Steven Universe #14 Preview: Greg Universe’s Musical Comeback

Get a sneak peek of what’s next up in the Steven Universe comic book series, published by kaBOOM, an imprint of BOOM! Studios. Steven Universe #14 is all about the mission to help Mr. Universe and put together his musical comeback concert! Steven spends the day helping his dad out with some car washing, when he trips over a box and discovers some interesting findings in it. Some of Mr. Universe’s old CDs. Steven then watches his father emotionally talk about the good ol days when he used to sing and perform. And that’s when an idea struck over Steven, but he’ll need the help of the rest of the Crystal Gems.

Steven Universe #14 was written by Grace Kraft. Rii Abrego serves at the artist, Whitney Cogar as the colorist, Mike Fiorentino as the letterer, Missy Peña as the main cover artist, and Eleonora Bruni as the subscription cover artist. This issue will go on sale March 21, 2018 for $3.99. Get a preview of the comic book below!

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‘Boots’ Tells the Story of a Cat with a Serious Hoarding Problem

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Frederator Studios has really released something unusually entertaining with this animated short that was uploaded to their Cartoon Hangover YouTube Channel on November 21, 2017, a part of their GO! Cartoons series. Just last year in November 2017, Frederator teamed up with Sony Pictures Animation to create another cartoon incubator that gives viewers the chance to discover new cartoons and also gives the creators a chance to be discovered and have their cartoon short episode on display to millions of subscribers. Frederator is the culprit of producing great animated shorts that turned into successful long-running series such as The Fairly Oddparents & Adventure Time. Previously, we reviewed the first episode of the GO! Cartoons series “The Summoning”, created by Elyse Castro. Let’s see what cartoon was let loose right after.

Introducing Boots, a yellow cat who’s often jolly but seems to be unsure of what can truly fulfill his happiness and the empty void that is his heart. Instead, he collects many unnecessary items in his home that he has grown to be attached to, which is a very unfortunate disorder known as hoarding. Boots (Alison Cowles) even has the inability to let things go in his dreams, which we come to find as the episode begins and he wakes up in a nightmarish panic. He proceeds to go on with his morning by greeting and passing by the many odd items that he collects in bulk: Tupperware, toilet paper rolls, clocks. You know, the usual things that should be stacked high in everyone’s house. As he finishes drinking his morning Joe from one of his many, and I mean many mugs, he heads outside to greet his rotting porch pumpkin. That is when he discovers yet another item that he truly needs, a red chair that his neighbor Chad (Casey Hime), a very egocentric monkey, threw out. Boots doesn’t believe in throwing anything out and goes through the stressful and dangerous attempt at stealing the chair, which Chad catching on to his plan and trying to sabotage it. Finally, Boots simply swallows the chair whole and coughs it up to add it to his collection of other chairs.

What a ride that has been. Just watching this episode gave me a roller coaster of feelings that range from pleasant to concerned. Boots is an adorable character. There’s no doubt about that part. From the way he talks to how cheery and optimistic his attitude is towards things, Boots is someone who I want to cuddle forever. He says hilarious one-liners that made this episode very enjoyable. Plus he’s a cat, he automatically gets all the love and respect from me. What I am really concerned about is that… he clearly has a serious hoarding problem, to the point where his neighbor Chad briefly mentioned that he noticed a stack of boxes in his home and asks him if he’s moving. Followed by persuading him to “go forward” with moving because he pictures Boots living somewhere farther away. Yep, Chad is that snobby jerk of a neighbor that we all have had before.

“Any-who, enough about you. I was just getting ready to go on my botox-lipo cruise.” – Chad

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In all seriousness, Boots is one of those characters that you’ll get attached to and can’t help but be concerned for due to his inability to throw things away due to his emotional attachment to items. As Boots declares his life as “complete” when he successfully apprehends the chair, that was proven to be untrue when he takes a gander out of his window. One of the best (but morally worst) moments in the episode is the musical number that happens when Boots discovers yet another item that he falls in love with tricycle with a missing wheel. He dances around the tricycle and sings about how it’s the missing link to fill his empty heart.

