'Cannon Busters' returns with Kickstarter for animated pilot

LeSean Thomas' fabled fantasy Cannon Busters series may finally be returning, only this time in animated form.

The TV animation producer/director/artist has launched a $120,000 Kickstarter campaign to fund an eight- to 10-minute animated pilot for Cannon Busters: The Animated Series, featuring contributions from the likes of Joe Madureira, Thomas Romain and Tim Yoon.

Debuting in 2005 as a comic, Cannon Busters is set on Gearbolt, a fantasy world composed entirely of constantly rotating clock gear. Just one issue of the planned bimonthly miniseries was published, and while an original graphic novel was discussed, none was published.

Thomas, whose credits include The Legend of Korra and Black Dynamite: The Animated Series, describes Cannon Busters as "an animated adventure about the value of friendship and just how far one is willing to go to maintain it. If The Wizard of Oz met the Hidden Fortress with influences derived from Escaflowne, hip-hop, and classic RPGs -- you get Cannon Busters, one wild ride of fun, suspense, action, and wackiness."

Although the goal is $120,000, Thomas & Co. hope to raise enough money to produce a full 24-minute episode.

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