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The Angry Beavers is an American animated television series created by Mitch Schauer for Nickelodeon. The series revolves around Norbert and Daggett, two young beaver brothers who have moved out of their parents' home to become bachelors in the forest near the fictional Wayouttatown, Oregon. The show premiered in the United States on April 19, 1997 with the episodes “Born to be Beavers” and “Up All Night” and ended on May 26, 2001 with the episodes “Dagski and Norb” and “Shell or High Water”. 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.

Characters[]

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    Norbert Foster "Norb" Beaver (voiced by Mitchell Whitfield in the pilot, Nick Bakay in the series): Daggett's friendly older brother. Articulate and well-read, Norbert is a highly opinionated beaver who acts as the voice of reason and straight man to his younger brother's insane ideas. He is very lazy and patronizing towards Daggett. He can be quite selfish at times, and tends to bully, insult, and take advantage of his brother, which usually backfires.
  • Daggett Doofus "Dag" Beaver (voiced by Richard Steven Horvitz): The younger brother of Norbert by four minutes. Energetic and childish, Daggett has a habit of over-the-top and sensitive emotions, as well as a self-defence mechanism of name-calling. He shares with his brother a typical brotherly love-hate relationship, helping and abusing his elder sibling as his mood requires. He has a telephone in the likeness of Bullwinkle J. Moose from Rocky and Bullwinkle.

Supporting and recurring chracters[]

