Saturday, May 14, 2022

The Patrick Star Show | Hungarian Theme Song & Intro | Nickelodeon Hungary

Listen to the The Patrick Star Show (Csillag Patrik műsora) theme song and opening titles in Hungarian (Magyar)!

Csillag Patrik műsora | Főcímdal | Nicktoons


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The Patrick Star Show | Polish Theme Song & Intro | Nickelodeon Poland

Listen to the The Patrick Star Show (Patryk Rozgwiazda Show) theme song and opening titles in Polish (Polski)!

The Patrick Star Show - Intro (Polish)


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Jewish American Heritage Month | Be Inclusive | Nickelodeon

May is Jewish American Heritage Month! Have you ever been to a bar or bat mitzvah?



Visit https://www.nickhelps.com/be-inclusive/ for more information and resources.


Originally published: May 08, 2022.

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Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Launches 'Summer of SpongeBob' at Riviera Maya and Punta Cana Resorts

NICKELODEON HOTELS & RESORTS LAUNCHES ‘SUMMER OF SPONGEBOB’ AT RIVIERA MAYA AND PUNTA CANA RESORTS

‘SUMMER OF SPONGEBOB’ OFFERS UP TO 40 PERCENT OFF RATES AND $400 IN RESORT CREDIT

BEGINNING AT $193 PER PERSON, PER NIGHT AND NONSTOP ON-SITE ACTIVITIES
ALL SUMMER LONG


MIAMI - April 28, 2022 - Get ready for the best summer ever with Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts’ Summer of SpongeBob, where the whole family can take part in some nautical nonsense. Travelers looking for the ultimate family vacation this summer need look no further, as Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts offers up to 40 percent off rates and $400 in resort credit at both their Riviera Maya and Punta Cana locations. Rates for Summer of SpongeBob begin at $193 per person, per night for travel between May 27 - Sept. 7, 2022 when booked now through Aug, 30, 2022. The fun doesn’t stop with discounted rates, as each resort will feature epic new programming available only throughout the summer.

“We’re going to pull out all the stops for Summer of SpongeBob, and this is a vacation experience that anyone with kids or who loves SpongeBob cannot miss this summer,” said Daniel Lozano, Vice President of Operations for Karisma Hotels & Resorts. “From themed events, signature food and beverage items to SpongeBob episode viewing parties and interactive family activities, this summer will be filled with nonstop unforgettable fun.”

Each week, guests will find themselves immersed in the undersea world of Bikini Bottom, with themed events taking place almost every day. Kids will delight in scavenger hunts, test their knowledge with SpongeBob Trivia, dance with their favorite characters at Pajama Jam Character Breakfasts, create SpongeBob-themed arts and crafts, enjoy themed activities at Club Nick, celebrate at Bikini Bottom tiki beach parties and indulge in signature food and beverage pop-ups.

While on property, guests will enjoy entertainment such as Nick Live! Poolside - SpongeBob Edition, pop-up live performances and DJ shows, and double the number of character meet-and-greets. Plus, fans can catch some of SpongeBob’s most iconic episodes.

Families will be able to bring home their memories with photo-ops found throughout the resort. In addition, SpongeBob-themed merchandise will be available for purchase at the resort stores.

For information about Summer of SpongeBob or to book your next stay, visit karismahotels.com/nickelodeon-hotels-resorts.

The news follows Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya receiving its inauguration in March 2022.

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About Karisma Hotels & Resorts

Karisma Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning luxury hotel collection that owns and manages an impressive portfolio of properties in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. Property brands include Margaritaville Island Reserve by Karisma; El Dorado Spa Resorts by Karisma; Azul Beach Resorts by Karisma; Generations Resorts by Karisma; Hidden Beach Resort by Karisma; Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts; and Margaritaville St. Somewhere by Karisma. Properties have been honored with the industry’s top accolades including Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top 100 Hotels in the World,” Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top 30 Hotels in Cancun,” TripAdvisor® Traveler’s Choice “Best Hotels for Romance,” and AAA’s “Five Diamond Award'' and “Four Diamond Award.” Karisma Hotels & Resorts is committed to employee and community support while delivering authentic experiences to guests, receiving worldwide recognition for its compassionate and creative approach to hospitality management and product innovations. 

