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Nick To Debut Skateboard Series April 27

Wild Grinders

Wild Grinders

Pro­fes­sional skate­boarder and entre­pre­neur Rob Dyrdek (star of MTV’s Rob & Big, Fan­tasy Fac­tory and Ridicu­lous­ness) brings a car­toon com­edy, set against the excit­ing back­drop of the sport of skate­board­ing, to Nick­toons with the new series, Wild Grinders, pre­mier­ing Fri­day, April 27, at 7:00 p.m.

Inspired by Dyrdek’s real-life expe­ri­ences, each orig­i­nal half-hour episode fol­lows the adven­tures of a group of friends bonded by their love of skate­board­ing. The 26-episode series, cre­ated and exec­u­tive pro­duced by Dyrdek, is pro­duced in part­ner­ship with Home Plate Enter­tain­ment and Dyrdek’s Four Down Pro­duc­tions. Agogo Cor­po­ra­tion, Moon­scoop, Tel­egael and Coper­ni­cus Stu­dios are also co-producers on the HD pro­duc­tion. Fol­low­ing the pre­miere, Wild Grinders will air reg­u­larly on Fri­days at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on Nicktoons.

Part­ner­ing with Rob Dyrdek on his pas­sion project has allowed Nick­toons to show view­ers an enter­tain­ing new branch of Rob’s increas­ingly pop­u­lar brand,” says Keith Dawkins, SVP/General Manger Nick­toons & Teen­Nick. “Rob’s estab­lished fan base and new view­ers will enjoy watch­ing the antics of Lil Rob in this new series fea­tur­ing authen­tic char­ac­ters in fun and extreme sit­u­a­tions. Wild Grinders illus­trates the increas­ingly pop­u­lar sport of skate­board­ing and the cul­ture that sur­rounds it.”

Wild Grinders becom­ing an ani­mated series and air­ing on Nick­toons is another one of my boy­hood dreams come true. I came up with the name when I was eleven years old, when I needed a name for my first skate crew – who knew it would turn into such a mega brand. The jour­ney we took to get to this point has been noth­ing but WILD,” says Rob Dyrdek, cre­ator and exec­u­tive pro­ducer of Wild Grinders. “This series has every­thing, com­edy, action and skate­board­ing. It is some­thing I am very proud of and def­i­nitely will be a series kids will love for years.”

Wild Grinders is a kickin’ ani­mated com­edy about Lil Rob, a quick-thinking skater kid. The series also fea­tures Lil Rob’s talk­ing right-hand dog Meaty (inspired by his own bull-dog of the same name), his best friend Gog­gles, and their mid­dle school skate crew. The series fol­lows the friends, known as Wild Grinders, on their escapades around their home­town of Sprawl City and at their beloved skate spot, The Lot. This smart, witty and tal­ented posse from diverse back­grounds skate in and out of dilem­mas, under­take new chal­lenges and expe­ri­ence adven­tures together. From an under­sea skat­ing quest (inspired by Dyrdek’s real life dive with sharks) to star­ring in a zany real­ity show, each episode of Wild Grinders is infused with fun and friendship.

The Wild Grinders cast includes: Rob Dyrdek as the voice of Lil Rob and Gene; Chelsea Chanel Dud­ley, the rap­ping recep­tion­ist from the Fan­tasy Fac­tory, as the voice of FLIPZ; Ster­ling Brim, Rob’s co-host on MTV’s Ridicu­lous­ness, as the voice of Meaty; Kel Mitchell, Nickelodeon’s Kenan & Kel, as the voice of Jay Jay; and come­dian Erin Fitzger­ald, Ed, Edd & Eddy, Mon­ster High, as the voice of Stub­ford, the self pro­claimed neme­sis of Lil Rob.

In the pre­miere episode, “Decon­structed,” the Wild Grinders must fig­ure out a way to save their beloved vacant lot skate spot from Track Huck­er­ster­ball, the meglo-maniacal, greedy local busi­ness man, who plans to use the land to build a theme park. Then in “Close-Up,” hot­shot TV Net­work head hon­cho Chip Flig­ging­ton is look­ing for a new real­ity star. When Lil Rob catches his eye, Chip casts him and the Grinders in a series of ter­ri­ble real­ity shows.

