Frederator and its online animation channel Cartoon Hangover want to turn the excellent “Bee and PuppyCat,” a short series created by cartoonist Natasha Allegri, into a six-episode animated series. To make it happen, the company, like other online creators, is enlisting their fans directly, via a new Kickstarter campaign.
“Bee and the PuppyCat” originally aired on Cartoon Hangover as a two-parted animated short, which has been viewed over 3 million times.
The series follows 20-something Bee as her world is turned literally (and metaphorically) upside down by PuppyCat, an adorable space alien that is sort of a puppy and sort of a cat — hence the “PuppyCat.”
Cartoon Hangover and Frederator are looking to tap its dedicated audience through a $600,000 Kickstarter campaign. Frederator says it will use the funds to streamline a development process for “Bee and PuppyCat” while allowing Allegri to maintain her independent vision sans a traditional television network.
The studio behind Cartoon Hangover, Frederator, has been in a steadily building an animation-themed multi-channel network over the past few years. Cartoon Hangover kicked off this process as one of the 100 original channels created during YouTube’s original programming initiative.
Head of Frederator and animation legend, Fred Seibert, has expressed a desire to push out the studio into a full-fledged MCN, saying that Cartoon Hangover’s flagship property, “Bravest Warriors,” would lead the company as they deliver a “whole new animation revolution.”
Frederator has produced over 200 short films and animated series including the aforementioned “Adventure Time” and Nickelodeon’s “The Fairly Oddparents.” Its properties on YouTube have garnered over 55 million views and more than 790,000 subscribers.