About Nickelodeon International

Nickelodeon, now in its 43rd 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. Nickelodeon is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family, available in more than 400 million households across 170+ countries and territories, via more than 100+ locally programmed channels and branded blocks. Outside of the United States, Nickelodeon is part of Paramount Networks International, a division of Paramount (Nasdaq: PARA, PARAA). For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of ViacomCBS Inc.

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Originally published: May 03, 2022.

Original source: TravelPulse.

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Week 19, 2022 | What's On Nick | Nickelodeon Premiere Highlights

Your guide to What's New on Nickelodeon for the week of Monday, May 9 - Sunday, May 15, 2022!

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For Nickelodeon's May 2022 highlights, click here!



All times ET/PT.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Podcast - Avatar: Braving the Elements: Enter the amazing world of Avatar through the official companion podcast, Avatar: Braving the Elements from Nickelodeon with hosts Janet Varney (the voice of “Korra”) and Dante Basco (the voice of “Prince Zuko”)! (Season 2 premiere)

Thursday, May 12, 2022

3:01 a.m. on HBO Max - The Garcias: The Brothers Garcia revival series.

7:00 p.m. - Danger Force - Minyak Attack: When a tax loophole allows Dr. Minyak (Mike Ostroski) to buy the Man's Nest, Captain Man (Cooper Barnes) must stand his ground and live with his terrible new roommate while Danger Force tries to find a way to reverse the sale before they lose the Man's Nest for good! Will Nurse Cohort (Amber Bela Muse) also be returning? (#218)

7:30 p.m. - Side Hustle - Groomer Has It: Lex (Jules LeBlanc), anxious to work as a dog groomer by her crush Luke (Luke Mullen), enlists in Presley (Jayden Bartels) and Munchy’s (Isaiah Crews) advice to become “chill-Lex” to impress him. Her chill attitude is put to the test when the job turns disastrous causing the real Lex to come out. (#214)

9:30 p.m. on NICKTOONS - It's Pony - Never Take Advice From a Pony/Moon Face-Off: (#216)

Podcast - SpongeBob BingePants: Take a deep dive down to Bikini Bottom with this official SpongeBob SquarePants companion podcast from Nickelodeon hosted by Frankie Grande and Hector Navarro!

Friday, May 13, 2022

3:01 a.m. on Paramount+ - iCarly (Revival Series) - :

12:00 p.m. - PAW Patrol - Pups Save the Kitties and the Kiddies/Pups Save the Greenhouse: Mayor Humdinger babysits his new friend's children, but trouble arises when they start feuding with his kitties. / When Mayor Goodway and Mayor Humdinger accidentally get locked in a greenhouse, they need to be rescued from an exotic plant inside. (#822)

12:30 p.m. - Blue's Clues & You! - Rainbow Puppy's Skidoo Adventure: Josh and Blue are having a playdate with our friend Rainbow Puppy! We play a special game of Rainbow Puppy’s Clues to figure out where she wants to go, and looking for clues in Chalk World, Silly Town, and everywhere else in between! (#318)

7:00 p.m. - SpongeBob SquarePants - Food PBBFT! Truck/Upturn Girls: SpongeBob and Squidward try to sell krabby patties from a food truck in the darkest depths of the ocean. / Pearl and Narlene have a whales’ day out in the big city. (#275)

7:30 p.m. - The Smurfs - Smurfboards/Monkey See, Monkey Do: Vanity and Jokey start riding smurfboards around the village, but Brainy believes they're dangerous. / The Magic Supply Store mixes up Papa Smurf's and Gargamel's delivery orders, leaving Papa Smurf with a monkey! (#120)

8:00 p.m. - Middlemost Post - Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow/Dentist Trip: Parker finds a body hair, and the cloud assumes it’s time to become an adult! / During a trip to the dentist, Parker remembers how the S.S. Steadfast got shipwrecked on Mt. Middlemost. (#119)

