Nickelodeon and Shout! Factory have had a very successful partnership in recent years, releasing a handful of classic Nicktoons. The two companies have partnered to release multiple seasons and complete seasons of The Wild Thornberrys, Aaahhh!!! Real Monsters, and Danny Phantom just to name a few. Now the companies’ partnership has resulted in the release of another complete series in what is one of Nickelodeon’s key cartoons in The Angry Beavers: The Complete Series.
Next to Rocko’s Modern Life: The Complete Series, The Angry Beavers: The Complete Series is only the second complete series released by Nickelodeon and Shout! Factory among the Nicktoons releases put out to date. For those that are perhaps new to this series, its run from 1997 – 2001 was a very pivotal point for the network. That is because when this cartoon debuted, it was unlike any of the other Nicktoons still on the air at that point. Whereas other shows such as Rocket Power, Rugrats, and Hey Arnold! bore a certain heart, The Angry Beavers was more akin to the likes of Cartoon Network’s What A Cartoon show. That’s because of the all-out, zany story lines of each episode. From Dagget becoming a forest ranger in Season One to dealing with their sisters and dad in Seasons Two, Three, and Four, the show’s stories are just good turn-off-your-brain entertainment. This is just as true with every one of the show’s other episodes, too. Each season’s episodes collectively marked the beginning of a new age of Nicktoons for Nickelodeon. Of course, the stories were only part of the formula that made the Angry Beavers stand out among the Nicktoons of that time.
The zany storylines of this cartoon obviously garnered the show a solid audience in its run. That’s evident as its four-season run was right on par with its predecessors and those that were on the air at the same time. It’s not all that set the show apart from other Nicktoons, though. The show’s animation also set it apart from other Nicktoons. As with the story lines, its animation was also more akin to those cartoons that audiences would have seen on Cartoon Network’s What a Cartoon Show. That factor partnered with the completely off the wall story lines leaves little doubt as to why the show was as successful as it was. Now that the complete series has been released to DVD box set, there is at least one last factor that helps to make this show a favorite among its fans once more. That factor is something that has set Shout! Factory apart from other companies from early on. It is the set’s packaging.
Now that The Angry Beavers: The Complete Series has been released, fans of this standout Nicktoon can finally re-live another part of their childhoods in proper fashion. That’s because all four seasons of the show have been collected in a single, properly packaged box. All sixty-two episodes have been culled on ten discs and presented exactly as they were presented in their original stand-alone boxes. The set’s first and final discs both have their own spaces on the inside front and rear of the box. All of the set’s other discs each have their own spot on the plastic inserts that have helped conserve space on other releases from Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon. Those same inserts have also served to protect the discs from being scratched. This, in turn, allows each episode to be enjoyed for far longer than had they been packaged in older, less ergonomic packaging that other companies use. So it is one more feather in the cap of both Shout! Factory and Nickelodeon. The complete series set will be available Tuesday, July 30th in store and online. Fans can order the set online direct from the Shout! Factory store at http://www.shoutfactory.com/?q=node/217521. Fans that order the box set through this site will also have a chance to receive a free 12” x 18” Angry Beavers lithograph. Only 200 lithographs were printed. So they are in extremely limited quantity. It’s first come first serve.
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