About this project
Groundbreaking Director Ralph Bakshi Returns with New Animation, New Characters, and New Stories in "Last Days of Coney Island Part One"!
Hi. My name is Ralph Bakshi - the writer and director of such films as Fritz the Cat, Coonskin, Hey Good Lookin', Heavy Traffic, Wizards, American Pop, Cool World, Fire and Ice, and Lord of the Rings.
Actor Matthew Modine Has Joined 'Coney
Best known as "Pvt. Joker" in Stanley Kubrick's FULL METAL JACKET, Modine recently played "Deputy Commissioner Peter Foley" in Christopher Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and can next be seen as John Sculley in jOBS, the Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher.
Modine is no stranger to indie animation; having lent his voice to the Academy Award-nominated A CAT IN PARIS, MIA AND THE MIGOO, and two short films (SANTA, THE FASCIST YEARS and THE FLYING HOUSE) by Oscar-nominated animator Bill Plympton.
Modine will voice the lead character, a 4-foot-tall mafia collector who thinks he's Elvis Presley and sings like Chet Baker.
These are rough character sketches Ralph draws and gives out to the animators to design:
Latest Development Drawings:
RALPH BAKSHI PAINTINGS AND CONSTRUCTIONS
PLEASE CHECK "UPDATES" TAB FOR MORE INFO ON PRIZES
In my films I have always discussed America: who we are, what we are, for better and worse, and the ridiculous. I’m here on Kickstarter asking for your support for my newest project, Last Days of Coney Island.
It takes place in a 1960s Coney Island populated with crooked cops, broken hearts, jaded strippers, and singers.
The stories take place on and around Coney’s garish, freaky midways and in it's dark alleyways. They discuss America: Kennedy’s assassination, the mafia, Bobby Dylan, Vietnam, Dick Tracy, Miss America, and more.
Bakshi Productions producer Eddie Bakshi, who produced Ralph's first political youtube short, "Trickle Dickle Down", is managing the shorts.
New BPI lead animator, Colleen Cox, is an animator and cartoonist from Lake City, Michigan. She lived in Singapore for two years before making New York City her home.
New storyboard artist Tsukasa Kanayama is an animator born and raised in Shinjuku, Tokyo. In 2007 he made Brooklyn, New York his home.
New character animator Joseph "JoJo" Baptista is a designer, storyboard artist and animator living in Hollywood, California. He has a degree in animation from Woodbury University, and apprenticed under Stephen Worth at Animation Resources.
Outstanding illustrator and background artist, Ian Miller ("Wizards") will be lending his talents to the project as well.
It’s as real as it is crazy and funny. Each animated short is a complete story. If we get this first one done -- with your help -- maybe the rest will follow and we will have a full-length feature. All of this material will be screened on the web where I belong. Last Days of Coney Island, Part One needs you.
**(Access to the pre-release screening of LDCI will be offered when the short is complete. This is estimated to be 6-8 months after funding goal is met, and is also dependent on final funding totals.)
Bakshi Productions Inc., is very excited to offer to our fans and supporters broad access to the "Bakshi Vault". In the vault are artistic treasures that are looking for a good home.
What's better than seeing brand new Bakshi animation, and getting a Wizards cel to go with it?!
Here are some examples of the prizes that we are offering:
In addition to the Full Digital Package, a Coney' Dvd, a doodle, and a Wizards Poster, you will receive a copy of a LDCI background, and you can choose an original production drawing from any one of these FIVE classic, Bakshi films/TV series* (You are allowed to specify your top three character/scene choices, due to limited availability)
*Coonskin, Wizards, Lord of the Rings, American Pop, and Mighty Mouse!
