Western Animation / Harvey Beaks
aka: Bad Seeds

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The bestest friends ever.

Harvey Beaks (formerly known as Bad Seeds) is a 2015 animated series on Nickelodeon created by C.H. Greenblatt, the creator of Chowder and former storyboard artist on SpongeBob SquarePants. It is the 35th show in the Nicktoons franchise.

Harvey is a sweet, well meaning bird, who's best friends with two wild children named Fee and Foo. While their companionship might seem odd, the trio's bond grows ever stronger as Harvey learns to step outside of his comfort zone and take big chances, resulting in many misadventures in the magical forest of Littlebark Grove. Supporting characters include Miriam and Irving Beaks, Harvey's parents.


Tropes:

  • Aerith and Bob: Most characters have fairly normal first and last names, but there's a few oddball names out there. Most notably Piri Piri.
    • The twins Fee and Foo have an excuse, given that they lived in the woods together since they were little. They probably named themselves.
  • Acrophobic Bird: In "The Spitting Tree", it's revealed Harvey is afraid of heights, though the irony of this is never addressed.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Fee and Foo aren't exactly liked by the other inhabitants of the forest. Their behavior has also gotten them banned from swimming in Wetbark Lake.
    • Although one of the kids, Claire, seem to have a crush on Foo.
      • Actually how the other kids feel about Fee and Foo seems to change from episode to episode. One moment they don't like them, the next moment they're just fine with them. And in some cases they're afraid of them. Especially when Fee is angry.
      • Dade in particular is the only one who is constantly shown disliking Fee and Foo. Likely out of jealousy because Harvey is friends with them.
      • The amount of trouble the twins cause for the other kids also seems to vary. Sometimes they play pranks on a regular basis, sometimes they're indifferent. This may contribute to the changing opinions of the other children, as they don't do anything that anyone seems to hold much of a grudge over for very long.
  • Ambiguous Ending: "The Finger" ends with the protagonists failing to decipher the mystery of the titular Finger, but realize that there are some things you'll never fully know or understand and the best thing to do is try to make the best of things.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Dade to Harvey.
    "Don't get me wrong, Harvey. You know there's nothing I'd like more than to make a beautiful life with you, my friend. But I got a family down there and a life to live, and so do you."
    • In "Nightclub Night" Fee is really impressed by the woman bouncer. Harvey encourages Fee to go ask if she can give bouncing a try and the whole conversation comes off like Harvey encouraging Fee to talk to someone she has a crush on.
      • In the same episode, Dade drunkenly says he's going to kiss everyone in the room and then asks where Harvey is.
    • In "The Rebel", Dade blushes when he tells Harvey he looks different in his rebel clothes.
    • In "Sleepover's Over" Foo seems really interested in painting his nails.
  • Amusing Injuries: Almost all episodes including ones where Officer Fredd electroshocks troublemakers to subdue and incapacitate them with the use of his gloves that double as stun guns or tasers. He always shouts out "BA-ZAP" every time he electroshocks lawbreakers.
  • Animesque: Claire's fantasy sequences in "Buds Before Studs".
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Jeremy suffers this in "Comet Night!"—even though the baby in question is an egg.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Many of the characters, notably Harvey and Fee.
  • Bros Before Hoes: Technobear turns down a girl asking for a dance in "Nightclub Night" so he can help out Harvey.
  • Butt Monkey: Princess' constant demand for attention gets annoying and the universe expresses its complaints through well-aimed karma.
    • Kratz seems to be also one.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Princess. Her father is no better, either.
    "We'll use the power of crystals!"
    • Foo appears to be headed this way. For example, thinking he needs to take his pants off to ride a bike.
    • Harvey himself displays this trope too on occasion.
    • Aside from Foo, Piri Piri is probably the biggest example in the show, with a penchant for existential non-sequiturs, over reactions and outright weird habits.
  • The Cover Changes the Meaning: In "The Negatives of Being Positively Charged" Fee and Foo's song is the Irving Berlin song "What'll I Do" with some lyrics changed.
    • The same thing happens in "Old Fashioned Dade", where he, Fee, and Foo sing "We all love Harvey", with a rhythm similar to "I love the nightlife".
  • Creator Thumbprint: Similar to Chowder, C.H. Greenblatt's previous show, Harvey Beaks will feature child voice actors voicing the children in the series.
  • Dare to Be Badass: A theme of the show Harvey is trying to break out of his meekness, with Fee and Foo helping him along.
