By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire September 10, 2013 at 2:57PM
It's raised over $300,000 on Kickstarter and has over 350 million views on YouTube. And now the sophomoric animated online show "Dick Figures" will get its own feature-length movie on various digital platforms via Cinedigm and Yekra, a new distribution platform, the companies announced today.
In case you're not familiar with "Dick Figures," it's an animated story of friendship created by Ed Skudder and Zack Keller and featuring dysfunctional heroes (in the form of stick figures) Red and Blue. The movie will follow Red and Blue's quest to discover The Great Sword of Destiny.
"Dick Figures: the Movie" will be released as 12 weekly, ad-supported chapters on YouTube and also made available in its entirety on Google Play, as well as other paid/rental digital platforms. Mondo Media, "Dick Figures'" YouTube home and production company Six Point Harness partnered with Cinedigm to manage the paid/rental digital platforms and Yekra, to distribute video. Kickstarter backers will be given special free access to the movie, which Cinedigm will release on DVD in December.
"We made this movie for the fans and with the fans thanks to their generous contributions. Their support and the freedom that comes with creating content for the web has allowed us to make exactly the movie we wanted. A closer relationship between creators and fans paired with direct distribution through digital platforms is the future of movies," said creators Skudder and Keller in a statement.
With 43 short format episodes, "Dick Figures" is the number one animated series on YouTube. Launched in 2010, the show has inspired countless user-generated videos. The movie will also be available international with dubbing and subtitles.
"Audiences now have the digital tools and platforms to discover, support and consume content that they love. From YouTube subscriptions to fan patronization to cord-cutting to social video distribution, Dick Figures The Movie is blazing a new path for hit 'online first' properties," said John Evershed, CEO of Mondo Media. Check out the trailer for "Dick Figures: The Movie" below: