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).

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John Cena’s Villainous Character Revealed for Nickelodeon’s Rise of the TMNT Series

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Nickelodeon today revealed a first look at the character art of original villain, Baron Draxum, voiced by WWE Superstar John Cena, in the all-new animated series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Cena will portray the Turtles’ newest nemesis, alongside 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. Cena unveiled the artwork at Nickelodeon’s Upfront presentation, held today in New York City.

“I’ve always been a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, so getting the opportunity to voice a character, especially the villain Baron Draxum, is truly special,” said Cena.

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An alchemist warrior mutant from the Hidden City, Baron Draxum is the self-proclaimed protector of all mutant-kind. Using ooze, he plans to mutate all of humanity with his insect-like creatures called Oozesquitoes.  Cena’s recurring character will debut in the premiere episode of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, bowing later this year on Nickelodeon.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 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 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 for more information and follow @TMNT for Turtle Power updates.

All New Season of Thomas & Friends Premieres on Nickelodeon March 12

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Nickelodeon welcomes the iconic series Thomas & Friends to its roster of preschool hits with the acclaimed hour-long special, “The Adventure Begins,” debuting Monday, March 12, at 10 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon and the Nick Jr. channel.  The special follows Thomas on his first adventure as he explores the Island of Sodor, meets exciting new friends, discovers the true meaning of hard work and friendship, and transforms into the Number 1 engine.  All-new, never-before-seen Thomas & Friends episodes from season 21 will air regularly weekdays at 5 p.m. (ET/PT) on the Nick Jr. channel, and brand-new specials will air on Nickelodeon throughout the year.

Leading up to the linear premiere of Thomas & Friends, an all-new full-length episode and short-form content are available now on NickJr.com and the Nick Jr. App.

Nickelodeon recently announced a new U.S. television and consumer products partnership with Mattel for Thomas & Friends, which includes Nick serving as the exclusive consumer products agent across multiple merchandise categories including apparel, accessories, home goods, consumer electronics, and more.  Later this year, Thomas & Friends:  Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie and season 22 of the same name, which includes newly revamped content and show format, will make its Nickelodeon debut.

Thomas the Tank Engine™ was originally created over 70 years ago by the Rev W Awdry, as a storybook for his son. That story quickly grew to become the award-winning global brand franchise it is today, enjoyed by families around the world across multiple touch-points and formats, including; toys, apps; consumer products; publishing; live attractions and much more with over 1 engine sold per second. Thomas & Friends is aired in over 160 territories, in over 50 languages with over 1.16 billion lifetime views on YouTube, and offers more than 80 hours of original content produced from 500 episodes and 12 specials.

Coco, Teen Titans Go! & More in Animation Nominated For The 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards

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Nickelodeon’s annual Kids’ Choice Awards is right around the corner and the 2018 nominees have been announced! Animation has had a quite a year in 2017 and it looks like Nickelodeon made sure the animated movies and shows that we all know and love made it to the nominations list!

Coco had to be the biggest animated feature of 2017, winning a total of 51 out of the 67 awards it was nominated for so far. Could it be receiving a 52nd? SpongeBob of course made it to television category, and since 2009 America’s favorite yellow sponge has won every year in the cartoon category. His winning streak ended briefly in 2008, losing to Avatar: The Last Airbender. Good news for The Loud House fans, because its the show’s second year in a row getting nominated. Could Lincoln in the Loud family grab it this year? Find out March 24, 2018! The show will be hosted by John Cena. For now, here are the list of nominees in animation:

Favorite Animated Movie
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Cars 3
Coco
Despicable Me 3
Ferdinand
Smurfs: The Lost Village
The Emoji Movie
The Lego Batman Movie

Favorite Cartoon
ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks
SpongeBob SquarePants
Teen Titans Go!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Loud House
The Simpsons

Once Again, Nickelodeon Confirms SpongeBob Squarepants Is Not Ending

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Well this definitely isn’t just Deja Vu, because we have been here before. You might’ve recalled me debunking the same rumor back in 2016. “SpongeBob Squarepants is ending on (insert date here)!!!” followed by a couple of crying emojis.  Let me break it down for you kiddos.

