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.

 

Lizard People Are Real According to the Babies in Rugrats #6 Comic

Thanks to Grandpa Lou and his tin foil conspiracy theories, Tommy and the babies have come to the horrifying conclusion that lizard people are real. While Lou was showing Tommy the “evidence” of how the moon landing was fake, Stu and Didi puts a stop to Tommy being sucked into the conspiracy world at such a young age. Stu announces that he’s taking the babies to the golf course, but Lou insists that the golf course is the “classic hangout of the world’s elite aka the reptilian-lizard people”. He also pushed the conspiracy even further by mentioning that the golf course has pyramids and windmills in one place.

While the babies were at the golf course, Tommy tried to convince the others of Grandpa’s claims. At first Chuckie, Phil & Lil were not buying the fact that lizard people are real, but after Tommy’s many explanations; such as how the pyramids were built without trucks back in the ancient Egyptian days and how grandpa Lou is older than his dad, so he MUST be smarter, the babies might be convinced after all.

You can find out on March 28 for the price of $3.99! Rugrats #6 was published by KaBOOM, an imprint of BOOM! Studios and written by Box Brown. Lisa DuBois serves as the artist, Eleonora Bruni as the colorist, Jand im Campbell as the letterer. Cover artists are Jorge Corona as the main and Derek Charm as the subscription artist. Check out the preview of Rugrats #6 below!

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‘Amby & Dexter’ Was Like ASMR in the 90s on Nickelodeon

If you remember waking up in the morning as a child, then Nick Jr. may have been your go-to entertainment source. If you were watching Nick Jr. in the late 90s or early 2000s then you probably remember the animated shorts Amby & Dexter. Or at least faintly remember them somehow.

Amby & Dexter was a series of five shorts: Scotch Tape, Doorknob, Portraits (aka the infamous painting episode), Gardening, and Piano. The shorts were created by Paul Fierlinger, along with his wife Sandra Schuette, and composed by John Avarese.  IMDB summarizes the series synopsis as “small people who transformed from a pair into hands, and back again when their adventure’s complete. Amby is the playful one who loves to dance while Dexter is the serious one. The two never talk.” That is exactly what Amby & Dexter was, and despite the summary of the series sounding so simple, that’s what actually makes it still memorable today.

Just seeing the characters again makes me suddenly wonder if I’m 6-years-old again and getting ready for school. Amby was a raven-haired girl who wore glasses, a white hat that sort of looks like a beret, and a blue blouse and skirt. Dexter was a brown-haired boy who also wore glasses, along with a white long-sleeved short under a brown vest over it, and brown shorts. When the two transformed from the hands, they began exploring the giant world around them.

“Amby & Dexter” is a play on ambidextrous, which is a term used for someone who can use their left and right hand equally well. If that isn’t clever than I don’t know what is. What really made Amby & Dexter so unique and aesthetically pleasing that so many people have found themselves discovering the shorts all over again were the sounds. I included the uploaded episode “Portraits” above because that single short represents the entire series so well. In that episode, the tiny duo Amby & Dexter paint portraits of each other. A simple plot yet there’s a reason why this is the most memorable episode of them all.

If I could rename the Portraits episode to “ASMR painting sounds”, I would with no hesitation because that is what stands out the most. Hearing the paint brush dip into the water and then in the paint, along with some other texture sounds is like music to my ears. It takes me back to when these shorts used to air daily. Come to think of it, before YouTube existed, those of us who were kids back then got to experience ASMR prior to it being a thing. Another great episode that dominated in sounds was “Scotch Tape”.

Looking back on Amby & Dexter makes me wish kids today had such aesthetically pleasing animated shorts. If you think about it, the series could’ve also been useful for teaching kids about their hearing and visual senses. Visually, Amby & Dexter is one of the most beautiful short series I’ve seen. It was like seeing old school animation come back to life in the late 90s and early 2000s. Even hearing the background music again gives major nostalgic feelings.

The Krusty Krab vs. The Chum Bucket: Another SpongeBob Meme is Taking Over Twitter

Just when the evil Patrick memes were dying down. Once again, it really shows how influential SpongeBob Squarepants is. I mean, it has been running for 19 years after all.

