Dante Basco first got famous as a child actor appearing opposite Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, and Julia Roberts in the Peter Pan sequel “Hook.” Since then, Basco have become a prolific voice actor, most famous for his role as Prince Zuko in the beloved animated series “Avatar: the Last Airbender.” Now Basco has an idea for the character that first made him famous, an idea he’s so serious about that he’s crowdfunding to make it a reality.
As reported by EW, the short film is called “Bangarang” (after Basco’s catchphrase in the 1992 movie), and Basco is looking to raise $30,000 to put it together. It’s a prequel about his character Rufio, here named Roofus, about how he was orphaned and how he originally came to Neverland.
Re-imaginings of “Peter Pan” are nothing new. The story and characters have gone into the public domain in every country except for the U.S. and Spain, including in its native England. Still, remakes and re-imaginings are popular, from the recent box office bomb “Pan” to an upcoming Disney live-action remake. “Hook” was dismissed by critics when it first debuted, but the strong cast, and legendary director (none other than Sir Steven Spielberg) has kept the movie in the public consciousness as a childhood classic for decades.
Rufio himself remains a popular character, years after his only cinematic appearance. He’s still a mainstay for cosplayers at comic-con conventions and his silly catchphrase has found its way into more than one internet meme. Basco for one, takes the character very seriously. He says on the Kickstarter page: “This is an underdog, coming-of-age film in all the best ways. It’s the story of a under represented group of heroes – bullied because they’re different, and nothing more (such as Roofus, who comes from a immigrant family) – who won’t let their villains get in the way of destiny.” He concludes in big, bold letters: “This movie is about believing in yourself, and not letting your past define you are. Finding your destiny and forcing it into existence.”
At the time of writing, the project has earned $16,894, and is about halfway to its goal.
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