The Off-Beats
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The Off-Beats title card.


Date Ran


First Appearance

You've Tried The Best! Now Try The Rest!

Last Appearance

KaBlam! James KaBlam!

Directed/Written/Created By

Mo Willems

Produced By

An Off-Beats Valentine's (1998 Nickelodeon Special)

An Off-Beats Valentine's (1998 Nickelodeon Special)

They nervous, they nebbish, they small, and the Populars don't like 'em at all. But that's ok, life is sweet. They cool. They the Off-Beats.

The Off-Beats is an animated short on KaBlam! created by Mo Willems. It is similar to the Peanuts TV specials, because of its art-style and the jazzy soundtrack. It is about a group of misfits called The Off-Beats that are dealing with problems with a clique called The Populars.

The series originally featured three pilot episodes, with two that appeared in the Rugrats Tommy's Trouble VHS and one other appearing as a SNICK Snack. They were made to promote the premiere of KaBlam! in 1996. In the pilot episodes, the animation was slightly choppy, the characters' voices were different and The Off-Beats were called "The Misfits" in the first pilot episode.

The Off-Beats ran on the first two seasons of KaBlam!. After Mo Willems pursued work on Cartoon Network's Sheep in the Big City, the show was removed from KaBlam!, making way for new shorts that would debut on Seasons 3 and 4.

A special titled "An Off-Beats Valentine's" aired on Nickelodeon in 1999.