Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bee and Puppycat (2013-)

Adventure Time really has opened the floodgates for more quirky and surreal animated shows, from Regular Show (possibly), to Gravity Falls, and Bravest Warriors, as well as the rest of the Cartoon Hangover channel, including such new shows as Natasha Allegri's Bee and Puppycat...

Bee and Puppycat originated as a two-part ten minute short on Youtube, as part of the Cartoon Hangover channel, and it was extremely popular. Thanks to a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, it's made it to full series. So, is it worth the wait, Kickstarter, and hype?...

Bee is an odd young unemployed woman who encounters the stray Puppycat, an animal that looks like both a dog and a cat, which she takes home as a pet. Bee is in desperate need of money, and Puppycat, who can sorta-talk , takes Bee with him on a temp job for Temp-Bot, a giant TV...

Bee and Puppycat is a very amusing show. It's creative, and totally adorable! The pilot it started life as lays the groundwork for the series well, although given it's a pilot, some things do get changed up for the rest of the series-The animation's a bit different, and some aspects such as Temp-Bot's accent and possibly demeanor are altered.

Like Adventure Time before it, Bee and Puppycat is extremely surreal. We've got a woman and her pet of indeterminate species working as temp agents for a giant TV in hyperspace who sends them on assignments in locations such as Fish-Bowl Space or Jelly Cube Planet, to do things like babysit sad fish children who turn into hideous monsters after hearing fairy tales, or help out a farm that eats souls.

The characters in this series are entertaining, and the two supporting leads Deckard and Cass actually add a more serious and thoughtful nature to the show which balances really well with its otherwise whimsical nature.

The acting in Bee and Puppycat is good, with Allyn Rachel making for a boisterous and cute lead. The actor who plays the character Cardamon is very stiff. Whether that's intentional or not, I've no idea. Thankfully the concept of the character (he's a child landlord) is entertaining enough to let you look past that.

The animation here is great! It's cute, lively, well-drawn, and ensures the show's great quality. And then there's the show's scoring, which is great! It's nice, soft, soothing, and very pretty!

If I had to pick one problem with this series, it's that Puppycat looks very little like a dog. That's no big deal though. I also wish the episodes were longer than 6 minutes, but the short length isn't crippling or problematic. I just wish there was more Bee and Puppycat.

Bee and Puppycat is a great little webseries, and it seems to be going uphill from here!...

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