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From top to bottom: Dazzle (top left), Poppy (top right), Butterbean (bottom left), and Cricket (bottom right). Not pictured: Jasper.
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Butterbean's Cafe is a Nick Jr. animated series created by Jonny Belt and Robert Scull of Bubble Guppies fame.

The main character is a fairy named Butterbean who runs a cafe in the small town of Puddlebrook with her friends Dazzle, Jasper, Poppy, and her little sister Cricket. Across the brook lives a greedy, competitive Card-Carrying Villain named Ms. Marmalady who is out to steal customers from Butterbean. She always ends up failing due to being a Lethal Chef, and Butterbean and her team's fairy magic and teamwork.

On October 15th, 2018, the episodes "Fluttercakes!" and "The Perfect Picnic!" were released early on the Nick Jr website and app. The series made its television premiere on November 12th, 2018. The first ten episodes of the series have been made available freely on Hoopla, a service available through a number of public libraries. Additionally, Nick Jr. rotates a free episode on their website and app once every week or two.

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A second season was commissioned in June 2019. The series moved to the Nick Jr. channel in late August of that year.


Butterbean's Cafe provides examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: Butterbean, Cricket, Poppy and Dazzle are the only main characters to appear in all of the episodes.
  • The Ace: Butterbean is the best chef in Puddlebrook.
  • Aerith and Bob: There are characters with perfectly normal (if unusual) names like Jasper, Cricket, and Poppy, and then there are names like Butterbean and Dazzle.
  • Affably Evil: Ms. Marmalady can be like this at times. She usually tries to one-up Butterbean, but can actually be pretty personable to her and the rest of the Bean Team as shown in "A Fairy Happy Thanksgiving" and "The Sugar Plum Fairy".
  • Affectionate Nickname: Jasper calls Dazzle "Dazz" and Butterbean calls Poppy "Pops". Jasper calls Cricket "Crix".
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  • All-CGI Cartoon: The series is completely CGI.
  • An Aesop:
    • One over-arching theme of the series is how you shouldn't take credit for other people's ideas. This is shown in several episode where Ms. Marmalady steals the food that Butterbean and her friends make and tries to pass it off as her own.
    • "Friendship Pretzels" - Friendship is the greatest recipe of all.
    • "Pizza Party" - You can't please everyone.
    • "Fairy Happy Thanksgiving" - Be thankful for the friends and family in your life.
    • "Cricket's the Boss" - Treat your employees with respect.
    • "Switchin' in the Kitchen" - The grass isn't always greener on the other side.
    • "The Breadstick Bicycle" - Keep on trying until you get better.
    • "Cricket the Flower Girl" - If you have a problem, don't hide it. Your friends and family can help you out, and it's likely easier to fix than you think.
  • Art Shift: 2D animation is used for the screen in the cafe when Butterbean shows ingredients to make the meal of the episode and also for Dazzle's tablet.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Cricket is the youngest of the team.
  • Bad Boss: Ms. Marmalady mistreats her monkey Mooks and blames them for accidents that were her fault.
  • Banana Peel: In "Upside-Down Frown Cake," Ms. Marmlady slips on one left lying around by Spork and Spatch.
  • Benevolent Boss: On the flip-side, Butterbean is kind to her friends, who love her for it.
  • Big Bad: Ms. Marmalady is the main antagonist of the series and causes much of the external conflict.
  • Binocular Shot: There are several periscope shots, courtesy of Ms. Marmalady.
  • Black Best Friend: Dazzle, to the rest of the gang.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Blonde (Cricket), Brunette (Butterbean and Dazzle), and Redhead (Poppy).
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: If a character is in the Confession Cam, then they will talk to the audience.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Ms. Marmalady is evil and proud of it too.
  • Cheerful Child: The 5 main characters are very happy to work at Butterbean's Cafe.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In "The Perfect Picnic!", Cricket states that ants hate cinnamon. This comes in handy later when ants invade the titular picnic.
  • Chest Insignia/Symbol Motif Clothing: The characters have symbols on their clothing and wings. Butterbean has beans, Dazzle has stars, Poppy has flowers, Jasper has lightning bolts, and Cricket has hearts. In the case of Cricket, a heart is even on the chest of her apron.
  • Child Hater: Ms. Marmalady despises Butterbean and her friends and wants to steal business from them.
  • Christmas Episode: “The Sugar Plum Fairy!”.
  • Confession Cam: Episodes frequently feature Butterbean or one of her friends in a confessional where they explain to the viewer what's going on at the moment. "A Fairy Happy Thanksgiving" even has Ms. Marmalady make use of the confession cam.
  • Cooking Duel: In "Fluttercakes!", Butterbean competes against Ms. Marmalady in a pancake-making duel. If Butterbean wins, Ms. Marmalady has to allow Butterbean's garbage to be taken out. If Ms. Marmalady wins, Butterbean has to quit making pancakes forever.
  • Cool Big Sis: Butterbean, towards Cricket.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "Perfectly perfect!"
  • Dull Surprise: Ms. Marmalady's dialogue is incredibly monotonous.
  • Episode Title Card: Every episode has a title card.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In the Christmas Episode, Ms. Marmalady was appalled when Spork and Spatch stole Butterbean's cake for the Sugar Plum Fairy.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Averted with Ms. Marmalady's monkey assistants, who are evil.
  • Evil Chef: Ms. Marmalady is a villainous chef, but unlike Butterbean she can't cook at all.
  • Evil Is Petty: To the point that Ms. Marmalady won't let the garbage man empty Butterbean's dumpster unless she beats her in a pancake-making contest.
  • Evil Laugh: Ms. Marmalady has one.
  • Evil Minions: Ms. Marmalady's monkey assistants.
  • Excited Show Title!: The episode titles always have exclamation points.
  • Expository Theme Tune: The theme song to this show explains the premise of the show.
  • Expy:
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Ms. Marmalady's schemes to steal business from Butterbean will always fail, no matter what.
  • Fantasy Helmet Enforcement: Cricket and her friend Sasha make sure to wear their helmets when riding their bikes. As Sasha is a chipmunk person, she has the requisite holes at the top of her helmet that her ears stick through. Cricket's has holes on the sides to keep her Girlish Pigtails visible.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Butterbean, Dazzle, Cricket, and Poppy are all girly, and are chefs.
  • Feud Episode: In "Cricket's Forever Friend," Cricket and her best friend Dottie Hudson are both highly upset after learning that Dottie is apparently moving away. They decide to have one last big day of fun together. At first, things seem to be going well, but then everything goes wrong when they get into a spat because Cricket doesn't want to share her icing bag. Dottie runs off in a huff and Cricket is sad that she'll never see her again, but Butterbean suggests making her a card to make up with her. She does so and they go to her house to deliver it, only to find that she's apparently already moved away. Luckily, it turns out that she had only moved around the corner of her old house. Dottie returns to the cafe with a card that she had made for Cricket, and they make up.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Poppy has flowers in her hair.
  • Free-Range Children: Butterbean and her friends go wherever they want without any adult supervision.
  • Funny Animal: The Brookies.
  • Genki Girl: Cricket is loud and energetic.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Cricket wears her hair like this.
  • Hair Decorations: Butterbean, Dazzle, Poppy, and Cricket all wear these.
  • Harmless Villain: Ms. Marmalady tries to be menacing, but she poses no real threat and none of her plans work because she lacks the team spirit that Butterbean and her team have.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: The "Ant-y Marmalady" pun from "The Perfect Picnic!".
  • Ironic Echo Cut: One occurs in “The Sugar Plum Fairy!”:
    Butterbean: Oh, I love the holidays.
    Cricket: Everybody loves the holidays!
    (Cut to Ms. Marmalady)
    Ms. Marmalady: Ugh...I don’t like the holidays.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Ms. Marmalady always gets subject to this. In "Fluttercakes!" she gets covered in garbage for trying to prevent the garbageman from taking trash from Butterbean's dumpster.
  • Laughably Evil: Ms. Marmalady is mainly used for slapstick.
  • Laughing at Your Own Jokes: Ms. Marmalady laughs at the Incredibly Lame Pun she made in "The Perfect Picnic!".
  • The Leader: Butterbean is the leader of her group.
  • Lethal Chef: Ms. Marmalady is a horrible chef, as shown in "Fluttercakes!".
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: There are only six fairies in Puddlebrook. They co-exist with anthropomorphic animals called "Brookies".
  • Magical Incantation: Whenever Butterbean uses the Fairy Finish, she chants, "With a flick of my wrist and a flutter of wing, this (noun) bean will do its thing!".
  • Meganekko: Poppy wears glasses.
  • Mean Boss: Cricket in "Cricket's the Boss!" to Reuben and Dottie, albeit unintentionally. Cricket keeps bossing them around and not listening to their ideas, resulting in them quitting the lemonade stand. Butterbean teaches Cricket that she was to work together with her friends.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Butterbean is named after a lima bean, Cricket is named after the insect, Poppy is named after the flower, Dazzle is named after light phenomena, and Jasper is named after a rock.
    • Ms. Marmalady's name is a portmanteau of "marmalade" and "lady".
    • Mr. Garbaggio drives the garbage truck.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Ms. Marmalady's monkey assistants are incompetent and secretly root for Butterbean.
  • Mistakes Are Not the End of the World: With a busy cafe and a lot on their plate, Butterbean and her friends do sometimes make mistakes. Handling them with grace and finding ways to fix things are important themes on the show.
  • Mooks: Ms. Marmalady's monkey assistants, Spork and Spatch.
