Le Mieux & Amis - A New Educational Animation for PreK Kids!

Le Mieux & Amis - A New Educational Animation for PreK Kids!

From Jessica Woken

I'm raising money to create "Le Mieux & Amis", a cartoon for PreK kids that focuses on a Frenchy cat (Le Mieux, pronounced "Lay Meew") and his furry friends as they learn about art, culture, and friendship.

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Update #12

about 1 month ago

Though updates have been limited lately, we're ramping up production again using new Pencil2D software that integrates all the joys of frame-by-frame animation with some of the most basic of digital intervention.

The result: Quicker production time with characters that still look hand-drawn, just like the Le Mieux comic strip!

Here's the beginning few seconds of Bunny the House Rabbit doing his typical facepalm of disappointment. This animation clip will be integrated into the upcoming Le Mieux & Amis Christmas Short, due out late December.

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"Le Mieux & Amis" is a cartoon that aims to teach kids about art, culture, language, friendship, and how all those things work together to create our diverse and amazing world.

This world is SO crazy confusing! For kids, there are so many questions! And in order to help them answer all those "whys" we want to offer them paths to connect the things they know into an web of understanding that drives them to embrace the beauty of learning and the importance of diving outside their comfort zones in order to find answers.

In late 2018, Le Mieux creator Jessi received arts grant funding to help pay for the ridiculously expensive work of animating. But we still need help. That's why this fundraiser is here.

Funds will be used for two things:

  • Primarily, to pay graphic artists to animate.
  • Secondly, to pay for software licensing fees, digital storage fees, and other computer-related things that the animator's will need in order to do their jobs.

What have we done so far?

Alongside continuing the original Le Mieux comic strip for our 600+ Facebook fans with a new comic [almost] every week, we've...

  • ...created a scrolling background of the Le Mieux neighborhood for our cartoon introduction;
  • ...written and recorded a theme song;
  • ...developed our own typeface for use in credits, website, and elsewhere;
  • ...and are in the process of developing the individual personalities and movements of each of the five main characters: Le Mieux, Bunny the House Rabbit, Phil the Raccoon, La Gata the Kitten, Hobo the Oppossum, and Merv the Bear.

What's in our future?

We know we have a lot more work ahead of us. We'll have a script flushed out by June (and will share parts of it with our supporters!) and a public event June 30 to celebrate our progress up to that point.*

After that, it's more animating for our team to produce something worthy of presenting at film festivals, to animation investors, and to public and private television outlets, including online streaming outlets.

The big goal is for Le Mieux & Amis to become a common household name in educational children's programming!

And, with your help, we believe we can do it.

*The public event is required to fulfill the Minnesota Arts Grant agreement.

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Jessica Woken is a fiscal year 2019 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Jessica Woken posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #13

Though updates have been limited lately, we're ramping up production again using new Pencil2D software that integrates all the joys of frame-by-frame animation with some of the most basic of digital intervention.

The result: Quicker production time with characters that still look hand-drawn, just like the Le Mieux comic strip!

Here's the beginning few seconds of Bunny the House Rabbit doing his typical facepalm of disappointment. This animation clip will be integrated into the upcoming Le Mieux & Amis Christmas Short, due out late December.

Follow us on Facebook to keep abreast of all our developments and news.

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Jessica Woken posted a new update:
5 months ago

Update #12

Videos, a quiz, coloring pages... Things are happening!

As a part of our grant requirement, we're obligated to get the public involved with learning about our project. To do that we've made it easy for you to watch a "How We Did It" video (and others!) on our main website, LeMieuxComic.com.

On that same web page, we've included...
...a Le Mieux Quiz to test your knowledge about the comic strip and characters...
...5 coloring pages to download and color-fill-y enjoy!

WANT TO WIN A PRIZE? Here's how to enter our prize drawings:

1. Take the quiz --> Email us a screenshot of your score. (That counts as 1 entry into our drawing.)
2. Color a page, take a photo of it --> Email it to us! (EACH colored page counts as 1 entry into our drawing. One page type per person; that means up to 5 entries per person if you color them ALL!)

Our email: Human@LeMieuxComic.com.

A max of 6 entries per person into our final drawing, which will happen in TWO WEEKS on June 30, 2020.

Good luck, and have fun!

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Jessica Woken posted a new update:
8 months ago

Update #11

Have you seen our new logo?

It's in the preliminary stages, but we're pretty proud of it. This along with other recent developments and an overall summary of the work done in the last year will be shared in our big Project Update at the end of this week.

It'll all be posted on the LeMieuxComic.com website. Stay Tuned!

