The COVID-19 Pandemic has affected all of us, and in many different ways. But now that COVID-19 case numbers in the U.S., Europe, and many other places have dropped dramatically and restrictions are being lifted, it looks like we are getting back to ‘normal’. Now ‘normal’ may look a little different, but we are getting there. One thing that is part of ‘normal’ is our creative sector coming back and producing the entertainment and stories we all enjoy and need. A local example of this is the newly discovered Valley Studios Media, and their animated comedy series “Chucky Chicken”, geared towards everyone, especially “kids and kids-at-heart of all ages.”
Michael Cook, graduate of The Illinois Institute of Art- Schaumburg and Emmy Nominee, and driving creative force behind Chucky Chicken explains, “Chucky Chicken is an animated comedy series featuring a charming, plucky and occasionally awkward rooster who, along with his ensemble of friends; showcases humor and good heartedness while telling a variety of stories in a wide array of settings.
The series is dubbed ‘classic contemporary’. A combination of inspiration by the great, classic cartoons of the past and the hand-drawn method they were made; along with the contemporary methods and story lines of the present.” Current creative is a mixture of animated shorts, speed draws, and still imagery. Mr. Cook says, “It’s all about making great cartoons everyone can enjoy!” and to accomplish this he has assembled a high-profile team of Hollywood notables and YouTube talent.
Like many start-up ventures, Valley Studios Media has launched a Kickstarter campaign. With a with a contribution deadline of June 31, the team is asking folks to check out the campaign at this link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/8316344/chucky-chicken-animated-series
Gary Camarano, Executive Director of the Northwest Illinois Film Office said, “It is great to see Northwest Illinois’ creative sector grow. Last year we saw a number of projects completed in the region, including three indie films, two documentaries, and filming of a major studio production. The addition of an animation studio to our region’s lineup is welcomed. We’ve a growing list of feature and short filmmakers, documentarians, media education, and talented cast and crew. Northwest Illinois is a great place for film businesses and media projects.”
For more information about Chucky Chicken and Valley Studios Media, contact Mike at [email protected]