The DAVID Movie – Angel Studios’ Most Ambitious Project Yet–Aims to Raise Funds for Production Budget of over $55 Million

Sunrise Animation Studios (JUNGLE BEAT) Teams up with the Studio Behind The Wingfeather Saga, The Tuttle Twins, and Dry Bar Comedy to Raise Funds for an Animated, Musical Feature Film About David of the Bible.

Provo, UT—November 16, 2022—Updated May 29, 2024

DAVID, an animated feature film based on the Old Testament’s King David is announcing the launch of a funding round to raise approximately $30 million to complete a production budget of $55 million, having raised over $24 million in previous funding rounds. Produced by Sunrise Animation Studios of Cape Town, South Africa, the team has assembled a world-class, world-wide crew who have worked on some of the biggest animated titles in history (HERCULES, FINDING NEMO, CARS, MONSTERS, INC., INSIDE OUT, and MOANA).

“This project has been in the making for nearly 20 years,” said Phil Cunningham, DAVID’s Executive Producer/Director. “From our humble beginnings as farmers in Africa to assembling a world class animation studio, it’s been a dream that we now have the opportunity to realize. David’s life gives a powerful insight into God’s own heart and presents an incredible opportunity to reach a far broader global audience than almost any other biblical story. David has inspired art, music and culture across centuries and cultures, and now with Angel Studios we have an opportunity to tell a biblical story to a global audience.”

“The DAVID story strikes a familiar chord for many of us, but especially here at Angel Studios,” said Neal Harmon, CEO of Angel Studios. “As we partnered with Sunrise Animation, we learned that Phil’s life history uniquely mirrored young David’s and prepared him to build the talented team meant to retell this timeless and relevant story. We can’t wait to help bring the story of DAVID to young hearts all around the world.”

To date DAVID has raised nearly $25 million from both private investors and over 6,000 individuals, and has opened its Reg A+ offering to raise funds for a production budget of $32 million. The Sunrise Animation Team produced a 5-minute animation demo to garner excitement from prospective supporters, giving them a glimpse into the future of the project.

The creators of DAVID are also the creators of the phenomenal Jungle Beat brand. The Jungle Beat series has been broadcast in over 150 countries and has a YouTube audience of nearly 200 million views per month. Jungle Beat: The Movie was acquired by Netflix, and in 2020 ranked in Netflix’s Top 10 Movies globally, reaching 3rd place in the US, with an 80% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes.

How to Watch the DAVID Animation Demo:

DAVID Facts:

  • In 2021, DAVID successfully raised close to $5 million in crowdfunding, with the first $2.5 million invested in just 24 hours.

  • The DAVID team’s vision is an epic movie that is biblically authentic while standing alongside the likes of Moana and Tangled for quality and entertainment value.

  • The DAVID team has brought on popular Christian figures Tim Tebow (Executive Producer) and Nick Vujicic (Associate Producer) to consult with and promote the project in return for compensation.

Further Information

See DAVID’s offering statement for more information about DAVID’s offering:


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