The Tuskegee airmen were so called because most of the Black pilots were trained at Tuskegee University in Alabama during the 1940s. Through their bravery and actions, the Tuskegee airmen joined the ranks of other patriotic Americans who defended the United States of America against the Axis military powers during World War 2.
Leo Sullivan and Floyd Norman have teamed up once again to produce an animated short depicting the achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen. Leo and Floyd started their relationship producing and distributing educational media to schools and libraries. Over the years they kept abreast the new technologies and began looking for a mobile game to publish. Leo saw the Tuskegee airmen on a 2010 Rose Parade float and the thought occurred to him to tell their story through a mobile game. As the launch of the mobile game got closer, Leo thought what better way to help promote the game and educate youth then through animation. As seen on Facebook.
The story of the Tuskegee airmen has been chronicled in books, movies, and games. However, there has not been an animated story telling of their accomplishments. I want to produce this animated short for two reasons: (1) to help promote a mobile game that will be released soon (Tuskegee Redtails); and, (2) to help educate youth on the contribution the Tuskegee airmen made that helped turn the tide for the Allies in World War 2. The animated short will take a snapshot in time of the Tuskegee airmen obstacles and achievements. The funding will be used to produce an animated short in 2D combined with CGI animation approximately 20 minutes.
Legacy of the Tuskegee Redtails (Storyline)
The vintage aircraft stood gleaming in the mid day sun. Lovely restored, they echoed memories of the World War 2. Back then they roared through the skies of Italy and France, but now they were at rest. Admired by aviation buffs and star struck kids, the gleaming birds were now regarded as monuments to the brave and daring men who rode them into the skies.
A handful of young girls and boys scampered about the aircraft shouting and pointing. A visit to the airfield was almost as good as Disneyland so they made the most of it. Suddenly, they came across an old gentleman working near one of the planes. He seemed intent on his work, but the kids wanted to know what he was doing and why. As the old gent worked on the plane he explained he once flew this particular aircraft during the war. It was an exciting and dangerous time, but it was something he had to do. Check out Facebook.
Before he could get back to work, the kids had gathered around asking more questions than he could answer. “Hold on!” the old gent replied. “If youʼll be quiet, Iʼll tell you how I became a pilot and flew in the war. And, youʼll learn why and how a special group of men rose to the challenge of becoming crack pilots and serving their country in the fight for freedom.
This then is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. A story of challenge and determination and a journey that will take you soaring through the skies through the magic of animation.
We ask for your support of this project.
We are very passionate about this project and ask that you join us in telling the story of these brave pilots. Pass this on to friends and family so they can be a part of this project also. Your pledges are tax deductible under the Leo Sullivan Multimedia Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit tax exempt organization. The foundation promotes education and training for youth in the new media technologies (animation and gaming). Along with their pledge rewards, U. S. A. residents will receive acknowledgement receipts for tax purposes.
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