“Bebop emerged from a drawing for a short film I did called ‘Beans’ in Frederick, Maryland for this 72 hour film fest,” Scott said of the origins of Bebop. Scott made several films under the name Team Bebop, and used this little cat as the logo at the beginning of those films.
“My dad always told me, ‘Why don’t you do something with that cat that you have at the beginning of your films?’ My dad really likes cats,” Scott said. About a year ago, Scott began contemplating the creation of a new type of animated film. It would involve handmade puppets that are animated in post-production, to create a live-action feel for the characters. A simple example of what that may look like can be seen in the video entitled, "Sleeping In".
The purpose of the Kickstarter is to fund a short film (in the vein of a Pixar short) that will get Bebop up in space, for a space adventure. The short will “stand as a proof of concept to show producers and financiers in order to secure funds for a long-form series, with 8-12 episodes, which we will pitch to networks and entertainment entities such as Netflix, Cartoon Network, Hulu, and Nickelodeon – among others,” according to the Kickstarter page. The finished film will be made available to watch for free online. Bebop will be a fun-filled, imaginative, character-driven film, entertaining all ages while tackling a new sort of animated movie magic.
“Bebop is the type of film that I’ve subconsciously been wanting to make for a long time. I was not prepared to dream big enough for this type of project. I always thought of these bigger projects…as sort of pie in the sky films that I’d do in like 20 or 30 years, when in actuality it’s really accessible in the here and now. It just took time to find the team, find the inspiration and find the character,” said Scott.
For more information, visit the Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/