- Wait, I don't get it... Who are The Aquabats for? Is this a kids' thing?
- Why do you need $1,110,000? Does the show REALLY cost that much?
- If the show finds a new home on a TV network or platform, will I get the new music and shows before everyone else? If not, why would I pledge now, and not just wait?
- When will you charge me for SHIPPING? How much will it cost?
- I already have all of your old stuff. How do I just get the NEW STUFF?
- How will I get the new music sand shows? Will there be DRM?
- Yes, but will there be DRM on the new music or videos? I hate DRM!
- Does each reward package include ALL previous reward packages?
- What's in the LEGION MEMBERSHIP KIT download?
- How will the ONLINE LIVESTREAM PREMIERE work?
- What's with the "AQUABATS! GREATEST HITS!" album?
- Tell me more about the AQUABATS' LEGION T-SHIRT!
- What's the deal with the "SUPER SHOW: SEASON 1 SOUNDTRACK"?
- Tell me about the POSTER. Do I really need another poster?
- These PAUL FRANK ACCESSORIES... Will they be cool?
- What if I want the BOXED SET *and* the ACCESSORIES?
- How does the PERSONALIZED VOICEMAIL work?
- How does the DIRECT TO (PERSONALIZED) VIDEO work?
- How does the SUPER SHOW SHOUT-OUT reward work?
- How does the NAME OF THE GAME reward work?
Wait, I don't get it...
Who are The Aquabats for?
Is this a kids' thing?
The Aquabats are for awesome people of ALL AGES. Their albums and television show are loved and adored by children, adults, jocks, nerds, suits, surfers, skaters, polo-players, comic book readers, anime-heads, punk rock kidz and ska aficionados alike… and maybe you!
Their work often draws comparisons to everything from WEIRD AL YANKOVIC and THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS to PEE-WEE'S PLAYHOUSE, the Adam West BATMAN!, and other favorites that appeal to all ages, like ADVENTURE TIME or REGULAR SHOW.
If you've never seen or heard them, prepare to discover THE WORLD’S BEST BAND who are also superheroes, and who used to have a super rad live-action and animation show that got 7 Emmy nominations and then became an orphan when its network went out of business.
- To get a quick idea of what "THE AQUABATS! SUPER SHOW!" is like, check out this video.
- If you don't just want to take it from us, take it from THIS GUY, and watch this!
- Or, if you just can't make up your mind, watch some old episodes here.
- Also, we’ve put out a lot of awesome albums and different styles of music over the years.
Check out some of the music for free, and see what you think!
Why do you need $1,110,000?
Does the show REALLY cost that much?
We're really glad you asked, because we want you to understand EXACTLY how The Aquabats will spend the funds raised on Kickstarter, and why the minimum goal is $1,110,000. (We know, it sounds like a lot – but once you see what we have to use it for, you'll understand!)
Here's the quick answer:
1. We don't get to spend all of the money we raise on Kickstarter.
• Running the Kickstarter takes about 15%.
• Making your rewards takes about 25%.
• That means we have 60% LEFT to make stuff.
2. The first episode costs a lot more than all the others.
• There are lots of "startup costs", like rebuilding the Battletram.
• Those costs will take ANOTHER 25% of what we raised.
• Then, with the 30% remaining, we have to cover a LOT of expenses!
3. Here's how the costs break down:
• We'll spend about $265,000 on one-time costs.
• We'll have about $350,000 left to make the first episode.
• We'll have about $35,000 left to make a new album!
• Then, for each additional $375,000 we raise, we can make...
1 MORE EPISODE + 3 MORE SONGS!
We also posted a more detailed explanation from our director, Jason deVilliers, complete with colorful charts, to make this even easier to follow!
If the show finds a new home on a TV network or platform, will I get the new music and shows before everyone else? If not, why would I pledge now, and not just wait?
Okay, homies: Time for some real tak.
We can't 100% PROMISE this, even though we'd like to, and we'll do our best.
Think about it: What if we find a new home for the Super Show, but our new foster parents won't help us keep making the Super Show unless we agree not to give away the show to ALL of the biggest Aquabats fans before it ever airs on their network or site? That would be a hard choice!
