What’s all the Hullabaloo?

It seems these days that 2D animation has gone to the wayside. What a shame. CGI animation is beautiful to see, but there is still something beautiful and special about the 2D animation that started it all. And so I bring to your attention a project that could reignite this gorgeous art form, as well bring some new and exciting ideas to the forefront.

Disney creators and animators of the past and present are coming together to raise money to create a (hopefully) feature-length steampunk film (though currently the focus is on a collection of short films that could potentially lead to a feature-length film) of Hullabaloo. Not only would the concept of a steampunk film be something new for Disney creators to make, but there are two female protagonists that would lead the journey into imagination (Sorry, I had to do that). According to their Indiegogo page, where the creators are hoping to raise enough money to create the film(s):

Hullabaloo is a 2D (hand-drawn) animated steampunk film that hopes to help preserve the dying art of 2D animation; and by supporting this project, you get to help save 2D animation from an untimely demise. We want you to join us in making a short film that will showcase the world of Hullabaloo, which we can show to investors to fund a full length 2D feature. 2D animation is a beautiful but dying art form that the animation studios have all but abandoned. But if we can fund this film with your help, we will be able to show investors that people really do want to see a feature length animated steampunk film, allowing us to get the tremendous amount of funding needed to complete Hullabaloo as the full-length feature we believe you want to see.

In addition to helping save 2D animation, Hullabaloo aims to encourage girls to explore science and adventure. The film’s two protagonists are both young women and both scientists who use their intellect, wits, and courage to fight greed and corruption. We hope that Veronica Daring and her friend Jules will serve as positive role models for girls of all ages and encourage them to get excited about science, engineering, and sci-fi.”

The current art for the film is beautiful, and I think these two protagonists will help to break the Disney spell, so to speak, of the Disney princess obsession. Though the Indiegogo campaign has already far surpassed its initial goal of $80,000, the page is still open to donations. The filmographies of the creators of the project are listed on the Indiegogo page, and it’s quite an impressive list. If this film goes to theaters, this could be a great project. Let’s hope that this project eventually sees theaters!

Click here to reach Hullabaloo‘s Indiegogo page to learn more and/or donate to the campaign:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hullabaloo-steampunk-animated-film

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