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Mind Blowing Facts About Nickelodeon

by Jason Schwartz 6 years ago in feature / industry / pop culture / tv
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I bet you never knew these facts about your favorite shows growing up.

Everyone has fond memories of watching Nickelodeon when they were young. Whether you grew up watching Rocket Power and Hey Arnold or your childhood was filled with Drake and Josh, we all had Nickelodeon shows that we enjoyed. However, despite the numerous hours we all spent watching Nickelodeon, there are still some mind-blowing facts that most people don’t know. Check out these crazy facts you probably didn’t know about your favorite Nickelodeon shows.

Did you know about the Angry Beavers REAL last episode?

The Angry Beavers was a show about exactly what you’d expect, a pair of angry beavers. The show followed brothers Norbert and Daggett as they got into typical cartoon adventures. It was a very funny and well-written show but it had two specific elements that made it stand out. The first is their wall clock that is shown in almost every episode. In most cartoons, if they show an analog clock the hands are set to an arbitrary time, in rare cases they may even set the time on the clock to match what time the episode starts. The Angry Beavers went a step beyond that; the clock was updated in real time. Meaning, if you saw the clock and 10 minutes later the clock was shown in the background again, the clock would show that 10-minute difference.

While that attention to detail is interesting, there’s one thing about The Angry Beavers that is even more compelling, the last episode. Nickelodeon has two very specific in-house rules- don’t break the fourth wall and don’t announce when a series is over. The last episode of The Angry Beavers breaks those rules in a big way. The plot of the last episode is Daggett and Norbert find out they are cancelled. This episode breaks the fourth wall on such an extreme level that Dagg and Norb call each other by the voice actors’ names instead of the characters names. While this episode was never animated, a recording of it can be heard here.

Did you know Nickelodeon aired a movie called “Cry Baby Lane” that was so scary it was only showed once? 

How creepy does that look

Nickelodeon has their share of TV movies, and most of them are pretty unforgettable. There is one movie that stands out in the pantheon on Nickelodeon TV movies, and that’s Cry Baby Lane. The plot for Cry Baby Lane is as follows; “one night the local undertaker, Mr. Bennett, tells Andrew and his older brother Carl the tale of a local farmer whose wife gave birth to conjoined twins, one being good while the other was evil. The farmer was ashamed of them so he kept them locked in their room. Eventually the twins got sick and died together, so the farmer sawed them in half. He buried the good twin in a proper cemetery and the bad twin in a shallow grave near the house, at the end of an old dirt road called Cry Baby Lane. The road is called Cry Baby Lane because legend goes that if someone is out there at night they will hear the cries of the twin. After hearing the story, Andrew, Carl, and a group of friends decide to hold a séance in the cemetery where the good twin is buried. After the séance, a creepy phenomenon occurs around the town so Andrew consults Mr. Bennett about it. Mr. Bennett confesses that when the twins were separated, the farmer mixed up the twins and buried the good one in the field, not the evil one. The good twin is crying for help and now the bad twin has possessed everyone in town.

Andrew and Carl go into Cry Baby Lane to try to fix everything, but the evil twin intervenes and possesses Carl who then tries to attack Andrew. The evil twin tells Andrew he can't be stopped as the cries of the good twin become louder and more desperate. Andrew eventually journeys into the good twin's grave where he cuts out a root that was wrapped around the good twin's skeleton. The evil twin showers dirt onto the grave, attempting to bury Andrew alive, but Andrew manages to cut the root and save the good twin, causing the evil twin to disappear in a flash of light.

The next day, Andrew wakes up outside of the grave where he finds the good twin's grave with flowers, signaling that the twin is now at peace."

As an adult, just reading this plot summary made me poop my pants. If you're like me, you realize this plot is way too dark and scary for a kids network. If you didn't find it scary, then I don't want to see what you do on the weekends. After only airing this movie once, Nickelodeon never showed it again. Cry Baby Lane was never dubbed in other languages and never released on DVD. The movie would’ve been gone forever if not for the power of Reddit. A user on Reddit had recorded the movie when it first aired and uploaded the VHS recording to the website. The surge of popularity from the post prompted TeenNick to re-release the movie on Halloween 2011.

Here are some other little fun facts you may not have known:

Did you know that:

In 1990, Kurt Cobain allegedly wrote a song for Ren and Stimpy and it was rejected by Nickelodeon.

In The Fairly OddParents, Timmy Turner's hat is pink because producer Butch Hartman ran out of blue ink.

With the exception of 2004, the Nickelodeon specials "Kids Pick the President" have correctly predicted the winner of every U.S. presidential election since 1988.

Check out the video below, courtesy of TV Tidbits, for even more fun facts about your favorite ‘90s cartoons.

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Jason Schwartz

Big nerd with passion for television, the 90s and ridiculous trivia.

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