Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Nickelodeon Asia to Premiere 'SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout' on Friday 12th July 2019

It's SpongeBob SquarePants' 20th anniversary, and to commemorate 20 years of SpongeBob SquarePants, Nickelodeon South East Asia will premiere the brand-new hour-long SpongeBob Birthday Special, “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout” on Friday 12th July 2019 at 6:00pm on Nickelodeon Malaysia (MY), Nickelodeon Singapore (SG) and Nickelodeon Indonesia (WIB), and on Monday 15th July 2019 at 20:25 on Nickelodeon Philippines (PH)!

It’s SpongeBob’s birthday in “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout,” an all-new mixed live-action and animated special which features for the first time the celebrated voice talent behind SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Sandy, Squidward and Plankton playing live-action doppelgänger versions of the animated characters they voice! In the one-hour special, Patrick and SpongeBob journey to the surface world, where they come across a few familiar characters during lunchtime rush at The Trusty Slab restaurant. Meanwhile, the Bikini Bottom residents set up a surprise party for SpongeBob. The special will also feature special guest stars David Hasselhoff (Baywatch, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie), Kel Mitchell (All That, Kenan & Kel, Good Burger), Jack Griffo (The Thundermans) and Daniella Perkins (Knight Squad). (#254-#255)

Donning his famous lifeguard attire, Hasselhoff guests as himself in the special, where he runs into a little trouble in an ocean kayak and on the beach. Hasselhoff also notably played himself in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. His return is a special nod to his original performance for fans around the world.

The laughs keep on coming with the Best 48 Hours Ever, a ‘Sponge-athon’ with your favourite Bikini Bottom friends this weekend beginning midnight on Saturday.

Leading up to the special, Nickelodeon South East Asia treated fans to some of the best moments from the series between Monday 1st - Friday 5th July 2019.

Fans can wish SpongeBob a happy birthday by leaving a birthday message on Nickelodeon Asia's Facebook and Instagram pages using the hashtags #SpongeBob20 #HappyBirthdaySpongeBob. Whilst visiting Nick's social media pages, fans will also be able to find spongeriffic SpongeBob content, including a "Guess That Voice" game which asks fans to identify which guest stars voice it is, and SpongeBob facts.

SpongeBob launched July 17, 1999, and has reigned as the number-one kids’ animated series on TV for the last 17 years, generating a universe of beloved characters, pop culture catchphrases and memes, theatrical releases, consumer products, a Tony award-winning Broadway musical and a global fan base. The “Best Year Ever,” leads up to the Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies theatrical, The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge, coming 2020!

Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants 20 celebration forms part of the "Best Year Ever", Nickelodeon's year-long global celebration commemorating 20 years of SpongeBob SquarePants, one of the most iconic TV series and characters ever created.

SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout” will make it's world debut on Friday, July 12, at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon USA.

From The Sun Daily Malaysia:

It’s SpongeBob’s 20th birthday bash

GET READY for the ‘Best Year Ever’ as Nickelodeon celebrates 20 years of SpongeBob SquarePants with a tribute to one of the most iconic TV series and characters ever created.

Launched on July 17, 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has reigned as one of the top children’s animated series on TV for 17 years.

The series was created by the late Stephen Hillenburg who was an animator, voice actor, and former marine science educator.

Along the way, it has generated a universe of beloved characters, pop culture catchphrases and memes, toys and merchandise, movies, a Tony award-winning Broadway musical, and legions of fans across the world.

The birthday festivities kick off with the premiere of SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout, an original mixed live-action and animated one-hour special this Friday at 6pm on Nickelodeon (Astro channel 612).

The special sees the optimistic SpongeBob and best pal Patrick journeying to the surface world and meeting familiar characters during the lunchtime rush at The Trusty Slab restaurant.

The laughs keep on coming with the Best 48 Hours Ever, a ‘Sponge-athon’ with your favourite Bikini Bottom friends this weekend beginning midnight on Saturday.

SpongeBob SquarePants is currently seen in 208 countries and has been translated into more than 55 languages.


More Nick: Nickelodeon Marks 20 Years of "SpongeBob SquarePants" with the "Best Year Ever"!

