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.

Aaahh!!! Real Monsters

Before there was Disney Pixar’s Monsters Inc. , there was Nickelodean’s Aaahh!!! Real Monsters from 1994. No matter how many times I type it, I don’t think I will ever remember how to spell Nickelodean off by heart. Actually I’ve never been a very good speller so thankfully I wasn’t forced to participate in spelling bees and– hold on. I’m getting off track.

So yeah . . . Can you believe that this is the actual title of the show? I can’t settle on whether it’s the most simplest or creative title ever for a cartoon. The opening and ending credits of the show is just like the Rugrats but the animation style is more Wild Thornberrys; also created in the 90s. What’s the difference between Rugrats-The Wild Thorberrys and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (ARM)? The other two got a movie. TWT did not deserve a movie! It wasn’t such a great television program to begin with. At least ARM got their own video game, which I have played. It’s not easy.

The show centers around three best friends; Oblina, Ickis (got that from Icky, I guess), and Krumm. Oblina looks like a candy cane, Ickis looks like a rabit, and Krumm looks like a tubby man without a head and other . . . missing . . . parts . . . The kids go to Monster School where their life’s mission is to scare the living crap out of human beings. The school is lead by The Gromble. This green monster is flamboyant, strict, crazy, wears red heels on each of his feet, and is so entertaining to watch.

Take notes guys. The Gromble is crazy but wise.

The standout episode of the show has to be when Krumble gets a giant pimple on top where his neck should be. The students are mezmerized by its ugliness which is fantastic in monster mind. This is no ordinary pimple, it grows a face and disgusting personality. I couldn’t stand it. As a child it was such a creepy episode to watch to have a ugly living lump on your face! Instead of shrinking back into the skin, the pimple pulls its legs out of Krumble and runs off. Shivers! That thing deserved to be popped!

Now that's a pimple!

I must say that ARM is probably Nickelodean’s most underated and forgotten series. I’m older now, but after rewatching the episodes, it can still be enjoyed by older people. I’ve been trying to watch the Might Morphin’ Power Rangers and may I stress on the work ‘trying’. It shocks me sometimes at how much I loved it as a kid.

So Nickelodean . . . where’s my DVD?

The Best Christmas Ever

That 70s Show is my other favourite sitcom of all time. It came out in 1998 but is set in the 70s, duh!

Eric Foreman is throwing a Christmas party and he needs cash. Red Foreman hands him forty dollars to buy a Christmas tree; whatever he doesn’t spend he can keep for himself. Eric hates haggling. Kitty wants to make punch for his party. “You can’t have a party without punch! That’s just insanity!”

Red is working for Bob at his electrical appliance store. Bob wants him to work on Christmas Eve but apparently nobody works on Christmas Eve. I know A LOT of people working on Christmas Eve now.

Eric, Kelso, and Hyde steal a Christmas tree off the side of the road so they can spend the forty dollars on beer. I love the scene when Kitty runs out saying “oh it’s so fresh!” and a bird flies out!

Hyde has a thing for Donna, even though everybody knows Donna and Eric have a thing for each other. Hyde wants to buy a gift for her . . . with six dollars.

Laurie spikes Mrs. Foreman’s punch. Jackie and her blonde girlfriends drinks it and fall all over Fez.

Kelso thought that they were NOT exchanging gifts this year. Hello, it’s Christmas! What’s Christmas without gifts? So Kelso runs out on Christmas Eve looking for a gift. Bob’s store is the only one open and Red is the only one working. The place is dead! All I know about shopping on Christmas Eve is that it’s a huge rush and it’s so hard to find parking.

Two state trooper officers come to confiscate the tree as it is public property. Here’s who got one this Christmas.

Jackie: Hot Rollers with steam from Kelso.
Donna: An framed old photograph of her and Hyde in the fifth grade from Hyde. Hot Shoulders perfume from Eric.
Eric: I.D. bracelet with his name on it from Donna.
Hyde: Tube socks from Donna.
Fez: Drunk blondes.

