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"'''''Cuffed Together"'' '''is one of two pilots of the Nickelodeon series ''The Angry Beavers''. According to several sources, these pilots have rarely been aired worldwide, apparently never even having been aired at all in the United States.  
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"'''''Cuffed Together"'' '''is a hoaxed pilot of the Nickelodeon series ''The Angry Beavers''. Several sources had claimed the pilot had rarely been aired worldwide, and apparently never even having been aired at all in the United States.  
  
== History ==
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== Origin ==
The pilot episodes, "Snowbound" and "Cuffed Together", were created in 1994. Mitchell Whitfield voiced Norbert in the pilots (whereas in the actual series, Norbert is voiced by Nick Bakay). Additionally, in the pilots, Norbert looks very similar to Daggett, and less distinguished than his final character design. Several other differences from the final product of the series can be distinguished.  
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The first official pilot episode was titled "Snowbound", and was created in 1994. Upon being uploaded to YouTube in 2013, there was rumor of a possible second pilot episode having been  produced; this pilot was known as "Cuffed Together". Just as Snowbound had been doubted to exist until it was found, people assumed, and ran with, this Cuffed Together rumor and believed it too had been produced and existed but was just currently lost.
  
 
== Plot ==
 
== Plot ==
The plot of the first pilot, "Snowbound", involves the two beavers trying to find ways to pass time inside their house, after being "snowed in". The second pilot, "Cuffed Together", involves Norbert and Daggett being arrested after Daggett destroys an expensive wooden statue. Eventually, the beavers manage to escape whilst handcuffed together.
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"Cuffed Together" was rumored to involve Norbert and Daggett being arrested after Daggett destroys an expensive wooden statue. Eventually, the beavers manage to escape whilst handcuffed together.
  
== Evidence and Discoveries ==
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== Debunking ==
Several people from Latin America claim to have seen both the pilots air on the Latin equivalent of the American "Nicktoons Network". Furthermore, "Cuffed Together" was allegedly even screened in some theaters before a movie titled ''The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.'' It has not been revealed what country these theater screenings supposedly took place in, nor has this claim ever been confirmed.  
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At the most basic level, there is a user-submitted [http://www.toonzone.net/forums/threads/my-1st-fanfic-the-angry-beavers-in-cuffed-together.2785331/ fan fiction] from the Toonzone forums dating back to June 26, 2001 titled "Cuffed Together", and a lot of the story's plot matches up with that of what the "pilot" was supposed to be.  
  
On February 24, 2013, a bootleg copy of "Snowbound" appeared on YouTube, courtesy of Greg Bruhl, who found it included as an extra in a bootleg DVD collection he bought. Almost one year later, on February 8, 2014, a DVD-rip of "Snowbound" surfaced on YouTube, courtesy of Eddy's Uploads. Upon closer inspection, the DVD appears to have been originally sourced from a VHS tape. At the very end of the video, "<span style="color:rgb(68,68,68);font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:small;line-height:16.1200008392334px;">©</span>1994 Nickelodeon" can be seen.
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Upon looking further into this user, they are touted as being a huge Angry Beavers fan, and actually makes mention of Snowbound existing. Until 2013, people had no idea if Snowbound 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 are highly, highly unlikely.
  
On April 3, 2015, Mega.co.nz mirrors of "Snowbound" were made available on the page after first appearing in a comment dated June 16, 2014, four months after both YouTube copies of "Snowbound" have been deleted.
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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 rumor was able to live on for so long simply because of people remembering The Posei-dam Adventure inaccurately.
  
== References ==
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== False Claims ==  
# [https://mega.co.nz/#!2RJTGY5C!b8A0l1b-Bw1_gzeqF4kFRi3fJjjZCkLmR4ak5KFlUNI "Snowbound" on MEGA.co.nz.] Retrieved April 17, 2015.
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Several people from Latin America had claimed to have seen both Snowbound and Cuffed Together on the Latin 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 theaters 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.
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The shows 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.
  
 
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[[Category:Lost TV|Angry Beavers 'Cuffed Together' (rumoured lost 1990s pilot episode; existence unconfirmed)]]

Revision as of 18:09, 12 April 2016

File:Beavers.jpg
The Angry Beavers.

"Cuffed Together" is a hoaxed pilot of the Nickelodeon series The Angry Beavers. Several sources had claimed the pilot had rarely been aired worldwide, and apparently never even having been aired at all in the United States.

Origin

The first official pilot episode was titled "Snowbound", and was created in 1994. Upon being uploaded to YouTube in 2013, there was rumor of a possible second pilot episode having been produced; this pilot was known as "Cuffed Together". Just as Snowbound had been doubted to exist until it was found, people assumed, and ran with, this Cuffed Together rumor and believed it too had been produced and existed but was just currently lost.

Plot

"Cuffed Together" was rumored to involve Norbert and Daggett being arrested after Daggett destroys an expensive wooden statue. Eventually, the beavers manage to escape whilst handcuffed together.

Debunking

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", and a lot of the story's plot matches up with that of what the "pilot" was supposed to be.

Upon looking further into this user, they are touted as being a huge Angry Beavers fan, and actually makes mention of Snowbound existing. Until 2013, people had no idea if Snowbound 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 are highly, highly unlikely.

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 rumor was able to live on for so long simply because of people remembering The Posei-dam Adventure inaccurately.

False Claims

Several people from Latin America had claimed to have seen both Snowbound and Cuffed Together on the Latin 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 theaters 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 shows 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.