Bee and PuppyCat Gets 2nd Season Co-Produced by Pokémon's OLM
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Frederator Studios revealed on Tuesday that it will co-produce the Bee and PuppyCat: Lazy in Space animated web series with anime studio Oriental Light and Magic (OLM). The series will be a sequel to the original American animated web series Bee and PuppyCat, and it will debut in 2019. Frederator Studios' Cartoon Hangover YouTube channel began streaming a promotional video for the new season.
OLM was previously involved with the series, but animation production is completely switching to the anime studio for the second season. OLM's Los Angeles-based subsidiary Sprite Animation Studios is also contributing to the project. Bee and PuppyCat creator Natasha Allegri (Adventure Time, Over the Garden Wall, Cannon Busters) is serving as showrunner, and she moved to Tokyo to work on the series.
President and CEO of OLM Toshiaki Okuno said, "We are delighted to host Natasha and her team in Tokyo to work alongside our crew for the duration of the production." He added, “Being able to capture the exact, unique, look, and feel of the series that she wants to create is a pleasure. It isn't often that we get to work so closely with such a visionary U.S. creator. We are all enjoying the cross-cultural experience.”
The original series' story centers on a young woman who is struggling to keep jobs. One day, after leaving another failed job, she encounters the strange creature PuppyCat. He transports her to another dimension, and they begin working together to help Bee make her rent payments.
The original Bee and PuppyCat series debuted in 2013, and Allegri wrote the scripts while Larry Leichliter directed. Korean animation studio Dongwoo Animation originally animated the series, and OLM became involved later.
OLM is best known for production on such anime as the various Pokémon television anime, films, and video anime, as well as the Yōkai Watch television anime and films. The studio also animated the Future Card Buddyfight, Berserk, BanG Dream!, Atom The Beginning, Inazuma Eleven, To Heart, and Utawarerumono anime, as well as the Miss Hokusai film.
Imagica Group acquired OLM in 2015. OLM, Imagica Group, advertising agency Adways, Shogakukan, Takara Tomy, mixi, and SMBC Venture Capital launched a 1.2-billion-yen (about US$11 million) venture capital fund for media content on March 28 called "OLM-1 Investment Limited Partnership."
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