Duane (Dog the Bounty Hunter) Chapman is the latest celebrity to become a stop-motion animated character, thanks to the folks at Canada’s Cuppa Coffee Studios. Dog is the star of his own animated PSA, which is part of a bigger campaign to ‘Free the Dog.’ Chapman is the facing charges in Mexico due to the capture of Andrew Luster, an American felon who had fled south of the border to skipprison.
‘It’s an unfortunate situation that he’s facing,’ explains Cuppa Coffee president Adam Shaheen. ‘When I heard the story of what happened, I wanted to offer support in some way. This seemed like the natural way to go.’
This one-of-a-kind public service announcement is the first time the studio (MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch, E!’s Starveillance and Teletoon/Blueprint Media’s The Wrong Coast) has ventured into this arena. ‘We’re certainly not anti-celebrity,’ insists Shaheen, ‘but in terms of creating convincing caricatures of real people, no other medium is as versatile and animation-friendly. It’s all in good fun!’
The finished PSA, which recently aired on CNN’s Glen Beck Show and can be seen on the official ‘Dog’ website, features a stop-motion Dog the Bounty Hunter encouraging supporters to sign an online petition to lend their support. You can view the spot at www.dogthebountyhunter.com or www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEsrHZBH7wY