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Rocko was a puppet before he was a character in a picture book. Now we must make him a virtual puppet for phase 1 of the TV series.
Rocko was a puppet before he was a character in a picture book. Now we must make him a virtual puppet for phase 1 of the TV series.
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First there was Rocko's Big Launch, our children's book about a boy with a love for outer space and a passion for rockets.

-"A delightful read."  - Neil deGrasse Tyson 

Now we want to expand Rocko's platform with an animated series that will spark the scientist, dreamer, and innovator in every child.

Rocko Rocket: The Animated Series - Teaser

Because of the success of our first kickstarter project, we have had the opportunity to share Rocko's story. It would never have happened without the support we received from our backers. The animated series, however, will give us the opportunity to expand Rocko's platform and reach more people. The series will include Rocko and all his friends which will allow more children the ability to identify with the story. Children will see themselves in Rocko and the other characters and begin to start following a dream of their own. 

We also believe fostering a love of science and encouraging kids to follow their dreams and persevere despite obstacles is important. We want kids to be inspired to follow their heart but to understand that following your heart is hard work that requires faith and self-discipline. That is why Rocko's message to never give up is necessary, and why we are overjoyed that we have been able to introduce more readers to Rocko's story this year. 

Rocko Rocket is ready to become a real boy, and this project is the first step to making that happen. When this project gets funded, we can begin the first phase of development for the animated series by creating a virtual puppet of the main character, Rocko Rocket.  Readers of Rocko's Big Launch are anxious to share experiences with Rocko and his friends, and that's why we want to take Rocko's story to the next level. It is a project we have been working on for the past two years, but we need new computers and new software to get started. 


As soon as this project is successful, we will begin working on the virtual puppet. Then, before we start the animated series, we will create an animated thank you video with Rocko and his classmates to send out to all our backers.

If we can cover the expenses in phase one, then we will move on to the next phases that will eventually lead us to our ultimate goal of completing a pilot episode for our show. So, let's get this show on the road!

5 phase and Equipment budget for animated pilot episode:

Phase one: Complete Development of  virtual puppet - $1,000 

Phase two: Backgrounds and Assets Building - $15,000 

Phase three: Pre and Post Sound Production (including Music Score and Motif) - $15,000 

Phase four: Pre and Post Animation Production - $25,000 

Phase five: Video Compositing and Sound Design/Effects - $15,000

Equipment budget - $24,000

Total Pilot Episode budget - $95,000

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#59 24" x 24" museum quality giclee' on paper   $150 or more

#68 Original Rocko Rocket Painting by co-creator R. Jackson. Hi my name is Rocko #1, 12"x12"

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#76 Original Drawing of Blueberry Rocko Rocket, 18" x 18"

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#77 Original Drawing of Dragon Fruit Rocko Rocket, 18" x 18"

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#80 Original Drawing of Tangerine Rocko Rocket, 18" x 18"

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#78 Original Drawing of Chocolate Rocko Rocket, 18" x 18"

(The mixed-media drawing is still in progress. This is the reference photography)

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#74 Original Drawing of Kickstarter Rocko Rocket, 18" x 18"

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#75 Original Drawing of Licorice Rocko Rocket, 18" x 18"

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Risks and challenges

Some of the challenges we will face fulfilling this project include integrating the different software with their plugins so they perform as needed. This challenge will be met with trouble shooting and performing numerous tests until we get the desired results. Another challenge we will face will be creating all the incentives we are offering for the sake of this project. We anticipate a strong response to the products and have designed systems to produce them as efficiently as possible. We understand the ins and outs of our project and will work hard to follow through, even when faced with these challenges. Thanks again for your support.

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    #8 Early-bird special! Rocko Rocket Book 1:
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    #9 Handcrafted Rocko Rocket Passport Style Wallet is thin, flat and barely noticeable in your pocket. It comes in eight flavors: Original, Blueberry, Dragon Fruit, Tangerine, Chocolate, Kickstarter, Licorice and Powdered. Plus a shout out on the Rocko Rocket website and FB page.