We will do our ABSOLUTE BEST to do right by The Legion of Righteous Comrades, and all of our backers. Our hope is that, even if we find a new home, they'll understand how much YOU did to help #BringBackTheAquabats, and they'll let us send your digital downloads at least a few days before anyone else can see the new show(s).
Is it possible that other people, who don't pledge to the Kickstarter, will get to see the new shows, or hear the new music, almost as soon as you? Well, yeah, it's possible...
But remember: that DOESN'T mean you can just "wait and get the new Aquabats stuff when it comes out"... because if we don't gather enough Righteous Comrades to succeed, there might not EVER BE NEW AQUABATS MUSIC OR TELEVISION SHOWS EVER AGAIN!
When will you charge me for SHIPPING?
How much will it cost?
Wowsers, we're glad you asked. This is a really important question.
A few weeks after the SUPER KICKSTARTER! ends, you'll receive an email to fill out a REWARD ORDER FORM (or "SURVEY"), where you'll answer whatever questions we need to start making your rewards (like your T-SHIRT SIZE, whether you want DVD or BLU-RAY, etc).
When you fill out your REWARD ORDER FORM, you'll also be able to UPGRADE some of your rewards, or grab some EXTRAS and ADD-ON REWARDS to get exactly the rewards you want. Then, once you tell us your address, we'll be able to figure out the EXACT SHIPPING COST, and you'll be able to pay for it then.
I already have all of your old stuff.
How do I just get the NEW STUFF?
Ah, a bargain hunter! We've got you covered, friend! If you don't want a lot of super-rad campaign rewards, or extra copies of The Aquabats' older music and television shows to share with your friends, we've got special reward levels just for you.
IF YOU JUST CARE ABOUT THE MUSIC, take a look at the "LONG-TIME LISTENER: VOL 1" ($44), which gets you at least 4 albums worth of new and unreleased music, or upgrade to get the music on CD ("VOL 2", $100) or SIGNED VINYL ("VOL 3", $160).
IF YOU JUST WANT ALL OF THE NEW STUFF, check out "THE TOTAL DIGITAL AWESOMENESS" ($88), which includes copies of ALL of the new stuff The Aquabats make, and throws in both of the old television seasons too. If you have them already, why not give them to a friend, and help THEM discover the joy of The Aquabats?
But remember, this isn't just about the rewards.
When you pledge, what you're REALLY doing is helping #BringBackTheAquabats, and making it possible for them to go back to making new music, new episodes of Super Show, and being The Aquabats full-time -- which also gives them a chance to spend more time on tour, playing totally rad shows NEAR YOU.
Most important, it means the kids won't have to live in a world where there's no new Aquabats music or television to look forward to. Please… won't you think of the kids?*
(*Kids can be all ages. What we're really saying is, the pure of heart, who aren't afraid to be themselves, and not take everything too seriously. That's probably you! You're probably a kid!)
How will I get the new music & EPISODEs?
Will there be DRM?
For the NEW ALBUMS, we'll send you links to download the files, with no DRM or copy-protection on them. We're not 100% sure, but we'll probably release them in a high-quality M4A file format, the same encoding that iTunes and other commercial music services use.
For the NEW EPISODES, we're planning to send you digital codes that let you stream and download HD video files (DRM-free!) using a service called VIMEO OTT. (It used to be called VHX.tv.) Like the music downloads, that means you'll be able to watch the episodes anytime you want, on any device you want, without restrictions.
If you don't want to download the episodes, VIMEO OTT also has apps (and a website) that will let you stream it to your digital devices, as well as apps on AppleTV, Roku, Google Chromecast, and more. We'll add more information about this as details are finalized.
Yes, but will there be DRM on the
new music or videos? I hate DRM!
Once more, for our friends in the bleachers: there won't be ANY DRM on the album and episode downloads, which means you'll be able to watch and listen to them WHENEVER, WHEREVER and HOWEVER you want!
You'll be able to put them on any device you want, back them up on portable drives, bury those portable drives in your backyard or the woods, and so on.
Basically the only thing you shouldn't do is sell them, or give them away to everyone you know for free. And that's just because, if other people don't pledge too, we'll go broke and won't be able to keep making MORE music and television for you! (GASP! THE HORROR!)
Does each reward package include
ALL previous reward packages?
