Catatonic Gallery Transcript

Catatonic is the Halloween special episode of The Mighty B!. It is also the last of three holiday episodes (namely "Li'l Orphan Happy" and "Thanksgiving Beenactment") in the series. It premiered on October 25, 2009 at 11:30 AM.[1]


When a disappointed Bessie has to dress up as a cat, instead of a pirate, for Halloween, Ben, dressed up as "Benbo" (a parody of Rambo), accidentally knocks her silly with a plunger, which he shot like an arrow with a bow, makes her think she's a real cat. Meanwhile, Happy can't seem to get rid of his history with cats to not chase Bessie.


Other Characters


  • Bessie's home address on the package is shown to be 231 W. Olive Street, San Francisco, California 91502. Nickelodeon Studio has the same address, the only exceptions being it is "avenue" instead of "street" and the location Burbank, rather than San Francisco.
  • Starting with this episode, Bessie's skin color becomes tanner while her hair is more orange. Happy's fur also changes from a light blue to a darker shade. The animation quality has also changed significantly from the first season.
  • A Ladybug scout is shown in this episode and made a cameo as a trick-or-treater.
  • The Catatonic Song is played during the end credits instead of the standard Boys and Girls.
  • The Tex Avery shorts Bad Luck Blackie (1949) and The Counterfeit Cat (1949) both served as inspiration for this episode.[2]
  • "Catatonic"'s title card was inspired by the films Dr. Cyclops (1940) and Cat People (1942).[3]
  • This episode aired as part of Nickelodeon's "Shriek Week" theme during the Halloween season.[4]
  • Sunil Hall received an Annie Award nomination in the category of "Storyboarding in a Television Production" for his work on this episode.[5]


  1. Parsley, Aaron (October 24, 2009). Amy Poehler Can't Believe Her Son Is Turning 1. People. Retrieved May 25, 2020. Quote: "Come Sunday, she’ll have more to celebrate than just a birthday. Nickelodeon is premiering a special Halloween episode of Poehler’s cartoon, The Mighty B! (11:30 a.m. EST)."
  2. Kirwan, Alex (October 22, 2009). Alex Kirwan's title card concepts. Tumblr. Retrieved July 9, 2020. Includes six unused title cards.
  3. Kirwan, Alex (October 22, 2009). Title card and its inspirations. Tumblr. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  4. McLean, Tom (October 19, 2009). Nick Goes All Out for ‘Shriek Week’. Animation Magazine. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  5. Kilday, Gregg (December 1, 2009). 'Up,' 'Meatballs' earn Annie noms, The Hollywood Reporter, Retrieved January 3, 2020.
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