Saturday, August 11, 2018

Nickelodeon International Debuts 'Sharkdog' on Nick Play App in Asia

Nickelodeon International has debuted Sharkdog, a brand-new animated short-form series, on the award-winning Nickelodeon Play app in Asia!

Created by first-time creator Jacinth Tan and Raihan Harun from Singapore, Sharkdog is a 20 x 90-second digital series that follows the adventures and misadventures of Max and his special pet/sidekick, Sharkdog – half shark, half dog, all mayhem. Max is desperate to be a superhero – he’s got the super side kick, but now just needs to figure out the hero part.

Sharkdog is Nickelodeon's first animated short-from series to come from Asia, and is produced by multi-award-winning CG animation studio One Animation (OddBods, Insectibles, Rob the Robot, Hard Boiled). Nickelodeon International greenlit the series for development in October 2017.

Sharkdog is Nickelodeon's first animated short-form series from Asia, and comes from the 2015 edition of the annual Nickelodeon’s Global Animated Shorts Program, designed to identify and develop original comedy-driven content for kids. Besides Sharkdog, a further 21 pitches were chosen out of 850 pitches and developed into animated shorts, with the potential to air on the network, or live on the Nickelodeon Play App.

Sharkdog is now available to watch on the Nickelodeon Play app in Asia, available for iOS and Android devices from the Apple App and Google Play stores in Indonesia and Singapore, and is slated to roll out onto Nickelodeon Play apps in several international markets soon.

Watch an episode of Sharkdog, titled "FishTacos", in which Sharkdog goes on the prowl for a delicious fish taco, below!:

Sharkdog - FishTacos from Rich Dickerson on Vimeo.

Sharkdog stars the voices of: Ben Burgess as Sharkdog; Quinn Breslin as Max; AnnaBelle Deaner as Mia; Mandy Fabian as Mom; and A. George Hamway as Dad.

In addition to Sharkdog, Nickelodeon International is also developing MooseBox into a 20 x 90 second digital-first series. It follows Moose and CatBox, two best friends who need each other to play, explore and survive a video game world called The Cube.

Created by South African animation director Mike Scott and produced by South African studio Mind’s Eye Creative, MooseBox is one of the first short-form series to come out of Nickelodeon's world renowned Global Animated Shorts Program. Nickelodeon International greenlit the series for development in October 2017, at the same time as Sharkdog, and is also slated to roll out the series onto Nickelodeon Play apps in several international markets soon.

The original pilot below – which was created by the well-known Cape Town studio Triggerfish Animation – was made for Nickelodeon International Animated Shorts Program 2013-14, and has been available to watch online for more than three years as part of Nickelodeon's Global Animated Shorts Program showcase.

Also, from The New Paper:

Singaporean-created Sharkdog series a Nickelodeon first

Singaporean storyboard artist Jacinth Tan came up with Sharkdog when playing with her dog during Shark Week. PHOTO: Nickelodeon

While playing with her dog during Discovery Channel's Shark Week television programming, Singaporean storyboard artist Jacinth Tan came up with the quirky idea that would lead to her first big break.

The result is Sharkdog - the eponymous character that is a hybrid of a shark and dog - which went on to earn the unofficial title of Nickelodeon's first animated short-form series from Asia.

The 20-episode, 90-second show chronicles the adventures of a boy named Max and his special pet-sidekick Sharkdog, and premieres on the US children's television network's app Nickelodeon Play today.

Ms Syahrizan Mansor, vice-president of Nickelodeon's brand in Asia, told The New Paper: "Sharkdog has a lot of silly humour and a lot of heart. What better time to launch this than just before National Day as we celebrate a Singapore-first for Nickelodeon."

Ms Tan, 27, said she was simply pleased she got a chance to tell a story she feels strongly about.

She told TNP: "Through Max's rebellion, I want to show children that rebelliousness is not necessarily wrong.

"They should think about what they want in life and not be afraid to chase their dreams."

She had found it difficult to convince her parents of her career prospects.

Ms Tan, who studied animation at Nanyang Technological University's School of Art, Design and Media, said: "I don't think they were convinced until I managed to get my first job at (local animation studio) Chips and Toon within a month of graduation."

She got started in the industry in 2014. She and Sharkdog co-creator Raihan Harun entered the project in the 2015 edition of Nickelodeon's Global Animated Shorts Programme.

Their idea stood out from the 850 pitches and was green-lit.

Ms Tan, who conceptualised Sharkdog with a team at her current employer One Animation, said: "I hope this will inspire other creators that it is possible to pitch your show and get it picked up."


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Originally published: Friday, August 10, 2018.
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