That's a very important question! Here's how it works:
Most of the reward packages, up to $300, include almost all of the rewards in the lower packages.
(For example, the $300 LEVEL includes all of the rewards in the $11, $22, $33, $55, $77, $111, $150, $200, $250 and $300 reward levels. That's a LOT OF REWARDS!!)
After that, most of the reward packages include all of the rewards from the $300 package, as well as any other UNIQUE rewards that are specifically listed.
There are also a few special levels called STANDALONE REWARDS.
These are special packages for people who want very specific rewards, and don't want all of the rewards in the other levels. So, if you get a STANDALONE REWARD (like the $44, $88, $100 or $160 levels), your level ONLY includes the rewards that are listed in the description. If it's called a STANDALONE REWARD, that also means that it's not included in any of the OTHER reward levels… but don't worry, you can still get those exclusive items if you want them!
Here's how that will work: Some of the STANDALONE REWARDS, like getting all of The Aquabats' new music on CD or SIGNED VINYL, will ALSO be available as "UPGRADES" to the other pledges. For example, if your pledge rewards include digital album or episode downloads, you can upgrade those rewards to get CDs, VINYL, DVD and/or BLU-RAY copies too. Stay tuned, and we'll explain how in a backer update soon!
What's in the LEGION
MEMBERSHIP KIT download?
Good question, kids! The Legion Membership Kit will include a printable ID CARD and CERTIFICATE OF MEMBERSHIP, showing everyone that you answered the call, joined The Legion of Righteous Comrades, and helped Bring Back The Aquabats! If we raise more than our minimum goal, we'll also add some other digital secret goodies to it. Stay tuned!
How will the ONLINE
LIVESTREAM PREMIERE work?
Well, it'll be SUPER RAD, that's for sure! If this Kickstarter succeeds, and we're able to make more of the Super Show!, we want you to be the first people to see it! So, before it comes out for download, or on whatever cool network or platform that gives us a new home, we'll do a PRIVATE LIVESTREAM with The Aquabats, where you can tune in live and watch it with your fellow Righteous Comrades, and then ask our heroes your questions… live, but from home!
What's with the
"AQUABATS! GREATEST HITS!" album?
We're so glad you asked, friend! As you might know, The Aquabats have been making rad music and fighting the forces of evil and negativity for almost 25 years. They've put out a BUNCH of albums and songs and b-sides, but for this Kickstarter – and their 25th Anniversary! – the Aquabats want to do something special.
Now, as long as we reach our first goal ($1,110,000), The Aquabats will send you a new compilation album of their awesomest songs – and if we pass our SECOND GOAL ($2,220,000), they'll be able to re-record all of their hits as a NEW LIVE ALBUM!
So you see, kids, the more we raise, the more awesome music you'll GET!
Tell me more about
the AQUABATS' LEGION T-SHIRT!
The AQUABATS' LEGION t-shirt will be 100% EXCLUSIVE to this Kickstarter campaign, and will never be available again… so don't snooze on this one, homies!
After the campaign ends, you'll get your REWARD ORDER FORM, and you'll be able to tell us what SHIRT SIZE you want. (Don't tell us yet! We'll lose your answer!)
When you fill out your ORDER FORM, you'll also have the option to upgrade your t-shirt(s)...
- To a 3X, 4X or 5X for an extra $5.
- To a HOODIE for an extra $20-35.
(And remember, if the Legion unlocks enough #CHALLENGEMENTS, it will unlock a special reward upgrade, and everyone getting the AQUABATS' LEGION T-SHIRT will get to choose between at least TWO exclusive designs, or upgrade to get both!)
What's the deal with the
SUPER SHOW: SEASON 1 SOUNDTRACK?
What's the DEAL, you ask? It's a GREAT DEAL, you guys! The Aquabats have been working on it for YEARS, and now they're almost ready to share it with all of you.
Even if you never watched The Aquabats! Super Show!, the soundtrack will be "essential listening": it's got over 36 new full-length tracks*, expanded from the versions on the Super Show, and they make just as much sense even if you never saw it! The soundtrack includes some of our best songs from Season 1, like "Burger Rain", "Doing Science" and "Beat Fishin'".
