Western Animation: Harvey Beaks

aka: Bad Seeds
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 makes friends with two wild children named Fee and Foo. While their companionship might seem odd, the three friends' bond grows ever stronger as Harvey learns to take big risks, resulting in many misadventures in the magical Littlebark forest. Supporting characters include Miriam and Irving Beaks, Harvey's parents.

Tropes:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Jeremy suffers this in "Comet Night!"—even though the baby in question is an egg.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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-Identical Twins: Fee and Foo.
  • Large Ham: Princess and her dad. Then again, her dad is voiced by Matt Berry...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sanity Slippage: At the end of "Pe-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!".
  • Series Continuity Error: In "Pe-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: In "The Spitting Tree", Rooter says that he once drank his own urine to survive being stuck on a tree.
  • 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: Mr. Moth
    "The Sci-Fi subculture that perfectly marries Victorian technology and, like, gears and watches and stuff."
  • Springtime for Hitler: In "Pe-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.
  • Synchronous Episodes: "Comet Night?" and "Comet Night!"
  • 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 the squirrel tale episode 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