After many years, multiple delays and a few accidental leaks, cult-favorite cartoon Bee and PuppyCat is available on Netflix. And that includes the long-awaited second season.
But true Bee and PuppyCat Mode, this Netflix release is not just a simple drop of new episodes. To understand what’s on Netflix now, you have to understand how Bee and PuppyCat arrived.
The Long Story of Bee and PuppyCat
Bee and PuppyCat started as a short web series by former adventure time Character designer Natasha Allegri, with a single two-part episode released on Frederator Digital’s Cartoon Hangover YouTube channel. It became so popular that Frederator launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce a full web series. At the time, it was the highest-grossing animation kickstarter in history.
The show follows the adventures of a happy, chronically unemployed twenty-something named Bee, who finds a strange hybrid puppy-cat creature that speaks with mysterious bell noises. PuppyCat takes Bee on temporary jobs in space while Bee introduces PuppyCat to her friends in her small town. The episodes balance thrilling space adventures and everyday, but still challenging, earth problems. The show is notable for being an adult animated show, focusing on adult characters and not relying on gross humor or adult content. It’s still accessible to younger audiences, but presents different challenges for the characters.
In 2014, the first four episodes of Bee and PuppyCat aired on YouTube, with the next six originally scheduled to follow. But they landed on digital aggregation platform VRV two years later. Many fans did not even know that new episodes were filmed. In 2018 they finally ended up back on YouTube, where they have remained to this day.
However, the second season of the show, Bee and PuppyCat: Lazy in Space, was announced in 2017 with 2019 in mind but faced delays as Frederator scouted the series for a new streaming service. The studio eventually unveiled the first episode at the Ottawa International Animation Festival – and the entire season was accidentally leaked on Frederator founder Fred Seibert’s Vimeo channel in early 2020. They were of course quickly removed. And in October 2020, Frederator finally announced that Lazy in space would come to Netflix in 2022.
So, what episodes of Bee and Puppycat are on Netflix?
As the first trailer for Bee and PuppyCat: Lazy in Space came out, some fans were confused. Much of the footage in the trailer appeared to be from the first season, albeit with minor differences. was Lazy in space just a reboot?
The answer is yes… and no.
The first three episodes on Netflix appear to be an overhaul of the show’s first season. It’s not a direct shot-for-shot remake, nor is it entirely new content. There are similar beats from the original first season (Bee gets fired and while walking home in the rain, PuppyCat falls on her umbrella) but with some expansion (Bee actually at the job that got her fired from while a literal fire is happening ) .
The original episodes were only about 10 minutes each, so it makes sense to condense them into three half-hour episodes. That way the setup is still there – but with more exposure and some great updated animations. (The first season is still available on YouTube if you want the OG).
In the meantime, episodes four through 16 are the highly-anticipated, heavily delayed second season – hooray!
Bee and PuppyCat FINALLY streaming on Netflix.
https://www.polygon.com/23339137/bee-puppycat-season-2-watch-netflix-lazy-in-space Bee and PuppyCat Season 2 is finally on Netflix