In addition to the FDP, you can choose an original cel from any one of the same films:
In addition to the FDP and a signed print of one of Bakshi's famous animated characters, donors at this level will receive (2) ORIGINAL signed character sketches by Bakshi & (1) Cel:
$400 and $500 LEVEL:
In addition to the FDP and either a hand-signed character print or an animation cel, you will receive a personalized copy of Ralph's book Unfiltered with a unique hand-drawn doodle by Ralph:
In addition to the FDP and an animation cel, you will receive an original piece of concept artwork from American Pop by Louise Zingarelli:
Along with the FDP and an animation cel, donors at this level will receive an original background layout drawing from Lord of the Rings:
1: "Inn at Bree" Lord of the Rings background drawing by Mike Ploog (pencil on paper, 1977) SOLD OUT
1: "Bag End" Lord of the Rings background drawing by Mike Ploog (12" x 27" pencil on paper, 1977)
2: "The Prancing Pony" Lord of the Rings background drawing by Mike Ploog (15" x 18" pencil on paper, 1977)
In addition to the FDP and an animation cel, you will receive an original conceptual painting or background from Lord of the Rings, Cool World, or American Pop by Barry Jackson, OR an "American Pop" promotional poster concept by Louise Zingarelli:
1: "Little Pete" American Pop character design concept painting by Barry Jackson (acrylic on cardboard, 1980)
2: "American Pop" promotional poster concept by Louise Zingarelli (pencil on paper, 1980)
Along with the FDP and an animation cel, donors at this level will receive an original piece of production artwork from the Wizards history series by Mike Ploog:
1: "Mutant Wives Hurling Rocks" Wizards History Series drawing by Mike Ploog (11" x 13" ink & brush on board, 1976)
2: "Mutant Brings Blackwolf Ancient Technology" Wizards History Series drawing by Mike Ploog (11" x 13" ink & brush on board, 1976)
3: "Past the Ruins of Ancient Civilization" Wizards History Series drawing by Mike Ploog (11" x 13" ink & brush on board, 1976) SOLD OUT
4: "Blackwolf Knew He Needed More" Wizards History Series drawing by Mike Ploog (11" x 13" ink & brush on board, 1976)
5: "Blackwolf Studying Black Arts" Wizards History Series drawing by Mike Ploog (11" x 13" ink & brush on board, 1976)
In addition to the FDP, a signed copy of Unfiltered, and an animation cel, donors at this level will receive your choice of a satirical, political, or humorous original Bakshi painting (22" x 30"):
*See Update 21 for full list of paintings.
In addition to the FDP, two animation cels, a signed copy of Unfiltered, an original Bakshi painting, and your face as extra in the animation, you will receive your choice of a mixed-media construction (12" x 18") from "The Streets", Ralph's last art show in SoHo:
*See Update 22 for full list of constructions.
Risks and challenges
Ralph Bakshi of Bakshi Productions, Inc., has completed every one one of his features on-time and on-budget. He is more than qualified to tackle a several minute short with the budget he receives through this campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
I'm new to Kickstarter. What happens if a project doesn't meet it's funding goal? Will I lose my money?
No. All backers will receive all of their money back if a project is not successfully funded.
The short will be 5-7 minutes at the current funding goal level. This depends on the length of the final storyboard and animatic. We will add to the length of the short when/if donations rise above the 165k.
I ordered a cel at $200, or a Production drawing at $150. When can I tell you what film I want it from, and which characters I prefer?
When the kickstarter campaign finishes and is funded, we will contact everyone.
We will then ask you if you want your artwork from: Coonskin, Wizards, Lord of the Rings, American Pop, or Mighty Mouse?
You can then pick your favorite one out of the five. And, let us know which character or scene is your first, second, or third choice from that film.
Ex: Tom donated $200 for a cel and the Digital Package.
The campaign is a success.
BPI will contact Tom and ask him what cel he wants.
Tom says I want a "Lord of the Rings" cel. My favorite character is Gandalf. That is my first choice. I also would like a Frodo, or a Sam if Gandalf is unavailable.
By the end of May, A cel from Lord of the Rings of Gandalf, Frodo or Sam arrives via Priority mail. Packaged very carefully.
Donations will filled in order of receipt. First come first serve!
There have been so many updates and fun prizes added. I am a little lost keeping up with it all. If I have a question can I ask you guys directly?
Yes, if you have any questions at all, please message us directly. We will get back to you very quickly with the answer.