Natasha Allegri

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Natasha Allegri (born June 18, 1986) is an American animation creator, writer, storyboard revisionist and artist, and comic book artist. She is best known for her work as a storyboard revisionist for Cartoon Network's Adventure Time, and as the creator of Cartoon Hangover's and Frederator Studios Bee and PuppyCat.

Early life[edit]

Natasha Allegri is the daughter of an Okinawan mother and a Bolivian father. She grew up in Inverness, Florida. In high school and college she made comics about her life that she posted to LiveJournal, which is how she met Pendleton Ward.

Adventure Time[edit]

While in college at the University of Arizona in Tucson,[1] her friend, and creator of Adventure Time, Pendleton Ward, contacted her about working on Adventure Time and she has worked on the show for five seasons.[2] While working on the show, Allegri began drawing gender-swapped versions of the show's characters, including Fionna and Cake as her gender-swapped versions of Finn and Jake, and eventually these characters were featured in full episodes of Adventure Time. Since August 6, 2013, she also has written and illustrated Fionna and Cake comics for BOOM! Studios.[2]

Bee and PuppyCat[edit]

Allegri created and produced her own animated short, Bee and PuppyCat, for Frederator Studios' YouTube channel Cartoon Hangover.[2] The episode introduces viewers to Bee, a recently unemployed adolescent, and PuppyCat, a small and mysterious creature resembling both a dog and a cat. Bee takes PuppyCat in and, in return, he helps her find strange temp work, in this case babysitting a giant fish named Wallace in Fishbowl Space. In response to fans' overwhelming love for the original Bee and PuppyCat short, Frederator launched a Kickstarter on October 14, 2013 to raise funds for a full season. The Kickstarter was successful, raising Frederator $872,133 toward the production of Bee and PuppyCat, the animated series.[3] This exceeded their original goal of $600,000 and made them the 4th most funded Video and Film project to date.[4]

Comic Books[edit]

Allegri has created multiple graphic novels/comic books starring "Fionna and Cake" and "Bee and Puppycat", respectively.

Bee and Puppycat:

Bee and Puppycat #1, created with Garrett Jackson.

Bee and Puppycat #2, created with Garrett Jackson.

Bee and Puppycat #3, created with Madeleine Flores, Ian McGinty, Anissa Espinosa, and Tait Howard.

Bee and Puppycat #4, created with T. Zysk, Mad Rupert, Coleman Engle, Aimee Fleck, Pranas Naujokaitis, and Anissa Espinosa.

Bee and Puppycat, Vol. 1 (#1-4), created with the aforementioned.

Bee and Puppycat #5, created with T. Zysk, Chrystin Garland, Flynn Nicholls, and Meredith McClaren.

Bee and Puppycat #6, created with Andrew Lorenzi, Joy Ang, Meredith McClaren, and Carey Pietsch.

Bee and Puppycat #7, created with Garrett Jackson.

Bee and Puppycat #8, created with David Calderón, Liz Fleming, Coleman Engle, Reimena Yee, and T. Zysk.

Bee and Puppycat, Vol. 2 (#5-8), created with the aforementioned.

Bee and Puppycat #9, created (without the help of Natasha Allegri) by Patrick Seery, and Ji in Kim.

Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake:

Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake #1, created with Noelle Stevenson.

Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake #2, created with Lucy Knisley.

Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake #3, created by Natasha Allegri.

Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake #4, created by Natasha Allegri.

Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake #5, created with Lucy Knisley.

Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake #6, created with Betty Liang.

Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake, Vol. 1, created with Lucy Knisley, and Kate Leth.

Influences[edit]

Allegri has named several of her influences including works by Rumiko Takahashi, Sailor Moon and Superbook, as well as Bob's Burgers. Not to mention her cat, Pancake.[2] She is often compared to Rebecca Sugar.

Other work[edit]

Allegri also sang the theme song for the Fionna and Cake episode of Adventure Time.[5] She also served as a storyboard revisionist for the Bravest Warriors episode "Butter Lettuce" and has contributed to the miniseries Over the Garden Wall as writer and storyboard artist.[6]

She also provided the official art for the Vocaloid soundbank Ruby, to be released by PowerFX. This art was based upon a concept design by illustrator D-Artemisso.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "natazilla LiveJournal". Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Exclusive Interview w/ Natasha Allegri, creator of Bee and PuppyCat - Toon Buzz on Channel Fred". Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/frederator/bee-and-puppycat-the-series
  4. ^ http://blogs.indiewire.com/animationscoop/00000142-5980-d016-abf6-7ba3afae0000
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-10. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  6. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3848134/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
  7. ^ Hoshi (17 July 2015). "Ruby: The Controversial VOCALOID". Vocaloid News Network. Archived from the original on 23 July 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  8. ^ PowerFX (16 July 2015). "Ruby (@Vocaloid_Ruby)". Twitter. Retrieved 18 July 2015.