Sabrina and Salem’s Christmas

It’s the 5th day and I have chosen a sitcom that is innocent, cute, and loved by many teenagers in the 90s. It’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Sabrina starts Christmas Eve horribly by fighting with Salem her black cat.

Salem hides in her backpack which she takes to the Pizzareria to meet Harvey. Harvey got her a silver necklace and she got him a scarf. They are too cute. They are about to share a kiss under the mistletoe when Salem escapes to chase after a mouse. This causes Sabrina to get kicked out. Once again Salem and Sabrina start bickering each other. Salem refuses to return home with her. A little boy comes and takes him home.

Oh Harvey, it's bee-yoot-tiful.

I couldn't resist. They are just too cute!

Salem calls her to recue him from this horrible pink-gown wearing kidnap. The boy has the typical 90s hair cut for boys with brown hair; Elijah Wood, Eric Lloyd. “He’s my cat now, ” he says to Sabrina over the phone. All Sabrina knows is that it’s a white house with a reef hanging on the door.

Dad, why did you get me the same haircut as Eric Lloyd?

Her aunts help her find the right house and she recognizes the boy’s voice over the phone but he denies he owns a cat. Sabrina comes up with an idea by dressing up as Santa so she can get into his bedroom. That’s another clever plan that is to dress up as Santa. Hey, this is going to sound horrible but . . . if you ever want to break into somebody’s house, just dress up as Santa. That’s what these episodes are teaching me!

So Sabrina the Santa gives the boy a spatula and a Neil Diamond CD Boxset  as gifts and tricks the boy that Stinky’s (Salem) gift is in the sack. He hops in and they disappear through his closet. He becomes sad it’s so adorable. Get him another cat! Somebody stop the water works and give him a cat. Fortunately the boy enjoys his new gifts and cherishes the spatula and Neil Diamond. Perhaps he doesn’t need a new cat afterall.

Gift Ideas from this episode: Guys like scarves.

Happy Holidays Everbody

Holiday Island

Depth Takes A Holiday

Londale Mall is celebrating Christmas in August! Daria is stopped by cupid (Valentines Day) and leprecaun (St Patrick’s Day) who are on a secret mission. Christmas, Halloween and Guy Fawkes Day have left Holiday Island to Londale to start a band, of all places.

Daria returns home where her parents are already arguing. Cubid and leprecaun want the parents to shut it so Daria can help them. Cubid shoots them with a razer looking arrow shooters (I see Holiday Island is up to date with their technology) and the parents are blissfully horny for each other.

Leprecaun doesn’t want Quinn to know about them, mainly because there is no way he wants to talk to that “twit”. They haven’t met, and already they don’t get along. “God Daria, even your imaginary friends are embarassing”. Haha… lowl…

Christmas, Halloween and Guy Fawkes Day comes over to jam at Trent’s house. Christmas is a cute blonde teenager. Halloween is a gothic chick and Gyfox is a punk metal guy. Neither of them want to return to Holiday Island because who would want to be jolly twenty four hours a day?

Quinn thinks her parents are trying to have a baby because she catches them making out and making happy noises in their bedrooms. She must stop them, even if she doesn’t get any sleep.

Life has come to a halt without the most celebrated Holidays. Daria and Jane visit Holiday Island. All the Holidays are high school students! Daria and Jane decide to help get Christmas, Halloween and Guy Fawkes Day to return to Holiday Island once they find out Presidents’ Days are ruling the school. Patriotic? Pa-leez.

The holiday day band are offered a gig at H. I. High School prom. When they find out who the new leaders of the school are, they quickly take over.

Okay, this wasn’t such a Christmasy episode, but I don’t really care at this point. I’m too tired.

Leprecaun: You see Daria, you really had a wonderful life.

Daria: What the hell are you talking about?

Happy Holidays Everybody!

The Red Dot

I never noticed how little 90s tv shows are released on DVD. Maybe in America, but most aren’t popular enough to be released in Australia. Want to know what’s really popular? Seinfeld. Surprised?

Seinfeld is considered the best sit-com of all time. It’s not my personal favourite but I respect the concept and the creators so much, what I like is besides the point.

