Update: THANK YOU!!! + 2ND STRETCH GOAL!
Thanks once again to the overwhelming support of our wonderful backers and their incredible generosity, “All Together Now!” has now reached $20,000 half way through its campaign! Thank you so much for your amazing support on this project!
I’ve created a second stretch goal of $5,000, which would further support the overall art & design, animation, and storyboard production of "All Together Now!". It would also help create more animated content to share, further developing important characters, their stories, and the world they live in.
Thank you so much for your incredible support, and for helping to create inclusive queer media for kids!
All Together Now! is a queer animated kid's show. It's about a community of people with different gender identities, body types, abilities, family structures, and cultural backgrounds. They are facing life’s challenges together by sharing their stories with each other, and building a world that celebrates inclusivity, accessibility, and kindness.
I'm Molly Allis. I'm an artist, educator, filmmaker and musician living in Los Angeles.
As a queer, gender non-conforming person, I realize that being a kid could have been easier if I’d been able to watch a children’s show that was entertaining, educational, and had characters living outside of a gender binary. This could’ve helped me a lot as I tried to figure out who I was.
My goal with All Together Now! is to cultivate hope and joy through greater representation in children’s media, so all kids feel proud of who they are, instead of ashamed or scared about what makes them different. I will build upon community-oriented shows like Sesame Street, and artistic shows like Pee Wee’s Playhouse.
The world of All Together Now! is a culmination of many things from my own life: teaching kids how to use tools and build projects out of recycled materials, making puppet shows, playing the drums in an activist marching band, and being a queer person living in community. I am passionate about engaging young people's creative voices and visions, so they feel empowered to step up as change-makers, transforming themselves and the world around them.
Although I envision All Together Now first and foremost as a show for kids, it will ultimately be an all-ages show that children and adults can both enjoy for its storytelling, aesthetic and messages, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together.
The characters on All Together Now! learn important things like:
- how to listen to each other
- express feelings in healthy ways
- practice self-love.
- how to make fun projects
Whether it’s at the collective bookstore, the community garden, the bike shop, or the marching band practice space, the characters on All Together Now! gain a lot from each other’s experiences. They share skills and resources to create inspiring performances, songs, parades, and gatherings that uplift their community.
Sometimes, challenging conversations come up between characters who love and respect each other. How do different generations of people relate to gender, and how do they learn from each other’s experiences? Additionally, how do characters deal with being bullied because of how they dress, or what their families look like?
Learning how to make stuff is empowering and fun! A large part of All Together Now! is centered around sharing skills and resources to make cool projects, mostly out of recycled materials. Characters teach each other how to sew costumes, write songs, build toys, cook yummy food, and perform shows in their neighborhood. Through making, they come together, share stories, and discover the power of their imaginations.
In a time when many vulnerable communities are under attack, we need safe spaces that help foster connection through our differences. All Together Now! presents a world filled with diverse characters and situations that provide young viewers and their families opportunities to explore different ways of being, thinking, and feeling.
I believe that we can create the world we want to live in, and learning how to live in community with each other is a crucial step to getting there.
In the world I've created for All Together Now!, I have a season’s worth of story ideas to share where characters take small but powerful steps towards social change.
With your help, I can introduce people to the characters on the show, by creating 12 short animated vignettes that I can share online in the coming year. I plan on releasing these beginning in October 2019.
My ultimate goal is to find a supportive home for this project to grow and develop into a TV series to reach larger audiences of kids and their families, expanding the reach of inclusive queer media.
Your donation goes towards:
- Art production & design
- Story & Character Development
- Kickstarter fees (10%)
- Rewards (6%)
- Miscellaneous production necessities
My stretch goal is $20,000, which means that if my target amount of $15,000 is exceeded, the extra $5,000 will help me achieve a higher quality production value, as well as more in-depth story and character development, which would be hugely helpful!
As a child of the 90s, my artistic style has always been, and always will be, a nostalgic homage to the bright, colorful palettes that I grew up with. All Together Now! will be made with hand-drawn animation, using the textures of watercolor, colored pencil, markers and crayons for a handmade, personal feel. The show's aesthetic will help capture the exciting spirit and joy of creating things, inviting viewers of all ages to take out their markers and spontaneously draw inventive worlds in their notebooks like I did when I was a kid (and still do!)
Come learn about the characters on the show here!
Molly Allis (she/they) is an artist, educator, filmmaker and musician. Her work focuses largely on celebrating children and community. She studied directing and design for theater at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, with a focus in puppetry. During that time she worked with the renowned Bread & Puppet theater in Vermont, as well as Great Small Works Toy Theater Company in Brooklyn. She has created animations that have won awards internationally, including at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Madrid Experimental Film Festival, and the Linoleum Festival in Moscow. In 2014, she received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, with a focus in Integrated Media. At Occidental College, the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs, and Kidspace Children’s Museum, among other organizations, she has created interactive installations that take people through imaginary worlds. She teaches children how to create stop-motion animated videos, build sculptures out of recycled materials, and construct puppets. Originally from Boston, Molly lives in Los Angeles with her partner and their two dogs.
All Together Now! T-Shirt
11x17 show poster
1 1/2 inch soft enamel pin of Frankie
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All Together Now! is already deep in the development process, and I am fully committed to making this project a reality to create queer children's media. But that will only be possible with your help!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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