Originally published: Wednesday, June 19, 2019.
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GameStop and DC Collectibles Unveil 'Batman Vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Figures

Cowabunga, Turtles fans! GameStop is teaming up with DC Collectibles and Nickelodeon for a new range of collectibles based on the recent DC animated movie, Batman Vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

If you’re attending Comic-Con International: San Diego this month, you’ll be able to see the line first when it makes its public debut from July 18-21. Scheduled for release between Aug. 1 and Dec. 2, preorders will begin on July 8 at Most of the line will consist of exclusive figure two-packs, however, the first offering will be the Previews Exclusive Michelangelo as Batman action figure, which will be available at the DC Collectibles SDCC booth.

The limited-edition action figure features Mikey decked out in Batman’s iconic cape and cowl. Accessories include a sewer lid, pizza, and extra sets of hands.

“When it comes to superhero characters that fight the evil of the universe, it doesn’t get much better than DC Collectibles’ Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” says Kris Ventura, vice president of collectibles for GameStop. “They are the perfect duo to fight crime and we’re excited to carry this exclusive product line online in our retail stores.”


Aug. 1: Mikey as Batman PX (Previews Exclusive) – $29.99
Sep. 2: Batman and Leo – $49.99
Sep. 2: Robin and Raphael – $49.99
Oct. 1: Batgirl and Donatello – $49.99
Nov. 1: Alfred and Michelangelo – $49.99
Dec. 2: Ra’s Al Ghul and Shredder – $49.99
Look for product shots and more details when SDCC kicks off later this month!

Update (7/9) - GameStop and DC Collectibles has unveiled first looks at the rest of the collection!:

Batman Vs TMNT: Batman & Leonardo Figure 2 Pack – In Store September 2019

Two leaders unite in this Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2-pack that features Batman and Leonardo. Great adventures await because this action figure pack includes a wide array of accessories including extra sets of hands, pizza slices, swords with sheaths, a Batarang, a grapnel gun and a Bat Bomb!

Batman Vs TMNT: Robin & Raphael Figure 2 Pack – In Store September 2019

This action figure 2-pack proves that these characters are more than just sidekicks! Robin and Raphael make a powerful pairing with a plethora of accessories including extra sets of hands, pizza slices, two sais, a Batarang, a grapnel gun, a Gotham sewer lid and a Bat Bomb.

Batman Vs TMNT: Batgirl & Donatello Figure 2 Pack – In Store October 2019

Smart and strong! Batgirl and Donatello make the perfect pair in this action figure 2-pack. Accessories for these figures include extra sets of hands, a bo staff, pizza slices, a cell phone, a T-phone, a Batarang, a grapnel gun, retromutagen ooze darts and a glow-in-the-dark mutagen can. Donatello also comes with an additional head.

Batman Vs TMNT: Alfred & Michelangelo Figure 2 Pack – In Store November 2019

Serious meets silly with this Alfred and Michelangelo action figure 2-pack. Mikey’s impulsive personality will surely keep the restrained Alfred on his toes. Accessories include extra sets of hands, a skateboard, nunchucks, pizza slices and a coffee mug.

Batman Vs TMNT: Ra’s Al Ghul & Shredder Figure 2 Pack – In Store December 2019

It’s an epic villain crossover in this action figure 2-pack featuring Ra’s al Ghul and Shredder. Whatever happens, stay on their good sides. These two are not known for their patience or forgiveness. Accessories include extra hands, a mutagen can, ninja stars and a sword.

Pre-Order link through GameStop:

There is also a preorder available for the whole bundle for $249.99.

In the recent animated crossover, Batman finds the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lurking below the streets of Gotham City in search of a mutual enemy. Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo end up on a collision course with the Dark Knight. The film is based on the hit comic book series of the same name published by DC Entertainment and IDW.

Nickelodeon will also be taking exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles merchandise to SDCC 2019! Click the following link for info!:

More Nick: Nickelodeon Brings SpongeBob SquarePants' Bikini Bottom to Life at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2019!

