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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this cartoon follows the lives of two bachelor brothers who happen to be beavers. The tension caused by their completely different personalities creates entertaining, laugh-out-loud situations. Potty humor and slapstick rule the day in this zany tale of two young dudes who make quite a mess as they go about living life to the fullest. Nonetheless, kids will learn about acceptance and forgiveness as Norbert and Daggett face life together during the good and bad times.
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What's the story?
THE ANGRY BEAVERS bears certain similarities to the classic sitcom The Odd Couple -- both are about a pair of guys (human roommates in one case, beaver siblings in the other) who are as different as can be but need each other anyway. After being kicked out of their home to make space for their mother's new brood, Norbert (voiced by Nick Bakay) and Daggett Beaver (Richard Steven Horvitz) set out to build their own home and a life based on their own whims. Living together proves difficult; they gradually learn to deal with each other -- and to forgive each other's attempts to get rid of the other.
Is it any good?
While the series' humor may seem sophomoric, it's actually quite funny. But since it plays heavily on the violent nature of sibling rivalry, it's not the best fit for the youngest viewers. Norbert and Daggett are constantly trying to smash each other to bits -- not what you want to show kids who are learning to get along with siblings. But middle-graders and young tweens will get a kick out of watching the beavers get into fights, knowing that at the end of the day they're still brothers and love each other.
The Angry Beavers teaches kids a little bit about being a good sibling, and young viewers will recognize and appreciate the comedic play and tension between the beaver brothers. As long as kids know the limits of cartoon violence and are old enough to handle Norb and Dag's romping around, The Angry Beavers will certainly catch their interest.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the relationship between the brothers. Children may empathize with the tension between the siblings, so parents can discuss what it takes to be a good brother or sister. How do Norb and Dag reconcile their problems? What happens when kids have problems with their own siblings? Why is forgiveness important? How can you express your upset feelings without hurting others?
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