Crowdfund This: Second Season of LGBTQ Animated Web Series, ‘McTucky Fried High’
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Crowdfund This: Second Season of LGBTQ Animated Web Series, ‘McTucky Fried High’


The timing couldn’t be more perfect with regards to Andre Seewood’s article just below, you might remember that, earlier this spring, I profiled and posted the videos for a new animated web series, "McTucky Fried High," created by Chicago-based filmmaker/illustrator/activist, Robert Carnilius, with the goal he says of “using comedy to tackle issues of gender identity, bullying, sexting and coming out of the closet."

Carnilus says that using animation is the perfect format to approach the subject matter “because animated characters are non-human, and could be funny, yet inviting and make the perfect platform in which to engage the audience with humor and a quality story."

But Robert has a more serious goal, and it’s not just teens who he made the series for: “I think a series like this is important not only for visibility of LGBTQ teens, but I also think it could be a fun, light-hearted way for parents and teachers to see issues their teens and students may be facing in order to better understand them, communicate with them and help them, rather than forcing them to conform to societal norms.”

And he adds that he hopes that his webseries is seen as “another tool towards inclusivity and healthy representation for the LGBTQ community. Along with the brand of humor, animations, characters and stories, I hope viewers are encouraged to be who they are and challenge the status quo. I also hope they are inspired to be ever-active in the fight for equality and justice."

Well, season one of "McTucky" was a hit, garnering over 35,000 views on Youtube alone, and was screened at film festivals around the world. It was recently dubbed into Japanese for Tokyo audiences. Now work is currently underway on season two of the series, which Robert says will deal with "religion, feminism, STD’s and race," and which he plans to premiere on Feb 2016.

The seven episode series has already gotten a $9,000 grant from the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund, and an Albert. P Weisman Award. However to complete financing, he has established a crowdfunding campaign to raise the remaining $16,000 in their production budget.

If this sounds like a project you want to help see come into reality, then go here to check out the series’ Indiegogo page.