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The Ballad Of Icarus 2000 B.A.B

The Ballad of Icarus 2000 b.a.b is an animated, musical adventure about a teenage rapper who wants to use his magic skills to reach the top of the music world.

He soon realizes that success comes with a heavy cost, as he is forced to use his gifts to hurt and control people. This path leads him face to face with a powerful, vengeful foe from his past.

The Ballad of Icarus uses fantasy to explore the past and present truth about the music industry, those who influence musicians careers and the effect on loved ones.

This young man just wanted to realize his dream of being a performer. But after all the sacrifices and fallout from his pursuit of this dream, he now wants to escape the industry and be free.

  • Antwand Pearman
    Antwand Pearman vs. The Interview
  • Antwand Pearman
    That Show Called Arif
  • Antwand Pearman
    That Show Called Arif, GF Live, Antwand Pearman vs The Interview
  • Anthony Brent
    SZA, Sway in the Morning, BOSCO, Duckwrth, BET, SIX60, The Fader
  • Jeffrey Schimmer
    That Show Called Arif, Antwand Pearman vs The Interview
  • Anthony Enos
    Key Cast
  • Helixx C. Armageddon
    Key Cast
    "Ella Sinclair"
    MTV Networks
  • Arif S. Kinchen
    Key Cast
    "Barry Jones, Silent Knight"
    Star vs The Forces of Evil, Transformers, Sparks, Saint Row series
  • Christopher Sabat
    Key Cast
    "Shadow MC, A&R Rep"
    Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Super, One Piece, My Hero Academia
  • Tracy G
    Key Cast
    "Radio Host"
    SiriusXM's Sway In The Morning
  • Anthony Brent
    Key Cast
    "Engineer "
  • Brianna Edmonds
    Happy Mercs Art & Animation Team
    Lead Animator
  • Cassidy Romero
    Happy Mercs Art & Animation Team
  • Vi-Linh Nguyen
    Happy Mercs Art & Animation Team
  • Vi-Anh Nguyen
    Happy Mercs Art & Animation Team
  • Donovan Howes
    Happy Mercs Art & Animation Team
    Character Artist
  • Genesis Pena
    Happy Mercs Art & Animation Team
    Concept Artist
  • James Benson
    Happy Mercs Art & Animation Team
    Storyboard Artist
  • Phillip Fleming
    Happy Mercs Art & Animation Team
    Background Artist
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Genres:
    Musical, Fantasy, Animation
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Antwand Pearman

Creator, Producer - Antwand Pearman is a CEO, producer, and host personality. He is the creator of both Gamer Fitnation, a media outlet that highlights the intersection between gaming and healthy living, and Happy Mercs LLC, a production company. He is most known for his interview journalism for Gamer Fit as well as the series Antwand vs The Interview.

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Director Statement

The Ballad of Icarus 2000 B.A.B. uses fantasy to explore past and present truths about the music industry. For as long as there have been musicians there always been those who’ve inspired and influenced those musicians. In the 20th century, money and studios began to be a primary influence for musicians. This would often come into direct conflict with what attracted musicians to music in the first place.

This young man, Lokee, just wanted to realize his dream of being a performer. While he doesn’t make music for the fame or money, it seduces him. When he acts as an agent, performing tasks he doesn’t like, that is a manifestation of the compromise artist have to make in order the please the people who cut the checks.

Berry forms an antithesis, an opponent in the extreme. He believes money shouldn’t influence music the way it does, so he wants to destroy it. Berry’s methods are extreme. The consequences of trying to destroy the infrastructure are to ignore why it formed in the first place. In a way, he represents the rise of Limewire, Napster, and other similar disruptive forces at the turn of the century. Both sides have their arguments. This film doesn’t attempt to answer who is right and wrong, but if it can start a conversation while also being entertaining in its own right, we will be very pleased.