“Fired Up is a short” animated film that depicts the origin story of President Obama’s famed “Fired up, ready to go” call to action. It was released online a couple of days ago.
In brief, on a rainy day in June of 2007, the now former POTUS found himself speaking to a subdued crowd in the tiny town of Greenwood, SC. He was exhausted, soaking wet, and beginning to doubt the whole campaign when a voice called out from the back, “Fired up, ready to go!”. The chant, started by an unassuming woman, transformed the audience and went on to become a famed rallying cry.
With the audio of President Obama’s speech as the soundtrack, the film combines original animation by 12 different artists from around the world.
The piece is directed and produced by Dan Fipphen and Elyse Kelly.
Animation directors (in order of appearance): Emily Eckstein & Ege Alper, Alex Silver, Lynn Tomlinson, Jovanna Tosello, The Duke & The Duck, Amy Lee Ketchum, Juan Camilo Gonzalez, Musa Brooker, Miguel Jiron, Sara Spink, Lou Morton, and Daniela Sherer.
Check out the short piece below: