Western Animation: The Angry Beavers aka: Angry Beavers
A show about two beavers, Norbert and Daggett, who are brothers and share a home. Norb is actually relatively easy-going (or was early on), and Daggett is the angry one. A Two Shorts animated show which aired on Nickelodeon. Hilarity Ensues there regularly, often in a highly absurd way crammed full of dialogue both fantastically witty and ridiculously dim.The show first began airing in 1997 on Nickelodeon and ran for four seasons. In 2001, it was canceled for good when the last episode to be produced had the characters aware of the fact that they were in a cartoon which was about to end. This apparently broke several in-house rules, namely not breaking the fourth wall (Although KaBlam! did this in, like, every episode) or announcing the end of a series (due to Nickelodeon's habit of profiting off re-runs). It also apparently got the executives angry by referring to an earlier incident where the line "Shut up" was censored for a re-run using the Sound Effect Bleep and then changed altogether when that generated even more controversy.However, the show was able to be released through iTunes, featuring the best of Seasons 1 and 2. Seasons 1, 2 and 3 have been placed on DVD. The complete series was released on July 30th, 2013.Perhaps the only cartoon in the universe in which a clock on the wall visible in most episodes updates in real time.Recaps of the show can be found here.Now has a growing Character Sheet.Not related to Angry Birds.
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Acid Reflux Nightmare: The episode Food of the Clods shows Norbert feasting on junk food late at night then ending up Sleepwalking and re-enacting the 1950s B-films he's watching at the time
Aerith and Bob: Norbert, Daggett, Trucky, Stump, Treeflower, and Bing. And Barry.
Artistic License - Biology: Beavers don't actually eat wood. Sometimes they eat twigs or bark, but not really for nutrional value.
Art Shift: Everyone's addition to the campfire story in Pass It On. Norb's version is a Bond-esque spy thriller. Barry does the story over as a '70s exploitation movie. Bing's is just a series of doodles running around frantically. Stump's version is a letterboxed black-and-white drama with Scottish accents. Treeflower's is a Magical Girl anime with choppy 50's-style animation. And Dag's is just all the different styles floating in a white void.
Both beavers get annoyed whenever they are mistakenly identified as weasels.
Bigger Than Jesus: In Beaver Fever, the beavers become One Hit Wonders. Their manager tells them that they're "bigger than sliced bread" and shows them a graph chart that proves this. When Daggett repeats this to the press, people start burning their albums, leading to Daggett explaining that he meant that they're physically larger than sliced bread. Upon hearing this explanation, people burning their albums are seen putting their hands into the fire to retrieve them.
Big Ol' Eyebrows: The record executive from "Beaver Fever", when we first see him, has birds perched on them.
Chaste Toons: Averted. In the first episode, we see Norbert and Daggett's pregnant mother. Not even a minute after her introduction, she goes off-screen to give birth to their little sisters.
Averted in "Big Round Sticky Fish Thingy", where the brothers witness a rare sticky sturgeon lay an egg. Towards the end of the episode, a fully formed baby sturgeon comes out. Well, it's not like they could show a male fertilizing the undeveloped egg...
Christmas Episode: Parodied with "Gift Hoarse", an Arbor Day episode (the justification being that Arbor Day is beaver Christmas).
Contrived Coincidence: The beaver brothers' dam is the end result of an out of control pickup truck knocking over some trees, falling over a cliff, and the trees landing in a perfect arrangement in the body of water below.
Deconstruction: The series finale "Bye Bye Beavers" was never filmed because it broke two of Nickelodeon's rules. One being that a show doesn't acknowledge an episode is the last episode, so kids keep watching and hoping for new episodes, and the other rule being a show doesn't break the fourth wall. "Bye Bye Beavers" did both. However, a recording of the actors reading the script exists online. This episode, even only as an audio, is one of the most unique deconstructions ever made. It starts off somewhat normal, with Norbert explaining to Daggett that they're fictional characters in a cartoon, that has just been cancelled. The insanity begins when you hear the voice actors laughing as they're reading their lines, and then having a conversation. Norbert and Daggett are talking to each other about how their lives are just a show, joking about common tropes in cartoons, while each character's voice actors are talking to each other about other shows and their future plans. This doesn't just break the fourth wall, it completely deconstructs the show in a bizarre meta way.
Fantastic Voyage Plot: Van-tastic Voyage. The scientists enlarge Daggett to immense proportions in order to explore him.
Flanderization: Mostly of Norbert, whose kaaahn-vuh-looh-uh-tuhd speech patterns got more exaggerated as the series went on. The characters' personalities remained mostly stable, though, aside from Norbert's egogetting bigger as Daggett's intelligence got smaller.
The Fool: Norbert often manages to avoid a lot of painful consequences his brother suffers, sometimes in rather contrived circumstances. This was Lampshaded in an instance the two switch places, and Daggett (supposedly) avoids an Amusing Injury as a result. Granted on many other occasions Norb is an even bigger Butt Monkey than Dag is.
