“The Smurfs” nominated for 3 Kids’ Choice Awards

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Columbia Pictures’ partly animated “The Smurfs” has nabbed three nominations for the Kids’ Choice Awards: Favorite Movie, Sofia Vergara for Favorite Movie Actress, and Katy Perry for Favorite Voice in an Animated Movie.

Nickelodeon announced Thursday the nominees for the milestone 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards, helmed by international superstar Will Smith and airing live from USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 31 at 8 p.m. (ET/tape delayed for West Coast).

The mega-hit Kung Fu Panda franchise ate up nominations for Favorite Animated Movie (Kung Fu Panda 2), Favorite Cartoon, and Jack Black for Favorite Voice in an Animated Movie.

This year’s dual nods include the partly animated The Muppets for Favorite Movie and Amy Adams for Favorite Movie Actress.

The partly animated Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked is up for Favorite Movie as well. Also nominated in the category is the live-action Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.

Vying with Kung Fu Panda 2 for Favorite Animated Movie are Cars 2, Puss in Boots and Rio.

Also nominated for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie are Antonio Banderas (Puss in Boots) and Johnny Depp (Rango).

Joining Kung Fu Panda as Favorite Cartoon nominees are Phineas & Ferb, Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated and SpongeBob SquarePants.

In addition to Nick.com, fans can vote for their favorite stars beginning March 1 using a Facebook application that will live on the Nickelodeon Facebook page. Users will be able to vote from a tab on the page and, for the first time ever, the entire voting experience can be embedded directly into Facebook wall posts. Also new this year, fans will be able to vote for their favorite nominees on Twitter through the use of custom hash tags.

This year, kids not only pick the winners, but they get to help Smith pull off the greatest slime event in KCA history. Through a brand-new iPad, iPhone and iPod app, and the KCA Web site, kids need to find slime hidden throughout the photo galleries, news and videos. If kids collect enough slime, Smith will pull off the biggest slime event ever in this year’s show. Aided by weekly mission videos featuring Jennette McCurdy, Jerry Trainor and Nathan Kress, kids will have the chance to earn digital rewards and move up the slime operative ranks.

Leading up to the show, the apps and Web site will also feature daily KCA news, video updates, photo galleries and videos from past KCAs, behind the scenes video of this year’s preparations, and dedicated information pages on the host and nominees. In addition, the entire Orange Carpet pre-show will be streamed live through the apps and Web site, followed by a live backstage companion stream during the main show.

Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards is more global than ever in 2012, seen in over 300 million households around the world. Within hours of airing live in the United States and Canada, the show will roll out in additional international markets, providing kids around the world the opportunity to tune into their local Nickelodeon channel to enjoy the show faster than ever.

In many international markets, the 2012 KCAs will feature country-specific award categories and nominees, such as Nickelodeon Italia’s Favorite Star and Nickelodeon UK’s Favorite Show. Voting for the 2012 KCAs will span over six continents across 13 localized voting sites in 11 different languages, giving kids practically everywhere the chance to decide who takes home a coveted blimp.

Presenting sponsors of Nickelodeon’s 2012 Kids’ Choice Awards are General Mills, Hasbro, Honda and Target. Associate sponsors are Bounty, Nintendo and Skechers.

Nickelodeon’s 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards is being produced by Nickelodeon Productions in association with Bob Bain Productions. Bob Bain, Marjorie Cohn and Paula Kaplan are executive producers.

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