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    1. Creator Joe Soap on August 17, 2013

      So when realistically can we see our DVDs or to be more up-to-date, blurays?


    2. Creator Sean Murphy on July 31, 2013

      Hi Kevin,

      After receiving yet another update about multiple showings of the film that I, as a backer, have still not seen on the DVD I backed, I've grown tired of waiting. Can you please refund my pledge?



    3. Creator justin katz on November 5, 2012

      When will your backers get DVDs? I have yet to receive the film which was supposed to come on DVD "late spring of 2011."

    4. Creator Mark Mayerson on April 24, 2011

      Hi Kevin. Is it okay if I post the trailer on my blog Mayerson on Animation? It looks great and I'm looking forward to seeing the completed film.

    5. Creator Kim Schreck on March 4, 2011

      Congrats on your amazing successes with this huge project! I can't wait to see your work in the coming months and years.

    6. Creator Phets on February 25, 2011

      Hows on updates?

    7. Creator Mark Mayerson on November 8, 2010

      Hi Kevin. Would it be okay to post update #7 on my blog, Mayerson on Animation?

    8. Creator Mary Sigmond on August 27, 2010

      Bravos for your succesful trip to London! Good luck with sorting out all the material you've collected! I may know you through your wonderful grandparents, but I'm very proud of you too, Kevin!

    9. Creator Brandee Lee Hiller on June 29, 2010

      Congrats Kevin!!!!!

    10. Creator Joakim Sjöö on June 27, 2010

      congratz mate! Now, make some history!

    11. Creator Gil Megidish on June 26, 2010

      Kevin, you da man!

    12. Creator Nicki France on June 26, 2010

      Haha! I'm awesome! This movie better kick ass, Kevin!

    13. Creator Sam Sleiman (deleted) on June 26, 2010

      $88 more to go!

    14. Creator Gil Megidish on June 24, 2010

      $764 more to go! come on! push!

    15. Creator Bruce Wilson on June 21, 2010

      Kevin, is Richard willing to talk about it for the film? He's been reluctant to talk to anyone in the past about it. It'd be nice to hear his end of the story but regardless it'll be great to have the story told. Good luck!

    16. Creator Izzy Brinque on June 16, 2010

      Kevin- You Go Big Guy! Izzy D's Family says: "Let us know if the money isn't coming together and we'll figure out how to round things up."

    17. Creator Brandee Lee Hiller on June 15, 2010

      Awesome!! You're so close!!!

    18. Creator Carla Schreck McKenzie on June 15, 2010

      you are getting close! how exciting!

    19. Creator Werner Fischli on June 15, 2010

      A very intriguing project. Looking forward to "positive" updates. And yes - I'd like to get a DVD shipped to Switzerland ;)

    20. Creator Margaret Bracken on June 14, 2010

      We send best wishes for this fascinating project!
      Will and Margee

    21. Creator Peet Gelderblom on June 13, 2010

      A wonderful initiative, Kevin! I've contacted Amid Amidi at Cartoon Brew and wrote him about your campaign. Pretty much the whole animation industry visits his website every day, so I'm sure the Brew readers would be willing to help you out. Good luck!

    22. Creator justin katz on June 10, 2010

      "The Animator's Survival Kit" is my bible - I really hope this project comes together as I am looking forward to hearing the full story.

    23. Creator Holly Figueroa O'Reilly on June 10, 2010

      What a fantastic journey you are on. I am happy to back this project. Good luck reaching your goal!

    24. Creator Kevin Schreck on June 7, 2010

      The "Recobbled Cut" is a very admirable work. I'm in touch with its creator, Garrett Gilchrist, and he's provided me with a lot of unique, rare footage of the film's production.

      Feel free to tell your fellow animators about this! Every dollar counts.

      Thanks again!


    25. Creator Joakim Sjöö on June 7, 2010

      Hi, let the world know about what happened to Richard and his masterpiece. I feel sorry for him and I hope he gets over it, or better yet, start a new masterpiece, or even better: Finish the Thief and the Cobbler. I am an animator myself and I know how much hard work is needed to pull of something of this magnitude. I can recommend seeing the Thief and the Cobbler - Recobbled version. (use a popular search engine to find it - you know what to do).

    26. Creator Emily on June 7, 2010

      Hi Kevin, this looks fantastic! I just wish I could pledge more! :)

    27. Creator Brandee Lee Hiller on June 5, 2010

      Good luck Kevin!!!

    28. Creator Jan Ryan on June 3, 2010

      The motion looks so good. The water heater just fell through the floor, but I'll send some money.

    29. Creator Onj Sko on June 2, 2010

      I seem to remember watching a documentary about this project some time ago - could have been an Arena film?

    30. Creator Craig Parker on June 2, 2010

      I own a copy of Richard's' Animator's Survival Kit' and his work has played a strong role in the direction and career path I have been following for the last decade. Best of luck, you have my pledge.

    31. Creator Nicolas Martinez on June 1, 2010

      I've been a fan of this film (Richard's version) since high school, and I owe it to myself to make this documentary possible.