The Wild Grinders series will be dis­trib­uted inter­na­tion­ally by Moon­scoop, who also serves as the con­sumer prod­ucts provider/supplier.

French say “non” to underwater SpongeBob statues

SpongeBob SquarePants

Sponge­Bob SquarePants

Sponge­Bob SquarePants and his friends live in the sub­ma­rine city of Bikini Bot­tom — but they won’t get a res­i­dency per­mit in France.

United States-based kids’ TV net­work Nick­elodeon had wanted to place sev­eral 13-foot stat­ues of the yel­low guy under­wa­ter just off the Calan­ques, near the south­ern city of Mar­seille. The Calan­ques are deep, nar­row inlets locally famed for their diverse marine life.

But strong oppo­si­tion from local activists put the kibosh on the idea. They argued that the beau­ti­ful nat­ural site shouldn’t be a mar­ket­ing tool.

The plan was for chil­dren to be able to see the stat­ues when they took div­ing lessons in the area, Thierry Reboul, of the pub­lic rela­tions agency work­ing for Nick­elodeon on the project, said Wednesday.

[Via Agence France-Presse — news.yahoo.com/france-rejects-submarine-sponge-bob-statues-184839435.html]

Chipwrecked sails in to win at Kids’ Choice Awards

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Alvin and the Chip­munks: Chipwrecked

The partly ani­mated “Alvin and the Chip­munks: Chip­wrecked” was named Favorite Movie at Sat­ur­day night’s Nick­elodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, defeat­ing two other hybrid films.

The Mup­pets and The Smurfs also were in the run­ning, as was the live-action Harry Pot­ter and the Deathly Hal­lows, Part 2.

For Favorite Ani­mated Movie, the Shrek spin­off Puss in Boots won over Cars 2, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Rio.

Hon­ors for Favorite Voice from an Ani­mated Movie went to Katy Perry, the only woman among the four com­peti­tors. Vying with her were Anto­nio Ban­deras, Jack Black and Johnny Depp.

Yet again, Sponge­Bob SquarePants was named Favorite Car­toon. Also run­ning were Kung Fu Panda, Phineas and Ferb and Scooby Doo! Mys­tery Incor­po­rated.

Vic­to­ri­ous won for TV show, while favorite TV actor and actress blimps went to Jake Short and Selena Gomez. Adam San­dler and Kris­ten Stew­art were declared favorite movie actor and actress.

The Big Help Award went to Tay­lor Swift, while Justin Bieber won for Biggest Slime of the Night.

Nickelodeon plans more than 650 new episodes



Nick­elodeon, at its annual upfront pre­sen­ta­tion held Wednes­day at Jazz at Lin­coln Cen­ter in New York, unveiled plans for an unprece­dented 650 new episodes — the top-ranked network’s most ever — of both brand-new con­tent and return­ing hits, as well announc­ing pre­miere details for the highly antic­i­pated ani­mated series The Leg­end of Korra, a stop-motion Sponge­Bob SquarePants Christ­mas spe­cial, and an orig­i­nal ani­mated series based on the Rav­ing Rab­bids video games.

Nick­elodeon, the top pro­ducer of tele­vi­sion ani­ma­tion in the United States, will roll out a new ros­ter of over 300 new ani­mated episodes in 2012, which includes:

* New episodes of return­ing hit series, includ­ing Sponge­Bob SquarePants, T.U.F.F. Puppy, Kung Fu Panda: Leg­ends of Awe­some­ness, The Pen­guins of Mada­gas­car, The Fairly Odd­Par­ents and The Winx Club.

