Synopsis

The Beginning:

Mr. Huggins is a bear on the edge: addicted to g’oo, suffering withdrawals and living in a tree. Discarded billboards tell the story of g’oo, a drink designed by Megacorp to make critters feel good, which eventually results in Megacorp owned rehab clinics. Huggins tries to enjoy coffee with his doggedly optimistic hippo friend Snugglypoo, but is concerned their favorite Deli (now owned by Megacorp) will switch to cheaper beans. Hug recalls the days when he first came to the city of Villeville with dreams of becoming a trolley car tour guide. When he discovered the trolley hadn’t run in years, he built a rickshaw and started his own tours, blasting the city for its corruption. A shady figure, Wiley Willy inspires Huggins to turn his little tour business into a full-fledged enterprise, but disappears sticking Hug with the expenses.

Complaint Napkin:

“You guys suck. Get your act together” is the aimless complaint Hug writes on a napkin. Snugglypoo sees it as a legitimate call for change and goads Hug to take it to City Hall. On the way, they run into a politicking Shermanist, contraband g’oo bootleggers, riddling transcendentalists, and a rehab mongering weasel. All the while, behind closed doors, Megacorp is meeting with mayor Polly Wally to get his support for Kindnesse (a g’oo substitute) in exchange for their political clout. Polly correctly surmises they’ve thrown support behind his political rival Pappy Snuggletoes too. Despite setbacks, Hug and Snug succeed in delivering the complaint napkin, but Hug is convinced it was a pointless exercise. In a bizarre turn, the aimless napkin causes Polly to give a second look at Kindnesse.

All In a Day’s Work:

Snug works as a groundskeeper at the estate of a reclusive billionaire. Hug complains about how no one really listens on his tours and decides Snug’s job is probably even more thankless. But Snug actually likes working with his friend Paddy Paws, a goof-off porcupine who would rather pick berries than rake leaves. While giving a tour, Hug’s path is blocked by a caustic mayoral debate, and though he insists he’s not a delivery service, a member of the Wick Party asks him to deliver fliers to campaign headquarters. Sitting in traffic, he reads the fliers, incensed that they are full of lies. He convinces Snug, a self professed ‘wording expert’, to help him print up a more honest version, and they deliver those to campaign headquarters instead.

Jackass Expenditure:

Hug crosses paths with Pappy Snuggletoes, a mayoral candidate for the Robe party, who explains to a small crowd that there would be more money for programs if the City didn’t spend so much cleaning up after Jackasses. Hug recalls his days as a jackass, when he was high on g’oo and part of the ‘roof boccie’ scene that went around smashing windows and reeking havoc in search of a more challenging boccie game. It was during one of these games he met Snugglypoo when an errant boccie ball sailed right up Snug’s ass. Hug takes Snug to the children’s hospital where Snug fills up on pop rocks, causing the ball to come flying out like a bullet destroying the hospital. Hug and Snug flee the scene. A while later, the Megacorp backed incumbent, Polly wins the election, which Hug laments, was ‘ from day one.’

The Smiling Truth:

Hug complains that his stomach hurts from eating too many danish and asks Snug if they can take the bus home instead of walking. A crocodile convinces them one of the buses will take them where they need to go, but instead of taking them home, it whisks them off the The Smiling Truth Spiritual Retreat and Health Spa. While critters from all walks of life reside here, it is mostly inhabited by bunnies who annoy Hug with their cryptic riddle speak. Hug admits the grounds are nice, but when they meet guru Rama-Lama Ding-Dong, his suggestion that they take a good long look at themselves prompts Hug to flee.

A Near Death Experience:

Hug’s rickshaw is crushed by a street sweeper nearly killing him. He tries to demand compensation from the City, but they only point out he’s not running a licensed business, nor operating a registered vehicle. After they hit him up for fees, Hug takes his revenge by making his new rickshaw out of a billboard welcoming critters to Villeville. Sitting at his favorite spot by the river, he tells Snug he’s disappointed his brush with death didn’t inspire an new appreciation for life–something Snug suggests he should have put in his demand letter.