Wednesday, December 21, 2016

How "Jimmy Neutron" Went From A Childhood Nickname To A Major Franchise

No one captured the feeling of being brilliant in a dull world better than James Isaac Neutron. Fifteen years ago today (December 21), Nickelodeon Movies released its first CGI movie: Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. The movie was supposed to be a TV series first, but the network loved John A. Davis’s pitch about a child genius so much that they also wanted to make a feature film.

It was Davis — who directed and wrote the film, as well as penned several episodes of the TV series — who suggested Nickelodeon start the franchise with the movie, which later received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature.

Since Davis originally pitched the idea as a series, he used the unaired pilot as the basis of the movie. In the pilot episode of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, "Runaway Rocketboy!", Jimmy rides around on his self-made rocket and crashes onto the roof of his house. Naturally, his parents aren’t pleased, comically ignoring the fact that their 8-year-old son built a rocket that actually worked.

More Nick: Tour The Nicktoons Studios In Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast!

Consequently, the unaired pilot consisted of a kid genius “who gets grounded for testing his rocket engines without permission,” Davis told MTV News. Upset, he flies away in his rocket and encounters the Yolkians — the alien race we later meet in the movie — and realizes he loves being on Earth with his family, returning home right before his parents discover he was ever missing.

“The reason I created Jimmy in the first place was I’ve always been a huge fan of science and technology and space,” Davis confessed, “but I was never smart enough to actually become an astronaut or become a scientist — my math skills aren’t strong enough.” So Davis studied film and crafted Jimmy as his alter ego, a character who could actually live out his childhood fantasies, like traveling to school via jet pack.

But Jimmy Neutron wasn’t always Jimmy Neutron. The pint-size scientist was first called Johnny Quasar, a name pulled straight from Davis’s childhood. During high school and college, Davis worked for his dad’s company and was given good-natured hell as the boss’s kid. “I was always into geeky nerdy stuff, and so they started calling [me] Johnny Quasar, 'cause my name is John and my dad called me Johnny, and they’d go, ‘Johnny Quasar, space cadet!’” Davis recalled. Davis liked the name and eventually transferred it to his cartoon creation.

The name didn’t stick, however, because Davis ran into legal issues, thanks to two other characters with similar names: Captain Quasar and Jonny Quest. So he was asked to tweak the name — and only had 24 hours to come up with a new moniker for his future franchise. (No pressure or anything.) Davis and his wife, Kim, took their Dog (who was not named Goddard) for a walk and started toying with different names. “Proton” was tossed around, but eventually the duo came up with “Jimmy Neutron.”

Like Jimmy, his best friend Sheen also underwent a major change during development. Davis originally envisioned Ultra Lord’s biggest fanboy as a Japanese character. In fact, he’s named after a Japanese man who worked for Davis. They had a hard time finding a Japanese actor who fit all the criteria, however, so they opened up the role and ended up with Jeff Garcia, who went on to voice Sheen, now Aztecan, all throughout the series, as well as on the spin-off series Planet Sheen.

Speaking of spin-offs, Davis admitted he has a new Jimmy Neutron story he’d be interested in trying, if the opportunity ever arose. Time travel would be involved, so fans could get a sense of who Jimmy and his pals would eventually become — similar to the "All Growed Up" episode of Rugrats.

In a time when the network is reviving other beloved animated series like Hey Arnold! and Rocko’s Modern Life, it seems only appropriate to give Jimmy the reboot treatment as well. Jimmy Neutron’s been around for 15 years now. Hopefully he can have 15 more. Gotta blast!

Happy 15th Anniversary, Jimmy Neutron!

Additional source: Jimmy Neutron Wiki (I, II).

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Nickelodeon Australia And New Zealand To Premiere "The Other Kingdom" On Friday 10th February 2017

Nickelodeon Australia has announced the exciting news that Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand will start to premiere and show The Other Kingdom, a brand-new fantasy series which brings together a world of mythical creatures, magical beings and high school teens, on Friday 10th February 2017 at 6.30pm! Following the shows debut, Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand will continue to premiere more brand-new episodes of The Other Kingdom every Monday to Thursday at 6.30pm from Monday 13th February 2016.

Nickelodeon's all-new live-action series (20 episodes) follows the journey of Fairy Princess Astral, who has to choose between being a fairy princess or becoming human, as she is set to inherit the crown of her royal kingdom of Athenia.

Leaving her fairy world behind to pursue her ultimate dream of life as a mortal, Astral's adventures begin when she enrolls into Theseus High School as a freshmen exchange student. With the help of her new friends Tristan, Morgan and Devon, and magical spells and fairy dust, her journey through human teen-dom is full of laughs, self-discovery and romance, until a sinister plot threatens the fate of her fairy kingdom. With her time in the human world running out, she is torn between saving her homeland and choosing her new life---and she only has 90 days to decide!