  • Treeflower (voiced by Cynthia Mann): Norbert's girlfriend who is a hippie beaver with many jobs outside the forest. Treeflower first met Norbert in "Bummer of Love," but her first appearance was in an earlier episode titled "Long in the Teeth" which takes place after they first met. She once dated Truckee the Shrew in the Season Two episode "Tree of Hearts", but since he only cares about his truck they broke up and her and Norbert have had romantic feelings for each other again ever since. Treeflower was also Muscular Beaver's sidekick, Goody Good Gal. Her careers include elevator songwriter, championship snowboarder, superhero and firefighter. As revealed by series creator Mitch Schauer, she and Norbert were in fact boyfriend and girlfriend during the events of the series and had gotten married and had two daughters named Lily & Petunia after the events of the series.
  • Bing (voiced by Victor Wilson): An annoying lizard who hangs out with Norb and Dag. Bing went through a breakup in the Season Three episode "Tough Love". Norbert and Daggett also fought over him because he told all the other creatures that they were both constantly ditching him in another Season Three episode "Nice & Lonely". Bing has a tendency to talk fast. Bing is able to camouflage himself to blend with his surroundings like a chameleon but is able to lose and generate his tail like a skink or a gecko. Bing has a girlfriend named Wanda.
  • Barry Bear (voiced by John Garry): Norbert and Daggett's disco/funk-loving grizzly bear best friend, whose voice and personality is modeled on Barry White. Barry is a vegetarian despite being a bear. He once made a disco album after everybody got sick of Beaver Fever. In the Season Two episode "Un-Barry-ble, Barry felt awkward around Norbert because he was acting like Daggett. In the Season Three episode "Finger Lickin' Goofs," the beavers thought Barry was going to eat them (a lie that Bill Licking made up).
  • Stump: A giant sequoia stump who is a friend of the beaver brothers. He frequents many of the beavers' social events, forming an integral part of their inner friendship circle. He is apparently alive, although he is never seen doing anything on screen, and he does not talk, at least out loud. When Daggett first met Stump in the Season One episode "Guess Who's Stumping to Dinner?", he was jealous of him, but Stump brought Norbert and Daggett closer together. In the Season Two episode "Stump Looks for His Roots", he journeys off in search of his real family. Norbert and Daggett almost ate Stump while they were in a cave in the Season Three episode "What's Eating You?".
  • Truckee (voiced by Mark Klastorin in most appearances, Mitch Schauer in "Dag's List"): A truck-loving shrew, who Daggett hates immensely. He drives a big truck around called "Big Renee". In the Season Four episode "The Posei-Dam Adventure", Truckee once worked together with Daggett when a "volnado" (a combination of a tornado and volcano) threatened to destroy his dam. Though they escaped, he stole all of Norbert's stuff (he could not take Daggett's stuff because Daggett had it all nailed down). He can be seen without his outfit on and is very volatile about the size of his ears, as revealed in the Season One episode "Enter the Daggett". He also has a minor crush on Treeflower, as revealed in the Season Two episode “Tree of Hearts”.
  • Big Rabbit (voiced by Scott Weil in most appearances, Richard Steven Horvitz in "Omega Beaver"): Norbert and Daggett's toughest friend. It is revealed that he sent a threatening note to them and set up a bodyguard business so they would be his friend in the Season Three premiere episode "My Bunnyguard". Norb and Dag eventually meet his family in the Season Four episode "Big Fun".
  • Wolffe D. Wolf (voiced by Wally Wingert): He is an easy going gray wolf who is a close friend of Norbert and Daggett and is the opposite of the typical wolfish stereotype.
  • Chelsea Beaver (voiced by Chelsea Schauer): One of the beaver brothers' younger sisters and a female doppelgänger of Daggett. Chelsea is also manic and naive like Dag.
  • Stacy Beaver (voiced by Stacy Schauer): Another of Daggett and Norbert's younger sisters and a female doppelgänger of the latter. Stacy is also level-headed and sardonic like Norb.
  • Leonard Beaver (voiced by Tim Thomerson in most appearances, Lorin Dreyfuss in "If You In-Sisters"): He is the lazy and scruffy father of Norbert, Daggett, Chelsea, and Stacy. In the Season Three episode "A Little Dad'll Do You", he once stayed with Norbert and Daggett because their mother and sisters left to visit their grandmother. Leonard has a strange condition called the "poo spot" (when someone presses it, it makes a flatulence noise). In the Season Three episode "Slap Happy", he also encourages Dag to slap his tail even though beavers are only supposed to use the slap for emergencies.
  • Rose Beaver (voiced by Sheryl Bernstein in most appearances, Linda Phillips in "Kandid Kreatures", Marcia Wallace in "If You In-Sisters"): She is the beaver brothers' and sisters' mother and Leonard's wife. She is a secret agent as well as a housewife.
  • High Princess (voiced by Beverly Garland): The leader of the female raccoon tribe and the beavers' nemesis who appears twice in the series. During her first appearance, she mistakes Daggett for a god because he had a knot hole on his head. However, Norbert and Daggett end up destroying the knot hole. She gets even with the beavers by having her tribe literally cooking their dam over an open flame. During her second appearance, it was revealed that she was the one pranking Norb and Dag.
  • Bill Licking (voiced by Gregg Berger): He is a wig-wearing wildlife television host and Norbert and Daggett's influence and sometimes rival. He had a contract with the beavers to make them look good but instead he humiliated them. The beavers got even with him by attacking him on his own show.
  • Laverta Lutz (voiced by Kate Donahue): A big, slovenly magical woman with a Southern accent who works in the bowing alley as a maintenance worker who always bumps into Daggett for making wishes for him. She helped Dag bowl better, helped him win arguments against Norb and transported him to a world where Norb was an only child.
  • El Grapadura (voiced by Timothy Borquez in most appearances, Luke Torres in "Kandid Creatures", Joe Lala in some episodes): The Mexican Luchador Norb and Dag's favorite Wrestling hero. His name translates in English as The Stapler.
  • Oxnard Montalvo (voiced by Tom Kane): Norbert and Daggett's favorite B movie actor. Norbert and Daggett once helped him save the world from the monsters in his movies because they brought them to life by remembering his films. Scientist #1 managed to make him do his movies in color. Unlike most humans in the series, Oxnard, along with Toluca and Dr. Cowtiki, are drawn more realistic.
  • Toluca Lake (voiced by Adrienne Barbeau): An actress who plays as the damsel in distress in Oxnard's B-Movies.
  • Dr. Cowtiki (voiced by William Schallert): The other actor who played as the scientist in the B-Movies with Oxnard and Toluca.
  • Scientist #1 (voiced by Edward Winter): He is a mad scientist who laughs in an evil way as he does his job for science and is the main antagonist of the series and archenemy of Deggett & Norbert. Scientist #1 always mistakes the beavers for pointy weasels. His chest hair is literally in the shape of a one and in one episode, it is revealed that he does not have eyes underneath his glasses. He once accidentally transformed himself into a beaver and built a futuristic society.
    • Pete (voiced by Nick Bakay): He is Scientist #1's assistant. He's a small, old looking man with a big bald head, long nose, and he mumbles a lot as he talks. Pete once worked together with Norb to stop Scientist #1 and Dag.

