Harvey Beaks

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Harvey Beaks
Harvey Beaks Logo.png
Created by C.H. Greenblatt
Directed by
  • Bill Dely (art)
  • Gary Conrad and Michelle Bryan (animation)
  • Derek Evanick and Diana Lafyatis (supervising)
Voices of
Composer(s) Ego Plum
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) C.H. Greenblatt
Producer(s) Joanna Estoesta
Running time
  • 22 minutes (whole)
  • 11 minutes (segments)
Production company(s) Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Release
Original channel Nickelodeon
Original release March 28, 2015 (2015-03-28) – present (present)
External links
Website

Harvey Beaks is an American animated television series created by C.H. Greenblatt for Nickelodeon. It officially premiered on March 29, 2015.[1]

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.[2] Greenblatt turned to social networking sites such as Tumblr whilst 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, who are voiced by C.H. Greenblatt and Andres Salaff respectively. Most of the minor child characters are voiced by adults.

Plot[edit]

The series focuses on Harvey Beaks, a sweet, mild-mannered young bird and his two best friends, rambunctious twins Fee and Foo. Together, the trio seek adventure and mischief in the magical forest that they call home.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Harvey Beaks (voiced by Max Charles) — The show's main protagonist. He is a sweet, mild-mannered cyan bird who is best friends with Fee and Foo. In "The Spitting Tree", it is revealed that Harvey has a fear of heights, but overcomes it with a little help from Fee and Foo. He also doesn't like to be disliked by anyone. In "Pe-Choo!", after he hears his friends pretending to express their negative feelings towards him (just so he can get banned from the lake and be able to go "Pe-Choo"), he believes what they say and takes it hard to the point of having a brief, nervous breakdown. Harvey seems to like reading comic strips; in "The Finger", he is seen reading a comic strip at night in his bedroom, and comments out loud to himself "Man, that cat sure does loves lasagna" (referring to the comic strip character Garfield). In "Anti-Valentine's Day", it is apparent that Harvey is well-liked by everyone he knows; After spending Valentine's Day giving cards to other kids, and collecting his own, he is seen pulling a few wagons full of Valentine cards. In "Harvey's First Scar", Harvey reveals to Fee and Foo that he has a birthmark in the shape of a mermaid under his right arm. In "Certified Babysitter", he revealed he's 9 years old.
  • Fee (voiced by Angelina Wahler) — Harvey's best friend and Foo's twin sister. Fee is wild, tomboyish, rude, but likable nevertheless. Although she's sometimes a little rough with him, Fee is very kind to Harvey and she does what she can to help him out. She once referred to Harvey as her "favorite dork". Fee and Foo share a strong sibling bond with each other. In "The Negatives of Being Positively Charged", Fee and Foo appear to be orphans and homeless. They're seen spending every night in a tree and taking care of themselves. In "Anti-Valentine's Day", it is revealed that Fee hates Valentine's Day; The reason is that she and Foo never get any Valentines, as nobody else (except Harvey) likes them. After another disappointing Valentine's Day, Fee decides to invent a new holiday: Anti-Valentine's Day. Fee also mentioned on a couple occasions that she doesn't know how to read. In "The Almighty Foo" it is revealed she never takes a bath. It has also been shown numerous times that she keeps most of her belongings in her hair.
  • Foo (voiced by Jackson Brundage in PC 101A-108B, Tom Robinson as of PC 109A-present) — Harvey's best friend and Fee's twin brother. He has the same personality as Fee and they're clearly inseparable. Foo even admits that he considers Fee to be like a brother to him. In "The Negatives of Being Positively Charged", he and Fee appear to be homeless and orphans. They're seen spending every night in a tree and taking care of themselves. In "The Rentl Bike", it's revealed that Foo doesn't know how to ride a bicycle; As a substitute, he likes to hold a long stick with both hands, and run with his arms outstretched in front of him. He has been shown pantsless twice, once in "The Rentl Bike" and another time in "The Nature of Nature".

