Harvey Beaks
Harvey Beaks Logo.png
Genre
Created byC. H. Greenblatt
Directed by
  • Michelle Bryan
  • Gary Conrad
Voices of
Opening theme"Harvey Beaks Main Title Theme"
ComposerEgo Plum
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes52 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerC. H. Greenblatt
ProducerJoann Estoesta
Running time22 minutes (two 11-minute segments)
Production companyNickelodeon Animation Studio
DistributorViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks
Release
Original networkNickelodeon (2015–16)
Nicktoons (2017)
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseMarch 28, 2015 (2015-03-28) –
December 29, 2017 (2017-12-29)

Harvey Beaks is an American animated television series created by C. H. Greenblatt for Nickelodeon. The series aired from March 28, 2015, until December 9, 2016, when it was moved to Nicktoons on March 1, 2017, which followed the series finale on December 29, 2017.[1][2][3]

Plot

The series is about a little boy named Harvey, who is a friendly bird, and his two best friends, the imp twins Fee and Foo, and their lives together as they grow and have adventures.

Together, the trio seek adventure and mischief in their home Littlebark Grove.

Episodes

Main article: List of Harvey Beaks episodes

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
PilotUnairedN/A
15226March 28, 2015 (2015-03-28)June 10, 2016 (2016-06-10)Nickelodeon
2162611June 13, 2016December 9, 2016 (2016-12-09)
2915March 1, 2017December 29, 2017 (2017-12-29)Nicktoons

Characters

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Main

Recurring

Children
Adults

Production

Greenblatt had previously created the show Chowder for Cartoon Network and had started to develop his next project shortly after it ended in 2010. Greenblatt was looking to create a series with a different vibe from Chowder, which was largely absurdist and comical in nature, by telling stories that had more heart and emotional connection with the audience. Greenblatt pitched the idea to Nickelodeon under the title Bad Seeds and an 11-minute pilot was commissioned. Bad Seeds was eventually picked up for a full series in September 2013, but had to change its name halfway through production due to trademark issues.[12] Greenblatt turned to social networking sites such as Tumblr while building the crew of Harvey Beaks, hiring artists who had little to no prior experience working in animation, but were brought on board due to the quality of their personal work.

As with Greenblatt's previous show, Harvey Beaks features child actors providing the voices for the younger characters, with the exception of major characters Dade and Princess Roberts (voiced by C. H. Greenblatt and Andres Salaff respectively). Most of the minor child characters are voiced by adults.

On June 21, 2015, it was confirmed that the show was renewed for a second season, which began nearly a year later on June 13, 2016, with the episode The New Bugaboo.[13]

Cancellation

On November 6, 2016, C. H. Greenblatt announced that the series had been cancelled. Additionally, Greenblatt confirmed that the remaining episodes will air on Nicktoons, which he had not been made aware of until seeing a Twitter post from Nickelodeon.[14][15][16] Harvey Beaks was originally set to premiere new episodes on Nicktoons on November 20, 2016. Following a series of angry rants by Greenblatt (which were later deleted), the episodes were delayed. Greenblatt later stated in a Tumblr post the following February, "I literally have no idea when or where or if [the episodes]'ll air."[17] The new episodes eventually started airing on Nicktoons on March 1, 2017. The last episode aired on Nicktoons on December 29, 2017. After the finale of Harvey Beaks, Greenblatt would later move to Warner Bros. Animation, developing Jellystone! for HBO Max and Cartoon Network.

Music

All of the music in Harvey Beaks is composed by Ego Plum.[18] It is also played by a 40-piece orchestra. The theme song was performed by Plum, Steve Bartek, Bob Mothersbaugh and David J.[19]

Broadcast

Harvey Beaks made its international debut on Nicktoons in the United Kingdom and Ireland on May 11, 2015.[20] The series premiered on Nickelodeon in Africa on June 1[21] and on Nickelodeon in Australia and New Zealand on June 6.[22] The Southeast Asian feed of Nickelodeon debuted the show on June 8 in the Philippines and on June 29 in Singapore and Malaysia.[23] The series premiered on YTV in Canada on October 10, 2015 and on September 10, 2016, on the original channel.[24] According to the programming page, In Albania, it airs on the network Çufo and Yle in Finland.