  • Did Not Do the Bloody Research: In "Yeti Ready" Rooter's dad Mitch, who is Australian, says "bloody".
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • "Pee-Choo", Harvey is determined to get banned so that he can join Fee and Foo in getting launched into the air from the lake. After going through everything possible, he finally gets banned and can get launched with his friends. He forgets until it actually happened that he's afraid of heights.
    Harvey: THIS WAS A TERRIBLE IDEA!!!
  • Establishing Character Moment: As they're Scatting at the start of "Pee-Choo!", the main trio comes across a stack of rocks and each of them briefly interacts with it in turn. Harvey takes the fallen top rock and neatly places it back on top of the stack, Fee picks up the same rock and throws it away, and Foo picks up the next rock and wears it on his head.
  • Eye Scream: At the end of "Pee-Choo!":
    Harvey: So, I'm not a monster?
    Fee: (beans him in the eye) Don't ask stupid questions!
    Harvey: Cool.
    • In the same episode, Fee threatens the rest of the forest's inhabitants that if they don't get Harvey banned from the lake, then she was going to "let Foo do something really gross to them".
      Foo: I'm going to lick your eyeballs!
    • Barely avoided in "The Negatives of Being Positively Charged" when Fee tries tucking Foo in from a distance with a sharp stick.
    • In "Someone's Stealing My Stuff" Harvey accidentally pokes Fee in the eye with a stick while trying to get her attention.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: The weapons the squirrels use in "A Tail of Les Squirrels" are slingshots loaded with acorns, but they're still designed to look as much like real pistols as possible.
  • Fantastic Racism: "Ghost Problem" is about Fee having to get over her prejudice against tree spirits. It takes a Karmic Transformation plot to make her change her ways.
  • Fantasy Helmet Enforcement: In "The Rentl Bike", Harvey refuses to ride his bike without a helmet, even while Randl is chasing him. Later, he fashions a helmet for Foo out of an acorn.
    • In "The Rebel", Harvey wears a helmet while sliding down a bannister.
  • Fantasy Twist: Subverted in "The Finger" when Dade worries about what could happen if they try digging up Ira Fingerman and then has an Imagine Spot where their digging opens a vortex that swallows Fee and Foo, making Dade more eager to keep digging.
  • Faux Horrific: Harvey's story in "Harvey's Not Scary" has things like a coat missing buttons, a too-short blanket, and an expired frozen dinner. This last one turns out to be Kratz's greatest fear.
  • Fiery Redhead: Fee has dark-pink hair and a feisty attitude to boot.
  • Five-Man Band: Harvey and his friends could be seen as this, even though there's technically 10 of them:
  • Flashback Fail: Princess's flashback of Claire giving her doll is...a bit different than what actually happened.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Whenever Dade joins the trio, it's much like this: Harvey (Phlegmatic), Fee (Choleric), Foo (Sanguine) and Dade (Melancholic).
  • Funny Animal: Almost all of the characters in the show. Harvey, for example, is a bird.
  • The Ghost: Claire's mom, not counting her supposed appearance in "The Spitting Tree". See Retcon.
  • Go to Your Room: In "Anti-Valentine's Day" Harvey's dad sends him to his room after he gives his mom an insulting Anti-Valentine's card when they're not in on the joke.
  • G-Rated Drug: Dade gets drunk on sugar in "Nightclub Night".
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Foo, Kratz, and Technobear are only dressed from the waist down, the latter wearing nothing but a Speedo.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Fee and Foo.
  • Harmless Electrocution: Officer Fredd's preferred method of subduing criminals
  • Insane Troll Logic: In "Yeti Ready", after Miriam falls in one of his yeti traps, Rooter's dad Mitch assumes she must be a shapeshifting yeti. After he and the rest of his family fall in another trap, he assumes they must all be yetis too.
  • Large Ham: Princess and her dad. Then again, her dad is voiced by Matt Berry...
  • Larynx Dissonance: Princess is a little girl, yet has the voice of a gruff adult male. On the other end of the spectrum, Halbreth "the really old" has the voice of a pre-schooler.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Chowder makes several appearances at the party in "Fee & Foo's First Birthday", facing away from the audience every time.
  • Meaningful Name: Rooter the Boar
  • Narcissist: Princess is very much the textbook definition.
  • Nice Guy: Harvey, especially compared to his best friends.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Harvey's mother sports them; moreover, Harvey himself refers to his nipples in "The Rebel".
  • Non Sequitur Thud: Irving throughout "Comet Night?"
  • Noodle Incident: In "Anti-Valentine's Day", we are never shown what Harvey supposedly wrote for his card, but it's apparently enough to make even Foo flabbergasted.
