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(The robot combat lost media well hasn't dried up yet! A shame this mockumentary was never finished, because it would have been fun considering it is International Wreck Crew at their best. I wonder if they 'ave a srimech yet (course they 'ave!).)
 
 
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==Background==
 
==Background==
International Wreck Crew competed in the first five main series of ''Robot Wars'' as well as the spin-off ''Robot Wars Extreme: Series 1'', entering a total of five machines under the Plunderbird moniker.<ref>[https://www.haslemereherald.com/article.cfm?id=139568&headline=Robot%20Wars%20bots%20in%20town&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2020 ''Haslemere Herald'' article on International Wreck Crew.] Retrieved 2 Dec '21</ref> Their most successful machine was Plunderbird 2, which reached the Semi-Finals of Series 2. The team itself, whose main members were Mike Onslow and Bryan Kilburn, overshadowed their machines however. They became highly popular among ''Robot Wars'' fans and roboteers alike, for their "tough guy" characters on-screen and for generally being helpful behind-the-scenes.<ref>[https://thingsilike.live/2018/10/24/five-memorable-moments-of-team-plunderbird/ ''Things I Like'' discussing the team and its robots.] Retrieved 2 Dec '21 Retrieved 2 Dec '21</ref> They would also win the Sportsmanship Award for Series 2,<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0tu1rnoMLg ''Robot Wars'' Series 2 Grand Final, where Plunderbird 2 was awarded the Sportsmanship Award.] Retrieved 2 Dec '21</ref> with their first machine, Plunderbird 1 earning Series 1's Best Design Award.<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TMgtOiKMIg ''Robot Wars'' Series 1 Heat F, where Plunderbird 1 was awarded the Best Design Award.] Retrieved 2 Dec '21</ref>
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International Wreck Crew competed in the first five main series of ''Robot Wars'' as well as the spin-off ''Robot Wars Extreme: Series 1'', entering a total of five machines under the Plunderbird moniker.<ref>[https://www.haslemereherald.com/article.cfm?id=139568&headline=Robot%20Wars%20bots%20in%20town&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2020 ''Haslemere Herald'' article on International Wreck Crew.] Retrieved 02 Dec '21</ref> Their most successful machine was Plunderbird 2, which reached the Semi-Finals of Series 2. The team itself, whose main members were Mike Onslow and Bryan Kilburn, overshadowed their machines however. They became highly popular among ''Robot Wars'' fans and roboteers alike, for their "tough guy" characters on-screen and for generally being helpful behind-the-scenes.<ref>[https://thingsilike.live/2018/10/24/five-memorable-moments-of-team-plunderbird/ ''Things I Like'' discussing the team and its robots.] Retrieved 02 Dec '21</ref> They would also win the Sportsmanship Award for Series 2,<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0tu1rnoMLg ''Robot Wars'' Series 2 Grand Final, where Plunderbird 2 was awarded the Sportsmanship Award.] Retrieved 02 Dec '21</ref> with their first machine, Plunderbird 1 earning Series 1's Best Design Award.<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TMgtOiKMIg ''Robot Wars'' Series 1 Heat F, where Plunderbird 1 was awarded the Best Design Award.] Retrieved 02 Dec '21</ref>
  
 
==Plunderbirds: Talk Robots and Kickstarter Campaign==
 
==Plunderbirds: Talk Robots and Kickstarter Campaign==
In 2016, Onslow was interested in creating a mockumentary on International Wreck Crew, based upon their history of creating machines, as well as interviewing teams that were still competing in the sport. Plans therefore began with the aim of releasing a robot combat mockumentary DVD where all proceeds would be donated to good causes, including cancer and homeless charities. Throughout 2017, Onslow and Kilburn would work with Kinemacolour Media to film the mockumentary, including at various robot combat and educational events, and the team's robot workshop. A teaser trailer was released by Kinemacolour Media in July 2018.<ref>[https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnofficialRobotWars/posts/840411272905306 ''Unofficial Robot Wars'' Facebook post discussing the teaser trailer.] Retrieved 2 Dec '21</ref>
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In 2016, Onslow was interested in creating a mockumentary on International Wreck Crew, based upon their history of creating machines, as well as interviewing teams that were still competing in the sport. Plans therefore began with the aim of releasing a robot combat mockumentary DVD where all proceeds would be donated to good causes, including cancer and homeless charities. Throughout 2017, Onslow and Kilburn would work with Kinemacolour Media to film the mockumentary, including at various robot combat and educational events, and the team's robot workshop. A teaser trailer was released by Kinemacolour Media in July 2018.<ref>[https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnofficialRobotWars/posts/840411272905306 ''Unofficial Robot Wars'' Facebook post discussing the teaser trailer.] Retrieved 02 Dec '21</ref>
  
 
In January 2019, Onslow and Kilburn launched a Kickstarter campaign. They requested £10,000 so that their mockumentary, entitled ''Plunderbirds: Talk Robots'', could receive the editing and marketing required, as well as allowing for the manufacturing of the DVDs themselves. Included on the Kickstarter page includes several screenshots of the unedited film, and a two-and-a-half minute video consisting of the duo explaining the Kickstarter (both in and out of character), with a small trailer of footage of the film provided.
 
In January 2019, Onslow and Kilburn launched a Kickstarter campaign. They requested £10,000 so that their mockumentary, entitled ''Plunderbirds: Talk Robots'', could receive the editing and marketing required, as well as allowing for the manufacturing of the DVDs themselves. Included on the Kickstarter page includes several screenshots of the unedited film, and a two-and-a-half minute video consisting of the duo explaining the Kickstarter (both in and out of character), with a small trailer of footage of the film provided.
  
Ultimately, the project raised only £765 from 12 backers by the funding goal's deadline of 17th February, 2019. The failure primarily stemmed upon lack of interest among the robot combat community, some being put off by the £10k target.<ref>[https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnofficialRobotWars/posts/985232278423204/ ''Unofficial Robot Wars'' Facebook post on the Kickstarter, with some being put off by the £10k target.] Retrieved 2 Dec '21</ref>
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Ultimately, the project raised only £765 from 12 backers by the funding goal's deadline of 17th February, 2019. The failure primarily stemmed upon lack of interest among the robot combat community, some being put off by the £10k target.<ref>[https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnofficialRobotWars/posts/985232278423204/ ''Unofficial Robot Wars'' Facebook post on the Kickstarter, with some being put off by the £10k target.] Retrieved 02 Dec '21</ref>
  
 
==Availability==
 
==Availability==
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*[[BattleBots Collegiate Championship (partially lost unaired spinoff of robot combat TV show; 2009)]]
 
*[[BattleBots Collegiate Championship (partially lost unaired spinoff of robot combat TV show; 2009)]]
 
*[[Mechanoids (partially found BBC robot combat game show; 2003)]]
 
*[[Mechanoids (partially found BBC robot combat game show; 2003)]]
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*[[Robot Wars (found cameos of robot combat-themed BBC 2 ident; 1999-2000)]]
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*[[Robot Wars (lost footage and HSE documentation of behind-the-scenes accidents of BBC robot combat game show; 1998-1999)]]
 
*[[Robot Wars (lost near-death footage of Jeremy Clarkson from robot combat game show; 1998)]]
 
*[[Robot Wars (lost near-death footage of Jeremy Clarkson from robot combat game show; 1998)]]
 
*[[Robot Wars (lost work on unfinished cartoon series based on robot combat game show; existence unconfirmed; 2002-2004)]]
 
*[[Robot Wars (lost work on unfinished cartoon series based on robot combat game show; existence unconfirmed; 2002-2004)]]
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*[[Robot Wars (partially found footage of robot combat show qualifying auditions and battles; 1998-2003)]]
 
*[[Robot Wars (partially found unaired or partially aired battles of BBC robot combat game show; 1998-2017)]]
 
*[[Robot Wars (partially found unaired or partially aired battles of BBC robot combat game show; 1998-2017)]]
 
*[[Robot Wars (partially found uncut battles from BBC robot combat game show; 1998-2017)]]
 
*[[Robot Wars (partially found uncut battles from BBC robot combat game show; 1998-2017)]]
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*[[Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors: Season 2 (partially found behind-the-scenes footage of TNN robot combat game show; 2002)]]
 
*[[Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors: Season 2 (partially found behind-the-scenes footage of TNN robot combat game show; 2002)]]
 
