Kickstart This: Friendship, Bromance, Humor and Adventure Make TALES OF ALETHRION Worth Investing In

Andrew Mack, Contributing Writer
Danish animators Mikkel Mainz, Kenneth Ladekjaer and Bo Juhl Nielsen- graduates of The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark- need your help creating a new animated series Tales of Alethrion. They wish to take the premise of Mikkel and Kenneth's graduate film, The Reward, and turn it into a full series and they are looking to raise funds to create the first episode. Watch the short for yourself and I am sure you will agree that this is a project worth supporting.

The first episode will tell the tale of the legend behind the mirror and why the map was created. Afterwards the story picks up just as Vito's and Wilhelm's epic quest has been concluded. They are now old and mighty heroes who wander the world. The next episodes will focus on new adventurers who travel out and explore the world. They will all be connected by the treasure map and influenced by the spirit of Alethrion.

What we would like to do with this series is to further develop the universe that we created during the making of "The Reward". There were so many possibilities which we didn't use in the short film and from the very beginning we wanted it to work like a pilot. In our opinion"The Reward" is a new take on the fantasy genre and has a spirit of wanderlust and fun and not the classic good versus evil. We want to focus on characters and their individual journeys and make stories that challenge the traditional ways of telling a story. It's important to us that the characters we create feel alive and full of personality. It is our belief that the story and humour will be best told with strong characters.

We want to make the series closely connected to the short film, but still have it's own appeal as well. It's important that it follows the spirit but delivers something new. We don't want to just copy the succes but we want to explore the same universe and feel of The Reward.

We love animation, we love fantasy and we love to make great stories. We see this as a possibility to take the fantasy genre in a direction that is mixed with the modern world and the values we have today. We hope you will help us get this project on it's feet so we can create something so magical, so epic, so insanely crazy... that you just might go blind...

After watching The Reward it is easy to see that they have created an expansive world full of weird and wonderful creatures and characters that still remains largely untapped. The animators are definitely influenced by the work of Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, Kemonzume and The Tatami Galaxy) and that is not such a bad thing to be compared to at all. And does it also hint at elements of naughtiness? I spied a few voluptuous creatures throughout the short. Per chance this would be more adult oriented than a show aimed at your hatchlings? That would be grand.
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