Overall, Boots was truly entertaining and I hope to see more episodes possibly in the future. Who knows. The voice work was outstanding to me and I love how colorful and playful the animation is. Two thumbs up to creator Alison Cowles and the entire team behind the episode for such an amazing job. Frederator Studios continues to put great work on display from animated series creators. This isn’t my first time reviewing an episode from the GO! Cartoons serious and it won’t be my last.

 

 

DoodleBob Returns in Latest SpongeBob Episode ‘Doodle Dimension’ (Review)

This post contains spoilers for those of you who haven’t seen the episode yet. Continue at your own risk.

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It can be really exciting when a show that has been running for so long brings back some of their original material. With the constant nagging debate that the SpongeBob Squarepants series is just not how is used to be or that it “changed for the worst”, it’s really good timing that we get to see a classic character from on of the earlier seasons. And I honestly, from the bottom of my heart, have to disagree with those statements and the people who are against the newer SpongeBob episodes. I respect your opinions 100%, but try to look at it from this perspective. SpongeBob Squarepants has been running for 19 long and successful years, from episode one to now. When a series has been running for as long as SpongeBob, you just can’t expect it to stay the same. Team members such as writers and artists on the set may have come and gone. Things are bound to change and that is totally normal. A part of life actually, so get used to it kiddos.

With all that being said, SpongeBob Squarepants is still doing quite well as a long running series and it has my respect. Especially when it brings back such iconic characters such as the one and only… DoodleBob. We haven’t seen SpongeBob’s evil self portrait that came to life since his debut episode “Frankendoodle” which aired back in 2002. Sixteen years later, DoodleBob is back and causing an even bigger war in the latest SpongeBob episode “Doodle Dimension” that aired last Friday on March 9. Doodle Dimension was a highly anticipated episode because of DoodleBob’s popularity amongst those who have been watching the series since it started. DoodleBob is basically SpongeBob’s poorly drawn evil twin who wants to wreak havoc, and though SpongeBob defeated him last time, of course Patrick would be the one to draw him yet again when they enter themselves through a strange, blank dimension where you have to doodle the world around you, using a portal that Sandy built.

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Now I would say “Really? Haven’t they learned from the last time?” but this is SpongeBob and Patrick we’re dealing with. I can’t help but feel as if they had totally forgotten about DoodleBob, on account of them calling him cute and wanting a hug from him when he was drawn again. I guess all of the antics that SpongeBob and Patrick go through on a day to day basis is just too much to keep up with. So of course chaos ensues and DoodleBob definitely wants revenge for his defeat the last time, but this time he has an army of mini DoodleBobs to back him up. Patrick even ends up getting tied up & taken into the doodled castle of DoodleBob. Thus, the battle to defeat the evil doodle part two really begun. Like I stated before, I don’t agree with those individuals who are saying that the series “changed for the worst”, but I can admit that the episode plots are getting even more outrageous, and this isn’t even necessarily a bad thing.

I’m going to give this episode a fair rating of 4.5/5. I appreciate the writers bringing back a classic character because it shows me that the team behind the series obviously hasn’t forgot about their roots. I mean even though DoodleBob is a villain to SpongeBob and Patrick, you got to admit that his characteristics are funny. On the other hand, I’m a not a huge fan of the direction they took with the episode. Yes, it was expected of Patrick to do something silly and idiotic like draw their enemy who who wrecked havoc. But it was strange of the two not to remember DoodleBob at first and coddling him, as if he totally didn’t try to kill them in the past. I’ll just disregard it as an honest hiccup for now. I also wish they would have gone in the direction of making this episode a special, that maybe could’ve have been an hour long. I hate that the episode was only eleven minutes long because I was really into it, and it felt like it was over before it even started. Sorry if I come off as an ungrateful savage, but when you’re bringing back the epic battle of DoodleBob, you have got to come a bit stronger. But I’m definitely not complaining about SpongeBob with a doodled knight costume on.

