Anointed Fighters Cartoon
It seems a little strange at first, I realize, when you hear that Wanderlust Productions is working on a cartoon. After all, aren’t we just three guys with a studio at Judson University, who make documentaries about the wonders of God around the world? Where did a cartoon come from?
The truth is, I wanted to write a cartoon long before I wanted to do anything else.
In film school, my dream was to write for animation. 12 years later, my professor still remembers the animated script I wrote back then with fondness, and upon graduation I was set to begin a writing gig for VeggieTales. But then, everything fell through and I was now newly married with no job. I had to hustle. So I called up an old professor at Judson and asked if they had any openings for adjunct work. I got the gig 3 days before classes began. Fortunately for me, they couldn’t get rid of me!
While filming my film with UFC fighter Ken Shamrock, I came across the ministry of Danny White, called Anointed Fighter. While looking through his stuff, I saw an idea for an animated series of the same name, and I was intrigued. I asked about it, and he had been dreaming about this series for years, but didn’t have the money to finance or produce it. I asked if I could take a shot at a pilot script, and he said sure.
I have three children of my own, and in all honestly, I am making this for them. Eventually, Wanderlust will step into making narrative films, and this is like our first foray into that world–stepping out of simply making documentaries. I wrote the script, we did all the voices and pre-production, and will be handling all the post-production once the animators have finished. It will be a 30 minute cartoon, but we’re pouring everything we have into this thing, trying to make it feel as cinematic as possible. But the story is what we’re most excited about. It’s got plenty of action, spiritual questions, and of course, kung fu.
We wanted to make the absolute coolest, thought provoking cartoon we could, and we sure hope we succeed! Right now, we’re hoping to release Anointed Fighters sometime this summer. Keep an eye out for the teaser trailer over the next few months!
UPDATE: The cartoon is now available on DVD!