Saturday, December 19, 2020

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comics and Collectibles: February 2021

Here are all the action-packed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics, graphic novels and collectibles coming your way in February 2021 (and beyond)!

New 'Garfield' Movie Reportedly Planned

ViacomCBS Networks Americas reportedly revealed today (Tuesday, February 11, 2020) during "Nick Day", Nickelodeon Brazil's Upfront event in which the network unveiled its upcoming slate of programming and experiences, that a brand new Garfield movie is bring produced! The news follows ViacomCBS acquiring the iconic Garfield franchise in August last year. ViacomCBS Networks Americas also confirmed that Nickelodeon are also currently developing a brand new Garfield television series and new digital content inspired by the long-running franchise.

Update (12/19) - Writer Mark Dindal (Wonder Park, Chicken LittleThe Fox and the Hound) has confirmed that he's working on a Garfield feature film for Nickelodeon! The CalArts alumni revealed the news during the Walt Disney Family Museum’s last Happily Ever After Hours of 2020.

Update (2/12) - It's currently unknown whether the movie is being produced by Nickelodeon, or whether the "Nick Day" referred to the previously announced Alcon Entertainment (something that I didn't know about prior to writing this post). I've updated the post to reflect this.

Nickelodeon plans to develop new Garfield content for all platforms and consumer products for a new generation of fans. Image Credit: Paws, Inc.

At "Nick Day 2020", Nickelodeon also honored Alexandre Volpi from Vertical, the former licencing agent for the Garfield brand in Brazil, in which Volpi talked about the company's solid licensing program for Garfield:

It's currently unknown whether the new Garfield film will be a theatrical movie or made-for-TV. Although unconfirmed, if the Garfield movie is being made for a theatrical release, it's highly likely that it's being co-produced by Paramount Pictures.

From EP Groupo:

GARFIELD “MUDA-SE” PARA A NICK – Isso mesmo. O personagem clássico entra para o time da ViacomCBS. Alexandre Volpi da Vertical, antiga “casa” do famoso gato, marcou presença, foi homenageado e falou, ainda, sobre o sucesso da marca nos últimos anos. Novidades: novo filme em produção, nova animação para TV e novos conteúdos digitais em desenvolvimento.

The acquisition of Garfield is part of Nickelodeon’s strategy to be the home for the biggest franchises kids and families love, and it expands Nickelodeon’s growing portfolio of influential properties that already includes SpongeBob SquarePants, PAW Patrol, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Blue’s Clues & You!, and The Adventures of Paddington series, as well as the the forthcoming first-ever SpongeBob spinoff, Kamp Koral, and all-new animated Star Trek.

More Nick: 2021 on Nickelodeon | New Shows, Specials, Podcasts, Events, Movies, Episodes, and More!

Originally published: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 22:16 GMT.

Additional sources: Google Translate, DeepL Translator, Anime Superhero Forum /@Elijah Abrams.
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Character Design Fundamentals | Animation 101 | Nickelodeon Animation

Character Design Fundamentals | Animation 101 | Nickelodeon Animation

Whether it’s Lincoln Loud’s orange shirt or the perfect number of holes on SpongeBob, these minute yet integral details are the work of a Character Designer. Hear from Maaike Scherff (Character Designer, The Casagrandes) and Tyler Koberstein (Prop Designer, The Loud House) on how they broke into the industry and their tips on how to design dynamic characters and build a character design portfolio starting from scratch.

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More Nick: Nickelodeon Updates Icons, Sets New Characters for 2021 | Next-Gen Nick!

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The Nickelodeon NAUGHTY or NICE List! 📝 Nickmas | Nickelodeon

The Nickelodeon NAUGHTY or NICE List! 📝 Nickmas | Nickelodeon

Which Nickelodeon characters made Santa's naughty or nice lists this year? Let's find out where your favorite characters from SpongeBob, The Loud House, and more ended up!

More Nick: 2021 on Nickelodeon | New Shows, Specials, Podcasts, Events, Movies, Episodes, and More!

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The Loud House Theme Song But With Cupcakes 🧁 | The Loud House

The Loud House Theme Song But With Cupcakes 🧁 | The Loud House

The Loud House theme song is iconic so Nickelodeon recreated it in real life with cupcakes! Get ready for this sweet theme song reimagined.

Subscribe to the official The Loud House & The Casagrandes YouTube channel!:

More Nick: Nickelodeon Greenlights 'The Loud House' Season 6!

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🔴 LIVE: Nickelodeon Holidays + Christmas Marathon! | Merry Nickmas

🔴 LIVE: Nickelodeon Holidays + Christmas Marathon! | Merry Nick-mas

Merry Nickmas! Celebrate the holidays with SpongeBob, Henry Danger and more!

Nickelodeon's full Nickmas highlights can be found here!:

More Nick: 2021 on Nickelodeon | New Shows, Specials, Podcasts, Events, Movies, Episodes, and More!

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Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for Friday, December 18, 2020 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for Friday, December 18, 2020 | Nickelodeon
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.

Read more Rugrats comic strips!:

More Nick: Nickelodeon Unveils First Look at CG-Animated 'Rugrats' and 'Big Nate'!
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Nickelodeon Animation Looking for Creatives to Join Their Amazing Teams


Nickelodeon is looking for creatives to join their amazing teams!

Life has been full of changes this year, and for many, that has included job or career change. For creatives, this might be a time for rebooting the career path, so check out these cool opportunities at Nickelodeon Animation in Burbank, California.

Nickelodeon creates first-rate animation focused on kids of all ages from pre-school through big kids and if you’re a fit you might find just what you’ve been looking for.

