Actor LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow Kickstarter has hit its $1 million funding goal and then some. At the time of writing, the Kickstarter is closing in on $4.5 million from more than 90,000 backers, but with only a few days until the campaign ends, Burton hopes new rewards from Kickstarter's most successful projects, including the Ouya, will garner even more support.
By pledging $250, backers can get a limited edition, “Butterfly-in-the-Sky Blue” Ouya console and controller hand-signed by Burton. According to the Kickstarter page, this reward should ship in December 2014. You can also get an unsigned Reading Rainbow Ouya as an add-on reward with any package for $175, or donate one to a classroom of your choice for $150.
Burton previously said that he wants the Reading Rainbow project to come to new platforms, including gaming consoles like Xbox and PlayStation systems, but in order for that to happen the Kickstarter campaign needs to reach $5 million.
In addition to the unspecified Xbox and PlayStation consoles, if the $5 million stretch goal is met, the new Reading Rainbow program will be released for mobile devices, as well as over-the-top boxes like AppleTV, Roku, and Kindle Fire TV.
The other successful Kickstarter projects that are offering limited rewards in support of Reading Rainbow come from the Pebble smartwatch, Pono Music audio player, and the Veronica Mars movie.
Reading Rainbow went off the air in 2009. It originally aired on PBS and Burton was its host and producer.