When Glenn opened up about his illness and recovery last year, he said the experience had been a pivot point in his life. He now knew what it was like to almost lose it all, and he decided to dedicate his time to projects that he believes will truly change the world. To accomplish this, he expanded the American Dream Labs team and put them to work on a series of projects that will impact culture. Last night, he revealed all new footage and information on the team's first TV show: 'History House'.
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Glenn revealed that every piece of the set was made from a book in order reinforce the theme that these stories from history are so important.
"Everything on the set, including the trees, are books, because the premise of the show is that it’s all coming from a storybook, it’s all coming from a book in the library," he said.
Glenn also revealed that the show would be using traditional claymation.
"When we tell the story, we’re going to start in Claymation, and we’re pretty proud of this fact, we get 13 seconds a day out of our shooting. Our days are about 14 hours long, but we get 13 seconds a day. So you know, we’re not cheating on quality, we just are doing it differently. I have some really good brainiacs who have figured out different ways to do things, but the industry norm is seven seconds a week. I don’t have the patience for that," Glenn said.
The first episode centers around Johnny Appleseed, a central figure in history whose story has largely been forgotten.
"We’re so historically illiterate now that you ask the average person about Johnny Appleseed, and they might remember the cartoon from Walt Disney, but they don’t think he was even real. Johnny Appleseed was real, and he was absolutely amazing. He was one of our biggest capitalists. He was also one of our first environmentalists," Glenn said.
"[Johnny Appleseed] just kind of lived amongst everything. He at first started to build houses, and he would live in a house, but he was uncomfortable with that, and he just became more of a naturalist, which usually means nudist now. He wore flour sacks. He would go and occasionally if he needed to eat and he didn’t have any food, he would go to the neighbors or to the area, and he would come up with literally did have a pan on his head. He would come up, and he would say, 'I’ve got good news to share.' He would share a gospel story, and people would say, 'Would you like something to eat?' He was a fantastic storyteller," Glenn said.