The Unforgettable April Fool’s Day Episode of As Told By Ginger

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In the midst of the popularity of Nickelodeon’s animation lineup, Nicktoons, As Told By Ginger was a show that dominated when it came to surreal pre-teen struggles. Ginger Foutley, a slightly awkward, yet smart and responsible pre-teen took on the ultimate battle of junior high: crushes, mean girls and the constant pressure to gain popularity. By her side stood her best friends Dodie, an over dramatic girl who desperately craves popularity, and Macie, a small and nasally girl who’s obsessed with health risks. The trio of friends have had their share of situations, drama and has even had their friendship tested. But among all of that, was the ultimate and twisted mind game of a prank that was played on April Fools Day.

In season 2 episode 10, Ginger plays what was suppose to be the ultimate April Fool’s Day prank on Dodie, to get her back from the year before. I’m talking love games, and things could get pretty messy. It all started when Ginger forged a love letter that is supposed to be written by Dustin, the weirdest guy in their school, to Dodie. But when Dodie reveals that she has actually had a secret crush on him for awhile, Ginger realizes that her April Fools prank may have backfired. Even worse, Dustin ends up declaring his love for Macie in his very own letter. This causes drama between Dodie and Macie and things get crazy, all while Ginger is feeling guilt and regret because her prank caused major conflict between her best friends. Or so we thought it did, but there was a huge twist revealed that ended up being a prank on not only Ginger, but to the viewers that watch. And the mastermind behind it all was Darren.

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If you’ve watched the entire episode from beginning to end, then you remember when Ginger was telling Darren all about her prank. Which isn’t really smart on Ginger’s end, because lord knows why she would even tell Darren, who’s also a member of their friendship circle. Darren pretty expressed to Ginger about how he doesn’t think her prank is a good idea and that she’s “playing with fire”, but little did we know, he was serious. Serious enough to let Dodie, Macie and Dustin know about the whole thing beforehand and be able to plan his very own prank with the help of those three, that made Ginger’s prank look amateur. Towards the end of the episode when Darren’s prank was revealed, Ginger attempted one last try at getting her friends good by fake crying and expressing how much their prank caused her emotional turmoil and distress. Really Ging?

Darren won me over with this episode. His character is always winning me over with his words of wisdom and keeping Ginger and the girls from freaking out, but I feel like he took a stand this time. He saw something that would potentially be a dangerous game played by Ginger, and put his own little fun twist on it. Plus, it taught Ginger a lesson and pretty much saved her behind. I’m starting to wonder what if Darren didn’t play his prank back on Ginger? What if Dodie really got that letter by surprise, and really thought Dustin liked her, only to find out he doesn’t? If you’re a fan of the series like myself, then you know the over dramatic level that Dodie is on. The love games that were played could have done some real damage.

Of course, there is always that meanwhile side of an episode of As Told By Ginger. Carl and Hoodsey play their own prank on their arch nemisis Blake Gripling, which backfires on them as well. What a lousy year that was for the Foutley kids to pull April Fools pranks. Carl tells Blake that he sold is beloved tonsils, only to find out that Hoodsey’s mother Joann actually threw them away on accident. This led to Carl and Hoodsey searching the dump and getting trapped in it. There’s a lesson in this episode for those who are planning to come up with their own devious pranks: keep it to yourself or it might backfire! Don’t make the same mistake Ginger did.

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Nickelodeon Releases First ‘Rise of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Trailer

Nickelodeon just released the first trailer for its all-new animated series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which follows the band of brothers as they discover new powers and encounter a mystical world they never knew existed beneath the streets of New York City. The 2D-animated series, which blends action and comedy and features a dynamic fresh look, debuts later this year on Nickelodeon.

