As a part of an Internet cartoon revolution, Frederator Studios, known for creating cult favorite cartoons like The Fairly OddParents, Bravest Warriors and Adventure Time, has won the attention of the Internet for empowering the up and coming female cartoonist, Natasha Allegri.
Starting as a storyboard revisionist for Adventure Time, Allegri contributed to the adventures of (cue whimsical intro music) “Jake the dog and Finn the Hu-man.” But her most notable contribution was the character design of these male protagonists’ female alter egos: “Cake the cat and Fionna the Hu-man.”
In season three, Allegri’s parallel universe was given its own episode, which became one of the most popular in the series. Writing for the A.V. Club, Oliver Sava described it as “the most aggressively girl-friendly episode of the series.” This gender-bending spinoff gained momentum with additional episodes in later seasons and its own comic book series for BOOM! Studios.
Fred Seibert, the founder and executive producer of Frederator said, “For years I’ve tried to convince network executives and cartoon executives that cartoons that center around women, created by women -- for something more than just little kids -- would be a really wonderful, valuable cartoon to have, and they’ve been kind of resistant.” Thanks to the Internet, Frederator was able to use YouTube and Kickstarter to launch Allegri’s career.