A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bee and Puppycat is a creative animated series that's geared toward teens and girls in particular. Even though Bee doesn't strike you as an impressive role model, especially given her perpetual unemployment, she's the kind of person you'd want to be friends with. She's enthusiastic, kind, and unfailingly sweet to her grumpy animal companion as well as to her friends. Expect to see some physical exchanges (typically instigated by Puppycat) with hitting and slapping and to hear some language ("hell," mostly) and insults such as "stupid" and "jerk" or some suggestive references to body parts, such as "cleavage."
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What's the story?
BEE AND PUPPYCAT follows the interstellar adventures of an unemployed young woman named Bee (voiced by Allyn Rachel) and her curmudgeonly pet of indeterminate species, Puppycat. Each episode sees the pair working a new temp job somewhere in the far reaches of the galaxy to pay Bee's rent and buy food, teleporting from one place to another and encountering creatures of all different shapes and sizes along the way.
Is it any good?
Bee and Puppycat is the brainchild of Natasha Allegri, whose animation résumé includes the very popular Adventure Time. A product of a successful Kickstarter campaign, the show's quirky characters and off-kilter scenarios are similar to Adventure Time's, and there's an intangible whimsy that helps sell it to viewers.
There's little in the content to send up red flags for parents, save some mild name-calling and the occasionally suggestive body reference, but Bee and Puppycat is better suited to teens than it is appropriate for kids. Even adults will find this bizarre cartoon oddly enchanting, in particular thanks to the endearing codependent relationship between Bee and her unusual pet, as well as the fact that her charming personality overshadows her shortcomings and defies conventional definitions of what makes someone a likable role model.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the Internet has changed the entertainment industry. Would a show like Bee and Puppycat do well on TV? What determines a show's success now that there are different venues for them?
Do websites like Kickstarter help close the gap between dreamers and doers? If you had a good idea for a product, would you consider launching the effort by way of a resource like that? In what other ways does the Internet open the doors to people and their causes?
Is Bee a good role model for girls and young women? Why, or why not? Do her priorities align with yours? Is she responsible? How does our society define success for a 20-something woman? Do you agree?
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