"Hair Love" director Matthew A. Cherry launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to help get this movie made.
"We really just did this project to do something that young people could see themselves in," said Cherry. "Animation is an important medium. It's, often times, one of the biggest movie franchises that come out. And I think if we can get more representation in animation, it'll just trickle down to all the other forms of filmmaking."
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"To me, I've been making animated movies for a long time but never has one really impacted the community in this way," said producer Karen Rupert Toliver. "And so I'm glad that we're being received for that because we really can--hopefully, it will encourage more people to make more movies that are powerful like this and show the impact it has on the community.:
Toliver believes there is something else important about what this movie has to say.
"We have two sons, two black teenage sons, that are going to go out in this world," said Toliver. "And I realized this was really an opportunity to really present positive images of black men so that people can really start to think about them different when they walk this earth."
"Hair Love" currently has more than 23 million views on YouTube.
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