Pick it up, turn around, here comes the Mighty B! B! B! B!
What happens when you combine the creative talents of Amy Poehler (of Saturday Night Live fame), Erik Wiese (SpongeBob SquarePants storyboarder), and Cynthia True (The Fairly OddParents writer)? The Mighty B!, a Nickelodeon animated series that manages to be completely insane and down-to-earth at the exact same time. It also serves as the 26th cartoon in the Nicktoons series.Bessie Higgenbottom (voiced by co-creator Amy Poehler) is an abnormally eager Honeybee scout determined to collect every single Honeybee scout badge ever, believing that once she does this nigh-impossible task, she'll become a super hero (the titular "Mighty B"). Living with younger brother Ben, pet dog Happy, and mother Hilary in San Francisco, Bessie ends up going on a multitude of strange adventures. From covering the entire city in wool to getting trapped in Alcatraz, Bessie does everything either to get a badge or have some fun.The show debuted in April, 2008. After a rough air schedule, The Mighty B! was pretty much forgotten halfway through 2010. It took a station change to Nicktoons Network and another year before the final episodes ever got released, eventually ending its run in June 2011.Please do not confuse with The Mighty Boosh.
Actor Allusion: Bessie's entire character is this, given that her voice actress played a girl scout with a fondness for honey bees in the first episode of Upright Citizens Brigade. The two character even have the exact same voice and similar names (Bessie and Cassie).
Continuity Nod: The series tends to be fairly comfortable with smaller continuity. Examples include returns of Judge Gibbons, The Doctor, Running With The Rainbow Unicorn, K.G. Bianca, and the switch from the suburban rec-center to the newer, urban one.
Cool Big Sis: Bessie, even though she's more eccentric than cool.
Cutaway Gag: Doesn't usually happen, but in "Higgenbottom'$ 7" there's two examples of this trope: When Penny becomes president of Venezuela, and when they stop the story to send a fly back in time, who through the Chaos Theory, affects the current situation.
Bessie seems to be a version of a character Amy Poehler did for The Upright Citizens Brigade: a hyperactive ten year-old Girl Scout. Saturday Night Live's Kaitlin was a watered down version of the character, making her a spiritual cousin of Bessie. In a way, the freedom of animation makes Bessie a purer version of the character than the original! In fact, you'll notice Poehler performs Kaitlin and Bessie with the same childish, lisping voice.
In this scene from "Tour D'Alcatraz", Bessie says to Happy: "Sure, today its just joy running, but tomorrow it could be stealing dog collars, or selling catnip...
In the episode "Sweet Sixteenth", when riding a rollercoaster for the first time she says to the attendant while handing said objects "Hey, can you hold my keys, and my compass, and my popcorn, and my lucky rabbit, and my swiss army knife, and my raisins, and my hand buzzer?" The shot switches to all the objects hitting the floor when she says "raisins" which oddly enough doesn't get handed over. The joy buzzer is. Hmmm. For those that don't get it, raisins are a slang term for a prepubescent girl's breasts.
Quite literally in a faux "Fantastic Voyage" Plot, where Bessie and a friend get trapped in a giant model of the human body. To get out, they end up in a simulation of the digestive tract, which ends with them coming out a hatch in the model's butt as a massive torrent of chili pours out. Bessie screaming "Chili!" during this seemed like a desperate bid to assure the censors that it wasn't something else.
Doggy Stylz Groomer? Sheesh, that's not even subtle.
Happy stumbles upon a gay wedding in Public Enembee. I'm pretty surprised Nick would let that fly.
In "Boston Beean" one of the coffee flavors at the café is 'Irish'.
Gonk: Penny and Anton St. Germain, to lesser extents.
Heel-Face Revolving Door Penny is Bessie's best friend, and yet she frequently goes behind her back to team up with Portia and Gwen (sometimes to gang up against her, even). What's even more odd is that Bessie never seems to have a problem with this.
Hook Hand: Daren, the neighbor has hooks for his hands.
We never found out if Bessie was right about the whole super hero thing. Given that it's a Nicktoon, this should be expected. Except for the episodes in which she seemingly turned into The Mighty B without collecting all the badges. (That would be Bessie's overactive imagination at work.)
There is one honeybee who, if the dialogue proved true, got every badge though she never turned into a superhero. Bessie helped her get her last badge, the Sock Hop Badge, in Grumpy Old Bees.
Literal-Minded: Never drive through Bessie's neighbourhood with a bumper sticker that says "How's my driving?" and a phone number unless you really want her to call that number and comment on your driving.