Nickelodeon believes that great ideas come from everywhere, and they want to see and hear yours. Interested in joining a leading global premium content company? Show them what you’re made of!

Find out how you can join one of Nickelodeon's stellar teams of storytellers here:

Original source: Positively Osceola.

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ViacomCBS' Top Milestones of 2020

ViacomCBS' Top Milestones of 2020

A look back at some of ViacomCBS’ major achievements in the first year since the merger.

Originally published by ViacomCBS

In an exceptional year, ViacomCBS accomplished a lot. We leveraged the power and value of our combined portfolio, while entertaining audiences worldwide during unparalleled times.

From across our company, here’s a roundup of the top 10 moments from 2020.

1. Year One: Unlocking the Power of Our Merger

ViacomCBS has a lot to celebrate in our first full year as a combined powerhouse with indisputable momentum. We expanded our cross-company distribution deals, continued to build strength in advertising that leverages the power of our combined portfolio, and accelerated our streaming business. We’re creating value on multiple fronts and have moved quickly to realize the power of ViacomCBS.

2. Establishing a Best-in-Class Leadership Team

This year, we appointed leaders in key areas of our business, including George Cheeks as President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Entertainment Group; Naveen Chopra as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; and most recently, Tom Ryan as President and CEO, ViacomCBS Streaming (seen here from left to right). More than ever, we’re poised to drive our business forward.

3. Next-Level Streaming

Free streaming soared in 2020, with Pluto TV reaching 28.4M domestic users and more than doubling ad revenue in Q3, with additional gains internationally as its expansion continues. Meanwhile, SHOWTIME OTT prevailed with hits like The Chi, Billions, and the final season of Homeland. In September, we announced that CBS All Access and its rapidly-expanding library of content (which now includes UEFA Champions League, 40+ ViacomCBS franchises and 100+ Paramount films) will be rebranded as Paramount+ in early 2021, complete with a unique slate of live sports, breaking news, and a mountain of entertainment — more than 30,000 episodes and movies.

4. Securing Key Partnerships

We grew our connections in distribution, including major cross-company contract renewals with Comcast and Verizon and agreements with Meredith, Nexstar, Sinclair, and Cox. In May, we held our first-ever virtual Upfront @Home to safely reach advertising partners in a new way. That same month, we debuted an expanded, multi-year deal with YouTube TV, adding 14 cable channels to its service, including BET, MTV, Comedy Central, and Paramount Network. In August, we announced the launch of our EyeQ platform, providing advertising partners with a single transactional point of entry for our digital video content.

5. Captivating Content

ViacomCBS maintained its position as #1 in share of viewing, with more top 30 cable networks than any other media family. CBS remained the most-watched network across primetime, daytime, and late night during the 2019-2020 broadcast year, with the top 3 dramas, 8 of the top 10 comedies, and 5 of the top 6 returning new series. SHOWTIME was the home of the top 2 premium scripted series. ViacomCBS International continued its growth in linear viewership and ViacomCBS International Studios has ramped up content production in Latin America and is expanding its presence in Southern Europe.

6. Stronger Together

ViacomCBS quickly shifted into action following the effects of COVID-19 on the communities we support, pledging $100M to support impacted personnel and leveraging our platforms for the #AloneTogether PSA campaign. Our brands also created timely entertainment, with CBS’ One World: Together at Home special, BET’s Saving Our Selves, Comedy Central’s The Daily Social Distancing Show With Trevor Noah, and others. We also hosted our first-ever Virtual Community Day, mobilizing employees worldwide to volunteer safely with communities and organizations of their choice.

7. Strengthening Our Culture of Inclusion

After the murder of George Floyd and many other events of racial injustice, we used our platforms to condemn systemic racism and drive change, from the powerful 8:46 PSA across our MTV Entertainment Group to the Justice Now: A BET Town Hall special, to the Kids, Race, and Unity: A Nick News Special and more. Our third-annual Inclusion Week went virtual with more than 80 sessions offered to employees globally. We also launched multiple diversity initiatives worldwide, including ViacomCBS U.K.’s “No Diversity, No Commission” policy and new diversity targets for CBS’ writers’ rooms and unscripted casts.

8. Amplifying Civic Engagement

ViacomCBS brands put early voter registration and getting out the vote in the spotlight this fall, with inventive campaigns like Vote Early Day, Vote For Your Life, and #ReclaimYourVote, BET’s partnership with the National Urban League to recognize National Black Voter Day on September 18. Nickelodeon elevated young voices with its Kids Pick the President special and throughout Election Day, CBS News covered the returns from their new state-of-the-art studio, headquartered at 1515 Broadway in Times Square.

9. Supporting Sustainability

This year, we initiated our first-ever report on our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) to provide transparency and determine our areas of greatest impact through our content, corporate culture, and more. Our ESG Materiality Assessment was our first step to strengthening our approach to ESG topics to serve our partners, audiences, employees, and shareholders — and to enhance our success as a business.

10. Forging Our Path

For the first time ever, ViacomCBS created and shared a common mission, values, voice, and design system with employees. We’ll continue to build on this work within our organization through workshops, toolkits, and a speaker series as well as unveiling it to the industry in 2021.

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Despite COVID-19 Disruption, ViacomCBS Keeps Its Commitment to the Next Generation

Despite COVID-19 Disruption, ViacomCBS Keeps Its Commitment to the Next Generation

Reviving a mentoring program that was assumed to be postponed until further notice

2020 has been a year filled with uncertainty, shifting paradigms, political and social tension, and a global pandemic that no one could’ve predicted. Imagine now that all of these factors are stacked on top of the already present challenges of remote learning, maintaining a social life, and a solid GPA for students matriculating through school this year. Reports have shown that adolescent students are struggling with their mental health, looking to feel connected with their peers, and trying to find ways to productively occupy their time. Despite these compounding negative factors, students are more eager than ever to learn new skills, engage with new learning models, and receive guidance on how to navigate these uncertain times. In response, the ViacomCBS Social Responsibility team partnered with Reel Works and the Nickelodeon Creative Marketing team to revive UP Creative, a mentoring program that was assumed to be postponed until further notice.

