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Fan Tweet Morphs Into $69,000 Kevin Smith Cartoon Feature

How cool is this? A few years ago, Toronto-based animator Steve Stark tweeted out to Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes a cartoon he put together based on a Jay & Silent Bob SModcast. It led to a relationship that now has the Canuck first-time directing the pair’s cartoon feature.

Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie will start rolling out this spring by means of a Red State USA-style cross-country road show, with the two leads in tow for lively post-show podcast Q&A. From today’s announcement:

“This is what can happen when you put the plug in the jug, kids,” said Mewes. “As an actor, it was awesome to play Jay again. But as a producer, I sweated every nickel because I wanted to keep the budget low… And dirty.”

The production cost for Groovy Movie was $69,000. “That budget figure not only makes us proud, it makes us giggle,” added Smith. “We live in an age of wonder where you can make a whole cartoon movie for well under a hundred grand! And the super hero who made miracles happen for next to nothing in cost was our genius director Steve Stark.”

Other voice talent in the film includes Eliza Dushku, Ralph Garman, Neil Gaiman, Ben Gleib and Jon Lovitz. Tickets for the screenings – including May 15 at The Wiltern – go on sale Friday.

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