The Angry Beavers

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The Angry Beavers
The Angry Beavers title card.jpg
Genre Comedy
Created by Mitch Schauer
Developed byMitch Schauer
Keith Kaczorek
Creative director(s)Michael Gerard
Voices of Richard Steven Horvitz
Nick Bakay
Theme music composerCharlie Brissette
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes62 (123 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Lee Gunther
Michael Wahl
Mitch Schauer
Mary Harrington
Producer(s)Michael Gerard (supervising)
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Gunther-Wahl Productions
Nickelodeon Animation Studios (1998–2001) (formerly Games Animation (1997))
Distributor MTV Networks
Release
Original network Nickelodeon
Picture format 480i (4:3 SDTV)
Original releaseApril 19, 1997 (1997-04-19) 
June 11, 2001 (2001-06-11)
External links
Website

The Angry Beavers is an American animated sitcom created by Mitch Schauer for Nickelodeon. The series revolves around Daggett and Norbert Beaver, two young beaver brothers who have moved out of their parents' home to become bachelors in the forest near the fictional Wayouttatown, Oregon. [1] The show premiered in the United States on April 19, 1997 and ended on June 11, 2001. [2] The series has also appeared in syndication on Nickelodeon Canada. The complete series has also been released on DVD in Region 1 by Shout! Factory. [3] [4] [5]

Contents

There was often tension between Schauer and Nickelodeon, with the channel imposing seemingly arbitrary restrictions on the show's content, including bleeping out the words "Shut up!" in the premiere episode. The show was very popular and was renewed for four seasons, but Schauer continued to push against the network's Standards and Practices division. In the final episode, "Bye Bye Beavers", the Beavers are informed by mail that their show is cancelled, and they openly criticize the network for cancelling shows and re-running them for years. The final set of episodes were not aired in the original run, and only showed up when the show aired on the Nicktoons channel. "Bye Bye Beavers" has never been aired. [6]

Characters

The Angry Beavers

The series' stars, Daggett (left) and Norbert (right) Angry-Beavers.png
The series' stars, Daggett (left) and Norbert (right)

Supporting and recurring characters

Production

The Angry Beavers was the brainchild of Mitch Schauer, and was co-developed by Keith Kaczorek. Prior to the series, Schauer was originally an assistant storyboard artist for other Nickelodeon shows, such as The Ren & Stimpy Show , Rocko's Modern Life , and Hey Arnold! . Schauer also storyboarded 8 episodes of the 1992 Addams Family television series. The Angry Beavers was inspired from Schauer's early years in Oklahoma when he was homeless and often spotted beavers in a nearby river.

Schauer also stated that cartoons such as The Pink Panther , The Flintstones , and Rocky and Bullwinkle were the primary influences for the show. [7]

The Angry Beavers was the final (and most notable) animated series produced by Gunther-Wahl Productions Inc., which was later shut down in 2001, after the series ended its run.

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
Pilot September 24, 1994 (1994-09-24)
1 13April 19, 1997 (1997-04-19)November 15, 1997 (1997-11-15)
2 13March 1, 1998 (1998-03-01)November 21, 1998 (1998-11-21)
3 22March 14, 1999 (1999-03-14)March 18, 2000 (2000-03-18)
4 14September 2, 2000 (2000-09-02)June 11, 2001 (2001-06-11)

Broadcast history

Home media

Nickelodeon and Amazon.com teamed up to release The Angry Beavers and other Nick shows on manufacture-on-demand DVD-R discs available exclusively through Amazon.com's CreateSpace arm.

CreateSpace ReleasesRelease DateDiscs Episodes
Best of Angry Beavers Season 1June 28, 2010311
Best of Angry Beavers Season 2December 8, 2010319
Best of Angry Beavers Season 3December 8, 2010319

The Angry Beavers sets, among others, were discontinued when Nick began releasing traditional DVDs of many of their series in association with Shout! Factory. The first DVD release for Angry Beavers was the Seasons 1 and 2 4-disc set on August 23, 2011. Season 3: Part 1 was released in a 2-disc set on February 28, 2012. [8] Season 3: Part 2 was released in a 2-disc set on August 14, 2012. [9] Season 4 (The Final Season) was released in a 2-disc set on February 4, 2014. [10]

On July 30, 2013, Shout! Factory released the complete series set in Region 1. [11]

Shout! Factory ReleasesRelease DateDiscsEpisodes
Season 1 & 2August 23, 2011426
Season 3: Part 1
Season 3: Part 2
February 28, 2012
August 14, 2012
2
2
11
11
Season 4February 4, 2014214
The Complete SeriesJuly 30, 20131062

In Australia, The Angry Beavers has been released on DVD by Viacom International Inc. and distributed by Beyond Home Entertainment.

Release DateDiscsEpisodes
Season 13 April 2013213
Season 23 April 2013213
Season 35 June 2013422
Season 44 December 2013215
The Essential Episodes: Seasons 1-41 October 20141062
The Angry Beavers: Collector's Edition1 September 20161062
The Angry Beavers: Collector's Set (Bonus T-Shirt)6 December 2017848
The Angry Beavers: The Collector's Set4 July 20101062

Video games

Though the series has no official video games, The Angry Beavers appeared in Nicktoons Racing for PlayStation, Game Boy Advance, PC, Game Boy Color, and Arcade, as playable characters. Norbert and Daggett had a cameo as a Trophy in Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots and in Nicktoons MLB as well.

Awards and nominations

AwardCategoryNomineeResult
World Animation CelebrationBest Animation Produced for DaytimeMitch SchauerWon
World Animation CelebrationBest Director for Daytime SeriesRobert HughesWon
Motion Picture Sound Editors, USABest Sound Editing — Television Animated SeriesUnknownNominated
Motion Picture Sound Editors, USABest Sound Editing — Television Animated SeriesTim Borquez, Thom SysloNominated
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Sound Mixing — Special ClassTimothy Borquez and Timothy J. GarrityNominated
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Sound Editing - Special ClassThomas Syslo, Timothy Borquez, Eric Freeman, Rick Hammel, Les Wolf and Marc MailandWon
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Sound Mixing — Special ClassKrandal Crews, Eric Freeman, Timothy Borquez and Timothy J. GarrityNominated
Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement in a Daytime Animated Television ProgramMitch SchauerNominated
Annie AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement for Effects AnimationJoel KrasnoveNominated
Annie AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Television ProductionDan ChessherNominated
Annie AwardsBest Individual Achievement: Production Design in a TV ProductionMitch SchauerWon
Annie AwardsBest Promotional Production (for main title)UnknownNominated

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