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Lots of filmmakers want to jump from YouTube clips to regular movies and TV, but how many are doing so on the power of fart jokes? 

"Dick Figures," an animated YouTube series featuring crude drawing and equally crude humor, has been made into a 73-minute movie set for digital release on Sept. 17. 

Production company Six Point Harness and distributor Mondo Media have partnered with the Google Inc.-owned video service, along with digital distribution company Cinedigm and video-on-demand tech company Yekra, to release the film.

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The companies have not said exactly how they will distribute "Dick Figures: The Movie" to the masses. They did say the distribution model will combine ad-supported and paid options.

The series, which lives on Mondo Media's YouTube channel, is quite popular. It has amassed 350 million views in its three-year existence. The filmmakers completed a $300,000 campaign on crowdfunding site Kickstarter last year.   

The cartoons are clearly aimed at teenage boys. To give you an idea of the type of humor involved, web episodes have titles like "Chug-A-Chug-A-Brew-Brew" and "The Fart Knight Rises."

The movie's trailer helpfully promises "stick figures," "raccoons," "ninjas" and "explosions." 

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