Recurring[edit]

  • Miriam Beaks (voiced by Kerri Kenney-Silver) — Harvey's mother. She works as a librarian.
  • Irving Beaks (voiced by Scott Adsit) — Harvey's father. He wears glasses and is often seen carrying an egg in a baby carrier.
  • Egg — The Beaks' baby egg that Irving often carries around and has yet to hatch. In "Certified Babysitter", Harvey takes care of it. Also, the egg being called "little sister" in "The Rebel" and "Certified Babysitter" shows that the new baby in it will be a girl.
  • Dade (voiced by C.H. Greenblatt) — A chubby-cheeked rabbit that has an odd fondness for Harvey and an abhorrence for Fee and Foo's antics. He is the oldest of his many brothers and sisters.[3]
  • Claire (voiced by Nicole Wedel) — A young female fox with glasses. She has a crush on Foo.
  • Princess Roberts (voiced by Andres Salaff) — An obnoxious, female owl that wears a pink dress and a tiara. Princess is bad-tempered, selfish and extremely spoiled. Her father is Doctor Roberts.[3]
  • Techno Bear (voiced by Mason Vaughn) — A fat, street-smart brown bear in a speedo. He is very loyal to Harvey.
  • Kratz (voiced by Matthew Zhang) — A skunk that wears brown pants that's pulled up to his waist. He sprays gas when he is scared and nervous.
  • Rooter (voiced by Laz Meiman in an Australian accent) — A warthog that has a large mowhawk. In "The Spitting Tree", it is mentioned by Harvey that Rooter has experience in surviving in the wild. Rooter adds that he once got into a situation where he had no choice but to drink his pee. In "Comet Night?", he reveals he prefers things that are far more challenging and refreshing.
  • Piri Piri (voiced by Madeleine Curry) — A female yellow bird who is Claire's best friend. She is also an artist. She sees good in everything, even Fee and Foo's butt-related drawings in her sketchbook.
  • Doctor Roberts (voiced by Matt Berry) — An owl who is Princess Robert's friendly, but eccentric father. He and Princess live in a Japanese-styled house. He has a weird obsession with crystals, and in his free time he likes to meditate. He has a very high opinion of his daughter, and it seems that he will pretty much do anything to show everybody how "great" she is.
  • The Spirit of Wetbark Lake (voiced by Dwight Schultz) — An enormous, blue cryptid that lives underwater in Wetbark Lake. He tries to keep the lake a nice place to have fun and has no tolerance for any bad behavior. Whenever someone misbehaves, he bans him/her from the lake where every time when a banned person tries to go in the water, he catapults him/her out. He has a buzzer installed near the shore for someone to summon him for help. Every time someone buzzes him, he emerges from the water and dramatically introduces himself before realizing who the caller is. He reappears in "Comet Night?".
  • Jeremy (voiced by C.H. Greenblatt) — A big, furry mushroom with an elephant trunk-like nose, and sort of talks with a Mickey Mouse-like voice. It is apparent that he likes to do card tricks, although his card tricks are considered to be terrible in "Pe-Choo!". He is seen working as a bartender at a night club, and is also seen trying to send in a job application. He is also a babysitter in "Comet Night!". He babysits Miriam and Irving's egg[3] and in "Certified Babysitter" he babysits Harvey while Harvey babysits the egg.
  • Bartleburt (voiced by Fred Stoller) — A tree spirit that works with Miriam Beaks at the local library. After Fee makes a scene at the library about Bartleburt being a ghost, he gets offended and immediately quits his job. He decides to return as a librarian, after Fee apologizes to him with a cake. Bartleburt is married and lives in a ghost neighborhood section of the forest.[4]

Episodes[edit]

Pilot[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Written and directed by Original air date[5] Prod.
code[5]
U.S. viewers
(in millions)
0 0 "Bad Seeds" C.H. Greenblatt Unaired 001 TBA

The pilot begins with Fee and Foo going over to meet Harvey at his house, and inviting him over to Wetbark Lake. In order to have an awesome time at the lake, Harvey has to do the one thing that’s the hardest for him–get in really big trouble. In this episode, Harvey notices when he goes into the lake with Fee and Foo, he does not get to go flying in the air with his friends. Harvey also finds out that Fee and Foo are banned from the lake. Harvey wants to learn how to be trouble so he can banned himself from the lake. And in the end, Harvey gets banned from the lake with the help of his friends.

Note 1: Unlike the TV series, this episode was originally animated in Toon Boom Harmony by Mercury Filmworks, responsible for animating Disney Channel and Disney XD shows like Wander Over Yonder and Star vs. the Forces of Evil.
Note 2: Technobear was originally an adult character voiced by C.H. Greenblatt, but in the TV series, he's a kid voiced by Mason Vaughn.

