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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Nickelodeon's 9th Annual Kids' Choice Awards | Whitney Houston | Hostess With The Mostest | Ooze News | May 1996

Ooze News - May 1996

Hostess with the Mostest

Whitney Houston hosts Nickelodeon's 9th Annual Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday, May 11.* NICKELODEON MAGAZINE spoke with Whitney about singing, stage fright, and sandwiches.

Nickelodeon Magazine: How old were you when you knew you wanted to become a professional singer?
Whitney Houston: I was about twelve or thirteen. I'd been singing in church since I was five years old, so it was always something I did. My mother was a professional singer, and she guided me after I decided this was what I was going to do.

NM: What was the first song you learned to sing?
WH: A gospel song, "Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah."

NM: Have you ever forgotten the words to a song during a concert?
WH: Yes.

NM: What does that feel like?
WH: You just feel kind of silly. I add some aahhs and ummms to cover it.

NM: Have you ever had stage fright?
WH: Yes. The first time I had it, I was about fourteen. I was performing with my mother in New York City, at a place called Alice Tully Hall. It was the first time I was performing in front of a large crowd of people, and I got so scared I almost went to the bathroom on myself.

NM: When you are performing, what do you look at or do you just zone out?
WH: People.

NM: When people leave a concert, they often say that the singer looked right at them.
WH: Yeah, sometimes we do. I can see the first four rows, but after the fifth and sixth, it starts to get dim.

NM: Do you sing in the shower?
WH: Yes.

NM: Where do you keep your awards?
WH: In a large case in the basement.

NM: What was the first award you won?
WH: I was in an all-state talent competition when I was in seventh grade. I came in second. It's funny because the winner sang "The Greatest Love of All." I sang "Evergreen."

NM: Where did you grow up?
WH: I was born in Newark, New Jersey, and I grew up there and in East Orange, New Jersey. And I still live in New Jersey.

NM: Do you have any sisters or brothers?
WH: I have two older brothers.

NM: Was it tough being a little sister?
WH: Yes!

NM: Do your big brothers still pick on you?
WH: Yeah, sometimes.

NM: What's the worst outfit you wore as a kid?
WH: A purple chiffon gown with a white organza top. I was sixteen years old.

NM: What were your favorite clothes as a kid?
WH: Blue jeans and sneakers.

NM: Did you have a nickname as a kid?
WH: Nippy. My father gave me that name. I don't know why. He said he liked the name. People close to me still call me that.

NM: Did you have any heroes as a kid?
WH: My parents. I had great parents. They made themselves examples for me and my brothers.

NM: How many people tour with you?
WH: About 120, including the band members, dancers, wardrobe people, and hairstylists.

NM: Do you travel by bus when you're on tour?
WH: Yes. I love the bus. It has a place to cook food and a little bunk bed. It's not fancy, just convenient.

NM: Do you ever get bus-sick?
WH: No.

NM: Now that you're famous, what can you do that you couldn't do before?
WH: Get into places without waiting.

NM: If there were a Whitney Houston sandwich, what would it be?
WH: Peanut butter and jelly. I love peanut butter and jelly. On wholewheat bread. It's quick. It's tasty. With a glass of milk-mmm, great.

NM: Do you eat all your vegetables?
WH: Not all the time. I love asparagus. I love spinach. I love greens and kale.

NM: If you could be any animal, which would you choose?
WH: A bird. I love doves. I'd like to fly.

NM: What music groups did you listen to as a kid?
WH: Earth, Wind, and Fire, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and the Jackson 5.

NM: What did your parents think of the music you listened to when you were a kid?
WH: We all liked the same music, but not always at the same volume.


Birthday: August 9, 1963

Middle name: Elizabeth

Pets: Two cats and three dogs

Favorite home-cooked meal: Fried chicken, pork and beans, and a salad

Favorite dessert: Sweet potato pie

Favorite TV shows: Living Single, Martin, Family Matters, and Step by Step

Highest note she can hit: A high C

*Show airs at 8 PM, eastern and Pacific time; at 7 PM central time. Check local listings for details.

