Uncle Ruckus coming to a theater near you? 'Boondocks' creator hopes so
The Boondocks, the popular and polarizing comic strip turned Adult Swim TV series, may be coming to a theater near you — if creator Aaron McGruder gets his way.
The outspoken artist is launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a feature film based on the show’s most controversial character: the self-hating black man, Uncle Ruckus.
Kickstarter is a private for-profit company which helps creative artists fund their projects through public donations.
“If you do know who Uncle Ruckus is, you either really love him or really hate him. But if you’ve made it this far, you probably love him like we do. This is your movie,” reads McGruder’s Kickstarter promo.
The page comes complete with a video which shows an actor, largely in silhouette, who resembles Ruckus, waving a Confederate flag in slow motion.
The Ruckus character infamously insists he has “reverse vitiligo” to explain his dark complexion and frequently rails against beloved African-American figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and President Barack Obama.
The satirical character (voiced by comedian Gary Anthony Williams) was conceived and created for Boondocks television series and has become one of the most popular facets of the show.
“There’s always been interest in a live-action Boondocks movie, which to me was out of the question considering Huey and Riley are essentially impossible to cast. The animated feature would cost around 20 million, but a live action Uncle Ruckus movie could cost a fraction of that,” said MacGruder in a statement.