Thursday, November 10, 2022

Nickelodeon's Jessica Borutski, Andy Suriano, and Ant Ward to Take Part In TAAFI's 2022 Toronto Animation Industry Conference

The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI), a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the animation arts and its local and international community, has announced that Nickelodeon Animation's Jessica Borutski, Andy Suriano, and Ant Ward, and voice actor Eric Bauza will be taking part in a couple of sessions at the annual 2022 Toronto Animation Industry Conference! For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit the TAAFI website at taafi.com.


Opening Keynote with Jessica Borutski
Sat, Nov 12th
9:15AM - 10:15AM
Reference Library: Epic Hall

Grab a cup of coffee and get warmed up for a great day of talks with Canada's own Jessica Borutski! Along with moderator Joel MacKenzie, we're kicking off the day's programming with a look back on some of Jess's career highlights, like creating a fresh look for the Looney Tunes characters, her current role at Nickelodeon as supervising director the hit show The Loud House, and her thoughts about where her career may take her in the future, as she balances work and life while developing her own projects.

Suggested dress code: denim.

Jessica Borutski, Supervising Director, Nickelodeon
Speaker

Working in the industry since 2003, Jessica had her start in animation at Spumco working on The New Ren and Stimpy. From there she ventured to the East Coast and worked with Collideascope and Copernicus on various projects, from music videos to television series. Soon after she created her own short film entitled I Like Pandas. This earned Jessica the "Frederator Flash Film of the Year Award". Fuel Industries, an adver-gaming agency, hired Jess in 2005. She art directed many projects there and worked with clients such as Kraft Foods, Johnson&Johnson, and McDonald's, creating beautiful immersive online gaming. The popularity of her short film earned her notice from WB. She was approached by them to re-design the Looney Tunes, and from there went on to direct the Merrie Melodies part of the show. She also re-imagined Bugs and the gang again for the Wabbit series, which evolved into The New Looney Tunes Show. Jessica went on to work on many of the WB legacy properties. One DC Nation Short, featuring Shazam, entitled WISDOM that she produced was nominated for an Emmy. She also produced the series Bunnicula for Cartoon Network International. Today Nickelodeon is her new home and she is currently the Supervising Director on Loud House.

Joel MacKenzie, Artistic Mercenary
Moderator

Joel MacKenzie is an award-winning independent animation creator, director, and character designer from tropical Nova Scotia, Canada. He hopes to own a dog someday and eventually play every video game in the world.

We Made Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie
Sat, Nov 12th
5:30PM - 6:45PM
Reference Library: Epic Hall & ONLINE!


We have the crew coming all the way from Nickelodeon to give you the scoop first hand on how they transitioned to the big screen for their first NETFLIX feature!

Attending IN-PERSON is Director Andy Suriano and Executive Co-Producer Ant Ward!!

Get your questions ready, and pens ready for autographs. This ninja trained team of superstars will rock our world!

Note: This TMNT Session will be STREAMED LIVE for our International Friends! It's included in the ONLINE PASS as well.

Andy Suriano, Director, Nickelodeon Animation
Speaker

Andy Suriano is a 20+ year veteran of animation and comics, having worked on such series as Samurai Jack, Disney's Mickey Mouse shorts and most recently was an Executive Producer of the RISE of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Nickelodeon. Currently Andy co-directing the RISE movie for Netflix.

Ant Ward, Executive Producer, Nickelodeon Animation
Speaker

Ant Ward is an award-winning animator, writer, and producer. He has worn many hats working on several shows, including Camp Lazlo, Penguins of Madagascar, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He recently served as an Executive Producer for Nickelodeon’s Rise of the TMNT and Co-Directed the Rise movie for Netflix.

Eric Bauza, Voice Actor, Hollywood
Moderator

Eric Adrian Bauza is a Canadian-American voice actor from Scarborough, Toronto who is known for being one of Mel Blanc's successors for Looney Tunes characters such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. He also voiced Stimpy Cat in Ren & Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon, White Pantera in El Tigre, Foop from The Fairly OddParents, Fozzie Bear from Muppet Babies and the Beagle Boys from DuckTales.

But most importantly he voiced Splinter in RISE of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV Series

All times ET

From the TAAFI newsroom:

Andy Suriano: The man, the myth, the Hair


So one minute you’re concocting space bachelor vom-a-thon comics to escape from under the thumb of the universe's most monopalistic mouse, and the next minute you’re getting rug-pulled while sculpting an extended toy commercial into an artful and hilarious cult-classic.