The Other Kingdom stars Esther Zynn as Princess Astral, Callan Potter as Tristan, Celina Martin as Morgan, Taylor Adams as Devon, Alvina August as Versitude, Adam Peddle as Brendoni, Martin Roach as King Oberon, Jeff Douglas as Oswald, Tori Anderson as Queen Titania, Josette Halpert as Hailey Grimm, C.J. Byrd-Vassell as Winston and Torri Webster (Life with Boys) as PeaseBlossom.

The Other Kingdom is created and executive produced by Thomas W. Lynch (Make It Pop) and produced by DHX Media, with Steven DeNure and Anne Loi of DHX Media also serving as executive producers.

Original source: Femail Magazine.
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Nick Jr. Australia And New Zealand To Premiere "Digby Dragon" On Monday 6th February 2017

Nickelodeon Australia has announced the exciting news that Nick Jr. Australia and New Zealand, Nickelodeon Australia's top-performing preschool channel, will start to premiere and show Digby Dragon, a brand new CG-animated preschool series based on original work from Sally Hunter (Humphrey's Corner), weekdays at 8.30am from Monday 6th February 2017!

Set in the colourful and enchanted Applecross Wood, the series follows Digby, a young dragon learning to fly. Digby and his best friends Chips, the scatter-brained squirrel, fairy Fizzy Izzy and Grumpy Goblin take on magical adventures meeting friends from Applecross Wood along the way.

In the premiere episode "Dragon Day," it's the best day of a Dragon's year, but for Digby it's a reminder that he hasn't learnt to fly far yet. Luckily, with the help of Grumpy Goblin and some fairy dust from Fizzy Izzy, Digby manages to soar across the sky. Although it is not the smoothest of flights or most elegant of landings, Digby is delighted that he's managed to fly further than ever before.

Commissioned by Nickelodeon UK and produced entirely by Blue-Zoo Productions at its central London studio, the CGI show promises to be the latest in a long line of hits from the studio behind Olive the Ostrich, Tree Fu Tom, Q pootle 5 and Alphablocks. The series has been funded through an Enterprise Investment Scheme along with presales and advances.

The series launched on Monday 4th July 2016 at 4:30pm on Nick Jr. UK and Ireland, and became the channels most watched weekday launch for a brand-new show, ever.

Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP) will represent Consumer Products for the property in the UK and Ireland, with Aardman Animations representing the property's international TV, DVD and digital sales.

The series has also been acquired by Nick Jr. USA and Nick Jr. Latinoamérica, and will also air on ZDF/KiKa in Germany and S4C in Wales.

Original source: Femail Magazine.
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Nickelodeon Germany, Switzerland And Austria To Premiere "The Day Henry Met" On Monday 23rd January 2017

Nickelodeon Northern Europe has announced the exciting news on Nickelodeon Germany's "Nick Pressecenter" that Nickelodeon Northern Europe will start to premiere and show the brand-new animated preschool series The Day Henry Met..? weekdays at 06:20 Uhr on Nickelodeon Germany (Deutschland) and daily at 08:55 Uhr on Nickelodeon Austria (Österreich) and Nickelodeon Switzerland (Schweiz) from Monday 23rd January 2017!

Aimed at the preschool audience, The Day Henry Met..? (52 x 5mins) is a 2D animated preschool series that encourages children to use their imagination and discover the world around them through play and adventure. In every episode Henry, a charming, inquisitive Irish lad, meets something new, which becomes the focus of his journey of discovery and adventure, ultimately teaching viewers about real-life objects and occupations. The Day Henry Met a Whale!, The Day Henry Met the Moon!, The Day Henry Met a Postman!, The Day Henry Met a Knight! Hmmm, I wonder what Henry's going to meet today?

The news follows Nickelodeon acquiring the international broadcast rights for The Day Henry Met in July 2016, following successful launches on Nick Jr. UK & Ireland and Australia & New Zealand, where the series has built a legion of young fans.

The Day Henry Met is produced by Dublin-based Wiggleywoo and distributed by Monster Entertainment. It has now been sold to 177 territories worldwide, including to RTE in Ireland; TV Ontario, Television Francaise Ontario and Knowledge Network in Canada; Canal Plus for all French-speaking territories worldwide; ABC in Australia; Kids TV in Korea; YLE in Finland; SVT in Sweden; and HMH in the U.S. The series is funded by RTÉjr, The Irish Film Board, Section 481, Creative Europe and pre-sales. The colourful, hand-drawn series is ideal for preschoolers. A second season of The Day Henry Met recently launched in October 2016 on RTÉjr in Ireland.