* The Leg­end of Korra, in which the mythol­ogy of the beloved ani­mated fran­chise from Avatar: The Last Air­ben­der cre­ators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Koni­et­zko con­tin­ues. The series cen­ters around a new Avatar named Korra, a 17-year-old head­strong and rebel­lious girl who con­tin­u­ally chal­lenges and bucks tra­di­tion on her quest to become a fully real­ized Avatar in a world where ben­ders are under attack. The half-hour series will debut on Sat­ur­day, April 14 at 11 a.m. (all times ET/PT) as part of Nickelodeon’s Sat­ur­day morn­ing block (8 a.m. to noon). The Leg­end of Korra will air reg­u­larly Sat­ur­days at 11 a.m.

* Rav­ing Rab­bids, which will join the net’s ani­ma­tion lineup next spring, brings to tele­vi­sion the hys­ter­i­cal phys­i­cal com­edy that has become so pop­u­lar in Ubisoft’s Rav­ing Rab­bids video games. Nick­elodeon has secured global broad­cast rights for 26 new CG episodes of Rav­ing Rab­bids, which will be pro­duced by Ubisoft.

* Mon­sters vs. Aliens, the all-new ani­mated tele­vi­sion series mark­ing the third part­ner­ship between Nick­elodeon and Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion. Green-lit for 26 episodes and based on the pop­u­lar char­ac­ters from the 2009 block­buster hit fea­ture film ($383 mil­lion world­wide gross), the new series will con­tinue to fol­low the funny escapades of the beloved, well-meaning monsters.

* Robot & Mon­ster, which will also be hit­ting Nickelodeon’s air for a 26-episode run for the 2012–13 sea­son. Cre­ated by Josh Sternin, Jeff Ven­ti­m­ilia and Dave Pressler, this CG-animated buddy com­edy is set in a unique world where gangs of Howl­ing Cyber Mon­keys roam the streets at night, every­body loves bacon, and robots and mon­sters live side by side, but typ­i­cally don’t get along.

* It’s A Sponge­Bob Christ­mas! Nickelodeon’s first full-length stop-motion ani­mated spe­cial is inspired by the clas­sic Rankin/Bass (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Rein­deer, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town) spe­cials, and the pop­u­lar Sponge­Bob song released in 2009, “Don’t Be a Jerk, It’s Christ­mas,” writ­ten by Tom Kenny (voice of Sponge­Bob) and Andy Paley. In It’s A Sponge­Bob Christ­mas!, Plank­ton vows to get his Christ­mas wish – the Krabby Patty for­mula – by turn­ing every­one in Bikini Bot­tom bad by feed­ing them his spe­cial jerktonium-laced fruit­cake. The spe­cial fea­tures John Good­man as Santa Claus, and will air in December.

* Seven new ani­ma­tion pilots picked up for the 2012–13 sea­son, includ­ing four helmed by hit-maker Butch Hart­man (The Fairly Odd­Par­ents, T.U.F.F. Puppy).

Angry Birds Short To Sail Into Nick

Angry Birds Space

Angry Birds Space

An all-new exclu­sive Angry Birds short film, “Angry Birds Space” lands on Nick­elodeon and Nick­toons on Wednes­day, March 21, at 7:00 p.m. on Nicktoons.

The encore short will air dur­ing “Angry Angry Sat­ur­day” morn­ing on Sat­ur­day, March 24, at 10:30 a.m. (ET/PT) dur­ing Sponge­Bob SquarePants on Nick­elodeon and Power Rangers Dino Thun­der on Nick­toons. Lead­ing up to the short film, six brand-new birds will be revealed. Fol­low­ing the exclu­sive world pre­miere, view­ers can catch the birds at nick.com/watch.

This ani­mated short tells the story of how the Angry Birds end up in space. It begins on a day much like any other, but sud­denly a cos­mic vor­tex appears and brings vis­i­tors from another galaxy with some unfriendly inten­tions. This means the heroic birds have to sling­shot them­selves into a new adven­ture — space.

Angry Birds are the most down­loaded games ever, with over 700M down­loads in the two years since they launched. The Angry Birds Space game will be avail­able world­wide on Thurs­day, March 22.

Nickelodeon’s Sat­ur­day morn­ing block (8a.m.-12p.m.) has been the num­ber one des­ti­na­tion for kids for 12 con­sec­u­tive years aver­ag­ing 3.0 mil­lion total viewers.