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Jessica Woken posted a new update:
8 months ago

Update #10

Campaign done -- SUCCESS!... And we're still working.

Thank you to you amazing supporters who contributed to the Le Mieux & Amis animation project. Despite the current events out in the world today -- and the associated delays they have put on our progress -- please remain confident that we're plugging away at creating and animating your favorite Le Mieux characters.

Most recently, we've added Merv the Bear to the mix. Known as Uncle Merv to #PhiltheRaccoon, Merv is a protector and wise adviser to the other, um, smaller creatures. He's our least extroverted character, so we're hoping the super introverts in our fan base will appreciate him for the behind-the-scenes influence he is.

"Thank you" gifts are in the process of being made, so keep up with our news by following the Le Mieux Facebook page.

Thanks again!
-Jessi.

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Jessica Woken posted a new update:
9 months ago

Update #9

ADJUSTING TO THE TIMES...

With so many social access changes happening with the rise of COVID-19 policies and precautions, our public event (which was to be held April 4 at the local public library) is looking like it won't happen.

This photo is a sneak peak into the awesomeness we had planned for it, including:
* Character stations: Learn about each character and watch it come to life on a digital screen!
* Partake in our Activity Table, which sports coloring pages of our characters, "Le Mieux & Amis" paper doll construction activities, and SO. MANY. STICKERS!
* Learn about our animation process through a 30-min presentation and talk from creator, Jessica Woken, followed by a Q&A session.
* Enjoy "primary color" cake pops and sign up to win art supplies and door prizes!

We're crossing our fingers we're able to still hold this event, but in the chance we aren't we'll of course let all you know.
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Jessica Woken is a fiscal year 2019 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Jessica Woken posted a new update:
9 months ago

Update #8

WE'VE REACHED OUR GOAL!

What a WONDERFUL thing to happen on a FRIDAY the 13th!

Thank you to our generous donors, supporters, sharers, and fans for helping to spread the word about our project.

But no need to stop the love -- while we have reached goal, animation doesn't stop. We're going to keep this kitty-train rolling until we get our first episode streaming online... and then some!

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Jessica Woken posted a new update:
9 months ago

Update #7

We're on the MOVE toward our $500 goal! CAN WE REACH IT by APRIL 3? Help us out!

We've upped the date for the closing of our Fundly campaign because we need to start getting away from fundraising and really focus on finishing our preliminary animations for our APRIL 4th event at CANNON FALLS LIBRARY.

This will be an open-to-the-public, free event where you can come in and see what we've been doing, learn about the animation process, learn about OUR animation process (and animators and other contributors), and WIN SOME FUN SWAG.

With 22 days left to raise a meager $165, I have confidence we can make it work. GO TEAM MIEUX!

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Jessica Woken posted a new update:
9 months ago

Update #6

La Gata BLINKS now!

We love her excessive mascara look so much. Like: SOOO much!

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Jessica Woken posted a new update:
9 months ago

Update #5

We hit 50%! With 45 days left to go, we're feeling pretty solid about reaching our $500 mark. A recent article on Le Mieux & Amis came out in our local newspaper (Cannon Falls Beacon) last week, and we're expecting another in another week or so to gain more attention and Fundly traction.
Thank you to ALL who follow, share, and have donated to this cause. You are WONDERFUL!

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Jessica Woken posted a new update:
9 months ago

Update #4

WE'RE GAINING STEAM!

A *second* press article is on its way, and we also reached $100 raised over the weekend. Woo hoo!

We'd also like to remind everyone we have mini Mieux plushies for sale. Check out all products on our website (LeMieuxComic.com/MieuxMarket) or go directly to our Facebook Shop to snag your handmade desktop plushie today. Remember: All profits go toward supporting Le Mieux & Amis!

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Jessica Woken posted a new update:
10 months ago

Update #3

PRESS: STAY TUNED!
We did an interview today with a local reporter from the Red Wing (MN) Republican-Eagle. We're expecting a lovely summary piece within the next couple weeks on "Le Mieux & Amis". We're expecting this bit of press to "sound the drums" and bring in more interest, more fans, and more Fundly Donors and Supporters.
Stay tuned!

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Jessica Woken posted a new update:
10 months ago

Update #1

We're counting on some #Facebookers to Like and Share our Facebook and Fundly pages this lazy weekend and up our donation earnings before another #dreadedMonday rolls around.

If you're in the Minnesota area (and if you're anything like us), you'll be cuddling up in the upcoming snowstorm with some serious #socialmediascrolling on your hands.

Just don't #Facebook too hard. Unless it's in a #realbook, then we definitely approve.

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