Original source: The Pop Insider (II); Additional source: Action Figure Insider, Bleeding Cool

Originally published: Wednesday, July 03, 2019.
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'SpongeBob SquarePants' at 20: Behind the Business of 'SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout'

Nickelodeon’s hit SpongeBob SquarePants moved out of its own adolescence earlier this year when the animated series turned 20 in May. But the celebration of the modern classic about under-the-sea adventures is continuing well into next year as a “love letter” to the show’s creator, says Ramsey Naito, Nickelodeon Executive Vice President (EVP) of Animation Production and Development.

“Time flies,” Naito tells Variety. “I remember meeting Stephen Hillenburg in 1998 when we were both getting coffee at a coffee machine when he was just starting.”

Hillenburg, who was a marine biology teacher before stepping into the world of animation, created SpongeBob based on some of his own experience seeing children’s awe at sponges and starfish. The series became Nickelodeon’s first original Saturday morning cartoon, debuting in May 1999. Hillenburg unfortunately passed away from complications from ALS in November 2018 at age 57, before getting to see his beloved series hit this milestone — festivities for which have been dubbed “Best Year Ever” and include a new one-hour, mixed animation/live action special airing July 12, as well as a third film, The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge, set to hit the big screen in May 2020.

Naito says the one-hour special, titled “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout”, will be dedicated to Hillenburg: “In some ways it’s written to him from the entire cast and everyone who’s been working on this franchise.”

In the special, SpongeBob (voiced by Tom Kenny) and Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke) journey to the surface world where they encounter live-action doppelgangers of the show’s animated stars, played by the actors who have voiced the animated characters for 20 years.

Co-executive producers Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller say the idea of sending SpongeBob on a tour of the surface world has been around for years, but because it is such an ambitious idea, it took some time to come to fruition.

“To do live-action mixing with animation is difficult in the television pipeline, so now that it’s the 20th anniversary we pulled it out because we knew [executives] wanted to do something special for this occasion and it’s something we wanted to do, too,” Ceccarelli says.

SpongeBob has mixed animation with live-action in the past — and David Hasselhoff, who appeared in 2004’s The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, returns for this special — but “Big Birthday Blowout” is the first time the show’s voiceover actors appear that way. They gather for lunch at the Trusty Slab restaurant, a play on Bikini Bottom’s the Krusty Krab.

“This is definitely the first time we’ve attempted anything this ambitious on the TV series,” says Kenny. “It gives that kind of a fun, weird, meta, Easter egg moment when you get to see the voice actors working at this diner.”

Beyond the one-hour special, the new season’s episodes also cater to long-time fans to further the milestone celebration.

“We went through the history of SpongeBob in our minds to think of characters that had been fan favorites in the past and we specifically pulled some of them out of the past and wrote stories around them,” Ceccarelli says.

Keeping all the “Best Year Ever” festivities on track is a full-time job for Charlotte Castillo, Senior Vice President (SVP) of Global Franchise Planning, Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products (VNCP). She describes her job managing SpongeBob and other Nick properties as akin to that of an air traffic controller.

“Given that we have so many groups internally and so many different initiatives with SpongeBob happening, we wanted to align on a theme that makes the most sense and tells a true story and really connects with the IP and is true to the show’s DNA,” Castillo says. “This meant his ‘best day ever’ optimism is front and center. That’s what the consumer relates to.”

Discussions of how to celebrate the 20th anniversary of SpongeBob began in November, says Castillo, who broke the approach into four pillars: content, products, collaborations and experiences.

In addition to “Big Birthday Bash,” content includes a dedicated SpongeBob YouTube channel that launched earlier this year, while on the experiential front, the show is getting an 1,800-sq.-ft. booth commemorating 20 years of the series from July 18-21 at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Talent will be on-hand to sign autographs, and there will be an interactive game inside the Krusty Krab, as well as a photo opportunity at Mrs. Puff’s Boating School and costumed character appearances. The show’s cast and producers will also be featured on a panel.

Collaborations include a SpongeBob wetsuit that debuted at a Cynthia Rowley New York Fashion Week show in February, followed in March by Dutch fashion designer Marlou Breuls’ SpongeBob couture collection at Amsterdam Fashion Week.

