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An animated short to jumpstart the full series concept about one chinchilla's battle to save the world from an evil origami mastermind! Read more

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An animated short to jumpstart the full series concept about one chinchilla's battle to save the world from an evil origami mastermind!

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Art by Kristine Marsh [text: "Samurai Chinchilla: "The battle between good and evil is not won by the sword, but by the friends and heart of one young chinchilla."]
Art by Kristine Marsh [text: "Samurai Chinchilla: "The battle between good and evil is not won by the sword, but by the friends and heart of one young chinchilla."]

"The courageous chinchilla Ringo battles alongside his friends against the shape-shifting demon Yami-Origami in order to protect their home from an ancient evil force!"

SAMURAI CHINCHILLA takes place in the expansive metropolis, Fuji Village. The story revolves around two courageous, sword-wielding chinchillas: the hardheaded Ringo, and his more sensible friend, Ichigo. Together, they defend their city from chaos and destruction at the hands of the paper-folding mastermind, Yami-Origami and the sinister force that controls him known as The Darkness. With the help of a smug ninja-rabbit named Wasabi and the sassy little hamster Kiku, these four warriors slice their way through paper minions and magic monsters. In the process, they uncover mysteries from both Ringo and Ichigo’s pasts that hold the secret to defeating Yami-Origami once and for all. But the ultimate battle begins when the team must prevent the all-powerful Darkness from engulfing not only Fuji Village, but also the entire world in an origami nightmare. Now, only with the combined strength of his friends, his father’s sword and his own heart can Ringo vanquish this great evil and save the world!

[From top to bottom & left to right]
[From top to bottom & left to right]

KRISTINE MARSH - Creator of Samurai Chinchilla. A full-time illustrator and character designer, Kristine graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2010 with a BFA in Cartooning. Since then, she started a little creative group called Knightingale Studio. She's done work for a variety of apps, books, games and short animations. While still at SVA, Kristine was a TV production intern at Chorion. She's also an active member of the NY Chapter of Women in Animation. kristinemarsh.com

CHRISTOPHER ORTIZ - Co-Writer and Production Coordinator. A writer, director, and animator, since graduating in 2011 with a BFA in animation he has worked for clients like SonyRed Dog, and Storychimes. He aims to push the boundaries of animation and storytelling in order to give his audience the best experience possible. Chris draws inspiration from many places and hopes to bring those same feelings that captivated him to his viewers. 

SHELLEY LOW - Lead Animator. Shelley hails from sunny Singapore, though she's part honorary New Yorker on the inside. Currently working as a freelance animation artist, some of her past credits include “Sid the Science Kid”, “Superjail!”, and “Motorcity”. She loves whippets, reading, video games, and making cartoons!"

CHRISTOPHER CRUZ - Animator. A New York based animator, and graduate from the School of Visual Arts, Chris has a strong passion for drawing, and is always trying to improve his skills as an artist, as best as he can.

TRIS WAPLES - Animator. An artist who enjoys traveling, international culture, and nature. When he is not creating art he can be found hiking with his trusty shiba inu, C.C. Lemon.    

KEVIN D. RAGANIT - Storyboard Artist. A graduate from School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Cartooning and Illustration. He worked on various professional freelance projects for MTV including storyboard commercials, to inking comics for IDW and UDON Entertainment. Kevin is also a member of Pigtail Studio, collaborating on various comic and animation projects. 

KATE RHODES - Sound Designer & Composer. Kate graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in cartooning and shortly after from SAE Institute of Technology for audio engineering. She has been composing themes and soundtracks since freshman year of college and has done music for animation shorts such as ReilaLast WarCaelumThe Day I Met Sneezy and E-depth Angel. She has a passion for animation and works as both an artist and musician in Pigtail Studio

BRIAN KAUFMAN - Editor, Compositor & FX. A motion graphics artist and animator whose work can be seen in the Emmy Nominated series "MAD" and The Ottowa Nominated series "Superjail!”. Brian has been an editor, storyboard artist, graphic designer, writer, and much more on independent and personal films that have gone to festivals including Sundance and the Garden State Film Festival.

LILIANA DIAZ - Background Painter. Liliana graduated from SVA with a BFA in Cartooning and is now leading a life as a Pigtail Studio agent. Lili enjoys working on several animation projects as a master assistant and voice actor including Caelum and Last War. She also does the script editing for the rad webcomic Ponzi.

MARIA BAIDAKOVA - Background Painter. Maria creates artistic work full of magical atmosphere. In free time she likes to study the beauty of character's movement, lighting, reflections and structure. Maria also produces and works on graphic novel series "Ponzi" in Pigtail Studio.

