Monday, December 04, 2017

Richard Horvitz Talks Voicing Daggett On 'Angry Beavers' And ZIM On 'Invader ZIM'

The Good Men Project recently got the chance to interview Richard Horvitz, the voice of Daggett on Nickelodeon's Angry Beavers and ZIM on Invader ZIM when the voice actor attended Stan Lee's LA Comic Con 2017. During their fantastic interview, which you can read below, Richard also reveals that Nickelodeon is slated to premiere the networks brand-new 90-minute Invader Zim TV movie in 2018!

How did you get into voice acting?

Richard Horvitz: Well I started out as an on camera voice actor when I was ten. I did a lot of teen films in the eighties. Around 1989 or so I had a commercial non camera agent that shared an office with a voice over agent. I said I would like to get into voice over. They said make a demo reel, I did and that is how I got in. Not that exciting of a story.

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So how did the process of getting into Angry Beavers happen?

Richard Horvitz: So that was my first full time domestic series. I did Power Rangers for years before that. They had been auditioning the show for many years actually. They had a couple different voices, and they replaced them with another different voice. Then I took over as Daggett. Then they did it again and I had to audition all over again. So it was probably about a three year process. To be a part of Angry Beavers.

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So who was your favorite character to play of Daggett’s on The Angry Beavers?

Richard Horvitz: Muscular Beaver!!! Whoosh!

What was your favorite part about playing that character?

Richard Horvitz: I got to step outside of my usual Daggett character and got to explore different personalities. So I loved to do that.

What was one of the biggest challenges of voicing Muscular Beaver?

Richard Horvitz: There were no challenges voicing Muscular Beaver. It’s just easy (laughs).

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So how did you get involved with Invader Zim?

Richard Horvitz: Well I was still doing Angry Beavers, and they originally wanted me to do Zim, but I was still doing Angry Beavers at the time. So they said ‘Well let’s not have him on both shows’. So they cast the pilot with Billy West (Doug, Ren & Stimpy, Futurama). And then just as Angry Beavers was ending, they had released the pilot. So they creator came to me and said ‘Well now you can do the part. Will you dub over the pilot?’ I did and that’s how I got Zim.

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Do you have a favorite episode(s) of Invader Zim?

Richard Horvitz: Oh geez, I love Planet Jackers. I like Walk of Doom. I think those are my favorites.

I heard they are bringing Invader Zim back for a new movie. Is there anything you can tell us about it?

Richard Horvitz: Not really. All I can say is that it is ninety minutes and will be on Nickelodeon next year sometime. That is about all I can about it at this time.

What are some other roles people can see you in?

Richard Horvitz: I am Kaos in Skylanders Academy on Netflix. I am Legosi in Bunnicula on Warner Bros. And I am on Billy Dilly as Yucky.

What is some advice you would give to anyone who wants to get into voice over work?

Richard Horvitz: Take improv classes first. This is my suggestion.

Anything you want to say to your fans?

Richard Horvitz: Keep watching! And listening.

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VStar Entertainment Group, Nickelodeon and Koba Productions Announce 'Bubble Guppies Live! Ready to Rock' U.S. Tour Debuting Spring 2018, Tickets on Sale Beginning December 15

Original VStar Entertainment Group Press Release via PR Newswire:

VStar Entertainment Group, Nickelodeon and Koba Productions Announce "Bubble Guppies Live! Ready to Rock" U.S. Tour Debuting Spring 2018, Tickets on Sale Beginning December 15

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Put on your water wings and jump into a swimsational adventure! VStar Entertainment Group, Nickelodeon and Koba Productions announced today the U.S. debut of the live theatrical production Bubble Guppies Live! Ready to Rock. Based on Nickelodeon's hit preschool series Bubble Guppies, the national tour is scheduled to visit over 30 markets beginning March 2018. Fans can visit for a list of upcoming Bubble Guppies Live! Ready to Rock tour cities, dates, times and ticket information.