Fountain of Youth: The bark of an ancient tree causes Norbert and Daggett to turn into children, complete with having no memory of their grown-up lives.
Freudian Slip: In "The Posei-Dam Adventure" when they're singing the Auld Lang Syne parody, Norb says, "left in a dam to die.", reflecting his brother's current situation trapped in the upside down dam, life in danger.
Norbert's helmet in Muscular Beaver 2 either falls off him before sustaining a head injury or just fails to protect his head at all. This is ultimately subverted at the end of the episode, where Norbert's helmet ends up defeating the giant splinter he and Daggett (as Muscular Beaver) have been fighting.
Norbert: This... this... HELMUUUUT!!! has been completely, absolutely, positively and rightfully USELESS!
Dagget's non-existent 'invisible' x-ray glasses and Norbert's working x-ray glasses in Specs Appeal. Ends up reversed - Daggett's x-ray glasses are the ones which work, not to mention literally invisible, while Norbert has the ones which don't work.
Gonk: The vast majority of the human cast looks downright hideous.
A Good Name for a Rock Band: The wacky word combo sort appears in Bummer of Love with Treeflower's band, The Friendly Chartreuse Bubblegum Machine.
Got Me Doing It: In My Bunnyguard, both Daggett and Norbert end up copying Big Rabbit's Brooklyn accent.
Gratuitous Spanish: El Grapadura, with Norb translating. The episode Norberto y Daggetto en El Grapadura y el Castor Malo is entirely in Spanish, with English subtitles.
I Am Not Weasel: The beavers are constantly mistaken for other, "pointy" animals by human characters.
I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin: In Chocolate Up To Experience, Norb gets addicted to the chocolate bars he's been making Dag sell in order to raise money. He's making Dag sell what appears to be the last remaining bar for two hundred dollars, while he gorges on a warehouse full of the bars. Norb eventually bloats to the point that he needs to be carried around in a wheelbarrow, but Dag does make the money... by selling their entire house. Because "no one wanted to buy a spooty old candy bar for $200."
This becomes a case of Hilarious in Hindsight due to the recent scientific discovery of "olfactory white". Basically, if you take enough diverse odors and mix them together, even if the individual components smell bad, the combination will be too complex for your nose to recognize. The end result is a bland yet noticeable fragrance that's neither good nor bad, and can actually be used to cover up additional odors.
Insult Misfire: When their sisters are spending the day, Dag and Norb start arguing about how to look after them, Dag with planning and a chart, Norb with a "let them run free" attitude. Dag eventually does this:
Dag: Structure THIS, chart boy! (Blows a raspberry at Norb) Oh wait I'm chart boy.
It's a Wonderful Plot: Its a Spootiful Life. It turns out everyone really would have been better off if Daggett had never been born. He decides he wants to go back anyway. That is, assuming it wasn't all just a dream.
It's Always Spring: Most episodes seem to be set in early spring, with little patches of snow strewn about.
♪ He's got that Beaver Fever / More Beaver Fever! ♪
Kissing Cousins: Stump has a crush on his cousin Vanity, who was carved into a, well, vanity. At a family reunion, they overcome the objections of her brother Butch (a butcher's table) and get together.
Norbert: I can't remember anything! I must have damnesia, the rare beaver brain trauma that makes you forget everything but what damnesia is!
Laser-Guided Karma: Combined with Humiliation Conga in 'Specs Appeal'. After Norb tricks Dagget into letting him have x-ray specs and lets him 'have' non-existent invisible x-ray specs, it turns out Norb's specs fake an x-ray effect, Dag's specs exist, are invisible, and actually work, the brothers loose the working x-ray specs in a fight, and Dag accidentally smashes the working specs once Norb finds them.
Leitmotif: For a few characters, including Barry, Treeflower, Bing, and El Grapadura.
Matchlight Danger Revelation: You never actually get to see from Dag's point of view, but when Dag spies on Norb in Gonna Getcha from under the floorboards, he keeps noticing bugs and shoving them out the spyhole, until he finally decides to light a match and see where the bugs are coming from.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Lumberjack's Delight, where after exhausting every other option, Norb decides the only way to save the forest and get rid of the Lumberjacks is via a competition. A tree felling competition. Norb wins, but realizes that in the process, they've felled the entire forest, which the Lumberjacks gladly take with them.
No Dialogue Episode: Silent But Deadly, justified in that the beavers have woken up with their bedroom infested with sleeping beaver-eating wolverines. The only real line of dialogue in the episode is thought, as they don't want to risk waking them up by talking.
No Fourth Wall: Bye Bye Beavers tears it to pieces. Thus, it never aired.
Norbert opens the mirrored bathroom cabinet door in Daggy Dearest, revealing a camera operator.
In Practical Jerks, Daggett refers to the raccoon girl tribe as "those Amazon girl raccoon lady thingies from, uh, Mighty Knothead", referencing the episode title in which they were introduced.
Noodle Incident: In the episode Slap Happy, the Beavers' father claims that the story of Slap Johnson was made up by their mother because she never forgave him for the bachelor party that was thrown. Slap merely says, "It's okay, it was worth it."
