For the first time in his career, Plympton is collaborating on a film; co-creating "Revengeance" with underground animator and cartoonist Jim Lujan ("Sanjourno Must Die," "Spike and Mike," "Freakdaddy"). The talented voice cast includes Dave Foley ("The Kids in the Hall"), Kristina Wong, Lalo Alcaraz, Ken Mora, Jim Lujan himself, and actor Matthew Modine.
Modine, a long-time supporter of independent animation, is best known as “Pvt. Joker” in Stanley Kubrick’s "Full Metal Jacket," and as “Deputy Commissioner Peter Foley” in Christopher Nolan’s "The Dark Knight Rises." He can next be seen in this Summer’s new TNT drama, "Proof," opposite Jennifer Beals. He previously voiced two short films ("Santa," "The Fascist Years" and "The Flying House") by Plympton and executive produced Plympton’s "Cheatin’."
“Bill’s new feature with Jim Lujan looks like a blast. I’m excited to voice both ‘Sid,’ a biker gang member, and ‘Master,’ a cult leader! It’s fun doing character work like this and I love traditional hand-drawn animation,” said Matthew Modine.
Plympton will produce, animate, and direct "Revengeance" while Lujan will write, design, compose music, and voice many of the characters. Producer Adam Rackoff who served as Executive Producer on Plympton’s "The Flying House" and "Cheatin’" is returning to Executive Produce "Revengeance." The film has already begun production and is based on an original screenplay written by Lujan.
Plympton’s Cheatin’ was a Kickstarter darling. The campaign, launched in 2012, raised $100,916, nearly $26,000 past the fundraising goal.
Commented Bill Plympton: “I met Jim Lujan years ago when he interviewed me about my film Idiots and Angels, and he gave me some of his DVDs. I was really impressed by his work and asked him if he’d be interested in collaborating on a film. When he sent me the script for 'Revengeance' it was like discovering a new world---the underbelly of Los Angeles with bikers, gangsters, drug dealers, crooked politicians, and prostitutes. It was really dark and fascinating. I was so excited to make his film and thus the pre- production journey began. It’s a delight to come back to Kickstarter and officially launch 'Revengeance!' I think Kickstarter is the future for independent filmmaking.”
Added Jim Lujan: “Getting to know Bill through the years has really been inspiring. He truly is the “king of indie animation” and such a great person. Bill has kicked doors down and allowed me to learn from him. I couldn’t ask for a better collaborator on 'Revengeance' and we are thrilled to get this project off the ground.”
There is only week left to support this promising and unique project. Supporters can receive a variety of rewards including signed DVDs, Blu-rays, rare artwork, original animation drawings, and personal caricatures by Plympton. For the right price, fans can even have their likeness animated into the film as an “extra.”
Other rewards for the "Revengeance" campaign include:
-A private link to the finished film for a pledge of only $15 or more,
-An exclusive "Revengeance" postcard autographed by Plympton for pledges of $35 or more,
-An HD Blu-ray of the film hand-signed by Plympton for pledges of $75 or more.
-For backers who can pledge $100, you can get either an original animation drawing from "Revengeance" or a collection of limited edition caricature prints from Bill’s early years as an illustrator.
-Those who pledge $300 can get a classic animation drawing from one "Your Face," The Tune," "How to Kiss" or Plympton's MTV work
-Fans who pledge $400 or $499 will be able to select a classic production cel or drawing from "Your Face," The Tune," "How to Kiss" or Plympton's MTV work
- $500 or more, will get you “Bill Plympton’s Super Fan Package” and a “special thanks” credit at the end of the film. This package includes nearly all of Plympton’s animated films and books, with everything autographed (6 DVDs, 2 CDs, 2 posters, and 3 books).
-For pledges $1,000 or more, fans receive an original 8.5 x 11 in Wanted poster featuring a caricature of themselves hand-drawn by Plympton.
-For the first time, fans can be animated into a Plympton film as an “extra” for pledges of $1,500 or more.
For the complete list of rewards, please visit the "Revengeance" Kickstarter page.
Bill Plympton is widely considered to be the “King of Indie Animation.” He has been nominated for Academy Awards for "Your Face" (1987) and "Guard Dog" (2004) and is the first person to hand-animate an entire feature film entirely by himself. Bill and his team have been busy keeping up with the hundreds of questions and requests that continue to come through the Kickstarter message boards. To view the Kickstarter page and pledge your support, please visit: http://kck.st/1aEhcVG. The campaign ends on May 21.
"Revengeance" is directed, animated, and produced by Bill Plympton; written, designed, voiced, and scored by Jim Lujan; and Executive Produced by Adam Rackoff and Matthew Modine.
Official Film Website: http://www.revengeancemovie.com