Season 1[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Written by Storyboarded by Original air date[5] Prod.
code[5]
U.S. viewers
(in millions)
1a 1b "Pe-Choo!" C.H. Greenblatt C.H. Greenblatt March 28, 2015 (2015-03-28) 101A 2.60[6]

At Wetbark Lake, Harvey tries to get himself banned from Wetbark Lake so he can go "Pe-Choo" (being catapulted out of the lake by the enormous Spirit of Wetbark Lake).

Note 1: This episode was originally aired as a sneak peek after the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.
Note 2: This episode was also aired after "The Spitting Tree" on March 29.
1b 1a "The Spitting Tree" Kevin A. Kramer, Hannah Ayoubi,
and Brandon B.
Hannah Ayoubi and Brandon B. March 29, 2015 (2015-03-29) 101B 1.81[7]
Harvey and his friends climb the tallest tree in the forest in order to spit over the edge only to get stuck on it.
Note: This episode was originally aired before "Pe-Choo!".
2a 2a "The Finger" C.H. Greenblatt, Hannah Ayoubi,
and Brandon B.
Hannah Ayoubi and Brandon B. April 5, 2015 (2015-04-05) 103A 1.22
Foo finds a finger rock in the forest and Harvey decides to take care of it after finding out it's alive then called him "Ira Fingerman".
2b 2b "The Negatives of Being
Positively Charged"
Shane Houghton, Charlie Gavin,
and Chris Houghton
Charlie Gavin, and Chris Houghton (director) April 5, 2015 (2015-04-05) 103B 1.22
Fee and Foo become magnetic and the magnetic forces separate them.
3a 3a "The Rentl Bike" Shane Houghton, Charlie Gavin,
and Chris Houghton
Charlie Gavin, and Chris Houghton (director) April 12, 2015 (2015-04-12) 102A 1.44
Harvey teaches Foo how to ride a bike.
3b 3b "Anti-Valentine's Day" Dani Michaeli, Monica Ray,
and Nicholas Sumida
Monica Ray and Nicholas Sumida April 12, 2015 (2015-04-12) 102B 1.44
Fee invents a holiday called Anti-Valentine's Day after she and Foo didn't get any Valentines.
4a 4a "Nightclub Night" Shane Houghton, Charlie Gavin,
and Chris Houghton
Charlie Gavin, and Chris Houghton (director) April 19, 2015 (2015-04-19) 106A 1.54
Harvey, Techno Bear and the Twins join an all nightclub party all night long. Harvey wants his music disc to be into the boom box so that everyone can join in.
4b 4b "The Rebel" Katie Mattila, Monica Ray,
and Nicholas Sumida
Monica Ray and Nicholas Sumida April 19, 2015 (2015-04-19) 106B 1.54
Harvey is experiencing a way to be uncool, a rebel, he has gone too far by not following the rules and getting in big trouble, his parents are begging him to stop.
5a 5a "Harvey's First Scar" Shane Houghton, Zeus Cervas,
and Colin Heck
Zeus Cervas and Colin Heck (directors) April 26, 2015 (2015-04-26) 107A 1.21
Envious of Fee and Foo’s cool scars, Harvey asks them to give him a scar of his own. He just doesn’t realize that getting hurt is part of the process.
5b 5b "A Tail of Les Squirrels" C.H. Greenblatt C.H. Greenblatt
Derek Evanick and Diana Lafyatis (uncredited)[8]
April 26, 2015 (2015-04-26) 105A 1.21
Harvey and the Twins finds a tail that Fee uses on her. What they don't know is the tail belongs to one of the members called "Les Squirrels".
6a 6a "The Nature of Nature" Dani Michaeli, Hannah Ayoubi,
and Brandon B.
Hannah Ayoubi and Brandon B. May 2, 2015 (2015-05-02) 107B 1.34
With the help of a magic machine, Harvey goes on a crusade to stop the spread of chaos in the forest.
6b 6b "Princess Is Better Than
You"
Shane Houghton, Monica Ray,
and Nicholas Sumida
Monica Ray and Nicholas Sumida May 2, 2015 (2015-05-02) 108B 1.34
Harvey, Fee, and Foo get annoyed by Princess proving that she's better.
7a 7a "Old Fashioned Dade" Kevin A. Kramer, Aaron Austin,
Hannah Ayoubi, and Brandon B.
Aaron Austin, Hannah Ayoubi, and Brandon B. May 2, 2015 (2015-05-02) 109B 1.33
Harvey and Dade go out on a fun night together, but when Fee and Foo come along, things get less awesome for Dade.
Note: Foo was voiced by Tom Robinson in this segment.
7b 7b "Someone's Stealing My
Stuff"
Dani Michaeli, Hannah Ayoubi,