8:30 p.m. - Tooned In - Deston v Kalea v Zuri: Host Jerry Trainor (iCarly) and A.I. supercomputer Nicky (voiced by Rama Vallury) put three kid contestants to the ultimate trivia test to prove their Nicktoons knowledge, all for a chance to win up to $1,000 and be declared the episode’s big winner! (#210)

9:00 p.m. - Nick's Shorts Showcase - Creature Seekers: Ronnie Anne and Sid investigate a mystery creature that's been stalking the halls of the Casagrandes' apartment. (#119)

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Jenny 'XJ-9' Wakeman, Hugh Neutron and Rocko Announced for Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is expanding its roster further with the release of the "Universe Pack," the developers announced this week!


GameMill Entertainment revealed on Friday, May 13 the release of the "Universe Pack," which will see three more DLC characters being added to the Nickelodeon brawler via DLC releases now, during the summer, and during the fall!


One of those characters, robot Jenny "XJ-9" Wakeman from My Life as a Teenage Robot is out right now with a gameplay breakdown accompanying the character to show what she can do.

Jenny is a unique character in that she can repeatedly mash light down and strong down for repeated attacks while grounded. In the case of Jenny's grounded light down attack, she'll actually stomp forward.

As showcased in the video, XJ-9 is gifted with plenty of aerial movement options. By holding her umbrella attack, it's possible to simply float downwards. She is also armed with a stall-then-fall aerial, an aerial that stalls before pushing her upwards and even a "Chest Laser" that pushes her backwards.

This crimefighting teenage robot is quite versatile as she is armed with two different projectiles — the Rocket Power and Explosive Lasers. Do keep in mind that the explosive lasers will only have stun and knockback properties while the attack is grazing the ground.


Along with Jenny, GameMill Entertainment revealed this week that Hugh Neutron, Jimmy's father from The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Rocko from Rocko's Modern Life would be coming in the summer and fall, respectively. Each will also get unique stages and costumes. Hopefully brawling won't be as dangerous as laundry day for Rocko!

The trio will come packaged inside of the Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl Universe Pack, which is an $11.99 bundle that acts as a DLC pass for the new characters.


The trailer, above shows off Jenny’s robotic powers that she used to fight off aliens in My Life as a Teenage Robot. And while Jenny is great, it's Jimmy’s dad who steals the show. In a particularly memorable moment, Hugh rolls onto the scene on a rumbling hog. It just sort of exudes a sort of dad trying too hard to be cool. (Maybe this is why Judy Neutron is so obsessed with him!)

The website advertising these characters has since been updated to reflect that news with Jenny's full moveset viewable there.


You can check out her moves that way, but if you want a better visual of what's Jenny can do, the video below will provide that. It features Thaddeus Crews, the character designer and programmer working on Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, who shared a walkthrough and a demonstration for Jenny's moves.


This gameplay showcase consists of around six minutes of combat and ends by showing off the other two characters, Hugh and Rocko' who'll be available later. Neither specific release dates nor gameplay for them have been shown just yet, however.

Today's news comes with a big balance patch that tweaks a few general mechanics, some specific characters, and fixes a handful of bugs.

Over on the Twitter account for the game, the Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl devs showed off an alternate costume for Jenny, too, while saying that the other two DLC fighters would similarly get their own alternate outfits and stages to accompany their releases.


The latest DLC for Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl follows Shredder from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise who was added earlier in the year. Jenny makes 23 characters that are now playable in the Nickelodeon brawler with that total to be brought to 25 once the next two are added.


Hugh Neutron and Jenny Wakeman have been two of the most requested characters to be added to the game. The campaign for the addition of Hugh even caught the attention of the character's voice actor Mark DeCarlo, who backed the move and said he would be happy to provide voice lines.

Rocko’s inclusion is not that much of a surprise, given he was part of a datamine that happened last year. However, said datamine also had other characters that haven’t yet made it into the game (like Avatar: The Last Airbender's Prince Zuko, Rugrats' Tommy Pickles, and SpongeBob SquarePants' Mr. Krabs, to name a few), and one that has (Shredder), and also didn’t list Jenny or Hugh. But this does track, as Ludosity’s Thaddeus Crews said on the title’s Discord server the datamined information was in the game just in case those characters did make it in and are not the “be-all-end-all confirmations of what can and cannot happen.”

The game’s future beyond characters is unclear, but Fair Play Labs did state that cross-play was coming (which has seemingly been delayed) and teased that voice acting was in the works.


Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is available for consoles and PCs.


  • General

- Jenny “XJ-9” Wakeman joins the battle as a DLC character!
- Fixed a Toph bug that didn’t showed the Charged VFX
- Fixed a Powdered Toast Man bug that showed the charged croutons VFX in the results screen
- Added reset position feature in Training.
- Arcade timer is now cumulative instead of resetting every match.
- Gallery images now can be cycled while viewing.

  • Balance

- Universal

-- General

--- Introduced a momentum-clamping property after launches that send considerable horizontal distance to prevent immediately reversing momentum with a special-reverse or airdash
--- All characters can now special-reverse their mid specials
--- Outer-limb hurtboxes are no longer grabbable

- Stages

-- Sewers Slam
--- Camera & blastzone bounds tweaked to values used by legal stages

- Aang

-- Down Light
--- Launch angle changed (45° → 300°)
--- Grounded knockback gain increased (75 → 95)
--- Grounded base stun increased (30 → 31)
--- Grounded stun gain increased (0 → 7)
--- Aerial knockback gain increased (37.5 → 65)
--- Aerial base stun decreased (30 → 24)
--- Aerial stun gain increased (0 → 6)

- Toph

-- General
--- Increased run speed (21.4 → 23)
--- Increased floor acceleration (120 → 145)
--- Increased floor deceleration (200 → 240)

-- Mid Special
--- Reduced stage 2 charge time (35 frames → 30 frames)
--- Reduced stage 3 charge time (70 frames → 60 frames)
--- Increased stage 3 knockback gain (120 → 265)
--- Reduced stage 1 boulder speed to match stage 2 speed

-- Light Up
--- Startup reduced by 1 frame (6f → 5f)
--- Now actionable on frame 21

-- Light Down
--- Startup reduced by 2 frames (6f → 4f)
--- End lag reduced by 4 frames (35f → 31f)

-- Light Run
--- Startup reduced by 1 frame (6f → 5f)

-- Up Air Strong
--- Knockback gain increased (110 → 120)

-- Mid Air Strong
--- Increased damage (14 → 19)

-- Down special (grounded)
--- Landing on an opponent & dealing damage will make the move jump cancelable if still airborne, even if all midair jumps are exhausted

--- Increased down special's base knockback (100 → 140)
--- Added hip hitbox
--- Increased hitlag (8 → 18)
--- Ensured consistent 290° launch angle

- April O’Neil

-- Down Strong
--- Damage reduced (15%/15%/15% → 9%/10%/12%)
--- Blockstun reduced (20/20/20 → 20/15/14)

-- Mid Air Strong
--- Startup increased by 4 frames

-- Up Air Strong
--- Reduced base knockback (180 → 100)
--- Increased knockback scaling (190 → 220)

-- Down Air Strong
--- Damage reduced (15%/15%/15% → 9%/10%/12%)
--- Blockstun reduced (20/20/20 → 20/15/14)
--- Startup increased by 3 frames

-- Mid Special
--- Capped damaged to 30%
--- Removed super armor
--- Startup decreased by 3 frames

- Helga

-- Down Tilt
--- Fixed animation facing wrong direction sometimes

-- Mid Special
--- Can now cancel charge by pressing block
--- Can now charge indefinitely

- Nigel

-- Down Special
--- Base knockback decreased (220 → 200)
--- Knockback growth decreased (240 → 300)