Wanda Sykes Top Appear In Bubble Guppies Special

Bubble Guppies

Bub­ble Guppies

Actress/comedian Wanda Sykes makes a splash as the voice of a mean witch in the first-ever hour-long spe­cial of Nickelodeon’s top-rated CG-animated preschool series, Bub­ble Gup­pies, pre­mier­ing Sun­day, Feb. 19, at 8:00 p.m. In “Bub­ble Puppy’s Fin-tastic Fairy­tale Adven­ture,” preschool­ers will join the char­ac­ters on a fairytale-themed adven­ture through an enchanted under­wa­ter world. Along the way, they will be intro­duced to con­cepts related to math, lit­er­acy, the arts, sci­ence and socio-emotional devel­op­ment. Bub­ble Gup­pies closed 2011 as the top preschool series across all TV with kids 2–5. The series airs reg­u­larly week­days at 11:00 and 11:30 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

In “Bub­ble Puppy’s Fin-tastic Fairy­tale Adven­ture,” Molly and Gil go up a hill to fetch a pail of water in the enchanted for­est. There, a mean witch (voiced by Wanda Sykes) turns their dog, Bub­ble Puppy, into a frog. Molly and Gil enlist the help of some famous fairy­tale friends to undo the witch’s spell. They bet­ter work fast or else the witch will use her mean green bub­ble potion to turn every­one in the world into frogs!

Bub­ble Gup­pies is cre­ated and executive-produced by Jonny Belt and Robert Scull and co-executive pro­duced by Jan­ice Burgess, the Emmy Award-winning team behind the hit Nick­elodeon series’ The Back­yardi­gans and Lit­tle Bill. In each episode of Bub­ble Gup­pies, the char­ac­ters lead the learn­ing process, dis­cov­er­ing some­thing of inter­est on their way to school and explor­ing that theme from a vari­ety of angles. Bub­ble Gup­pies focuses on a wide range of top­ics and every­day expe­ri­ences kids can relate to – from dinosaurs to den­tists, rock n’ roll to recy­cling, and col­ors to cow­boys. The half-hour series fea­tures a vari­ety show for­mat with a strong nar­ra­tive that relates to the theme of the episode.

NickToons to Premiere Monsuno



Nick­toons launches Mon­suno, a half-hour action-adventure series debut­ing with two back-to-back episodes on Thurs­day, Feb. 23, at 8:00 p.m. In the 52-episode series, the fate of the world lies in the hands of a group of heroic kids who wres­tle with the power to com­mand and bat­tle crea­tures called Monsuno.

Fol­low­ing the pre­miere, Mon­suno will air in its reg­u­lar times­lot on Thurs­days at 8:30 p.m. (ET) on Nick­toons. Mon­suno will also air on Nick­elodeon chan­nels around the world, start­ing Sum­mer 2012.

We’re excited to be the home of Mon­suno in the U.S. and around the world,” said Keith Dawkins, SVP/General Man­ager, Nick­toons and Teen­Nick. “With pow­er­ful, action-driven ani­ma­tion, dynamic char­ac­ters and a deeply woven orig­i­nal story mythol­ogy, this series has strong boy appeal.”

Mil­lions of years ago, Mon­suno, a liv­ing DNA, hitched a ride to Earth in a con­cen­trated aster­oid pocket. When it landed on Earth, the impact drove the dinosaurs into extinc­tion. The Mon­suno DNA lay dor­mant until a sci­en­tist named Jeredy Suno acti­vated it, send­ing a rip­pling wave of move­ment back into action. By doing so, Jeredy may have reignited the end of the world but he also cre­ated its sal­va­tion, the Mon­suno mon­sters. Now, it’s up to his son Chase to learn the secrets of Mon­suno and help save the world from impend­ing destruction.

