McGruder hopes to earn $200,000 by next Friday to finance the movie. So far, he’s raised over half of that with 2,184 contributors who can get everything from original music by Uncle Ruckus to access to an insider production blog. Donors can check out new clips of Ruckus to see what you’re buying into here.
“There are no investors, corporate or otherwise, involved with the movie as of this moment,” McGruder said. “This whole thing is kind of an odd idea, so we’re starting with Kickstarter on this one and we’ll just see what happens. Crowd funding, however, is a big deal. It represents an entirely new relationship between fan and creator. It also represents a new financial model for making stuff, and that’s exciting. There’s always been interest in a live-action Boondocks movie, which to me was out of the question considering Huey and Riley are essentially impossible to cast. The animated feature would cost around $20 million, but a live-action Uncle Ruckus movie could cost a fraction of that. So just for the hell of it, we had the costume made and it was pretty amazing. To see Gary actually transform into Uncle Ruckus…it’s quite the surreal experience. I never expected the transition to be so completely seamless.”
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