The Bubble Guppies are getting ready to rock 'n' roll with some totally fin-tastic tunes, but when a special band member goes missing, the show can't go on. With a little help from Mr. Grouper and giggly little fish, Molly, Gil, and the whole gang embark on an adventure as they search every corner of their underwater world for their missing friend. Featuring rockin' music, comedic high jinks, and audience participation, the Bubble Guppies will leave no stone left unturned and no bubble left unpopped in order to get the show on the road. Including a wave of playful characters, energetic song and dance and theatrical magic, Nickelodeon's Bubble Guppies Live! Ready to Rock will have kids, parents and grandparents singing and dancing along with this rousing interactive show!

Bubble Guppies Live! Ready to Rock is based on Nickelodeon's Emmy® Award-winning preschool series, Bubble Guppies. Created and executive produced by Jonny Belt and Robert Scull, and co-developed by Janice Burgess, the interactive CG-animated series set in a vibrant underwater environment follows a group of diverse preschoolers with colorful fish tails who go on adventures discovering their world. Bubble Guppies is set to a soundtrack of catchy, educational pop songs and features a curriculum that infuses the core elements of kindergarten readiness including: math, literacy, the arts, science and socio-emotional development. Bubble Guppies currently airs on Nickelodeon.

"Bubble Guppies continues to be a hit with kids and parents alike, and we are pleased to once again partner with VStar Entertainment Group and Koba Productions to bring our loyal U.S. fan base a new and exhilarating musical extravaganza that is sure to delight the entire family," said Gerald Raines, Senior Vice President, Global Location Based Experiences.

"We're excited for this opportunity to expand our partnership with Nickelodeon and bring Bubble Guppies Live! to the U.S," said Eric Grilly, CEO, VStar Entertainment Group. "We are building upon our successful collaboration on two hit original productions of PAW Patrol Live! It's an honor to bring another family-favorite Nickelodeon show to life through the Bubble Guppies Live! tour."

VStar Entertainment Group is a leading entertainment company and producer of unforgettable live experiences for audiences in the U.S. and internationally. From concept through activation, VStar imagines and creates custom tours featuring original content and licensed, branded tours that provide highly engaging entertainment for fans of all ages. Our integrated entertainment platform allows us to deliver a complete solution for theatrical shows, interactive exhibits and experiential events, with expertise in production development and design, tour management, booking, ticketing, venue management, marketing, promotion and publicity. We specialize in bringing amazing location-based entertainment experiences to life that audiences will remember.

Over nearly four decades, VStar has presented 36,000+ performances worldwide in 40+ countries, reaching more than two million guests annually. Our productions include PAW Patrol Live!, two high-energy musical adventures based on the hit animated series that airs on Nickelodeon and is produced by Spin Master; Cirque Dreams, a series of productions that combine a cirque-style of performance artistry with Broadway theatrics and became part of our tour family when VStar acquired Cirque Productions in 2017; and Dinosaur Time Trek: Shark Edition and Dinosaur Time Trek: Dragon Edition, two hands-on prehistoric-themed exhibits with attractions for the whole family. Previous VStar productions include the original Sesame Street LIVE, a series of Broadway-quality musical shows produced in cooperation with Sesame Workshop for 37 years, Barney, Bear in the Big Blue House, Care Bears, Curious George, Dragon Tales, Hello Kitty, Kidz Bop and My Little Pony LIVE! For more information, including current tours and a complete list of service offerings and capabilities, visit

Koba Entertainment
A prominent producer of original family musicals, Koba Entertainment has been captivating audiences throughout the world with celebrated characters from literature, television, and pop culture. Koba Entertainment productions have enchanted people of all ages in more than 165 North American cities, 12 countries and 4 continents. Production credits for young audiences include: Max and Ruby, The Backyardigans, Toopy & Binoo, the Doodlebops, Strawberry Shortcake, Caillou and Franklin. More information can be found at

Nickelodeon, now in its 38th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids' basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

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Currently announced Bubble Guppies Live! Ready to Rock tour dates:

Saturday, March 3 - Tobin PAC, 100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio, TX

Sunday, March 4 - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Place, Dallas, Texas

Saturday, March 17 - Merriam Theater, 250 S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

Friday, March 23 - Peabody Opera House, 1400 Market Street, St. Louis, MO

Thursday, March 29 - Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA

Saturday, April 7 - Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw Street, Baltimore, MD

Saturday, April 14 - Sunday April 15 - 2124 Broadway, New York, NY

Saturday, April 28 - Chicago Theatre, 175 N State Street, Chicago, IL

Saturday, May 5 - Au-Rene Theater at Broward Center, 201 SW 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Sunday, May 13 - TPAC's Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN

Friday, March 9 - Wagner Noel PAC, 1310 N FM 1788, Midland, TX

Sunday, March 18 - Playhouse Square, 1519 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH

Wednesday, March 21 - Riverside Theater, 1116 W Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI

Sunday, March 25 - Murat Theatre, 502 N. New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, IN

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Parques Reunidos Opens Europe's First 'Nickelodeon Adventure' Theme Park In Murcia, Spain

Leisure park operator Parques Reunidos opened the Nickelodeon Adventure theme park in Thader Shopping Center, owned by Merlin Properties, in Murcia, Spain on Friday 1st December 2017!

The launch is part of a strategic deal between Parques Reunidos and Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) that has allowed for the development of Family Entertainment Centers with Nickelodeon’s characters at shopping centers since March 2016. The theme park features interactive experiences dedicated to each of Nick’s most popular characters, including SpongeBob SquarePants.

José Francisco Ballesta Germán, Mayor of Murcia; Fernando Eiroa, the CEO of Parques Reunidos; Gerald Raines, the VP of global location-based experiences for Nickelodeon; and Ismael Clemente, the CEO of Merlin Properties SOCIMI, inaugurated the exclusive retailtainment project in Europe, which covers 5,000 square meters.

Nickelodeon Adventure is the first Nickelodeon Family Entertainment Center in Europe. Attractions include SpongeBob’s Boating School Blast!, a specific PAW Patrol zone that includes the Paw Patrol Fire Engine and the Paw Patrol Control Tower, and different spaces dedicated to Dora the Explorer, the Rugrats, The Fairly OddParents and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In addition, the center offers Nickelodeon-themed birthday rooms, an interactive area, a 4D cinema and educational spaces for school groups.

“I’m very pleased to be back in Spain for the opening of this new park in partnership with Parques Reunidos,” said Raines. “Location-based entertainment is a key part of our business strategy and presents great opportunities for growth. Nickelodeon Land, as the first center of its kind in Europe, represents a great milestone for the brand and will provide memorable experiences for kids and their families.”

Eiroa commented: “Following the success achieved with Nickelodeon Land at Madrid’s Parque de Atracciones and NickLand at Movie Park Germany, these incredible Merlin Properties facilities allow us to implement our diversification strategy through these Indoor Entertainment Centers (IEC) and to offer the families an opportunity to interact with their most beloved Nickelodeon characters. The agreement reached with Viacom will make it possible for us to open similar centers following this format, in other cities such as Madrid, London or Lisbon.”

“The opening of Nickelodeon Adventure in Thader is not just a new commitment of Merlin to innovation and vanguard at retail, but also a way to consolidate this plaza as a place of reference and as an outstanding fashion and leisure center in the region of Murcia and its area of influence,” added Clemente. “Nickelodeon Adventure combines several of Merlin’s current proposals: leisure, education and the improvement of costumer experience. All of them combined in a meeting space thought for an increasingly demanding public looking for alternative concepts.”

As part of their partnership, Parques Reunidos and VIMN will also open the UK's first Nickelodeon-branded family entertainment centre at intu Lakeside in 2018.

More information about Nickelodeon Adventure Murcia can be found on Follow Nickelodeon Adventure Murcia's official Facebook and Instagram pages for the latest news from the theme park.

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“Nickelodeon Adventure” will open today at Murcia’s Thader Shopping Center and will take up a total of 5,000 sqm of the mall’s surface.

It will be the first European park allowing visitors to have an interactive experience in the company of Nickelodeon’s most famous characters, such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Paw Patrol, or Dora the Explorer.

Murcia, December 1st, 2017 – Parques Reunidos opens today the first European Nickelodeon Adventure park, located at Thader Shopping Center in Murcia, which belongs to Merlin Properties. The opening falls within the framework of the strategic agreement reached in March 2016 between Parques Reunidos and Viacom International Media Networks to develop mall entertainment centers featuring Nickelodeon characters.

