Harvey Beaks: Nickelodeon’s new direction

Harvey in middle, with friends Foo on left, Fee on right

Nickelodeon’s new animated series, Harvey Beaks, which aired last weekis a fresh comedy that is beautiful to look at. The story concerns Harvey, a curious blue little bird who always does the right thing, and his exploits with his friends in a dreamlike forest. This is a different type of show for Nickelodeon and the change is much welcomed.

New York Times writer Neil Genzlinger praises its non-polished depiction of everyday life and its quirks. The LA Times writer Patrick Kevin Day welcomes the innocent feel of its lighthearted, youthful tales. Both reviewers agree that Harvey Beaks has started off very well and seems to be a promising series.

Watching the first two episodes, I could not help but feel happy and comforted, returning to my younger days of exploring the wonders of the forest. Harvey Beaks’‘s backgrounds and traditional animation are gorgeous, almost looking like watercolors, and the characters are quirky and funny. The plot lines do not focus on large-scale issues, but the small discoveries of everyday life, such as finding a mysterious objects in the woods and wanting to know more about it, as Harvey and friends do in the episode, “The Finger.”

After Nickelodeon finished airing Legend of Korra, an intense, emotionally draining beast of a show, it is nice to see the channel airing something a little gentler and more carefree. Harvey Beaks has started as a nice addition to Nickelodeon’s Nicktoons. We’ll have to see where it goes from episode two and what other curiosities Harvey and company discover. I know I’ll be watching it every week.


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