Well, that didn’t take long. The crew at Critical Role launched a Kickstarter today to help fund an animated special, and the show was funded in under an hour. If you weren’t already aware from watching the show attempt to break Twitter this morning, the D&D podcast of voice actors launched a campaign to do a one-off 30-minute episode of their first campaign featuring the crew of Vox Machina. Something that fans had been requesting for years, but due to the fact that no one wanted to take a risk on the project, could never be funded. Now that the show has become its own entity, they reached out to the fans for funding to help make an animated show a reality, complete with this teaser video below.
Within 46 minutes of the campaign being launched, Critical Role received the full funding of $750k to make the special, and achieved $1,00,000 in just under an hour, setting one of the fastest Kickstarter records of 2019. According to their own page, the animated special probably isn’t going to be finished until the fall of 2020, meaning fans won’t even see it fully finished for another 18 months at the latest. Since they still have 45 days of funding to go and (as of when we wrote this) the funding counter just doesn’t seem to be slowing down, perhaps that episode can be animated faster or maybe more than one/a longer production can be produced.
In any case, congrats to the crew of Critical Role (Laura Bailey, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, Liam O’Brien, Marisha Ray, Sam Riegel, Travis Willingham, and Matthew Mercer) on a successful crowdsourced campaign, and we look forward to seeing the show when its produced.
UPDATE: According to Kickstarter’s media team, the project has officially set two records. They are the third fastest project all-time to reach $1m in 59 minutes, edging out Batman: Gotham City Chronicles, and they are now officially the fastest TV/film campaign to reach $1m, beating the Veronica Mars movie by three hours.