From ‘Bad Seeds’ to Harvey Beaks!

A new animated series of unlikely friendship is coming to Nickelodeon March 29, and I am both curious and excited because the creator is none other than Cartoon Network’s Chowder fame, C.H. Greenblatt.

Twice I encountered promos for Harvey Beaks. After seeing characters Fee and Foo, I was reminded of Panini from Chowder. I quickly Googled to discover if Greenblatt was in fact behind it. Much to my relief that is the case. The name Harvey Beaks was a little foreign because in the past it was plugged under the name Bad Seeds, trademark issues led to this change.
I wrote a post last year bemoaning the fact that Nickelodeon had been lacking in having quality series as part of their regular programming. It seems they may have been waiting until 2015 to start changing. Being a longtime fan of Chowder, I have reasonable expectations, but will keep my mind open since it looks like the tone and desired audience is that of a younger age group than, arguably, Chowder was. I hope this show will be a catalyst in bringing something fresh to Nick’ and getting them to reconnect with their 90s selves as both innovators and promoters of animation.

For a glimpse of 24 beautiful Harvey Beaks’ backgrounds, and more info on the art department, check out the Cartoon Brew link.

Don’t forget to tune in or set your DVRs to meet Harvey Beaks 3/29 at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) (6 p.m. CT)


Legend of Korra: A Grievance

I’ve been a huge fan of Nickelodeon since I was about three years old. I cherished and respected the channel. Nick’ was fun for families and added programs to their lineup that grew up with their audience. I’m sure that’s just good business, but it was something I appreciated. Alas, I see less of it now, or maybe the options have become less enticing.

It’s common to hear the best cartoons/animated series came from the 90s and early 2000s (more arguably). I concur. There were a number of quality shows then, even non-animated, but I also recognize some great stuff since 2004. One such series is Avatar: The Last Airbender. Another to a lesser degree, and followed in 2012, is The Legend of Korra. I’m not writing to dissect the show though. I was thankful to see something else in an Avatar universe, but can admit the first two seasons had short comings. I was curious as to why because I knew what the crew was capable of delivering. What I really want to know is how Nickelodeon chose and chooses to handle this series. The first season felt like *stomps* “I’M THE AVATAR!,” blink and it’s over. I guess (for some reason) the powers that be didn’t think Avatar fans would reappear to watch The Legend of Korra, clearly we did. Doing so led to the green light for a less rushed season two and season three. I’m obviously not the first to address this, but since my blog is new, and I just caught up on the three most recent episodes, I figure I could speak my piece.
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