Bee and PuppyCat: Lazy in Space review: Like a warm hug from a long-lost friend


Waiting for the second season of Natasha Allegri Bee and PuppyCat has been agonizingly long, marred by delays, leaks, and uncertainty about when – not to mention where – the series might possibly end. The new from Netflix Bee and PuppyCat: sloth in space might throw longtime fans of the original show for a bit of a loop at first. Once it gets through the curious bit of narrative deja vu that shapes its early episodes, however, sloth in space manages to become what every long-awaited follow-up to a beloved series wants to be: phenomenal and moving in its own right.

Much like the original Bee and PuppyCat web series that debuted on Frederator’s Cartoon Hangover YouTube channel in 2013, sloth in space tells the story of Bee (Allyn Rachel), a laid-back twenty-something with a heart as big as her rent is overdue. None of the other young adults living in the sleepy, impossibly cold island town that Bee calls home would consider themselves “having it together.” But Bee can’t help but feel like she’s not living up to her full potential because she struggles to keep a job, even when her good friends like aspiring chef Deckard (Kent Osborne ) are doing all they can to help. keep one.

Bee has been fired from so many gigs by her temp agency that she barely looks up when she receives her latest pink briefs Bee and PuppyCat: sloth in spacefirst episode. But everything about Bee’s pleasantly mundane life takes a sudden, magical turn after she makes a flippant wish for another living creature to take care of her, and the universe responds by dropping an adorable, unpleasant creature. on his knees.

Early, sloth in space is peppered with a few details hinting at the whimsy of its reality, but it’s not until PuppyCat – a chubby cat-dog hybrid “voiced” by the vocaloid OLIVER – beams from a rift in space and becomes the Bee’s pet the series begins to develop. Besides not knowing how she’s going to pay her bills and feed a mutant animal, Bee isn’t sure why she can understand PuppyCat’s high-pitched, computerized screams as speech when no one else can. But when PuppyCat tells his new owner he’s thought of a way for them to make some quick and easy money, Bee doesn’t think twice about saying yes, in part because they need help. money but mostly because she can’t resist the call of a good and strange adventure.

As timely as a cartoon about a disgruntled magical girl working at a gig and her smooth-mouthed animal companion felt backwards when Bee and PuppyCat debuted in 2013, its premise resonates even more now, which is probably why sloth in space spend so much time rehashing it. Although most of sloth in spaceThe story of is new, its first three episodes are a condensed and expanded simultaneous reworking of the original series as a whole, much more than a true continuation of its story.

While a number of sloth in spaceThe jokes of are shot for remakes of the web series, the show takes its time as it does them during each of its 30-minute episodes. Because sloth in spaceThe episodes are so much longer, however, that the show is able to incorporate a lot more plot into its story and foreshadow its Steven Universe-like twists with a new level of confidence and comfort that works to its advantage.

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Despite the aggressive and wholesome aesthetic that makes it feel like a children’s show, Bee and PuppyCat: sloth in space it often feels like it exists somewhere between more mature series like infinite train and (surprisingly) vast city as it digs into what makes its heroes and villains tick. Supporting characters like Cardamon (Alexander James Rodriguez), a little prince who is also the owner of Bee, and Toast (Terri Hawkes), a wrestler with dreams of grandeur, initially show up to provide comic relief and foreshadow bits of the mystery sloth in space Turn around. But at each of their arrivals, sloth in space becomes all the more explicit about how this is really a story of people like Bee learning to take care of themselves with as much passion as everyone else.

Even though Bee and PuppyCat: sloth in space doesn’t strike you as the type of show capable of sucking you in, its lessons on the importance of prioritizing emotional fulfillment before work are invaluable and well worth the time. But that’s just one of the many things you’ll likely love about the cartoon if and when you give it a chance.

Bee and PuppyCat: sloth in space is now streaming on Netflix.


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