Please report to Fishbowl Space for temp work. Sign below."
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 Youtube. 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.
Season 1 started November 6th of 2014. The second season was finally made available in 2016 and consists of the last four shorts, condensed into one mega-episode. The series in its entirety can be found on Cartoon Hangover's VRV channel, while only Season 1 can be found on the Youtube channel. The remaining episodes were to be uploaded regularly through the 5th of October to the 9th of November in 2018.
On June 11th 2018 a teaser was uploaded on the Cartoon Hangover Youtube channel for a (potential) sequel to the series. Titled Bee and Puppycat: Lazy in Space, little is known about it other than that it will expand upon the world of its lead characters, and with animation duties switching over from Dong Woo Animation to OLM Incorporated. The show is also slated for expanding time; now going up to half hour shorts instead of 5-10 minutes per episode as in the original series. Now has a website.
There's also a comic adaptation being published by KaBOOM! Comics.
This series features examples of:
- Accidental Kiss: Bee and Puppycat, interchange of gum and all.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Cardamon, the landlady's son who seems to be around 4-5 years old, takes care of duties as if they were his own. This includes fixing Bee's overflowing toilet with a squeaky hammer and toy fishing rod. Later deconstructed when it's revealed that his mother is in a coma. Even later still he has a breakdown over all the responsibility he has on his shoulders with no help from adults that find his situation strange.
- Animesque: Played with; while the character designs are definitely western, the overall aesthetic of the show is strongly influenced by anime. Bee's dream in the second episode feels like something out of Studio Ghibli. In terms of style there's also small things like sweatdrops and noses occasionally disappearing.
- ...And That Little Girl Was Me:
- Implied at the end of the pilot, with Puppycat hinted to be the Space Outlaw from his story. Finally confirmed in season 2.
- Happens in the season finale too ,with it being implied that Cardamon's mother is the princess from the jellyfish story she told Cardamon.
- 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.
- Art Evolution: In the series, both Bee and Puppycat are shorter and chubbier than they were in the pilot- in Bee's case, to the point that she almost looks like a child.
- Beach Episode: The third episode. Not surprising, given the show's heavy anime influence.
- Bittersweet Ending: Season one ends with Deckard getting hurt in an inadvertent trip to space with Bee and then leaving for college, the kitchen planet from above trip getting sucked into a black hole, Cardamon's mom maybe/maybe not coming out of her coma, and Bee and PuppyCat deciding to reacquaint themselves with each other after Bee's Robotic Reveal.
- Bloodless Carnage: Despite the show generally being tame and easily watchable by all ages, this is averted. Notable in "Donut": Deckard falls to the ground and hits his head on some small jewels, and a visible gash of blood which he even touches with his hand and sees. Fortunately, it's not a serious injury, and he patches it up with a band aid not long after.
- Body to Jewel: In episode 4, Bee's tears are either ice or some kind of jewel.
- Breather Episode: "Beach" is just Bee and Puppycat strolling in the beach, just going to see Tempbot in order to watch some TV. No temp job, no monsters.
- 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.
- Call-Back: In the episode "Birthday", both the eggplant pillow and rainboots presents that Bee "bought" for Puppycat in the pilot are shown in the apartment.
- Camera Obscurer: Bee sends a text to Deckard with a picture of the recipe she wants to make with him. The picture only shows Bee's thumb.
- Catapult Nightmare: "AHH BAD DREAM! AHH YOU WERE THERE! AHH LASAGNA'S GONE!"
- Chekhov's Gun: In "Farmer". The gum of all things saves Bee's life from the cherry monster!
- 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.
- Also Cardamon, a very serious boy who likely isn't more than 5, who handles his assumed duties with authority and squeaky toys. Once you realize he had no choice but to take on his mother's duties because she's in a coma,it becomes less funny.
- Crush 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.
- Culture Clash: The residents of Cathead planet think a human in a cat suit is the cutest thing they've ever seen, but Puppycat's physique nauseates them to the point of vomiting.
- 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!
- 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 below.
- Double Meaning: Wallace's words ("That's your ending? It's awful!") could mean both the ending of Puppycat's tale or Puppycat's own fate, after the reveal that he's the outlaw.
- Dream Intro: The episode "Food" opens with Bee dreaming she is floating in the middle of nowhere with a group of Puppycats. She touches her Puppycat, gets an electric shock and wakes up.
- 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.
- 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?" The second to last shot before Bee wakes up mirrors a scene in the climax of Episode 10.
- Bee's Robotic Reveal:
Dad Box: I sure hope that you're not broke and everything's been running good.
- "Food"'s dream sequence has Bee when she touches the water bubble electrocutes it.
- "Beach"'s reveal that she's afraid of water is quite unusual for humans.
- "Birthday"'s opening song, which is a birthday song for Bee from her dad.
Deckard: Like your bones are made of metal!
- This line by Deckard while he's trying to lift Bee up in "Wedding" is later revealed to be in a literal sense.
- Funny Background Event: The turtle taking the sushi from the temp. agent's head.
- 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.
- Hates Baths: Bee. Having to do temp-work in a bath-house doesn't end well for her. We find out why later when it is revealed Bee is a robot.
- 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.
- Human Pet: One of Bee and Puppycat's temp jobs involve being pet cats to giant alien cats. While they fawn over Bee, Puppycat is considered too ugly to be their pet and is shunned.
- 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).
- Jerkass: 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.
- 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?!"
- Laser-Guided Karma: The Jelly Cube Planet's farmer in "Farmer". He "turned people into pet food" by using their souls as fertilizer in order to grow whipped cream for his livestock to eat. Oh and even though Bee give him a better alternative, he didn't have anything to pay them with. So at the end his own animals ate him alive.
- Late for School: Bee was late for her meeting with the temp agency.