Artist Romero Britto reimagined SpongeBob in his own style for a mixed-media art installation that will be exhibited in a Los Angeles pop-up experience later this year.

Nickelodeon partnered with the Pantone Color Institute to create official SpongeBob Yellow and Patrick Star Pink colors. And then there’s new merchandise, which includes the first-ever crossover between SpongeBob and Nickelodeon Slime.

“SpongeBob and Slime are to Nick as peanut butter is to jelly,” Castillo says. “They’re always very much a part of our DNA. With slime there’s been a recent trend of kids really connecting with it and concocting their own and we have a line of Slime toys and we thought it was a great time to do a collaboration of the best of what kids want to play with.”

SpongeBob products are aimed at adults, too. Nick partnered with HipDot Studios for the first premium SpongeBob-inspired cosmetics line. Nickelodeon has also partnered with Boston Celtics Point Guard Kyrie Irving and Nike for a upcoming SpongeBob-inspired Nike Kyrie 5 footwear line.

“His demo is very broad in terms of age as well as [being] global,” Castillo says. “The thing about SpongeBob is he inspires people to be creative and makeup is all about being creative and reinventing yourself.”

And rather than grimacing over SpongeBob internet memes created by fans, Viacom execs have embraced the phenomenon, partnering with Alpha Group on viral meme-inspired vinyl figures, including Mocking SpongeBob, Imagination SpongeBob, Surprised Patrick and Handsome Squidward.

“People who are really into developing memes adopted SpongeBob as their language of choice; it’s how they communicate and express themselves,” Castillo says. “It’s really amazing how it’s transformed the connection with the consumer, and we wanted to celebrate that.”

Nickelodeon’s Naito says that connection with viewers is based on SpongeBob’s everyman qualities (“Everybody sees themselves in SpongeBob”) that have helped the show make a lasting impact.

“He’s equal parts heart, farts and smarts,” she says. “He appeals to kids and adults because he represents the better good in everybody. The success of the franchise is due to how authentic and funny the show is, the love for SpongeBob and the honest loving relationships he has with his friends.”

Ceccarelli says writing SpongeBob for a general audience — not specifically for children — helps keep the series funny and entertaining.

“We don’t really do a lot of teaching life lessons or moral moments that a lot of children’s television does,” he says. “I know that kind of stuff tends to push older audiences away so the fact that that stuff is not in there makes it open for everybody to enjoy together.”

The archetypal cast of characters can also be repurposed in multiple ways, which Kenny feels helps keep SpongeBob evergreen. “If something like SpongeBob starts chasing trends, it’s literally dead in the water,” he says. “The characters are who they are and because they exist in this world that is not ours, it doesn’t really date SpongeBob.”

To keep SpongeBob going for future generations, Nickelodeon wants to build out the show’s universe. This includes the aforementioned upcoming third feature film, as well as the franchise’s first television spinoff, Kamp Koral, which was announced in June as a CG-animated show that follows a 10-year-old SpongeBob during his summer at sleepaway camp. Ceccarelli and Waller will executive produce and showrun the spinoff, which they think will open “a new creativity in our writers and in our artists.”

Naito says it’s clear from the Memes and the busy nature of Castillo’s schedule that consumers want more SpongeBob.

“In many ways, Bikini Bottom is our Marvel Universe,” Naito says. “We are looking at ways to tell stories in this universe in the same way we’re gonna do with Kamp Koral, but it’s not without celebrating classic SpongeBob all the time. We are definitely in discussions about how we can find other ways to mine the universe in an authentic way because it’s really important that, no matter how we’re mining this universe, we keep the core values everyone loves about SpongeBob.”

Also from Variety:

Kristine Belson, ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ 20th Anniversary Honored at 10 Animators to Watch Event

Variety‘s fifth annual 10 Animators to Watch celebrated what’s new, what’s different and what’s to come in animation.


