What is "Hullabaloo"? it's described as a 2D hand-drawn animated steampunk film that hopes to help preserve the dying art of 2D animation. It’s helmed by James Lopez, veteran Disney animator whose 25-year career has included credits such as The Lion King, The Princess and the Frog, Pocahontas, Hercules and most recent short film Paperman, among many others. He’s currently a teacher at CalArts and has also worked for other studios including Warner Bros. and Dreamworks.
The story of ''Hullabaloo'' follows a young woman named Veronica Daring, a scientist who finds her inventor father missing. She’s quickly joined by a fellow female inventor, Jules, to hunt for her missing father and stop some nefarious villains along the way.
It's a film that not only aims to keep hand-drawn animation alive, but also features two female leads acting as role models, encouraging girls to enter into the worlds of science and adventure. Also on top of all that, it's drawn with steampunk flair.
James Lopez hopes to initially create the "Hullabaloo" short film and, depending on how their fundraising goes, produce more shorts, a web series, and possibly a feature length animated film. Their indiegogo campaign has already raised more than $145,000 passing it's original goal of $80,000. Funds contributed beyond that will allow for more shorts to be produced, even with a fully orchestrated score. And contributors can choose from an assortment of rewards including original artwork.
To see "Hullabaloo" happen and help keep 2D hand-drawn animation alive, contribute to the project on indiegogo page here.