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Bee and PuppyCat is a popular cartoon created by Natasha Allegri & Frederator Studios on Cartoon Hangover. We want to make it a series!
18,209 backers pledged $872,133 to help bring this project to life.

How the Budget Breaks Down - Bee and PuppyCat: the Series by the numbers

Posted by Frederator / Cartoon Hangover (Creator)
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$600,000 is a lot of money. Many people have been scratching their heads (and asking us) why it would cost this amount of money to make a series of "web" cartoons. It is because the show is awesome and demands a crew of dozens of professionals to pull off. And even with this amount, it is a very modest budget compared to other shows with similar "TV production quality." 

Here is a graphic that depicts the breakdown of the budget for Bee and PuppyCat: The Series. See the estimated dollar amounts below the chart. 

Bee and PuppyCat: The Series Budget Breakdown
Bee and PuppyCat: The Series Budget Breakdown

WRITING/STORYBOARDS: $68,873 (13.9%): 6 people - writers, storyboard artists, storyboard revisionists working 9 weeks.

PRODUCER: $20,455 (4.1%): 29 weeks of making sure everything happens.

DIRECTOR: $24,000 (4.9%): 29 weeks of bringing the vision of the show to life, or at least to the screen.

TALENT/CASTING/RECORDING: $42,221 (8.5%): This takes 7 to 10 people including the casting agent, recording studio, recording engineers, dialogue editors, and of course the cast.

PRODUCTION OFFICE/STAFF: $43,514 (8.8%): 7 people coordinating dozens of people and mountains of paperwork for most of 29 weeks. 

DESIGN: $36,300 (7.3%): 4 people doing character design, prop design, background design, & design cleanup for three weeks. 

COLOR DESIGN: $28,800 (5.8%): 2 people doing background painting and color styling for three weeks.

POST PRODUCTION $21,521 (4.4%): 5 people - a sound designer, sound effects editor, foley artist, re-recording engineer, and a composer work for four weeks. 

ANIMATION/EDITORIAL: $208,575 (42.2%): 38 people including an animation director, model checkers, animation supervisors, layout artists, key animators, checkers, color stylists, compositors, their own production staff, and editors working for 16 weeks. This is mostly done in Korea to keep costs low and quality high. Most traditionally animated shows are done there. 

Please support the Kickstarter if you haven't. We all want to live in a world where there are more stories of Bee and PuppyCat. And more money = more episodes. 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/frederator/bee-and-puppycat-the-series

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    1. Michael Gooding on

      Also Amazon charges the creators a fee too, I forgot.
      (A further 3-5%)

      So the creators have to plan to have 10% taken off final pledge amount.
      http://www.kickstarter.com/help/fees

    2. Michael Gooding on

      Also, people forget about the 5% cut Kickstarter takes off the top before the creators get a dime.
      Frederator is actually budgeting $80k per episode, not $100k.
      The $600,000 initial goal is just to get things launched, it's $80k per episode after that.

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      Lisa Aquilina on

      People just cannot grasp how much work/money goes into animation.

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      Cristina on

      I really would recommend doing an AMA on reddit to help promote this awesome venture. With Natasha Allegri's work on AT and Frederator's work on FOP I think it would be just the thing to get an extra bump of interest in the project. $200,000 in 2 weeks is still a long way to go, but I do understand what the money is needed for, I just want to see this project succeed!

    5. Ben Chaplin on

      Education! Yaaay. :D

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      JediaKyrol on

      I was really surprised at all of the people that didn't understand it costs money to make a tv show...according to IMDb, Family Guy has a budget of $1Million...per episode!

    7. Jan Swidan on

      Lol Kevin, voice actors need to make a living too

    8. kevin on

      geez... i'd va for free for awesome projects...

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      Veronica Brodsky on

      That's really cool! Thanks for sharing this with us!

    10. Philip Alexander Dale on

      "Rewards, Fees, and Taxes" are covered by the $100,000 being set aside for that.
      (As mentioned by the notice on top of the pie-chart.)

      The pie-chart breaks down how the remaining $500,000 dollars will be spent.

    11. Joseph E.A. King on

      Hmm I don't see Rewards, Fees or Taxes in the costing?

    12. Joseph E.A. King on

      Great breakdown! Must educate the ignorant.

    13. Philip Alexander Dale on

      I have yet to be informed by a cuter pie-chart! :3

    14. Kyan 0 on

      I was confused to hear people thinking this was too much to produce a hand drawn cartoon?? I work in theindustry I thought it was modest!! Hopefully clears some things up. Great work guys.

    15. MekaNeko on

      I really really hope this comes true is such a great project , good luck!!

    16. Derek Still on

      I understand and appreciate the need to be so up front with such a huge budget, but I wouldn't be too worried. I feel that the quality of the pilot speaks for itself and as soon as I saw it, I was more than happy to contribute, budget be damned. There is no doubt in my mind we will reach our funding goal, the biggest challange now is to promote this sucker so we can hit the stretch goals and get more episodes, something both fans and the project creators can work harder at.

    17. Karen Stover on

      Thank you for your transparency!

    18. Adele K. Thomas on

      Hey guys, thanks for sharing this!

      Its really interesting to read, especially for someone who had to work out a pilot budget last year. Great to know, very educational.