Choosing Favorites

Nickelodeon's 9th Annual Kids' Choice Awards airs on Saturday, May 11, at 8 PM.* Tune in to find out who kids chose as their favorite celebrities, athletes, and more.

Before the show starts, mark your own choices on this viewer's guide. Then watch the show to see if you picked the winners.

The nominees in each category are:

Jim Carrey [*]
Tom Hanks
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Robin Williams

Kirstie Alley
Nicole Kidman
Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen [*]
Alicia Silverstone

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls [*]
Batman Forever
Toy Story

Tim Allen [*]
Martin Lawrence
Will Smith
Jaleel White

Tatyana M. Ali
Tia & Tamera Mowry [*]
Queen Latifah

Family Matters
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Home Improvement [*]
Sister, Sister

Janet Jackson
Michael Jackson

Boyz II Men
Green Day

"Baby" (Brandy)
"Gangsta's Paradise" (Coolio)
"One Sweet Day" (Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men)
"Waterfalls" (TLC)

Troy Aikman
Michael Jordan
Shaquille O'Neal
Emmitt Smith

Nicole Bobek
Nancy Kerrigan
Shannon Miller
Kristi Yamaguchi

Atlanta Braves
Dallas Cowboys
Orlando Magic
San Francisco 49ers

Rugrats [*]
The Simpsons

Amy the Gorilla (Congo)
Babe the Pig (Babe)
Marcel the Monkey (Friends)
Willy the Whale (Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home) [*]

Donkey Kong Country [*]
Ms. Pac-Man
Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose

The Baby-Sitter IV by R.L. Stine
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
Pocahontas Illustrated Classic adapted by Gina Ingoglia
Tales to Give You Goosebumps: Special Edition #1 by R.L. Stine

Tim Allen [*]
Whoopi Goldberg
Whitney Houston
Janet Jackson

[Winners of Nickelodeon 1996 Kids' Choice Awards are marked with a *]

The show airs at 7 PM in the central time zone. Check your local listing for details.

Bonus article: Nickelodeon Magazine's exclusive interview with Animaniacs voice actors Jess Harnell (Wakko) and Tress MacNeille (Dot):

Nickelodeon Magazine: How can kids get better at doing voices?
Jess Harnell: Imitate everyone. Imitate your brothers, imitate your aunts, imitate people on TV. Even if your imitation isn't good, then you've just invented a new voice. But I always tell kids that whatever their talent is-whether it's voices or drawing or anything-they have to practice.

NM: As a kid, did you think you'd get paid to make voices?
JH: I had a feeling I would. I always did voices. When I was twelve, I saw a behind-the-scenes taping of a cartoon. I remember watching the actors do their parts.

NM: Do you recommend your line of work to kids?
JH: Absolutely. Rob Paulsen [the voice of Yakko] says that we're getting paid to do the stuff that used to get us in trouble at school.

Dot's All
Tress MacNeille is the voice of Dot.

Nickelodeon Magazine: Are you anything like Dot?
Tress MacNeille: Very much. I'm adorable and assertive. I sometimes lose my temper. I understand Dot because I know girls need to speak up and make their wishes known.

NM: Is Dot the cutest character you've ever played?
TM:  Female cartoon characters usually are adorable. Either that or they're evil. But Dot is absolutely the cutest. She's smart, too.

NM: Is her voice based on anyone you know?
TM: Not really. I was shown a drawing of Dot. So the voice had to be right for someone small and cute in a flounced skirt.

NM: Will Dot ever catch Mel Gibson?
TM: She has hopes. But it's all about the chase. Once he's caught, she might get bored.

NM: When you were a kid, did you ever imagine you'd be doing this for a living?
TM: I wanted to very much, ever since I was about ten. I've realized my life's ambition.

NM: Did you have brothers like Yakko and Wakko?
TM: Yes, I had five brothers and two sisters, and there was a lot of yakkin' and a lot of wackiness.


Additional sources: Wikipedia [I, II], All Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Winners.

Sunday, 16 August 1998

Draw Hey Arnold! | Ooze News | August 1998

Ooze News - August 1998

Draw Arnold!