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. During his time as producer of the Warner Bros. animated series Freakazoid! in 1995, Gunther-Wahl Productions Inc. (Schauer's employer at the time) requested three ideas for animated series, as the studio had the opportunity to pitch a show to Nickelodeon. One of the three ideas that Schauer presented was an early concept for The Angry Beavers. Schauer wasn't even present for the pitch meeting, his ideas being pitched for him by the production company instead. Of the three ideas, network producer Mary Harrington was intrigued by the Beavers. The Angry Beavers was inspired from Schauer's early years in Oklahoma when he was homeless and often spotted beavers in a nearby river. The initial concept of the show centered on two bad-tempered, politically incorrect beavers that hated anything that was a fad, cause, or just popular in the media. "I tend to develop things that are counterculture", stated Schauer. "I like to buck whatever is popular at the time or considered society's way of doing things, because you get more interest when you stand outside the box". Schauer was against making the beavers cute, as a response to many of the "soft, safe" character designs at the time. He also cited cartoons such as The Pink Panther, The Flintstones, and Rocky and Bullwinkle as primary influences for the show.

During production of the series, Schauer and the crew began to learn more about real world beavers and implemented their traits into the show's storylines, considering himself to have become a "beaver expert" by the end of its run. Traits adapted into the show include their endlessly growing incisors, tail slapping, and scent glands. During his time at Nickelodeon, Schauer gifted Harrington a personally signed log that was bitten by a beaver, though he later admitted in 2017 that he bit it himself.

Richard Steven Horvitz and Nick Bakay were chosen as voice actors for main beavers Daggett and Norbert, respectively. Gunther-Wahl held auditions for over 300 different actors, but Schauer settled on the two because they embodied the two beavers' characters perfectly, also being impressed by their chemistry upon being introduced to one another. He recalled the two frequently going off-script while recording, which he encouraged, considering their improvisation leading to some of the series' best moments. Schauer was influenced by classic Hollywood director Howard Hawks for the show's ad-libbing and overlapping of dialogue.

Episodes[]

Main article: List of episodes
Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Pilot September 24, 1994
1 13 April 19, 1997 September 28, 1997
2 13 March 1, 1998 November 21, 1998
3 22 March 14, 1999 March 18, 2000
4 14 September 2, 2000 May 26, 2001

Broadcast history[]

  • Nickelodeon (April 19, 1997 – May 26, 2001)
  • Nicktoons (May 1, 2002 – October 31, 2007)
  • NickRewind (2011; 2013; October 2015 – February 2017; April 19, 2017; August 19, 2017)
  • YTV (1997–2002)
  • Nickelodeon Canada (November 2, 2009 – January 12, 2017)
  • CITV (1997–2001)
  • Nickelodeon UK (1997–2002)
  • Nicktoons UK (2002–2010)
  • ABC (1997–2001)
  • Zarok TV (2016–present)
  • Spacetoon (2002–present)
  • Spacetoon English (2005–2011)
  • Nickelodeon Japan (1998–2009)
  • The Children's Channel (1997–1998)

Reception[]

The Angry Beavers received positive reviews from critics. In a positive review, Harlene Ellin of the Chicago Tribune praised the show for its humor, visuals, cultural references, and nonsensical plots, writing "Although the story lines can be pure silliness, the characters are well-developed and likable, whether they're fighting each other or working together. But most of all, [this show is] downright funny. And dam it, 'The Angry Beavers' is definitely that." Hollywood.com considered the show to be "truly the most clever and mature cartoon to air on Nickelodeon", praising its "whip-smart" dialogue and cultural references, considering it underappreciated when compared to Nickelodeon's other classic cartoons. Spencer Coriarty of Screen Rant wrote, "Together the two seem to get involved in every odd occurrence conceivable [...] the animation here is rather stunning, as is the offbeat writing which includes throwbacks to 1950s sci-fi. Creative as it is sporadic, The Angry Beavers is chaotic, nutty, whacky, and fun in the best possible way." Olivia Armstrong of Decider praised the show for appealing to older audiences, saying "Not only did you love to watch the adventures of Norbert and Daggett Beaver, but so did your parents and older siblings, without pestering you to hand over the remote. Perhaps it was the pure slapstick comedy or their bizarre, sometimes inappropriate friends and neighbors, but those beavers will go down in history as the funniest dam dwellers to ever exist and the oddest way to bring your family together." Andrea Graham of Common Sense Media spoke positively of the series, writing "While the series' humor may seem sophomoric, it's actually quite funny."

