Lucky Ducky, the first family-friendly, hand-crafted claymation non-fungible token (NFT) collection, is onboarding two world-renowned animators — Rich Zim and Pete Levin.
Zim has over 30 years of experience working on Claymation entertainment projects, including the “Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Coraline,” and “James & the Giant Peach.” Levin was the producer and animator of “Robot Chicken,” and has produced animation for Legos and Marvel Toys. The two animators will be joining the Lucky Ducky team as collaborators and advisors.
Lucky Ducky is a collection of 7,777 claymation sculptures recognized as the first Web3 project to utilize traditional stop-motion animation in the NFT space. Part of Lucky Ducky’s aim is to give animators a road to new revenue streams, IP rights, and creative output. Jeremy Fisher, the founder of Lucky Ducky, is also a stop-motion director and animator who has worked on projects such as “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” and “Robot Chicken.”
Rich Zim said that he immediately reached out to Lucky Ducky team when the NFT project was released in March 2022. He believes NFTs are “revolutionary for artists,” and that Lucky Ducky has transformed the industry by showing “how animators can become their own studio.”
This collaboration with Lucky Ducky will be a first in Web3 for both artists. For now, they are working on a new series of video projects using traditional animation techniques combined with Web3 technology.
Artists Tapped for NFT Projects
Zim and Levin joining the Lucky Ducky team is big news for Lucky Ducky NFT holders. But Lucky Ducky isn’t the only NFT collection to tap artists for collaborations. At Rarity Sniper, we’ve covered several NFT collections working with artists for projects. Here are some of the top stories.
At the beginning of 2022, Mercedes-Benz dropped its first NFT project with the crypto artist collective ART2PEOPLE. For the project, five talented artists were chosen to reinterpret the classic G-Class Mercedes-Benz, a popular off-road vehicle with a big fanbase.
Next, the Chicago Bulls launched an NFT set featuring 23 1/1 artworks that reimagined the team’s logo. Some of the artist that were selected to participate included Chicago native Bobby Hundreds, Gxng Yxng, and the Deadfellaz founders.
Lastly, on October 25th, 2022, the New York Knicks dropped an NFT collection to pay tribute to NYC: “the Mecca of basketball.” Local artists created nine exclusive digital art NFTs that were linked to real life perks, including tickets to a Knicks home game and passes to the ”Knicks Kicks & Cocktail Gala” in 2023.
From the beginning, NFTs have been important for creators and artists. Two legendary animators like Rich Zim and Pete Levin joining the Lucky Ducky team is exciting not just for Lucky Ducky NFT holders, but for Web3 creators in general. We look forward to seeing what the team produces next year.