Draw Hey Arnold!'s main character in the blank space below by following these step-by-step instructions. Make sure you use a pencil with a good eraser, because some steps require erasing.

Beavers Vs. Beavers

The Angry Beavers on Nickelodeon might leave you thinking that real beavers munch nachos and watch sci-fi movies. Read on to find out how the Nicktoon rodents measure up to their real-life counterparts.

Live in a spacious two-story home inside their dam
Live apart from their dam, in a one-room lodge
Can chew through a thick tree in the blink of an eye
Can chew through a five-inch-thick tree in about three minutes
Speak fluent English
Speak no English, but do murmur back and forth to one another
Show anger by calling each other names, such as Spooty Head
Show anger by hissing
Are sometimes mistaken for weasels
Are hard to mistake for weasels - the average beaver is three times bigger than the average weasel
Had to leave home when their new siblings were born
Have to leave the lodge right before their new siblings are born
Have trouble staying up all night
Usually stay up all night to forage for food and work on their dams and lodges
Once grew their teeth really long as a fashion statement
Keep their teeth short by gnawing on wood
Daggett studied martial arts so that he could pester other animals.
Slap their tails on the surface of a pond to scare away predators
Stock their kitchen with twigs and junk food
Store branches in the mud on the bottom of their pond
Love to watch crummy science-fiction and horror movies
Don't watch television, not even Leave It to Beaver reruns

Check local listings for Hey Arnold! and Angry Beavers show times.

Cartoon King

With three new Nicktoons in every episode, Nickelodeon's show Oh Yeah! Cartoons is for serious cartoon fans. Fred Seibert, the program's creator and executive producer, chooses which cartoons get to appear. He got very animated when we asked him these questions.

NICKELODEON MAGAZINE: Why did you create Oh Yeah! Cartoons?
FRED SEIBERT: Since so many kids say they look forward to new cartoons on Nickelodeon, I thought it would be great to have a place to show new cartoons every week.

Why do you like cartoons so much?
I loved the feeling of watching cartoons when I was a kid, and I love recapturing that feeling as an adult by working with people who make them.

What were some of your favorite cartoons as a kid?
My first favorite was a cartoon called Huckleberry Hound. I also liked Bugs Bunny and The Flintstones.

What makes a great cartoonist?
He or she has to be able to draw, be funny, and be able to tell a story.

ChalkZone, created by Bill Burnett and Larry Huber, and Jelly's Day, by Greg Emison Cartoon

Which cartoon character would you like to spend a day with?
I always thought Bugs Bunny would be a great guy to have around, because even when he's bothering you, he's awfully funny.

If you were a cartoon character, who would you be?
Because my name is Fred, and The Flintstones came out when I was nine, I've always identified with Fred Flintstone. He's just a regular guy, and I consider myself just a regular guy. He does good things, but he also messes up a lot, and I think of myself that way, too.

What is your favorite cartoon sound effect?
My favorite sound effect happens when Fred Flintstone makes his car take off by putting his feet down on the ground and running. And I happen to know how that sound effect was made: Two of the show's producers drummed their hands on a leather couch, as if they were playing bongos.

Which cartoon character would you want working for you?
The thing that makes cartoon characters funny is that they usually don't want to get anything done. They want to be left alone. And that's the worst kind of person to have working for you, isn't it?

Oh Yeah! Cartoons premieres Sunday, July 19, at 11 AM. Show airs one hour earlier in the central time zone. Show times subject to change. Check local listings for details.

Real Characters

We asked these Oh Yeah! Cartoon-ists to sketch themselves, for a change.

