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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, April 28 2013 2:56 PM UTC +00:00
$1,587
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
48
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, April 28 2013 2:56 PM UTC +00:00

About

The main character, TAR, is a barbarian hippo--like Zatoichi and Conan rolled into one. Imagine Kung Fu Panda if Quintin Tarantino directed it!  Bloody and violent, like an old samurai movie.

TAR sketch
TAR sketch

One thing that I've noticed in the barbarian fantasy novels on my shelf (and there are a lot--Kothar, Kane, Conan) is that they are typically short adventures strung together to form a longer tale. I feel that I can do the same sort of thing with an animated series of 7-10 minute episodes.

The money raised will fund production of the first episode of this series. If the goal is exceeded, then it will go toward the next episodes.

The characters that populate the world of Zandoria are anthropomorphic African animals, like classic funny-animal cartoons. Wildebeests and zebras, monkey wizards, ninja hyenas, dancing girl ostriches:

sketches
sketches
more sketches
more sketches

I have been developing this project for a while, and already have the main characters designed and modeled in Animation:Master. Because of the reusable nature of computer animation, all of the models, sets, and props that I create for one episode can be used in the next. Each asset becomes a part of a Library.

Once I have completed the tale that I have in mind, I plan on releasing all of the assets to the A:M community under an open license, so that the saga of TAR can continue beyond me....

TAR
TAR

Risks and challenges

The biggest obstacle is time, since I am working on this project in the evenings while working full-time. My goal is to complete this first episode by the end of this year.
There is also risk of delays for hard drive failures, lightning strikes, or accidents (heaven forbid) that delay completion. But I'm meticulous about back-ups and a safe driver :)

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    A digital copy of the first episode. Also my thanks, and your name in the credits as a supporter.

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    DVD of the first episode, with some behind the scenes features. Includes my thanks and your name in the credits as a supporter

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    DVD, as described above, plus a copy of the Animation:Master characters, sets, and props to play with! Includes a 30-day demo version of A:M. Includes my thanks and your name in the credits as a supporter

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    Limited-edition signed print suitable for framing--featuring concept artwork of TAR and other characters.
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    Original sketch of TAR and other characters. Signed and suitable for framing.
    Includes the other pledge rewards: DVD, A:M data, and your name in the credits as a supporter.
    Thanks to Hash Inc. This level includes a non-expiring full version of Animation:Master along with downloadable Hash Extras DVD, manuals, and included data!!!

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