-- Up Aerial
--- Hitbox ends 1 frame earlier
--- Total length increased 5 frames (20f → 25f)
--- Body hitbox repositioned to neck & decreased in size (1.2 → 0.9)

- Shredder

-- Mid Aerial
--- Hitbox size decreased (3 → 2.7)
--- Hitbox repositioned to not be offset & match visuals
--- Final hit blockstun decreased (10 → 7)

- Zim

-- Mid Special
--- Projectile level decreased (2 → 1)

- Powdered Toast Man

-- Down Special
--- Hitbox size increased (1.1 → 1.35)

- Patrick

-- Down Special
--- Command input damage increased (47 → 69)
--- Command input hitlag/hitlagself increased (12 → 24)

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Originally published: May 13, 2022 at 20:39 BST.

Original source: ComicBook.com; Additional sources: IGN, Polygon, ComingSoon.net, Gematsu, PSU, EventHubs, MP1st; H/T: Digital Trends.

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Nickelodeon to Premiere New 'SpongeBob' and 'Kamp Koral' Episodes of May 20

Diver into the SpongeBob Universe with brand new episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants and Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years, followed by The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie! It all starts Friday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT, only on Nickelodeon! It's bigger than a giant bird robot, more shocking than a Martian invasion, and goofier than a bunch of goobers! Check out the promo below!


7:00 p.m. - SpongeBob - Say ‘Awww!’/Patrick the Mailman: Frustrated that he’s seen as cute instead of evil, Plankton builds a robot to punish anyone who says “aww!” / Patrick crushes the mailman, so he and SpongeBob deliver the mail around Bikini Bottom." (#276)

7:30 p.m. - Kamp Koral - My Fair Nobby/Gimme a News Break: When Nobby becomes too civilized for Narlene, SpongeBob and Patrick help him remember his backwoods ways. / Perch and his pal Harvey report the news of Kamp Koral, but they stumble upon evidence of a ridiculous conspiracy!

8:00 p.m. - SpongeBob: The Movie (2004).

Watch SpongeBob SquarePants and The Patrick Star Show on Nickelodeon, and 200 episodes of SpongeBobThe SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The RunKamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years and The SpongeBob Musical on Paramount+! Try it FREE at ParamountPlus.com.


Listen to The SpongeBob Musical here!

CALLING ALL GOOFY GOOBERS! (ROCK!) Are ya ready for a deep dive into the world of SpongeBob SquarePants? The SpongeBob YouTube channel is THE PLACE for all fan-favorite SpongeBob moments! We’re serving up everything from legendary scenes to remixes of classic songs to deep dives into Bikini Bottom lore. Be sure to check back every week for Music Mondays, Wumbo Wednesdays, and Flashback Fridays! Subscribe now at https://www.youtube.com/SpongeBobOfficial!

Shop SpongeBob!: https://www.spongebobshop.com - SpongeBob face masks now available, with ALL proceeds going to charity!


Originally published: May 14, 2022.

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Nickelodeon to Premiere New 'PAW Patrol' and 'Bubble Guppies' Episodes of May 20

Catch brand new episodes of PAW Patrol and Bubble Guppies, premiering Friday, May 20 from 12:00 p.m. ET/PT, only on Nick Jr. on Nickelodeon! Check out the promo below!:


12:00 p.m. - PAW Patrol - Pups Save a Box Fort/Pups Save Travelin' Travis From Really Big Bill!: The Pups must save Rocky and Humdinger from a runaway box fort. / When Skye helps Traveling Travis search for Big Bill Island, the misguided explorer gets carried away by a really, really big bird. (#817)

12:30 p.m. - Bubble Guppies - Race to the Oasis!: Ice Cream Sellers Molly and Gil are trying to deliver ice cream to a waterpark on the other side of a hot desert. Will they get the ice cream across the desert unmelted before the Rattlers--a rattlesnake biker gang--catch them? (#524)

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Originally published: May 14, 2022.