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WonderCon 2018 Panel Programming Lineup Announced

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BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce it will exhibit at WonderCon 2018, which will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center, CA, during March 23-25. BOOM! Studios will once again occupy one the most prominent booths on the floor, #1301, and feature a diverse array of signings and exclusive merchandise.

Additionally, BOOM! Studios is proud to announce a powerful line up of panel programming including:

Friday, March 23rd
2:00-3:00 BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours
—The world of BOOM! Studios has grown bigger than ever before, meaning there’s a comic book for every kind of fan, and this is the panel to Discover Yours! Join Josh Trujillo (Dodge City), Sarah Kuhn (Clueless), David F. Walker (Planet of The Apes) Ben Blacker & Ben Acker (The Thrilling Adventure Hour), Carly Usdin (Heavy Vinyl), Matt Gagnon (Editor-in-Chief, BOOM! Studios) & more as they reveal big news from the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, Archaia, BOOM! Box, and KaBOOM!, along with some special surprises for every fan in attendance. Moderated by Filip Sablik (President of Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios). Room 211

SaturdayMarch 24th
2:30-3:30 Power Rangers: Shattered Grid
—Lord Drakkon has returned, and after the events of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25, No Ranger Is Safe! Join writers Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), actor David Yost (“Billy Cranston,” Mighty Morphin Power RangersTV Series), Dafna Pleban (Editor, BOOM! Studios), Melissa Flores (Director, Power Rangers Content, Saban Brands) and more to discuss the first-ever Saban’s Power Rangers comic book event and what it means for the original teenagers with attitude. This panel will make Power Rangers history with a moment no Power Rangers fan can afford to miss, along with exclusive news and first looks! Moderated by journalist Joshua Yehl (IGN.com). Room 200B 

Sunday, March 25th
11:00-12:00 Pop Culture is LGBTQ
— BOOM! Studios and GLAAD present an honest discussion of LGBTQ representation in pop culture and the path forward to a brighter, more inclusive future, with special guests including Wilson Cruz (Actor, Star Trek: Discovery), Elliot Fletcher (Actor, The Fosters), CB Lee (Writer, Not Your Sidekick), Rian Sygh (Artist, The Backstagers), Josh Trujillo (Writer, Dodge City) and Megan Townsend (Director of Entertainment Research & Analysis, GLAAD). Moderated by journalist Tracy Brown (LA Times).  Room 211

Nickelodeon Unleashes a Social VR Experience ‘SlimeZone’ to IMAX Centres

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Nickelodeon and IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) have partnered to bring SlimeZone, the network’s first multi-player social virtual reality (VR) experience, to IMAX VR Centres globally. Created in the Nickelodeon Entertainment Lab, SlimeZone allows up to six players to step inside the Nickelodeon virtual world, play games, watch cartoons and slime friend​s. SlimeZone debuts today exclusively at IMAX VR Centres in Los Angeles, New York City and Toronto, and is scheduled to launch at centers in Shanghai, Bangkok and Manchester (UK) soon.

SlimeZone features characters from popular Nickelodeon series such as Hey Arnold, SpongeBob Squarepants, The Loud House, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & The Legend of Korra. 

“Our SlimeZone partnership with IMAX lets kids and families interact with Nickelodeon properties and characters by bringing them to life in new and innovative ways,” said Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon Group. “This new VR experience will also show the creative community how we are using technology to create unique forms of entertainment for all ages.”

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“IMAX VR is designed to be a highly social, group experience – which makes Nickelodeon’s SlimeZone a perfect fit to bring to our centres,” says David Campbell, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Theatre Operations, IMAX Corp. “We are excited that IMAX VR players will get exclusive access to this exciting, fun and family-friendly virtual world.”