  • Not Really a Birth Scene: The episode "Icky Chicky" opens with a scene of the day Harvey was born. We here Miriam groaning and Irving coaching her to push. It turns out they she was trying to open a jar of pretzels while waiting for Harvey to hatch from his egg.
    Miriam: Why do they make these so hard to open?
  • Odd Friendship: A quiet, well-behaved bird and two loud, trouble-making Imps wouldn't seem like the kind that would get along, right?
  • Our Demons Are Different: According to The Other Wiki, Fee and Foo are stated to be Imps.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Not far from Little Bark Grove is a community of "tree spirits." The spirits resemble floating, translucent tree stumps with arms and faces. One of them, Bartleburt, works at the library alongside Miriam. A tree spirit has the power to turn others into tree spirits, as shown when Bartleburt turns Fee into one after she insults him.
  • Out of Order: "Steampunks" aired a third of the way through season 2, but it uses the season 1 opening and Michelle is still in her egg.
  • Overly Long Gag: In "The Finger", Miriam, Fee, Foo and Harvey high-five over, and over, and over again, up until they slowly get sick of it.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: In "A Tail of les Squirrels", Fee comes to talk to the squirrels. Even though she said she came alone you can clearly see her coat hiding Clare, Kratz, and Dade. Kratz even sneezes, leading to Dade saying "bless you." The squirrel lets her in anyway.
    • After Fee exposes the other three, the squirrels panic, with the leader sincerely saying that he "did not see that coming."
  • Parental Abandonment: Fee and Foo are orphans and raised themselves in the woods.
  • Power Trio:
  • Puppy Love: Claire has a crush on Foo.
  • Reality Ensues: In "Bark Kart", Technobear throws a Banana Peel on the track anticipating one of the other racers to slip over it. A racer simply runs over the peel without any repercussions.
    Technobear: Aw man. I guess that makes sense.
  • Retcon: According to Word of God, the lady fox in "The Spitting Tree" who was originally Claire's mom is no longer Claire's mom and Claire's mom will remain The Ghost.
  • Sanity Slippage: At the end of "Pee-Choo!", where Harvey takes his friends' "insults" about him seriously and says he's "AN EMPTY SHELL OF A PERSON!!!"
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: In "Nightclub Night" after chugging a big bottle soda Princess says "Burp!" at the same time she actually burps.
  • Scat Singing: At the start of "Pee-Choo!".
  • Scenery Porn: The show has beautiful watercolor backgrounds in every episode.
  • Series Continuity Error: In "Pee-Choo!" Fee said she couldn't read, but in "Anti-Valentine's Day" she's reading and writing cards.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: A minor one in the end of "Somebody's Been Stealing My Stuff". After Claire gets her glasses back, she falls down and breaks one of the lens.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shown Their Work: In "The Negatives of Being Positively Charged", Fee and Foo get magnetic properties by rubbing themselves on magnetic rocks. To an extent, that's actually possible.
  • Steam Punk: Moff.
    "The Sci-Fi subculture that perfectly marries Victorian technology and, like, gears and watches and stuff."
    They had a whole 44-minute special based around this.
  • Springtime for Hitler: In "Pee-Choo!", Harvey tries to get banned from a lake so he can be catapulted in a geyser of water, but his attempts to annoy people are actually appreciated.
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: Invoked for Harvey's "yamthem" during "Yampions."
    Harvey: You put the yam seed into the ground, then use your rain storm card to make the rain come down. And if the zombies come, just cast a spell. If you roll all the right dice, you can send them to-
    Irving: Harvey!
    Harvey: What? I was just gonna say "you can send them to your opponent's side!"
    Irving: Oh, okay. Carry on.
  • Synchronous Episodes: "Comet Night?" and "Comet Night!"
  • The Movie: "Steampunks", the show's one-hour special, is considered this for the show (the crew went on record saying it's "essentially the Harvey Beaks Movie"), though its two parts were aired separately for its premiere (with Part 2 airing the following day after Part 1's premiere).
  • Theme Tune Extended: Yes, this show has one.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: In-Universe, Fee and Foo vandalized Piri Piri's sketch book with pictures of butts. She saw it as beautiful art.
  • True Companions: In "A Tale of Les Squirrels," Fee basically admits that she considers Harvey and his parents family.
  • Unfortunate Names: If Harvey had chosen Fee's pick for a name, Ira might've been called "Fattyfat Garbageface".
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer: Officer Fred, a lightning bug, subdues all criminals by zapping them.
  • Wild Child: Both Fee and Foo.
  • Wild Hair: Fee.

Alternative Title(s): Bad Seeds

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