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    #10 Rocko Rocket Drawstring Gym Bag/Backpack with White Helmut logo. It comes in seven flavors: Blueberry, Dragon Fruit, Tangerine, Chocolate, Kickstarter, Licorice and Powdered. Plus a shout out on the Rocko Rocket website and FB page.

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    #11 Rocko 's Big Launch limited edition poster
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    #12 Lunch Box (Handcrafted limited edition of 75 in each flavor). Comes with numbered and signed certificate of authenticity. It comes in eight flavors: Original, Blueberry, Dragon Fruit, Tangerine, Chocolate, Kickstarter, Licorice and Powdered. Plus an Original Flavor Rocko 4-inch Vinyl Rocko Sticker and a shout out on the Rocko Rocket and FB page.

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    #13 Rocko Rocket Book 1: Rocko's Big Launch, First Edition Hardcover, with 44 beautifully illustrated pages. Autographed by author and illustrator. Plus an Original Flavor Rocko 4-inch Vinyl Rocko Sticker and a shout out on the Rocko Rocket website and FB page.

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    #15 Rocko's Big Lunch Mug. The 9 oz mug is a space-aged double wall stainless steel mug that helps to keep liquids cool or warm. It's virtually shatterproof and fit for astronauts of any age.

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    #14 SM1 Plush Rocket. This 5" handmade plush rocket is created by recycling leftover material from the Poseable Plush Dolls. It is constructed using random color selection, and as a result, each rocket is unique.

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    #19 Rocko Rocket Book 1: Rocko 's Big Launch, First Edition. Audio book read by Yolande Clark-Jackson, music written by R. Jackson, and produced by Platinum winning producer, Tony Galvin.

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    #20 Book, Coloring Book and Crayons. You get Rocko Rocket Book 1: Rocko's Big Launch, First Edition Hardcover, with 44 beautifully illustrated pages. Plus the Rocko Rocket Coloring Book and Crayons, Original Flavor Rocko 4-inch Vinyl Rocko Sticker and a shout out on the Rocko Rocket website and FB page.

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    #17 Book and Game. You get Rocko Rocket Book 1: Rocko's Big Launch, First Edition Hardcover, with 44 beautifully illustrated pages. Plus The Memory Game, Original Flavor Rocko 4-inch Vinyl Rocko Sticker and a shout out on the Rocko Rocket website and FB page.

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    #18 Book and Flashcards. You get Rocko Rocket Book 1: Rocko's Big Launch, First Edition Hardcover, with 44 beautifully illustrated pages. Plus Travel Size Flashcards. Original Flavor Rocko 4-inch Vinyl Rocko Sticker and a shout out on the Rocko Rocket website and FB page.

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    #16 Magnetic Emotion Art. This 8"x 8" high quality mylar magnetic tile is great for the fridge or can be hung as changeable decor. It comes in seven flavors: Original, Blueberry, Dragon Fruit, Tangerine, Chocolate, Licorice and Powdered. Each flavor shows Rocko with a different emotion, which is great for teaching how to articulate feelings. Plus a shout out on the Rocko Rocket website and FB page. The entire set is available at the $150 level.

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    #22 Rocko Rocket Stargazer 16" x 16" pillow case. They come in eight flavors: Original, Blueberry, Dragon Fruit, Tangerine, Chocolate, Kickstarter, Licorice and Powdered. Plus a shout out on the Rocko Rocket website and FB page.

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    MD1 Plush Rocket. This 6" handmade plush rocket is created by recycling leftover material from the Poseable Plush Dolls. It is constructed using random color selection and as a result each rocket is unique.

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    #28 Rocko Plush Icon silk screened T-shirt. Comes with numbered and signed certificate of authenticity ((Edition of 25 in each flavor). It comes in eight flavors: Original, Blueberry, Dragon Fruit, Tangerine, Chocolate, Licorice and Powdered. Plus an Original Flavor Rocko 4-inch Vinyl Rocko Sticker and a shout out on

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    #26 Rocko Face Graphic silk screened T-shirt. Comes with numbered and signed certificate of authenticity (Edition of 25 in each flavor). It comes in eight flavors: Original, Blueberry, Dragon Fruit, Tangerine, Chocolate, Licorice and Powdered. Plus an Original Flavor Rocko 4-inch Vinyl Rocko Sticker and a shout out on the Rocko Rocket and FB page.

