‘Why We’re Here’ Documentary Trailer Celebrates 15 Years of Rooster Teeth

     April 13, 2018


Whether you’re a die-hard Rooster Teeth fan or only superficially aware of the production company’s success, their history is an impressive one. It’s the kind of story that gives aspiring creatives hope, a tale that sees a bunch of self-starters cobble together what would become a worldwide hit using rudimentary technology and a dogged pursuit of the seed idea that started it all. Now, 15 years later, a new documentary–spun out of the company’s own internal wing RT Docs–seeks to celebrate their success and look back on the story so far.

Why We’re Here: 15 Years of Rooster Teeth provides unprecedented access inside Rooster Teeth, the pioneering studio behind Red vs. Blue, RWBY, and Achievement Hunter. Founded in a spare bedroom in 2003, the company’s roots in “machinima”—animated shorts made using video games—found a loyal following before the existence of YouTube, and grew into a supportive community of millions. This community of like-minded fans has allowed Rooster Teeth to keep moving forward, creating podcasts, original series, feature films, and massive live events around the world, bypassing the traditional gatekeepers of old media. This documentary reveals never-before-seen archival footage from the private collections of the original founders and explores how the company and community have grown over the last 15 years.

And now, a week before its arrival on the company’s premium SVOD “First” service, the first trailer is available. Check it out below:

Why We’re Here: 15 Years of Rooster Teeth premieres exclusively on Rooster Teeth’s premium SVOD service, FIRST, on April 20.




Rooster Teeth is a pioneering media and entertainment company responsible for some of the biggest online series in history, such as the award-winning and longest-running web series, Red vs. Blue. They also produce the globally acclaimed animated series RWBY, the first western anime series to be distributed in Japan; the award-winning Rooster Teeth Podcast; and Immersion, a reality format that brings video game theory to the real world. Rooster Teeth has a massive global footprint of more than 45 million subscribers to its YouTube Network, 5 million unique monthly visitors to its RoosterTeeth.com hub and 3 million registered community members. The company was founded in 2003, and is now a subsidiary of Fullscreen Media, a global youth media company that develops online creators and produces multi-platform entertainment experiences. Discover more at RoosterTeeth.com.


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