by David Mendez
First off, if you don't care much for The Boondocks, the Aaron McGruder comic strip/TV show, you'll want to skip this post entirely.
But The Boondocks features great takes at race relations in America, smart humor, and in the case of the TV show, features fantastic homages to some of the greats in Japanese animation.
But unfortunately for those who enjoyed both the strip and the show, McGruder quit working on both some time ago (though a fourth season of The Boondocks is set to air on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim at some point in the near future) to follow other pursuits, including a screenwriting treatment of the upcoming film Red Tails, which tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen.
But earlier this month, McGruder posted a project on Kickstarter, looking to tell the tale of Uncle Ruckus, a widly offensive, self-hating black man introduced in the TV show, in a live-action movie that would feature Ruckus's voice actor, heavily made-up, in the title role.
The project ends in 14 days, and it looks like it's just ridiculous enough for me to throw my money at because, while I'm not wild about the Ruckus character (I'm a bit too MexicAnglo to feel too okay with laughing at a fool hating his own race and praising "the white man" in the ways he does), I'm all about more Aaron McGruder projects.
For a look at the Kickstarter's intro movie, and a bit of Ruckus from the TV show, check below the jump.
And for good measure, Ruckus hanging out with contemporary great Talib Kweli: