Project Duggy Dug – A Sneak Preview

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  How do you combat fear?  What’s the best way to deal with terror?
 
The independence campaign has seen the No side swamp the media with a relentless barrage of scare stories.  According to ‘Project Fear’, independence will see oil running out, barriers will be erected between Scotland and England, NATO and the EU will reject Scotland and we will be forced into joining the euro.

  How do you combat fear?  What’s the best way to deal with terror?
 
The independence campaign has seen the No side swamp the media with a relentless barrage of scare stories.  According to ‘Project Fear’, independence will see oil running out, barriers will be erected between Scotland and England, NATO and the EU will reject Scotland and we will be forced into joining the euro.

It’s enough to make grown men cower.  But help is at hand in the shape of Newsnet Scotland’s very own ‘Project Duggy Dug’.

Introduced to fanfare in June and voiced by acclaimed Hollywood actor Brian Cox, today Newsnet Scotland provides a sneak preview of the dog who sniffs at fear and snores in the face of scaremongering.

Duggy Dug caught the attention of most of Scotland’s media machine when Brian Cox was unveiled as the voice of the character last month.  A radical and outrageous partnership it compelled the BBC and STV to get in touch, resulting in Newsnet Scotland’s Lynda Williamson appearing on Good Morning Scotland.

The Daily Record, Guardian, Courier and Edinburgh Evening News were just some of the other news outlets who covered our announcement.

It’s safe to say we’ve caught their attention and also the attention of some on the No side who were less than complimentary in their responses – a good sign.

Of course, the project would not be possible without the support of Newsnet Scotland’s readers and others who have generously donated to ensure Duggy gets the opportunity to sniff out the rubbish and show his bark is worse than their bite.

Today we have the pleasure of releasing a trailer for ‘Project Duggy Dug’.  We hope it provides a flavour of what the animations will look like and how we aim to blend entertainment with information as we near the final 12 months of the campaign.

The trailer is also a way of urging as many people who can, to donate whatever they can.  The first project has already reached full funding and is currently well into production.  We have others in the pipeline and need to raise funds in order to ensure they too are completed to the standards required.

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Satirical cartoons have played a role in political debate from the outset, however animated cartoons have featured less. 

Duggy Dug is an attempt at persuading people to question the myriad claims being made by the anti-independence campaigners.  The short clip above is taken from the first two and a half minute long animation.

The first animation will ask people to think about Scotland’s vast oil and gas reserves and the decades of Westminster profligacy that has left Scotland with nothing to show despite the billions that have poured into the UK Treasury coffers.  Our infrastructure has been neglected and calls for an oil fund have fallen on deaf ears and only this weekend we witnessed the latest tragic deaths on the A9 between Inverness and Perth – a road that should have been upgraded decades ago.

It will highlight the massive investment currently taking place in Scotland’s waters and will contain references to the admission from former Labour chancellor Denis Healey that Labour deliberately hid the true worth of North Sea oil from the Scottish people in the 1970s.

It’s an ambitious project with ambitious aims, but so too was Newsnet Scotland.

Help us to make Duggy Dug the success we know it can be.

 

Voiced by Hollywood actor Brian Cox, we are aiming to raise funds for our ambitious animation project ‘Duggy Dug‘.

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