Do you recall the humorous cartoons that were played on Nickelodeon within the 90’s? Their were endless number of well scripted animation but it seemed like after the first year or so they would just air re-runs constantly. I do not recall being informed when a new season began or ended by the network. In particular I recall the Angry Beavers series where it just played re-runs constantly, focusing on this show I found answers on why I never saw a finale.
Apparently, a huge controversy involving Angry Beavers first started in 1998, when “Alley Oops!”, contained the following lines;
Dag: "You stink!"
Norb: "Oh, shut up, Dag!"
When this episode was first televised , the “shut” in “shut up” was bleeped out. This action generated more interest in the show by parents, as some felt that it had vulgar language in the dialog. However, between airings, Nickelodeon changed Norb’s line to “Shush up, stupid!” It was the first time any Nicktoon had a line changed between airings, which caused controversy with the creator.
Its final episode, “Bye Bye Beavers”, Norbert is informed that he’s part of a TV series that’s been canceled, and has to convince Daggett that they’re just characters on a TV show. Here is the auditory clip from that episode;
Micah Wright was a member of the production team on Angry Beavers, said that Nickelodeon was not pleased with the message because it made fun
By allowing this final episode to run it would have hurt Nickelodeon by deliberately attacking the network by poking fun of Nickelodeon’s choosing not to make new episodes and instead making money on the constant barrage of repeats. The creator concluded this due to the strict guidelines that a creator must follow including, if your show was canceled, don’t mention in the last episode and restricted from making finales.
I am appalled by the way a large cartoon network such as Nickelodeon took advantage of the creator and causing controversy in fear of not being able take advantage of their hard work in using re-runs. I am sure if I looked into other shows from this network I would have a hard time finding a finale during this time.
The Angry beavers. (2001, November 10). Retrieved from http://www.search.com/reference/The_Angry_Beavers