Welcome to the Bachelor Pad of Angry Beavers

One of the few nickolodeon shows that I watched in the late nighties was The Angry Beavers. The others included Catdog and Hey Arnold. Beyond finally released a range of Nickelodeon classics onto DVD in Australia! When I saw the range placed at the front of the DVD counter, I nearly had a heart attack. I felt like a child being allowed to choose anything in Toys R Us.

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I’ve been wanting to watch The Angry Beavers for a while so I purchased it over the other shows; which included, Hey Arnold, Catdog, Aaah!!! Real Monsters, and Rocko’s Modern Life. I recently tweeted how I did not recommend the DVD because the quality was so blurry that it hurt my eyes just watching it. But if you’re a fan that just wants to enjoy the show, then go right ahead. After a couple of episodes, I believe my eyes adjusted to the blurriness because I got over it and just enjoyed the show for what it is.

The Angry Beavers is a show from 1997 that focuses on two beaver brothers being kicked out of their parents’ home to finally live independently; namely, building their own dams. Daggart is the the immature, impulsive, and hyperactive brother. Norbert is the intelligent one.

I am connecting with these characters more than I ever did as a child, and as a result I am having a much better experience watching the show. This is because they’re acting like grown-ups. Living on their own, making their own rules, going on holidays on their own, having responsibilities; these are everything that an adult faces.

My favourite episode (and the one that I always remembered when I thought of Angry Beavers) is ‘Box Tops Beavers’. The brothers purchase a crazy amount of cereal. Daggart’s purpose is to rip into all of them and get the small prize at the bottom of the box. Norbert’s purpose is to cut off the coupons off every box after eating the cereal. Then he collects all the coupons until he has enough to purchase the large prize.

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I remember collecting cereal coupons and getting, funnily enough, the Rugrats school bag, watch, and water bottle! I didn’t get much as a kid, so I would do anything to win prizes from cereal! I loved the episode because it’s a matter of choice, displays the differences in these two characters, and of course because I could connect with it as a child. Be patient and get the better prize.

As an adult I am laughing more, I am relating to the characters more, and I am enjoying it more than ever before. This show is amazing and definitely stands the test of time.

Five aka 5ive (When the lights go out)

Apparently there were kids that were listening to the Backstreet Boys and N*Sync in 1998, but the only song that I heard during lunchtime at school was Five’s ‘When the Lights Go Out’.

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My class was obsessed with Five. For show and tell, the kids will show off their Five posters, with the students pointing out their favourite boyband member of course. Many of them loved Scott and his cool hairstyle. It still looks pretty cool. What is it?

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My favourite is Ritchie. I didn’t have a favourite back then, but J stole every scene for me because he was just so cool.

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During our last semester, my teacher was kind enough to allow the radio to be on while we ate our lunch in class. ‘When the Lights Go Out,’ always managed to come on the radio! Now that I think about it, the song would have played four times an hour for that to work. I have to say. It was the most amazing song I have ever heard in my life. I was unaware of pop culture and the music scene. I did not have much songs to compare it to except for spice girls and Aqua. It is still amazing to this day.

Five will always be my favourite boyband. Backstreet Boys are legends, but these guys are something else. They could rap, sing R’n B, and dance! They had such classic 90s moves where they sing right into the camera lenses and make hand and arm gestures. I recently just found out they wrote and co-wrote most of their songs, which is a significantly rare thing for boy bands.

Here are my top 5 videos of . . . Five

1. It’s the Thing You Do
Incredibly underrated.



2. When the Lights Go Out
There’s another version where they break into the bowling alley but this was the version Released in Australia.



3. Until the Time Is Through
The album single and the one used in this music video is actually different. In the video it shows Ritchie singing with Scott. However, in the single, Scott sings the whole time. I don’t own the album or CD, so anyone could clarify this that would be great.