Alex Kirwan

Oh Yeah! Cartoons he created:
"Teddy & Art" and "Thatta-Boy"

Most challenging thing to draw: Cars

Usually doodles: Monsters and robots

Favorite cartoon as a kid: Scooby-Doo

Favorite cartoon sound effect: The PBPBPBBPBPPB! noise made by the Jetsons' car

Dream superhero power: "Glow-in-the-dark eyeballs"

Butch Hartman

Oh Yeah! Cartoons he created:

"The Fairly Oddparents"

Most challenging thing to draw: Realistic cars

Usually doodles: Superheroes

Favorite cartoon sound effect: The KA-THUD! when Charlie Brown hits the ground after trying to kick a football

Dream superhero power: "The power to eat whatever I want without gaining weight"

Rob Renzetti

Oh Yeah! Cartoons he created:
"Ask Edward" and "The F-Tales"

Most challenging thing to draw: Accurate caricatures

Usually doodles: Caricatures of people he knows

Favorite cartoon as a kid: Popeye, before it was in color

Favorite cartoon sound effect: The Boogedy Boogedy! sounds some characters make when they jump in the air and run in place

Dream superhero power: "Laser-freeze vision. I've had to wear glasses since sixth grade."

Larry Huber

Oh Yeah! Cartoons he created:
"ChalkZone," "The Man With No Nose," and "Apex Cartoon Props & Novelties"

Most challenging thing to draw: Cats and horses

Usually doodles: Cartoon eyes

Favorite cartoon character as a kid: Yogi Bear

Favorite cartoon sound effect: The WAH-HA-HA-HOOIE! sound made by Goofy when he falls of a cliff

Dream superhero power: "The power to read people's minds"

Dave Wasson

Oh Yeah! Cartoons he created:
"Max and His Special Problem" and "Jack and the Beatstalk"

Most challenging thing to draw: Accurate caricatures

Favorite cartoon sound effect: The SLAM! sound when Tom of Tom and Jerry rams into something

Dream superhero power: "The power to cancel the effect of gravity on people or objects of my choice so that they'd float off the planet"

Livin' Loopy

In honor of KABLAM!'s Life With Loopy special, we asked the creator, Stephen Holman (below, left), about life on the Loopy side.

NICKELODEON MAGAZINE: What is Loopy's full name?

STEPHEN HOLMAN: Loopy is short for Lupicia [pronounced loop-EE-sha], and nobody knows this yet, but her last name is Cooper.

Were you more like Loopy or her brother Larry as a kid?
To be honest, Larry is the dweebier side of me growing up, and Loopy is the cooler side.

How is Life With Loopy made?
Loopy is a mixture of stop-action animation, puppetry, and live action. The faces of Loopy and her family are made of metal, and their features are magnetic, which makes it easy to change their expressions.

Do you play any parts in the live-action segments?
Yes. I play Charlie Chicken, and in "Late Night With Loopy" I played the TV host Hank Hankerman - our version of David Letterman.

Loopy's parents always answer her questions with far-out stories. Do you remember any far-out stories you were told as a kid?
One of the breakfasts we were served when I was a kid was scrambled eggs mixed with mushrooms, and mushrooms turned the scrambled eggs gray. It was my favorite meal, and my dad told me it was gray dogfish. So until I was about six, I used to tell everyone that my favorite meal was gray dogfish.

Any chance Loopy will have gray dogfish for breakfast?
Well, I have been thinking about it.

The Life With Loopy special airs Friday, August 7, at 8 PM. Show airs one hour earlier in the central time zone. Show time subject to change. Check local listings for details.


Meet O (the blue O, above), host of Nickelodeon's new nighttime hour, called Nickel-O-Zone. To make O feel at home, match the clues in the first column to the correct answers in the second column. We filled in the Os already. Hint: Find and fill in the easiest clues first, to narrow down the choices. We did one for you. Answers on page 62.

1. Kenan and Kel movie A.   O O 7
2. The section of NICKELODEON MAGAZINE you're reading now B.   _ O O _   O _ O _
3. Santa's laugh C.   _ O O _ - _ O _ _
       _ O _    _ O _
4. "Bond. James Bond." D.   _ O O _
       _ _ _ _ _ _
5. A bad smell from inside your sneakers E.   _ _ _ _ _ _ 
       _ O O
6. Nickelodeon character who loves a mystery F. _ O!   _ O!   _ O!
7. A 12-inch frankfurter G.   O O _ _      _ _ _ _

by Andrew Brisman

Nickel-O-Zone premieres August 31, from 8 PM to 9 PM. It airs one hour earlier in the central time zone. Time subject to change. Check local listings for details.

