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Web Animation: Bee and Puppycat

"Dear Puppycat,

Please report to Fishbowl Space for temp work. Sign below."

A cartoon from Adventure Time artist Natasha Allegri, Bee and Puppycat is a cartoon short by Cartoon Hangover, the same people who brought you Bravest Warriors.

After being fired from another job, our heroine Bee finds herself taking another long walk home. This time, her walk is different. From the heavens descends a cat (or maybe a dog?), which she adopts into her home. After unsuccessfully looking for more temp work, Bee comes home with presents for the mysterious creature, only to find she has no more food money.

With that, she and her houseguest are whisked away to the latter's temp job. The now teamed up Bee and Puppycat take the available work, which involves saving various citizens of the universe. Can Bee stay focused enough to be effective in combat? Will Puppycat find his true self? Will the ladybug ever be loved? Only time will tell.

The pilot episode was released on Cartoon Hangover as Episode 4 of "Cartoon Hangover Shorts", but has since become popular enough to warrant a whole series. The first and second parts are out on Cartoon Hangover. Both were combined to create a more flowing narrative in honor of YouTube's Geek Week 2013.

Due to the overwhelming response and support for the short, Cartoon Hangover announced a kick-starter campaign to fund a full-length series. The kickstarter can be found here. of which Frederator asking for $80,000 to $100,000 for the per episode. On November 7, 2013, the Kickstarter reached its goal of $600,000 with six days to spare. By the end of the deadline on November 14, 2013, the Kickstarter reached $872,133 with 18,209 supporters and they're able to make a total of nine episodes. It even broke the record for the most funded web series project on Kickstarter.

There's also a comic adaptation being published by KaBOOM! Comics.

Tropes:

