Tom Ridgewell has promised to donate £5,000 to the Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared Kickstarter if it reaches £90,000. His donation will take the fundraiser £1,000 off it’s target, and in return he will become an executive producer on the next four proposed videos in the series.
In a statement on Tumblr, Tom rallied his fan base saying: “Your mission is this: If y’all can spread this shit like wildfire/donate and get the current total up to £90,000 then I’ll chip in £5,000 of my own money to round it up.”
The Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared team responded, in an update on the Kickstarter page: “We are big fans of his [TomSka] and it would be amazing to have him onboard as the Father Of dreams! So come on guys…lets get fUnDeD!”
The fundraiser has raised £82,000 so far, however time is running out as the deadline is on the 19 June. Kickstarter do not release funds if a project does not hit or exceed its target.
Created by Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling, the surreal puppet-based short was uploaded in July 2011 and has since accumulated over 18 million views. It’s sequel took over two years to make – uploaded in January 2014- and has over 7 million views.
Really hope this meets its target, it's one of my fave things – Don't Hug Me I'm Scared : The Series https://t.co/eEaEc0k4ZN
— Stuart Ashen (@ashens) June 6, 2014
For more information or if you’d like to donate to the project check out the Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared: The Series Kickstarter by clicking here.
UPDATE – 16 June 2014
With 3 days before the campaign ended, the Kickstarter has reached the £96,000 target! Creators Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling have confirmed that donations will continue to be accepted in order to raise further funds for the project.
AAgGgghHhhHh!!!! We did itt! I'm too excited! Thank you so much to everyone who helped save the puppets from death!! pic.twitter.com/CVWuIhsxvL
— Becky Sloan (@BeckyBocka) June 16, 2014
We reached our goal! And without hacked credit cards! Everything is brilliant! http://t.co/A9S85czaHy
— Joseph Pelling (@japelling) June 16, 2014