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The Stoner Cats team says they’re ready for take two after a rocky start yesterday.
After an unexpected delay, a cat-themed animated series starring prominent entertainers and personalities from the crypto space is reportedly back on track.
Stoner Cats is an NFT series created by actress Mila Kunis in collaboration with CryptoKitties co-founder Mack Flavelle, CryptoPoops NFT creator Jonathan Howard, and others as part of their recent venture Big Head Club. After a false start prevented the tokens from being released on Monday, the project is set to launch today at 5:00 PM EST. The project’s NFTs, which feature show characters, will allow holders to watch episodes as they are produced and, at some point in the future, may also allow some form of governance over the studio’s production decisions.
“We are ready for the launch tonight and excited,” Flavelle said, before going on to acknowledge the difficulties experienced during yesterday’s not-quite-launch:
“People’s time is the most valuable thing they have and we took their time. So I totally understand their frustration.”
Flavelle told disgruntled cat fans on Discord yesterday that the team “f—ked it up” after discovering a bug in the underlying art layers that could have affected the project’s NFTs. The group’s Twitter account stated that it was “working on some tech issues” before announcing that the sale would be pushed back to Tuesday.
Many crypto users were seemingly frustrated at the delay, with some in Europe and Asia reporting they had stayed up late due to the time zone difference for the project that “failed to mint.”
Despite the problems, the project continues to garner a lot of attention due to the participation of major celebrities such as Mila Kunis, Jane Fonda, Ashton Kutcher, Seth MacFarlane, and Chris Rock. All cast members will reportedly be paid in Ether (ETH), including Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, who has stated that he will donate his earnings from the project to the SENS Foundation, a non-profit organisation that studies the applications of regenerative medicine to ageing.
“I think people are starting to understand it’s not about access to the first piece of content,” said Kutcher in a discussion with Howard today. “It’s about access to the ongoing content that will be created as a result of this.”
The actor added:
“Anybody who’s holding the NFT fundamentally has their own theater. They are the owner of the ticket kiosk for the future.”
At the time of publication, there will be 10,420 initial cat NFTs available for 0.35 ETH — roughly $784. Yesterday, the price of Ether jumped to more than $2,400, but has since dropped to the $2,200s.
The first episode of Stoner Cats, titled “Stoned Awakening,” is set to premiere on July 29 and will be available to those who purchased a ticket during today’s sale.