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This Rare Conversation With Gullah Gullah Island's Ron and Natalie Daise Is Guaranteed to Warm Hearts

If you're reading this, you're probably humming the Gullah Gullah Island theme song. So, you already know you can't miss what stars Ron and Natelie Daise had to say about their beloved show below.

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Remember when we used to play together in the bright sunny weather?

[Click here to watch a video with Ron and Natalie Daise!]

Starting in 1994, Nickelodeon transported kids to a magical, fictitious island through Gullah Gullah Island. Starring real life couple Ron and Natalie Daise, the series—based on the West African culture Gullah Geechee—taught preschoolers about family, sea critters and kindness through song and dance. (And, of course, they had a little help from a 5-foot polliwog, Binyah Binyah.)

But perhaps more importantly, the show allowed its young viewers to feel represented in a TV landscape that didn't always reflect how the world looked. Unbeknownst to those at home, the stories and songs featured in Gullah Gullah Island mirrored the actual lives of Ron and Natalie. Even their kids Simeon and Sara had roles!

And though they took their final bow in 1998, the family is still educating the world about their culture through their art.

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So, just put your foot in your hand—that means hurry up, you'll miss the good things that we'll find —because E! News sat down with the South Carolina-based couple and you don't want to miss the good things that they've shared.

E! News: Take us back to the beginning. How did Gullah Gullah Island come to life?

Ron Daise: Gullah Gullah Island came to life at a dinner conversation. A producer, Maria Perez-Brown, had come to scout for sights for another show. 

Natalie Daise: We were talking about children's TV, and how there's nothing for our older daughter Sara to watch where anyone looks like her. Maria then said, "Nickelodeon is trying to diversify maybe we could do a show about you." We had a meeting with executives with no agent, no manager, never shot anything, never planned anything. By the end of the day, they green-lit the show. That was June 1993, and we were on the air within a year.

E! News: While creating the show, how much input were you able to offer?

RD: We were cultural consultants. Each episode had characters going into the Gullah Gullah Island community. That was our real life.

ND: The parade in the show was the high school band. The makeup lady was my friend who sold Mary Kay. We sat in front of our tape recorder, sang songs and then mailed the tapes. They gave the tapes to their musicians and made music based on our real life. Our kids were in the show because I was nursing Simeon. Where I went, they went.

RD: Peter Lurye, head musician, had written a theme song. I suggested another line that would be more culturally appropriate with a Gullah Geechee expression: "Just take your foot in your hand, that means hurry up." I became a co-writer of the theme song!

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E! News: When did you realize the show was a hit?

RD: I had an expectation of it doing well. As well as it did? No. People in South America would send us mail saying how much it meant to them. There was someone in Australia who really loved the show. Even now, we get regular communications from people saying they are watching with their children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren.

ND: We did that first season, and, you know, we were just making it up. I remember that first year after it aired, we were at a mall and somebody started yelling, "Uncle Ron!" It was a surprise for me, it really was.

E! News: How did Binyah Binyah come to be?

RD: Initially, the producers had a different character, which we said no to. It was not a part of Gullah culture. We're glad that they followed through with that understanding. We made suggestions of Gullah words and expressions for the name and Binyah was selected. A "Binyah" is the Gullah Geechee expression for someone who is a native of who has been here or been-yah. If you relocate into a Gullah Geechee community, you would be a come-yah. Because it was a preschool show, the producers liked the alliteration of putting them together. 

ND: That's why they named the show Gullah Gullah Island. Part of Gullah language is to repeat a word to intensify it.

E! News: What's been your favorite fan interaction from over the years?

ND: I'm in a supermarket minding my own business and I see this older white man. And he's got this little boy with him that looks like he's Latinx. The man comes up and he says, "You mean a lot to my boy." And he gave me $5 and a carnation.

We have not had any negative interactions. But I did have someone try to get me to sign something underneath the bathroom stall doors. I'm like, "Can y'all wait till I come out?!"