In May 2017, the SpongeBob Squarepants series was announced to be renewed for a 12th season. On April 30, 2015, Viacom announces a third SpongeBob Squarepants movie that will be released on July 31, 2020. SpongeBob Squarepants ending on March 1, 2018? NO WAY. This is a good time to remind everything that it’s always smart to check your facts and pay attention to the news before spreading false information and adding on to the fuel.

Still not convinced? Well the official Instagram page of SpongeBob posted this, and Nickelodeon liked it.

 

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There you go folks! Season 12 is coming your way in 2019. Let’s bury the rumors okay?

 

Paw Patrol Debuts on Nickelodeon’s Preschool App Noggin

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Nickelodeon is setting up NOGGIN, its top-ranked video subscription service for preschoolers, for even more growth in 2018 with the launch of the first two seasons of the hit series PAW Patrol (produced by Spin Master Entertainment) and brand-new science and reading hubs featuring original short-form content on the app, beginning today.  In the last six months, NOGGIN has grown its library by over 40% with the addition of interactive, curriculum-based play-along videos and new library titles including Dora the Explorer and Peppa Pig.

In addition to PAW Patrol, NOGGIN will further expand its library to more than 1,500 full-length, on-demand episodes in the coming months with the introduction of:Max & Ruby and Peter Rabbit; all-new, interactive play-along library episodes from Blaze and the Monster MachinesBubble Guppies and Team Umizoomi; and new episodes from existing titles TwirlywoosMiffy and FriendsTrucktown and Go, Diego, Go!.  As NOGGIN’s user base continues to grow, Nickelodeon will be adding even more new library content and educational play-along videos to its content slate later this year.

NOGGIN’s play-along videos allow preschoolers to engage with their favorite characters by tapping, touching, swiping or speaking to navigate through enhanced educational experiences that promote science, technology, engineering, math and social-emotional skills—all while having fun every step of the way.  To date, Nickelodeon has launched 54 play-along videos from top-performing library episodes Blaze and the Monster Machines, Bubble Guppies and Team Umizoomi.

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Since its launch in February 2015, NOGGIN has consistently ranked at the top of the charts in the Family and Kids categories, and it’s one of the Top 10 Kids Apps on the Free Apps chart on the App Store, in addition to being the number-one grossing app for Music and Video in the Family Category on Google Play.  NOGGIN was also selected by Apple as an Apple TV app of the year.

Currently in its fourth season, PAW Patrol, produced by Spin Master Entertainment, follows a pack of heroic rescue pups– Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Skye, Rocky, Zuma, Everest and Tracker –who are led by a tech-savvy boy named Ryder. Together, they work hard to show the people of Adventure Bay that “no job is too big, no pup is too small!” The series features a curriculum that focuses on citizenship, social skills and problem-solving.

NOGGIN is an ad-free, video subscription service that features over a thousand iconic, full-length library episodes, short-form videos, educational content, music videos featuring preschoolers’ favorite Nickelodeon characters, and more, with new content added weekly.  Currently available for iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, Android, Fire tablet and Roku devices, NOGGIN has 33 series to date including the recently added Dora the Explorer, Zack & Quack and Peppa Pig. Additional titles in the NOGGIN lineup include Yo Gabba Gabba!TrucktownMiffy and FriendsTeletubbies, Blue’s CluesGo, Diego, Go!FranklinThe Backyardigans and Pocoyo.

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Vault by Vans Introduces SpongeBob Squarepants Collection

Vault by Vans is diving under the sea with SpongeBob Squarepants this coming Saturday, February 24.

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This spring, Vault by Vans partners with Nickelodeon’s incurably optimistic, pineapple-living, jellyfish-loving SpongeBob SquarePants, celebrating his infectious happiness through the premium Vault by Vans label to present a robust collection of footwear, apparel and skate decks featuring kitschy renditions of the characters we know and love.