4. Keep On Movin’



5. Don’t Wanna Let You Go

Boombox Overload

Yo Listen

The boombox
is making a return from the past
The music, yo bring it down fast

The cassette is on me, so slot it in
its gonna drop a beat, made out of win
it sounds so bad, y’all think it was a sin

Yeah break it down

This is my love dedication to Boomboxes or Ghetto Blasters. I still have a 90s all black one hidden somewhere.

If I am able to get my hands on an 80s boombox and get my friends to dance with me on the streets, that will be the coolest thing that will ever happen to me. Who needs to go to a club when you can create your own?

Aww man. I’m trying to remember where I saw a scene of 80/90s kids in a New York street blasting the ghetto blaster. Where have I seen this?! Was it a music video? A TV show? Feel free to post youtube videos of scenes with the boombox as these are the only ones I could find.

Backpack Purses

You know those small backups that all the teenagers and even children used to carry around?

You know . . . they come in mostly black, sometimes leather, sometimes a big smiley face? You could see bubble shaped ones? There were ones so small you could only fit a sandwich in there.

Yeah those. They are called backpack purses. They have never really disappeared. You just don’t see them as a fashion staple anymore.

I was ten years old and everyone in my class brought along their tiny little backpacks to school excursions. I believe American schools call it field trips, and some of these road trips take a few days. We call those camps. When it’s a day trip we call it excursions.

So everyone owned one except me and a few uncool kids (we were the unspoilt ones). I literally whined to my mother until she bought me one and it was the greatest thing I could have ever have gotten that year. I never got any dolls or new toys I wanted, but when my mother saw me wanting a bag, and bags are useful, she made sure I had the best one.

That was of course, a long, long time ago.

Guess what, everybody? I’m bringing them back! I have a black backpack purse, my pale blue jean, plaid shirt, and doc martens! Wooo!

I’m a 90s walking disaster and I don’t care! I love it.

Alright. Honestly, The backpack purse, depending on the style, still looks dorky. Well I have accepted doc martens. Perhaps one day, I will carry around the backpack purse with pride.

Let me know if you have accepted any 90s fashion item into your daily wardrobe in the comments below.

Richard Scarry is my Inspiration

I didn’t know Richard Scarry was a person. I was a huge fan of The Busy World of Richard Scarry. I always thought that was a weird title for a tv show. It was educational and entertaining at the same time. I loved it when they focused on a family in another country, like Italy. The animation was very detailed as well, something I believe is missing from digital animations.

I seem to have forgotten than Richard Scarry wrote and illustrated Best Word Book Ever. That’s the actual name. I have the original copy! With stereotypes and missing pages from the new editions!

I said I was going to upload this the day after I wrote this post. I am 3+ years late. 23/02/14

I said I was going to upload this the day after I wrote this post. I am 3+ years late. 23/02/14

But yes I used to flick through the book all the time. Sometimes even copying a picture of the flowers.

I learnt . . .

  1. Different types of flowers
  2. How to mix colours
  3. Different types of toys and games from the 60s.
  4. That playing dentist looks like fun
  5. That grocery shopping in cartoon form looks more fun than real life grocery shopping
  6. Everything is more innocent and fun if everybody was an animal.

I want to be an illustrator so bad.

When I was flicking through the pages, I wanted to cry because I felt like I was seven. It’s really peaceful to just stare at hundreds of images on a page.

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Happy 3rd Anniversary!

I can’t believe I started this blog 3 years ago. I remember for the first two years I updated this blog very often. Then I had to overkill it by posting 10 post in a row about Christmas. After that my regular updates declined. I think it’s also because I ran out of things to talk about and the excitement of a new blog. It’s actually a huge deal that I haven’t given up on this because you have no idea how many blogs and websites I’ve created and just left them in the corner collecting cyber dust. I created this blog because I did not know any places that was dedicated to the 90s, and gosh how much do I love the 90s. These days, there’s plenty. Just check the side bar for the blogroll!

Here’s a list of my favourite posts:

There are some posts that I dread to read and can’t believe I published them. What was I thinking?

I will continue posting mainly because I enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by!