Rejoice! 2 Player Productions have released the Minecraft mini-doc announced last month for free this morning, alongside plans to fund a feature-length Minecraft documentary using Kickstarter. The full 20-minute film is available from GameTrailers, and you can find it embedded below:
Look. If you didn’t get chills during the bit where the fireworks are going off in sync with the Minecraft music, that’s okay. It just means that you either A) have never played Minecraft or B) don’t have a soul.
By the way, if the soundtrack seems particularly excellent, that’s likely due to the excellent chipmusic pedigree of everyone involved. 2 Player Productions is responsible for that fantastic chiptune documentary Reformat the Planet, and for this doc, they employed the help of The Tank’s Jenn de la Vega, who actually joined 2PP in Sweden to assist in the minidoc’s production. Sweet!
And no, you’re not mistaken: that is George & Jonathan’s “Whale” used during the beautiful sequence about 5 minutes in, which I’m pretty sure means we just saw the best song of 2010 get used in the best montage of 2011. Emotional stuff. (By the way, if you find the combination of Minecraft and George & Jonathan appealing, you might enjoy our exhaustive Minecraft episode from last year, set to the fantastic tunes of their album “The Best Music.” Just saying.)
The most exciting part of all this might be the Kickstarter. Essentially, what 2PP is angling for is to create an in-depth, full-length documentary called Minecraft: The Story of Mojang that’ll document. They’re trying to raise $150,000 over the next four weeks to fund the film, and since they’ve already raised $6,000 since launching the page this morning, it doesn’t look like they’ll have any trouble reaching their goal!
But it wouldn’t be Kickstarter without backer rewards, would it? To incentivize donations, 2PP has teamed up with FanGamer to produce some exclusive gifts for those willing to pledge their cash to make the doc happen, including signed DVDs, a copy of the soundtrack, a wind-up Creeper toy, a piggy bank modeled after the in-game pig, and a ton of other seriously awesome stuff. If this sounds good to you (or you just want more details), head to the Kickstarter page where you can make a donation in the amount of your choosing.