Hey, Herb!

Where you ask the president of Nickelodeon, Herb Scannell, anything you want.

Has anyone ever told you that you look like Jimmy Smits of NYPD Blue?
Yes, I've been told I look like Jimmy Smits (above, left). People also think I look like [Broncos Quarterback] John Elway (above, right), but I don't see the resemblance.

What has been your favorite decade so far?
I liked the idealism and music of the sixties, I'm not a disco fan, and I thought the fashion was really bad in the seventies. The nineties have been pretty good: I became a dad and got to be president of Nickelodeon. Since those are the things that make be happy, I'd have to say the nineties.

Did you ever wear skintight bell-bottoms or have a 1970s hairstyle?
I tried to grow my hair long enough for a ponytail, but it never worked, because my hair is really thin. At a certain length the ends would flip up and look goofy. I did have a pair of black-and-white-striped bell-bottoms that were pretty tight on me, even though I was very skinny!

Send your questions to:

Hey, Herb!
1515 Broadway, 41st Floor
New York, NY 10036

[Bonus: R.L. Stine's Ghosts of Fear Street #33 - "Attack Of The Vampire Worms" book - "This Time, You're The Bait!" advertisement]

Additional sources: W3Schools.comWikipedia.

Sunday, 15 June 1997

Good Burger: A Movie Well Done - Ooze News - June/July (Summer) 1997

Ooze News - June/July 1997

(Summer Issue)

Good Burger: A Movie Well Done

Good Burger, based on the popular All That sketch, will sizzle on movie screens this summer. Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson star in the full-length feature film as employees of Good Burger, a run-down fast-food restaurant. The movie follows the duo's meatheaded adventures while they try and stop the competition, Mondo Burger, from stealing Ed's secret sauce recipe. Guest stars include Carmen Electra, Sinbad, and Shaquille O'Neal.

David Lewman grilled some of the cast about what makes a good burger and more.

Kel Mitchell (Ed, a Good Burger employee):

Do you eat meat?
Yes, I eat meat! I like meat. It's all right. First time I met meat, or me and meat met, it was neat.

What's the weirdest way you've ever eaten a burger?
When I was little, I'd put my finger through the middle of a burger and eat around it. I'd eat all the way around until the meat was small. I was a weird child.

Kenan Thompson (Dexter, a Good Burger employee):

Would you eat at a place like Good Burger?
Yes, maybe. But if I saw Ed, I might run.

Abe Vigoda (Otis, the oldest Good Burger employee):

What makes a good burger?
A good burger has to be made of very fresh meat, as opposed to a hamburger that is mixed with fillers such as bread and other ingredients. You want all of the patty to be meat, from a big cut of fresh beef. It should be cooked medium rare and juicy.

Josh Server (Fizz, a Good Burger employee):

Have you ever been recognized at a drive-through?
Yeah. I was driving Kenan home from work and the woman in the window at Astro Burger [a Los Angeles fast-food chain] said, "Excuse me, my friend wants to know if you're on TV."

Did she give you extra fries?
All I'm gonna say is, it's not bad being on TV.

Ron Lester (Spatch, a Good Burger cook):

What makes a good burger?
Love, man. When you're done and you realize you've just bitten into a hamburger that was made with love, it's so mmm good.

Would you ever eat at a place like Good Burger?
Oh, absolutely. The hamburgers are made with love.

What do you put on your fries?
Believe it or not, mayonnaise or ranch dressing or ice cream.

What's the weirdest burger you've ever eaten?
I went home to Virginia to see some of my cousins, and they fed me an opossum burger.

How was it?

Can You Figure It Out?

Nickelodeon's newest game show, Figure It Out, allows kids to show off their talents. Each show features two kids with special skills - such as the girl who can fold herself into the shape of a pretzel or the one who can play piano while lying on her back. A celebrity panel tries to figure out what the skill is by asking a series of questions. The longer it takes the panel to uncover the special talent, the more prizes the contestant wins.