There’s no denying Art Ward and Andy Suriano brought a renewed energy and style into this middle-aged franchise, with a frenetic style, vivid characters, and character depth that feels astoundingly 3-Dimensional. We felt blessed to connect online in 2020 to hear them talk about the series production,

And now Andy Suriano, along with Ant Ward, are making it out to TAAFI in real life to talk turtle, and share the experience of further elevating this troupe of scrappy sewer terrapins into a feature-worthy foursome.


But will we learn the big secret behind this illustrious artist that fans are fighting to find out?  Let’s hope so, because in spite of hours of internet research, I still don’t know how he gets his hair to look like that.

Is it genetics? Is it products? Do you take supplements? Who is your hairstylist, and do they have a waitlist? The fans want to know, Andy.

But will Toronto find out... 🐢

Don't miss their LIVE closing talk @ TAAFI 2022!

TAAFI is a local reunion for global animation.

Our Animation Industry Conference starts Thursday November 10th and runs till Saturday November 12th with both IN-PERSON as well as ONLINE talks, panels and presentations. Thursday night and Friday are online, but Friday night turns to IN-PERSON at a VIP mixer event sponsored by Nelvana. Then all day Saturday is IN-PERSON downtown at the Toronto Reference Library for exclusive in-person only talks followed by a party at the Artful Dodger. 👀 ya there.

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Originally published: November 10, 2022.


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Did You Know that In SpongeBob SquarePants... | Nickelodeon Cartoon Universe

Did You Know that In SpongeBob SquarePants... | Nickelodeon Cartoon Universe


Did you know, in the show SpongeBob SquarePants, that Patrick Star and Gary the Snail are actually related? It's a small world, and Bikini Bottom is even smaller.

Watch SpongeBob SquarePantsKamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years and The Patrick Star Show on Nickelodeon, and 200 episodes of SpongeBobThe SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run 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!


#Shorts #SpongeBob #Nickelodeon

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🚨 NEW Type of Bending Revealed?! - "Does It Bend" Episode 1 | Avatar #Shorts | Avatar: The Last Airbender

🚨 NEW Type of Bending Revealed?! - "Does It Bend" Episode 1 | Avatar #Shorts | Avatar: The Last Airbender


In this series, "Does It Bend", we'll see what else in today's world could bend! In the world of Avatar, water, earth, fire, and air can all be manipulated by the gift of bending. Some people can even bend blood, lightning, and metal! So, what if the bending arts existed in today's modern society? Today's episode discusses... TOILET PAPER! 🧻

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#Shorts #Avatar #AvatarTheLastAirbender #ATLA

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'Garfield Lasagna Party' Launch Trailer Unveiled

To all lasagna lovers: GARFIELD LASAGNA PARTY will launch very soon!

Discover a selection of mini-games cooked up by Garfield and his friends to spice up their Lasagna Party!


Microids, in partnership with Paramount Consumer Products, today (Nov. 10) unveiled the official launch trailer for the delicious party game Garfield Lasagna Party. Developed by Balio Studio, the game will be available in Europe November 10th 2022 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5, Xbox One consoles, Xbox Series X|S and PC/Mac! And will launch on consoles November 15th 2022 in North America!

Garfield Lasagna Party | Launch Trailer PEGI EU | Balio Studio & Microids

Garfield, Odie, Arlene and Nermal have imagined the craziest mini games for their huge Lasagna Party you are invited to! Be ready to give your best to finish ahead of your opponents by winning as many of the 32 mini-games as possible. Here is a taste of some of the yummy challenges you will compete with your friends:

  • Catch it: Be the first one to catch the toast, but beware of the burned slice!
  • Dog Panic: Escape the horde of dogs while avoiding the obstacles and reach the finish line in first place!
  • Featherweight: Memorize the food packed by your opponents, but be careful not to swallow any chili peppers. The player who eats the most wins the mini game.
  • Last Lasagna: Hold on the lasagna for as long as possible to earn the most points whilst using the tomatoes to slow down your opponents.
  • Slice & Dice: Slice the pizza to split the right amount of pepperoni on each slice!
  • Spring Cleaning: Use your broom to push as many items as possible out of your area.
  • Under the light: Collect as much lasagna as possible before the time runs out, while avoiding Jon’s spotlight!
  • Aspiring Artist: Follow the line the best you can.

Summon all your luck when throwing the dice and use special items to take advantage upon your friends. Garfield Lasagna Party is THE game to share with friends and family, in the company of your favorite characters!