JENNIFER XU - Background Painter. Jen is captivated by the art of storytelling. She enjoys making thought -provoking and emotionally engaging stories through animation and comics. As an aspiring film maker, working both independently and  collaboratively, she produced the animated shorts, Caelum and Last War. She also completed several backgrounds for Japanese animated series such as, “Hayate no Gotoku”, “To love Ru Darkness” and ”Battle Spirits Sword Eyes”. Jennifer is a proud member of Pigtail Studio.

MELISSA 'NOELLE' WASHBURN - Voice of Ringo & Kiku. Melissa is a young aspiring voice actress from Las Vegas, Nevada. She is currently enrolled at Northern Arizona University with a major in Anthropology and a minor in theatre. She has been acting since high school but college was the first time she was able to participate in live theatre.

ALAN LEE [not pictured] - Voice of Ichigo & Yami-Origami. Alan is a voice actor based in Southern California. He is currently a senior drama student at the University of California, Irvine. Although he is still in school, Alan is already making great strides in the professional circuit by getting involved in character work for anime, such as Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, as well as other projects he’s currently not allowed to talk about. You can hear Alan’s demos at alanHD.com.

"Fuji Village" by Giorgio Renna with edits by Laura Bryson
"Fuji Village" by Giorgio Renna with edits by Laura Bryson
"Fuji Village" sketches by Sanjit Choudhury
"Fuji Village" sketches by Sanjit Choudhury

FUJI VILLAGE - The Main Setting - A bustling metropolis loosely inspired by both Manhattan and Tokyo. Animals of all kinds populate it; from the platypus who runs a dumpling rickshaw, to the chicken who owns a 4-star restaurant and the dolphin who lives in a mobile fish bowl. Fuji Village is full of colorful characters and each plays a vital role amongst the hustle and bustle. The houses and buildings are all Japanese-inspired with a twist on the norm, as miles and miles of “hamster habitat” pipes interconnect the entire community.   

The successful funding of this Kickstarter will launch production of a 4-minute animation that will showcase Fuji Village, the main characters and the dynamics between them all! ALL FUNDS RAISED WILL BE PUT DIRECTLY INTO PRODUCTION COSTS! This includes the Kickstarter rewards and the art book as well. Anything totaling above our minimum goal will only be put into making the animation itself even more awesome! Meaning stuff like, a longer film, better effects and maybe some extra rewards...but I will introduce stretch goals in more detail if and when the time comes. For now, here's a breakdown of the project budget:

ALSO! This is ALL OR NOTHING! Meaning: If we don’t reach our minimum budget requirement, we get nothing and anyone who had pledged will not be charged anything. So, essentially it’s a win-win for you pledgers!

Rough Boards by Jim Webb
Rough Boards by Jim Webb
Design by Kristine Marsh
Design by Kristine Marsh

SAMURAI CHINCHILLA will be animated using a 2D traditional animation style. We’re really aiming for a high level of quality animation, so that means 24 frames (drawings) per second. In addition, there's a lot more visual work that goes into the final film. Production costs include things like: 

  • storyboards
  • layout & backgrounds
  • character designs
  • animatics
  • key animation
  • in-betweens
  • clean up
  • color
  • special effects
  • compositing
  • musical score
  • sound FX and editing 

We definitely have a long way to go, but Samurai Chinchilla has also come quite a distance already! I have already put quite a bit of my own time, energy and resources into the pre-production phase. In addition, I'm so thankful for the many friends, fellow artists and family members who have lent their talents and put their faith in this project. 

"Animation Magazine Pitches from 2010 and 2012"
"Animation Magazine Pitches from 2010 and 2012"

Here's just a quick clip of animation featuring the main protagonist, Ringo, so you can get an idea for the direction we're headed!

In addition to this animation test, we've also stacked up a bit of concept art as well which will be used as reference material for production and included in the artbook...and there's only more to come!

Art by Missy Pena
Art by Missy Pena
Art by Missy Pena & Finni Chang
Art by Missy Pena & Finni Chang
Art by Kristine Marsh
Art by Kristine Marsh
Sketches by Kristine Marsh
Sketches by Kristine Marsh
Sketches by Shelley Low
Sketches by Shelley Low
Left: Dana Guerrieri ~ Right: Luigi Lucarelli
Left: Dana Guerrieri ~ Right: Luigi Lucarelli
Kristine Marsh ~ Dana Guerrieri ~ Shelley Low
Kristine Marsh ~ Dana Guerrieri ~ Shelley Low
Kristine Marsh ~ Shelley Low ~ Luigi Lucarelli
Kristine Marsh ~ Shelley Low ~ Luigi Lucarelli
Missy Pena ~ Shelley Low ~ Kristine Marsh ~ Luigi Lucarelli
Missy Pena ~ Shelley Low ~ Kristine Marsh ~ Luigi Lucarelli
Design by Kristine Marsh
Design by Kristine Marsh
Designs by Eric Byun
Designs by Eric Byun
Sketches by Dana Guerrieri
Sketches by Dana Guerrieri

There's so much visual design that goes into making an animated short. So in addition to the completed film, there will be an artbook showcasing concept art, character designs, sketches, backgrounds, animation stills, inside information about the inspiration behind Samurai Chinchilla, and even some fanart! At least 50-60 pages of art! We will be printing the books via blurb.com, who are known for producing high quality, publisher grade photo books and portfolios. Here's a small preview of what's to come!