The Day Henry Met..? won The Pulcinella Award for the Best European Work at Cartoons on the Bay in Venice in April 2015, and recently won the Best Animation award at the Irish TV Gala Awards in October 2016. The show was launched at MIP Junior 2015.

Additional source: Nick News (I, II).
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Nickelodeon Austria And Nickelodeon Switzerland To Premiere "Rusty Rivets" On Monday 6th February 2017

The Nickelodeon Germany fan Facebook page "Nick News" is reporting the exciting news that Nickelodeon Northern Europe will start to premiere and show Nickelodeon's brand-new animated preschool series Rusty Rivets weekdays at 09:10 Uhr on Nickelodeon Austria (Österreich) and Nickelodeon Switzerland (Schweiz) from Monday 6th February 2017!

Although unconfirmed, it is expected that Nickelodeon Germany (Deutschland), Nickelodeon Netherlands (Nederland), Nickelodeon Belgium (België; Flanders), Nickelodeon Denmark (Danmark), Nickelodeon Sweden (Sverige), Nickelodeon Norway and Nickelodeon Poland (Polska) will also debut Nick's all-new preschool series around the same time.

There's always a big adventure in Nickelodeon's brand-new animated preschool series, Rusty Rivets! Created and produced by Spin Master Entertainment (PAW Patrol), the show follows Rusty, a 21st century kid hero who always saves the day by relying on his imagination and incredible resourcefulness. Inspired by the DIY culture of the maker movement, Rusty Rivets (26 half-hour episodes) helps preschoolers gain confidence and fuel their creativity with a strong focus on inventing, creating and problem solving.

In Rusty Rivets, 10-year-old Rusty, along with his best bud Ruby, invents his way out of every jam by repurposing spare parts and found objects into the wildest, coolest, most awesome contraptions ever. The series encourages kids to use their imaginations to design and create fun new gadgets and inventions.

In the series premiere, "Rusty's Rex Rescue"/"Rusty's Park N' Fly," Rusty's friend Liam gets trapped on top of a tall stack of junk in Rusty's Recycling Yard. To rescue Liam, Rusty and Ruby design a Jurassic robot who ultimately becomes their new trusty friend Botasaur. In the next adventure, Rusty and his friends must bring Mr. Higgins' remote control plane down safely when it can't land. Together, they must engineer a daredevil rescue to save the plane.

Spin Master and Nickelodeon will launch a innovative Rusty Rivets toy line that will focus on exactly what Rusty does in the show, "Design it and combine it", in North America in 2017, with Rusty Rivets merchandise rolling out across Europe and the rest of the world from the beginning of 2018, following the shows international debut in 2017. Rusty Rivets products will be available at leading retailers.

Rusty Rivets is the sixth series from Spin Master Entertainment and follows on the success of PAW Patrol and Bakugan Battle Brawlers. The new series is overseen by executive producers Ronnen Harary and Laura Clunie.

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Nickelodeon Africa To Premiere "Legends Of The Hidden Temple" On Friday 24th February 2017


Nickelodeon Africa will premiere the highly anticipated Legends of the Hidden Temple original TV movie, inspired by Nick USA's iconic ‘90s game show of the same name, on Friday 24th February 2017 at 15:10 CAT. Isabela Moner (100 Things to Do Before High School, Transformers 5), Colin Critchley and Jet Jurgensmeyer (Bubble Guppies, Shimmer and Shine) join original TV show host, Kirk Fogg, and voice of Olmec, Dee Bradley Baker, in the 90-minute action-adventure movie, which tells the story of three siblings who embark on a high-stakes, life-or-death mission.

The Legends of the Hidden Temple TV movie follows three siblings, Sadie (Moner), Noah (Critchley), and Dudley (Jurgensmeyer), who break away from a lackluster tour in a jungle, finding themselves immersed in a high-stakes adventure comprised of obstacles that they must complete in order to escape alive. The TV movie will feature elements from the original game show including: Olmec, a talking stone head who greets anyone who dares to enter the temple; The Steps of Knowledge, the entrance to the temple and launching pad for the mission; and cameos from a green monkey, red jaguar, and silver snakes, among others.

Following the movies' debut, Nickelodeon Africa will encore Legends of the Hidden Temple on Saturday 25th February 2017 at 15:40 CAT and on Sunday 26th February 2017 at 09:30 CAT.

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Legends of the Hidden Temple is executive produced by Scott McAboy and Michael Sammaciccia, and produced by Amy Sydorick. The TV movie is directed by Joe Menendez (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) and written by Jonny Umansky & Zach Hyatt, and Alex Reid.