Some of the celebrity panelists who'll rack their brains are Curtis Williams Jr., Reagan Gomez-Preston, Taran Noah Smith, and Michelle Trachtenberg. Other panelists include Nickelodeon stars Lori Beth Denberg, Josh Server, Amanda Bynes, Irene Ng, and Danny Tamberelli.

Summer Lovin'

Before becoming the host of Figure It Out, Summer Sanders (above) kept busy. In the 1992 Olympics, she won four swimming medals - two gold, a silver, and a bronze. She's worked as an NBC sports commentator and hosted MTV's Sand Blast. Lindsey von Busch asked Summer some puzzling questions.

Nickelodeon Magazine: Do you do a lot of puzzles?
Summer Sanders: Right before the 1992 Olympics [in Barcelona, Spain], the athletes spent a lot of time resting in the hotel. We'd do enormous jigsaw puzzles.

What's it like being a game show host?
I'm a cheerleader and a traffic cop. I really have to get psyched before the game. I prepare for the show as I would for a race - I jump up and down to build up my energy.

Do you find it hard to keep a secret?
Yes. In real life, I'm the worst. I always give presents early or give hints.

Do the panelists have to follow any rules?
Only one: Questions must be worded so that they get "yes" or "no" answers.

What was your favorite game show as a kid?
I used to watch The Price Is Right when I was little. I knew that show like the back of my hand.

Tune into Figure It Out weekdays at 6 PM, beginning Monday, July 7. On July 19, the show will move into its regular time slot, Saturdays and Sundays at 6 PM.

Show airs one hour earlier in central time zone. Show times subject to change.

Where It's SPLAT

This year, more than 8 million people will visit Nickelodeon's theme park shows and attractions. Here's a guide to the sights.

Totally Nickelodeon at Universal Studios Hollywood [USH] in California

An interactive show where kids control the action - from making a burger to collecting sweaty socks.

What to look for: The Sliminator, a contraption that sprays at least 36,500 gallons of slime per year.

Weirdest items used in the show: Six TV dinners (which are dumped on a couch potato).

Also at USH: Jurassic Park - The Ride.

Nickelodeon Studios Florida at Universal Studios Florida [USF] in Orlando

Nickelodeon's studio headquarters features a backstage tour that includes a peek at the taping of many Nick shows, such as Kenan & Kel and Figure It Out.

What to look for: A 17-foot-tall Green Slime geyser that erupts every 10 minutes.

Famous guest: Steven Spielberg, director of The Lost World, was once slimed at the park.

Also at USF: Terminator 2: 3-D.

Nickelodeon SPLAT Cities at Paramount's Great America in Santa Clara, California; Paramount's Kings Island in Cincinnati, Ohio; and Paramount's Kings Dominion in Richmond, Virginia.

A 25-minute interactive show based on popular Nick series, such as AAAHH!!! Real Monsters and Rugrats.

U Pick Nick at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri; and Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Kids selected from the audience help the hosts of this variety show, which usually features lots of smiling, sliming, and pie-throwing.

Hey, Herb!

Where you ask the president of Nickelodeon, Herb Scannell, anything you want.

Have you ever eaten any bugs?
Not that I know of, but I once ate rattlesnake at a restaurant. It tasted just like chicken.

How do your friends feel about your being the president of a kids' network?
My friends are very supportive of me and think I have a pretty cool job. I get to think about kids and think like a kid all day long...and get paid for it!

Then we asked Herb's friend, Steve Reynolds "Do you tease Herb about being the president of a kids' network?"
I can tease Herb about lots of things, but his job's not one of them. I make fun of him because he likes the New York Mets, who haven't won a game in, like, five years. And I tease him because his jump shot isn't what it used to be. And Herb is forgetful-if it weren't for his assistant, Dana Stern, Herb would probably forget when we plans to do stuff like watch a Knicks game.

Hey, Herb!
Nickelodeon Magazine
1515 Broadway, 41st Floor
New York, NY 10036


This summer when you're surfing the Net, look for NICK.COM, Nickelodeon's website, where you can customize your screen, play games, and interact with pages based on your favorite shows. While you're there, be sure to check out the magazine's area, which features, among other stuff, "Behind the Zine," a sneak peek at the inner workings of NICKELODEON MAGAZINE.

