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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Lackadaisy: The Animated Short Film

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Saint Louis, Missouri, 1920. Prohibition, the Constitutional ban on the sale of alcohol in the United States, comes into effect…. And business couldn’t be better at the Little Daisy Cafe.

But things aren’t what they seem. Atlas May, proprietor, uses the charming little restaurant as a front for his real cash cow; the Lackadaisy speakeasy, where flashing the club symbol from a deck of cards grants everykitty in-the-know access to more moonshine than they could ever drink. Life is good… Until Atlas is murdered in cold blood.

Now, it’s 1927. Mitzi, Atlas’ widow, struggles to keep Lackadaisy afloat, as the patrons drift away and a skeleton crew of staff sticks by her side. Scrappy young musician/rum-runner Rocky Rickaby, his wide-eyed but tightly-wound cousin Freckle McMurray, and the endlessly resourceful and sharp-tongued Ivy Pepper, heiress to the quickly-dwindling Lackadaisy fortune, are forced to make do in a world of increasingly unfriendly competition, intent on shooting, smuggling, and conspiring their way back to a successful bar, against all odds.

Lackadaisy Cats has been running online since 2006, immersing its readership in a world of sepia-toned crime, adventure, action, and comedy. And now, it’s ready for its next big move… to a screen near you.

There’s never been more interest in adult animation, with shows like Bojack Horseman, Big Mouth, and Primal capturing the attention and imaginations of millions of viewers.

Lackadaisy is an exceptional webcomic, but in her mind, Tracy has always pictured it as an animated film. It’s a side effect, perhaps, of a childhood nourished on Looney Tunes, Disney, and Don Bluth features; a dream of sharing that living, breathing, musical version of Lackadaisy with its dedicated readership. But the when-and-how something like that could ever be achieved has always lacked an obvious ingress.

As the 20s dawn upon us again, with new animation tools and techniques available, with talented and excited artists on deck an raring to get to work, and with the internet eager for more independently-created media, the auspiciousness seems writ-large – splashed across an art deco picture palace marquee, if you will.

The Lackadaisy animated short proposes a 10-minute, fun-and-action-filled adventure, full of car chases, shootout, sass, and un-requested violin solos. And with your help, we can make it happen!

As of March 30th, this project has raised $207,000 of their $85,000 goal. This project has 18 days left to raise as much as it can. For a pledge of $8, you will get one Lackadaisy essentials ebook.  For a pledge of $55, you will get the Lackadaisy animated short digital download.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:

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