Lucky Ducky, a family-friendly claymation NFT project on the Ethereum network, is joining forces with acclaimed animator Rich Zim (Coraline, Nightmare Before Christmas, James & Giant Peach, Gumby) and Robot Chicken animator/producer Pete Levin this holiday season, bringing classic stop-motion animation skills into the NFT space. Serving as collaborators and advisors to Lucky Ducky, this marks the animators’ first venture into Web3.
Animators have long struggled with an unsteady employment culture, where established artists can suddenly see their project cut or themselves replaced by cheaper labor without IP ownership to fall back on. Lucky Ducky aims to offer animators a pathway to new revenue streams and creative output.
“When Lucky Ducky was first released, I immediately reached out,” said Zim, who collaborated on the company’s recent ‘Mystery Egg’ NFT airdrop. “NFTs are revolutionary for artists, but Lucky Ducky has revolutionized the entire industry in how animators can become their own studio.”
Zim brings over 30 years of experience on iconic claymation entertainment projects to the world of NFTs. He was bought on by Jeremy Fisher, the founder of Lucky Ducky, a stop-motion director and animator with over 10 years of experience in the entertainment industry working on projects such as Robot Chicken and Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. The two animators collaborated on a new series of interactive video projects that use classic animation techniques combined with Web3 technology to give Lucky Ducky NFT holders a genuinely immersive experience.
Levin as well is an accomplished animator who brings a wealth of stop-motion experience to the Lucky Ducky project. From assistant directing on the recent hit movie Marcel the Shell with Shoes On to producing animation projects for notable brands such as Marvel Toys and LEGO, Levin will continue to provide project support for Lucky Ducky.
“NFTs are going to change the world of animation as we know it,” said Levin. “This new way of creating allows artists to invoke the same passion they’ve always felt in claymation but with even more possibilities. I’m excited to join Lucky Ducky at the forefront of this and help the project guide more creators out of the woodwork.”
Fisher commented, “It’s an honor to work alongside Rich and Pete. These two have shaped the lives and childhoods of so many. We’re thrilled they’ve chosen our project to advise and make their entrance into NFTs.”