(final design and layout may differ)
(final design and layout may differ)

Shhhh...There will also be an exclusive production blog that all pledgers of $5 and up will gain access to! You'll be the first to get the inside scoop of where we are in production, seeing artwork never publicly released and getting a more in-depth look at the story behind Samurai Chinchilla! Did you know Yami-Origami was partially inspired by a Jack-O-Lantern? Or that Ringo and Ichigo's clothes used to be switched? 

Sketches by Dana Guerrieri
Sketches by Dana Guerrieri
Sketches by Kristine Marsh
Sketches by Kristine Marsh

Aside from my humble thanks (which everyone receives!) There's a bunch of different rewards you can receive depending on how much you pledge! ***SHIPPING IS NOW INCLUDED IN YOUR PLEDGE FOR ALL TIERS!!***

A big thank you! + 1 HIGH-RESOLUTION desktop wallpaper of the character of your choice: Ringo, Ichigo, Wasabi, Kiku or Yami-Origami and the Darkness

A big thank you! + All 5 desktop wallpapers
 + EXCLUSIVE access to the Secret Samurai Chinchilla Production Blog!

All of the above + HD video file of the final animation when it’s complete + One 4-Inch Round Vinyl Sticker!

All of the above + one 4 x 1.25” Round Button Pack, featuring Ringo, Ichigo, Kiku and Wasabi

All of the above + a PDF file of the full Samurai Chinchilla Production Artbook!

All of the above + one 5x7” Concept Art Print on 15pt Card Stock with a Matte Finish: OPTION A: Ringo and Kiku OPTION B: Ichigo and Fuji Village!


All of the above + one 11”x17” Concept Art Print of your choice, printed on 100# Paper Stock! OPTION A: Ringo and Friends Picnic Scene OPTION B: Ringo, Ichigo and Yami-Origami fight scene OPTION C: Ringo and the Lantern + A SPECIAL THANKS in the credits of the animation!

All of the above + one ADDITIONAL 11”x17” Concept Art Print OPTION A: Ringo and Friends Picnic Scene OPTION B: Ringo, Ichigo and Yami-Origami fight scene OPTION C: Ringo and the Lantern

All of the above + 24”x36” Full-Color Promo Poster with a Matte Finish!


All of the above + one 7”x7” 50-60 page Samurai Chinchilla Artbook (Softcover, Premium Matte 100# Paper Stock), signed on the title page by the creator

All of the above + one signed 10"x20" Samurai Chinchilla Print on Archival Heavyweight Matte Paper!

All of the above + one 7”x7” 50-60 page Samurai Chinchilla Artbook (Hardcover instead of the Softcover) signed on the title page by the creator + one ORIGINAL 10’’x8” BLACK & WHITE sketch of your choice of one of the five main characters: 1. Ringo 2. Ichigo 3. Kiku 4. Wasabi 5. Yami-Origami

All of the above + one ORIGINAL 10’’x8” COLOR character sketch of your choice of one of the five main characters: 1. Ringo 2. Ichigo 3. Kiku 4. Wasabi 5. Yami-Origami

All of the above + a personalized character cameo in the pilot animation + (*Specifics will be discussed personally with me via Skype, email, phone, etc.)

All of the above + ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit + ONE signed and framed ORIGINAL drawing of any of the 5 main characters doing whatever you want! (within reason*)+ If you can get in the NY/NJ area I will personally meet with you to give you your rewards, a HUGE thank you and then we can chat about whatever over dinner or lunch! My treat!

All of the above except you get EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit + If you can get in the NY/NJ area I will personally meet with you to give you your rewards, a HUGE thank you and then we can chat about whatever over dinner or lunch! My treat!

*(For the $3000 tier and above, the "ORIGINAL DRAWING" is done at your personal request. You want a drawing of Ringo wearing scuba gear while singing on top of a mountain? You got it! However, I will NOT draw anything obscene, profane, sexually explicit , excessively violent or gross. So please just keep that in mind!) 

I want to thank everyone for taking the time to even glance at my Kickstarter project. It has really been a labor of love for years and whether you're here to pledge, spread the word, or even just take a look as you surf through the web...thank you! 