SlimeZone is a multi-player social VR experience that allows kids and families the opportunity to interact in a Nickelodeon-designed virtual world.  After selecting an avatar, users of all ages can slime blast their friends with Nickelodeon’s iconic green slime, play games such as ping pong and basketball, create art projects using glitter streams and colorful paint, and watch fan-favorite Nickelodeon cartoons.

Non-virtual reality players can participate alongside their friends and family as they explore the Nickelodeon world in spectator mode, by flying a virtual drone from a device to slime players.

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Nickelodeon first debuted SlimeZone at VidCon US 2017, an annual multi-genre online video conference.  SlimeZone was built using Epic’s Unreal Engine and Nvidia FleX particle system for slime simulation.

Launched in 2017, the Nickelodeon Entertainment Lab focuses on long-range research and development of emerging technologies. The Lab experiments with VR, mixed-reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence to provide Nickelodeon artists and creators with innovative tools that inspire new ways to tell stories for the next generation of kids.

Nickelodeon recently announced a financial investment in Dreamscape Immersive, the location-based VR startup, whereby both entities have committed to produce an experience using Nickelodeon’s IP for kids and families.

Check out the official trailer:

For pricing, availability and show times, please visit www.IMAXVR.com.

Garfield Is Back with a New Limited Comic Series

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Our favorite lasagna loving cat is back for another comic series. BOOM! Studios and PAWS Inc are proud to announce GARFIELD: HOMECOMING #1, a new four-issue limited series debuting in June 2018. Feeling mistreated and unappreciated by Jon, Garfield embarks on a journey for a new home and, along the way, meets up with a clown who works in an old-timey travelling circus. Convinced that this is the place for him, Garfield becomes part of the act. Wait. What is that cannon for?

GARFIELD was born on the comics pages on June 19, 1978. The comic strip is centered on the lives of a quick-witted orange cat who loves lasagna, coffee, and his remote control; Jon Arbuckle, his owner; and Odie, a sweet but dumb dog. GARFIELD was introduced to the world in just 41 newspapers and is now the most widely syndicated comic strip ever, appearing in 2100 newspapers. The strip, distributed by Andrews McMeel Syndication, is read by over 220 million people each day and is translated into 42 languages.

The success of the comic strip spawned an entertainment empire including television: Garfield and Friends, The Garfield Show, and a dozen primetime specials; movies: Garfield: The Movie and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties; hundreds of best-selling books, and thousands of licensed products.

Writer Scott Nickel (Garfield: His 9 Lives) will pair with a different artist in each issue of GARFIELD: HOMECOMING, as Sara Talmadge (Steven Universe) takes us through this wild ride in the first chapter of Garfield’s journey outside of the friendly confines of Jon’s house.

“Putting Garfield on the road in GARFIELD: HOMECOMING allows him to meet a variety of new characters – both friend and foe – and his journey takes him to some interesting and unexpected places,” said writer Scott Nickel. “We hope fans enjoy the ride.”

“I’ve always loved Garfield and getting to take him on an all new adventure with Scott and the team at BOOM! Studios was such a thrill!” said artist Sara Talmadge. “Garfield’s taking on the circus with his usual sass and legendary appetite… But can he be the new star act that the circus needs?  Every page in this issue was a total blast to draw (I mean, what’s more fun than the circus?), and I hope you enjoy it too!”

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GARFIELD: HOMECOMING #1 features a main cover by Andy Hirsch (Adventure Time) with Sara Talmadge.

“We’ve told some incredible Garfield stories at BOOM! Studios, but we’ve never taken Garfield this far outside his comfort zone – both literally and metaphorically,” said Whitney Leopard, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “In-between all the crazy adventures and trademark Garfield humor, the heart of this story is one that readers of all ages can relate to – the search to find that place where you fit in and feel like you can truly call your home.”

GARFIELD: HOMECOMING is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ critically acclaimed KaBOOM! imprint, publisher of world-class licensed series such asAdventure TimeSteven UniverseOver the Garden WallPeanuts, and Rugratsalong with original series like Brave Chef Brianna by Sam Sykes and Selina Espiritu and The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.

