A crowdfunding project to create an animated series in which Barack Obama and Joe Biden time travel has reached its funding target.
The premise of the show is that shortly after the election of Donald Trump, Biden and Obama were taken to a lab and transported into their younger bodies. The pair travel through time to try to influence history and make current reality a better place.
Adam Reid, 40, the creator of Barry & Joe, said he wanted to return to a kinder time following the election of Trump. He was inspired by TV science fiction hit Quantum Leap.
“The show was wildly naive about the world and the silliest kind of science fiction, but it was also fundamentally something we’re lacking right now, which is humanity,” he wrote on the Kickstarter page.
“It had heart and it was about people and it was kind.”
Obama and Biden aren’t the only famous faces in the cartoon. The pair are sent back in time by scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Reid plans to “feature characters of Jill Biden, Notorious RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsberg), Maxine Waters and hopefully much more in future episodes”.
Trump also features as the spectre of a villain, although we’ll never actually see him.
Reid is hoping to open up politics and social issues to an audience who may not be actively engaged at the moment. “By using comedy, science fiction, and 80s television tropes as a common language … we open up this opportunity to speak to people who are maybe not as interested in actual science and actual politics,” he wrote.
Money raised from the Kickstarter campaign, which has met its funding target of $100,000, will pay for the mini-episode pilot and the prologue show opening. You can still get involved by pledging as little as $5, and can receive a variety of rewards.
If the pilot is successful, audiences can expect to see the show some time around Christmas.