You know, when the creator of an animated show is credited for being the Storyboard revisionist for Adventure Time, you know this is going to be one trippy ride. Especially considering she is the one responsible for the gender swapped episodes with Fiona and Cake. She doesn’t disappoint with Bee and Puppycat, a brand new online series on YouTube. It is part of Cartoon Hangover, a new YouTube channel dedicated to bringing a series of animated shorts. Though they have other shows, this show is the one giving them the most attention. With its oddball characterization, trippy storytelling and colorful animation, Bee and Puppycat will most certainly gain a cult following.
The show gets off to a good start with our heroine Bee floating in midair under a giant ball ocean while her pet Puppycat spins around. Though it would add nothing to the later episode, it is a great introduction to the beautiful animation, dream like tone the show delivers throughout. It is also an example of the potential of animated shows on the web. It also is a warning of how weird things are about to get. And no one would guess this episode would be just her grocery shopping and cooking a recipe with her boyfriend Deckard. Meanwhile, Deckard has been accepted into culinary school, but he isn’t sure if he wants to leave Bee.
The first episode sounds a little straightforward for someone who worked on one of the trippiest cartoons of all time. It’s the delivery that makes the episode. First is the animation. The environment is coated with beautiful neon colors appealing to the eyes, especially the blue lighting for early mornings. Even the bedrooms are given a sense of character, right down to the houseplants.
And then there are the characters. Bee is one of those young adults who haven’t quite gotten to the adult yet. She is more focused on taking in the joy of whatever whim she feels, whether it’s baking a recipe with Deckard or gargling yogurt in her mouth. She is also super excited over the having 1 dollar, stating “Alright! Get a Gum!” She is also a person without a verbal filter, announcing out loud “I have to go to the bathroom crazy bad!” Rachel’s raspy delivery provides a quirky charm to Bee, whether she’s mumbling to herself or screaming out loud. Plus, she has a unique design with a husky figure, giant lumpy hair and a wide skirt with a bee on it.
And then there’s Puppycat. The characters aren’t sure if he is a cat or a dog. At first glance, he looks like a cat but they say he smells like dog. He also sounds like a synthetic flute. I’d lean toward cat. What is certain is this guy is sure grouchy. With a permanent angry look on his face, Puppycat rues everyday he defined as cute. He would love to look as cool on the outside as he sees himself on the inside. The episode consists of many jokes of him being a grouch, sabotaging Bee and Deckard’s attempt to cook.
Now, speaking as a critic, the show is not for everyone. It has a style all its own that serves for an acquired tasted. The gags are especially make or break. There are some jokes everyone will enjoy. One takes place in a grocery store where Puppycat disappears with Bee’s cart and it comes back full of grenade launchers, brass knuckles and a leather jacket. But there are a few elements that range from awkward to just plain weird. The awkward is some of the dialogue, which consists of mumbling, yelling and Gareth trying to pronounce recipe. The weird are some random jokes, including a wasp that says over and over “Who wants to make a million babies with me?” This will feel a little too off for some people. Like I said, it’s more for people whose taste are along the lines of Adventure Time. I’m not sure how to describe it, so I’ll let you see for yourself.
And then they are in need of money and it begins the second episode, where a giant computer screen named tempbot gives them an intergalactic temp job. And here is where we finally go into Adventure Time territory. There are only four episodes, but it seems Bee and Puppycat follows a specific 2 part structure. Part one will focus on Bee doing some everyday thing in a slightly quirky manner. Then in part 2, she and Puppycat get transported to Tempbot, who then assigns them to a temp job on a distant plant. Then things go wrong and Puppycat has to rescue Bee and they go home. It’s too early to tell, but this show has the potential of gaining momentum within the geek community. As soon as we see a Bee and Puppycat cosplay, we will know they made it.
 She even sang the gender-switched version of the opening song. She also designed the Fiona and Cake version of the comics.