Nine years ago, an unannounced animation made its way onto the Cartoon Hangover YouTube channel. The brainchild of author and screenwriter Natasha Allegri, Bee and PuppyCat’s quirky take on reality and hilarious humor was a sleeper hit that slowly built its own fandom that was so in love with the premise that they funded the most successful animation. -Kickstarter linked to the story of the platform to finance the first season.
Fast forward to 2022, and Netflix has taken over the show, with sixteen episodes of a (fairly) new series dropping last week, sending fans into paroxysms of ecstasy. So if you’re new to the wild and whimsical world of Bee and his patience… what should you expect? We have what you need.
Bee and PuppyCat: the plot
It is easy to see how appealing Bee and PuppyCat are in today’s harsh and difficult circumstances. Bee is a rudderless thief caught in a cycle of minimum wage jobs and struggling to make the monthly rent. One day, her savior falls from the sky, in the form of an alien creature, half cat, half dog, whom she befriends.
In return for her company, PuppyCat arranges for Bee to be transported to another dimension where she sees TempBot, a massive sentient television screen with the power to assign the weird and wonderful jobs that allow her to pay the bills.
With TempBot acting as a cosmic plot generator, Bee and PuppyCat’s adventures can literally span time and space. Throw in an ongoing mystery of PuppyCat’s backstory and a relationship between Bee and her chef friend Deckard, and the ingredients for success will emerge. Nearly three-quarters of a million dollars were raised on Kickstarter in 2013 to turn what was then just a short YouTube video into a full ten six-minute episode series.
A second season, subtitled Lazy in Space, leaked online in 2020. Netflix’s soft reboot shortens the first season to three specially produced episodes, with Lazy in Space making up the rest of the season’s content.
Bee and PuppyCat: the cast
Bee is voiced by Allyn Rachel. With few TV and film roles under her belt before Bee and PuppyCat, Rachel has since appeared in minor supporting roles in films such as Kong: Skull Island and the 2018 Mark Wahlberg vehicle Instant Family. Her television work has been more varied, including a recurring role opposite Doctor Who star Karen Gillan on the short-lived ABC sitcom Selfie and guest appearances opposite Kristen Bell on The Good Place.
His co-star – if “co-star” is the correct term – is a Vocaloid named Oliver. Using software for voice work is anything but de rigueur on high-volume YouTube and TikTok channels these days, but a little less usual for a TV series. The gamble works, though, as Oliver’s tones, suitably edited, result in an otherworldly-sounding PuppyCat – the cat (perhaps) that “smells like a dog”.
Deckard’s role, meanwhile, is voiced by Kent Osborne, whose animation credits include Kung Fu Panda and Monsters vs. Aliens, and who has written for other animated projects such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Phineas and Ferb and Cartoon Network’s The Amazing World. with chewing gum.
And with a number of well-known voice actors offering their services over the years, including Marina Sirtis from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Stephen Root from King of the Hill, Eric Bauza, voice artist from Looney Tunes, Donna Jay Fulks from Sonic the Hedgehog- franchise and the invaluable The Room creator Tommy Wiseau, Bee and PuppyCat’s esteem and credibility could hardly be higher.
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Bee and PuppyCat: Lazy in Space is now on Netflix, and reviews have been both enthusiastic and enthusiastic. “Like a warm hug from a long-lost friend,” said The Verge, while “nonchalant, whimsical and pleasantly relatable” was GameRant’s verdict. It is not only the combination of sweet images and soothing storylines that do the trick for viewers, but the demanding nature of the work, spearheaded by the Japanese studio OLM and the American company Frederator Studios, and the attention to detail that gave the show mark of quality.
But the big question on fans’ lips is: will there be a third season? Since the series has only been available for streaming since the beginning of the month, Netflix has yet to make any announcements. It undoubtedly analyzes metrics like completion rate to measure audience response. Earlier this year, however, creator Allegri posted short animated clips on social media that hadn’t been released before, suggesting that a third season is at least in the offing, if not actively being worked on. As always with such things, however, popularity and ratings are the only surefire way to guarantee the series’ continuation.