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“SpongeBob SquarePants is loved by trendsetters around the world, but this limited edition collaboration elevates his style even further, offering something new and unique for his audience” said Jose Castro, SVP of Nickelodeon Soft Lines Licensing and Global Fashion Collaborations. “Vault by Vans has combined our iconic SpongeBob characters with its iconic aesthetic and we think fans of all ages are going to love the result.”

For SpongeBob SquarePants’ grand Vault by Vans debut, the limited-edition partnership introduces six footwear styles on Vans classic silhouettes – the Sk8-Hi, Authentic and Slip-On, available in both adult, youth and toddler sizing. Each style showcases vibrant under-the-sea scenes including original illustrations of SpongeBob SquarePants, his best friend Patrick, and the squashed antagonist Plankton, on Vans signature rubber waffle outsoles.

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In addition to the footwear, Vault by Vans will offer a bright assortment of apparel, complete with a Vans x SpongeBob track pant, which features a bold checkerboard pattern with graphic detailing. The apparel styles include two classic short-sleeve tees and a long-sleeve tee featuring an array of designs ranging from an embroidered SpongeBob character to a graphic of Patrick holding his skateboard. To round out the collection, Vault by Vans will showcase a limited-run of three skate decks, highlighting corresponding prints and patterns from the overall design theme.

The Vault by Vans x SpongeBob SquarePants collection retails from $45 to $260 and launches globally on February 24, 2018 at select Vault accounts. Visit Dover Street Market for unique window displays, designed specifically for each location. Learn more about this special project at www.vans.com/vault.

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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.

 

Review: Nickelodeon Short ‘Best Baddies’ by Max Wittert

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Being bad has never looked so good. Back in 2017, Nickelodeon opened a Facebook page, Nickelodeon Animated Shorts, that features fresh new animated shorts. A gold mine of new opportunities is the way I see it. Best Baddies, created by Max Wittert, was debuted on the page on September 14, 2017.

Three witches are on a mission to turn a small town of innocence into chaos and mischief. Girl scout Melody catches their eye when they see her determination to collect badges become almost wicked. Here would’ve been a perfect time for them to chant “One of us! One of us!”. Destined for Melody to join their witch cliche, they disguise as fellow girl scouts with not-so-legit badges. The witches tell Melody that in order to earn their so-called girl scout badges, she must join them in an adventure of turning the town upside down, and the deal is done. Shortly after Melody causes havoc with the witches, they offer her the ultimate final badge, but she must join them for good if she wants to achieve it. Of course the offer was far too tempting and though I was sort of expecting her to back out, Melody officially becomes a baddie.

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How can a cartoon be so cute and so wicked at the same time? It’s almost as if its making the coolest ironic statement. Adorable characters who just happen to have the intentions to cause trouble? I’m always down for that. Although, I gotta admit that Melody at least started off adorable but ended up just plain terrifying at the end. I expected her transformation look to match with the others but instead she’s a spooky hybrid of a human and a spider. I’m very impressed with this killer animation style though. It’s both unique with a hint of simplicity, and I wouldn’t mind seeing this on TV. I’m catching a cool, dark and sinister vibe.

I guess there is one major theme that plays a big part in Best Baddies: temptation. With Melody’s determination to collect literally every girl scout badge there is, the offer that the witches put on the table was far too tempting for her to resist. Tempting enough to.. kind of.. sell your soul and join the dark side? We’re talking about a girl who cleaned up dirty politics to earn a badge for crying out loud, she means business. Can’t forget to mention that cool song featured in the short: two thumbs up from me!

 

Rugrats Seasons 3 & 4 out on DVD February 6 + GIVEAWAY

It’s your chance to see the adventures of Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Angelica & Susie yet again, because Season 3 and 4 of Nickelodeon’s Rugrats is set to be released on February 6, 2018!

The Rugrats took television by storm in the 90s, becoming one of Nickelodeon’s biggest shows to ever air. Main character Tommy Pickles is a baby with the need to explore, but he isn’t alone on his adventures – he has his best friends Chuckie, Phil and Lil by his side, and even his bossy cousin Angelica Pickles.

