Title: The Angry Beavers [us] / Злюки Бобри [ukr] / Крутые Бобры [ru]
Genre: animated series
Aired: 19 April 1997 - 11 November 2001
Status: canceled, air is finished
Number of episodes/seasons: 63/5
Running time: 22 minutes (~11 approx. per episode)
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"The Angry Beavers" is a Nickelodeon American animated television series about Daggett and Norbert Beaver, two brothers who are beavers who have left their parents and home to become bachelors in the forest. Their many adventures spark them to release their ugly sides very often, drawing in the name Angry Beavers.
The show premiered in 1997 after Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards'97 and was cancelled amid controversy in 2001 (with a handful of unaired episodes remaining). It was created by Mitch Schauer.
Angry Beavers was a generally popular show during its airtime, though some considered it not educational enough. Angry Beavers is widely considered the show that kept adolescents and adults interested in Nickelodeon in the late 90s, thanks to its sophisticated word play jokes and cultural references. For example, in one episode, Scientist No.1 was once transformed into a beaver by one of his own experiments. In addition to his new form, he also had Boris Karloff's infamous "Devil's Hand". In another, Norbert wants to become Canadian because William Shatner is Canadian. Additionally, one episode shows the two title characters becoming famous and claiming to be "bigger than sliced bread". The show was silly and unrealistic enough to attract the attention of young children too. Unfortunately, it was aired in the midst of the success of Rugrats, and many fans believe it did not earn the popularity it deserved. Its influence is evident in other current shows too. SpongeBob SquarePants has a notably similar humor pattern and animation style to this show and is highly successful.
Character quirks, like Daggett's compulsive adoption of a superhero alter-ego named "Muscular Beaver" (whose pathetic costume consisted of an ill-fitting ski mask, a stuffed sweater, vent-front white briefs, stockings, socks and a cape), kept older and younger audiences' interest. Stations also used Dag's catch phrase "That was nuts!" for promos for music marathons, and the show even had a small merchandise line that included T-shirts and plush toys. The word "spoot" was also frequently used throughout the series, often in the derogatory sense, for example "spoot-head".
The whole controversy surrounding the series first started in 1998, when “Alley Oops!” episode contained the following lines:
Dag: "You stink!"
Norb: "Oh, shut up, Dag!"
When this episode was first televised in the US on Nick, the "shut" in "shut up" was bleeped out. Apparently, an unknown individual complained that the phrase "shut up" sounded like "shit up". What that bleep did, however, was generate more interest in the show, as some incorrectly thought that it had vulgar language in the dialogue. Between airings, however, Nick changed Norb's line to "Shush up, stupid!" It was only one of the few times a Nicktoon had a line changed between airings since Rocko's Modern Life and Ren and Stimpy. Many people believe this was ridiculous, and it has been shown that many other Nickelodeon programs that aired before and even after (SpongeBob SquarePants used those words several times) used the phrase "shut up". Beavers did use "shut up" and in fact, language that is generally considered to be worse (e.g. Hey Arnold, which, particularly in its later episodes, used a few words many people believe should not air in children's programming, such as "crap," Ren and Stimpy also used that same language in its later episodes), that the Angry Beavers did not use. Regardless of these claims, this was edited by the producers. There are many episodes in the show where there is some violence that is similar to that shown on the Jerry Springer Show.
The final straw was an un-aired episode titled “Bye Bye Beavers”, which was going to be the show's last episode, involving Norb having to convince Dag that they're just characters on a TV show, thereby indicating a destruction of the fourth wall. Staffer Micah Wright said that Nickelodeon hated this episode, as it made fun of the station's practice of not making new episodes of their Nicktoons, preferring to air reruns instead. It is unclear if it was even part of foreign syndication. This is a quote from Wright's website about Nick canceling the show: "Nickelodeon hated this episode because it actually told the kids the truth: that the show was ending!" "Bye Bye Beavers" was never aired and, after reviewing the episode, Nickelodeon cancelled the series. The script was written and the audio was recorded. It is uncertain if the episode was animated or if an animatic was ever produced. All in all, 63 episodes of the show were produced, because Nick cut 2 episodes out of the planned 65.
Final lines from "Bye-Bye Beavers":
Daggett: "Norbie? What happens when you're...over?"
Norbert: "Oh, it's not so bad. If the cartoon's good, even if it isn't, it's rerun-incarnated!"
Dag: "Ooh...does that hurt?"
Norb: "No... Only when you get the later checks. The Cartoon-Being-Over Guys rerun it over and over and they make lots of well deserved money."
Dag: "Which they share with the people who made the cartoon, right?"
Norb: (laughs uproariously) "Right. So you see it's all for the better."
Norb: "Even though we're vanishing we'll be back over and over again at virtually no cost to the Network!"