Game features:

  • 30+ mini games in famous Garfield environments such as Jon’s house, the pizzeria or Dr. Liz’s pet clinic.
  • Play as one of the 4 iconic characters from Jim Davis’ iconic comic: Garfield, Nermal, Arlene & Odie!
  • Up to 4 players locally! Enjoy a classic board game experience with the Lasagna Race mode, practice your favorite mini-games without the board game mechanics with the Lasagna Challenge mode or set up a tournament to play quickly with a predefined number of mini games with the Lasagna World Tour mode!
  • Fun for all, whether you like party games, lasagna, laughter or simply have a good time with friends and family.









Garfield Lasagna Party | Launch Trailer PlayStation PEGI EU | Balio Studio & Microids


Garfield Lasagna Party | Launch Trailer Nintendo Switch PEGI EU | Balio Studio & Microids


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About Microids
Microids is a French video game publisher. Founded in 1985, Microids’ editorial strategy now focuses on 4 major areas: adventure games, racing games, retro gaming and games inspired by iconic titles. By collaborating with renowned studios and authors (Revolution Software, Pendulo Studios, Eden Studios, Benoît Sokal, Paul Cuisset, Philippe Dessoly and Pierre Adane), Microids has become a major player in international video games. Taking inspiration from legendary titles, Microids reaches a wide audience and creates original adventures which give gamers the chance to play as some of their most beloved characters.

About Garfield
Created by cartoonist Jim Davis, Garfield is the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world. With his signature “cattitude,” Garfield is 100% that cat, and he doesn’t care who knows it. He’s selfish, sarcastic, lazy… and surprisingly endearing. Since its launch in 1978, the famous cat has spawned movies, TV shows, stage shows and merchandise, and has received four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program. Garfield content appears in 80 countries and has amassed over $3B in lifetime retail sales. In 2019, Paramount Global acquired ownership of Paws, Inc., which holds rights to the Garfield franchise.

About Paramount Consumer Products
Paramount Consumer Products oversees all licensing and merchandising for Paramount (Nasdaq: PARAA, PARA), a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic consumer brands, Paramount Consumer Products’ portfolio includes a diverse slate of brands and content from BET, CBS (including CBS Television Studios and CBS Television Distribution), Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and Showtime. With properties spanning animation, live-action, preschool, youth and adult, Paramount Consumer Products is committed to creating the highest quality product for some of the world’s most beloved, iconic franchises. Additionally, Paramount Consumer Products oversees the online direct-to-consumer business for CBS and Showtime programming merchandise, as well as standalone branded ecommerce websites for Star Trek, SpongeBob, South Park, and MTV.

About Balio Studio
BALIO STUDIO is an independent video game development studio based in Mons, Belgium. Our team of almost 30 talented and passionate developers who strive for excellence. Created in 2009 by The Baglio’s Brothers, Balio Studio is a leading console video games development studio, including PC, MAC, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Plastation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series. We've created successful games adapted from famous brands : “The Sisters”, “Fort Boyard – Escape games”, “Who wants to be a millionaire”, “Puy du Fou”…
We continue our development with passion working on many thrilling new projects.   

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Beavis Tries on Women’s Yoga Pants - Mike Judge’s Beavis & Butt-Head | Comedy Central

Beavis Tries on Women’s Yoga Pants - Mike Judge’s Beavis & Butt-Head | Comedy Central


Beavis is curious to see how he looks in yoga pants and adventures into the store with Butt-Head. The result shocks them both.

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True Monster Heart (From Monster High: The Movie) Music Video | Nickelodeon

True Monster Heart (From Monster High: The Movie) Music Video | Nickelodeon


Mr. Komos, Monster High's resident "cool teacher" sings the story of Mr. Hyde, a half human and half monster! The students of Monster High join in and dance along to the song "True Monster Heart"!