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 Releases Release Date Discs Episodes
Best of Angry Beavers Season 1 June 28, 2010 3 11
Best of Angry Beavers Season 2 December 8, 2010 3 19
Best of Angry Beavers Season 3 December 8, 2010 3 19

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. Season 3: Part 2 was released in a 2-disc set on August 14, 2012. Season 4 (The Final Season) was released in a 2-disc set on February 4, 2014.

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

Shout! Factory Releases Release Date Discs Episodes
Season 1 & 2 August 23, 2011 4 26
Season 3: Part 1

Season 3: Part 2

February 28, 2012

August 14, 2012

2

2

11

11

Season 4 February 4, 2014 2 14
The Complete Series July 30, 2013 10 62

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

Release Date Discs Episodes
Season 1 3 April 2013 2 13
Season 2 3 April 2013 2 13
Season 3 5 June 2013 4 22
Season 4 4 December 2013 2 15
The Essential Episodes: Seasons 1-4 1 October 2014 10 62
The Angry Beavers: Collector's Edition 1 September 2016 10 62
The Angry Beavers: Collector's Set (Bonus T-Shirt) 6 December 2017 8 48
The Angry Beavers: The Collector's Set 4 July 2010 10 62

Video games[]

Though the series has no official video games, Norbert and Daggett appear in Nicktoons Racing and the upcoming Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 as playable characters. The two also make cameo appearances in Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots, and Nicktoons MLB.

Awards and nominations[]

Main Article: List of awards and nominations.

Possible sequel series[]

Main Article: Angry Beavers: ReSpooted

On January 5, 2016, Mitch Schauer mentioned on the Apathetic Enthusiasm Podcast episode titled "The Not So Angry Animator" that he would be open to the idea of bringing the series back and getting the original actors involved if he could. He also revealed that his daughter Chelsea Schauer came up with the title "ReSpooted" and that Norbert would be married and he would have children with Treeflower while Daggett would still be single.

On June 11, 2017, Patricia Miranda interviewed Mitch on her podcast titled Old School Lane and Mitch brought up that it would be a parody of The Shining. He also said he's pitched it to Nickelodeon and they've been "on and off" about it.

On October 13, 2017, Nickelodeon Animation interviewed Mitch but he did not bring up the revival at all.

On January 7, 2018, Nickelodeon Animation's Tumblr page said this about the possibility of a revival: "Nothing’s being whispered down the halls right now…but you never know! 🌲🌳"

On April 19, 2022, Mitch Schauer and a bunch of people who worked on the series was interviewed again by Patricia in celebration of the twenty fifth anniversary of the series. Mitch revealed that the specific genders of Norbert and Treeflower's children would be two daughters named Lily and Petunia and that Daggett would still visit them from time to time.

As of then, nothing else has been said about the project.

Trivia[]

  • The opening credits were animated by Russell Calabrese, Doug Compton, Tony Cervone, and Spike Brandt.
  • Variations of the opening theme is used as background music in numerous episodes.    
  • The opening credits used digital ink and paint since the first episode, despite the show being animated using traditional cel animation during its first two seasons and part of its third.
  • The ending theme, confirmed by Mitch Schuaer in 2017 during a podcast interview, is a sped-up version of the 1961 song "Baby Elephant Walk", which was written by Henry Mancini.
  • Norb and Dag's younger sisters, Stacy and Chelsea, are named after and voiced by Mitch Schauer's daughters.
  • The word "spoot", which came up during a writer's meeting, is used to replace profanity in the series.
  • This series was one of three shows Mitch Schauer helped pitched to executive producer, Mary Harrington.
  • Norb and Dag appeared in three video games: Nicktoons Racing (as playable characters), Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots (as master models), and Nicktoons MLB (in the game's loading screens).
  • Following the success of the Halloween special "The Day the World Got Really Screwed Up!", a second half-hour Halloween episode was recorded, which was to be a homage to the Hammer Horror movies. Terence Stamp voiced Dracula and Sheena Easton voice a gypsy.
  • An early model sheet from 1993 reveals that Norbert and Daggett were originally named "Slack and Dekker".
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