Print copies of GARFIELD: HOMECOMING #1 will be available for sale in June 2018 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

The Magic 7: Major Updates on the Unreleased Animated Film

A major breakthrough has been made with our research on the unreleased animated film The Magic 7.

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Lost or unreleased media is such a captivating topic. Imagine a TV show, commercial or movie that you have seen before but suddenly as years go by that media has vanished without any trace of it. When it comes to lost media, we often do have bits and pieces of the lost content such as stills or clips. Previously, I explored lost media and came across the most fascinating lost film that I have ever come across. Mainly because I felt like the film had a good cause attached to it and that it was unfortunate that it never made it to the screens.

Here’s an excerpt from my first article on The Magic 7 to help those of you who really want to understand what we’re dealing with here.

The Magic 7 is an animated film written and directed by Roger Holzberg. Supposedly, the plot surrounded two children and a five-toed dragon that teamed up to battle the arch-enemies of planet Earth. The movie was clearly made for Earth Day and it was originally supposed to be released on April 22, 1997, but it was postponed several times. Google & IMDB are claiming that The Magic 7 was released on December 19, 2008, in France and 2009 in the United States, but this is unlikely. There’s no information or promotional media, such as trailers or posters, that exists where this film was released in France nor the United States. In fact, there is no media coverage at all about this film.

The production for this film began in 1990. That means that it has been a 28-year-long journey with this project. For it to not be released by now, let alone it’s original release date in 1997, is so unfortunate. With the outrageously small amount of information of this film that is available on the internet, I thought that this case was going to be a lost cause. There are some instances where the creator of something considered to be lost media purposely keeps their work from ever seeing the light of the internet due to numerous reasons. I thought this was going to be the case when I contacted the writer and director of The Magic 7, Roger Holzberg. Fortunately, this was not the case when I chatted with Holzberg via email. But more unfortunately, I learned the circumstances surrounding the film that Holzberg himself considers a “sad story” along with some new information regarding why the film has been unfinished. Here’s a little timeline of sorts:

  • Developed by Roger Holzberg (writer/director) and David Joseph (producer) in collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Protection Agency (UNEP).
  • M7 is purchased by a film company called Earth Saver’s CLub (ESC) who green lights and funds production.  The live action is filmed and edited, the voice artists are recorded (except 1).  The live action is edited, animation begins, the track is edited and conformed to the storyboards.  The animation company goes bankrupt after the executive at ESCadvances the entire budget to them.   ESC then files Chapter 11.
  • Several years later Roger Holzberg, John Kilkenny, and the original ESC investor, buy the rights and assets back from bankruptcy court in LA and legally acquire M7.
  • Pulse Entertainment options the project, acquires the assets, begins production and sales.  After several years Pulse never completes M7 and the rights and assets once again revert back to Holzberg/Kilkenny.
  • Holzberg/Kilkenny commission Technicolor to digitize and store all of the assets so they will remain stable and secure.
  • HOPE – M7 is an animated film, significantly complete, hoping for an entertainment or media company to partner with the team and finally complete it.

So it’s confirmed that The Magic 7 has not been finished nor released despite that being stated on IMDB and Google, but Roger Holzberg still has the HOPE that one day it will be completed and released in the future. This is what makes lost/unreleased media so delightful: this information you find a long the way and learning about the story behind it. With environmental issues seemingly getting worse as time goes on, I think this movie would still be relevant and something that the younger generation needs to see if released today. Holzberg also shared the original synopsis and cast of the film and even uploaded a video that contains sample video and audio tracks!

THE MAGIC 7 is a live action / animated, adventure about a boy and girl who get taken to the world of the Dreaded Deadlies.  Led by a dragon named 5-Toe, they must transform the Deadlies and solve the secret of THE MAGIC 7 in order to get home. 

CASTING:

LIVE ACTION  —

SEAN (Corey Danziger) – A twelve year old boy like any other twelve year old boy.  He lives for baseball, rock n’ roll … and his family.