- Love Bubbles: Appear to float in the town, much like in Sailor Moon.
- Luminescent Blush: Happens to Deckard when he sees Bee.
- Magical Girl: Bee apparently becomes one, sort of a Henshin Hero-esque cat.
- Makes Sense In Context: Many fans promoted the series by passing 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.
- Manchild: Bee is this, and is labelled as unable to grow up by Cass, from her inability to hold a job, to her rather childish nature.
- Malicious Misnaming: According to Cartoon Hangover's production blog, Deckard's sister calls him "Dick-hard."
- Mismatched Eyes: Deckard has both blue and green eyes. It's obvious in the show itself, but in the pilot episode they're obscured due to the camera angle and could only be spotted in production sketches◊ making this quirk an example of All There in the Manual for some time.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Puppycat.
- Motor Mouth: Bee talks almost constantly.
- Nice Guy: Deckard makes Bee a casserole/lasagna for her after hearing she lost her job. He also tries to work around all the mistakes in the recipe that Puppycat seems to ruin on purpose.
- 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.
- Post-Kiss Catatonia: Puppycat was in shock after Bee deliberately kissed him to retrieve her gum.
- Precision F-Strike: Generally the show is appropriate for almost anyone to watch, but characters sometimes say mild swear words like "ass" once in a while. Nothing beyond that though.
- Ray Gun: Puppycat is one, complete with gun language (and sound effects) like 'cocking' his tail so he can fire.
- Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: Averted constantly. From Bee's "I've got some stuff for your stuff!" to Deckard's possible very slight speech impediment.
- 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:
- The temp agent's turtle.
- Cardamon's dog Sticky also qualifies.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Bee. She gets hungry, eats human food, and has grown from child-size to adult-size
- Running Gag: There has been three episodes in a row that features some animal talking to Puppycat.
- Shipper on Deck: According to the semi-canon April Fool's Day interview, Puppycat ships Bee and Deckard.
- Shōjo 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.
- One of the posters in the Earth Temp Agency has a turtle with sunglasses that has a very similar coloring to Squirtle. In 'Beach', one of the cats is yellow and has red cheeks like Pikachu.
- The artstyle of Puppycat's story is very similar to the silhouette art in Revolutionary Girl Utena.
- Cardamon makes origami unicorn for Bee in episode 4. Much like in the movie, this can be taken as a clue that Bee is a robot.
- Tough to spot unless you've seen these sketches by Allegri but the rug in Deckard's room has the same pattern as Howl's jacket! From Howl's Moving Castle of course.
- The beginning of beach shows that Bee has an alarm clock doll of Luna on her shelf.
- The monster from the pilot is a shout out to some sketches Natasha put up on her Tumblr all the way back in 2012.
- In "Birthday", TempBot comments she has a "videogame job" and that maybe there will be cake. She's even voiced by Ellen McLain in that episode!
- "Farmers" has TempBot claim she smells homecooked food. Hannah Hart, her voice actress at the time, runs a home cooking YouTube channel.
- In "Cats", TempBot affectionately calls Bee and Puppycat "little flapjacks". Her voice actress in that episode, Roz Ryan, was also the voice of Bubbie in The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack.
- In "Game," when Bee (playing as the character "I Gotta Fart," voiced by Doug Smith) finishes all of the side quests and returns to Puppycat fully leveled up, she proudly says, "How do you like my gear?" This is an extremely subtle reference to what is arguably the most well-known quote from one of Doug Smith's most famous roles, Kintaro Oe from Golden Boy. A clip of the scene in question can be seen here.
- Show Within a Show: Bee and (surprisingly) Puppycat are fans of "Pretty Patrick's Lunchtime." The entirety of "Beach" is them trying to find a place where they could watch a marathon of it.
- Smart Animal, Average Human: Bee, an eccentric and unlucky girl and her intelligent and grumpy cat/dog Puppycat.
- Social Services Does Not Exist: Cardamon's mother is in a coma (and he appears to be the only one caring for her) and the only other person in his apartment is his dog. Nobody does anything about this, even when he takes over his mother's role as landlord, despite him being only elementary school-age.
- Space Pirates: The outlaw from Puppycat's story.
- Speaking Simlish: Puppycat speaks in a series of synthesised beep sounds.
- Speech Impediment: Deckard possibly has a very slight one.
- Straight Man: Cardamon, the de facto landlord, is a very serious small child.
- 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..."
- In "Donut," Deckard appears startled for only a second when he sees Bee's mangled, robotic arm.
- 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.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot: In "Cats", one of the cats of the Cat-head planet's bath house pukes at the mere sight of Puppycat.
- Was Once a Man: It is heavily implied that the Space Outlaw from Puppycat's fairytale became Puppycat himself.
- Wham Episode: Boy-howdy, is "Donut" ever one... After the events of the previous episode "Wedding", Puppycat is stuck in a window. In an attempt to free him, Bee uses a temp-job request to teleport him out... only she takes Deckard with her instead. After a minor freakout (and nearly being incinerated as well), they arrive at Donut Planet and settle in their assigned task. Deckard takes to the baking assignment with delight and seems to be taking everything in stride; but when he tries to deliver his handmade donut, the magic delivery blackhole suddenly attacks everything. Bee tries to rescue the baker cat from being sucked in and fails, but manages to hold him for several seconds before becoming critically injured. When it appears Deckard is going to be crushed by planetary debris, he's saved by Bee who then throws him into Temp-Bot's portal, and then shuts down the blackhole. Much later on, Puppycat returns home to find Bee sitting next to her Dad-Bot... repairing the machinery in her arm with it.
- Your Size May Vary: In the second episode, Bee's size is all over the place. Her proportions relative to herself don't even remain consistent. She can't even stay the same for a single scene, at one point visibly changing size when she enters the foreground.