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Nickelodeon’s Robot & Monster Premieres Today

Robot & Monster

Robot & Monster

Nickelodeon’s brand-new CG-animated buddy comedy, Robot and Monster, premieres on Saturday, August 4 at 11:00 a.m. (ET/PT). The series follows the friendship and adventures of the most unlikely best-friend duo, Robot, a mechanical and self-proclaimed genius, and Monster, a happy-go-lucky organic. These pals live in a strange world where robots and monsters, also known as mechanicals and organics, live side-by-side and everybody is united by a love for bacon.

Together, the relentlessly ambitious Robot and pathologically content Monster form an unlikely friendship. Forged in the fires of childhood, they are now inseparable as they try to find their way in the world.

In the premiere episode, “Monster’s Great Escape,” Monster is shocked to discover that Robot had played a practical joke on him during their youth. So, Monster decides to get even by pulling an elaborate prank on Robot. However, practical jokes don’t come naturally to Monster and the joke he pulls ends up being on himself. Next in “Game Boys,” Monster helps Robot achieve his life-long dream of playing in a Pole-O game, a combination between rugby and caber tossing. This could very well be the highlight of Robot’s life… assuming he survives.

Robot & Monster is written by Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia, real life best friends and comedy veterans who have written for such hits as Rio, The Simpsons, That 70’s Show and Surviving Christmas. David Pressler created the characters Robot and Monster. He is the artist and character designer who has used sculpture and illustration to fuse two of his primary passions, fine art and entertainment.

Legend of Korra Draws 4.5 Mill Viewers

The Legend of Korra

The Legend of Korra

Nickelodeon’s highly anticipated premiere of The Legend of Korra, scored a strong 4.5 million total viewers, ranking as basic cable’s number-one kids’ show and top animated program for the week with total viewers.  The series, which continues the mythology of the beloved animated franchise Avatar: The Last Airbender, also posted double and triple-digit increases across all kid and tween demos, averaging a 5.7/1.2 million K6-11 (+36%), 6.3/1.3 million T9-14 (+125%) and 5.5/1.9 million K2-11 (+17%). The Legend of Korra also ranks as the network’s most-watched animated series premiere in three years.

This past February, Nickelodeon created “Korra Nation,” an online program for The Legend of Korra superfans clamoring for details and new fans just discovering the property. There was a 750% increase in daily social chatter over the first seven weeks since launch, and the series peaked at 2.2 million mentions on March 24, earning more chatter than the season premiere of Mad Men, according to SocialRadar. The first episode of the series was featured on iTunes, Xbox, Playstation, Amazon, VOD and Vudu in advance of its on-air premiere, and was downloaded and streamed more than 500,000 times. The Legend of Korra has been the number-one kids’ TV season for the past 10 days, and has been in the top ten TV season list on all of iTunes.

The Legend of Korra takes place 70 years after the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender and follows the next Avatar– a girl named Korra who is from the Southern Water Tribe.  With three of the four elements under her belt (Earth, Water and Fire), Korra seeks to master Air.  Her quest leads her to Republic City, the modern “Avatar” world that is a virtual melting pot where benders and non-benders from all nations live and thrive.  Korra quickly discovers that the metropolis is plagued by crime as well as a growing anti-bending revolution that threatens to rip the city apart.  Under the tutelage of Aang’s son, Tenzin, Korra begins her airbending training while dealing with the dangers at large.  The Legend of Korra will air regularly on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

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

Nickelodeon

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

Monsuno

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

Rango

Rango

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.