The series has, so far, not yet come to DVD, despite its large fan base. The show continued re-run on NickToons Network and Nickelodeon until 2006. iTunes hosted “The Best of TAB Volume#1” (as part of Nick Rewind) for present time, but Nick does not release Volume#2 yet. The show highly positive rated and aired on Ukrainian-based TV-channel Noviy Cannel and on most of Russian TV networks. The show will air on the Nickelodeon (Canada) channel when it launches on November 2, 2009.
There were several in-jokes throughout The Angry Beavers entire run. One particular one involves Richard Steven Horvitz, the voice of Dag, being mentioned.
Norb: [reading mail] Hey, Dag! Check it out! [reading letter] "Richard Horvitz had a son, 'Jake Elliot Horvitz' on April 11th, 1997.
Dag: Ooo.. who's Richard Horvitz?
The use of "spoot" in place of swear words, such as an exclamation ("Oh spoot!"), or as a descriptor ("What a pile of spoot" or "You're a spoot-head"), were another form of in-jokes in the series. Although these were said primarily by Daggett, they were used by Norbert from time to time. Both beavers would often mispronounce common words in pseudo-French or otherwise foreign pronunciation, such as calling a refrigerator a "re-frige-er-A-twoah/re-frige-er-ize-or", mine as "my-yun", me as "mee-ah", or speak as "spee-ack." Another example includes "natural" in which Norbert pronounces it as "nature-ral". Sometimes even saying beaver as "bee-vware". As an augmentation to this, they would also elongate words, particularly each other's names, with superfluous syllables such as "Norbie-orbie" and "Dag-a-lag-a-ding-dong." On occasion, they would use foreign words but mispronounce them; for example the French word "moi" pronounced phonetically "moy".
One running gag was Norbert giving Dag a big hug and saying "Come on, biiiiiig hug!".
The beavers' postal address is: Norbert & Daggett Beaver, RTE 4 BOX 413, Wayouttatown, Oregon (from episode Omega Beaver)
A lot of the show's music is from or based off of the soundtrack for the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).
In episode Beaver Fever the beavers created a disco/funk band that was very popular until Dag casually said that they were "bigger than sliced bread" causing a very brief period where everyone hated them. This was a clear reference to The Beatles and their "Bigger than Jesus" controversy, where Lennon offhandedly remarked that they were more popular than Jesus. The beavers got over their problem when Dag explained what he meant was that they were physically larger than a slice of bread.
The show's visual style is rather unique, and much humor is made of the fact that the main characters don't actually look much like beavers. They are often referred to by minor characters as weasels, ferrets, or "pointy birds".
The character Barry, a large bear with a smooth, deep voice, may have been intended to reflect Barry White, a soul and disco singer.
If you watch the credits carefully, various jokes are inserted into staff members names, usually in the center.
Your underwear says Wednesday? Thats strange. Mines say October.
spooty spooty spoot-head!
-Norbert & Daggett
Whoo! That was NUTS!
Norbert is NOT a bed wette!
Easy Clone! Easy Clone! First there's one! Then there's two! Easy Clone!
It's the beaver way
Dag, if you bop me again I'LL BOP YOU INTO LAST WEEK!!!!
Desperate times call for desperate desperateness.
Get off me bloomin' flowers!
-Norbert & Dagget
He'll kill you with kindness
He'll kill you with a grin
Don't you mess around with him.
-Singers in the Kid Friendly Episode
It's time for the Weather Report. And the forcast says there's a 100% chance of PAIN!!!!
Baby Dagget: Mine!!
Baby Norbert: Not cool.
-Baby Dagget & Baby Norbert
(as Dagget): Eeh! I forgot how to breath! Help me remember! I'm so stupid! Eeh!
Okay!...you sold me!
I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!! I MUST ANNOY YOU!!!!
The Howler Leeches are coming!!
Send more money, I'll send more stuff!
Norbert is NOT a bed-biter
Dag! How long have we been asleep?!?!?!
... For I am Baron Bad Beaver, master of really, terrible, evil... things...
-Norbert as Baron Bad Beaver
Daggett: (milking a cow) Come on, Bossy, get with the moo juice!
What in the name of Kenneth Tobey's cardboard belt are you two doing here?
Oh, by the way, its me, Bing, by the way." "What do you want Bing-by-the-way?
-Bing and Daggett
Spawn means...uh...Smashing...Property...And, uh...Whomping...Norb!
Whoah, that was nuts!!! (falls down) EEEE!!!!!
What in the name of Daniel Boone mosy undies are you doing, Norbert?!
To the pointy wezel sneaking around in the packing foam:...
Avast com a, half dead but still fearless sidekick!
Those are some negative waves, baby
-Harrington (Big Byoo-Tox)
Go pick me a lume
Norbert: You should buy a new brain.
Daggett: Can you do that? ......like on the internet?
-Daggett & Norbert (on New Years)
Daggit: Yeah? Well, I know that my friend St- Stue- Stump!
Norbit: You can't even remember his name!
*Norbit laughing his head off*
Norbit: Oh Stump! You tell the most coolest jokes