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Month: January 2014

Nickelodeon Partners with the NFL for Super Bowl XLVIII Festivities

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Nickelodeon and the National Football League have recently partnered in order to provide kids and their families behind the scenes access to the games, performances, events, and excitement that are taking place in New York and New Jersey leading up to the Super Bowl XLVIII through the Nickelodeon All Access Pass to Super Bowl XLVIII.

Super Bowl related content has already started rolling out on Nickelodeon, TeenNick, and the NickMom programming block on Nick Jr., as well as on the channel’s official websites and mobile app. Kids can also log on to www.nick.com/superbowl to pick the team they want to win Super Bowl XLVIII, with the winning team announced prior to the game on Sunday, Feb. 2.

As part of the campaign, Nickelodeon’s resident superhero Pick Boy will be reporting daily from the NFL’s Super Bowl Boulevard Engineered by GMC, and will serve as official correspondent of the network during the Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day Fueled by Gatorade.

“I’m psyched to bring all of the excitement of this year’s Super Bowl to kids across the country and be a part of giving them a chance to pick who they want to win The Big Game,” said Pick Boy. “I’ve been to five of these Super Bowls. So, bring on the FOOTBALL! and chips, maybe some of those baby carrots too. I love those.”

Nickelodeon’s full slate of original on-air programming and digital content for Super Bowl week is as follows:

Paper Punk to Release TMNT and Spongebob Paper Construction Kits

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Maker of paper-based construction toys, Paper Punk, has recently signed a licensing deal that gives them rights to develop paper-based construction kits based on two of Nickelodeon’s hottest animated properties, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Spongebob Squarepants. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kits are scheduled for a February 2014 release, while the Spongebob Squarepants ones are scheduled for the following mid-year.

New Teen Titans Go! Clip: Waffles

A new preview clip and a bunch of new images have just been released for the next episode of Teen Titans Go!, titled “Waffles.” The episode is scheduled to air on Cartoon Network this coming Wednesday, February 5, at 7:30 PM. The episode once again focuses on the two members of the team who are most likely to cause chaos and general annoyance: Beast Boy and Cyborg.

In Waffles, Cyborg and Beast Boy commemorate their appreciation for waffles by deciding to limit their vocabulary to only saying the word “waffles.” As expected, this results in their team members being annoyed and frustrated. Their only hope lies with their enemy, Brother Blood, who may be the only one that can stop Cyborg and Beast Boy via the help of a new henchman named Pain Bot.

Seth Rogen and Crew Reunite for Sausage Party

Several cast members of the recent apocalyptic buddy comedy The End – Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Kristen Wiig, David Krumholtz and Nick Kroll – will be reuniting as voice cast members for Rogen and Even Goldberg’s first animated feature film, Sausage Party. According to reports, Edward Norton is also in talks to join the cast.

New Pokemon Snorlax Cushions Ships This June

Coming up with Pokemon-related merchandise is easy, as Pokemon is one of the most merchandise-friendly franchises in the industry, and there’s bound to be a character (or pokemon breed) that will fit in with any product or niche. It’s doubly easy if the product is a sleep aid, as there’s one type of Pokemon that practically spends majority of his appearances asleep. Enter: Snorlax Cushions.

Fairy Tail Site Updates With New Visuals

A little over a month after its launch, the official site for the new Fairy Tail anime has just been updated with a few images containing character designer Shinji Takeuchi’s take on Lucy and Natsu. Shinji Takeuchi is also known for his work on Gintama, so if you see any shades of Gintoki and crew, know that it’s not a coincidence.

You can check out the images below:

Sly Cooper Movie Scheduled for 2016?

The Sly Cooper series of 3D platformers seem like a perfect candidate for a CG animated series adaptation, as it already has the kind of characters that will fit in on a Saturday morning show, plus the games already show how good it will look like on CG. However, Animation studio Rainmaker Entertainment and Indie production outfit Blockade Entertainment does one better as they are planning a full length CG movie, with 2016 being touted as the planned release date. You can watch the 2 minute teaser below:

Casey Jones Debuts as a Vigilante in Next TMNT Episode

Nickelodeon has just released a new clip for the upcoming episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, titled ‘The Good, The Bad, The Casey Jones,’ which will air on Sunday, Feb 2, at 11:00 AM ET/PT on Nickelodeon. The episode will also mark the return of Season 2’s new episodes.

In The Good, The Bad, The Casey Jones, a Casey Jones who’s under the notion that he’s New York City’s last hope to put and end to crime encounters a bunch of ninjas and mutants, after which he decides to take on “pure evil” alone. However, meeting fellow hot-headed fighter Raphael has convinced him that they have to put their dislike for each other aside and work together against a common foe.

Postscript for the “Thunderian Series”

Note: If you Missed any of the other works in the series including the recent one dealing with Toonami: here they are:

http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/thundercats-2011-retrospective/

http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/long-road-mediocrity-vortexx-approved-kids-dont-it/

http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/child-lead-them-axe-cop-exposes-big-lie-kids-business/

http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/absolution-sins-fandom-toonamis-epic-journey/

Ben 10: Omniverse Art Style – Good or Bad?

Okay, Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 Week has come and gone, and as promised, we got ourselves a sneak peek of the new addition to the Ben 10 franchise with Ben 10: Omniverse. It’s cool and all, with our resident galactic protector teaming up with his younger self (or is it the other way around? Time Travel discussion has always blown my mind!) for twice the action, but it seems that a lot of fans are disappointed with the new art style, which seems slightly deformed compared to the previous shows’.

Fantastic Four Reboot Casts Josh Gad as The Thing?

Rumors have already started to surface for Josh Trank’s planned reboot of The Fantastic Four movie franchise, and it seems to be pointing towards a much younger cast this time around. There’s already reports that Michael B. Jordan will be playing Johnny Storm and Miles Teller is also rumored to be playing Mr. Fantastic, now there are reports floating around that Josh Gad has been linked to the role of Ben Grimm.

There’s no other details so it wasn’t clear whether Josh is only linked to the role of the human Ben Grimm or whether they’re also going to map his face on the CGI Thing, like Marvel did with Mark Ruffalo and the Hulk.

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