The voice of Larry the Cucumber, Mike Nawrocki, has a professional team in place to launch a new kids TV series, but one thing missing is the funds.
The new Christian animated series is called The Dead Sea Squirrels based on a book series Nawrocki wrote.
"It's been a longtime dream of mine to bring this series to life," says Nawrocki. "What started as a title based on a 'cheesy' pun has developed into a fun-filled world kids will love while giving parents an entertaining resource to pass on biblical values and life lessons. Plus, with VeggieTales, 3-2-1 Penguins, and now The Dead Sea Squirrels, I hope to cement my legacy as the 'cheesy' pun title guy!"
The Dead Sea Squirrels tells the story of Merle and Pearl, two 1st century squirrels from Israel who've been preserved in sea salt in a cave alongside the Dead Sea. When 10-year-old Michael discovers them 2000 years later and sneaks them home in his backpack, hijinks ensue after this salty couple animates and takes their new friend on adventures full of fun and character-building lessons.
The pilot is finished however to complete the 13 episode series, Nawrocki will need $1.2 million. The Kickstarter began on February 16 and he has until April 1 to raise all the funds.
According to New Release Today, Nawrocki gathered an outstanding team of industry professionals with whom he teaches at Lipscomb University, including renowned Disney animator Tom Bancroft (Mulan, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast) and legendary producer/filmmaker/recording artist Steve Taylor, with whom he co-wrote "The Dead Sea Squirrels" theme song.