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Puppycat always wears his pink collar with a magical bell, and he also dons some pretty stylish Cool Shades for his April Fool's Day Q&A session.
  • Adorkable: Bee, who appears to have an awkward crush on Deckard
  • Animesque
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Bee is rather quirky and easily distracted note . It is possible that she has ADD or something similar.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Deckard is fairly dark skinned, yet has blond hair and green eyes.
  • ...And That Little Girl Was Me: Implied at the end of the pilot, with Puppycat hinted to be the Space Outlaw from his story.
  • April Fools' Day: Cartoon Hangover posted a Q&A session with Puppycat of dubious canonical status on April 1st. Of course, none of Puppycat's lines are translated.
  • Badass Adorable: It's a rare Magical Girl that will immediately lunge at a monster and then start attacking it with her teeth. And win. Puppycat also qualifies, thanks to his ability to incinerate the thing that pretended to be and/or came out of Wallace, but might take issue with being called adorable.
  • Big Eater: Bee is very quick to consume whatever food she gets her hands on. Probably justified since she seems to be short on money to buy more food due to being fired from various jobs.
  • Breath Weapon: Puppycat has one that's activated by cocking his tail.
  • Buffy Speak: After the accidental Groin Attack, Bee assures Deckard that she has "stuff" for his "stuff," which is a bag of ice for his crotch.
  • Catapult Nightmare: "AHH BAD DREAM! AHH YOU WERE THERE! AHH LASAGNA'S GONE!"
  • The Comically Serious:
    • The temp agency boss, who berates Bee in his office full of turtle posters and has a tiny little pet that he feeds sushi off the top of his head.
    • Puppycat, largely due to being a Perpetual Frowner in a bizarre, magically whimsical universe.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Bee has pretty quirky thought patterns, ranging from Unfazed Everyman reactions to the bizarre to her... unique approach to melee combat.
  • Crush Blush/ Luminescent Blush: As soon as Bee and Deckard see each other. Deckard's ears even turn red! It only stops when Bee shoves some crotch-ice under the door.
  • Cutaway Gag:
    Bee: Hey, dude... I got you presennnntsss! The pet store I used to work at is going out of business.
    [Cut to a dumpster behind the pet store]
    Bee: (popping out from the dumpster with Puppycat's presents) Ha ha ha!
  • Cute Kitten: Puppycat seems to be a strange combination of this trope with Precious Puppy. A Cute Precious Puppykitten.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Puppycat seems to have something to him, but what exactly it is remains unclear.
  • Dog Food Diet: Subverted with Bee when she tells Puppycat she won't eat his dog and cat food after her stomach growls and she has no money to buy food.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: See Police Are Useless.
  • Dumpster Dive: How Bee really got Puppycat's presents for him when she claims the pet store she used to work at is going out of business.
  • Eldritch Abomination: That...creature that emerges from Wallace's body.
  • Equippable Ally: How Puppycat shoots his Breath Weapon.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Evidently not; the space princess from Puppycat's story betrayed her space outlaw paramour to her father's army of space warlocks and inadvertently turned him into a monster as a result. That monster seems to be Puppycat.
  • Foreshadowing: Minor, but Bee accidentally hurts herself with the umbrella the same way she would later hurt Deckard with.
    • Bee's ominous statement prior to the end of her dream sequence in Part I may be Dreaming of Things to Come : "Why does this make me feel so sad?"
  • Fundamentally Funny Fruit: Eggplants appear thoughout episode 1.
  • Funny Background Event: The turtle taking the sushi from the temp. agent's head.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: It may not be intentional, but Puppycat's speech can sound like swearing.
  • Glamour Failure: Puppycat's reflection, at one point briefly changes into the outlaw.
  • Groin Attack: Bee accidentally does this to Deckard. With an umbrella.
  • Growling Gut: Bee's stomach growls from hunger when she realizes that she has no money to buy food. Puppycat guards his food from Bee, but she assures him that she's not gonna eat his food.
    Bee: Crap! I ran out of food money!
    (Puppycat guards his food)
    Bee: Relax, man. I'm not gonna eat your food.
  • Hair Decorations: Bee was wearing a bow before Puppycat landed on her. Either it got knocked out or she took it off when she got home.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Well, Puppycat is also a dog...
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Bee can summon a sword in times of need. Subverted in that she evidently favours her teeth.
  • Idiot Hair: Bee has one.
  • Ironic Echo: After Wallace transforms, Bee reacts with "Awwww sick!" (in an "ew, gross" way). When she later bites Wallace's tongue to save Puppycat, Puppycat responds with "AW SIIICK!" and asks her to use her sword.
  • Jabba Table Manners: In the picture above and twice in episode one, after Bee eats anything her mouth is covered in whatever she was eating. The police officer keeping her (and only her) from jaywalking is also an undignified eater, as he shoves an entire donut into his mouth (and also the hand holding it).