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#MonsterHighTheMovie #TrueMonsterHeart #MusicVideo #Song #JekyllHyde #Clawdeen

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OG Walkthrough - My Friend Peppa Pig | Episode 2 | Outright Games

OG Walkthrough - My Friend Peppa Pig | Episode 2 | Outright Games


Hello friend! Welcome to Granny and Grandpa’s house 🏡. Here we can: 🐔 Help Granny look for the chickens and collect some eggs 🌾 Plant new seeds 🐥 Meet the cute chicks and sing to them 🪁 Play with the toy aeroplane and kite. Then we can make our way back to the Windy Castle. 🎮 #myfriendpeppapig  #peppapig

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Happinet Announces 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge' PS5 Edition

PS5「ミュータント タートルズ:シュレッダーの復讐」発売告知トレーラー【Happinet Indie Collection】 | HappinetGameChannel


カワバンガ!忍者タートルズ『T.M.N.T』新作アクションゲームが今度はPS5に登場!
PlayStation 5「ミュータント タートルズ:シュレッダーの復讐」 2023å¹´1月26日発売


#tmnt
#ミュータントタートルズ
#シュレッダーの復讐


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Tad The Explorer And The Emerald Tablet | Official Trailer | Paramount Pictures Netherlands

Ted & De Magische Smaragd - officiële trailer - Paramount Pictures Nederland


Bekijk nu de eerste trailer van de nieuwe familie-avonturen film Ted & De Magische Smaragd.

Vanaf 24 augustus in de bioscoop.

Ted & de Magische Smaragd - achter de schermen | Paramount Pictures Nederland


Neem samen met de Nederlandse stemmencast een kijkje achter de schermen van de stemopnames van TED & DE MAGISCHE SMARAGD. De vrolijke familiefilm draait nu exclusief in de bioscoop!

TED & DE MAGISCHE SMARAGD | Officiële Trailer | Paramount Movies | Paramount Entertainment Nederland


Teds grootste droom is om geaccepteerd te worden door zijn archeologencollega's, maar zijn ongevalsgevoelige aard staat hem in de weg. Wanneer hij per ongeluk een zeldzame sarcofaag vernietigt, wordt een spreuk uitgesproken, waardoor het leven van zijn vrienden in gevaar komt. Door Mummy, Jeff en Belzoni te redden, ontstaat er een avontuur boordevol actie dat Ted en Sara naar de verre uithoeken van de wereld zal leiden om een manier te vinden om de vloek van de Magische Smaragd te stoppen.


Originally published: July 11, 2022.

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TeenNick Israel Premieres 'Fly on Anna'

TeenNick Israel (יִשְׂרָאֵל) recently premiered Fly on Anna (לעוף על אנה), a brand new shows which follows Anna Zakinski, a high school student who becomes an international star when Ariana Grande (Victorious, Sam & Cat) shares her TikTok.

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for November 10, 2022 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for November 10, 2022 | Nickelodeon


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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.

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More Nick: Paramount+ Renews 'Rugrats' For Season 3; Season 2 to Premiere in 2023!

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The Detroit Lions Defence Named NVP of 'NFL Slimetime' Week 9

Lincoln Loud from The Loud House has announced the Detroit Lions Defence as the Nickelodeon Valuable Player(s) (NVP) of NFL Slimetime Week 9!


With the Lions’ defense winning the award for Week 9, that means the slime will be coming to Allen Park! Which Lions’ defender do you think should get slimed? Well, some of the Lions’ players have weighed in:


Join Television host Nate Burleson and Nickelodeon star Dylan Gilmer as the end zones become the “slime zones” and watch weekly NFL highlights like you’ve never seen them before. Catch NFL Slimetime, every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon, and Paramount+ the following day! Try Paramount+ for FREE at ParamountPlus.com.

NFL star John Ross, and Legends Ricky Williams and Jonathan Stewart play Fall Guys Ultimate Knockout with NickEh30! Watch as each NFL Star and their kids face off in Fall Guys Slime Climb and Hex-A-Gone in this Family Game Night edition of NFL Tuesday Night Gaming
SUBSCRIBE so you never miss a minute of the action leading up to the first ever NFL TNG Playoffs AND All-Star Game event! 

#NFLTuesdayNightGaming #NFL #Slime

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Historical list of NVP winners:

2020 WC Game - QB Mitchell Trubisky

Season 1 of NFL Slimetime:

Week 1: QB Kyler Murray
Week 2: QB Tom Brady
Week 3: K Justin Tucker
Week 4: QB Dak Prescott
Week 5: QB Josh Allen
Week 6: RB Derrick Henry
Week 7: WR Ja'Marr Chase
Week 8: QB Mike White
Week 9: OLB Josh Allen
Week 10: QB Patrick Mahomes
Week 11: RB Jonathan Taylor
Week 12: RB Leonard Fournette
Week 13: QB Justin Herbert
Week 14: TE George Kittle
Week 15: DL Christian Wilkins
Week 16: QB Joe Burrow
Week 17: WR Ja'Marr Chase
Week 18: WR Deebo Samuel
2021 Wild-Card Game: QB Dak Prescott
2021 Divisional round: Bills offense
2021 AFC Championship: QB Patrick Mahomes