The series stars the voice talent of Omar Miller (Ballers) as Raphael, Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Leonardo, Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Donatello, Brandon Mychal Smith (You’re The Worst) as Michelangelo, Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as April O’Neil and Eric Bauza (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Splinter. WWE Superstar John Cena lends his voice as villain, Baron Draxum, an alchemist warrior mutant who seeks to turn all of humanity into mutants.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reimagines the iconic series and breathes new life into the classic characters, with jagged-shelled Raphael as a snapping turtle, wielding twin tonfas as his weapons; Leonardo as a red-eared slider, using an ōdachi sword; Donatello as a soft-shell turtle, sporting a tech-bo staff; and Michelangelo as a box turtle, arming himself with a kusari-fundo. Along for the adventure is the Turtles’ most trusted ally, April O’Neil, a street savvy native New Yorker, and Splinter, father figure and sensei to the Turtles.

The Turtles also hold distinct personality traits and skills: Raphael, as the oldest and biggest brother, is the leader full of enthusiasm and bravado; Leonardo, the self-professed coolest brother possesses irreverent charm and a rebel heart; Donatello is a mechanical genius and tech wizard whose ninja skills are second only to his coding; and Michelangelo, the youngest brother, is a skateboarder and artist who is wild and imaginative.

The new 26-episode series is co-executive produced by Andy Suriano (character designer, Samurai Jack) and Ant Ward (supervising producer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) at Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif. Veteran animation industry voice actor Rob Paulsen is voice directing the series.

Viewers can visit the Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles page on Nick.com  and Facebook for more information and follow @TMNT everywhere else for Turtle Power updates.

 

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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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.

Nickelodeon, now in its 38th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids’ basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

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.

 

‘The Loud House’ Mystery: Why Does Lincoln Really Have White Hair?

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It all started with an adoption theory, that was later debunked, but we are yet to solve the ultimate mystery of The Loud House. In the episode “Not a Loud”, Lincoln came across his baby book but soon discovers that his birth story page was blank. He goes to his parents and they both give him obviously false stories. Lincoln and Clyde decide to take matters into their own hands. After some investigation, Lincoln found another family with white hair and similar features as him, and he comes to the conclusion that his parents switched babies with them because they wanted a boy. Lincoln confronts his folks yet again and they find the claims humorous. What’s really quite funny is that they decided to tell Lincoln his “real” birth story after he went through all of the trouble.

So apparently, when Rita’s water broke and her and Lynn Sr. were on their way to the hospital, their van broke down but… brace yourselves. They just happened to be on the same road as the president and the first lady, and get this! They decided to give Rita and Lynn Sr. a lift, but unable to make it to the hospital before Rita gave birth, the first lady delivered Lincoln herself. What a believable story, and it’s even more interesting to know that Rita told Lincoln that he cannot tell anyone due to a “confidential agreement”. Oh come on, if the first lady of the United States actually delivered a baby, I’m sure the White House would want a story like that to be public for good publicity.

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So Lincoln’s birth story sounded like total… don’t even make me say it. It just sounded unlikely alright, but I guess the Lincoln adoption theory was debunked so whatever. Wait, but where was the explanation for Lincoln’s white hair? Hmm… now we’re getting somewhere.

Now in the concluding scene of the episode “Not a Loud”, Lincoln and Clyde notice that the character “Ron the Radioactive Boy” has white hair, so they assume Lincoln’s white hair comes from radioactivity. It’s kind of stretch if you ask me, but I like to encourage thinking outside of the box. The official explanation to why Lincoln’s hair is white that the show’s team seems to be trying to settle with is that he got it from his maternal grandfather or “Pop-pop” Albert. In the episode “Cover Girls”, while Lincoln talks to his grandfather Albert through a video chat, Albert calls Lincoln his “lookalike” and states that Lincoln has “still got snow on the roof”, directly referring to his hair. This is extremely bizarre, on account of Pop-pop being an elderly man who is expected to have white hair as he ages. Why would Lincoln, who is 11-years-old, have white hair?

