Are you ready? New toons, new logos, new direction… so, srsly, ARE YOU READY? This is the question our pals at Nickelodeon pose to us,…
From the Madagascar films, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private must protect the Central Park Zoo from King Julien XIII, Maurice, and Mort
In an effort to crank up both their animated attack, as well as their Saturday Morning block, Nickelodeon has big plans for Kung-Fu Panda. The DreamWorks CG blockbuster made huge waves at the box office, with more of the same planned for the sequel (The Kaboom of Doom), and Nick is hoping to cash in on that success with the animated series, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness. Noting the partnership’s success with The Penguins of Madagascar, Nickelodeon has big plans for the series, and has already crafted 52 episodes. The adventure will follow Po, now a Master, living in the barracks with the Furious Five in the Valley of Peace, continuing his education and adventures of the Dragon Warrior. Check out the cast for the TV series
In less than two weeks, Jack Black will take the stage as the host of Nickelodeon’s 2011 Kids’ Choice Awards. The annual slime-fest is going all out this year (just like every year) bringing in a number of special guests including: Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Josh Duhamel, Damon Wayans, Jaden Smith, Sofia Vergara, Jane Lynch, Lindsey Vonn, Nick Cannon, Miranda Cosgrove, Victoria Justice, Danica Patrick, Rico Rodriguez, Cory Monteith, Big Time Rush, Shaun White, and many others. One of the more special, special guests is the Black Eyed Peas, who will be performing for the live audience. Take look at some of the nominees for the April 2nd show, and let us know who you’ll be voting for!
With less than two months to go before things reach slime-time, Nickelodeon is getting everything ready for the 2011 Kids’ Choice Awards. The curtain rises (and slime falls) on Saturday, April 2nd, at 8pm. Kung Fu Panda’s Jack Black returns to host his third Kids’ Choice show, having previously hosted in 2006 and 2008. The show will feature over 20 categories with hundreds of nominees, including all your favorites from the past twelve months. Read on for a sneak peek!
In 2005, DreamWorks Animation brought Madagascar to the world. The sequel, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, hit a few years later in 2008. Sure, there’s been an awesome animated series, The Penguins of Madagascar, but if my math is correct, and it almost never is, we’re due for the third piece in the theatrical trilogy. Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks CEO, agrees, confirming that a third film (and possibly an eventually fourth!) is on the way. Madagascar 3 is underway, ready for theaters on May 18th, 2012. The general plot will revolve around Alex, Marty, Gloria, and Melman still trying to get home, working their way through Europe’s traveling circus along with King Julien, Maurice, Mort, and the Penguins, amongst others (like a sea lion, a jaguar, a tiger, and more!). Frances McDormand will do her best to stand between the friends and success, starring as the villainous animal control officer. You ready to dance?
After years of waiting, cartoon fans in the Ukraine are going to receive a very special holiday-timed gift this year! Nickelodeon will be launching its very first branded block with local broadcaster StarLightMedia Group, bringing tons of Nick fun to the Ukrainian audience. We’re talking about going from zero Nick toons to over 800 episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants, the Penguins of Madagascar, Rugrats, Avatar, and more!! The cartoons will air every day on QTV, and all weekend long on STB. Talk about a perfect present!
Let’s make it official! How to Train Your Dragon, the 3D theatrical blockbuster (and recent home blockbuster) is now having a regular television series based on the film. DreamWorks Animation is working with Cartoon Network on creation the series, similar in scope to when they worked with Nickelodeon on the Penguins of Madagascar toon. The How to Train Your Dragon animated series will sport the same CG as the movie counterpart, and is set to hit Cartoon Network’s airwaves in 2012. It is not clear yet how much it will focus on either the Dragons, the Vikings, the training programs, or how Hiccup and Toothless will feature, but the world is big and dynamic enough for us not to care and just to love it anyway!
As the world of CG animation grows by leaps and bounds, there has become a larger need for quality CG studios, giving movies and animated TV toons the polish that they need. Omnilab Media and Oktobor are no slouches in this field, joining together to form Oktobor Animation. Working along with Backyard Animation Pictures, this mega studio will become a dominant force for CG animation, leading the way with Nickelodeon Studios’ hit series The Penguins of Madagascar. The plan is to balloon the studio to over 120 artists and producers in the next 12 months, then 300 by 2014. And with the demand already so great for more of DreamWorks Animations “Penguins” series, that seems pretty likely!
A few days back, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (a.k.a. NATAS) dished out trophies and recognition to the winners of the 37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The event recognizes outstanding achievement in all creative fields of daytime TV production during the 2009 calendar year, making specific note of cartoons, animated programs, and the networks that air them. PBS took home the most nods this year, with 15 wins. Nickelodeon followed with 11, and Disney, Ion, and The CW each walked away with one. Take a look at a partial list of winners:
Nickelodeon has had tremendous success with the hit series The Penguins of Madagascar, based on the DreamWorks Animation film franchise Madagascar. Now, they’re taking that same logic and applying it to another DreamWorks movie, Kung Fu Panda, giving us the creatively named Kung Fu Panda: The Series. We’d heard about this awhile ago, but can now finally confirm that the show is in production. The series, which will be produced at Nickelodeon’s Animation Studios by Cheryl Holliday, hopes to grab at least special guest appearances of all the original movie cast, though the rumor now is they’ll be using sound-alikes to replace the celebrity voices, like Jack Black and Angelina Jolie. Be sure to stay TOONed right here for more updates.
Folks in the US have been enjoying the new CG animated series Fanboy and Chum Chum for a few months now, which has made those in the UK a bit jealous. Hoping to even the score, Nickelodeon now promises they’ll be bringing the hit series over seas for all to enjoy! This gift comes along with the soon-to-debut new logo for Nick UK, as well as new episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants, The Troop, and Penguins of Madagascar.