This morning, Mr. José Francisco Ballesta Germán, Mayor of Murcia, Mr. Fernando Eiroa (CEO, Parques Reunidos), Mr. Manuel Gil, (Senior Vice President & General Manager, VIMN España), and Mr. Ismael Clemente ‎(CEO, MERLIN Properties SOCIMI), launched this center, a unique and innovative initiative in Europe, which extends over 5,000 sqm and is designed to take visitors on a family adventure.

The park is divided in different areas devoted exclusively to all the most famous Nickelodeon characters. Some examples of these spaces are SpongeBob’s Boating School Blast!; a specific Paw Patrol area including Paw Patrol Fire Engine and Paw Patrol Control Tower; different areas dedicated to Dora the Explorer, The Rugrats, The Fairly OddParents, as well as an animated adventure course themed after The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, where children will enjoy routes through tunnels and over climbing walls. Furthermore, the center includes Nickelodeon-themed birthday celebration rooms, an interactive area, a 4D theater, and educational areas for school groups.

The development of Indoor Entertainment Centers (IECs), located both in shopping malls and in iconic urban locations, is one of Parques Reunidos’ main growth strategies because it contributes to increasing the company’s income stability by reducing weather-related seasonality. Parques Reunidos has a strong expansion plan for this kind of centers, which will be open to the public year-round.

“After the success we’ve seen with Nickelodeon Land at Parque de Atracciones de Madrid and with NickLand at Movie Park Germany, these fantastic facility owned by Merlin Properties allows us to carry out our diversification strategy through our Indoor Entertainment Centers (IECs), while also providing families with the opportunity to interact with Nickelodeon’s most beloved characters. The agreement we have reached with Viacom will enable us to open a number of centers following this same format in other cities such as Madrid, London, or Lisbon”, explained Parques Reunidos CEO, Fernando Eiroa.

Manuel Gil, Senior Vice President & General Manager at Viacom International Media Networks España stated that “we are very excited to finally present this project, which is so unique in Europe. With this Indoor Entertainment Center we are able to offer, once again, an authentic Nickelodeon experience along with Paw Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants, or The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”.

“The arrival of Nickelodeon Adventure to Thader reflects MERLIN’s investment on innovation and on front-line Retail, while also strengthening this mall’s image as an entertainment and shopping destination within the Murcia region and all its surrounding areas. Nickelodeon Adventure clearly combines MERLIN’s current plans for the future: Entertainment, Education, and improving Client Experience, all happening simultaneously in a space designed to meet an increasingly demanding audience who are looking for new entertainment concepts” mentioned MERLIN Properties’ CEO, Ismael Clemente.

About Merlin

MERLIN Properties SOCIMI, S.A. (MC:MRL) is the largest real estate public company in the Spanish stock market, holding a €5,100 million capitalization. The company specializes in buying and managing third-party assets within the Iberian peninsula, and they invest primarily in office space, retail space, and logistical facilities in the Core and Core Plus segments. MERLIN Properties also belongs to the IBEX 35, Euro STOXX 600, IBEX 35, Euro STOXX 600, FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Global Real Estate Index, GPR Global Index, GPR-250 Index y MSCI Small Caps reference indexes.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon is one of the best-known children and family entertainment brands at the international level. It has built a global business model that excels because it always keeps target audiences in mind. Nickelodeon’s portfolio includes programing blocks, in-house program production, especial events, consumer goods, digital products, theme parks, books, movies, and social initiatives. Nickelodeon brands reach almost one thousand million subscribers in more than 160 countries and territories worldwide through more than 80 local channels. Outside of the United States Nickelodeon is a part of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIA, VIAB), one of the largest TV content creator on all available platforms.

About Parques Reunidos

Parques Reunidos is one of the world’s leading leisure park operators. The company portfolio comprises 61 assets (amusement parks, animal parks, aquatic parks, family entertainment centers and other attractions). Parques Reunidos is present in 14 countries in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia, receiving approximately 20 million visitors per year. For more information regarding Parques Reunidos, please visit:

About Viacom International Media Networks

VIMN is a part of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB) and is formed by some of the most famous entertainment brands in the world such as MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount Channel, Channel 5 (UK), VH1, VIVA, COLORS, Spike, Game One and TR3s: MTV, Música y Más. Viacom content reaches around 3.200 million homes in approximately 170 territories and in 40 languages through more than 200 locally-operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile television.


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