Sunday, 11 May 1997

Let It Beavers - Ooze News - May 1997

Ooze News - May 1997

Let It Beavers

The newest Nicktoon is The Angry Beavers, featuring Daggett and Norbert, beaver brothers trying to make it in the big world - or at least in the forest. We found out how an episode is made.

1. Getting Ready

Before work on a cartoon series can start, the creators need to agree on what the main characters will look like. The pictures below show early versions of Daggett and Norbert and how they ended up [final designs]. Among other changes, Norbert was given more hair so that it would be easier to tell the brothers apart.

2. All Aboard

A script must be written before production of an episode begins. It tells the story through dialogue and action descriptions. Then, using the script, artists create a storyboard (above), which looks like a comic book. The storyboard is the first visual guide for an episode, showing the characters' facial expressions and physical action.

3. For the Record

The actors perform the dialogue in a recording booth. Of the 300 people who auditioned, Richard Horowitz [Richard Steven Horvitz] and Nick Bakay were chosen as the perfect voices for Daggett and Norbert. "No one could play the characters the way they did," says creator Mitch Schauer. "They're just like Daggett and Norbert."

4. Black-and-White Beavers

The director figures out how long the action will take. Then the storyboards are filmed and the recorded lines are added to simulate the final cartoon. The result, called an animatic (right), is sort of a black-and-white comic book in motion. It has no color, music, or sound effects, but it shows how the dialogue and story will fit into a 22-minute episode.

5. In Living Color

The backgrounds for every scene are first sketched and then painted with colors selected by color stylist Geri Rochon (left), who also selects character colors. All the scenery is then finished without any characters. Later, Daggett and Norbert in action will be added on top of the backgrounds. That way, animators don't have to draw the same scenery again and again.

6. At Last, the Animating!

After these steps, which take several months, the storyboards, animatic, and backgrounds are sent to animators in Korea, who produce 26,000 cels. Cels are color drawings on clear plastic sheets. The cels are placed over a background and filmed one after another, which creates the illusion of motion. The whole animation process requires 250 people and takes about three months.

7. Fine-Tuning

When the film returns to the U.S. from Korea, the episode looks like a cartoon (left), but it still needs the sound effects and music. Adding these elements takes another three weeks. Finally, after nearly eight months of work, the episode is ready to air.

Furry Fact File

Do you know a Daggett from a Norbert? Here's a guide:


Personality: An overeager beaver with a short attention span; can't stand Norbert's mellowness.

Fur: Brown

Nose: Red

Height: Shorter than Norbert

Hair factor: Slicked back and black

Stuff he would do: Convince himself he's a superhero; annoy other animals; watch weird old movies.

Stuff he says: "This is nuts!" "Easy peasy!"


Personality: Laid back; talented; likes to tease his brother.

Fur: Tan

Nose: Lavender

Height: Taller than Daggett by a quarter inch, which annoys Daggett.

Hair factor: Spiky

Stuff he would do: Tease Daggett; calm Daggett down; tease Daggett again; watch weird old movies.

Stuff he says: "Bro" "Wolaboga!"

The Angry Beavers airs on Sundays at 11:30 AM, one hour earlier in the central time zone. Showtime subject to change.

Happy Human

The Angry Beavers creator

Cartoonist Mitch Schauer (left) has worked on shows featuring characters such as Freakazoid and Scooby Doo. We spoke to him about his latest creation, The Angry Beavers.

Nickelodeon Magazine: How did you come up with the characters' names?

Mitch Schauer: I found them in the book 35,000 Plus Baby Names, [which said that] in Scandinavian Norbert means means "brilliant hero" and Daggett means "bright." Although Daggett, the character, is the opposite of that.

Who are the beavers based on? Norbert is based on me, and Daggett is based on Karl Toerge, whom I used to work with at Warner Bros. Television Animation. Karl, like Daggett, is outgoing and enthusiastic. Plus, he wears his heart on his sleeve.

Are any of Norbert's expressions like yours? Norbert and I both use a lot of finger gestures. We both wiggle a finger back and forth to say no.

