Bee and PuppyCat

Hans_Tseng_logoThe original creation of Natasha Allegri, Bee and PuppyCat is a short animated cartoon. The show follows the adventures of twenty-something Bee, and the mysterious PuppyCat (Is he a puppy? A cat? Or both?) as they traverse both the reality of Bee and her lack of work, and that of PuppyCat and the fantastical realm where the pair pick up temp work.

Released by Cartoon Hangover, a branch of Channel Frederator, the show got its start through a Kickstarter campaign. Indeed the crowd funded campaign is the most successful animated Kickstarter, which I am proud to say I was a contributing member.

The show, which went into production shortly after the successful Kickstarter, is realised by Cartoon Hangover on its YouTube channel. Similar to the other Cartoon Hangover show, Bravest Warrior, the episodes lengths run at around six minutes. Due to the stretch goals reached by Kickstarter backers, the show is set to have has nine episodes in the season.

The art style of Bee and PuppyCat is similar to that of Allegri’s previous work, with the show having a very cutesy, curvy and charming aesthetic. The writing as well, is indicative of Allegri’s style with it being equal parts funny, awkward, and endearing. The show is a perfect blend of cutesy humour, engaging mystery and peculiar world creation that will make waiting for each new episode a breeze.

With episodes just starting to be released, Bee and PuppyCat is a show which will have you eagerly anticipating each new episode. If you have a spare ten minutes, why not head over to Cartoon Hangover’s Youtube channel and check out the two part pilot of Bee and PuppyCat – I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Shots of Awe

Shots of AweShots of Awe, a YouTube channel, is dedicated to the philosophical musings of Jason Silva. Each of the videos featured on the channel are no longer than four minutes, however each clip is one that seeks to inspire its audiences.

Every episode is focused on one philosophical idea that features video of Jason discussing the notion, inter-cut with a mash of amazing footage taken from a wide range of sources. The real draw of the videos however are the sheer passion and enthusiasm with which Jason discusses these ideas. It is hard to watch a clip and not feel inspired, awed or moved by what he is saying.

Topics of the videos range from robotics, the universe, love, technology, sex, science and the very nature of being human. Each clip sees Jason quote from a plethora of sources, with each reference fitting in so well amongst his discussion that you can’t help but want to follow up on the source. I myself have ended up reading a number of the books and articles that Jason references. The passion for knowledge is at the centre of Jason’s videos as he brings new light to the world around us.

What makes these videos so great is Jason himself. The almost poetic way in which he expresses the philosophical ideas is done in a manner that can stimulate even the most jaded person. The universe, society and the individual are all explored extensively within the series, with Jason rhapsodising in a passionate yet accessible manner.

Shots of Awe is not only educational, it is downright inspiring. If you haven’t watched any, do yourself a favour and check them out. You won’t regret that you did.

Favourite videos of mine: ‘We are already cyborgs,’ ‘Existential Bummer,’ and ‘To be human is to be transhuman.’