Help, I'm going through acute [a cute!] Bee and Puppycat withdrawal!
November 17, 2014 8:32 AM   Subscribe

So I finally got around to watching Bee and Puppycat (previously on Metafilter) and there is NOT ENOUGH for me! What other media would you recommend that hits that spot?

Fiction, animation, live-action, music, graphic novels, or anything else you can recommend.

The parts I like the most about it are: female lead (I also love that she is not too genteel ("my gu-uts") and that she's a little chubby); cute-but-fierce animal; the absurdity (Poo Monster! Wallace. "Dog smell"); and a universe in which not too much bad happens beyond everyday stuff.

I already watch and love Adventure Time, which also scratches this itch. I started My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, but it's just not weird enough.

Comfort me, MeFites, with some metaphorical ice for my metaphorical crotch.
posted by fiercecupcake to Media & Arts (13 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
Bravest Warriors. You're welcome.

It's always been Wankershim.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:52 AM on November 17, 2014 [3 favorites]

Regular Show.
posted by X-Himy at 8:54 AM on November 17, 2014

Steven Universe! Also, Adventure Time might work for you. Those shows hit my cute spot.
posted by starlybri at 9:34 AM on November 17, 2014 [2 favorites]

Gravity Falls. If you just watch the pilot, you might get the impression that the show is focused on the boy character Dipper, but the role of the sister Mabel grows as the show progresses. Probably because the writers began to realize just how AWESOME Mabel is.

In particular, the episodes "The Time Travellers Pig" and "Land Before Swine" focus on Mabel and her cute pet pig Waddles.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 9:51 AM on November 17, 2014 [4 favorites]

Seconding Steven Universe. Technically not female lead because obviously it's named after Steven, but the Crystal Gems might make up for that, especially Amethyst, who is the best Crystal Gem.
posted by RobotHero at 10:53 AM on November 17, 2014 [2 favorites]

Best answer: There is an official Bee and Puppycat comic book!
posted by 1970s Antihero at 1:23 PM on November 17, 2014 [2 favorites]

You want Fluffy by Simone Lia.
Fluffy is absolutely charmingly written, and the lines are subtly blurred...mostly talks and acts like a 3-4 year old, but then leaves rabbit "pellets" on the train seat...
posted by jrobin276 at 1:29 PM on November 17, 2014

Response by poster: Not going to threadsit, but:
* already tried and disliked Regular Show :/
* as in the OP, already consumed alllll of Adventure Time

Excited about the rest of y'all's suggestions!

I have never seen Sailor Moon, which seems to come up with Natasha Allegri a lot. Where would I even start with that, if that is something in this same vein?
posted by fiercecupcake at 1:39 PM on November 17, 2014

Best answer: For Sailor Moon, just start with the new reboot, Sailor Moon Crystal. It's on Crunchyroll and Hulu. The original anime series has a lot of filler episodes and might be harder to track down. Alternately, you could read the manga, which the new anime follows closely. Just make sure to get the more recent editions as the quality and translation are better.

Card Captor Sakura is another anime you might want to try. Kero-chan (her magical sidekick) is very puppycat-esque. Again, the manga is also an option.

Is Powerpuff Girls too obvious?

Sheep in the Big City is another cartoon from the early 2000s with a bit of an absurdist streak.
posted by wsquared at 2:00 PM on November 17, 2014

How about MLP: Friendship is Witchcraft? Some fans are recutting and redubbing MLP:FIM episodes to crazy results.

Seconding Bravest Warriors. And the comic book. Fantastic stuff.

I'm not a fan of the new Sailor Moon, but love the old stuff, maybe from nostalgia. Azumanga Daioh is a very cute, very day-in-the-life anime about middle school girls. OH! Excel Saga. It is unbelievable and very very weird.

On the more mainstream side of things, Bryan Fuller's TV shows. Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisies, especially. These are more straight-up magical realism with less absurdity, but they're cute with female leads.
posted by itesser at 4:59 PM on November 17, 2014

Seconding gravity falls. My friends who like bee and puppycat are way into that.

it doesn't check the female lead box, but the animal thing and intense weirdness are definitely there in flapjack. it's one of the best shows that's gotten cancelled too soon in years.

i mean, seriously, it's one of the weirdest shows i've ever watched. And it's finally streamable on youtube and elsewhere.
posted by emptythought at 7:25 PM on November 17, 2014 [1 favorite]

I too am in B&PC withdrawal, to the point of annoying friends with it and drawing up a reasonably good pixel art Bee. I can mostly vouch for the comics, they are very slice-of-life-y. #4 is the best so far that I've seen, with the standout stories being four-pagers about racing to the post office before it closes and getting houseplants. But #s 1 and 2 have a two-parter written by Allegri herself, which feels very much like an episode of the show. They're available on Comixology, $1.99 each. Issue 5 is out now as well, but it costs $3.99. I haven't seen it yet.
posted by JHarris at 9:32 AM on November 18, 2014

I picked up comic #5 today, it's okay, and deals more with temp adventures. I think #4 is superior generally, and it's only $1.99 now. If you're going to try one of the comics to start out, I suggest #4.
posted by JHarris at 2:45 PM on November 18, 2014

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