It looks like we’re going to see at least seven new episodes of Cartoon Hangover and Natasha Allegri’s animated web series “Bee and PuppyCat.” On the last leg of its wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, “Bee and PuppyCat” has exceeded its original funding goal ($600,000) by over $100,000.
The Kickstarter campaign was initially launched back in October with the intention of finding capital to create six new episodes. “Bee and PuppyCat” originally aired on YouTube channel Cartoon Hangover as a two-part animated short, which received well over 3 million views.
Now that the series, which follows the titular Bee and her space alien friend PuppyCat, has reached its goal, the creators of the show are hoping to lock down additional funding to create more episodes. The Kickstarter is currently at $709,804. If $760,000 is reached, the series will be developed into eight episodes.
While over half a million dollars may seem like an absorbent amount to create an animated web series, at the time of the campaign’s launch, Frederator — the studio behind Cartoon Hangover — explained that it was using the funds to streamline the episode development phase. Additionally, the funds would allow for Allegri to maintain her independent process without having to answer to financial backers, aside from her audience.
Speaking with Frederator founder Fred Seibert last month, the animation veteran expressed that funding via Kickstarter came solely from the desire to give niche audiences the content they want while circumnavigating traditional TV models. “It’s not news to anyone that the internet has allowed niche interests to thrive, and in animation it’s no different,” Seibert said. “Crowd funding has enabled special interest audiences to see their favorites come to life in ways that television and features cannot support.”