EXCLUSIVE: The main cast of the cult classic indie comedy Napoleon dynamite come together for an animated pilot released using blockchain technology.
Jon Heder, Tina Majorino, Efren Ramirez and Jon Gries have all signed on to voice characters in Cyko KO, which is based on Rob Feldman’s Ringo Award-nominated comic of the same name. Heder, who played a nerdy, lovable high school main character in the hit 2004 comedy Napoleon Dynamitewas cast in the lead role as the titular Cyko KO.
The character is billed as a “fourth-wall hero, pinball addict, grain eater, and motorcyclist.” The series will follow him, his sidekick Peachy Keen, and their pet Meemop, as he protects SuperEarth colonies from giant monsters and crazed characters “in this all-ages title inspired by the Saturday morning cartoon.”
A 12-minute pilot will launch exclusively on blockchain technology company Replay’s web3 streaming service Rewarded.TV, using revenue from an NFT collection from Theta Labs’ ThetaDrop to fund, produce and distribute the project.
NFTs will unlock the show and other movie titles and series, with viewers of Rewarded.TV titles earning Replay’s native RPLAY tokens by watching movies, series and live TV shows through an exclusive watch ecosystem to win. Cyko ISNFTs will also offer additional benefits, such as the chance to meet the cast of the show or an appearance in the pilot.
The Cyko KO Star Cards NFT drop date is Friday, September 30 at 12:00 PM PT.
Creator Feldman will serve as showrunner through his Earworm Media operation. Rocketship Entertainment, which he founded in 2019 with Tom Akel, co-produces alongside Replay and Verified Labs, a Web3 production studio that counts Heder among its founding members.
Feldman previously worked with Theta on Cyco Headz NFT collectibles, which were also based on digital comics and originally spawned the Theta blockchain. He also recently produced a feature film animated night of the deadwhich starred Josh Duhamel, Katee Sackhoff and Dulé Hill and was for Warner Bros.
“The dream has always been to bring Cyko KO to the world of animation, and to do so with state-of-the-art technology,” Feldman said. “Between this amazing cast reunion and our partners at Theta, Replay and Verified Labs, we’ll be creating something incredibly special for the fans who have supported Cyko and his friends for the past seven years.”
“We are thrilled to be working with Replay and Rob on this drop,” said Kyle Laffey, Head of Partnerships at Theta Network. “Theta continues to develop our video technology and these NFTs are a perfect use case of how we can enable media and entertainment to enter Web 3. It’s only a matter of time before we were seeing more media brands going down this path and experimenting with whole new funding and distribution business models. Replay’s platform and Rob’s content are a natural pair as early pioneers in this space.”
Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blade of Glory, The monster house) is represented by The Gersh Agency, Tina Majorino (Napoleon dynamite, Andrew, When a man loves a woman) by Innovative Artists and Stride Management, Efren Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamite, IS, american dad) by A3 Artists Agency and Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite, men in black, true genius) by innovative artists.