Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Nickelodeon to Premiere 'The Creature Cases' on June 24

Nickelodeon will premiere the popular CG-animated preschool series The Creature Cases, which follows the adventures of a unique detective duo who specialize in solving animal mysteries, on Monday, June 24 at 1:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Following launch, new episodes will continue to air weekdays at 12:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

The Creature Cases

Aimed at children aged 4-7 years, The Creature Cases is an original series created by Head Writer/Producer, Gabe Pulliam, with executive producers Adam Idelson and Kurt Mueller.  The action/comedy/detective series is produced by Sony Pictures Television – Kids (SPT – Kids; formerly Silvergate Media), the award-winning media company behind Sunny Day, Peter RabbitOctonauts, and Hilda, and animated by the award-winning French studio TeamTO, which has a strong track record of animating hit children’s shows, including PJ Masks.

Sam Snow and Kit Casey are the lead agents of CLADE: the Covert League of Animal Detective Experts, who solve animal mysteries by exploring the habitats and behaviours of fascinating, sometimes bizarre creatures. Armed with top-secret intel from their miniature contacts, the Mice Squad, these brilliant animal sleuths travel a world populated exclusively by animals, solving mind-boggling animal mysteries that mix real zoological facts with wild detective action.

In the series premiere, "The Mystery on the Monsoon Express", an average day in the Asian Jungle turns dangerous when a snake bites the driver of a train. Now, Sam and Kit have to find the culprit so that they can heal the driver enough to prevent a crash. (#101)

The Creature Cases

The Creature Cases debuted as a Netflix Original on April 12, 2022 and is currently in its third season ("chapter"), with 20 episodes (36 segments), including a holiday special. A fourth chapter is expected to launch later this year.

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Originally published: June 18, 2024.

Sources: Licensing InternationalAnimation World Network@HyperSchedules; H/T: Special thanks to @kancsn01 for the news!

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Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for June 18, 2024 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for June 18, 2024 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for June 18, 2024 | Nickelodeon

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Rugrats, provided to Creators Syndicate by Nickelodeon, based off the popular animated television series has been created for children and family's to laugh and enjoy together.

Follow these comics and their take on real episodes of the show and their own spin on hilarious adventures.

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Primark Celebrates 25 Years of SpongeBob With New Apparel Ranges, 'SpongeBob Cafe' Pop-Ups

New apparel and a café are now at select Primark locales in the U.K.

SpongeBob Cafe at Primark
SpongeBob Cafe at Primark. | PRIMARK

Retailer Primark and Paramount have expanded their partnership to celebrate 25 years of SpongeBob SquarePants. The retailer now has apparel ranges featuring beloved characters SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward on matching pajamas (including the first ever summer matching pyjamas), nightwear, sweatshirts, shorts and character socks. 

In addition, the SpongeBob Café has opened its doors in Manchester Trafford Centre, Birmingham and Braehead.

In this latest partnership, fans who visit the SpongeBob Cafés can sample the famous Mr Krab’s Secret Sandwich, alongside other menu highlights inspired by the iconic show including a Pineapple Under the Sea Bubble Tea, Kelp Crunch Waffle and Chum Wings, straight from Plankton’s The Chum Bucket.

The character is the latest to takeover selected Primark cafés, popping up in store from June to August.

“Our Partnership with Paramount continues to go from strength-to-strength,” says Sarah Jackson, director, license, Primark. “We know that our customers love our product collections from PAW Patrol to our iconic TMNT X Pizza Hut collaboration, so we’re thrilled to celebrate 25 years of this much-loved character with a new line of pajamas for all the family.” 

“We’ve seen an amazing response from customers to our revolving café themes so far, so we’re delighted to reveal the next chapter with SpongeBob and Patrick in the limelight,” says Tim Kelly, director, new business development. “At Primark, we’re always looking at ways to bring unrivalled in-store experiences to our customers and give them more reasons to visit their local store. We hope our customers in Manchester Trafford Centre, Birmingham and Braehead love our latest offering, and keep an eye out for the next revolving theme later this year.”

Characters including SpongeBob, Patrick and Plankton will also be visiting stores in June and July.

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Originally published: June 18, 2024.

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SpongeBob SquarePants Celebrates Widespread Consumer Products Success | SpongeBob 25

The SpongeBob SquarePants brand has developed to encompass a wide range of consumer products, with more new launches and expanded offerings to come.

Lush x SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob SquarePants was created by Stephen Hillenburg, who previously worked as a writer, director and creative director on Nickelodeon’s animated series Rocko’s Modern Life. After completing his undergraduate at Humboldt University in 1984 and starting work as a marine science educator at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, Calif, he first illustrated the iconic sponge in an educational comic book, The Intertidal Zone. Here, the character featured as a round sea sponge with sunglasses and was named Bob the Sponge.

Following Stephen’s completion of a masters’ degree in experimental animation at California Institute of Art and inception as creative director on Rocko’s Modern Life, he was able to develop his comic book The Intertidal Zone, into an animation which was then pitched to and approved by Nickelodeon. The show then previewed as SpongeBob SquarePants after the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards on May 1, 1999, ahead of the series debut in July that year.

The widespread success of SpongeBob SquarePants consumer products comes from a series of successful partnerships across numerous categories, including apparel, beauty, plush, toys & collectibles and food and beverage, all of which incorporate SpongeBob’s unique brand DNA.

Last year, Paramount Consumer Products, Nickelodeon and Lush launched a SpongeBob SquarePants collaboration tied to SpongeBob SquarePants: Operation Sea Change, a global ocean conservation and sustainability initiative. The partnership included an exclusive SpongeBob-themed box of plastic-free goodies based on fan-favourites Patrick Star and Gary the Snail along with Bikini Bottom.

Other sustainable initiatives include the SpongeBob SquarePants and EcoEgg partnership, whereby the eco-friendly laundry solution company produced a range of SpongeBob-themed reusable laundry egg detergent pellets.

In the apparel category, Paramount Consumer Products and Nickelodeon have orchestrated trend-led SpongeBob SquarePants fashion collaborations with Beatrix Ong, Nike, Vans and Puma. From a food and beverage standpoint, Iceland introduced SpongeBob SquarePants Potato Shapes into their stores nationwide last year.

For SpongeBob SquarePants’ 25th anniversary, Paramount Consumer Products, Nickelodeon and their licensees are launching a variety of exciting new products. In April, BoxLunch, fandom-forward retailer, launched a 38-piece apparel and accessories collection which is now available online internationally. This collection is spread over several categories, including key chains, earrings, crewnecks, tees, caps and bags, each tapping into iconic scenes and characters from the series.

Loungefly x SpongeBob 25

The fan-focused accessory company, Loungefly, has also released an exclusive 25th anniversary accessory collection, which entails a SpongeBob Mini Backpack, Zip Around Wallet, Convertible Backpack and Tote Bag, and a Krusty Krab-inspired Crossbody Bag.

The remainder of 2024 will see new launches and expanded offerings across fashion, collectibles, plush, beauty and more.

This month, The Entertainer will introduce two limited-edition exclusive SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star Fugglers online and in select stores nationwide. These Fugglers have taken on a disguise as these much-loved Nickelodeon characters and they are full-time tricksters – so beware!

Additionally, Sambro will be unveiling seven product lines across key UK and EU retailers later this summer, such as B&M, AS Watson, Very and Forbidden Planet. These lines will include Puzzle Palz™ collectable 3D erasers, Squelchums™ novelty toys, 8cm and 30cm collectable plush characters (including a 25-year celebration plush), Paint your Own characters and Pop Up game.

Funko will also be joining the 25th anniversary celebrations with seven new SpongeBob SquarePants 25th anniversary Funko Pop! Figures launching this summer. Also available, are five new collectable Funko Plushies of SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs and Gary.

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Paul Giamatti Boards 'Star Trek: Starfleet Academy' in Recurring Guest Star Role

Paul Giamatti Boards Star Trek: Starfleet Academy in Recurring Guest Star Role

Giamatti's villainous casting follows that of Academy Award-winning actress Holly Hunter.

Headshot of Paul Giamatti
Credit: Conrad Khalil

Breaking News - Incoming Transmission alert from Starfleet Command: Paul Giamatti (Billions) has boarded the cast of the first season of the all-new Original Series from CBS Studios, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, as a recurring guest star. Giamatti will play the season's antagonist — a man with an ominous past connected to one of the Academy's cadets.

Giamatti's casting follows that of the recently announced cast member Academy Award-Winning Actress Holly Hunter, who will star in the series as the captain and chancellor of Starfleet Academy.

"Sometimes you're lucky enough to discover that one of the greatest actors alive is also a huge Star Trek fan, and meeting Paul was one of those miraculous moments for us," said co-showrunners and executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Noga Landau. "The sheer delight with which he dove in on Starfleet Academy is only surpassed by the gratitude we feel about him joining our incredible cast."

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy introduces viewers to a young group of cadets who come together to pursue a common dream of hope and optimism. Under the watchful and demanding eyes of their instructors, they discover what it takes to become Starfleet officers as they navigate blossoming friendships, explosive rivalries, first loves and a new enemy that threatens both the Academy and the Federation itself.

Alex Kurtzman and Noga Landau serve as co-showrunners and executive produce the series alongside executive producers Gaia Violo, Aaron Baiers, Olatunde Osunsanmi, Jenny Lumet, Rod Roddenberry, Trevor Roth, Frank Siracusa and John Weber. The series premiere episode is written by Gaia Violo. Star Trek: Starfleet Academy is produced by CBS Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment.

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy is the latest addition to the expanding Star Trek franchise on Paramount+, which also includes the fifth and final season of Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks, and Star Trek: Section 31, an original movie event with Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh.

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Originally published: June 18, 2024.

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