Jerry and George attend Elaine’s office party where she is talking to her co-worker/boyfriend. Elaine managers to grab George a job and Jerry places an alcholic drink next Elaine’s sober boyfriend which he chugs down. Now he’s going to “fall off the wagon”!

George should be so grateful to Elaine, and Jerry thinks so too as he wants George to get Elaine a thank you gift at ‘Nautica’. “Do I really have to buy her something?” says George. Why must you be so . . . so . . .

As usual the men argue over little things such as “who doesn’t like cashmere?” and does buying a friend a damaged cashmere (there’s a red dot somewhere) that is marked down from 600 to 80 dollars make you cheap? Would you? Yes I’m asking YOU reader.

Elaine is wondering whether her boyfriend is drinking again. Jerry suggest that if she can smell it then he’s drinking again. “You don’t always smell from a drink,” says Elaine. They ask loopy Kramer to drink and to test if he smells. He takes a sip of Hennigan’s and… nothing Here comes the multi-billion award winning commercial:

“Boy, that Hennigan goes down smooth and afterwards you don’t even smell. That’s right, folks. I just had three shots of Hennigan’s and I don’t even smell. Imagine, you can walk around all drunk all day. That’s Hennigan’s, no-smell, no-tell Scotch.”

Elaine is filled with joy at George’s early Christmas gift, but Kramer notices a red dot. Elaine asks Jerry does he see it and Jerry plays dumb in the worst way I have ever seen, that it even sends Kramer to sleep.

Elaine finds out from Jerry’s expression that George knew about the dot and bought it cause it was cheap but of course both accuse her of accusing them of such terrible things! More lies come out of George’s mouth. I love honesty. I don’t know what I’d do with a pal like George.

Elaine’s ex-boyfriend IS back on the wagon– I mean off! Damn you Jerry for confusing me. When you become an alcoholic after being sober for so long, it’s off the wagon, isn’t it?

George hands the gift to the cleaning woman he is having sex with, and she is delighted, until she notices the red dot. Cleaning woman comes clean to the boss. So long to George and his red dot cashmere sweater!

Happy Holidays Everybody!

Cookies say “we really care”

There are only 13 days until Christmas and I don’t know if I want to write so much on Christmas day. I decided for 12 days I will watch a Christmas episode of different tv shows. I find watching characters give gifts to each other give me ideas on what I should buy for my friends and family. My first show will be none other than my favourite show of all time, Friends.

Monica and Rachel are broke so they can’t afford to buy people gifts. Thanks to Monica’s love for cooking, they rely on cookies as Christmas tips. Sadly nobody seems to be enjoying the cookies.

This is the episode after ‘the List’ so Rachel is still mad at Ross, even after he gave her a Slinky for Christmas. A Slinky? Really? Ross also bought ‘Hers’ and ‘Hers’ towels for Carol and Susan; a military blouse for his mother; and a picture frame from Ben to his parents. Pheobe notices the model in the picture frame and claims the model is her dad. Soon she realized that maybe the frame guy isn’t her dad afterall and needs clarification from her grandmother. I love how many graduation photographs the grandmother pulls out in order to drag on the lie. Grandmother eventually shows Phoebe her real dad.

Rachel and Moncia’s Christmas party sort of becomes a disaster because the knob on their radiotor broke and it becomes way to hot!

Chandler and Joey join Phoebe to set out to visit her dad and to buy last minute gifts. Poor Phoebe is too nervous to meet her dad that she couldn’t make her way to the front door. “What if he’s still the dirt bag who ran out on my mom and us?” Since they spent all day in front of her dad’s house, Chandler and Joey spent their Christmas shopping time at the gas station.

For…
Rachel: Wiper Blades
Phoebe: Toilet seat covers.
Ross: Cola and Lemon Lime drink. (Ross bought them or just one of them sweaters).
Monica: Condoms

Chandler and Joey spent more on their Super than their friends! The best gift from this episode is clearly the Hers and Hers bath towels. I might just use that. I might just…

Happy Holidays Everybody!