NVP of NVPs (awarded during the off week before Super Bowl LVI) – QB Joe Burrow

Season 2 of Slimetime:

Week 1: WR Justin Jefferson
Week 2: QB Tua Tagovailoa
Week 3: Lamar Jackson
Week 4: Austin Ekeler
Week 5: Taysom Hill
Week 6: Quinnen Williams
Week 7: Joe Burrow
Week 8: AJ Brown
Week 9: Detroit Lions Defence

NFL Slimetime Promo 1 - November 16, 2022 (Nickelodeon U.S.)


NFL Slimetime Promo 2 - November 16, 2022 (Nickelodeon U.S.)



Originally published: November 10, 2022.


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Kel Mitchell Teases 'Good Burger 2' Cast

Nickelodeon's Good Burger 2 movie is officially in the works, and Kel Mitchell says the sequel film will leave fans of the original "screaming" when they see the star-studded cast. After posting teasers for months, Mitchell officially confirmed that he's reuniting onscreen with Kenan Thompson to bring back Ed and Dexter, Good Burger's iconic fast-food duo, 25 years after their debut.

Image Source: Everett Collection

Speaking with POPSUGAR about his recent partnership with Beyond Meat and Panda Express, Mitchell reflected on his days as a '90s Nickelodeon star, what it's been like working with Thompson again, and what to expect from the upcoming Good Burger sequel.

Life as a Child Star in the '90s

Mitchell secured his breakout role as a main cast member on Nickelodeon's sketch-comedy show, All That, in 1994, when he was 16 years old. For five seasons, he entertained audiences as Coach Kreeton, Clavis of the duo Mavis and Clavis with Kenan Thompson, and Ed, a goofy fast-food worker with a surfer dude accent. For Mitchell, the novelty of seeing fans smile whenever he says, "Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger. Can I take your order?" in Ed's voice has never worn off, but the character had been brewing under the surface long before All That's first "Good Burger" sketch premiered.

Mitchell first created Ed during an audition for the show. He later put on the persona when he portrayed an unnamed pizza delivery boy in the sketch "Dream Remote," which starred Josh Server as a kid whose remote control suddenly allowed him to fast-forward, rewind, and pause his reality. As soon as the Nickelodeon crew saw Mitchell bring Ed to life onscreen, the idea for Good Burger was born.

"I said, 'Here's your pizza' [in the Ed voice], and from there they were just like, 'Oh, this guy needs a whole world,' and they created Good Burger around this voice and this character that I created," he says, adding that he's proud of the lasting impact his character has had on the '90s zeitgeist.

When it came to filming the original movie, Mitchell says roller-blading in character was one of his favorite memories. "I had a roller-blading coach who taught me to do a lot of the stunts," he says. "The only stunt that I didn't do was the one where I flipped over the counter in the beginning because they didn't want me to flip over and hit my head."

In addition to doing his own stunts, Mitchell also loved sharing a scene with his mom, who walked past Thompson while he distracted the security guards during the Demented Hills Asylum dance scene. Mitchell says, "That was kind of an inside joke for the whole entire cast and crew."

Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson's Friendship

In 1996, Mitchell secured his second breakout role as Kel Kimble on Kenan & Kel, where he coined his iconic third-person catchphrase: "Who loves orange soda? Kel loves orange soda. Is it true? I do, I do, I do-oo." "I love the fact that just the saying puts a smile on people's faces," says Mitchell, who recently partnered with Panda Express and Beyond Meat to promote the official launch of the plant-based Beyond Orange Chicken, which pairs well with his character's favourite drink.

The show was also an opportunity for Mitchell to work more closely with Thompson and form the iconic comedy duo that '90s kids have been quoting since we learned how to work a remote. After filming four seasons of Kenan & Kel, as well as a movie based on the series, the pair parted ways. As Mitchell grew his family and further explored his comedy career, Thompson went on to become the longest-running Saturday Night Live cast member in the show's 48-year history. On Sept. 12, the pair delivered a massive dose of nostalgia for fans when they reunited at the Emmys.

"We knew that fans were going to love this moment," says Mitchell. "I'm so happy for Kenan. He killed it as host, as always." Many fans were surprised to see the comedy duo together after decades of solo projects, but Mitchell says their friendship has held strong behind the scenes. "We stay in contact a lot," he says. "I know, at the Emmys, people felt like we hadn't seen each other in a while. No, no. We stay in contact all the time. We call each other. We have a group text and all this stuff."