It’s also worth mentioning that Lincoln’s sisters all have mixed hair colors of blonde and brunette, with the exception of Lucy, who’s natural hair was proven to be black in the episode “Spell It Out”. I’m sorry, WHAT? This mystery just gets deeper and deeper. I would love to try and figure out a possible reason to why Lucy’s hair color is different from her sisters as well, but that’s another post for another time.

 

 

 

A Sneak Peek at the Newest Rocko’s Modern Life Comic Series

Along with a TV movie coming in 2018, we also get to see Nickelodeon’s classic Wallaby in a new comic book series this coming Wednesday, December 6. ‘Rocko’s Modern Life #1’ is published by BOOM! Studios, who has teamed up with Nickelodeon for the Rugrats comic series as well. The storyline surrounds Rocko facing unemployment, a terrible living situation, and increasingly slim job prospects. Sooner or later he is forced to find out just how far he is willing to go to get a job. There will also be a bonus backup story where Ed Bighead finds himself in the dentist chair of Dr. Hutchison! The comic is written by Ryan Ferrier, of the Regular Show and KC Green. Green is also an artist for the comic series alongside Ian McGinty, who has worked on Adventure Time, Invader Zim, and Bee and Puppycat comics.

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The Evergrowing Franchise of SpongeBob Squarepants

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SpongeBob Squarepants turned 18 years old this year and there has been a lot of discussion and controversy around its longevity status. It’s one of the longest running cartoons on all of television and THE longest running series on Nickelodeon. SpongeBob premiered on May 1, 1999, and from then on was the start of a new empire. At the time shows like Rugrats and Hey Arnold ruled the network, but SpongeBob’s popularity surpassed them in what seemed like a millisecond. Since then the series grew to be a billion-dollar franchise and a household name. If you were to ask your parents or grandparents if they know who or what SpongeBob Squarepants is, 99% of the time they do. This show is huge and has been for 18 years. Despite reports of cancellation and some individuals who are dying for this show to end, Nickelodeon is making it clear that SpongeBob Squarepants isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.

As the show’s popularity grew over the years, so did the empire. SpongeBob Squarepants has one of the wealthiest cartoon franchises that has generated around $12 billion, but what can possibly be the source for this evergrowing franchise?

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For starters, behind every successful show is its merchandise & products, and SpongeBob’s variety may be a little insane. Clothing, shoes, furniture, hair gel, body wash, alarm clocks, walkie-talkies, toys, cameras, mugs, beds, school supplies, body spray, electronics, and the list just never stops from there. Basically, if you think of any item or product that exists, there’s probably a SpongeBob version of it out there.

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SpongeBob has not only dominated its merchandise but they’re killing it in the food industry as well. Various food products in Fruit Snacks, Popsicles, Mac and Cheese, Taco Kits, Candy, Cheese Nips, and Cereal have been branded with the yellow sponge. Fast Food chains such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, and Sonic have also marketed the show to the young ones with their kid’s meals toys in the past and present.

The franchise has made a killing with their big screen movies. The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie made over $140 million and Sponge Out of Water made even more of a splash with $325.1 million. There have been a number of video games released based off of the show, including The Legend of the Lost Spatula (2001), Battle for Bikini Bottom (2003), and SpongeBob Moves In (2013).

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Music from the series resulted in several soundtrack albums that have been sold and streamed by millions. SpongeBob’s Greatest Hits was the compilation album that celebrated the show’s ten-year anniversary.

SpongeBob seemed to have led to many products and branding deals, but I guess nothing screams success like screaming on a rollercoaster. Yes, they even have SpongeBob Squarepants theme park rides at Six Flags, Flamingo Land Resort, Shedd Aquarium, and at the Mall of America.

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SpongeBob Squarepants has been renewed for a season 12 and the 3rd movie, SpongeBob Squarepants 3, will be out in 2019. This billion-dollar monster franchise will continue to grow as the show is. Whether you like the show or not, you’ve got to admit that the success story has a beautiful side to it.