Most of these songs have NEVER BEEN RELEASED… and even though a few have, this is the album where they belong! So, it's basically a BRAND NEW DOUBLE ALBUM, and our first major new album since "HI-FIVE SOUP!" dropped back in 2011. Plus, we'll make sure that all Righteous Comrades getting this reward receive the album AT LEAST A MONTH BEFORE it gets released anywhere else!
*To be exact, it has 37 new full-length tracks. That's over 36!
Tell me about the POSTER.
Do I really need another poster?
We'll do better than TELL you about the poster: in a few weeks, we'll GIVE YOU A SNEAK PEEK!
The "AQUABATS' LEGION" POSTER will be 100% EXCLUSIVE to this Kickstarter campaign, and will never be available again… so even if you don't normally "do" posters, you're going to want this one. It's going to be an epic home to YOU, The Legion of Righteous Comrades!
(And remember, if the Legion unlocks enough #CHALLENGEMENTS, it will unlock a special reward upgrade, and everyone getting the AQUABATS' LEGION POSTER ($150+) will get upgraded to a SUPER RAD TWO-SIDED POSTER, with a second amazing illustration on it, and everyone getting a SIGNED POSTER will get upgraded to receive TWO POSTERS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE, so you don't have to choose between the designs! See the FAQs about the #CHALLENGEMENTS for more details!)
These PAUL FRANK ACCESSORIES...
Will they be cool?
Kids, the AQUABATS' LEGION KEYCHAIN, POWERBAND and WALLET won't just be COOL, they will be THE COOLEST ACCESSORIES EVER. (In our opinion.)
Our long-time friend, Paul Frank, has been hard at work on some super-special designs just for this Kickstarter, and we can't wait for you to see them. In fact, that's why we'll be giving you a sneak peek at the designs soon!
Like the t-shirt and the poster, these versions of the AQUABATS' LEGION ACCESSORIES will be 100% EXCLUSIVE to this Kickstarter campaign, and will never be available again… so if you don't want to spend the next 10 years searching in vain on eBay, this is the time to grab yours!
What if I want the BOXED SET and the ACCESSORIES?
We know how you feel, home-skillet. That's why we're giving you the option to get BOTH the Paul Frank KEYCHAIN and POWERBAND *and* "THE AQUABATS! SUPER SHOW" Collector's Box Set on DVD or Blu-ray!
Just add $50 to ANY PLEDGE OF $200 OR MORE, and you'll be able to get BOTH REWARDS!
How does the PERSONALIZED VOICEMAIL work?
For this reward, The Aquabats will record a PERSONALIZED VOICEMAIL GREETING or AUDIO MESSAGE of up to 30 seconds, with the Aquabat(s) of your choice, or the whole group.
Since there's another reward if you want the band to WRITE A SONG FOR YOU, please know that THIS reward is limited to SPOKEN MESSAGES ONLY, and maybe a capella singing. (Once you add instruments, it gets more complicated… and expensive to record!)
If you DON'T HAVE A SPECIFIC REQUEST, we'll give you some basic ideas to choose from, and can customize them with your name, or some details about you. We'll also offer some options for messages you can send friends for birthdays, anniversaries or special occasions!
If you HAVE A SPECIFIC REQUEST, you'll be able to send in a script -- but if takes longer than 30 seconds to read out loud, we can't promise The Aquabats will get through the whole thing, and might stop in the middle of the sentence. Keep it tight, homies!
Also, The Aquabats will use their best judgement when recording messages, but can't promise to record anything that they find inappropriate, offensive, or that would give the impression the band holds opinions or beliefs they don't hold. (So, our heroes won't endorse a political candidate, but they're HAPPY to tell everyone that you're their best friend, and the raddest hero they've ever met… because that's probably what they believe!)
Finally, your AUDIO MESSAGE reward is for PERSONAL USE ONLY, and can't be used as a cheap way to create an advertisement for your business or brand. (Special exception: The Aquabats WILL record ads for lemonade stands run by little homies under the age of 14.)
If you're looking for an actual ADVERTISEMENT featuring The Aquabats, feel free to get in touch and ask us about SPONSORSHIP OPTIONS. We might even be able to work a promotion into a new episode of the show, or record a custom jingle for you! It just, you know… costs more.