Little Miss Badass: The crew may have gotten bored with the direction of season 1, so most season 2 episodes have some sort of unnecessary action sequences from nowhere, which seem highly out of context compared to season 1. (Water) Gun fights, (multiple) giant monster fights, sword fights, a high speed downhill chase, and piledriving a bear, just a to name a few.
Meganekko: Bessie. The episode "Blindsided" shows that she does in fact look better with glasses.
No Name Given: Past Bessie, Portia, Gwen, Millie, and Penny, the rest of the Honeybee Scouts don't speak, nor are their names ever referenced (though some concept drawings prove they DO have names). In "Irritable Bowling Syndrome", Portia picks a player for her team by referring to her as "Not Millie, and not Messy".
Off Model: Though there's only a few instances of this in the first season, you'll see Bessie off model more often than not in the second. You might notice Bessie drawn somewhat different Depending on the Artist. This is more noticeable in episodes Katie Rice storyboarded.
Omniglot: Happy is fluent in 12 different languages, including French, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Swahili, Pomeranian, and even Pandaren.
Unresolved in Gwen's case. Since she has five younger siblings, including one who's still an infant, one suspects that her mom can't be that far away. And we don't know for certain that Mr. Wu, who runs the local Chinese restuarant, is Gwen's dad.
Oddly enough, MF Gibbons is referred to as "Mrs. Gibbons", and not "Ms. Gibbons".
Pet the Dog: Gwen, who's actually willing to hang out with Bessie and Penny when Portia isn't around.
Pinball Gag: "Bee Patients" and "Gorillas in the Midst".
Poke the Poodle: In "Bad to the Bee" Bessie decides to become a bad girl and goes around doing very minor things. Subverted in that everyone else treats these things just as seriously as she does. When Portia and Gwen try to get her to do something actually criminal, if somewhat minor (stealing and eating taffy they're supposed to be selling), she can't bring herself to do it.
Popular Is Dumb: In the pilot episode, "So Happy Together", Portia spent the whole episode carrying around a rat thinking it was a dog, even kissing it. To be fair, everyone else thought so too.
Rewind, Replay, Repeat: Miriam Breedlove watches a number of videos from Honeybee scouts all over the country trying to win a contest whose prize is lunch with her. Bessie Higgenbottom's retro-style video indicates Bessie knows the legend of "The Mighty B", which implies the Honeybee who earns every single badge will be endowed with superheroic powers. As Breedlove comes upon this part of the video, she pauses, rewinds, and replays several times so as to rewatch Bessie enthusiastically shouting, "The Mighty B!" over and over.
"Hat Trick" subverts it by having the shaggy dog turning point in the middle of the episode, when it turns out Bessie suddenly can do the trick.
Shout-Out: In "C'mon, Get Happy" they introduce a secret agent dog, Agent Lovecraft. Oddly enough, series co-creator Erik Wiese also goes by the name Erik Eldritch. Technically, you could consider any monster in this show to be an Eldritch Abomination. HAH! Get it?
Speech Impediment: Bessie; she's missing her front teeth, so she slurs a little. It's cute. Even when she has her teeth back, she still slurs.
Summon Magic: Bessie and Happy summon giant monsters made from their stench to do a Godzilla-esque brawl in "Dirty Happy".
Super Villain: The Mighty B's first antagonist: Evil Mr. Pants, who controls others to do his bidding. This even spawned another villain, The Ghastly Giraffe (that's pronounced grr-affe, not jir-affe) who is actually Millie under Evil Mr. Pants' control.
Tasty Gold: Portia's reaction to her gold locket is to bite it to be sure it's real.
Dogs in general, for that matter, are the "only understood by other characters" version.
Millie seems to have a talkative relationship with her turtle, Chester. He's written haikus and they've had verbal arguments, though its all happened offscreen, so Millie's strangeness could play a factor here.
Unstoppable Rage: Happy hulks out in "B-Chip" after his suppressed bad behavior breaks loose.
Valley Girl: Portia, in a low, scratchy Californian valley girl voice.
Wedding Day: In the series finale ("C'mon, Get Happy") Bessie and Happy celebrate being BF Fs for 104 weeks (or 2 years, which is about how long the series lasted) by holding a "BFF Ceremony" which is apparently a wedding. Uh... Better yet, at the end of the episode, they decide to do a "quick BFF ceremony" in Vegas. Just so we're clear, Bessie marries her pet dog Happy then the series ends. What.