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    #27 Rocko Rocket Eye graphic silk screened T-shirt. Comes with numbered and signed certificate of authenticity (Edition of 25 in each flavor). It comes in eight flavors: Original, Blueberry, Dragon Fruit, Tangerine, Chocolate, Licorice and Powdered. Plus an Original Flavor Rocko 4-inch Vinyl Rocko Sticker and a shout out on.

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    #25 Rocko Rocket Helmut Graphic silk screened T-shirt. Comes with numbered and signed certificate of authenticity (Edition of 25 in each flavor). It comes in eight flavors: Original, Blueberry, Dragon Fruit, Tangerine, Chocolate, Kickstarter, Licorice and Powdered. Plus an Original Flavor Rocko 4-inch Vinyl Rocko Sticker and a shout out on the Rocko Rocket and FB page.

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    #23 Rocko Face Outline Graphic silk screened T-shirt. Comes with numbered and signed certificate of authenticity (Edition of 25 in each flavor). It comes in eight flavors: Original, Blueberry, Dragon Fruit, Tangerine, Chocolate, Licorice and Powdered. Plus an Original Flavor Rocko 4-inch Vinyl Rocko Sticker and a shout out on the Rocko Rocket and FB page.

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    #29 LG1 Plush Rocket. This 7" handmade plush rocket is created by recycling leftover material from the Poseable Plush Dolls. It is constructed using random color selection, and as a result, each rocket is unique.

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    #30 LG2 Plush Rocket. This 7" handmade plush rocket is created by recycling leftover material from the Poseable Plush Dolls. It is constructed using random color selection, and as a result, each rocket is unique.

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    #37 Kickstarter Flavor Rocko Rocket Eye graphic silk screened T-shirt. Comes with numbered and signed certificate of authenticity (10 in the edition). Plus an Original Flavor Rocko 4-inch Vinyl Rocko Sticker and a shout out on the Rocko Rocket website and FB page. Will only be offered on kickstarter.com while this project is active.

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    #38 Kickstarter Flavor Rocko Rocket Helmut Graphic silk screened T-shirt. Comes with numbered and signed certificate of authenticity (10 in the edition). Plus an Original Flavor Rocko 4-inch Vinyl Rocko Sticker and a shout out on the Rocko Rocket website and FB page. Will only be offered on kickstarter.com while this project is active.

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    Kickstarter Flavor Rocko Face Outline Graphic silk screened T-shirt. Comes with numbered and signed certificate of authenticity (10 in the edition). Plus an Original Flavor Rocko 4-inch Vinyl Rocko Sticker and a shout out on the Rocko Rocket website and FB page. Will only be offered on kickstarter.com while this project is active.

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    #32 Rocko's Big Lunch Mug and Lunch Box. The lunch box is a hand crafted limited edition of 75 and comes with numbered and signed certificate of authenticity. The 9 oz mug is a space-aged double wall stainless steel mug that helps to keep liquids cool or warm. It's virtually shatterproof and fit for astronauts of any age. Plus an Original Flavor Rocko 4-inch Vinyl Rocko Sticker and a shout out on the Rocko Rocket website and FB page.

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    #33 Early Bird Special! Rocko Rocket Cordless Nightlight. This light stands 16" tall and also doubles as mood lamp or flashlight. It uses 9 LED bulbs that virtually never need changing with a general life expectancy of 50 000 hrs. It is powered by 3 AAA batteries that are included. $30 off regular price. It comes in 7 flavors: Original, Blueberry, Dragon Fruit, Tangerine, Chocolate, Licorice and Powdered. Plus an Original Flavor Rocko 4-inch Vinyl Rocko Sticker and a shout out on the Rocko Rocket website and FB page.

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