Independent toon shop Lincoln Butterfield Animation will unveil its newest animated series concept, R.I.P. M.D., at next month’s NATPE market and conference. From the mind of veteran animation producer Mitch Schauer, creator of The Angry Beavers, the property takes a comical look at the real-life problems of monsters. It will be showcased at the Lincoln Butterfield booth (#612) during the market.
‘When Mitch initially shared the R.I.P. M.D. concept with us, we knew that we needed to develop this wonderfully unique series,’ says Robert Hughes, co-founder of Lincoln Butterfield. ‘We believe the television landscape is ripe for a new, somewhat twisted and’more than anything’fun monster story, and we look forward to introducing NATPE attendees to our newest animation concept next month.’
R.I.P. M.D. will aim to entertain tweens with the adventures of Ripley Plimpt, an ordinary boy whose life turns upside-down when he discovers that monsters are not only real, but are also in need of his unique services. After he finds and repairs the broken wing of a tiny vampire bat, he is accepted into the monster world as friend, confidant and protector. To monsters around the world, Ripley simply becomes known as R.I.P. M.D.‘Monster Doctor.
‘In R.I.P. M.D., monsters get hurt, sick and depressed just like humans, and this series finds humor and a fun protagonist to help them,’ notes Schauer.
The new series joins Lincoln Butterfield’s growing catalogue of animation projects in development, including the tween properties TAN (distributed by PorchLight Ent.) and NIT: Neighborhood Investigation Team (debuted at MIPCOM in October), and mature titles Venture Probe and When in Rome. Each of the company’s five properties are being developed with the potential for multiplatform extensions.