UP Creative is the eccentric, younger sibling to ViacomCBS’s broader mentoring initiative called (U)nlimited (P)otential Mentoring. After seeing the success of the original mentoring program the team saw the need to create a program that offered support and guidance to aspiring creatives. Even though NYC is one of the media capitals of the world, the industry remains mystified to so many of the city’s natives as access has historically and systemically been a barrier of entry. To meet that challenge the ViacomCBS Social Responsibility team partnered with Reel Works, a local non-profit that seeks to empower the next generation of creatives and filmmakers, and the Nickelodeon Creative Marketing team to create UP Creative in 2016. During the 6-week program Reel Works students learn how to create promotional short-form content using iconic Nickelodeon IP while gaining career advice from seasoned Nickelodeon writers and producers. The program culminates in a competitive showcase where creative executives judge and provide constructive feedback, giving the students a sense of what it’s like to produce promotional material for a giant brand. For that short 6-week run, the students are creators whose work is judged and critiqued, for better or worse, as if it's our own. 

Typically the UP Creative program occurs inside the ViacomCBS headquarters located in the heart of Times Square, NYC. Students and mentors gather on the Nickelodeon floors which are covered floor to ceiling with quirky drawings, figurines, and apparel of legendary Nickelodeon shows found in stores around the world. Then Covid-19 (coronavirus) hit. The logistical uncertainty, pivoting business models, and government prescribed quarantine mandates gave the impression that the program wouldn’t be possible. Mentoring is based on connection, and for a moment, the program had lost its core driver. In spite of those factors, the team used adaptive creativity to alter this year’s curriculum and accommodate a virtual pivot. With a combination of zoom breakout rooms, a video syncing tool called Watch Together, and a modified virtual curriculum created in partnership with the Reel Works teaching staff, the program was able to come to life and continue. The show must go on.

Mentoring typically is most effective when conducted in person, however, a virtual program yielded a few unforeseen benefits. From allowing a California student to join the NYC-based students to saving money on transportation. Mentors were more readily accessible to guide students on the editing process and students were able to collaborate on the creative process in unexpected yet highly-productive ways. To foster connection and comradery, the Reel Works and Nick staff engaged in trivia, energizing ice breakers, and collectively reviewed iconic promotional trailers to nurture conversation and interests.

Although UP Creative isn’t the one-stop-shop solution that provides the level of guidance that underserved students need, the impact of the program helps fill a gap now exacerbated by the pandemic. Students walk away with a better understanding of how content gets marketed to consumers as well as the technical ins and outs of voice-overs and video editing. 

Upon completion, the students were given a program evaluation survey and when asked “What were your favorite things about being part of UP Creative,? Or what stood out to you?” Joseph Sexton replied, “Getting to hear back from Nick executives was invaluable. Realizing that our efforts were considered professional by their standards gave me a huge boost in confidence and motivation. ”Moreover, the impact of the UP Creative program is bi-directional. The mentors increase their communication skills and take on leadership roles their day-to-day positions may not afford them. Additionally, UP Creative provides the Nick employees a sense of purpose, allowing them to use their skills and talents to pour into the next generation, ultimately engaging in social impact.

The takeaway from this year's program is that impact is always worth it, even if it takes a little persevering to achieve. In our current societal state holding fast to moments that illuminate the best parts of humanity provides glimmers of light and hope that give the energy to keep moving forward. Ultimately, the act of giving unlocks a feeling that things are getting better.

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Cartoonito picked up a selection of episodes from seasons one through three of Ryan’s Mystery Playdate, while Clan acquired season one of the series. SpaceToon is taking season one of Ryan’s Mystery Playdate as well as the fourth season of Ryan’s World Specials. Heading to eJunior in the Middle East is Ryan’s Mystery Playdate season three and Ryan’s World Specials season six.

Additionally, is partnering with Sky to bring Ryan’s World Specials seasons five through eight to the U.K.

Thanda Belker,’s senior VP of global distribution, said: “The explosive growth of the Ryan’s World franchises show the viability of this content internationally and for the first time in Italy, Spain, U.K. and Ireland. These deals solidify a foothold in the European and the Middle Eastern markets that no other YouTube creator-first company has managed to accomplish, opening the doors for creators to millions of homes across the world. We’re proud of the truly global presence we’ve built around Ryan.”

Lucy Murphy, director of kids’ content at Sky, said: “Ryan is a global phenomenon, and kids love his individual style, engaging character, and entertaining content. We are delighted to bring Ryan to a wider U.K. audience at Sky.”

All of the programming is expected to launch in these regions over the next few months.

Created and produced by, Ryan’s Mystery Playdate stars YouTuber Ryan Kajji and his family as they tackle physical challenges and solve puzzles to reveal the identity of his celebrity playdate. Following high ratings for the show’s premiere in 2019, Nickelodeon greenlit a second season, and then expanded the order in June to include  a third and fourth season.

Update (12/19) - Ryan, nine, has topped the Forbes list of The Highest-Paid YouTube Stars Of 2020 for the third time in a row, with an empire that clearly just keeps growing! According to the site, Ryan, who has a following of more than 41 million, has earned a whopping $29.5 million USD (£21.8 million GBP) from his childhood business ventures. Among his income streams are his merchandise line and his Nickelodeon show. Congrats Ryan!

More Nick: Nickelodeon Greenlights 'Ryan's Mystery Playdate' Season 4; to Expand Show Globally!

Originally published: Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

Sources: TVKIDSKidscreen, Metro.

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Santa Claus Crowns Bali Bare from Scottsdale, Arizona the Winner of 'Top Elf' 2020

Update (12/19) - Santa Claus has spoken! The winner of Top Elf 2020 is... Bali Bare from Scottsdale, Arizona! As part of Bali's prize, she will donate $25,000 to her favorite charity, the ⁦Miracle League of Arizona, an adaptive baseball program for children and adults with special needs. Congrats Bali!

THURSDAY, NOV. 21, AT 7:30 P.M. (ET/PT)

Original Competition Series Joins Santa in Search of Who Will Be Top Elf

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Nickelodeon is celebrating the holidays with season two of the network's hit festive competition series, Top Elf, premiering Thursday, November 19, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) as part of Nickelodeon's Nickmas holiday highlights.

In the second season of Top Elf, Santa (Tommy Snider) and Ms. Jingles (Samantha Turret) invite seven talented “Elf-testants” to the North Pole to compete in a series of holiday-themed challenges for the title of “Top Elf” and $25,000 to a charity on their Wish List. Each “Elf-testant” is paired with one of Santa’s elves who are excited to help bring their holiday vision to life.

The season will feature even bigger and messier challenges, including building a life size countdown calendar, designing sweet treat carts for the North Pole street fair, reimagining Santa’s style for a high-tech makeover, creating a scenic 3D pop-up experience and producing and starring in their very own holiday-themed music video.

Joining as judges for season two are social media star Addison Rae, Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered host Jay Pharoah, singer-songwriter Tori Kelly, social media sensation Guava Juice (SpongeBob SmartyPants) and global superstar JoJo Siwa.

Top Elf will air regularly Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) through Dec. 17 on Nickelodeon.

In Top Elf season one, Cameron Fulton from Georgetown, Kentucky was named "Top Elf". As part of Cameron's prize for winning Top Elf, he received a three night stay at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana and $25,000 to donate to his chosen charity, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a charity close to his heart, in honor in of his mom and grandfather.

Top Elf’s original concept was created by Mike Duffy and Tim Duffy of Ugly Brother Studios, who executive produce the series along with Jimmy Fox of Main Event Media, an All3Media America company.  Lisa Fletcher (The Titan Games, Project Runway) serves as executive producer and showrunner.  Nickelodeon’s Unscripted Content executives Rob Bagshaw, Paul J Medford, Mandel Ilagan and Stacey Carr also serve as executive producers.  The season is directed by Gary Shaffer (Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge, The X Factor). 

About Ugly Brother Studios

Ugly Brother Studios is the Emmy-winning production company founded by twin brothers Mike Duffy and Tim Duffy. Ugly Brother creates and produces premium content themed around comedy, music, food and family including Ron Funches: Giggle Fit, The Funny Dance Show and the multi-Emmy-winning and James Beard Award-nominated Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse, among others.

About All3Media America

All3Media America is the U.S. arm of global independent television, film and digital production group All3Media. With teams in Los Angeles and New York, All3Media America’s portfolio companies are responsible for hits that include the Emmy Award-winning Undercover Boss for CBS, the Emmy Award-winning United Shades of America for CNN, Chrisley Knows Best for USA, 24 Hours to Hell and Back with Gordon Ramsay for FOX, the Emmy Award-winning Cash Cab for Discovery, Worst Cooks in America for Food Network and Betrayed for Investigation Discovery. All3Media’s unique federal structure, a model followed in both the U.S. and U.K., encourages the creative and strategic independence of its growing roster of production companies. Today comprised of 30 global production companies and counting, All3Media is one of the largest production houses in the world. All3Media is owned jointly between Discovery Communications and Liberty Global.

About Main Event Media

Main Event Media, an All3Media America company, is an Emmy-winning production company based in Los Angeles. Founded by producer Jimmy Fox, the company creates content across multiple genres including scripted, documentary, reality and original podcast production. Main Event is known for the multi-time Emmy-winning CNN series United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell and Investigation Discovery’s Breaking Homicide. Additional works include the E! drama series The Arrangement, Snapchat’s original series While Black, multiple specials for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, Amazon Prime’s docuseries Inside Jokes, the comedy series Hollywood Darlings for POP Network, Is OJ Innocent: The Missing Evidence for Investigation Discovery, It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards for Paramount Network and Make Me a Millionaire Inventor for CNBC. Main Event has been recognized for its work garnering TCA, NAACP and International Documentary Association (IDA) nominations.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 41st 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 brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location based experiences, publishing and feature films. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC).


Palm Desert student gets elf-tastic opportunity to raise money for local nonprofit

Palm Desert student Thomas Nelson appears with Santa Claus on the Nickelodeon show "Top Elf."

It's beginning to look a lot like "Nickmas" for one Palm Desert student.

Nickelodeon, the No. 1 entertainment brand for kids, welcomed this holiday season with season two of its festive competition series, "Top Elf." In this season's offering, Santa transported seven extraordinary kid creators to the North Pole to compete for the title of Top Elf. This year's winner will be awarded $25,000 to donate to the nonprofit of their choice.

Thomas Nelson was excited when his mom, Angie, perusing her son's middle school's Facebook page, came across a casting call to audition for a television competition that Thomas said sounded "like something not boring." A self-proclaimed Christmas addict, the young man enthusiastically submitted an audition online and was thrilled when he was invited to be among the seven "elf-testants."

In the show, Santa Claus and Ms. Jingles paired each contestant with one of Santa's elves to compete in challenges that included building a life-size countdown calendar, designing sweet treat carts for the North Pole street fair, reimagining Santa's style for a high-tech makeover, creating a scenic 3D pop-up experience and producing and starring in their very own holiday-themed music video.

Thomas' favorite part of doing the show was seeing how amazing the North Pole looked. "When I first walked in, I was so impressed and thought it looked supercool," he said via Facetime while wearing his "Son of a nutcracker" T-shirt from Will Ferrell's "Elf." "I couldn't believe I was meeting the man, the myth, the legend ... Santa Claus!"

On "Top Elf," Thomas Nelson competed for $25,000, which he planned to donate to Palm Springs-based nonprofit Boo2Bullying.

Thomas, who seems like a typical 11-year-old in some ways and well beyond his years in others, says Christmas is only one of his favorite things. His family encourages him to volunteer and to be generous to others. Being a part of "Top Elf" gave him the best gift of all — the opportunity to donate $25,000 to the charity of his choice. While he volunteers for many organizations in the Coachella Valley, including Big Hearts for Little Hearts supporting Loma Linda University Children's Health, the Boy Scouts  and Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Thomas chose the Palm Springs-based nonprofit Boo2Bullying as his Wish List charity.

Boo2Bullying presents interactive, multi-media and age-appropriate school assembly programs designed for K-12 students and teachers. Last year, the organization served more than 14,000 students. For more information, contact Dimitri Halkidis at (760) 656-0309 or visit

On Thursday's episode of "Top Elf," it was revealed that Thomas was not chosen as this season's winner; however, is very proud to have finished in the top three, and he looks forward to doing more to give back to his community.


Originally published: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 20:25 GMT

Original source: Anime Superhero Forum /@whoisretro; H/T: Regular Nick Vids.
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Lemon Sky Studios Sails Under Pandemic Cloud to Deliver ‘Santiago of the Seas’ for Nickelodeon

With Nickelodeon’s help and support, the Lemon Sky Studios creative team quickly shifted to a remote workflow, successfully working on various aspects of animation resulting in quality artwork and timely delivery of the brand-new animated series.

Under the cloud of a global pandemic, Lemon Sky Studios has provided both quality artwork and timely delivery of Nickelodeon’s brand-new animated action-adventure series, Santiago of the Seas. This marks the studio’s second project with Nickelodeon, following work on Middle School Moguls in 2019.

Created by Niki López, Leslie Valdes and Valerie Walsh Valdes, Santiago of the Seas follows 8-year-old Santiago “Santi” Montes, a brave and kind-hearted pirate, as he embarks on daring rescues, searches for treasures and keeps the high seas safe in a fantastical Caribbean world.

Valdes and Walsh Valdes (Dora the Explorer) serve as executive producers with López co-executive producing.

Set in a fictitious world that pulls inspiration from the Latin-Caribbean culture and locations, the series features blue, cloudy skies; tumultuous waves; water sequences; and majestic ships. Much detail is required to create these animated effects; storylines involving a lot of aquatic scenes are often sidelined as the CGI work required to create them can be daunting. With these challenges, and with the support and partnership of Nickelodeon, the Lemon Sky team worked diligently to set up a to set up a remote workforce.

“We had worked hard to draft out a plan for our team to be able to work remotely,” Loo Hon Gene, Head of Production, Animation Division at Lemon Sky Studios, told Animation World Network. “A completely new workflow had to be set in place, files had to be localized, security compliant methods of working off the server established and a minor readjustment to the schedule had to be made. The team was quick to adapt to the changes and new SOPs that were put into place and we could not be prouder of the outcome.”

About a 100-member team worked on various aspects of the animation, each one working remotely. They worked on the magical elements infused into the storyline; the characters in the series also possess magical traits that involve costume transformation as they embark on their adventures. Other than the cinematic visual effects work used to create the realistic-looking water elements, the magical aspect of the series was something the team payed extra attention to.

“These are challenging times for the creative industry,” explained Lemon Sky Studios CEO Wong Cheng Fei. “We are extremely grateful that our client had the faith to see the project through with Lemon Sky Studios. Facing the hurdles together allowed us to establish an amazing collaborative energy with Nickelodeon. I can say with full confidence now that they have become a part of our Lemon Sky family.”

“When the pandemic hit, we were in the middle of producing the series and were not sure how much it would impact the production,” noted Santiago of the Seas creator and co-executive producer, Niki Lopez. “Lemon Sky Studios were quick to come through with solutions though. I love the way they worked with us throughout the process. The culture within that studio is so collaborative and energetic. They truly bumped up the quality tenfold.”

Lemon Sky Studios has worked on other notable animated series including Sydney Sailboat, Buzzy Bee and Friends, Trucktown and Tinpo. They are also the proud owners of their very own IP, AstroLOLogy with another, Ichiro, in the pipeline.

Say Ahoy to Nickelodeon’s Santiago of the Seas!

One of our biggest animation projects to date, Santiago of the Seas has made it’s long awaited debut on Nickelodeon!

This project was on a bigger scale than any of our previous work with Nickelodeon, as it was the first time for us to be involved in almost the entire production process for a Nickelodeon animated series. For Santiago of the Seas, Lemon Sky Studios handled 3D asset creation, animation, visual effects, lighting & compositing!

Aside from the scale of the project, Santiago of the Seas was a special milestone for us in many other ways. While we previously worked with Nickelodeon on numerous tests and parts of the Middle School Moguls series, it was quite a big moment when Nickelodeon informed us that they would be giving us the opportunity to handle the production of a brand new animated series. Thanks to our previous efforts, the executives trusted that the project was in good hands with us, and thankfully we were able to prove them right!

This series also marks the first time that a full Nickelodeon animated series has been produced by a studio in Southeast Asia. We’re proud to show the world that this region does indeed have a special brand of talent, and we hope that we can continue to help our region gain a reputation in Hollywood and the long-form animation industry, which will hopefully lead to more exciting projects from other Southeast Asia based studios in the future!

“Thank you to everyone in the Lemon Sky family. It has been a DREAM collaboration and I feel incredibly fortunate to work with your incredibly talented and kind team. Here’s to many more pirate adventures aboard El Bravo in the near future!! ❤ “– Niki Lopez – Nickelodeon. Director / Creator   

 “I wanted to truly thank you and everyone at Lemon Sky.  The show is amazing, and everyone from your studio deserves a huge round of applause for creating such wonderful content.  Your artwork is inspiring.  We’re all looking forward to a new season and excited to keep the adventure going!” –  Ian Murray  – Nickelodeon, Line Producer

On the technical side, one of the challenging aspects of the production was the actual setting of Santiago of the Seas. That is, The Sea itself! Water is almost a living entity on it’s own with the way it constantly moves and interacts with whatever is moving through it, and as one might imagine, animating the water effects for each episode of a series proved to be quite the technical challenge for our team.

To overcome this challenge, we came up with technical solutions to re-use some of the effects wherever possible. We created a huge library of FX elements that could be re-used often, saving us a lot of time. Thanks to the time and resources we saved using this method, we were then able to work on more complex and higher quality FX for the climatic moments of the show.

“Thank you all so much for the amazing work and an even more impressive show that was able to premiere today on the Nickelodeon channel. Know all of the Santiago crew at Nick was so happy to share this great show, finally, after 3 years of production, and they all celebrated today the groundbreaking animation, comp and FX work that your team produced. This was truly a major achievement for both of our studios. And even more amazing was how much of this project was finished in the houses of your artists during quarantine!! Who would have ever thought the journey on this season would end up this way??  And yet your team did not miss a beat and kept all of the quality at the same bar and level as if everyone was in the studio. This alone is such a great testament of the talented team that exists at Lemon Sky. 

I look forward to continued adventures with you and the entire Lemon Sky team.” – Dean Hoff – Nickelodeon, Vice President of Animation Production

We’re also thankful that Santiago of the Seas has been well received by audiences! 

The series received a five star rating from Common Sense Media, being praised as an exceptional preschool series. 

Furthermore, the series debut garnered the biggest L+3 lift Nickelodeon has ever had for a preschool launch, gaining a 96% increase with Kids 2-5, up from 2.6 (L+SD) to 5.1 (L+3). As a testament to the appeal of the culture that inspired the unique and diverse characters of the show, Latinx viewers grew triple digits and accounted for over a third of the overall Kids 2-5 viewership. Additionally, 40% of the premiere’s audience were brand-new preschool viewers to Nickelodeon. 

“KUDOS to the whole team that made this show look so great! Thank you for all your passion and hard work that went into Santiago of the Seas. We should celebrate the success of this show together! You did great by far, but we also learned there’s space to improve. we won’t just stop here – our next challenging project is waiting. 

I can’t wait to see what you accomplish next and I’m excited to see our next project come to life!” – Cheng-Fei Wong – Lemon Sky Studios, Chief Executive Officer

Stay tuned to the Lemon Sky website, Instagram and Facebook page for all of our latest news!


#Showbiz: Sailing high!

Santiago (centre) with his friends Tomas, Lorelai and pet frog Kiko from the Nickelodeon educational adventure series, Santiago Of The Seas. – Pic courtesy of Lemon Sky Studios

AFTER the long-running success of Dora The Explorer, its creators have co-developed a new exciting show for kids titled Santiago Of The Seas (SOTS).

Featuring the titular 8-year-old seafaring pirate, the Nickelodeon action adventure and educational series follows his exciting tales together with his crew as they embark on rescues, uncover hidden treasures and keep the Caribbean high seas safe.

The CGI-animated production, infused with the Spanish language and Latino-Caribbean culture, is popular with children age between 2 and 5 years old.

Interestingly, more than 90 per cent of the art production was done in Malaysia by local animation and CGI art company Lemon Sky Studios.

SOTS, which recently premiered on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr channels internationally, was also completed over the Movement Control Order period.

The milestone project marked the second time that Lemon Sky Studios has worked with the renowned international kids' content platform.

"SOTS took us two years to complete and the team at Nickelodeon has now become a part of the family here at Lemon Sky Studios. The collaborative exchange and creative alliance that we were able to establish with Nickelodeon is one that is substantial," says Lemon Sky Studios head of production, Animation Division, Loo Hon Gene.

He adds that working from the skeletal idea of the original concept provided to them was a little daunting at first.

"This time, our stakes in the project were bigger since we were responsible for providing the full pipeline for the animation production, from CG modeling all the way to final render and compositing with some of the heaviest effects that we have ever worked on a show.

"Never before have we worked on a leading studio's title on such a major stake. We are probably the only studio in Southeast Asia to be awarded such a responsibility," he says.

Lemon Sky Studios head of production, Animation Division, Loo Hon Gene. – Pic courtesy of Lemon Sky Studios


The team managed to face the various challenges, while having to restructure their entire workflow due to the pandemic, to produce quality work. This included creating realistic water sequences.

"Great animation is not just a medium of storytelling but a tool for effective storytelling. The scale and quality of visual effects that we have worked on in this title are like no other.

"Water is almost a living entity on its own, with the way it constantly moves and interacts with whatever is moving through it. As one might imagine, animating the water effects for each episode of a series proved to be quite a technical challenge for our team," says Loo.

Although a Malaysian company at heart, Lemon Sky Studios, which is based in Shah Alam, also has a diverse staff of 15 nationalities.

"We are proud of our multinational family here. Part of having a creative mind is also having an open one. Being exposed to a variety of cultures and languages does make for a richer outlook of things.

"When working on cultural content like SOTS, the exposure proves even more valuable as we see speckles of similarities between some of our cultures, allowing us to relate better to the content.

"Although we only take on the animation and art production of the title, it is incredibly important that the artists understand the storytelling and the values that the script is trying to highlight.

"Of course, the majority of us being Malaysian and being accustomed to multi-racial surroundings, we quickly adapt and manage to learn and lean on one another throughout the process.

"And when we are able to weave through the challenges and grow from them, we are able to savour the achievement with that much more significance," says Loo.

Lemon Sky Studios CEO Cheng-Fei Wong. – Pic courtesy of Lemon Sky Studios


As Malaysia's creative industry is rapidly growing, talent can be found anywhere.

"If you are able to produce good art, regardless of the language you speak, becoming a part of the Lemon Sky family is not a problem.

"The fact that we speak this language of art has contributed to the collaborative energy that we are known for, giving clients like Nickelodeon the confidence to work with a company like ours," says Loo.

He adds that it's inspiring to be working on an educational show since SOTS presents values that are universal, which include the preservation of nature and the sea.

This goes hand in hand with the moral values and ideals shared by humanity across borders.

"It's wonderful that the animation work we do lends itself to passing down these values to children in a completely different part of the world," he says.

Lemon Sky Studios chief executive officer Cheng-Fei Wong says that the overall experience was an inspiring one and hopes to continue the relationship with Nickelodeon to produce more high quality and exciting work together.

"The team has done a great job on SOTS. It's inspiring for me as a CEO to see the collaborative nature of the team and the organic way in which they grow and work with one another.

"The struggles of the pandemic did not deter the team or Nickelodeon and the outcome is beyond expectations.

"Throughout the crisis, Nickelodeon stayed calm and took our suggestions and change in operations in stride.

"Bringing their idea for SOTS to life was an amazing experience for all of us at Lemon Sky Studios. We look forward to working with them again in the future," he says.


Originally published: Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

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'SpongeBob: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated' Receives Latin American-Spanish Dub

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated, THQ Nordic's remaster of the fan-favourite SpongeBob SquarePants video game, SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom, is set to receive a Latin American-Spanish dub! The news was revealed by voice actor Luis Carreño, who voices the titular sponge in Latin America on Twitter.

Update (19/12) - The Latin American Spanish dub of SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated is available now!

From THQ Nordic's official Facebook page:

"Ustedes lo pidieron. Nosotros lo hicimos. ¡Bob Esponja: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated ya está disponible en español latinoamericano!

You asked. We listened. SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated is now available in Latin American Spanish!

#SpongeBob #SpongeBobRehydrated"

From 3DJuegos:

El nuevo juego de Bob Esponja recibirá pronto su doblaje oficial al español latino

El actor de Bob Esponja, Luis Carreño, confirmó que ya concluyó el doblaje del juego del personaje de Nickelodeon.

Bob Esponja es una de las series infantiles más queridas y famosas que hay en el mundo, incluyendo a Latinoamérica. De hecho, su popularidad es tal que, en días recientes, trascendió que el último juego del querido personaje de Nickelodeon, SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated, pronto recibirá una opción de audio que permitirá disfrutarlo con su propio doblaje al español latino -sí, con todo y las queridas voces que seguro ya conoces-.

Luis Carreño, actor de doblaje y voz oficial de Bob Esponja para América Latina, fue quien reveló la existencia del doblaje del juego. Hizo el anuncio a través de su cuenta en Twitter hace algunas semanas, pero lo retomó y reafirmó en días recientes ante los cuestionamientos constantes de sus fans.

Por ahora THQ Nordiq no ofrecido un comunicado respecto al doblaje del remake. Por esa razón, se desconoce el momento exacto en el que esta opción de audio llegará al juego que, por cierto, ya se encuentra disponible para Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One y PC. También y salvo el caso de Carreño, se desconoce quienes participaron en el doblaje del título, aunque se espera que se respete al elenco latino de la serie.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated fue lanzado el pasado mes de junio de este año y ya ha vendido más de un millón de copias. Pero con esta nueva opción de audio, no dudamos que muchos fans latinos de la serie se animarán a adquirirlo.


More Nick: Nickelodeon Reveals First Look of Characters in Original 'Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years' Animated Series!

Originally published: Thursday, December 10, 2020.

Additional source: explica.

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Jantje Beton, Nickelodeon Netherlands and More Partner to Launch 'De Buitenspelers' Initiative

Update (19/12) - from


Naar buiten gaan is super leuk. Dat proberen we met De Buitenspelers te vertellen aan alle kinderen in Nederland. Maar om dat te bereiken hebben we geen volwassenen nodig, nee, bij ons staan kids aan het roer. Wij kunnen zelf bepalen hoe we buiten moeten spelen, maar vinden het wel vet dat verschillende partijen ons bij die missie willen helpen.

De Buitenspelers Challenge

De kerstvakantie, geen school, veel tijd om leuke dingen te doen. We kunnen er alleen niet om heen dat het anders dan anders is: daarom hebben we een challenge bedacht. Een challenge waarvoor je je ouders niet naar de winkel hoeft te sturen, maar waarvoor je de spullen uit huis kunt gebruiken. Een challenge die je creatief laat zijn en anders over dingen laat nadenken. Want weet je wat voor vette hindernisbaan je kunt maken met spullen die in je eigen slaapkamer, schuur of woonkamer hebt staan? Wij vroegen Nienke het samen met een welbekende vriend het voor te doen!