Variety and Nickelodeon partnered for the event, held at NeueHouse in Hollywood on Tuesday night and hosted by Variety’s executive vice president of content Steve Gaydos. The 10 Animators to Watch — Henry Bonsy, Jérémy Clapin, Trevor Dalmer, Emily Limyun Dean, Valerie Lapointe, Natalie Nourigat, Keely Propp, Miguel Puga, Troy Quane, Malenga Mulendema — took the stage in honor of their auspicious careers in animation. Kristine Belson, president of Sony Pictures Animation, received the honor for Creative Impact in Animation.

“[Animation] is no longer a medium or genre for just kids. It’s a medium — and some of us think it’s the best medium — of storytelling for all audiences to enjoy,” Belson told the crowd upon accepting the honor.

Belson recalled the process of overhauling Sony Pictures Animation during her four year tenure: “Before we could figure out essentially how to rebuild the studio, we had to kind of figure out who are we going to be, what was our identity. We’re not Pixar, we’re not Illumination, we’re not Disney, we’re not Dreamworks. We don’t have the resources, the budget, we don’t have the timelines, networks, theme parks. The list of what we didn’t have went on and on, but what we realized is that it was quite freeing without that success.” She added, “There were no rules that we had to live by. We were going to get to make up the rules.”

Belson said she wanted to make movies that were not only “high quality,” but “looked different” and “felt different,” explaining that “we were seeing a lot of sameness out there.” That brought her to Sony’s Oscar-winning “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” “They set out to create something that had never ever been seen before. These guys took so many risks along the way to create a story they thought was worthy of Miles Morales, this African-American Puerto Rican kid that was going to have to take this leap of faith and become the new Spider-Man,” Belson said of the creative team behind the film.

Peter Ramsey and Kristine Belson | Variety and Nickelodeon's 10 Animators to Watch, NeueHouse Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA - 09 Jul 2019 | CREDIT: DAVID BUCHAN/VARIETY/SHUTTERSTOCK

Peter Ramsey, who co-directed “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” introduced Belson, praising her for helping get the film made. “‘Spider-Verse’ has a lot of stuff in that movie which would give any studio pause — a heart attack. There’re a lot of gut checks going on. We saw Kristine go in there, throw elbows, stand her ground and fight for what she believed in,” said Ramsey. “She made a real space for us at the highest level for us to be able to make the movie what the movie was telling us it should be.”

The event also celebrated the 20th anniversary of “SpongeBob Squarepants,” whose eponymous sponge appears on the cover of Variety‘s 10 Animators to Watch issue. The voice actors for SpongeBob SquarePants (Tom Kenny), Patrick Star (Bill Fagerbakke), Sandy Cheeks (Carolyn Lawrence) and Squidward Tentacles (Rodger Bumpass) were all in attendance. The bar served “Spongebob” themed drinks, such as the “Bellini Bottom,” which riffs on the hometown of Spongebob and his friends, Bikini Bottom. A table of artists drew sketches from the show as well as caricatures of attendees.

Ramsey Ann Naito, Trevor Dalmer, Troy Quane, Keely Propp, Jeremy Clapin, Kristine Belson, Miguel Puga, Valerie LaPointe, Natalie Nourigat, Emily Limyun Dean and Peter Ramsey | Variety and Nickelodeon's 10 Animators to Watch, NeueHouse Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA - 09 Jul 2019 | CREDIT: JOHN SALANGSANG/VARIETY/SHUTTERSTOCK

About Miguel Puga - “The Casagrandes”

Puga would copy stills from Nickelodeon’s “Rocko’s Modern Life” as an 8 year old growing up in East L.A. When school teachers asked him, “Who drew this for you?” he knew he could be an animator.

Puga worked as a storyboard artist on a number of shows, including the series “The Loud House” on Nickelodeon — the network he “bled orange” for since his childhood fascination with “Rocko’s Modern Life.” His work on the show would lead to the spinoff series “The Casagrandes,” which is set to premiere this fall.

He recounts the genesis of the spinoff: “I sat with ‘The Loud House’ writers and they brought this up. They wanted to pitch this idea about Ronnie and Bobby. They had this idea about making a special, it wasn’t a spinoff back then.” The idea became “The Loudest Mission: Relative Chaos” which follows Ronnie and Bobby as they visit their extended Mexican-American family.

