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Kickstarter of the week: America's Fighting Dinosaur

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(Credit: Steve Snoey)

What if the US Army had had a dinosaur on its side during the Second World War?

It would have been awesome is what.

America's Fighting Dinosaur will be the first time the world has seen the untold story of Private "Little" Sammy Vogel, a 7-tonne, 40-foot-long army infantryman who just happens to be a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Private Vogel on the front line.
(Credit: Steve Snoey)

Conceived by video-game artist Steve Snoey, the mockumentary will use a combination of archive footage, photographs, letters and interviews to document the story of "America's biggest soldier".

Snoey hopes to answer every single question you might have about a T-Rex going to war:

Just how useful would a dinosaur be in a war? How are you going to feed a soldier with an appetite that big when supplies are already hard to come by? I want to get down to the nuts and bolts of this scenario. Literally the nuts and bolts. What kind of gear would you issue a dinosaur? Can he even reload his own gun? Wait ... does he actually have a gun? Then there are even deeper questions beyond logistics. Is sending a dinosaur, or any animal for that matter, into war morally the right thing to do? Is there humanity inside of this monster? Is this T-Rex the scavenger or T-Rex the hunter?

The Kickstarter campaign has already reached its US$10,000 minimum and is now looking to expand to its stretch goals; if the campaign hits US$20,000, the film can be lengthened from a 20-minute feature film to 40 minutes, with a lot more footage of the actual dinosaur. Animating Vogel is the most time-consuming part of the process, Snoey said. To get a digital download of America's Fighting Dinosaur, the minimum pledge is US$25, with which you also get a postcard.

Just the trailer looks magnificent. If you want to find out more, watch the trailer below, or visit the America's Fighting Dinosaur Kickstarter page for more information and to make a donation.



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