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Cartoon Carnival: The Documentary...on Kickstarter
« on: November 26, 2014, 09:46:46 am »
It's with great pride that I wish to inform you about a project in which I'm thrilled to be taking part. It's a documentary called Cartoon Carnival, conceptualized by Andrew T. Smith (Filmed in Supermarionation), a fine young gent and filmmaker in England. Cartoon Carnival aims to be a fresh new primer on the early history of animation, particularly the silent era. It is our hope that this film will be used in classrooms and other educational settings, as well as inspire new fans of these early and under-appreciated films in other traditional and contemporary movie-viewing venues.

The film would also chronicle a bit of the work I have been doing to research, archive, preserve and exhibit this neglected film genre. I'm incredibly grateful to Andrew for taking such a serious level of interest in this work and wanting to bring not only the very historically significant story of early animation out into the general spotlight, but also to do the same for my cause as a historian and archivist.

Here are a few words direct from Mr. Smith:

"Hi, everybody! Andrew T. Smith, here. I just wanted to write you all a quick note to say how thrilled I am to be working with Tommy on this project. I've admired his Cartoon Carnivals from afar and now, with your help, I'd really like to bring these films to an even wider audience. Our Kickstarter is now open to potential backers across the globe and those of you who get there earlier enough might make it in time to snap up some Early Bird discounts. We'd really appreciate your support, whether than means your investing some of your hard-earned cash or simply sharing our Kickstarter page with your friends via social media and word of mouth. We can't do this without you.

Cartoon Carnival aims to raise enough funding to produce a feature length documentary film which will tell the unique story of the development of early American animation chronicling the journey of the talented artists and technicians who strove to advance the art form. In telling this story, interviews and commentary supported by a selection of complete cartoon shorts from the archive of Tommy José Stathes."

We need everyone's help to make the film a reality and hope you can make a nominal (or generous!) contribution over at the Kickstarter campaign. Even if you cannot contribute any funds, sharing the news and campaign page with other aficionados would be greatly appreciated.

The film's Kickstarter page can be found at: http://kck.st/1y9CDW2

Cartoon Carnival Facebook: http://facebook.com/cartooncarnivaldoc

Twitter @CartoonCarnival

Many Sincere Thanks,
TJS
http://tommyjose.com

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Re: Cartoon Carnival: The Documentary...on Kickstarter
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2014, 11:15:23 am »
Donated! Thanks for the notice, really want to see this project come to fruition!
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Re: Cartoon Carnival: The Documentary...on Kickstarter
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2014, 08:28:59 pm »
Thanks so much dbear! We're about 20% funded in just four days, but there's still a long way to go. We appreciate your contributions...and spreading the news!

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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2014, 12:35:18 pm »
We've made quite a bit of progress but still have a LONG way to go with just 18 days left. Please help, if you can!! Thanks!  :felix: :ozzie:

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Re: Cartoon Carnival: The Documentary...on Kickstarter
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2014, 03:29:38 am »
I've pledged! This looks great, really want this to happen!

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Re: Cartoon Carnival: The Documentary...on Kickstarter
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2014, 09:33:11 pm »
I've pledged! This looks great, really want this to happen!

Thanks kindly, Mac! Every little bit helps and we've a long way to go.

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« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2014, 10:40:30 am »
There are only two days left to the campaign...I'm shocked at how well we've done, but there's still a pile of money to be raised in the final stretch. Hoping more here can contribute! Thanks  :felix:

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Re: Cartoon Carnival: The Documentary...on Kickstarter
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2014, 06:03:07 am »
Almost forgot about this one. Backed it today (went for the Blu-ray) and crossing my fingers that you'll get enough money.

Ordered Cartoon Roots today as well. :)

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« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2014, 06:44:50 pm »
Thanks a bunch...on both counts! We're so close, I'm sure we'll make it. There's still time (and a little pile of money needed) so a few last-minute pledges from our IAD friends would be super helpful.

And hope you enjoy Roots...do let me know what you think, or rather, an Amazon customer review would be superb! I bet we'll start hearing from more buyers after the holidays wind down and the postal service has delivered all the copies purchased so far.

Almost forgot about this one. Backed it today (went for the Blu-ray) and crossing my fingers that you'll get enough money.

Ordered Cartoon Roots today as well. :)

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Re: Cartoon Carnival: The Documentary...on Kickstarter
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2014, 06:53:22 am »
Congratulations on reaching the goal. Currently £2 over the goal with 11 hours to go. Looking forward to it

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« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2014, 02:48:39 pm »
Wow-ee!! Thanks to everyone who helped....can't believe we made it. We've had a couple cancellations today, I guess people thinking they'd rather save their money now that we reached the goal, so there's actually still a risk of the number going back in the red. Hoping for the best.

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Re: Cartoon Carnival: The Documentary...on Kickstarter
« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2014, 08:09:08 pm »
Congratulations on being able to make almost halfway to the stretch goal, Mr. Stathes! I only wish it could have been fulfilled.

Still, I am looking forward to the completed documentary! ;D

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« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2014, 04:15:58 am »
Congratulations on being able to make almost halfway to the stretch goal, Mr. Stathes! I only wish it could have been fulfilled.

Still, I am looking forward to the completed documentary! ;D

Thanks Toadette! I'm still rather stunned that we made it after all...wow!  :felix:

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Re: Cartoon Carnival: The Documentary...on Kickstarter
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2014, 05:10:21 am »
Glad to be one of the 280 :biggrin: Good luck working on the documentary, Tom; for all your past efforts, you deserve it :smile:.

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« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2014, 07:11:09 am »
Congratulations! So glad this reached the funding goal! :)