Not spooty at totality. Shout! Factory, along with Nickelodeon, has released The Angry Beavers: Seasons 1 & 2, a four-disc, 26-episode collection of the Nick toon's 1997 and 1998 seasons. Created ~ means of Mitch Schauer and featuring the utterance work of Nick Bakay and Richard Steven Horvitz, The Angry Beavers is correct as funny as I remember it from within a little 15 years back, with an engagingly weak attitude backed up by an creative (and at times impressive) production design. While it's true that quite a few of the toons from that in the beginning golden era of Nickelodeon now labor best for kids and parents who "grew up" without ceasing them, The Angry Beavers is undivided that newcomers should enjoy, as well. No extras conducive to this down-and-up transfer.
The basic relations of the show is simple...with subsequent episodes going wildly imaginative. To Mom and Dad Beaver are born brothers Daggett Doofus Beaver (notes talent of Richard Steven Horvitz) and Norbert Foster Beaver (notes talent of Nick Bakay). Their at ease world in their parents' lodge is abruptly ended, nevertheless, when Mom has another litter, and viewed like everyone knows (according to the writers), no other than one litter of beavers are allowed in the lodge at united time. So Dad kicks Dag and Norb away, slamming the front door in their faces. Nervous, edgy Dag is terrified of surviving fully on their own, but laid-back slow smoothie Norb says relax: now they obtain to live their own lives, in their hold plushy lodge (that Dag will own to sort out), and watch TV forward the couch, and sleep in, and in the usual course of things follow their own rules without their parents objecting. In other tongues: they're living the life that every kid watching the toon fantasizes around whenever they're yelled at to work the dishes or clean their bedroom or practise their homework. Once their lodge is built (by a runaway truck smashing through the trees and falling into a river), the boys' adventures become more foreign with each passing week.
I've written before near discovering Nick toons during those ~ and foremost few exciting years of the avenue, so I won't cover that same ground again here. The Angry Beavers was a later entry in that period, when my elementary round of kids were getting a slight bit older and were more receptive to the inner gags and jokes that were increasingly finding their way into the channel's shows (to the quip now where everything is cynical irony and self-consuming commentary on Nick, resulting in ponderous overkill). So I have fond memories of vigilance this cute, smart little toon through them, and having them "get" other and more of the references surrounded by the silliness. Nostalgia can be tricky, allowing, as we all know, and I hadn't seen the guide in at least ten years, in the same manner I wasn't sure what to anticipate when I received this set. Luckily, I raise myself enjoying The Angry Beavers equitable as much as when they first premiered. And that's no trivial potatoes, when you consider how "disposable" ~ly of the junk is that's future out of Nick today.
Right from the in the beginning episode, Born to be Beavers, the fresh, sunny, but also subtly sardonic drift of the show is set. The brothers Beaver are born and summarily replaced and rejected immediately by the origin of two new siblings, the facade door slammed in the boys' faces (like matter out of Dickens). Framing this backstory in the cast of an old black and white nature documentary (Wild Life Shenanigans), clean with phoney negative scratches and herky-jerky, jumping frames, The Angry Beavers furthermore introduces its obsession with re-laboring old TV and movies forms. This bland of satire is featured in considerably a few subsequent episodes, where the writers commit to memory to have fun with their confess medium, as Norb (the couch potato of the couple) catches various old sci-fi and documentary shows adhering his tube, drawn by the animators in hyper-"realistic" designs that put in mind one of the classic comic volume styles of the 1940s and 1950s. As the sequence goes along, the writers continue to figure on this infatuation with old-timey movies, TV and comics, through increasingly funny results (the impressive The Day the Earth Got Really Screwed Up is tasteless-out brilliant), adding a layer of self-reflexive commentary to The Angry Beavers that's hip and funny without having an liable tone of "pat myself on the back notwithstanding being so pop-culture savvy" that you attend to increasingly on shows like Family Guy and The Cleveland Show.
Even superiority, once the boys break out up~ the body their own in Born to be Beavers, the animators take over through a graphic style that's at once "new" (the simplified, blocky drawings laid dead on stylized backgrounds) and "old," because well (the retro look of the characters and their environment, like a thing out of a '50s comic or resemblance book). Most impressive, as well, and something that would be changed to sort of a hallmark of the order is the animators' willingness to "power big" with physical gags that are wholly impressive within the full-screen, 1.37:1 condition. When Norb and Dag are careening into disgrace a mountain road in a fugitive truck, the animators give the keck a sense of scope and escalade that fills the screen, something they'll work throughout these first two seasons considered in the state of the physical comedy stretches the remote regions of the square frame to bestow The Angry Beavers a "big" be wrought up, such as the big wave of irrigate from the "Little Meanie" river that threatens to embarrass the boys in A Dam Too Far, or the huge. football rolling along the field, threat to squash the boys in Go Beavers!, or the devious track layout of Norb's train set (and it's inevitable extinction) in Gift Hoarse.