Puga says:, “They wanted to know which direction they should go [from me] having the experience of being Mexican-American. Pretty much everything you see in the special ‘Relative Chaos’ is every part of me growing up.” Many of the characters are based on Puga’s relatives. Even his grandma’s stomach-ache cure makes an appearance.

Now, Ronnie and Bobby are getting an upcoming show of their own with “The Casagrandes.” Puga is excited to put on a show centering on a Mexican-American family. “I feel a huge responsibility, especially to have a show that represents so much of America. I got so lucky that I got to hire a lot of people that could represent the show on our crew,” he says.

Whether it be his work for Nickelodeon or his future ambitions of directing live- action projects, Puga applies advice from his father: “There’s a thing my Dad used to tell me, ‘echale ganas.’ It’s Spanish for ‘give it your all.’”

— Dano Nissen



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Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) | New Official Trailer | Paramount Pictures

Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) - New Official Trailer - Paramount Pictures

If you think you know Dora…think again! 🎒 Dora’s going on her biggest adventure yet in the new trailer for Dora and the Lost City of Gold, in theatres across the U.S. from Friday, August 9! #DoraMovie

Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner) for her most dangerous adventure ever – High School. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Eugenio Derbez), and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents (Eva Longoria, Michael Peña) and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold.

Add some adventure to your messages with the new #DoraMovie stickers! 🐵 Available now on Apple ( and Android (

Update (7/9) - Paramount has today also released new stills from the movie as well as the film's brand-new poster!:

The second trailer opens with a young Dora (Madelyn Miranda) breaking the fourth wall as she asks the audience to say "Delicioso." While the format is common in the Nickelodeon animated show, in which the heroine says something in Spanish and challenges the viewer to say to say it, her family in the live-action film looks around in confusion. "She'll grow out of it," says her father.

A time jump then occurs as Dora reluctantly attends her first day of high school. While she struggles to adjust to her new life as a traditional high school student, her parents share that they discovered the ancient city of gold. Intrigued by her parents' discovery, Dora recruits the help of Diego and their two classmates to explore the secret city. Boots also joins the group on their adventure, which features Dora in her natural habitat of the jungle.

The trailer concludes as the teen explorers and Alejandro Gutierrez (Derbez) accidentally walk through quicksand. As they lift their legs out of it, the friction creates a fart-like sound. The teenagers giggle as Alejandro jokes, "I ate chili con carne."

Swiper the Fox also makes a brief appearance in the trailer.

The first trailer for the film, which highlights the teenagers' search for Dora's parents, was released in March.

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Dora the Explorer 'breaks some rules' in new Lost City of Gold trailer

Dora the Explorer is all grown up — and she has the street smarts, mighty muscle, and a gigantic knife to prove it — in the latest trailer for her first big-screen adventure.

Paramount’s upcoming cinematic adaptation of the beloved animated series, titled Dora and the Lost City of Gold, sets the titular adventurer on a journey through the perils of high school before sending her on a quest to save her parents from a lost Incan city.

The trailer introduces Dora as a peculiar child (in a hilarious riff on the animated series’ format, she speaks to the camera to ask an invisible audience to repeat the word “delicioso” as she eats) who ultimately hones her survival skills with her adventurer parents (Eva Longoria, Michael Peña), who go missing shortly after telling their daughter about a legendary civilization built entirely of gold.

To track them down, Dora enlists the help of her classmates — some more jungle-ready than others — as well as a jungle inhabitant named Alejandro (Eugenio Derbez) and her trusty primate companion, Boots (voiced by Danny Trejo). Along the way, the group encounters various obstacles, including a room filled with levers that squirt water, the thieving fox, Swiper, and a foreboding pit of squishy-sounding quicksand (which, of course, prompts the gang to make fart jokes as they sink into the earth).

Directed by The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted helmer James Bobbin, Dora and the Lost City of Gold swings into theaters Aug. 9. Watch the new trailer above.


Celebrate #TakeYourDogToWorkDay with #DoraMovie's Isabela Moner and her perro Pluto! 🐶 Did you bring your pup to work today?