SEAN’S DAD (Ted Danson) – Strong, supportive and very much into his antique convertible Corvette.

SEAN’S MOM (Dee Wallace) – A wise cracker who takes care of her guys as best she can.

ERICA (Jennifer Love Hewitt) – A twelve year old, very shy girl who has just moved in next door. Beautiful, caring … and a touch too sensitive for her own good.

ANIMATION  —

SEAN / ERICA – Stylized versions of the actors.

5 TOE (James Earl Jones) – A 5th order dragon who eats high sulfur coal and pays the price with severe indigestion. A wise teacher, a deeply caring guide with an earth rumbling voice; if his wings were only big enough to properly support him when he flies…

SMOKESTACK SAM (John Candy) – POLLUTION – Half car, half man… all Texan.  He lives for one thing only – cruising down an open stretch of highway, red-lined to the max.

MARCEL MAGGOT (Michael J. Fox) – NOT-RECYCLING – He is a 500 pound French Moroccan maggot.  He sees himself as a very romantic fellow.

U-Z-ONESA (Demi Moore) – NOT RE-USING – Marlena Deitrich with a Barbie Doll body made of plastic forks, a microwave oven, blue plastic hair and an aerosol can skirt.  She can’t sing a note … but doesn’t know it.

SCRATCH (Ice T.) – NOT RENEWING THE EARTH – A skeleton with fiery feet, leaving scorched earth wherever he steps.  Not much of a talker, he Raps like the ‘bad-ass mother earth destroyer’ he is.  He digs U-Z.

WASTRA (Madeline Kahn) – NOT CONSERVING – A small thermo-nuclear reactor, always running at a frantic, operatic tremble. She is a vampire of electrical power.

THRAXX (TBD) – NOT RESPECTING LIVING THINGS – A Tyrannosaurs Rex in an Armani suit, Gordon Gecko with claws. 

There you have it! I want to thank Roger Holzberg for responding and providing so much more insight on his film. I also want to wish him and the rest of the team behind The Magic 7 good luck for the future plans behind the film, whether they want to release it or not. This lost media journey has turned out to be a really fascinating one.

I would also like to dedicate this article to Madeline Kahn, voice of Wastra, who died in 1999 & John Candy, voice of Smokestack Sam, who died in 1994. The two also starred in many other great films. Rest in peace.

Nickelodeon Greenlits a Fourth Season & Spin-Off Series for ‘The Loud House’

Nickelodeon announced today the development of Los Casagrandes (working title), a companion series to the animated hit The Loud House that will follow Lincoln Loud’s friend Ronnie Anne and her extended family, the Casagrandes, who live together in the big city.  Nickelodeon has also greenlit a fourth season (26 episodes) of The Loud House, which will include a six-episode story arc featuring the Casagrandes.  Since its launch in 2016, The Loud House has remained one of Nickelodeon’s top-rated shows and is currently the number-one series across television with Kids 2-11 and Kids 6-11 year to date.

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Los Casagrandes expands The Loud House universe, and features heart, humor and a multi-generational ensemble that will speak to kids and families of today,” said Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon Group.

Los Casagrandes is being developed to have Ronnie Anne and Bobby Santiago adjust to their new life in the city, where they now live with their big, loving and chaotic multi-generational family, the Casagrandes. In the series, Ronnie Anne will make new friends, build stronger bonds with her relatives and explore the endless possibilities city life has to offer. Bobby will help Grandpa Hector run the family’s corner store, and becomes familiar with the neighborhood’s quirky characters.

The Casagrande family was first introduced in the The Loud House special, “The Loudest Mission: Relative Chaos,” and will continue to appear throughout the current third season.  The Loud House centers on 11-year-old Lincoln Loud and his ten sisters as he gives an inside look at what it takes to survive the chaos of a huge family. Viewers can catch all-new episodes in its regular timeslot Fridays at 6:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

The Loud House is co-executive produced by Mike Rubiner (KaBlam!), who previously served as story editor since the series launch in 2016.  Award-winning American cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz (Coco) will serve as a cultural consultant and consulting producer for the six-episode arc of The Loud House featuring the Casagrandes.