and Brandon B.
Hannah Ayoubi and Brandon B. May 2, 2015 (2015-05-02) 105B
Harvey sets out to find the real culprit when everyone's stuff goes missing and the twins are blamed.
8a 8a "Comet Night?" Kevin A. Kramer, Zeus Cervas,
and Colin Heck
Zeus Cervas and Colin Heck (directors) May 10, 2015 (2015-05-10) 104A 1.02
Harvey tries to have a night of bonding with his father, but everything goes horribly wrong.
Note 1: This is the first episode that Fee does not appear in.
Note 2: These two episodes are two different perspectives of the boys and girls during the same comet night.
8b 8b "Comet Night!" Amalia Levari, Monica Ray,
and Nicholas Sumida
Monica Ray and Nicholas Sumida May 10, 2015 (2015-05-10) 104B 1.02
Miriam wants to prove that she still has excitement. In her veins, so she takes Fee and the girls (Princess, Claire and Piri Piri) out for a wild night.
Note 1: This is the first time Harvey and Foo do not appear.
Note 2: A picture of Harvey can be seen. And he and Foo are also mentioned too.
Note 3: These two episodes are two different perspectives of the boys and girls during the same comet night.
9a 9a "The Almighty Foo" Shane Houghton, Zeus Cervas,
and Colin Heck
Zeus Cervas and Colin Heck (directors) May 17, 2015 (2015-05-17) 109A 1.10
After accidentally destroying the bugs' homes, Foo decides to move the bugs to their new location: Harvey's home.
Note: From this point forward, Tom Robinson takes over as Foo's voice.
9b 9b "The Ghost Problem" Amalia Levari, Charlie Gavin,
and Chris Houghton
Charlie Gavin, and Chris Houghton (director) May 17, 2015 (2015-05-17) 108A 1.10
Fee has to get over her prejudice against tree spirits.
10a 10a "The Sleepover's Over" Kevin A. Kramer, Charlie Gavin,
and Chris Houghton
Charlie Gavin, and Chris Houghton (director) May 24, 2015 (2015-05-24) 110A 0.918
Harvey gets invited to a sleepover by Fee and Foo. Can Harvey get over his fear and last the whole night?
10b 10b "Certified Babysitter" Katie Mattila, Monica Ray,
and Nicholas Sumida
Monica Ray and Nicholas Sumida May 24, 2015 (2015-05-24) 110B 0.918
After receiving Harvey babysitting badge, he wants to prove he can babysit his little sister (the Egg) alone like a "man".
11a 11a "Fee's Haircut[9]"
TBA
TBA
July 18, 2015 111A
TBA
Fee gets her first haircut and has to decide if looking awesome is better than being awesome.
11b 11b "Harvey's Favorite Book[9]"
TBA
TBA
July 18, 2015 111B
TBA
Harvey feels jealous when all the children fall in love with his favorite detective book series.
12a 12a "Dad Band[9]"
TBA
TBA
July 25, 2015 112A
TBA
Harvey helps his father's garage band become successful.
12b 12b "Foo's Panic Room[9]"
TBA
TBA
July 25, 2015 112B
TBA
Foo is afraid that everyone wants to steal his favorite berries, so he locks himself and the fruit in a box.
13a 13a "A Day of No To-Do[10]"
TBA
TBA
August 1, 2015 113A
TBA
When Harvey goes overboard with his new day planner, Fee tries to show him how to be more spontaneous.
13b 13b "Recipe for Disaster[10]"
TBA
TBA
August 1, 2015 113B
TBA
Harvey enlists the help of the twins to cook a fancy dinner for his parents.

Music[edit]

All of the music in Harvey Beaks is composed by Ego Plum.[11] It is also played by a 40-piece orchestra. The theme song was performed by Ego Plum, Steve Bartek, Bob Mothersbaugh and David J.[12]

Comics[edit]

Issue one of the Harvey Beaks comic by Stefan Petrucha is due for release on January 26, 2016.[13] A special comic will be avaliable for free at Dan Diego Comic-Con 2015.[14]

Broadcast[edit]

The show premiered in Nicktoons UK and Ireland on May 11, 2015. On June 6, 2015, the series started airing on Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand, Latin America and Brazil. It will air worldwide in the summer 2015.

Reception[edit]

Harvey Beaks received generally positive reviews from critics and audiences. It had a 6.9/10 on IMDb and a 7.9/10 on TV.com.

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