Ominous Latin Chanting: Parodied in "Fakin' It": Dag is on his deathbed and you can hear one of these chanting random Latin phrases like "Habeas Corpus" and "Quid Pro Quo" and even the lyrics to "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"!
One-Hit Wonder: Norbert and Daggett never do produce another hit beyond "Beaver Fever" in the episode of that name, and eventually their spotlight is taken by Barry.
Our Ghosts Are Different: In Spookyspoots, the dam is inexplicably haunted by good, friendly ghosts who cater to the brothers' every whim and let them use portals to teleport around the house. Dag and Norb are quite fond of the ghosts, until the two annoying scientists show up to exorcise the ghosts against Dag and Norb's wishes. They then team up with the ghosts to get rid of the scientists.
Out-Gambitted: In The Big Round Sticky Fish Thingy, Norb tricks Dag into going to Delaware, "a place nobody knows". As Norb's getting away, he didn't expect Dag to construct a "big, wooden, treadmill, thingamabob", which is "the specialty of the proud people of DELAWARE!"
Paranoia Gambit: Norbert uses this in Gonna Getcha. of course, as soon as Norbert explains he was using this, he then proceeds to actually get Daggett back anyways.
Parental Favoritism: Both of the brothers' parents apparently favor Daggett. Norbert is far from The Unfavourite, but he visibly loses his cool whenever Dag's getting pampered.
Running Gag: Human characters don't often get the Beavers' species right (either weasels or "pointy bird things"), causing the beavers to correct them every single time. It varies between not knowing the difference or simply not giving a dam, with the scientists falling into the latter.
Sdrawkcab Name: "Dog", whenever it is used in contexts where one would expect "God" instead.
Shout-Out: The camera panning up dramatically as an epic score plays revealing Dagget (in his superhero alter-ego) overlooking the forest from the top of a cliff is taken from the ending of Tim Burton's Batman.
Barry the Bear's doorbell is James Brown's famous "HEY!" from his hit-song, I Got You (I Feel Good).
Shown Their Work: Every once in a while something that is in fact true about real-life beavers is thrown at you, like the already mentioned Tail-Slapping.
The third eyelids mentioned in the Staring Contest (Stare and Stare Alike) and the slave-for-a-day (You Promised) episodes on the other hand do exist: they're the "nictating membrane" and the primary function in beavers is to protect the eyes while they are diving underwater.
The fact that a beaver's front teeth do indeed continue growing throughout their lives is true. And, yes, beavers do need to constantly chew on things to wear the teeth down, or else their teeth really will grow through their skulls and kill them.
Sibling Rivalry: Norb and Dag vacillate between this and "BIIIIG HUG!!"; their sisters, in contrast, get along very well.
Sibling Yin-Yang: No matter what the subject, the two brothers usually wind up on opposite ends of it.
Space Is an Ocean: In Mission to the Big Hot Thingy, the Beavers watch a video comparing their imminent doom of being pulled into the sun by gravity with a boat being pulled by a swift river current. They take this analogy literally and do what beavers would do in the river scenario. The build a giant dam to cut off the Sun's gravity!
Taxonomic Term Confusion: One episode incorrectly refers to rabbits as rodents, when in reality they are of the lagomorph, not rodent, order.
Of course, in that same episode ("Long in the Teeth"), it shows all sorts of animals growing giant teeth, including, IIRC, a frog and a deer. So perhaps their grasp of taxonomy should be taken with a good heapin' pinch of salt.
Tempting Fate: The episode "Beaver Master". A warrior keeps re-appearing everytime Dag and Norb utter, "That's the last we'll see of him!" Norb eventually lampshades this. They both start using it to their advantage... at least for a plan they thought would work. Even after learning this, they still willingly tempt the phrase when they think they've actually won (twice) only to be proven wrong.
Through a Face Full of Fur: In "I Dare You", Norbert turns blue after sipping on a jalapeño slushie on a dare by Daggett and this causes the reaction of his head swelling up as the result of brain freeze and burn.
Toilet Humor: One episode even has Dagget begging and screaming for Norb to let him use the second bathroom after clogging their toilet, Dag ends up urinating in the lake their house was formerly afloat on.
Too Dumb to Live: Dag on MANY occasions, this bad behavior slowly infects Norbert as the series goes on.
Verbal Tic: Norbert's odd habit of adding extra syllables, especially with diphthongs and silent Es: "The beäver gargle of achë!" Daggett likes to "Eeeh" and say "dot dot dot" out loud. Sometimes they'll use each other's tics, too.
Wraparound Background: Parodied; in "The Big Round Sticky Fish Thingy", Norb tries to get away with the titular "fish thingy" (a rare sturgeon egg) after tricking Daggett into looking for it elsewhere. Norb finds himself going past a repeating background of absurd images, including a reproduction of "Washington Crossing The Delaware", and realizes he's running on a treadmill with a scrolling background hastily constructed by Daggett.