RD: For me, it was halfway around the world at a historical event in Sierra Leone, West Africa, one of the rice coast countries which numerous Gullah Geechee people are descendants. We were on this ferry wearing Priscilla's Homecoming, A Gullah Homecoming t-shirts. A gentleman said, "Is that Gullah as in Gullah Gullah Island?" He came over smiling and wanted to take a selfie. He wanted me to know the impact that this show had on him. The colors, the language, the features of the people. They reminded him of growing up in Nigeria, so that was just a wonderful experience.

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E! News: Do you think we could ever see a Gullah Gullah Island reboot?

ND: It could work. There are people's children watching it now and they are as fascinated as their parents had been. It was a bit of a surprise after Gullah Gullah Island that more shows like that didn't happen. We had been in meetings with other networks and they were saying, "Kids can't follow along...They just need ditties. If it's longer than a few seconds, they don't get it." And I'm like, "You're joking, right?" Kids knew all the songs in Gullah Gullah Island and they know all the songs you don't even want them to know!

RD: Viewers liked that each show taught a lesson and that there was a family. People saw us as if we were their parents or their uncles or aunts. We were a positive influence in their lives.

E! News: Why do you think there's such an the enduring love for the show?

ND: Because we were genuine. We weren't acting. When I first started doing the show, we were storytellers in theater. And the first time they set up that camera, it was terrifying. I said to myself, "That camera is a window. I can talk to that kid on the other side. He lives on my street." Before Gullah Gullah Island, when we weren't on the road, Ron would be home and neighborhood kids would come down to see if Mr. Ron could come out and play.

RD: The kids would see me out with our older daughter. And that's what the producers saw when they followed us around. Natalie is always doing crafts and that's what they saw. That's how the characters were developed. 

ND: We just got to be ourselves. It was a real family and that comes through. I didn't just meet him on day one on set, you know?

Natalie Daise

E! News: You have been together for almost 40 years. What's your secret?

ND: The best thing I can say is that I really like him. He's my friend and he's my partner. And when we got married, there were people like, "You have to have the big wedding!" The wedding is not the thing. It's the marriage that's the thing. Also, it's not for everybody, but we've enjoyed working together! We've been singing together for 38 years.

RD: We find things to laugh about. Our children thought the families of their peers would sing in their homes all the time because that's what we do.

ND: Simeon, Sara, Ron and I are known to burst into song at any given time, sometimes inappropriate. Don't let there be good music in the supermarket! I'll be like, "Baby, please stop singing out loud."

Freda Funnye

E! News: Simeon is all grown up now and now an actor himself. Does he plan to keep the Gullah Geechee culture alive through his work?

ND: That's his whole focus, absolutely! He and his sister are co-producing a documentary called Saltwater Vibes and it's about the evolution of Gullah culture. It's like the family business.

E! News: And what are you two up to these days? Ron, we've seen those Gullahlicious pound cakes you've been making...

RD: I ship Mr. Ron's Gullahlicious pound cakes through Etsy. There are patrons who say they're eating a Mr. Ron pound cake with their child or their grandchild as they're watching an episode of Gullah Gullah island! It's not to promote Gullah culture, but that's what I'm doing.

ND: They are amazing cakes! I joke, but I'm also kind of serious, that's partly why I married him. He could sing and he could bake!

Freda Funnye

(This interview has been edited and condensed for lengthy and clarity.)


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Originally published: May 14, 2022.

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A Look at the Massive Stage Netflix Is Filming Their 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Live-Action Series

The soundstage in Metro Vancouver where Netflix is currently filming the streamer's live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender adaptation is the world’s largest LED video wall film production studio, according to a recent declaration by Guinness World Records!

William F. White International’s LED video wall film production stage at Canada Motion Picture Park in South Burnaby. (WFW)

The LED sound stage located at Canadian Motion Picture Park is a joint partnership between Los Angeles-based visual effects company Pixomondo and Canadian film equipment rental firm William F. White International (WFW).

The Burnaby facility spans 22,000 sq ft, measuring 80 ft by 27.5 ft, and is lined with 2,500 LED wall panels and 760 LED ceiling panels. The video wall was constructed in the shape of an almost fully enclosed circle to provide productions with 310 degrees of LED screens.