In the series debut episode, “Clash” (pre­mier­ing Feb. 23 at 8:00 p.m.), Chase and his two best friends learn that Jeredy is miss­ing. Jon Ace and S.T.O.R.M. (Strate­gic Tac­ti­cal Oper­a­tives for Recov­ery of Mon­suno) join Chase at the lab, but it is soon revealed that they are after the fully-loaded Core that Jeredy left behind for his son. Then, in “Courage” (pre­mier­ing Feb. 23 at 8:30 p.m.), Chase dis­cov­ers that his father had cre­ated a Mon­suno called Quick­force, who is being held cap­tive and exper­i­mented on by S.T.O.R.M. Chase leads a brave infil­tra­tion of the S.T.O.R.M. facil­ity in order to save Quickforce.


Chicago critics name “Rango” Best Animated Feature



The Chicago Film Crit­ics Asso­ci­a­tion declared the trippy com­edy Rango on Mon­day to be the best ani­mated fea­ture of 2011.

Rango won out over chal­lengers The Adven­tures of Tintin, Arthur Christ­mas, Puss In Boots and Win­nie the Pooh.

After years of spec­u­la­tion and delays, The Tree of Life, Ter­rence Malick’s long-awaited film that took view­ers from the begin­ning of time to 1950s Texas, proved to be worth the wait, accord­ing to the asso­ci­a­tion. The CFCA gave Tree of Life four awards, includ­ing Best Pic­ture, Direc­tor, Sup­port­ing Actress for new­comer Jes­sica Chas­tain and Cin­e­matog­ra­phy for Emmanuel Lubezki.

The vio­lent neo-noir Drive won Sup­port­ing Actor for come­dian Albert Brooks for his change-of-pace turn as a ruth­less crime boss, and Orig­i­nal Score for com­poser Cliff Mar­tinez. With two wins, Drive tied with Martha Marcy May Mar­lene, the moody indie drama about a young woman haunted by her expe­ri­ences with a cult. Star Eliz­a­beth Olsen won Most Promis­ing Per­former. Direc­tor Sean Durkin received the Most Promis­ing Film­maker award.

Michael Shan­non was named Best Actor for his per­for­mance as a man tor­mented by visions of the pos­si­ble apoc­a­lypse in the drama Take Shel­ter. Michelle Williams won the Best Actress award for her stun­ning turn as Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe in My Week with Marilyn.

The Artist, the black and white silent com­edy from France about an actor unwill­ing to make the tran­si­tion to talkies, won Orig­i­nal Screen­play for Michel Haz­anavi­cius. Screen­writ­ers Steve Zail­lian and Aaron Sorkin won the Adapted Screen­play prize for Mon­ey­ball. (This marks Sorkin’s sec­ond con­sec­u­tive vic­tory in his cat­e­gory. He won last year for The Social Network.)

The Iran­ian drama A Sep­a­ra­tion won Foreign-Language Film. The Inter­rupters, the pow­er­ful film fol­low­ing a group of peo­ple try­ing to stamp out vio­lence in Chicago’s most vio­lent neigh­bor­hoods, won Best Documentary.

The CFCA will hand out hon­orary awards to some well-known recip­i­ents to cel­e­brate their con­tri­bu­tions to cinema.

Leg­endary actress Shirley MacLaine will receive the Com­mit­ment to the Craft Award. James Earl Jones will be pre­sented with the Oscar Michaeux Award. The Com­mit­ment to Chicago goes to beloved char­ac­ter actor Den­nis Farina. The Big Shoul­ders Award will be given to Chicago’s com­edy insti­tu­tion Sec­ond City. Finally, the newly cre­ated Com­me­dia Extra­or­di­naire Award, to acknowl­edge work in the often over­looked field of screen com­edy, will be given to Jason Segel for his past achieve­ments and for his efforts to bring the Mup­pets back to the big screen.

The awards cer­e­mony is sched­uled for 6 p.m. Sat­ur­day, Jan­u­ary 7 at Chicago’s Broad­way Play­house, 175 East Chest­nut St. Tick­ets are now on sale and can be pur­chased through Tick­et­mas­ter at www.ticketmaster.com.

