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CatDog: Season One, Part One + Angry Beavers: Season 1 & 2 (Shout! Factory/Nickelodeon DVD Sets)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: D     Episodes: B



Nickelodeon has now left generations of children with fond memories, mostly surrounding their solid gold cartoon programming.  Nickelodeon has been the creators of (or at least founders of) a numerous amount classics like Rugrats, Doug, Rocko’s Modern Life, Aaahh! Real Monsters, and many more.  Nickelodeon continues to pump out hits to this day, but it is the recently released classics by SHOUT that fans drooling.


Under review here are two later classics, CatDog: Season 1 – Part 1 and Angry Beavers: Seasons 1 & 2.  Both series came a bit later than the aforementioned animated series, but still just as fun and creative.


CatDog was created by Peter Hannan and premiered in 1998, running until 2004.  The premise of the series was odd and simple enough.  The series stars Cat and Dog, conjoined twins with no hind legs or ummm… back ends.  Their origin of the brothers is a mystery, but together they are trying to live life to its fullest and though brothers, their personalities couldn’t be more different.  Cat is the bossy, tough, gets in over his head type; while Dog is the innocent, goofy, and optimistic one.  Peter Hannan’s intentions were to portray a duo that perseveres even in the worst of situations.  When not battling each other, CatDog find themselves mixed up in a mess of trouble with other town’s folk.  The enemies of CatDog are as odd as them; including the Greasers (a band of rude, crude motorcycle riding dogs) and Winslow, CatDog’s devilishly clever mouse neighbor.


Next on the block of new releases is Angry Beavers: Seasons One and Two.  Like CatDog, Angry Beavers is about two brothers who couldn’t be anymore different.  Daggett is the high strung, immature, and somewhat dimwitted; while Norbert is the well spoken, intelligent, cool, good looking brother.  Daggett is often overshadowed by his brother, in turn making for some rather heated situations.  The love hate relationship of Daggett and Norbert is only exacerbated by the fact that Norbert is constantly getting Daggett into trouble; as if Daggett didn’t do it well enough on his own.  Though Norbert is a genius, he is also a schemer who usually uses Daggett as his rube.  It is through their differences; however, they grow closer; in the end always managing to remember they are family.


Neither series has much of a running storyline (or depth for that matter) and instead emphasizes the ‘story of the week’ model as the characters get into and out of hijinks.  The series are each amazingly constructed with solid writing, creative/colorful characters, and brilliant art direction.  Both series were created at a time when Nickelodeon was literally pouring millions of dollars into new animation development.  Nickelodeon had raked in the benefits of animation in the past by putting their faith in creative ventures like Ren & Stimpy and Rugrats; and in the same manner they were willing to take a chance with series like CatDog and Angry Beavers.


The technical features on both sets are essentially the same and slide by as adequate.  The picture is presented in its original 1.33 X 1 format with bright colors, clean lines, and solid blacks.  The sound is also good though not great in its Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo mix coming all from the front, there are little too no distortion issues and everything comes through crisp.


There are sadly no extras to speak of, which is all too common for these types of sets.


I HIGHLY recommend both of these series as they are solidly creative and keep to jokes coming.  I can’t wait until the next seasons are released.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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