Doe mee met onze "De Buitenspelers Challenge" 💥⚽

Maak een hindernisbaan met spullen die je thuis hebt staan en deel je eindresultaat met #debuitenspelerschallenge op social media. Laten we samen iedereen inspireren om meer te gaan buitenspelen.

De Buitenspelers is een coalitie van Cruyff Foundation, Jantje Benton, Krajicek Foundation, Nickelodeon, Mulier Instituut en het Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport.


Amsterdam - Jantje Beton, an organisation dedicated to providing youth services, is joining forces with Johan Cruyff Foundation, Krajicek Foundation, ministerie van VWS, Mulier Instituut and Nickelodeon Netherlands (Nederland), among others to form an alliance to encourage children and young people aged 4 to 18 to exercise more to exercise more. With the introduction of 'De Buitenspelers', the organisations are giving children the opportunity to determine for themselves how outdoor play and sports should be encouraged.

In the coming year they will give children from all parts of society into their own hands. Under the heading "The Wingers", the children not only decide for themselves how they and their peers want to play and play outside more often, but also think about how we can improve the facilities and activities in their own country.

In the coming year they will empower children from all parts of society. Under the heading 'De Buitenspelers', children will not only decide for themselves about the ways in which they and their peers want to exercise and play outside more often, but they also think about how the facilities and activities in their own country can be improved.

The alliance was formed in response to the Mulier Institute's Buitenspelen 2020 study, in which the urgency and importance of outdoor exercise and play is enormously emphasised. This research shows that children up to and including 12 years of age are playing and exercising less and less outdoors. Partly because of this, half of the children now do not exercise sufficiently. The organisations find these results shocking and consider it very important that this must change and have therefore joined forces.

Kinderen krijgen zeggenschap over nationaal buitenspeelbeleid

Jantje Beton, Johan Cruyff Foundation, Krajicek Foundation, ministerie van VWS, Mulier Instituut en Nickelodeon vormen alliantie om kinderen te stimuleren meer te bewegen. Met de introductie van 'De Buitenspelers' geven de organisaties kinderen de mogelijkheid om zelf te bepalen op welke manieren buiten spelen en sporten gestimuleerd zouden moeten worden.

In addition to the existing three members, the alliance is seeking five more children from different parts of society to join 'De Buitenspelers'. For example, all children in the Netherlands, regardless of their age, origin, gender, physical or mental disability, are given the opportunity to be part of 'De Buitenspelers'. The first three captains of the alliance are calling on all children in the Netherlands to register via Here they can send in their motivation via Whatsapp to also become the captain of 'De Buitenspelers'. In the coming year, these leaders will make an effort to encourage children to exercise more by devising activities that they would like to carry out with their peers.

Below is Jantje Beton's official press release announcing the news:


Persbericht — 6 juli 2020

Jantje Beton, Johan Cruyff Foundation, Krajicek Foundation, ministerie van VWS, Mulier Instituut en Nickelodeon vormen alliantie om kinderen te stimuleren meer te bewegen. Met de introductie van 'De Buitenspelers' geven de organisaties kinderen de mogelijkheid om zelf te bepalen op welke manieren buiten spelen en sporten gestimuleerd zouden moeten worden.

Onder meer Jantje Beton, de Johan Cruyff Foundation, de Krajicek Foundation, het Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn & Sport, het Mulier Instituut en Nickelodeon hebben besloten om samen te werken om kinderen en jongeren van 4 tot 18 jaar te stimuleren meer te bewegen. Het komende jaar geven zij kinderen uit alle delen van de samenleving het heft in eigen handen. Onder de noemer ‘De Buitenspelers' beslissen de kinderen niet alleen zelf over de manieren waarop zij en hun leeftijdsgenoten vaker buiten willen sporten en spelen, maar denken zij ook mee over hoe we de voorzieningen en activiteiten in eigen land kunnen verbeteren.


De alliantie is opgericht naar aanleiding van het onderzoek Buitenspelen 2020 van het Mulier Instituut waarin de urgentie en het belang van buiten bewegen en spelen enorm wordt benadrukt. Uit dit onderzoek blijkt namelijk dat kinderen tot en met 12 jaar steeds minder buiten spelen en sporten. Mede daardoor beweegt de helft van de kinderen nu niet voldoende. De organisaties vinden deze resultaten schokkend en vinden het van groot belang dat dit gaat veranderen en hebben daarom hun krachten gebundeld.


Naast de bestaande drie leden, worden nog vijf kinderen gezocht uit verschillende delen van de samenleving. Zo krijgen alle kinderen in Nederland, ongeacht hun leeftijd, afkomst, geslacht, fysieke of mentale beperking, de mogelijkheid om onderdeel te zijn van De Buitenspelers. De eerste drie aanvoerders van de alliantie roepen alle kinderen in Nederland op om zich aan te melden via Hier kunnen zij via Whatsapp hun motivatie insturen om ook aanvoerder te worden van De Buitenspelers. Deze aanvoerders gaan zich het komende jaar hard maken om kinderen te stimuleren meer te bewegen door onder meer activiteiten te bedenken die zij met hun leeftijdsgenoten zouden willen uitvoeren.


Meer Nick: Nickelodeon Netherlands and Jantje Beton Host Buitenspeeldag 2020!

Originally published: Wednesday, July 08, 2020.

H/T: NOG Nationale Onderwijsgids.

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