While Good Burger 2 is still in its early stages, Mitchell says the film has already had a huge impact on him. "Kenan and I had this surreal, amazing, humbling moment of our journey in this business," he says, recalling the moment he and Thompson stepped in the room to do their first Good Burger 2 table read at Paramount. As soon as they walked in, they realised it was the same room where they'd read for the original film. The nostalgic moment instantly reawakened their comedic chemistry and made the table read feel just like old times.

"We were just really going, acting in front of everybody," he says. "We haven't missed a step. Kenan has not missed a step. It really feels amazing. The jokes are still there. Everyone was just cracking up. We were cracking up with each other, falling out of our chairs." For Mitchell, the time he and Thompson spent apart has only made them better as actors. "[Acting with Kenan has] always been good, but now it's gotten even better because we've been on our own, different shows. Us doing this adults now makes it even cooler."

Image Source: Everett Collection

Good Burger 2 Celebrity Cameos and Surprises

Over the last few years, the original "Good Burger" movie has become a regular part of the rotation during family movie night for Mitchell, his wife, and their four children, as well as a whole new generation of Nickelodeon fans. With so many people eager to see what's happened to Ed and Dexter over the last two decades, Mitchell says that the cast and crew of Good Burger 2 made it their priority to appeal to '90s kids and newer audience members.

"We know that a lot of fans have grown up on [the movie] and the fans who saw it in the '90s are adults now and have kids and they've introduced it to their children," he says. "So we wanted to make sure that we catered toward the new generation and also the generation that grew up on it. There's going to be a lot of fun jokes for the adults and for the kids."

Mitchell also hinted that the film will feature a few famous faces, including cameos from original Good Burger cast members and current Nickelodeon stars. "I can't tell you who's coming back but everyone's going to be super excited and screaming when they see some of the characters that come back," he says. Leaving fans with a taste of what's to come, Mitchell adds, "Fans of the first one are going to love [Good Burger 2] because the story is similar to the first one but it's like 100-percent crazier and more fun."


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WP Pilot in Poland Adds Nickelodeon Ukraine Pluto TV

Nickelodeon Ukraine Pluto TV is now available to watch on the Polish online TV service WP Pilot as part of the platform's Ukraine TV package. Paramount Global's ad-free channel broadcasts children’s content in the Ukrainian language and was launched for Ukrainian children who have been displaced by Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine. The channel is on air for 24 hours daily.

4 Reasons Why Parents Will Love Blue's Big City Adventure | Paramount+

The brand new Blue's Clues & You! movie isn't just for kids! Here are four reasons why parents will love Blue's Big City Adventure! Stream the all-new film on Paramount+ this November 18! Try Paramount+ for FREE at ParamountPlus.com.


The feature-length Blue’s Clues & You! film is a sing and dance-along musical spectacular for the whole family, featuring all-new songs and choreography with the show’s beloved hosts and fan-favorite animated characters. The movie also features special star appearances by BD Wong, Ali Stroker, Taboo, Alex Winter, Phillipa Soo and Steven Pasquale. The film will be available to stream beginning on  in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Latin America, Australia, and rolling out later in the year in Italy, along with additional international territories in 2023.

BLUE’S BIG CITY ADVENTURE follows Josh (Josh Dela Cruz), who gets the opportunity of a lifetime to audition for Rainbow Puppy’s (Brianna Bryan) Broadway musical, and Blue (Traci Paige Johnson) as they skidoo to New York City where they meet new friends and discover the magic of music, dance and following one’s dreams. The entire “Blue’s Clues” crew is reunited for this special movie event, with the beloved animated friends and all three hosts– Josh, Steve (Steve Burns) and Joe (Donovan Patton) – together for the first time in the Big Apple.


Produced by Nickelodeon Animation, BLUE’S BIG CITY ADVENTURE is directed by Matt Stawski and written by Angela C. Santomero. The film is produced by Traci Paige Johnson and Angela C. Santomero, and executive produced by Todd Kessler, Sam Sarkoob, Robert Unger and Matt Stawski.

The lead single from BLUE’S BIG CITY ADVENTURE, “On Our Way,” will be available from Republic Records: Kids & Family on Friday, Oct. 7, and the full-length album featuring original songs from the movie is set for release on Friday, Nov. 18. Pre-save “On Our Way” here.


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