  • Jerk Ass: The Earth temp agent takes a call where, apparently, his son's school calls to tell him that his son is going into allergic shock from peanuts. He denies responsibility for not telling them about his son's allergy; and then tells them to wait 30 minutes and either his son will get better or have to go to the hospital.
  • Kneel Before Zod: Puppycat orders a ladybug to bow to it.
    Puppycat: Hello Peon. Bow to me.
    Ladybug: Ummm... no... thank you.
    Puppycat: Why not?
  • Large Ham: When Bee and Puppycat are teleported the ladybug says: "I've been left behind...I'm all alone...AM I NOT GOOD ENOUGH?!"
  • Late For Work: Bee was late for her meeting with the temp agency.
  • Loser Protagonist: Bee. In the first episode she's already fired from work (again), she accidentally hit her friend Deckard in the crotch with her umbrella, she was late for her meeting with the temp agency, we learn she has no work skills, never finished college, has a spotty work history, and she has financial issues (she can't afford a jaywalking ticket, dumpster dives for pet supplies for Puppycat, and she's out of money to buy food). She even lampshades that she's a loser.
  • Love Bubbles: Appear to float in the town, much like in Sailor Moon.
  • Magical Girl: Bee apparently becomes one, sort of a Sentai-esque cat.
  • Makes Sense In Context: Many fans promoted the series by passing around a gif of the popular "I GOT YOU SOME ICE FOR YOUR CROOOTCH!" moment around image boards and Tumblr.
  • Man Bites Man: Well, woman bites monster.
  • Malicious Misnaming: According to Cartoon Hangover's production blog, Deckard's brother calls him "Dick-hard."
  • Mismatched Eyes: Not obvious in the show itself, due to the angle, but Deckard has both blue and green eyes, according to production sketches.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Puppycat.
  • Motor Mouth: Bee talks almost constantly.
  • Name and Name
  • Nice Guy: Deckard makes Bee a casserole/lasagna for her after hearing she lost her job.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Puppycat's mouth is always turned into a frown. Whether this is its natural shape or Puppycat is perpetually grumpy is unclear.
  • Police Are Useless: While Bee is waiting to cross the street, two police in a cop car drive to the intersection and stop to glare at her, to make sure she doesn't jaywalk, while ignoring two kids running across the street to chase a duck.
  • Possession Implies Mastery: Bee seems automatically aware of her ability to summon a sword from her costume's bell.
  • Ray Gun: Puppycat... is one, complete with gun language (and sound effects) like 'cocking' his tail so he can fire.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: Puppycat's story wouldn't be out of place in Adventure Time, what with the Functional Magic and kingdoms named after attributes. The show itself is a bit different.
  • Repeating so the Audience Can Hear: Seen in the April Fool's Interview with Puppycat.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter:
    • Puppycat.
    • The temp agent's turtle.
  • Shipper on Deck: According to the semi-canon April Fool's Day interview, Puppycat ships Bee and Deckard.
  • Shoujo Demographic: The cartoon is clearly inspired by shoujo anime, both aesthetically and thematically. Bee is older than most shoujo Magical Girl heroines, however.
  • Shout-Out: The puppycats in Bee's dream have the same color scheme as the inner senshi in Sailor Moon. The artstyle of Puppycat's story is very similar to the silhouette art in Revolutionary Girl Utena.
  • Space Pirates: The outlaw from Puppycat's story.
  • Speaking Simlish: Puppycat speaks in a series of synthesised beep sounds.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Puppycat looks perpetually grumpy, and is fairly curt with Bee. However, when babysitting Wallace, the first thing he does is hop on top of Wallace and kiss his forehead because Wallace misses his mom. This seems to be a regular occurrence.
  • Synthetic Voice Actor: Puppycat is voiced by Oliver.
  • Talking Animal: Puppycat is an Intelligible Unintelligible, while the ladybug speaks with a deep voice.
  • Transformation Sequence: Downplayed. Bee transforms but it's not as exaggerated as most Magical Girl shows.
  • Translation: Yes: It takes a lot longer for Puppycat to say "Why not?" compared to "Hello Peon. Bow to me."
  • Turtle Power: The temp agent seems to have a huge thing for turtles, judging by his pet and the posters in his office.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Bee has a tendency to under-react to events that would freak out lots of people
    • Being (briefly) sentenced to incineration elicits little more than a slightly surprised "whoah".
    • After inexplicably finding a dog (or maybe a cat) and seeing a letter transported through its bell collar, all she can manage is a brief groan.
    • Immediately after the above-mentioned scene, when she reads the letter telling Puppycat to report to Fishbowl Space for temp work, her only reaction is "Oh, let me get you a pen..."
  • The Unintelligible: Puppycat. He has to be given subtitles for the audience to understand him. Though somehow everyone in the show understands him. Bee lampshades it:
    Bee: Hey, you talk! Kinda...
  • Vocal Dissonance: The ladybug has a jarringly deep voice.
  • Voice of the Legion: Zig-zagged. The monster that emerges from Wallace has two mouths, but only one is speaking; the other is whispering vague creepiness.
  • Was Once a Man: It is heavily implied that the Space Outlaw from Puppycat's fairytale became Puppycat himself.

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