Cartoonist looks for more sponsors

YVETTE BATTEN - NORTH TARANAKI MIDWEEK
Last updated 15:43 06/11/2012
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Kiwi cartoon: Helena Bethune with some characters from her cartoon The Rangimoekaus.

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Helena Bethune's plans to make the next bro'Town cartoon in Taranaki have hit a hurdle.

In March, Midweek ran an article about Ms Bethune, who wanted to produce a comedy cartoon called The Rangimoekaus.

"I think people will really like the hard-case characters," she said. "Our ethos here is ‘like no other' and the cartoon is definitely original. There's nothing else like it."

Her initial plan was to have the short film funded and finished by now.

But as yet she is still struggling to find all the funding required, about $30,000 , to get the project off the ground.

It still requires $15,000, which she hopes to find within the Taranaki community. But this hasn't dimmed Ms Bethune's excitement for the project.

"I'm really passionate about it." Most people and businesses she approaches about the project are interested in it, she said.

The Rangimoekaus, made in conjunction with Wellington-based artist John Coddington, is a comedy based around three girls who live on a marae.

Miss Bethune's dream of creating the cartoon began in 2008. Since then, and with the help of many other people, she's been developing the idea.

She is looking for corporate funding in return for product placement in the film. "Small to medium businesses here have signalled to me they don't have much money."

One sponsor, which has pledged financial support is Tui Ora, but there's room for more. Plans are afoot to launch it at the 2013 Aotearoa Film Festival.

"This means sponsors will get more exposure through a nationwide film."

The plan is to create the short film in Taranaki. Long-term, Miss Bethune hopes The Rangimoekaus will one day be incorporated into a television series.

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