For more information on The Loud House, visit Nick.com, the Nick App, Instagram and the Facebook page. Episodes of The Loud House are available on the Nick App and Nick.com, for download on iOS, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Android, and Android TV and Nick On Demand. Episodes are also available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, Xbox, PlayStation and Verizon. Additionally, fans can listen to the “Listen Out Loud with the Loud House” podcast, Nickelodeon’s first-ever original podcast for kids, on Nick.com, the Nick App, Nickelodeon’s YouTube channel and most podcast apps.

New Animated Comedy Series ‘Pony’ Greenlit at Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon today announced a 20-episode order for Pony, an original 2D-animated buddy comedy that follows the life of an average girl, Annie, her (almost) average family and what happens when an excitable, unpredictable, loveable and talking pony comes to live with them in their city apartment. Pony is the first animated comedy series to be greenlit for the U.S. from Nickelodeon International.  Created by Ant Blades, Pony is based off a short of the same name from Nickelodeon’s 2015 International Animated Shorts Program.

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Pony follows Annie’s everyday life as a 9-year-old, from working at her parent’s city farm, located on their apartment balcony, homework, school friends and, most importantly, her friendship with Pony.  Pony is Annie’s biggest cheerleader and best friend, although sometimes his optimism and enthusiasm lands the pair in unusual situations.

Ant Blades started his creative career writing and drawing for the cartoon strip Bewley. After his short stint as an animator, Blades worked for years in the digital creative industry before moving back to the animation field and setting up Birdbox, a studio that produces commercials, on-air spots and funny short films.

Nickelodeon’s International Animated Shorts Program is now a monthly themed outreach effort for original and funny content to fuel its dynamic development slate. Concepts for the program are received in all animation styles from 2D, digital 2D, stop motion, CG and mixed media.  Finalists are provided with the necessary artistic and production support to help them complete their fully animated original, humor-based and character-driven short.

Nickelodeon Is Reviving Blue’s Clues & They’re Looking for a Host

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Nickelodeon will have a new generation of preschoolers searching for clues, as it brings back the beloved puppy Blue in a remake of its groundbreaking series, Blue’s Clues.  Picked up for 20 episodes, the new Blue’s Clues will have a refreshed signature look and casting for the new host will begin this month, including an open call in Southern California on April 14. For more info, visit http://blues-clues-host-casting.nick.com.  Production on Blue’s Clues will commence this summer.

“With Blue’s Clues, Nickelodeon launched what became TV’s first generation of interactivity for preschoolers and set the bar for quality, curriculum-driven shows we have made since,” said Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon Group.  “The new, modern version of Blue’s Clues will capture all the original’s creativity and visual identity for a whole new audience ready for its fun adventures and expertly designed problem-solving curriculum.”

The new Blue’s Clues series centers on the energetic girl puppy Blue who invites viewers into her animated world to help solve the day’s puzzles with the help of a live-action host.  Preschoolers are encouraged to interact with the action on-screen by answering questions, pointing out clues, jumping on their feet and playing along.

The original Blue’s Clues series launched in September 1996 to critical praise from educators, parents and preschoolers and ran for six groundbreaking seasons.  Created by Traci Paige Johnson, Todd Kessler and Angela C. Santomero, Blue’s Clues drew acclaim and high ratings for its unique interactivity that helped change the way kids watch television and has remained one of the most popular preschool shows of all time.  The landmark series also raised the bar in preschool television by exploring advanced subject matter such as sign language, geography, physics, emotions and anatomy.

The classic Blue’s Clues library is currently available on NOGGIN, Nickelodeon’s video subscription service for preschoolers, and short-form content can be found on the Nick Jr. App and NickJr.com.

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