Original source: Entertainment Inside Us.
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Nickelodeon USA's January 2017 Premiere Highlights

Below are Nickelodeon USA's currently announced January 2017 premiere highlights for Nick, Nicktoons, Nick Jr., Nick at Nite, NickSports, TeenNick and TV Land:

Latest update: Saturday 14th January 2017 (Added Regal Academy listings).

Grinchelica | Nickmas | The Splat

Angelica Pickles of Rugrats stars in her own holiday short "Grinchelica!" (aka, "How the You-Know-Who Stole You-Know-What!"). This vintage Nickmas short will certainly give you some classic holiday feels!:

More Nickmas: Holiday Cooking with Randy and Mandy | All That | The Splat!

Watch all your '90s Nickelodeon favorites on The Splat, your late-night destination for your favorite childhood Nickelodeon cartoons and live-action shows! The Splat doesn't question football-shaped heads, but embrace them - along with Reptar bars, a Big Ear of Corn, orange soda, and even slime for Pete (and Pete's) sake. Make your slime-covered Nickelodeon childhood dreams come true every night at 10pm ET/PT, only on TeenNick USA! #TheSplat!

More The Splat: Nickelodeon UK Takes Fans Back To The '90s With The Launch Of "The Splat" Website!
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ALVINNN!!! And the Chipmunks!!! | The Chipmunks IRL Music Video | Nickelodeon

Your favorite animated Chipmunks are about to get REAL. Watch them sing their biggest hits everywhere from a private jet to an ice cream truck. These IRL 'munks are NUTS!:

More ALVINNN!!!: Bagdasarian Grows "ALVINNN!!! And The Chipmunks" Licensee Lineup In The USA!

Watch more ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks on Nickelodeon, Nicktoons and Nick Jr.!
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Ho Ho Holiday | Ballando intorno all'albero di Natale | Nickelodeon Italia

Lo speciale Ho Ho Holiday è domenica 25 dicembre alle 19 solo su Nickelodeon Italia (SKY 605)!:

More Nickmas: Nickelodeon Italy To Premiere "Albert" On Saturday 24th December 2016!
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Power Rangers Super Samurai | Surprise Christmas Guests! | Stuck on Christmas

Mentor Ji (Rene Naufahu) is ready to start decorating the Christmas tree, when a couple of unexpected guests show up at the Dojo - Bulk (Paul Schrier) and Spike (Felix Ryan)!

Scene from the Power Rangers Super Samurai episode "Stuck on Christmas".

More Power Rangers: Nickelodeon USA To Premiere "Power Rangers Ninja Steel" On Saturday 21st January 2017!

Watch more Power Rangers on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons!

Additional source: RangerWiki.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles | Comic Book Heroes | Bat In The Belfry | Nickelodeon UK

Two of Mikey's favourite comic characters, Wingnut and Screwloose, come to life and he tries his best to befriend them in this Turtley Awesome video clip from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode "Bat in the Belfry"!:

Tune into the ultimate Nick Christmas Party for festive episodes of your favourite Nickelodeon shows everyday from 4:00pm, only on Nickelodeon UK & Ireland/HD, plus, don't forget to enter ""Stuck Up Christmas"", everyday from 7am on Nicktoons, to win fantastic prizes!

More Nick: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles | Flying Turtles | The Insecta Trifecta | Nickelodeon UK!
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Miraculous Ladybug | Lindalee Kids Kitchen; Miraculous Christmas | Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir

In this edition of Miraculous Kids Kitchen, host Lindalee Rose and French Confection Company chef Melanie show us how to make the traditional French holiday desert, the bûche de Noël, otherwise known as the Yule log!:

Miraculous Ladybug - Miraculous Christmas Teaser | Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir

The Miraculous Ladybug Christmas special is available to watch on Netflix now.

More Miraculous: Shout! Kids To Release New "Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir" DVD, "Be Miraculous", On Tuesday 10th January 2017!

Catch more Miraculous Ladybug on Nickelodeon USA!
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1, 2, 3… Coloriage | Episode 122: PAW Patrol (EN INTEGRALITE) | NICKELODEON JUNIOR FRANCE

Episode 122 en intégralité : coloriage Paw Patrol: la Pat' Patrouille !:

Retrouve plein de vidéos de 1,2,3 Coloriage sur NICKELODEON JUNIOR !

More Nickelodeon Junior: 1, 2, 3… Coloriage | Épisode 121: Bubble Guppies (EN INTEGRALITE) | NICKELODEON JUNIOR FRANCE!

Watch more PAW Patrol on Nickelodeon and Nickelodeon Junior!
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