Nickelodeon Goes To The Birds

Angry Birds – Wreck the Halls

Angry Birds – Wreck the Halls

An all-new exclu­sive Angry Birds hol­i­day short film, “Angry Birds – Wreck the Halls” comes to Nick­elodeon, Sat­ur­day, Decem­ber 17 dur­ing the 11 a.m. air­ing of Kung Fu Panda: Leg­end of Awe­some­ness in Nick’s Sat­ur­day morn­ing ani­ma­tion block.

Angry Birds – Wreck the Halls” is a global exclu­sive to Nick­elodeon and will air on Nick chan­nels around the world start­ing Sat­ur­day, Decem­ber 17.

In “Angry Birds – Wreck the Halls,” the Pigs try to get away with the Angry Birds’ Christ­mas presents. After bick­er­ing with each other, Red and Bomb bird mount a bold gift res­cue down the steep moun­tain slopes. Fol­low­ing a wild chase, Bomb finally catches up and is able to sal­vage the presents, wreck­ing the Pig’s halls in the process. See­ing what has hap­pened, the Birds feel pity for the Pigs and let them have one of the presents. It’s Christ­mas after all!

Fol­low­ing the exclu­sive world pre­miere of the short, view­ers can catch the birds again at nick.com/watch.

Angry Birds are the most down­loaded games ever, with over 600M down­loads in the two years since they launched. The Angry Birds Sea­sons app with the Wreck the Halls hol­i­day update is cur­rently avail­able in app stores worldwide.

LA film critics give kudos to Verbinski’s “Rango”



Echo­ing its Washington-area coun­ter­part, the Los Ange­les Film Crit­ics Asso­ci­a­tion has given Gore Verbinski’s Rangoits award for Best Animation.

The Adven­tures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Uni­corn, directed by Steven Spiel­berg, was named runner-up in the cat­e­gory for the 37th annual Los Ange­les Film Crit­ics Asso­ci­a­tion Awards.

The Descen­dants was named Best Pic­ture, with The Tree of Life the runner-up. For their work on The Descen­dants, Alexan­der Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash were named runners-up for Best Screenplay.

Ter­rence Mal­ick won Best Direc­tor hon­ors for The Tree of Life. The pic­ture also won Emmanuel Lubezki a Best Cin­e­matog­ra­phy award.

Mar­tin Scors­ese was runner-up in the Best Direc­tor cat­e­gory for Hugo. Dante Fer­retti won Best Pro­duc­tion Design for the picture.

Michael Fass­ben­der won Best Actor hon­ors for his roles in A Dan­ger­ous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame and X-Men: First Class. Michael Shan­non was runner-up for Take Shel­ter.

Best Actress hon­ors went to Yin Jung-hee for Poetry, while Kirsten Dunst was declared runner-up for Melan­cho­lia.

Christo­pher Plum­mer was named Best Sup­port­ing Actor for his role in Begin­ners. Pat­ton Oswalt was runner-up for Young Adult.

Jes­sica Chas­tain was named Best Sup­port­ing Actress for her work in Cori­olanus, The Debt, The Help, Take Shel­ter, Texas Killing Fields and Tree of Life. The runner-up was Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs.

Best Screen­play went to direc­tor Asghar Farhadi for A Sep­a­ra­tion, which was declared runner-up for Best Foreign-Language Film.

City of Life and Death, directed by Chuan Lu, was named Best Foreign-Language Film. Cao Yu was runner-up in Best Cin­e­matog­ra­phy for the movie.

Best Pro­duc­tion Design runner-up went to Maria Djurkovic for Tin­ker Tai­lor Sol­dier Spy.

The Chem­i­cal Broth­ers were hon­ored for Best Music Score for Hanna; Cliff Mar­tinez was the runner-up for Drive.

For Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film, Werner Herzog’s Cave of For­got­ten Dreams was the win­ner; Clio Barnard’s The Arbor was the runner-up.

Founded in 1975, the Los Ange­les Film Crit­ics Asso­ci­a­tion is com­prised of Los Angeles-based pro­fes­sional film crit­ics work­ing in the Los Ange­les print and elec­tronic media.