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Robot Underdog is creating a Pilot for a Live-Action DBZ Web Series based on the History of Trunks!
Robot Underdog
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Video / Web
LOS ANGELES, California
United States
6 Team Members


Yes! Robot Underdog is creating the Pilot Episode of Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope, which will be a live-action Dragon Ball Z web series that adapts "The History of Trunks".

Dragon Ball Z has never been adapted correctly when brought to live-action, and we are changing that forever. We will bring the Dragon Ball World to life in a way that's never been attempted before while still staying true to the characters and story created by Akira Toriyama. You can see from the trailer that our DBZ project is different from the rest.

We will use this pilot episode and all the materials we've created as a pitch to Fox to be picked up for the rest of the web series or even bigger projects. A great script or idea won't be enough to convince Fox for the rights and possibly funding to make more DBZ - We have to show them that we can create something the fans will love.

This pilot episode is not being done through a large studio. This is good because it means we maintain creative control over all the aspects and can tell the story that Dragon Ball Z fans expect.

However, it also means we need your support.

Please lend us your Ki and contribute to our IndieGoGo campaign!

Robot Underdog is a small team of passionate and dedicated people that are bringing Dragon Ball Z to life in an unprecedented way. Each individual on the team has a "day job" and is extremely skilled at what they do & they're extending their skill set to this Dragon Ball Z project because it's something they believe in & are passionate about.

This project is important to us because as DBZ fans we've long been deprived of a proper live-action adaptation and now finally we’ve finally assembled a team with the skills to achieve the best live-action Dragon Ball Z ever.

We are normal people – just like you & your friends. While we may have the team & talent to achieve this Dragon Ball Project – You all hold the power to make this project a reality by funding us. We need you to join the movement & lend us your Ki (money).

Where Do You Come In? 

Crowd funding allows fans like you who love Dragon Ball Z to contribute and make this project come to life.

Right now, crowd funding is helping to make a lot of dream projects happen, and that's because there aren't any middlemen or executives there to determine what they think people actually want. It’s just creative people working together with an audience of people who appreciate their work want to also see a project come to life.

So, yes, we’re asking for your money, and we know that’s a big ask, but what we’re really asking is for you to join us in this huge endeavor to make a lasting imprint on the DBZ community. Movie Studios underestimate the power of a community – but we know that if we all come together on this we can make the product that they won’t.  The DBZ community deserves justice after Evolution & together we can make that a reality.

We’ve asked for $9,001.00 because well… That’s over $9,000!

Your contributions will make this project a reality!

100% of your contribution will go toward the project, in the following ways.

Better gear, including high quality digital cameras, sharper lenses, lighting equipment, and microphones.

Studio rental fees 

Wardrobe and makeup, such as Future Gohan’s Super Saiyan hair, costumes & more.

Props, including Trunks’ sword and other Dragon Ball Z things you expect to see.

Locations inside Los Angeles are expensive, and the more funding we have, the better locations we can film in.

Visual Effects and software plugins.

Food for our actors and crew while filming.

Pre-production and post-production expenses.

This may seem like a lot to ask for, but it’s the bare minimum to do DBZ justice.

If we can go "even further beyond" Over 9,000, then it will increase the production value even more. Every extra dollar means a greater level of independence, better gear, better production values and an increased likelihood of securing additional crew, and talented contributors. This means a better product for you. 

We are doing this because we love Dragon Ball Z. It is a non-profit work of art and tribute to the series.

Please contribute as much as you can so we can make an even better product.

What's In It For You?

All kinds of good stuff!

In addition to merchandise, we want to recognize your creativity, your opinions, your skills and your capacity to judge what does and doesn't make for a proper DBZ tribute.

We will keep you updated on the project and listen to your feedback, concerns and suggestions.

Those that have followed our project so far know that we care what you have to say and we do listen.

Therefore, several of the perks include the rights to vote on various things throughout the production of the web series.

This project is important to us because as DBZ fans we have been deprived of a proper live-action adaptation. We are fans who are making this for Dragon Ball Z fans across the world.

If you’ll join us on journey – we can guarantee that you’ll be a part of a project that changes DBZ history forever.  It’s up to all of us to make this happen.

Also – don’t forget that sharing this project is important too!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RobotUnderDog



Instagram: @robotunderdog


Why Dragon Ball Z?

We live in world where we see every other comic book hero being brought to life in live-action. There is so much potential in the world of Dragon Ball, but the series was drastically misrepresented by Hollywood in the realm of live-action and we are taking a stance to show people that it can in fact be done.

Plus who doesn't love a challenge? We will follow in Goku's footsteps and take this project to the highest level.

Will Cell, Goku or Vegeta be in the web series?

No. We are doing an adaptation of The History of Trunks which is in an alternate timeline where Goku and Vegeta are dead and the Androids are the main villains. We chose this timeline because it provides the most emotional backdrop and gritty drama. 

How do I join the Robot Underdog team?

We'd love to have you! Please email rita@robotunderdog.com with your expertise and availability. Note that we will be filming in Los Angeles, and while some team positions can be done via internet, for any on set work you will need to be local to the LA area

What happens if you raise additional money over your goal?

That'd be AWESOME! Every dollar will be spent towards making the final product even better and getting it completed faster! With a limited budget we can still do our best to pull things off but the more money and resources we have, the better the end product will be.

What happens if you don’t raise enough money for your goal?

That would suck. But we will still follow through with Episode 1 even though it will take much longer and we might be forced to trim down the episode length. We’re counting on you guys to make it happen!

Are you guys K&K Productions?

No. We are a completely separate group of people in Los Angeles, while K&K is the United Kingdom. But we definitely give K&K props for all their efforts and achievement in the area of live-action DBZ.

I don’t agree with part XYZ of your project!

That’s cool. Drop us a line at rita@robotunderdog.com and tell us what you don’t like about it and why.

We don’t claim that this is set in stone, so if you have a valid point then we might make the necessary adjustments and additions. You’ll have to be pretty convincing, though.

Thanks again for your support, and to all the Dragon Ball Z fans of the world, may this project bring you a light of hope!!

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$9,001 USD goal
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This campaign ended on April 2, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    Lending Some Ki

    Your name on our Wall Of Contributors on the Robot Underdog Website

    31 claimed
  • $15USD
    Ki Blast

    Exclusive access to DBZ: Light Of Hope desktop wallpaper, Your name on our “Wall of Contributors” & “Special Thanks” in the Credits.

    44 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $30USD

    All the above, Plus a “Voting Rights” Card that will give you the opportunity to vote on content, designs & more throughout the web series.

    30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $60USD
    Spirit Bomb

    All of the above, Plus a Robot Underdog “Light of Hope” Project Team T-shirt

    13 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $100USD
    Super Saiyan

    All of the above, Plus a digital copy of the new book “Dragon Ball Culture” written by Derek Padula, The Dao Of Dragon Ball

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $250USD
    Super Saiyan 2

    All of the above, Plus a Silver Level “Voting Card” that holds the power of 5 votes, Plus your name written somewhere in the background on one of our sets that will appear in the series.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $500USD
    Super Saiyan 3

    All of the above, Plus Associate Producer credit on the web series & a Trunks Capsule Corp. Baseball T. Plus the offer to be part of the background talent on set *Must be in Los Angeles - Travel expenses not included

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $5,000USD

    All of the above plus Executive Producer Credit on the Web Series & a Gold Level Voters Card that holds the power of 10 votes (only 2 available)

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
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