The Angry Beavers "A Tail of Two Rangers/Bye Bye Beavers" (partially found finale episode; 2001)


The Angry Beavers: Bye Bye Beavers
The Angry Beavers.
The Angry Beavers.
Status Partially Found

"A Tail of Two Rangers/Bye Bye Beavers" was an episode of The Angry Beavers that was produced sometime in 2001 and was intended to be the show's finale, airing in November of the same year. While not much is known about the first segment (besides that fact that Norbert and Daggett try to become park rangers), the second segment caused much controversy amongst Nickelodeon staff, which led to the entire episode being unaired.

Plot

The plot of "Bye Bye Beavers" involves the Beavers receiving mail alerting them to the fact that their show has been cancelled, with Norbert then having to break the news to Daggett that they are both, in fact, cartoon characters. They go on to break the fourth wall, with the voice actors calling each other by their real names (and by the names of other characters they voiced in different TV shows) and criticizing the fact that after cancellation, cartoons continue to rerun without any payment being received by the creators.

At the end of the episode, they both begin vanishing before yelling "APRIL FOOLS!", implying that the episode was not intended to be the last, which went on to spawn a rumor that the show was cancelled due of the "Bye Bye Beavers" segment, though most believe this to be false, and that the creators made the segment in retaliation to the show being cancelled.

Response from Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon was far from pleased with the episode, namely due to the criticism of reruns, and the fact that it broke a Nickelodeon "rule" which stated that no final episode of a show is allowed to allude to the fact that the show is ending. As such, neither segment from the episode was ever broadcast, although there are rumors that it aired in Australia and Europe.

Release

In 2006, during a podcast interview with Richard Horvitz (who voiced Daggett) on avimelman.com,[1] the audio for the "Bye Bye Beavers" segment was played, and has been rapidly circulated since. It is not currently known as to whether the episode ever reached the animation process, as no visual evidence of it has ever turned up. Some doubt the legitimacy/completion of the leaked audio, due to the laughter heard in the background (assumed to have come from crew members). In fact, this laughter actually came from host Avi Melman and Horvitz, while podcasting the clip.

While rumours continue to surround the episode, it is unlikely that it will ever be officially released due to the reason it was canned in the first place.

"Bye Bye Beavers" (audio only).

Additionally, Nickelodeon storyboard artist Maureen Mascarina has leaked twelve pages of her work on the storyboard onto her official website.[2]

References

  1. The full 2006 avimelman.com podcast featuring Richard Horvitz. Retrieved 14 Feb '13.
  2. Excerpts of the storyboard illustrated by Maureen Mascarina. Retrieved 25 May '15.

Comments


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TriangleMystery

12 months ago
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Guys, good news! We will soon finally get this episode, because Nickelodeon going to aired the unreleased series of old shows.

Link and more information is here: http://nicka...-as.html?m=1
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A-Coffee-Cup

12 months ago
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Don't get your hopes up m8, there was a production code mix-up.
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Anonymous user #1

4 months ago
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Never happened
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JonM313

8 months ago
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I wonder if anything from "A Tail of Two Rangers" will surface. Nothing from that has seemed to ever surface.
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Anonymous user #1

4 months ago
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Probably Not
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MrDenton

2 months ago
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Nickelodeon executives could've just watched an animatic, not the final version of the episode.
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Anonymous user #2

2 months ago
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I'll probably upload the link later, but I'm a part of the Lost Media Wiki on this site called Fandom. I was looking around the article's comments and saw something that caught my eye. Somebody took a picture of a Splat Fact saying that this episode was never finished, animation-wise.
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Anonymous user #3

2 months ago
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I know how this goes. An annonymous user says something that most likely isn't true and people start believing it.
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Vamp1597

1 months ago
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I am not Anon #2, but seeing it has been 25 days ago from when I'm reading this, I went onto the Fandom wiki and found the screenshot myself:

https://vign...161016122752

I personally cannot vouch for its authenticity, of course, but it does seem plausible that it wouldn't have been finished animation wise, assuming they even got past story-boarding the episode (especially since the voice acting of Bye Bye Beavers was released).
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FireSquid

1 months ago
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Is there any proof that "A Tail of Two Rangers" is even real?
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Happy Brian

1 months ago
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Unlike "Cuffed Together" (which I believe is just fan fiction that somehow got confused as a real "lost" episode), we do have evidence of this episode's existence from the twelve storyboards that got leaked and the audio released, though it seems no actual animation was done for it.
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Anonymous user #4

31 minutes ago
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I believe I actually remember this episode airing in Germany - I recorded it or at least parts of it on a video tape, but I threw it away when we moved since I didn't deem it important.

Wish I had a time machine and could stop myself from throwing it away.

I also had parts of A Tail of Two Rangers on it, but I barely remember anything about it or what I had recorded.
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