How does the DIRECT TO (PERSONALIZED) VIDEO work?
For this reward, The Aquabats will record a PERSONALIZED VIDEO MESSAGE of up to 45 seconds, with the Aquabat(s) of your choice, or the whole group.
Just to be clear: that doesn't mean we can blow something up, or have a fight scene, or record the message in a location of your choice. All video greetings will be recorded either inside the Battletram or on a concert stage, and we can't guarantee to include any specific props or costumes, aside from The Aquabats in their uniforms!
(If you want to write an entire script and adventure for The Aquabats, you can! Just check out the PRIVATE EPISODE reward, for $250,000 -- you'll find it listed on the Kickstarter page for $24,999, which will count as a deposit against the full amount!)
If you DON'T HAVE A SPECIFIC REQUEST, we'll give you some basic ideas to choose from, and can customize them with your name, or some details about you. We'll also offer some options for videos you can send friends for birthdays, anniversaries or special occasions!
If you HAVE A SPECIFIC REQUEST, you'll be able to send in a script -- but if takes longer than 45 seconds to read out loud, we can't promise The Aquabats will get through the whole thing, and might stop in the middle of the sentence. Keep it tight, homies!
Also, The Aquabats will use their best judgement when recording videos, but can't promise to shoot anything that they find inappropriate, offensive, or that would give the impression the band holds opinions or beliefs they don't hold. (So, our heroes won't endorse a political candidate, but they're HAPPY to tell everyone that you're their best friend, and the raddest hero they've ever met… because that's probably what they believe!)
Finally, your VIDEO GREETING reward is for PERSONAL USE ONLY, and can't be used as a cheap way to create an advertisement for your business or brand.
If you're looking for an actual ADVERTISEMENT featuring The Aquabats, feel free to get in touch and ask us about SPONSORSHIP OPTIONS. We might even be able to work a promotion into a new episode of the show! It just, you know… costs more.
How does the SUPER SHOW SHOUT-OUT reward work?
For this reward, The Aquabats will INSERT YOUR NAME (or the name of your choice) into a NEW EPISODE of "THE AQUABATS! SUPER SHOW!"
There are a lot of ways this could happen. Maybe one of The Aquabats will say your name out loud during an important scene. Maybe a character will have your name, or there'll be an important location in the show named after you. The Aquabats will figure out a few options, and we'll work with you to make sure it's something you're comfortable with before we shoot it.
Also, The Aquabats reserve the right to refuse name requests that are offensive or controversial. If that happens, you'll be given the chance to request alternate names until one of them works for everyone. (And don't worry: If you can prove it's your name, or the name of someone you're friends with, it shouldn't be a problem!)
You'll also get a SET VISIT to come be on set when The Aquabats are shooting the scene that involves your name, so that you can make sure they're pronouncing it the right way. And, while you're there, you can also HAVE LUNCH with the CAST & CREW and get a VIP SET TOUR, plus take your photo with The Aquabats and on the Battletram. We'll even give you an exclusive CAST & CREW T-SHIRT, and a SIGNED COPY OF THE SCRIPT where your name appears.
One catch: this reward is for PERSONAL NAMES ONLY, and can't be used as an inexpensive way to score a product placement for your business or brand. But, if you're looking for an actual PRODUCT PLACEMENT featuring The Aquabats, that's cool too! Feel free to get in touch and ask us about SPONSORSHIP OPTIONS.
We're sure The Aquabats can find a great place for your brand or business in their next adventure. It'll just cost a little more than this reward!
How does the NAME OF THE GAME reward work?
For this reward, The Aquabats will INCLUDE YOUR NAME (or the name of your choice) into a SONG on the next BRAND NEW AQUABATS ALBUM!
It could end up being the title of a new song, or part of the lyrics -- that depends on what your name is, and where it fits into the song! -- but it'll be there, and everyone'll know your name. The Aquabats will also tell you how they'd like to include it ahead of time, to make sure you're comfortable with how it'll be included.
Also: Just so there are no surprises, The Aquabats reserve the right to refuse name requests that are offensive or controversial. If that happens, you'll be given the chance to request alternate names until one of them works for everyone. (And don't worry: If you can prove it's your name, or the name of someone you're friends with, it shouldn't be a problem!)