Of course, wholly the clever design work in the terraqueous globe won't sell a cartoon; it has to have ~ing funny, first and foremost. And fair from the get-go, The Angry Beavers is humorous. I can't say that I cared as being the supporting characters that occasionally pop up in the woods (the Barry White strait-a-like bear was rather despaired of), but fortunately, the toon focuses nearly exclusively on Norb and Daggett, and they're ~y inspired pair, thanks greatly to the spoken sound work of Bakay (known to in such a manner many kids as the voice of Salem without interrupti~ Sabrina, The Teenage Witch) and Horvitz. With polished, silky Bakay staying calm until he freaks disclosed, putting some muscle into his screaming, and Horvitz care Dag twitchy and edgy and wellstrung, with little squeaks and yelps, the actors cause an aural sounding board that is of the same kind with expansive as the drawings, giving The Angry Beavers a sensitive that's it's "more," ~ or other, than most of the other Nick toons revealed at that time.
It's uncompliant to pick out favorite moments here...because so many are quite obliging. Long in the Teeth gets fertile in expedients with sight of the boys expanding their teeth too long (I like their procurer outfits when long teeth are "in"). Beach Beavers A-Go-Go has Norb doing a humorous Presley take-off on the beach, singing away in his Speedo. In Enter the Daggett, Dag's sign ninja move is the hilariously monikered "The Silent Wind of Doom." Mission to the Big Hot Thingy has individual of my favorite Angry Beavers instructional 16mm spoof moments when, hurtling towards the sun in the face-guard -shaped space craft, they watch a video, So, You're Spiraling Into the Sun, that begins through a typically stentorious-sounding '50s narrator cheerily beginning, "So...you're spiraling into the sun!" Bummer of Love, a take-over on all those faux-Woodstock "happenings" that were dredged up and manufactured in the 90s, features a in high spirits psychedelic "trip" with Norb and his repaired girlfriend, Treeflower, that's a amazement of stylistic design.
Season Two goes by reason of even more surreal, outsized gags, with the marvelous disco-era spoof, Beaver Fever, getting big laughs for adults as Dag and Norb skewer McCartney and Lennon. Same Time Last Week's Groundhog Day take-from works every time Dag is knocked into the rise of next week, while Fakin' It has ~ persons visually impressive gags, including Dag's "demise" scene, complete with hundreds of candles and moaning, robed monks, moaning over him. And the best incidental narrative out this collection, a remarkable striving called The Day the Earth Got Really Screwed Up, written through Mitch Schauer and featuring hilarious spoken sound work from Peter Graves, Adrienne Barbeau, William Shallert ("Let me interpret you a little film I made...."), Jonathan Haze and John Byner, is ~y absolutely stunning take-off on '50s unnatural production films, beautifully designed and executed without interrupti~ an epic scale (looking like the greatest Johnny Quest episode you never saw), which manages to achieve its own B-movie cult condition while spoofing its very own conventions (when screaming heroine Toluca Lake keeps running from the monsters and rupture her ankles, you know you're sleeplessness something very special). For lovers of B-movies and '50s sci-fi/monstrosity fests, this episode is worth the compensation of The Angry Beavers: Seasons 1 & 2 alone.
The filled-frame, 1.37:1 transfer conducive to The Angry Beavers: Seasons 1 & 2 looks plenteous better once we get to the support season on disc three: colors are brighter than the slightly faded ones on discs one and pair, and the image, which looked a small hazy in season one, sharpens up. Mild print noise here and there, but not so, not bad (certainly better than the CatDog transfers I reviewed).
The Dolby Digital English stereo audio beaten path is not bad, with some cautious separation effects, and a crisp test. English close-captions are available.
No extras beneficial to The Angry Beavers: Seasons 1 & 2.
Even improvement than I remembered it. Clever, comical, silly scripting, along with a fruit design that frequently surprises you with its scope and scale, The Angry Beavers: Seasons 1 & 2 should have existence ranked a lot higher in the Nickelodeon pantheon of toons. Several episodes to this place are remarkably well-drawn and conceived, including the masterpiece of '50s-spoofed sci-fi/villain flicks, The Day the Earth Got Really Screwed Up-that's price the price of the set alone. I'm highly recommending The Angry Beavers: Seasons 1 & 2. Paul Mavis is each internationally published film and television writer of history, a member of the Online Film Critics Society, and the writer of The Espionage Filmography.
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