*[[Robot Wars Revealed (partially found BBC Choice spin-off of robot combat game show; 1998-2000)]]
 
*[[Robot Wars Revealed (partially found BBC Choice spin-off of robot combat game show; 1998-2000)]]
*[[Robot Wars: Series 3 (lost HSE documentation concerning behind-the-scenes accidents of BBC robot combat game show; 1999)]]
 
 
*[[Robot Wars: Series 8 (lost unaired pilot of BBC robot combat game show; 2016)]]
 
*[[Robot Wars: Series 8 (lost unaired pilot of BBC robot combat game show; 2016)]]
 
*[[Robot Wars: The Kick-Off (lost BNN robot combat special; 2001)]]
 
*[[Robot Wars: The Kick-Off (lost BNN robot combat special; 2001)]]
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*[https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/230519924/plunderbirds-talk-robots? The Kickstarter for ''Plunderbirds: Talk Robots''.]
 
*[https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/230519924/plunderbirds-talk-robots? The Kickstarter for ''Plunderbirds: Talk Robots''.]
 
*[https://robotwars.fandom.com/wiki/International_Wreck_Crew ''Robot Wars Wiki'' article for International Wreck Crew.]
 
*[https://robotwars.fandom.com/wiki/International_Wreck_Crew ''Robot Wars Wiki'' article for International Wreck Crew.]
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*[https://robotwars.fandom.com/wiki/Plunderbird ''Robot Wars Wiki'' article for International Wreck Crew's Plunderbird machines.]
  
 
==References==
 
==References==

Latest revision as of 10:38, 28 April 2022

Plunderbird1.jpg

Mockumentary logo.

Status: Partially Found

Plunderbirds: Talk Robots was a unreleased robot combat mockumentary film. Produced by Kinemacolour Media, it followed the International Wreck Crew, a prominent team on the BBC robot combat gameshow Robot Wars, as they detailed their history in robot combat, and attended modern robot combat events.

Background[edit | edit source]

International Wreck Crew competed in the first five main series of Robot Wars as well as the spin-off Robot Wars Extreme: Series 1, entering a total of five machines under the Plunderbird moniker.[1] Their most successful machine was Plunderbird 2, which reached the Semi-Finals of Series 2. The team itself, whose main members were Mike Onslow and Bryan Kilburn, overshadowed their machines however. They became highly popular among Robot Wars fans and roboteers alike, for their "tough guy" characters on-screen and for generally being helpful behind-the-scenes.[2] They would also win the Sportsmanship Award for Series 2,[3] with their first machine, Plunderbird 1 earning Series 1's Best Design Award.[4]

Plunderbirds: Talk Robots and Kickstarter Campaign[edit | edit source]

In 2016, Onslow was interested in creating a mockumentary on International Wreck Crew, based upon their history of creating machines, as well as interviewing teams that were still competing in the sport. Plans therefore began with the aim of releasing a robot combat mockumentary DVD where all proceeds would be donated to good causes, including cancer and homeless charities. Throughout 2017, Onslow and Kilburn would work with Kinemacolour Media to film the mockumentary, including at various robot combat and educational events, and the team's robot workshop. A teaser trailer was released by Kinemacolour Media in July 2018.[5]

In January 2019, Onslow and Kilburn launched a Kickstarter campaign. They requested £10,000 so that their mockumentary, entitled Plunderbirds: Talk Robots, could receive the editing and marketing required, as well as allowing for the manufacturing of the DVDs themselves. Included on the Kickstarter page includes several screenshots of the unedited film, and a two-and-a-half minute video consisting of the duo explaining the Kickstarter (both in and out of character), with a small trailer of footage of the film provided.

Ultimately, the project raised only £765 from 12 backers by the funding goal's deadline of 17th February, 2019. The failure primarily stemmed upon lack of interest among the robot combat community, some being put off by the £10k target.[6]

Availability[edit | edit source]

Because Plunderbirds: Talk Robots went unreleased, little media of the unfinished mockumentary is publicly accessible. A few minutes of footage can be viewed from the teaser and Kickstarter videos, with a few screenshots still remaining accessible on the Kickstarter page.

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Videos[edit | edit source]

Teaser video for Plunderbirds: Talk Robots.
Kickstarter video for Plunderbirds: Talk Robots.

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See Also[edit | edit source]

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