In the spirit of R-rated animated films like Heavy Metal and the works of Ralph Bakshi, Riff Lodge Animation (the studio behind the mind-blowing music video for Conan's Throne of Fire) are setting out to produce an EPIC feature-length fantasy/science-fiction film called The Planet of DOOM, created entirely by artists and bands in the doom/stoner/psych/metal genres.
The Planet of DOOM is an animated film in which our hero, Halvar the brave, seeks vengeance aboard a witch-born chopper, journeying across a psychedelic landscape on a quest to defeat the deadly beast Mördvél for the slaying of his beloved bride.
The story, written by artist David Paul Seymour, and animated by director Tim Granda, unwinds across 14 song-chapters, with each being interpreted by a different artist and band team-up. The film will also contain subtitles, so you'll never miss a lyric no matter how insane things get!
We invite each one of you to become part of the Helping Hands of DOOM fund-raiser, which brought in over $20,000 from company sponsorships just last month.
Through this Kickstarter campaign, you can show your support by helping get this badass film underway, and score a fistful of exclusive Kickstarter goodies in the process: everything from the official HHOD shirt from Heavy Clothing, to having yourself featured in the film as an animated “extra”! How cool is that?
Please help spread the word about The Planet of DOOM's Kickstarter to all your friends and enemies! If we all join together we can make this happen, and we've got only 30 days to do it!
Here's what a chapter in The Planet of DOOM will look and smell like. It was created by artist/writer David Paul Seymour, and director/animator Tim Granda. These are the dudes behind the mighty Riff Lodge Animation, the independent studio creating this film!
Granda is an animator out of Michigan, who also runs Doom Cycle, an on-line magazine that covers the raddest artists in the chopper scene. He’s a regular contributor to Show Class Magazine, and worked for, recorded, and performed at the legendary NYC club CBGB's.
As a kid, Granda used to pedal his BMX bike to the local 7-11 to buy the latest issue of Heavy Metal Magazine. Inside he discovered the works of Moebius, Druillet, Caza, and Corben, and his mind has been terminally warped ever since.
His passion for animation began at an early age when he discovered the film Yellow Submarine, and before long he was making stop-motion animated films with his parents Super-8 camera. He cites the work of René Laloux (Fantastic Planet, Gandahar) and Ralph Bakshi (American Pop, Fire and Ice) among his biggest influences.
Seymour is a Mississippi-based freelance artist and illustrator, mostly doing record covers, t-shirts, and poster artwork for rock and roll bands. He's done work for some of the biggest names in independent label rock and metal, notably Pentagram, Agnostic Front, The Sword, Red Fang, Graveyard, Earthless, and Kadavar. Seymour has also been commissioned by numerous noteworthy companies for apparel design, craft beer packaging, event posters, and skateboards.
Growing up in the ’80s in the DIY punk and metal scenes, he made lots of friends drawing cheaply xeroxed handbill flyers for bands and venues in his hometown of Biloxi, MS.
Throughout his life, Seymour has been influenced heavily by the likes of Frank Frazetta, Pushead, Brian Bolland, Bernie Wrightson, John Buscema, and Todd McFarlane; and of course, all manner of heavy music.
“The Planet of DOOM is a tribute to heavy music and the art that accompanies that type of music." said David Paul Seymour. "With this film, we're seeking to encapsulate the music and art community that Tim and I are a proud part of with one epic body of work. We are also naturally bringing in all sorts of fringe countercultures who've attached to this same community: bikers, skateboarders, comic book and sci-fi fantasy fans. It's a really vibrant and diversified community, and we've certainly brought in the right ambassadors to represent it properly.”
Tim Granda adds "Blowing minds and kicking ass is always a challenge, and we're gonna savor every twisted, tripped-out minute of it! David and I have been dreaming of making a movie like this ever since we were kids, and with the talent, passion, and commitment from everyone on board - plus knowing you all have our backs - WE WILL NOT FAIL!"
Please help spread the word about The Planet of DOOM's Kickstarter to all your friends and enemies! If we all join together we can make this happen!