Wanna win both copies of Seasons 3 & 4 of Rugrats on DVD? Well here’s your chance!

Just fill out and submit the form below! Disclaimer: If you are chosen to win, you will be contacted by email and requested your mailing address. Make sure you submit a valid email. US & Canada only.

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NEW YORK – January 19, 2018 – Following last year’s release of the first two seasons of Rugrats on DVD, fans will love the next set of baby adventures with Rugrats: Season Three and Rugrats: Season Four each available on DVD February 6, 2018.

Rugrats: Season Three contains all 52 episodes from the show’s third season and features classic episodes like “Naked Tommy” and “Angelica Breaks a Leg.” Viewers will have a blast as they join Tommy, Chuckie and the gang as they grab a screwdriver, break out of the playpen and embark on over ten hours of grand adventures to the moon, north pole and even to Chuckie’s first haircut!

Rugrats: Season Four picks up right where season three leaves off and contains over six hours and two discs of adorable adventures from season four. Fans won’t want to miss the chance to relive the classic Rugrats family vacation, meet Spike’s babies or laugh along as Phil and Chuckie discover the joys of dresses!

Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Rugrats: Season Three and Rugrats: Season Four will be available on DVD February 6, 2018, for the suggested retail price of $16.99 and $10.99, respectively.

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Rugrats: Season Three contains the following episodes:
DISC ONE
• Dummi Bear Dinner Disaster/Twins’ Pique
• Chuckie’s First Haircut/Cool Hand Angelica
• Tricycle Thief/Rhinoceritis!
• Grandpa Moves Out/ The Legend of Satchmo
• Circus Angelicus/The Stork
• The Baby Vanishes/Farewell, My Friend
• When Wishes Come True/Angelica Breaks a Leg

DISC TWO:
• The Last Babysitter/Sour Pickles
• Reptar 2010/Stu Gets a Job
• Give & Take/ The Gold Rush
• Home Movies/The Mysterious Mr. Friend
• Cuffed/The Blizzard
• Destination Moon/Angelica’s Birthday
• Princess Angelica/The Odd Couple

DISC THREE:
• Naked Tommy/Tommy And The Secret Club
• Under Chuckie’s Bed/Chuckie is Rich
• Mommy’s Little Assets/Chuckie’s Wonderful Life
• In The Dreamtime/The Unfair Pair
• Chuckie’s Red Hair/Spike Runs Away
• The Alien/Mr. Clean

DISC FOUR:
• Angelica’s Worst Nightmare/The Mega Diaper Babies
• New Kid in Town/Pickles vs. Pickles
• Passover
• Kid TV/The Sky is Falling
• I Remember Melville/No More Cookies
• Cradle Attraction/Moving Away

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Rugrats: Season Four contains the following episodes:
DISC ONE:
• Vacation
• Mother’s Day
• Chanukah
• Spike’s Babies/Chicken Pops
• Radio Daze/Psycho Angelica
• America’s Wackiest Home Movies/The ‘Lympics
• The CarWash/Heat Wave
• Angelica’s Last Stand/Clan of the Duck

DISC TWO:
• Faire Play/The Smell of Success
• The Turkey Who Came to Dinner
• Potty Training Spike/The Art Fair
• Send in the Clouds/In the Naval
• The Mattress/Looking for Jack
• Hiccups/Autumn Leaves
• Dust Bunnies/Educating Angelica
• Ransom of Cynthia/Turtle Recall
• Angelica Orders Out/Let It Snow

Rugrats: Season Three Fast Facts
Street Date: February 6, 2018
Catalog: 59195090000 (US); 59195092000 (CAN)
Running Time: 10 hours and 39 minutes
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
S.R.P.: $16.99

Rugrats: Season Four Fast Facts
Street Date: February 6, 2018
Catalog: 59195091000 (US); 59195093000 (CAN)
Running Time: 6 hours and 53 minutes
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
S.R.P.: $10.99