Hey Arnold, Ready Jet Go Creator Craig Bartlett to Participate in AMA on Reddit April 2

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Season 2 of the hit animated space-themed series Ready Jet Go! blasts off Monday, April 2, on PBS KIDS (check local listings) with a special week of girl-empowering episodes that will get young viewers from coast-to-coast psyched about space and science! To help ring in the new season, the creator of Ready Jet Go!, Hey Arnold, and Dinosaur Train, Craig Bartlett, will participate in a can’t-miss Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) on April 2 at 3pm ET. Fans can stop by to ask Craig about the new season, what’s coming next – and anything else Redditors might want to know about. We’d love for you to spread the word about the upcoming AMA, and we invite you to join Craig yourself to ask him anything! Just check out the Sub-reddit IAmA on April 2 and Craig will be there!

A brand-new out-of-this-world episode will launch every weekday and features the adventures of Boxwood Terrace’s very own Mindy Melendez – starting with the half-hour special, “Mindy Turns 5”. Now that Mindy’s a big girl, it’s her turn to zoom off to space with Jet and the gang for the first time, at last! And the Season 2 fun continues this summer with a space-infused new episode set to roll out each Wednesday in June and July. For even more stellar STEM-focused learning, each episode features live-action interstitials with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory astrophysicist Dr. Amy Mainzer, science consultant for the series.

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Ready Jet Go! Season 2 Premiere Week Schedule 

Monday, April 2, 2018

“Mindy Turns 5” – Half-Hour Special!

Mindy has finally turned 5 and is super excited that she is now old enough to go to space. But she’s planned a tea party in the back yard. The kids convince Mindy to move her tea party to the Moon! In her first trip to space ever, Mindy gets to board the Propulsion family saucer and experience space travel, rounding out their Moon tea party with a quick trip out to Pluto and back.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

“Endless Summer”: Jet is amazed to find out that the entire Earth doesn’t have the same season at the same time.  So he flies with Sydney and Sean from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere to compare, and experience holidays in winter and summer… all in one day!

“Jet Shrinks the Kids”: Mindy feels bad that she’s the smallest kid in the group, so sympathetic Jet and friends use a shrink-ray and become her size. The plan goes awry, and Jet, Sean, Sydney, and Sunspot become the size of mice. Mindy has to follow intricate diagrams to reverse the shrink-ray!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

“Mindy’s Ice Rink”: Mindy is impatient for winter because she wants to ice skate. So Jet, Sean, Sydney, and Celery fly to Saturn’s icy rings to gather ice from them, and return to build a Saturn-ringed skating rink around Jet’s house.

“Measure for Measure”: Jet, Sydney, Sean, Mindy, and Sunspot decide to make a scaled replica of the solar system using found items in their own neighborhood, and in doing so learn that an Astronomical Unit is the distance from the Earth to the Sun.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

“Mindy and Carrot Bake”: While making a cake, Carrot and Mindy find they are one are short one ingredient, so they head to the store, but Carrot accidentally pushes a wrong button on the wagon’s newly-updated control panel and they take off into outer space! Using a diagram, methodical experimentation, and record keeping, Mindy and Carrot figure out how to properly fly the saucer back home, where they finally finish the cake.

“Commander Cressida Begins”: Mindy has a problem: now that she’s been to space with the bigger kids, she realizes how much there is out there to see! How can she decide where to explore next? Sydney asks her mom, Dr. Skelley, who presents them with the very first edition of Commander Cressida comics! In reading the comic book, Mindy comes to appreciate that she, like Commander Cressida, can explore space “one adventure at a time.”

Friday, April 6, 2018

“Mindy’s Bedtime”: Mindy has to go to bed when the Sun goes down, but she’s having such a fun day with her friends, she asks Jet and the others to help her keep the Sun from going down. The older kids humor Mindy and try to help “slow down the Sun.” All their efforts make Mindy so sleepy that she decides to go home and sleep.

“Galileo, Galileo!”: Sydney and Jet are having a hard time explaining to Mindy that the Sun doesn’t move – the Earth is moving around the Sun, so the Sun just SEEMS to move. Then Sean comes over dressed as his science hero Galileo, getting ready to do a school report. Mindy asks “Galileo” to explain how come the Sun seems to move, and Sean practices for his report by explaining how the planets move, in character as Galileo!

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Butch Hartman Has Left Nickelodeon After 20 Years

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For those of us who grew up watching Nickelodeon and are still devoted fans, we all know that shows such as Fairly OddParents & Danny Phantom reigned supreme at one point in time and we can all thank the man behind the shows as well. Butch Hartman has announced that he has left Nickelodeon after 20 years of animation gold. It is a rather bitter-sweet moment, because while most may be shambles because our childhoods are in a uproar, we should also wish Butch the best of luck in his future endeavors.

His career started with a short cartoon that ran on Fred Seibert’s cartoon incubator show Oh Yeah! Cartoons, which turned into a very successful full series that went on to be one of Nickelodeon’s longest-running series. That cartoon just happens to be Fairly OddParents, and later Butch Hartman went on to create other series on the network such as Danny Phantom, T.U.F.F. Puppy and Bunsen is a Beast. Hartman announced his departure from Nickelodeon via a video from his evergrowing YouTube channel. He has already made it clear that there is no bad blood between him and the network and that his time working there has been fantastic.

“I must tell you, I have had the time of my life at Nickelodeon. I have never been disappointed. I have never been let down. I have been treated extremely well by everybody there…”

Of course he did explain that these type of things do eventually happen in a career, especially in Hollywood. It is totally understandable and I fully respect his decision. What a relief to learn that Butch’s departure wasn’t under bad circumstances. I reached out to Nickelodeon for a statement and here’s what I got:

“We are grateful for all the stories and characters Butch Hartman brought to fans for the past 20 years and wish him the best. He will always be a part of the Nickelodeon family.”

Hartman also announced the decision to end Bunsen is a Beast and his plans to self-release a new project called Elf Detective and several other projects that have not been announced yet. It is unknown right now what will happen with Fairly OddParents, though we already know it and Hartman’s other shows are property of Nickelodeon’s parent company Viacom. It will be interesting to see what direction that will go in. But for now, I think I can speak for many of us when I say: thank you Butch Hartman. Thank you for 20 years of animation gold and memories from our childhood that we can look back at with joy. Once again, good luck to Butch Hartman and we will be covering & supporting your future projects here at Cartoon Buzz.