Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Pinky Malinky: Could JJ Jameson Have Two Dads?

To celebrate National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, which took place on Friday 15th December 2017, Nickelodeon Animation background painter Jocelyn Liang unveiled a fantastic set of pictures showing how Pinky Malinky star JJ Jameson celebrated the day! Although each of the images are awesome, one picture in particular features a very interesting detail about JJ: he is drinking from a mug saying he 'Hearts My Dads'! Could this mean that JJ will have two dads on the show?!

Although it's not confirmed that JJ's parents will be a same-sex couple, it would certainly fit into Nickelodeon's commitment to inclusiveness, featuring diverse characters in the networks shows. Pinky Malinky would follow in the footsteps of Nickelodeon's hit animated series The Loud House, which features a same-sex married couple and a bi-sexual main character, The Legend of Korra, whose lead character was gay, and Glitch Techs, which will feature a multiethnic cast.

Check out Jocelyn's fantastic art below, and be sure to tune into Pinky Malinky when it premieres in 2018!

Pinky Malinky is a brand-new fly-on-the-wall reality show that follows the everyday life of Pinky, an infectiously positive hot dog living in a human world. With his best friends Babs and JJ by his side, Pinky reaches for the stars in the small town of Sackenhack. Through his good spirits and sausage sensibilities, Pinky proves that a "wiener" is only one small letter away from being a "WINNER!"

Using the tropes of a mockumentary and reality show format, Pinky and his friends will talk directly to the camera and the audience to share their absurd and silly take on real life. At times, all children feel like they don't fit in and Pinky's undeniably unique point of view as a literal wiener amongst humans will allow kids to laugh at his familiar struggles and enjoy his unusual perspective on the challenges of being a school-aged kid. By always reaching for the stars, Pinky pushes himself further than anyone could imagine. Pinky and his friends' humorous experiences will also be shared across social media and Nickelodeon's digital platforms.

Co-created and co-executive produced by Chris Garbutt and Rikke Asbjoern (The Amazing World of Gumball) and executive produced by Scott Kreamer (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness), the trio are a part of the Artist Collective, an internal diverse group of experienced creators who mentor and support up-and-coming talent while also collaborating to cultivate, challenge and inspire Nickelodeon's development pipeline.

Pinky Malinky will star Lucas Grabeel (Glenn Martin DDS, I Kissed A Vampire) as Pinky Malinky, Diamond White (The Haunted Hathaways) as Babs Buttman, and Nathan Kress (iCarly) as JJ Jameson.

Produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif., the original animated series will join Nickelodeon's growing roster of content driven by creators discovered all over the world.

Pinky Malinky will premiere on Nickelodeon in 2018.

Visit nick.com/pinky to find out more Pinky Malinky, and follow Pinky and his pals on social media:

Pinky Malinky - Instagram | Twitter | Vimeo

Babs Buttman - Instagram | Twitter

JJ Jameson - Instagram | Twitter

And don't forget to follow the Pinky Malinky production team on Tumblr and Instagram!

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