The Angry Beavers: "Cuffed Together" (rumoured/lost pilot episode of Nickelodeon animated series; existence unconfirmed; early-mid 1990s)
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Cuffed Together is an alleged pilot of the Nickelodeon animated series The Angry Beavers.
Several sources had claimed the pilot had rarely been aired worldwide, and apparently having never even aired at all in the United States.
The first official pilot episode of the series was titled Snowbound, and was created in 1994. Upon being uploaded to YouTube in 2013, there was a rumour of a possible second pilot episode having been produced: this pilot was known as Cuffed Together.
Just as the former had been doubted to exist until it was found, people assumed, and ran with, this rumor and believed it too had been produced and existed but was just currently lost.
Cuffed Together was rumoured to involve Norbert and Daggett being arrested after Daggett destroys an expensive wooden statue. Eventually, the Beavers manage to escape while handcuffed together (in a plot reminiscent of The Defiant Ones).
At the most basic level, there is a user-submitted fan fiction from the Toonzone forums dating back to June 26, 2001, titled Cuffed Together. A lot of the story's plot matches up with that of what the "pilot" was supposed to be.
Upon looking further, this user has been revealed as a huge Angry Beavers fan and actually makes mention of Snowbound existing. Until 2013, people had no idea if it was real or not, yet back in 2001, this user knew of its existence and claimed to have screenshots from the episode.
Based on this knowledge, it is highly likely that they would have been aware of the Cuffed Together pilot, and the possibility of their fan fiction coincidentally matching up with an unknown pilot at the time is improbable.
Additionally, there is an official episode titled The Posei-dam Adventure which features similar elements to Cuffed Together, so it's possible the fan fiction took inspiration from that episode. It's also possible that the rumour was able to live on for so long simply because of people remembering The Posei-dam Adventure inaccurately.
Several people from Latin America had claimed to have seen both episodes on the Latin American equivalent of the American Nicktoons Network. However, these claims were heavily unverified and originate from fan sites which are likely inaccurate to begin with.
Cuffed Together was also claimed to have been screened in some theatres before the movie titled The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. However, there is absolutely no proof to this and the entire claim is likely to be completely made up.
The show's creator Mitch Schauer has also never made mention of the possibility of the pilot existing, and Norbert's pilot voice actor, Mitchell Whitfield, has never commented on having supplied the voice for multiple pilots for the series.