Reception

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Harvey Beaks received mostly positive reviews from critics. It has 4 stars out of 5 on Common Sense Media.[25] and a 7.7/10 on BehindtheVoiceActors.[citation needed]

Accolades

Year Award Category Nominee Result Source
2016 Annie Award Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Children's Audience Harvey Beaks (for "A Day of No To-Do") Nominated [26]
Outstanding Achievement in Character Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production David Tilton (for "Nightclub Night") Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role - Young Actress (11 and Younger) Nicole Taylor Wedel Nominated
2017 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program C. H. Greenblatt, Shane Houghton, Kevin Kramer, Amalia Levari, & Dani Michaeli Nominated

Comics

Issue one of the Harvey Beaks comic by Stefan Petrucha was due for release on January 26, 2016.[27] A special comic was available for free at San Diego Comic-Con 2015.[28]

References

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  3. ^ "NickALive!: Nicktoons USA To Premiere Remaining Episodes Of 'Harvey Beaks' From Monday 18th December 2017 *Update 11/24: Added Air Dates*". November 30, 2017. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  4. ^ Beaks, Miriam. "Someone's Stealing My Stuff". Harvey Beaks. Irving, you d0n't have to eat that.
  5. ^ "Nerd Armada". Retrieved March 29, 2015.
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  10. ^ CH Greenblatt. "Who voiced the tree spirit?". Tumblr.
  11. ^ "Tumblr". Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  12. ^ Amidi, Amid (January 27, 2015). "Nick's Upcoming 'Bad Seeds' Renamed 'Harvey Beaks!'". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved February 6, 2015.
  13. ^ "Has Harvey even been picked up for a second season..." Tumblr.
  14. ^ "Nerd Armada". Nerd Armada. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  15. ^ CH Greenblatt. "Is it true that Harvey Beaks is moving to Nicktoons?". Tumblr. Archived from the original on November 8, 2016. Retrieved January 11, 2022.
  16. ^ CH Greenblatt. "OK I'm gonna stop venting". Tumblr. Archived from the original on November 8, 2016. Retrieved January 11, 2022.
  17. ^ "Nerd Armada". Nerd Armada. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
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  19. ^ "EGO PLUM". Tumblr. 459.
  20. ^ "Prepare for the Wildest Adventures You've Ever Seen in New Animation Harvey Beaks". Viacom UK & Ireland Press Centre (Press release). London. April 10, 2015. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  21. ^ AE (May 18, 2015). "GOtv refreshes, gets new pay-off "Live It. Love It"". Talk Media Nigeria. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  22. ^ P, Charles (June 1, 2015). "Foxtel in June: 200+ new shows including Orange Is The New Black, True Detective, Suits, PLL, Wimbledon and more". The Green Room. Foxtel. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  23. ^ Feng, Loh Bi (May 26, 2015). "One Good Bird Seeks to Break the Rules in Nickelodeon's Brand-New Animated Series "Harvey Beaks"". VIMN Asia Press. Singapore: Viacom International Media Networks. Retrieved September 1, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  24. ^ "YTV's New Fall Schedule is Full of Funny!" (Press release). Toronto: Corus Entertainment. September 24, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  25. ^ "Harvey Beaks - TV Review". Common Sense Media. March 18, 2015. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  26. ^ Harvey Beaks, retrieved March 23, 2018
  27. ^ Petrucha, Stefan; Montgomery, Carson (March 8, 2016). Harvey Beaks #1: Inside Joke: Stefan Petrucha, Andreas Schuster: 9781629914312. ISBN 978-1629914312.
  28. ^ Nerd Armada. "If you're at ComicCon in July, stop by the Nick." Tumblr.