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Funding period

- (30 days)