Second, a SUPER-special thanks to: Shelley Low, Christopher Ortiz, Christopher Cruz, Brian Kaufman, Giorgio Renna, Ivey Ao, Andrew Byun, Alan Lee, Missy Pena, Tony Oliver, Finni Cheng, Dana Guerrieri, Sanjit Choudhury, Hana Masters, Luigi Lucarelli, Lisa Goldman, Laura Bryson, Jim Webb, Kate Rhodes, Zeno Hao, Melissa (Noelle) Washburn, my loving fiancé Eric Byun, my family, and all the fans on our Facebook page! For you have all given your time and heart into Samurai Chinchilla.    

Art by Missy Pena
Art by Missy Pena

[ KICKSTARTER VIDEO CREDITS: Opening Narration: Tony Oliver ~ Artists: Dana Guerrieri, Missy Pena, Finni Chang, Giorgio Renna & Kristine Marsh ~ Voices: Alan Lee (Ichigo & Yami-Origami), Melissa 'Noelle' Washburn (Ringo & Kiku) & Zeno Hao (Wasabi) ~ Compositing: Christopher Cruz & Christopher Ortiz ~ Music: Kate Rhodes ]

[SAMURAI CHINCHILLA. © 2010-2013 KRISTINE MARSH. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.]

Risks and challenges

I always believe in being honest with those I work with and especially those whom I am asking to put their money and faith in my projects.

With your generous help and with the combined talents of our awesome team, I promise to deliver a quality animated film that features a brand new, never-before seen world and characters whose personalities and relationships drive the story forward and resonate with our hearts. Samurai Chinchilla is a world far beyond 4-minutes and I aim to prove that.

I juggle projects and multitask on a regular basis. Bumps in the road may occur, both in a out of my own control, but regardless, at the end of the day, production will keep moving forward! And of course, I will always keep you pledgers informed of reward shipping, where we are in production, in the kickstarter, etc.

Samurai Chinchilla at its core is a story about strength in family, friendship, hope and perseverance against all odds...with that same mindset I will push forward through whatever problems we may face during production.

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    A big thank you! + 1 desktop wallpaper of the character of your choice: Ringo, Ichigo, Wasabi, Kiku or Yami-Origami and the Darkness

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    A big thank you! + All 5 desktop wallpapers + EXCLUSIVE access to the Secret Production Blog!

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    18 backers

    All of the above + One 4-inch Round Vinyl Sticker of Ringo and Ichigo + HD video file of the final animation when it’s complete!

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    8 backers

    All of the above + one 4 x 1.25” Round Button Pack, featuring Ringo, Ichigo, Kiku and Wasabi

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    10 backers

    All of the above + PDF of the completed artbook!

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    All of the above + one 5x7” Concept Art Print: Option A: Ringo and Kiku Option B: Ichigo and Fuji Village!

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    13 backers Limited (187 left of 200)

    All of the above + one 11”x17” Concept Art Print of your choice! Option A: Ringo and friends picnic scene Option B: Ringo, Ichigo and Yami-Origami fight scene + A SPECIAL THANKS in the credits of the animation!

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    2 backers Limited (98 left of 100)

    All of the above + one ADDITIONAL 11”x17” Concept Art Print Option A: Ringo and friends picnic scene Option B: Ringo, Ichigo and Yami-Origami fight scene

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    8 backers Limited (42 left of 50)

    All of the above + 24”x36” Full-Color Promo Poster!

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    $200 reward

    3 backers Limited (17 left of 20)

    All of the above + one 7”x7” 50-page Samurai Chinchilla Artbook (Paperback), signed on the title page by the creator

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    $300 reward

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    All of the above + one 10"x20" signed Japanese print on Archival Heavyweight Matte Paper!

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    $500 reward

    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    All of the above + one 7”x7” 50-page Samurai Chinchilla Artbook (Hardcover instead of the Paperback) signed on the title page by the creator + one ORIGINAL 8’’x10” BLACK & WHITE sketch of your choice of one of the five main characters: 1. Ringo 2. Ichigo 3. Kiku 4. Wasabi 5. Yami-Origami

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    All of the above + one ORIGINAL 8’’x10” COLOR character sketch of your choice of one of the five main characters: 1. Ringo 2. Ichigo 3. Kiku 4. Wasabi 5. Yami-Origami

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    All of the above + a personalized character cameo in the pilot animation + (*Specifics will be discussed personally with me via Skype, email, phone, etc.)

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    2 backers All gone!

    All of the above + ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit + ONE signed and framed 11"x14" ORIGINAL drawing of any of the 5 main characters doing whatever you want! (within reason*) + If you can get in the NY/NJ area I will personally meet with you to give you your rewards, a HUGE thank you and then we can chat about whatever over dinner or lunch! My treat!

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    All of the above except you get EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit + If you can get in the NY/NJ area I will personally meet with you to give you your rewards, a HUGE thank you and then we can chat about whatever over dinner or lunch! My treat!

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