We all know SpongeBob’s workplace & pretty much the most popular fast food restaurant in Bikini Bottom is the Krusty Krab. A Krabby Patty must be good, because that place stays busy and Mr. Krabs’ wallet stays stuffed. On the contrary, there’s another restaurant across the way known as The Chum Bucket, which is way less popular and is pretty sketchy if you know the real life definition of a “chumbucket”. Of course, the internet just knows how to make things even more interesting. The latest meme is people comparing two real life things using the Krusty Krab and the Chum Bucket, with the Krusty Krab being the most favorable thing and the Chum Bucket being the least favorable. Looks like a meme is going to be the cause of World War III.

Of course with a comparison like this, someone spills some truth tea.

There’s love for both here, by the way. ;)

Avatar: The Last Airbender and the Post Apocalypse Theory

A little disclaimer: a theory is a theory, defined as an idea that is suggested or presented as possibly true but that is not known or proven to be true. Nothing is being confirmed and should be interpreted as a confirmation. This is just my summary of the fan theory I discovered along with my thoughts on it. (Here’s the source of this theory)

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We all know Avatar: The Last Airbender for being more than just a Nicktoon. It was one of the greatest and most powerful cartoons on television, let alone Nickelodeon. The idea of a world divided into four nations of “benders” who can control the natural elements – fire, earth, water and air, is just plain awesome. Watching Avatar was an experience, from the episode plots to the characters. Everything was just so well put together and I always told myself if I ever met the creators or writers of this series I would brag on their show till I’m blue in the face. I mean, you rarely (I said rarely that means it’s not impossible) find cartoons with such a creative background nowadays. Sometimes I wonder when we will see another cartoon that is as breathtaking as Avatar. Or even IF we will ever see another, but I like to have hope for the future of animated television.

A cartoon like Avatar just has to come with interesting fan theories, and this fan theory may be the most fascinating one yet. I’m talking staying up until 3 am and analyzing it over and over fascinating. That’s what I realized when I stumbled across this mind blowing article, that I might just have to side with. You can always count on me to analyze the most compelling fan theories out there. It’s pretty much a requirement from me at this point. Well, the theory is that the Avatar series takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. Now before you shut your laptop or throw your phone across the room, this might not be entirely far-fetched. This theory may sound unbelievable and even debatable, because even myself can’t help but feel like this series takes place thousands or even millions of years ago. But let’s look more into it:

This theory states that somewhere between Avatar Wan and Aang, there was an apocalyptic event that unfortunately led to mankind starting over. For that reason, Avatar must take place in the future. This person provides their evidence by mainly pointing out a “major problem” in the timeline on the show.

 “In the episode Beginnings, Part 1 and Part 2, it shows the time of the character Avatar Wan and how he became the first Avatar, when Korra lost her memory. One of the scenes shown was a Chinese palace of the Chou estate, where Wan stole food from the Chou brothers. …there is a major problem here. If you think about the development time it took between A:TLA and TLOK, it only takes 70 years to build Republic City, which is supposed to resemble an advanced city, from the plans and cars in it, as well as compared to the rest of the world…But when they show Avatar Wan’s time, it is remarkably similar to Avatar Aang’s time.”

The theory also adds how animals in the show like Sky Bisons and Chimeras may be supposedly altered due to radioactivity, how characters like Combustion Man and Guru Pathik may exist due to “special intervention” or mutation, and more. All of the information is pretty mind blowing and the author of the theory explains it very well in my opinion, but what really has me going is the Benders explanation.

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This supposed evidence of why benders have their powers could be easily disregarded, but not so fast. This person makes a rather good point when questioning the show’s excuses to how the humans developed their bending powers. In The Legend of Korra, it was revealed that the lion turtles gave powers to Avatar Wan and his kind during his time. Keep in mind, bending is not a power that can be passed down through teaching. As the lion turtles stopped giving powers away, the bending died down. So the apocalyptic event could have mutated the humans, giving them bending powers as time went on. Also the side-abilities performed, such as Metalbending, were not the works of the lion turtles, meaning only one thing. Mutated powers caused by radiation, which was caused by the apocalypse my friend.

This theory was a lot to take in and I hope I summarized it well for those of you Avatar TLAB fans out there. I really recommend you read the original article linked above in the disclaimer though. It may have you on a warpath, questioning everything you’ve ever known about the series. Or you may just find it as another interesting and enjoyable fan theory. It really depends on what level of fan you are. Once again, no one is confirming this theory to be true so no need to get frustrated or bothered by it.

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 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.

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.