Veteran Animators Turn to Crowd Funding for Film
July 16, 2013

Veteran Animators Turn to Crowd Funding for Film

Even former Disney animators are looking to crowd funding for help in their film projects.

Recently, Aaron Blaise and Chuck Williams turned to Kickstarter to kick off their animated feature Art Story. Both have extensive experience on some modern-day Disney classics, including Brother Bear, which Blaise co-directed and Williams produced. The feature was nominated for an Oscar (Best Animated Feature).

Now they are pursuing a unique computer-animated film about a boy and his grandfather who become trapped in the vast, imaginative world of paintings. 

Aaron and I saw all the exciting things happening online through crowd funding and thought, we've got a great film that should be made, and we could use some help -- so dang it, let's try Kickstarter!" says Williams on the Kickstarter site.

The story, according to the Kickstarter page: It's a story about an 11-year-old, meticulous boy, Walt, and his crazy, loopy Grandpa -- two complete opposites -- who get stuck in a vast, imaginative world of paintings.  Inside, they cross paths with a ruthless painted character determined to make it into our world.  In order to get home and stop the villain, Walt and Grandpa have to set aside their differences, work together and navigate worlds where the rules can change around every corner.  

Check out the pitch: