Thursday, January 20, 2022

Nickelodeon Gives New Titles to 'ZJ Sparkleton' and 'The Hamster Show'

Nickelodeon has revealed that two of the network's upcoming animated series have new show names: ZJ Sparkleton is now titled Zokie Sparkleby, and The Hamster Show is now called Hamsterdale!

Announced during Nickelodeon Upfront 2021, both new creator-driven 2D-animated series will help fuel Nickelodeon's ever-expanding content slate.

In buddy comedy Zokie Sparkleby, "quirky 10-year-old vlogger Ruby discovers her only video channel follower is a tail-zapping space alien from the planet Pudge named ZJ Sparkleton, and they quickly become best friends. Along with their friend Earl, a talking con-man squirrel, Ruby teaches ZJ about her version of Earth, while ZJ learns to control his unpredictable powers." The series is aimed towards Kids aged 6-11.

In Hamsterdale, "8-year-old Harry is the proud owner of a crew of hamsters and the builder of their detailed and expansive tubed home. Little does Harry know that his furry friends are constantly watching him, believing that Harry is their King and they are his heroic protectors. Together, the hamsters explore their kingdom, comedically misunderstanding the human world and braving 'royal missions,' such as saving King Harry from daily doom, granting his wishes and keeping his life running smoothly." The series is being made for a preschool audience.

Both Zokie Sparkleby and Hamsterdale are produced by Nelvana, a world-leading international producer, distributor and licensor of children’s animated and live-action content, and slated to premiere on Nickelodeon in the U.S. in 2022, with international markets to follow.

“[Zokie Sparkleby and Hamsterdale] are great additions to Nickelodeon’s growing slate of new content because friendship, humor and relatable characters are at the core,” said Ramsey Naito, President, Nickelodeon Animation. “The series creators, Brian Morante and Zach Smith, have a history of bringing unique stories to life at Nickelodeon and we can’t wait to dive in with our production partners at Nelvana on these originals.”

“Nelvana is excited to build upon our partnership with Nickelodeon and contribute to their massive animation pipeline with new IP for a global audience,” Pam Westman, President, Nelvana. “With lovable characters and hilarious storylines, [Zokie Sparkleby and Hamsterdale] are two titles that we look forward to adding to our production slate.”

ZJ Sparkleton and The Hamster Show are taking their place alongside other series from Nickelodeon’s animated content pipeline--the largest in its history to ever be produced.

ZJ Sparkleton is created by Brian Morante (Penguins of Madagascar, Breadwinners, SpongeBob SquarePants). Mike Geiger (3 Amigonauts, Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong) is the director and Lynne Warner (Corn & Peg, The Most Magnificent Thing) is the supervising producer for Nelvana.

The Hamster Show is created by Zach Smith (Baby Shark’s Big Show!). Jason Groh (Go Away, Unicorn!, Wishfart) is the director and Lynne Warner (Corn & Peg, The Most Magnificent Thing) is the supervising producer for Nelvana.

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