Thursday, October 21, 2021

'Star Trek: Prodigy' to 'Embody the Franchise’s Humanistic Philosophy and Inclusiveness'; Comedy to 'Come From Within the Characters'

Animator Sung Shin, who has just been named in Variety's 10 Animators to Watch in 2021 list, recently talked about Nickelodeon's upcoming CG-animated Star Trek series, Star Trek: Prodigy, in which he's currently working on!

Shin brings to Nickelodeon’s Star Trek: Prodigy a love for telling a story filled with adventure and characters that embody the franchise’s “humanistic” philosophy and inclusiveness. But, there’s also humor in the stories as well. “It’s really fun,” Shin says, “the comedy is not forced and it comes from within the characters.”

Does Shin worry about leading a new iteration of such a beloved franchise with devoted fans? The team behind the show is confident that the characters and stories capture the spirit of Star Trek — “we have amazing writers” he says, and credits exec producer Ben Hibon with his visionary leadership.

Sung Shin

Shin has a history of working on Nickelodeon series that bring together drama and comedy, previously working on Avatar: The Last Airbender spin-off The Legend of Korra at Studio Mir in South Korea.

Update (10/21) - In her opening remarks for Variety‘s 10 Animators to Watch event presented by Nickelodeon, Ramsey Naito, the president of animation at Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation, spoke about the theme of unity that is both prominent and pressing in the upcoming animated series Star Trek: Prodigy.

“This is an artistic and visually inspiring project that represents the perfect marriage of vision, imagination and storytelling,” Naito said. “Behind the action and adventure and the great stories is a message of unity that people from different backgrounds — and different planets, in this case — can come together and work together to be successful. That is what Star Trek is all about.”

Star Trek: Prodigy launches on Paramount+ October 28, followed by a run on Nickelodeon. To find out more about the show, click here!

Originally published: October 15, 2021.

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