More Nick: Isabela Moner Adopts Three-Legged Dog She Found Whilst Filming 'Dora And The Lost City Of Gold' in Australia!

Originally published: Tuesday, July 09, 2019 at 18:16 BST.

Additional sources: Collider, The Hollywood Reporter, io9, Vital Thrills,
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SpongeBob SquarePants and Little Bites Launch 'Super SpongeBash Celebration Sweepstakes'

SpongeBob SquarePants and Little Bites are celebrating their 20th anniversary! 🎉🙌🏽 Celebrate with them by entering the SpongeBob SpongeBash Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to Nickelodeon Hotel & Resorts Punta Cana: No purchase necessary.

One Grand Prize winner will win:

- Round trip airfare for winner & 3 guests to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (all minor guests must be 12 years old or younger)
- 5 day/4 night stay at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana
- Hotel inclusive of all meals (excluding dining at on-site restaurant, Kitchen 23), drinks, gratuities, room tax, non-motorized water sports and entertainment
- Ground transportation to/from winner’s residence & airport and to/from airport & hotel
- $1,000 spending money for winner only

100 First Prize winners will each receive:

- A Spongebash Party Box. 20 First Prize winners in weeks 1 to 4, 10 First Prize winners in weeks 5 and 6.

See Official Rules for full details.

More Nick: Nickelodeon Reveals First Look at SpongeBob SquarePants’ Voice Cast as Human Versions of Their Characters in 'SpongeBob SquarePants', “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout” Mixed Live-Action/Animated Special!

Made with Nickelodeon, Made with Nick, Super SpongeBash Celebration Sweepstakes, Contest.
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Nickelodeon Launches 'Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader' Alexa Skill

Fans of Nickelodeon's Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader can now play the game they love to watch with Nickelodeon's brand new Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader Alexa Skill! To play the game, just say "Alexa, open Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader!" to your Alexa-enabled device and play along! The game is free to enable.

Similar to the series, players can answer questions from grades 1 through 5, receiving help from classmates each level. If participants answer a question wrong, the classmates will be able to save them from elimination as they attempt to prove they're smarter than a 5th grader. If fans wish to access the skill on Amazon's Alexa, all they must say is "Alexa, open Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader."


What’s the family quiz show that puts grown ups to the test? It’s Nickelodeon’s All New Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader skill on Alexa! We’re taking family game night to a whole new level! Team up or play solo to answer as many 1st through 5th grade questions as you can! Think you’ll make the grade and pass our test? Play now to find out if you are smarter than a 5th grader!

To enable the skill, simply say "Alexa, Open Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader.”
To quit, just say "Alexa, quit" anytime during the game.

For issues, questions, or comments please email us at We want to hear directly from you!

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Don't forget to catch brand-new episodes of Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?, hosted by actor and former wrestler John Cena, every Monday at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT), only on Nickelodeon!

Nickelodeon's Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader Alexa skill follows the success of the The SpongeBob Challenge.

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Originally published: Monday, July 08, 2019.

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Meet Real-Life Explorer Alison's Adventures | Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Meet real-life explorer Alison's Adventures! Alison grew up exploring the jungle with her parents & monkey pal, just like Dora! After going to school for the first time in the US as a teenager, she’s back exploring the world and she can’t wait to see Dora and the Lost City of Gold in theatres August 9! #DoraMovie

Find Your Adventure: Discover The Forest has partnered joined forces with Paramount’s Dora the Explorer and the Lost City of Gold to showcase the hidden wonders that await you and your family at a nearby park or forest. Visit for more information!

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Dora y la Ciudad Perdida | Nuevo tráiler doblado | Paramount Pictures Latinoamérica

Dora y la Ciudad Perdida | Nuevo tráiler doblado | Paramount Pictures Latinoamérica

Si crees que conoces a Dora… ¡piénsalo de nuevo! 🎒 ¡Dora va por su mayor aventura hasta el momento en el nuevo tráiler de #DoraYLaCiudadPerdida, 29 de agosto en cines!

Más Nick: Viacom International Studios Americas to Produce 'Planeta Marcia', a New Out-Of-This World Scripted Series for Nickelodeon!

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