‘Boots’ Tells the Story of a Cat with a Serious Hoarding Problem

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Frederator Studios has really released something unusually entertaining with this animated short that was uploaded to their Cartoon Hangover YouTube Channel on November 21, 2017, a part of their GO! Cartoons series. Just last year in November 2017, Frederator teamed up with Sony Pictures Animation to create another cartoon incubator that gives viewers the chance to discover new cartoons and also gives the creators a chance to be discovered and have their cartoon short episode on display to millions of subscribers. Frederator is the culprit of producing great animated shorts that turned into successful long-running series such as The Fairly Oddparents & Adventure Time. Previously, we reviewed the first episode of the GO! Cartoons series “The Summoning”, created by Elyse Castro. Let’s see what cartoon was let loose right after.

Introducing Boots, a yellow cat who’s often jolly but seems to be unsure of what can truly fulfill his happiness and the empty void that is his heart. Instead, he collects many unnecessary items in his home that he has grown to be attached to, which is a very unfortunate disorder known as hoarding. Boots (Alison Cowles) even has the inability to let things go in his dreams, which we come to find as the episode begins and he wakes up in a nightmarish panic. He proceeds to go on with his morning by greeting and passing by the many odd items that he collects in bulk: Tupperware, toilet paper rolls, clocks. You know, the usual things that should be stacked high in everyone’s house. As he finishes drinking his morning Joe from one of his many, and I mean many mugs, he heads outside to greet his rotting porch pumpkin. That is when he discovers yet another item that he truly needs, a red chair that his neighbor Chad (Casey Hime), a very egocentric monkey, threw out. Boots doesn’t believe in throwing anything out and goes through the stressful and dangerous attempt at stealing the chair, which Chad catching on to his plan and trying to sabotage it. Finally, Boots simply swallows the chair whole and coughs it up to add it to his collection of other chairs.

What a ride that has been. Just watching this episode gave me a roller coaster of feelings that range from pleasant to concerned. Boots is an adorable character. There’s no doubt about that part. From the way he talks to how cheery and optimistic his attitude is towards things, Boots is someone who I want to cuddle forever. He says hilarious one-liners that made this episode very enjoyable. Plus he’s a cat, he automatically gets all the love and respect from me. What I am really concerned about is that… he clearly has a serious hoarding problem, to the point where his neighbor Chad briefly mentioned that he noticed a stack of boxes in his home and asks him if he’s moving. Followed by persuading him to “go forward” with moving because he pictures Boots living somewhere farther away. Yep, Chad is that snobby jerk of a neighbor that we all have had before.

“Any-who, enough about you. I was just getting ready to go on my botox-lipo cruise.” – Chad

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In all seriousness, Boots is one of those characters that you’ll get attached to and can’t help but be concerned for due to his inability to throw things away due to his emotional attachment to items. As Boots declares his life as “complete” when he successfully apprehends the chair, that was proven to be untrue when he takes a gander out of his window. One of the best (but morally worst) moments in the episode is the musical number that happens when Boots discovers yet another item that he falls in love with tricycle with a missing wheel. He dances around the tricycle and sings about how it’s the missing link to fill his empty heart.

Overall, Boots was truly entertaining and I hope to see more episodes possibly in the future. Who knows. The voice work was outstanding to me and I love how colorful and playful the animation is. Two thumbs up to creator Alison Cowles and the entire team behind the episode for such an amazing job. Frederator Studios continues to put great work on display from animated series creators. This isn’t my first time reviewing an episode from the GO! Cartoons serious and it won’t be my last.

 

 

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Bee and PuppyCat: A Cartoon with an Adorable Aesthetic

It’s not every day that you see a cartoon with such characteristics of calmness and relaxation. Watching Bee and PuppyCat is much like the experience of going on a carefree mental vacation.

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Created by Natasha Allegri and directed by Larry Leichliter, is another interesting, must-see cartoon that is produced by Frederator Studios. It was first introduced to the internet on July 11, 2013, as a five-minute episode. No, none of the main characters is a buzzing insect that makes gives us honey. Instead, Bee is a young girl in her twenties who’s always on the hunt for numerous temp jobs in order to pay rent. One day, she came in contact with a mysterious creature called PuppyCat, and the two have been inseparable ever since.

Some notable episodes include “Food” and “Beach”, as they both have interesting plots and helps highlight some of the characters personalities. Along with the adorable aesthetic, a lot can relate to Bee as a person. Adulthood in your twenties can often be a struggle of finding jobs, paying rent, making sure you have enough to eat, and just having to deal with life’s problems on your own. I’d say that Bee and PuppyCat is the perfect cartoon for Millennials.

“Too bad I can’t make a career out of getting fired, right? I’d be like, a CEO or a manager. Which one’s more impressive? …President?” – Bee

The Bee and PuppyCat series is with no doubt doing great, as it has many admirers behind it, merchandise, and BOOM! Studios released a comic book version of the series in 2014. Some say it belongs on TV but I’d say it’s made a comfortable spot right here on the internet. The first four episodes were released in 2014, followed by the rest released in 2016. It’s reported that production wrapped up in March 2016, and at the moment it’s impossible to say whether there will be anymore episodes of Bee and PuppyCat in the future. I for one, fully supports keeping this show going, as it brings good vibes and has a unique synopsis.

Fun fact: PuppyCat is voiced by a Vocaloid software called Oliver.

Meet Frederator Studios Newest Cartoon Incubator: GO! Cartoons

Are Frederator Studios on a quest to find the next big cartoon? Maybe, because they have released yet another cartoon incubator.

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Earlier this month, Frederator Studios teamed up with Sony Pictures Animation for their 6th cartoon incubator, GO! Cartoons. Frederator is known for their past incubators such as What a Cartoon!, Oh Yeah! Cartoons, The Meth Minute 39, Random! Cartoons, and Too Cool! Cartoons. Frederator Studios have produced more than 200 animated shorts in the past, and some have become full-time TV series. It’s possible that any of these GO! Cartoons shorts may have the same success as Adventure Time, The Fairly Oddparents, Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, and more. The first cartoon from the GO! Cartoons series is titled “The Summoning” and was released on November 7, 2017, on the Cartoon Hangover YouTube channel.

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The Summoning was created by Elyse Castro and surrounds characters Claire and Edgar. Claire is a young lady with a demoness personality, gothic-like appearance and vampire fangs. She is working on a summoning potion for a demon to get rid of the scum in her life. What kind of scum you ask? You’ll just have to find that out for yourself. She is missing the potion ingredient of “troll fat” and is accompanied by her cat Edgar to go find some. Claire is voiced by creator Elyse Castro and Isaac Ryan Brown voices Edgar. The Summoning has earned over a million views and positive reactions so far.

Frederator posted a full schedule of when their next shorts for GO! Cartoons will be released on their website http://frederator.com/go-cartoons/

I’m really hyped to see the different animation styles and plots that these animators are going for. You guys can definitely look forward to reviews and possibly interviews with the creators behind them!