By Jerry Beck | Animation Scoop November 14, 2013 at 9:35PM
Frederator Studios announced today that it has secured $872,133 in funding from a Kickstarter.com campaign to fund the production of additional episodes of its hit animated short, Bee & PuppyCat, created by Adventure Time animator Natasha Allegri.
The campaign exceeded its goal of $600,000 and now ranks as Kickstarters's fourth most funded Video and Film campaigns to date - a list that also includes the Veronica Mars movie, projects from Spike Lee and Zach Braff, and ahead of the digital sensation Video Game High School 2.
Bee & PuppyCat,originally debuted on Cartoon Hangover in July as a 2-part, 10-minute short and became an immediate hit, amassing more than four million views and driving both male and female viewership. The series is set to kick-off on Cartoon Hangover this summer.
The Kickstarter campaign was launched in October with the goal to garner enough funding to create six new episodes of the breakout hit. The success of the crowdsourcing campaign, which has amassed more than 18,000 backers, has now enabled Frederator to up its production to eight episodes. The new content is expected to be premiere in Summer 2014.
Bee & PuppyCat, follows Bee, an out-of-work twenty-something, who has a life-changing collision with a mysterious creature that she refers to as PuppyCat, because she is not sure if it is a dog, cat, or both. Between space and time, Bee and PuppyCat take intergalactic babysitting gigs to pay another month’s rent, and embark on adventures that include betrayal, intrigue, and magical transformations. As a “traditionally animated” series, all elements of Bee and PuppyCat are drawn by hand.
The newly funded Bee & PuppyCat series will join Frederator Studios' burgeoning Cartoon Hangover YouTube Channel, which already features the breakout hit series Bravest Warriors. Conceived and developed by Fred Seibert—the animation luminary whose executive producing credits include such animation blockbusters as Adventure Time, The Fairly OddParents, The Powerpuff Girls and Dexter’s Laboratory - Cartoon Hangover ranks as one of the fastest growing channels from YouTube’s 2012 funded channel initiative. Since its launch in November 2012, the channel has generated more than 4 million unique viewers (source: YouTube Analytics), over 66 million views of its programming, more than 193 million minutes watched of its shows, and almost 900 thousand subscribers.
The Bee & PuppyCat Kickstarter campaign will reward its backers with more than nine new episodes of the series. It will provide them with an intimate inside look at the creation of the episodes as well. Digital downloads of storyboards, exclusive DVD's, exclusive Squishable brand PuppyCat plush, a comic book series from BOOM! Studios, an exclusive t-shirt from Welovefine.com, and first looks at new episodes are a handful of creative ways that Frederator Studios and Allegri will give back to the community who helped to make production of the new episodes a reality.