  • The Moving Experience: In "Cricket's Forever Friend," Cricket learns that her friend Dottie Hudson is moving away. Both are very sad about it, and Cricket even more so when they get into a fight because she didn't want to share her icing bag with her and Dottie leaves in a huff. Fortunately, it turns out that she and her family only moved around the corner, and she and Cricket are able to make up.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Most of Ms. Marmalady's schemes end up backfiring on her when they only cause Butterbean to think of a way to get around them.
    • In the first episode, Spork and Spatch take back all the invitations to the grand opening and rip them up. This inspires Butterbean to use her first magic bean, the Flutter Bean, to attract the guests.
    • In "The Perfect Picnic!", the ants unleashed to the Puddle Scouts' picnic inspire Cricket to use her skills to get rid of them.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Ms. Marmalady pulls this in "The Queen of Quiche."
  • Obviously Evil: You can tell Ms. Marmalady is evil just from her drab appearance and mainly purple color scheme.
  • Once an Episode:
    • As the gang is cooking the meal of the day, be it ants on a log or pancakes, a song plays.
    • Any episode with Ms. Marmalady will end with her covered in some sort of mess, usually food-related.
    • Butterbean tops each episode’s featured meal off by using a magic bean known as “the Fairy Finish”.
  • The One Guy: Jasper is the only male in the main cast, and he's not marketed as much as the other characters.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: The fairies in the show have cookie-like wings and the bodies of human children, except for Ms. Marmalady.
  • Parental Abandonment: In addition to Butterbean and her friends going wherever they want, there is no trace of their parents as of now.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Dazzle is a girl that wears pink, Jasper is a boy that wears blue.
  • Pink Means Feminine: All the main girl characters except Poppy have traces of pink on them.
  • Powers in the First Episode: Butterbean and her friends receive their magic kitchen powers in the first episode. Jasper also gets his wings.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Butterbean, Dazzle, Poppy, and Cricket.
  • Pun: Butterbean uses "fairy" instead of "very".
  • Scout-Out: Cricket is part of the Puddle Scouts.
  • Series Goal: Ms. Marmalady's goal is to steal business from Butterbean and make her restaurant the only one in Puddlebrook once more.
  • Sick Episode: In "Rainbow Noodle Soup", Butterbean gets sick, so the rest of the gang have to run the cafe without her.
  • Significant Double Casting: In "The Sugar Plum Fairy", the Special Guest Giada De Laurentiis plays both Ms. Peartree and the Sugar Plum Fairy. This is significant because Ms. Peartree is the Sugar Plum Fairy.
  • Slow "NO!": Dazzle does it "Dazzle's Cake-tastrophe" when knocking down the box with the mayor's cake.
  • Superstition Episode: "Bad Luck Jasper!", in which Jasper has bad luck and it threatens his chances of winning the Green Machine.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Jasper whistles the theme song in "Fluttercakes!".
  • Thanksgiving Episode: "A Fairy Happy Thanksgiving", where Butterbean and her friends celebrate Thanksgiving, Ms. Marmalady, Spork, and Spatch even getting invited.
  • There Are No Police: Apparently not, because in "Fluttercakes!" Ms. Marmalady and her minions just flat-out steal Mr. Garbaggio's garbage truck and say "finders-keepers," and nobody even thinks of calling the police.
  • Title Theme Tune: "Butterbean's, Butterbean's, Butterbean's Cafe!"
  • Token Human: Butterbean, Cricket, Poppy, Dazzle, Jasper, and Ms. Marmalady are the only humanoids in a universe consisting of mostly anthropomorphic mice and rabbit creatures.
  • Totally Radical: Jasper uses "gnarly" at one point.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cricket loves pancakes.
  • Unfortunate Names: Butterbean is a pretty unfortunate name, in whole and in part.
  • Unknown Rival: In some episodes, "The Perfect Picnic!" for example, Butterbean and her friends are unaware that Ms. Marmalady is out to sabotage them. In a couple of other episodes, only Cricket seems to be savvy enough to understand that Ms. Marmalady has ill intentions.
  • Vague Age: Butterbean and her friends look like they could be 8-10 years old, while Ms. Marmalady looks like she could be between 30-40. Averted with Cricket, who says she's 6 years old in "The Towering Tower of Crepes!".
  • Visible Odor: The stinky smell from "Fluttercakes!" is visible.
  • Wedding Day:
    • "Wedding Cake Switcheroo" has the Bean Team cater a wedding.
    • The same is true in "Cricket the Flower Girl."
  • What Is This Feeling?: In "Fairy Happy Thanksgiving!", after Butterbean and her crew cook Thanksgiving dinner for her, Ms. Marmalady says that she's feeling a little strange.
    Ms. Marmalady: I think I... I think I might be feeling... happy? (smiles, cue song number)
  • Winged Humanoid: Butterbean and her friends. Ms. Marmalady also counts, though she rarely ever flies.
  • Won't Take "Yes" for an Answer: In "Cricket's First Menu," Cricket continues to beg for a bit after Butterbean has already agreed to let her make the day's lunch menu.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Jasper has blue hair.
  • You Mean "Xmas": Subverted in "The Sugar Plum Fairy!". The celebrated holiday is Christmas, but the characters call it "the holidays" and nothing else.
  • Youthful Freckles: Poppy and Dazzle both have them.

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