By CCN: Bitcoin now has its very own version of “Adult Swim.” A cartoon called Bitcoin and Friends will soon be launching its second episode pending fundraising through a combination of donations and sponsorships. The cartoon features the voice of rap artist Petey Pablo who plays Jones, a car dealer turned ice cream truck driver/drug dealer.
Bitcoin’s Own South Park
Bitcoin the character is born into a dark world blown out by the 2008 financial crisis. Every 10 minutes or so, he spews out a bunch of children who go scurrying off-screen. Satoshi Nakamoto is featured in the first couple of minutes, a shadowy figure who tells him that he will discover his destiny eventually. In the first episode, Mitalik, Harold, Bitcoin, and Jones meet Pal Fifty, a character very reminiscent of Hal Finney. They also meet someone who seems an awful lot like Dorian Nakamoto in a memorable scene.
The artwork brings to mind the world of several Adult Swim cartoons. In a conversation with Robert Allen, however, we learned that the creative inspiration for the cartoon comes mainly from cartoons like South Park, Futurama, Rick and Morty, and an “eclectic mix” of other animated comedies.
Allen told CCN that he’s wanted to create something fun for the crypto space since he entered in 2013. His other endeavor, Coincube.io, is much more serious. It’s a portfolio automation service that helps crypto investors secure profits through diversification. Allen says “Uncle Chris”, who does the voice of Bitcoin, approached him with the idea last year. Coincube.io sponsored the first episode. The crew has a budget of $20,000 per episode and is currently over two-thirds of the way to funding the second episode.
Bitcoin and Friends Navigate a Dark Landscape
Over the long term, they’re hoping to pick up sponsorships from deep-pocketed firms or even potentially find other distribution avenues later on. Allen says that he and his team are dedicated to making the show as accessible as…