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‘Napoleon Dynamite’ star Jon Heder to produce NFT animated series ‘Space Junk’

The Web3 animation studio Toonstar is back with “Space Junk,” another animated web series that leverages NFTs to enable teamwork and creative participation, following the release of “The Gimmicks” with actress Mila Kunis’s production firm last year.

Actor Jon Heder from “Napoleon Dynamite” has agreed to provide the vocal work this time.

Space Junk comedy movie

According to its description, “Space Junk” is a comedy about a job amid the stars. It concerns those in charge of clearing out spaceship debris. The inspiration for “Workaholics,” said Dominic Russo, who worked on the film, came from reading about a genuine space threat and becoming “slightly obsessed” with the idea of creating a humorous animated series about it.

Russo said “So much of sci-fi is sexy and sleek, and everyone’s got the perfect velour outfit with the perfect body in it. I don’t think space is gonna be like that. I think space is gonna be blue-collar workers fixing stuff, and it’s not going to be as sexy as we think—or want it to be.”

“They pitched it to me, and I just thought it was a really funny idea—very timely, and kind of a cool idea, not just for the concept of the show,” Heder said

Heder, known for films like “Blades of Glory” and “Just Like Glory,” will also lend his voice to the series, along with Tony Cavalero, who has voiced characters in “The Righteous Gemstones” and “School of Rock.”

Why will Space Junk debut a mint for NFTs?

He added that having the opportunity to work on a program that would be disseminated over Web3 was exciting. In addition to the planned NFT-driven animated series “Cyko KO” and his own Order of the Tigons NFT art project, which recently launched an experience in the metaverse game The Sandbox, Heder co-founded the Web3 agency and studio Verified Labs.

“Space Junk” will debut a mint for NFTs that viewers can use to vote on story decisions, communicate with the creators and other fans, and create their own stories for characters that are featured on an official wiki, similar to the pro wrestling-themed “The Gimmicks,” which debuted early last year in collaboration with Kunis’ Sixth Wall studio.

However, the show itself won’t be token-gated. Beginning on May 19, anyone can access it without charge. Every two weeks, Toonstar plans to release brand-new episodes. The length of each episode will range from 10 to 14 minutes. Despite being released less frequently than the “Gimmicks” season, which released a new episode every week, each show is around twice as long.

“Space Junk” will mint NFTs on Theta Network on May 15. NFTs will cost $20 each. The supply’s specifics have not been made public.

The second season of “The Gimmicks” last year began on Solana and was then relocated to Avalanche. John Attanasio, co-founder and CEO of Toonstar, asserted that the “Space Junk” NFTs on Theta ought to function similarly.

The presentation will also pay special attention to artificial intelligence (AI), which is currently the trendiest subject in the field of technology. Wellbecca, an AI health robot, will make an appearance in the program and have an AI chatbot as its voice. According to Attanasio, the Wellbecca AI bot will also be utilized in the real world to assist “Space Junk” NFT owners in writing their own short stories collaboratively.

Animation is increasingly employing performers of the same race to voice its characters after complaints over characters like Apu from “The Simpsons” and Diane from “BoJack Horseman” being spoken by white actors. It was the same sort of event, according to Attanasio.

“She’s a robot,” he said, “so why shouldn’t she be voiced by AI technology?”

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