‘Boondocks’ fans asked to fund Uncle Ruckus film

    Fans of "Boondocks" have already pledged $11,000 in support of a proposed live-action film based on the Uncle Ruckus character.

    Earlier this week, the cartoon’s Facebook page alerted friends that an important announcement was coming soon.

    It was later revealed that the film is on its way, but those who want to see Uncle Ruckus on the big screen, may have to dig deep in their pockets.

“We are raising funds for an R-rated theatrical comedy featuring Uncle Ruckus, to be produced this year,” the Facebook post read. “The film will explore a part of the Ruckus family not seen in the show.”

    That means no Riley, Huey or grandpa.

    The appeal comes a little more than a month after the release of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, which featured a character, played by Samuel L. Jackson, who many compared to Uncle Ruckus.

    “Lol. I’m convinced Samuel L jackson could play Uncle Ruckus from the boondocks. He killed Django,” wrote one Twitter user. Another cosigned: “Samuel L Jackson in Django is a real life Uncle Ruckus.”

    Although comparisons have been made and the timing raises questions, it’s unclear whether Samuel’s performance prompted the movie idea or appeal to “Boondocks” fans.

    However, Sammy won’t be playing the lead role if the movie does make it to theaters.

“The movie will be written and directed by Aaron McGruder and stars Gary Anthony Williams, who provides the voice of Uncle Ruckus on the animated series, “ the post read.   

    “Boondocks” started as a comic strip and later transitioned to TV via the Cartoon Network. The series brought much laughter and even shed light on some common situations in everyday life. It has brought Martin Luther King Jr. back from the dead and exposed the effects of hip-hop culture on the young generation.

    Like Samuel’s Django character who shed tears over the death of his master, Uncle Ruckus shares his utter dislike for Black people and never fails to show gratitude to White people. The witty old janitor has the mindset that all Black people are evil and fails to remember that he is Black.

    Even though the fans have been awaiting season 4 of “The Boondocks,” they’ll likely appreciate any form of the cartoon franchise. The Kickstater fund page launched on January 30  and has already received over $11,000 in pledges in just one day. The goal is $200,000. The pledge page will run for a one month and two days.

    If you want to plege, get more info here.

    Get more on the movie here.

    —Jazmyne Byrd


    Would you give money toward the Uncle Ruckus project? Why or why not? Leave your comments below.

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