How did you come up with the idea for the show? I thought I'd do the opposite of what people expect from cartoon characters, which are usually happy animals. I made mine angry. Then I went down through a list of silly animals and decided on beavers.

Do you have any pets? I have a teddy-bear hamster, a dog, a love bird, and two guinea pigs. One of them, Psycho, has the same hair as Norbert.

Hey, Herb!

Where you ask the president of Nickelodeon, Herb Scannell, anything you want.

What is the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you at work?
One day, when I was working at another company, I bent down to pick something up and my pants ripped, just as my new boss was on his way to see me! Luckily one of my coworkers offered to sew them for me. In the meantime, I sat at my desk in my underwear. Fortunately, my boss didn't get to my office until right after I put the mended pants on.

Do you speak any languages other than English?
I learned a little Spanish from my mom, who grew up in Puerto Rico. As a kid, I always knew I was in big trouble when my mom yelled "Guillermo Heriberto," which is my full name in Spanish.

Send your questions to:

¡Hola, Heriberto!
1515 Broadway, 41st Floor
New York, NY 10036

What's New on Nick

Mom's the Word On The Rugrats Mother's Day Special, the Rugrats try to find the perfect gifts for their moms - and they try to find a mom for Chuckie.

Get ready for the episode by doing this Rugrats puzzle. Read each of the clues below to figure out what the rhyming answer is. Hint: One word in each answer is the name of a Rugrat. Answers on page 56.

1. Fortunate Rugrat:

_ _ _ K _ _ H _ _ _ _ _

2. Tommy's five-cent coins:

_ _ _ K _ _ _ N _ _ _ _ _ _

3. Lil's brother's milk accidents:

_ _ I _'_ _ P _ _ _ _

The Rugrats Mother's Day Special airs on Tuesday, May 6, at 8 PM; Friday, May 9, at 7:30 PM; and on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11, at 8 PM.

All shows air one hour earlier in central time zone. Show times subject to change.

Bonus article - Nickelodeon Magazine's exclusive interview with actor Vanessa Lee Chester (Harriet the Spy, The Lost World: Jurassic Park):

Jurassa Lee Chester

Twelve-year-old VANESSA LEE CHESTER has acted in The Little Princess [(also known as A Little Princess)] and Harriet the Spy. Now she's off to The Lost World as Kelly. We had a raptorvating conversation with Vanessa.

Nickelodeon Magazine: What's your character, Kelly, like?
Vanessa Lee Chester: She's just one of the kids. She's a lot like me. We're both kind of funky.

Did you travel for the movie?
We went to Hawaii. We also filmed on the Universal Studios lot in Hollywood.

Was the Universal lot fun?
Yes. On lunch breaks, I'd ride my bicycle over to stage 35, where they had free Sega games. I was in heaven.

Did you have a favorite scene?
All the dangerous, scary ones where we were chased by dinosaurs.

Was the Tyrannosaurus rex model as big as a real T-rex?
Yes. You can see a T-rex in books and think it's cool, but when you actually see how big it is, it's scary.

What scary stuff did the dinosaur models do?
The eyes could actually move. And some robots could even bleed.

What would you do if you saw a real T-rex?

I would look at it for a minute, then run the other way, because I'd want to live and tell my story.

Did the cast goof around?
Oh yeah. Once, Vince Vaughn put my hand into a dinosaur model that had intestines hanging out. It was so disgusting.

So you didn't feel like the only kid?
I felt like the only adult on the film. Everyone was always playing around, throwing grapes at each other.

How would Janie Gibbs from Harriet the Spy deal with dinosaurs?
That's where her science would stop. She'd just say, "Wow, dinosaurs."

Which role was more fun, Janie or Kelly?
It's hard to compare. In Harriet, I loved my wardrobe. I had some funky outfits. In The Lost World, I had one costume. By the last day, I was really sick of it.

Which dinosaur would you like to be?
Probably a raptor. They're sly and swift. They hunt in packs, and I'm always with my little clique.

But you wouldn't hunt other kids, would you?
No, that's where the line is drawn.

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Additional source: IMDb.