“WFW is deeply committed to virtual production as an integral part of the future of filmmaking and we are delighted to be in the Guinness World Records,” said Edward Hanrahan, WFW’s director of virtual production, in a statement to Daily Hive Urbanized.

William F. White International's LED video wall film production stage at Canada Motion Picture Park in South Burnaby. (WFW)

“Along with our traditional studio offerings, virtual production allows filmmakers to combine live-action and cutting-edge digitally created environments rendered in real-time on LED walls and ceilings (known as ‘volumes’) to deliver a production experience unlike any other.”

William F. White International’s LED video wall film production stage at Canada Motion Picture Park in South Burnaby. (WFW)

The accelerating use of bright LED screen walls by the global film and television production industry provides a virtual live background for scenes during filming, replacing much of the need for green screens and the associated post-production work.

With powerful computers, a photorealistic three-dimensional background scene is generated, and the scene’s perspective follows the camera’s movements.

The large-format use of these LED screens also dramatically reduces production costs, improves efficiencies, reduces time by speeding up the shooting process, and even provides realistic lighting that can be easily adjusted as needed.

Green screens, in contrast, are static and provide little flexibility, with positioning changes for lighting and cameras requiring time-intensive work. As well, lighting bouncing off the screens gives off green reflections, necessitating colouring to be changed in post-production.

The LED system’s live background also has the added benefit of helping actors get into character, which can be challenging with green screens.

The WFW stage in Burnaby is currently filming Netflix’s live-action version of Nickelodeon’s animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. In 2020, Netflix reached an agreement with Canada Motion Picture Park to enter into a long-term lease to use about 178,000 sq ft of its production facilities, including seven sound stages, and office and support spaces, effectively turning the location into one of their global production hubs.

“The state of the art stage, designed and operated by Pixomondo (PXO) Virtual Production, is 84 feet across and 28 feet high with 23,000 square feet of stage space and more than 3000 LED Panels, making it one of the biggest virtual production volumes in North America,” said Netflix last year.

According to the streaming service, “The virtual production stage which allows for visual effects to be done in real time in camera, combining multiple environments on a single stage, will set a new standard for immersive storytelling.”

“We’re thrilled to start production on this incredible project, and we’re especially excited to work with the technology-benders at PXO to create the wondrous world of Avatar: The Last Airbender using the most advanced techniques available to filmmakers anywhere in the world,” Avatar: The Last Airbender showrunner Albert Kim said in a statement in November 2021.

Pixomondo and WFW have together spent US$30 million for their initial three LED video wall stage facilities in Canada, including two locations in Toronto. Additional facilities are expected in Canada in 2022.

This technology is perhaps best known for its use on The Mandalorian on Disney+, which used Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic’s (ILM) StageCraft LED virtual production system. ILM is also bringing its StageCraft LED system to a studio in Metro Vancouver this year.

By early 2023, there will be three LED video wall studios in Metro Vancouver, with Versatile Media opening a 43,000-sq-ft facility in South Burnaby.

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Originally published: May 14, 2022.

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Nickelodeon Renames 'Zokie Sparkleby' As 'Zokie of Planet Ruby'

Nickelodeon has renamed the network's upcoming animated series Zokie Sparkleby as Zokie of Planet Ruby!


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

In buddy comedy Zokie of Planet Ruby, "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.

Zokie of Planet Ruby is 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. as part of the network's 2022-2023 content slate, with international markets to follow.

“[Zokie of Planet Ruby 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, Paramount Animation and 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 of Planet Ruby and Hamsterdale] are two titles that we look forward to adding to our production slate.”

ZJ Sparkleton will take its place alongside other series from Nickelodeon’s animated content pipeline--the largest in its history to ever be produced.

Zokie of Planet Ruby 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.

Paramount Global has applied to trademark Zokie of Planet Ruby with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) under the "education, entertainment, sporting and cultural services" and "clothing; footwear; headgear" categories. Both applications are pending approval.

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Originally published: May 13, 2022.

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