By James Hiler | Indiewire October 15, 2013 at 4:45PM
Having been responsible for several of the highest-rated episodes of the extraordinarily successful Cartoon Network series "Adventure Time" (those featuring Fionna and Cake, the gender-bent versions of main characters Finn and Jake), artist Natasha Allegri has joined Frederator Studios to create her own original cartoon show, "Bee and PuppyCat." The prospective series is based on Allegri's original two-part animated film of the same name, which you can watch below, and which debuted on Frederator's YouTube Channel Cartoon Hangover, where it was viewed millions of times.
"Bee and PuppyCat" follows 20-something woman Bee, who has a collision with a mysterious alien she calls PuppyCat that vaguely resembles both a cat and a dog. Unemployed, broke and in an awkward relationship with her cute neighbor, Bee is swept into an intergalactic adventure with the surly PuppyCat.
Frederator, the company behind "Adventure Time," "The Fairly OddParents" and other past animated series, is seeking funds directly through fans using Kickstarter to develop six six-minute cartoons with the goal of reaching $600,000 to underwrite the series. The Kickstater campaign, which debuted today, is quickly raising money (no doubt thanks to the devoted "Adventure Time" fanbase) and has already earned over $40,000. Check out the campaign here.
As for why Frederator is turning to crowdfunding for this project, the company notes that funding for a series like "Bee and PuppyCat" "could take possibly years to do in a conventional television development cycle. The funds would permit Frederator to produce the cartoon Natasha Allegri's envisions without the often intrusive involvement of a typical television network."