THE TALE OF THE SEAS Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

Awhile ago I posted a trailer for a really interesting, unique looking animation project called The Tale of the Seas. I called it beguiling. It beguiled me, and the creator, director, and animator, Yoram Benz, is hoping to beguile you as well. He launched an IndieGoGo campaign to secure financing to go into pre-production on the feature. Benz is an award-winning animator, and The Tale of the Seas is a passion project for him, one that he hopes will launch “a new breed of low budget animated feature film, something between traditional animation and digital puppetry.”

As I said before, I find this atmospheric, slightly oddball animation style especially charming. I have a two-year-old. I watch a lot of animated shows and movies, and it is incredibly refreshing to see something so new and different. Watch the trailer here, then head over to the project’s IndieGoGo page, look at the perks, and decide if you want to contribute. How we spend our money shows what we value. As geeks, we all give a lot of money to the massive corporations that churn out blockbusters of varying quality, and that’s fine, but we also value creativity and originality, and our spending should support that. End of plea.

THE TALE OF THE SEAS [is] a coming-of-age fantasy following a mysterious sea creature that washes up on the shores of an isolated fishing village. MERI, the childless wife of fisherman NEREUS, finds the creature and secretly nurses it back to health, but the knowledge of his existence becomes the talk to the town and creates uneasiness among villagers weary of change. The village’s destructive ways pushes their spirit world to a breaking point, and it’s up to two outcasts to steer them away from a path of self destruction.

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