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Nick Brings In “Mike The Knight”

Mike the Knight

Mike the Knight

Nick­elodeon unveils Mike the Knight, a brand new CG-animated preschool series that invites view­ers into a fan­tas­ti­cal world of cas­tles, mis­sions, drag­ons and trolls, on Fri­day, Feb. 3, at 10:30 a.m. ET/PT). The half-hour, adven­ture series teaches kids about friend­ship, loy­alty, and deter­mi­na­tion as they join Mike, a young knight-in-training, on his mis­sions to pro­tect his king­dom, serve his Queen and become a full-fledged knight.

Fol­low­ing the series launch, Nick­elodeon will air new episodes, Mon­day, Feb. 6 – Thurs­day, Feb. 9, at 12:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Mike the Knight, cre­ated by Alexan­der Bar (Lunar Jim) and penned by Marc Seal (Head Writer, Bob the Builder), is pro­duced by HIT Enter­tain­ment and Nel­vana Stu­dio. The series (26 episodes) will reg­u­larly air week­days at 12:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

Mike the Knight will take preschool­ers on a jour­ney of dis­cov­ery through a medieval world filled with dynamic char­ac­ters and imag­i­na­tive sto­ries,” said Teri Weiss, SVP, Nick­elodeon Preschool. “The series will inspire and empower preschool­ers to always try their best, con­tin­u­ously grow, and work hard to accom­plish their goals.”

Along with our co-production part­ner HIT Enter­tain­ment, we are thrilled that Nick­elodeon will be the new home for Mike the Knight in the U.S,” said Colin Bohm, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, Nel­vana Enter­prises. “With its truly unique and excit­ing sto­ry­lines, along with rich visu­als, we are con­fi­dent the series will be a big hit with preschool­ers and their fam­i­lies in the U.S. and around the world.”

Mike the Knight cen­ters on Mike, a young boy with a bright future ahead of him. The son of the King and Queen of Glen­dragon, he is deter­mined to fol­low in his father’s foot­steps to become a brave and noble knight. With the tri­umphant motto, “Be a knight, do it right,” the would-be hero is joined in his adven­tures by a host of medieval char­ac­ters, includ­ing his trusty steed Gala­had, two friendly drag­ons, Squirt and Sparkie, and his sis­ter, Evie, a wizard-in-training. In every episode, a mis­sion is set and Mike rises to the chal­lenge with the help of his clos­est friends. Mike the Knight taps into children’s fas­ci­na­tion with fantasy/medieval ele­ments with­out remov­ing them from the famil­iar­ity of their every­day lives.

In the series pre­miere episode, “Mike the Knight and Gala­had the Great/Mike the Knight and the Scary Drag­ons,” Mike is so keen on mak­ing Gala­had look good, he doesn’t real­ize what he’s dress­ing him in is stop­ping him from get­ting around the horse rid­ing course! In the sec­ond half of the episode, Mike’s drag­ons Sparkie and Squirt try to act scary. Sparkie is bet­ter at it and Mike doesn’t notice how upset this makes Squirt. When a for­got­ten Squirt gets stuck in the tower, Mike learns to be sen­si­tive to his friends’ feelings.

Nicktoons Greenlights Rob Dyrdek’s Wild Grinders for 2012

Wild Grinders

Wild Grinders

Pro­fes­sional skate­boarder Rob Dyrdek will bring the fun, fast-paced world of skate­board­ing to Nick­toons with an orig­i­nal, ani­mated series, Wild Grinders, it was announced today by Keith Dawkins, Senior Vice Pres­i­dent, Gen­eral Man­ager, Nick­toons and Teen­Nick. Inspired by Dyrdek’s real-life expe­ri­ences, the half-hour com­edy fol­lows the car­toon adven­tures of a group of friends bonded by their love of skateboarding.

The 26-episode series is pro­duced in part­ner­ship with Home Plate Enter­tain­ment, Moon­scoop and Dyrdek’s Wild Grinders LLC, and will pre­miere on Nick­toons in 2012, pre­ceded by a num­ber of some shorts and other orig­i­nal multi-platform dig­i­tal con­tent launch­ing this fall. Agogo Cor­po­ra­tion, Tel­egael Teo­ranta and Coper­ni­cus Stu­dios are also co-producers on the HD production.

Wild Grinders is a great fit for Nick­toons because it has the com­edy and adren­a­line boys love,” said Dawkins. “Rob Dyrdek brings an authen­tic look at the skate­board cul­ture and a diverse cast of char­ac­ters who reflect our audi­ence. We think they’ll enjoy this dynamic jour­ney of a 12-year-old skater and his friends.”

I wanted to make a car­toon that made me laugh. I have always tried to cre­ate pro­gram­ming that was funny. Skate­board­ing is a back­drop to our main char­ac­ters comedic sit­u­a­tions, but not nec­es­sar­ily our pri­mary focus,” stressed Dyrdek, who also is voic­ing the lead char­ac­ter and Exec Producing.

Rooted in fun, humor and a gen­uine take on the atti­tude and spirit of today’s skate­board­ing, Wild Grinders fol­lows a quick-thinking skater kid, Lil Rob, his right hand dog, Meaty, his nerdy inven­tor buddy, Gog­gles, and his mid­dle school friends, known as the Wild Grinders. Lil Rob and his thrill-seeking crew, who come from all walks of life, find them­selves amid many zany skate­board­ing adven­tures in and around their home­town of Sprawl City, from shrink rays that make “get­ting through the liv­ing room” an imag­i­na­tive adven­ture to a story about cursed pump­kin zom­bies, the show fea­tures the bright appeal­ing look of orig­i­nal artwork.

Dyrdek will be sign­ing exclu­sive Wild Grinders posters at San Diego Comic Con at the Nick­elodeon booth on Fri­day, July 22, at 11 a.m. (PT). Addi­tion­ally, Wild Grinders shorts, behind-the-scenes videos, char­ac­ter descrip­tions and more will be avail­able on Nicktoons.com/wildgrinders begin­ning this September.