Titmouse and Magic Machine team up to produce an animated project based on original IP from an NFT universe of over 10,000 unique Wizards.
Los Angeles and Austin-based creative studio, Magic Machine, has teamed up with Emmy Award-winning animation studio Titmouse (Big Mouth, The Venture Bros., Midnight Gospel) to produce a unique TV project called Forgotten Runes Wizard’s Cult – an NFT universe composed of over 10,000 unique Wizards, each with its own story influenced by the exclusive NFT owners themselves. It is one of the first Endemic NFT IPs to be developed for the small screen to embody the doctrine of the blockchain - providing holders decentralized ownership of their characters.
“There are few things I dig in this world more than wizards and cults,” commented Titmouse president and founder Chris Prynoski. “When the guys at Magic Machine called me about developing an animated show based on Wizard’s Cult, I was all in. I love that they used their big old, wrinkled brains to conjure up the stories first and then attach badass, pixelated art to their immense universe of characters. We are going to make some batshit bananas cartoons together. Those Wizard holders are not going to know what hit them.”
“When building out this NFT project, we realized early on that a collection of 10k characters can be a storytelling vehicle unto itself,” shared @ElfJTrul and @Dotta, co-creators behind Forgotten Runes. “Our intention was to layer as much lore into these characters as possible with the collection strongly hinting at a world underneath. When the collection sold out, our holders immediately began creating their own stories and artwork with the characters, and the Forgotten Runes World exploded with life. We are building a collaborative legendarium, and because of blockchain technology, our wizard holders can truly own these characters, and thus become them. It’s role-playing at a whole new level of authenticity and intimacy. Our goals now are to heighten and reinforce these emotional bonds by putting these characters into as many media expressions as possible, the animated series being one we are very excited about. Chris and his studio were at the top of our list of partners, and we can’t wait to get started.”
Launched by Magic Machine as an NFT in June with 10k wizard images and unique stories, the wizards sold out in less than 30 minutes. Each sold to one holder, providing the holders the freedom and flexibility to embellish the wizard’s story and to interconnect into the community, providing greater IP value for future mediums and expansion (TV, Games, publishing). Each token holder is granted commercial rights to their character.
Since inception, the Forgotten Runes community has become one of the most committed and creative in the NFT space with art, poems, and animations being created by fans and holders daily. Where other brands allow consumers to be fans of the work, the Forgotten Runes NFT holders personally identify as their Wizards.
Titmouse’s Prynoski and Magic Machine’s @ElfJTrul and @Dotta will executive produce the series with Wizard holders taking on a role in the evolution of the stories chosen and set to be produced.