It’s good to see that actors are getting involved in charity via video games.? Now if I can just get these guys to star in one of my films for free.? Here’s the full release:
Just in Time for the Holidays, Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation, Legacy Interactive and Animax Entertainment Break New Fundraising Ground With Casual Downloadable Videogame
Celebrity Voices Bring Online Charitable Game – The Tuttles Madcap Misadventures – To Life
Los Angeles, Calif. – Nov. 28, 2007 – Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation?, Legacy Interactive and Animax Entertainment today launched The Tuttles Madcap Misadventures: Starlight Charity Challenge (http://www.tuttlesfamilygame.com), a casual platformer style downloadable videogame that pairs having a good time with doing good. Actors William Shatner, Bob Saget, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ashley Tisdale, Dominic Scott Kay, Dave Thomas and Dave Coulier contributed their voices to the animated game. Supporters can try the game at http://www.tuttlesfamilygame.com and purchase it for $19.99 with $15 of that amount going to Starlight to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families.
“When you think of charity ‘signature events,’ it’s usually races, walks and golf tournaments. Starlight wanted to do something innovative that reflects how people are having fun today. We learned that there are more than 85 million casual gamers in the US, a growing number of whom are women, 40 years and older. That’s why we chose to design a national fundraising initiative around a casual videogame the whole family can play,” said Patricia Evans, Vice President, Development, Starlight. “The Tuttles Madcap Misadventures gives anyone with Internet access the chance to have fun at home supporting our cause, without the typical barriers to supporting a traditional event, such as location, ticket price and hectic family schedules.”
The Tuttles Madcap Misadventures is a hilarious arcade adventure game about a thoroughly modern family trying to bond on a road trip to see the Alamo. Bob Saget voices father Barry, Jamie Lee Curtis is mother Barbara, Ashley Tisdale plays teen daughter Jess, and Dominic Scott Kay voices young son Zach. Other characters include Dave Thomas as The Australian, Dave Coulier as The Islander and William Shatner as the voice of the souped-up mini van that transports the family.
The family-friendly game features:
An original comedic script and characters designed by Emmy Award-winning Animax Entertainment
40 engaging levels of side-scrolling action
The ability to play as each of the four individual Tuttle family members, all with their own unique gameplay experiences
Six lushly rendered environments from desert to undersea
Flash-animated comic book style cut scenes and vignettes
More than 300 lines of dialogue featuring the voice-over talents of some of Hollywood’s biggest names
The Tuttles Madcap Misadventures marks a return engagement for Dave Thomas and Starlight. In addition to being a well-known actor, writer and director, he’s also creative director and co-founder of Animax Entertainment, which has a long history of working with Starlight. Animax developed the award-winning “Coping with Chemo” webisode series for the organization, and most recently helped redesign its online social network for seriously ill teens called Starbright World.
Starlight partnered with Legacy Interactive on the game’s development and publishing. Legacy is contributing 75% of its proceeds from the game back to Starlight. The game is now available for download at http://www.tuttlesfamilygame.com (where it can also be purchased as a gift) and on multiple online gaming portals for a suggested retail price of U.S. $19.99. The per unit donation amount will vary based on individual distributor agreements. Additional information and press assets are available at http://www.tuttlesfamilygame.com.