Los Angeles animation collective Screen Novelties (co-founded by Mark Caballero, Seamus Walsh, and Christopher Finnegan) has launched a Kickstarter for their latest stop motion short, The WitchDoctor. Inspired by Tiki culture—from oceanic art and tribal carvings to Exotica music and kitschy tropical décor—the short will bring to life the studio’s longstanding mascot, the WITCHDOCTOR, an overzealous protector of a “magical realm of dense jungles, fiery volcanoes, and iridescent lagoons. There’s only one problem… The Witchdoctor STINKS at magic. When he mixes a potion or casts a spell, watch out!”
If there’s one thing that Screen Novelties knows how to do well, it’s traditional stop motion animation. Heck—they’re one of the mainstays of the medium, having brought their signature whimsical style to franchises like Spongebob Squarepants, Adventure Time, Robot Chicken, and Elf: Buddy’s musical Christmas. Not only will this short continue that tradition, but they’ll be incorporating black light into the mix:
There’s something haunting and elemental about those glow-in-the-dark environments that stokes the imagination. We are filming The Witchdoctor with a special black-light process so we can push the colors and highlights to the max. We’ve been experimenting with this technique for a while and can’t wait to show you how it looks.
In addition to helping fund the film (which you can see for as little as $15), Screen Novelties has teamed up with artist Tiki Diablo to offer backers an insanely cool collectible, ceramic tiki mug modeled in the WITCHDOCTOR’s likeness ($125-150)…not to mention other rad rewards such as a Witchdoctor T-Shirt and an old school view-master set with 3D stills from the film!
If you’re interested in learning more or to see how you can help support this project, be sure to stop by the WITCHDOCTOR Kickstarter page.