Sometimes, an idea is so brilliant, there’s no way it can possibly work. This may be one of those times, but I doubt it. I really want this to get made.
The concept behind Barry & Joe – a potential animated series that is looking for funding through Kickstarter – is pretty simple: Former President Barack Obama and his Vice President, Joe Biden, hopping around time and the multiverse to save lives.
How has this not met its goal already? From creator Adam Reid:
If you’re like me, you’re more than a bit concerned lately about the fate of our country, our planet, and humanity itself.
And while we need new heroes to step in and stand up for what is right, I can’t help but intensely miss Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
I dream about how the world might be different if we could go back in time and make better choices understanding what we know now. If only there was some way to set things right.
The show is clearly wish fulfillment for those of us who may not agree with the direction or tone of the current administration. But the show’s main concept seems like it should become a cult hit, playing off the ideas of 1980s hit TV show Quantum Leap.
Back to Reid’s Kickstarter:
Moments after the inauguration of the forty-fifth President, Barack Obama and his best friend Joe Biden were escorted to a secret lab, run by a team of the world’s greatest scientists and occasionally Elon Musk.
Obama and Biden were asked to take off all of their clothes and hold very still in a fetal position until they felt a painful tingling sensation.
They would awake to find themselves inside of their younger selves. Driven to find each other, and together, change history for the better.
And who would help guide the former leader of the free world and his best friend?
In fact, it’s our aim to recruit Neil deGrasse Tyson to play himself with the lure of genuine science, history and education. Not for kids, but for adults who understand the difference between science fiction and actual science when it’s explained to them. Our ideas are infused with the urgency for saving our actual world by spreading awareness of climate change science and an understanding of history and our place in it.
Everything about this show sounds awesome. If I had more money, I’d fully fund the show myself. The Kickstarter is asking for $100,000 to help pay to produce a prologue show and a min-pilot. The drive runs through August 31 at 9 p.m. Eastern, and as of this writing it’s raised more than $41,000.
Check out the Kickstarter page HERE and, if it sounds as good to you as it does to me, give the guy some money to make this a thing!