Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Nickelodeon Netherlands to Premiere 'Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny' on Monday 25th November 2019

Nickelodeon Benelux has acquired the rights to Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny, and will premiere DreamWorks Animation and Amazon Video's laugh-filled CG-animated series, based on the popular Kung Fu Panda franchise on Nickelodeon Netherlands (Nederland) on Monday 25th November 2019 at 16:30 uur. Following launch, new episodes will continue to air weekdays at 16:30 uur on Nick Nederland. It's currently unknown whether the series will also air on Nickelodeon Flanders and Nickelodeon Wallonia.

As the Dragon Master, Po has endured his fair share of epic challenges but nothing could prepare him for his greatest one yet-as a Kung Fu teacher to a group of rambunctious kids from Panda Village who have been imbued with a mysterious and powerful chi energy. Together they embark on amazing adventures, battle ferocious villains, and become legends!

Set after the events of Kung Fu Panda 3, Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny follows Po the panda on a fresh adventure featuring four panda cubs (Nu Hai, Jing, Bao and Fan Tong) who happen upon a mystical cave beneath the Panda Village. The panda kids accidentally absorb the chi of ancient and powerful Kung Fu warriors known as the Four Constellations: Blue Dragon, Black Tortoise, White Tiger, and Red Phoenix — each of which represents the core weakness of its user. They realise they are now destined to save the world from an evil force, landing Po with his biggest challenge yet — teaching this ragtag band of kids how to wield their newfound Kung Fu powers.

From Emmy Award-winning executive producers Mitch Watson (Tak and the Power of Juju, Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus, Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man, All Hail King Julien), Elliott Owen (All Hail King Julien) and Lane Lueras (The Adventures of Puss in Boots), Paws of Destiny features the voices of Chrissy Metz (This Is Us) as Mei Mei, Mick Wingert (Lucky, Breadwinners, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Kid Danger, Kung Fu Panda) as Po, Haley Tju (Middle School Moguls, The Loud House, Bella and the Bulldogs, The Massively Mixed-Up Middle School Mystery, Rufus) as Nu Hai, Laya DeLeon Hayes (Game Shakers, Santa Hunters, The Thundermans, Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, Mutt & Stuff, Just Add Magic, Doc McStuffins) as Jing, Gunnar Sizemore (The Casagrandes, Lucky, Ben 10) as Bao, Makana Say (The Loud House, The Casagrandes) as Fan Tong, James Hong (The Thundermans, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda franchise) as Mr. Ping, Amy Hill (The Legend of Korra, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, The Wild Thornberrys: The Origin of Donnie, American Dad!, Mom, Black-ish, King of the Hill, Max Keeble's Big Move, 50 First Dates) as Grandma Panda, Grey Griffin (Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, The Loud House, El Tigre, Wow Wow Wubbzy, As Told by Ginger, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Mighty B!, Rugrats, The Simpsons) as Xin, and Sumalee Montano (The Loud House, The Casagrandes, Nashville) as Mei Mei.

Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny is the second television series in the Kung Fu Panda franchise following Nickelodeon and DreamWorks' Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.

Currently in its first season, Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny (26 x 23-minute episodes) debuted on Amazon Video on November 16, 2018.

Nickelodeon Benelux has also recently acquired the rights to Amazon Video's Niko and the Sword of Light and Lost in Oz, and Netflix's The Boss Baby: Back in Business.

Original source: Anime Superhero Forum /@Lkoui; Additional sources: Wikipedia, Animation Magazine (II), IMDb,

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Artifex Scares Up 200 Shots (and 10K Scorpions) for Nickelodeon’s ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark’ Revival

Artifex Scares Up 200 Shots (and 10K Scorpions) for Nick’s ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark’

Vancouver’s Artifex Studios provided over two hundred sophisticated visual effects shots for the reboot of fondly-remembered frightener Are You Afraid of the Dark, which returned for a three episode arc on Nickelodeon in October 2019. The series focuses on the evil character of Mr. Tophat (Rafael Casal) and his Carnival of Doom, as he battles against heroine Rachel (Lyliana Wray) and the iconic Midnight Society, known for telling terrifying tales around the campfire.

Artifex was the sole VFX provider for the limited series, with VFX Supervisor Rob Geddes handling set supervision and even providing test footage shot with a 360 panoramic Ricoh Theta camera that informed new shots that were created for the final show. Artifex utilized a large array of skills from the studio’s toolbox, including matte paint environments, set extensions, magical effects … and literally tens of thousands of CG scorpions.

“This was a tremendously fun project for us, giving us the opportunity to bring a lot to the table both creatively and technically,” Adam Stern, Artifex Studios Founder told Animation Magazine. “Supervisor Rob Geddes and our whole team had their hands full, delivering terrific shots on a tight timeline, but you can see how much fun and passion they put into Are You Afraid of the Dark by the quality of the work.”

The studio’s work can be seen throughout the three-episode arc, beginning with several character reveals. Graham (Jeremy Ray Taylor; IT), who viewers soon learn is a member of the Midnight Society, is introduced when he is narrowly missed by a hurtling CG football, created to avoid any chance of injury to the actors. Additionally, a creepy ticket-taking clown wearing sunglasses who plays a recurring role is shockingly shown to have no eyes under the lenses.

While the series was shot in Vancouver, Canada, the setting is in several rural American towns, which required Artifex to step in with matte painting to augment the physical carnival sets with backgrounds of rolling farmlands. When the members of the Midnight Society travel to their secret hideaway by a rope-pulled boat, Artifex brought the night forest to them to complete the scene.

CG assets were created and leveraged in several scenes. In episode two, "Opening Night", Artifex brought a self-aware pencil to life, which etches a menacing message to Rachel. Later, in a creepy Tunnel of Love, zombified actors were made to look like animatronic automatons by virtue of cleverly created CG metallic chest plates, including virtual LED lighting and wires. To round out the episode, a character goes missing and the ink on the “missing child” posters mysteriously melts away.

The final episode, "Destroy All Tophats" brought the most robust work in the series. One particular sequence involving a police officer in a rest stop bathroom called for CG scorpions emerging from the sinks, ceiling, toilets and every other opening to trap their victim. The scorpions were spawning at a rate of 600 per second, with over 10 thousand scorpions skittering and pinching in the scene by its finish. Artifex created every scorpion seen in the series, save one shot of a physical specimen (which thankfully wasn’t the one that Mr. Tophat consumes in episode one, "Submitted for Approval").

The show concludes with an epic battle, as Rachel faces off with Mr. Tophat — highlighting the “Devil’s cane” from which he draws his power, and for which Artifex added lens flares, distortion and Tesla coils. When the evildoer is vanquished (and with him, his ageless visage) the studio helped age Mr. Tophat 100 years in roughly two seconds, before making him disappear in a cloud of dust.

In total, Artifex provided 217 shots for Are You Afraid of the Dark, using 18 artists. Hardware and software applied during the project included Maya / V-Ray for modelling, animation and rendering; sculpting in Zbrush; tracking in Syntheyes; Houdini for FX simulation work; matte painting in Photoshop; compositing in Nuke; scheduling and production tracking in ftrack and I/O in Resolve.

Founded by industry veteran Adam Stern in 1997, Artifex Studios is a fully staffed creative service studio servicing global TV, film and OTT clientele with best-in-class effects on a streamlined and client-centric timeline. Artifex is based in Vancouver and provides VFX services for North American and international clients like Disney, DreamWorks, AMC, Blumhouse Pictures, History Channel, Nickelodeon, Paramount, FOX, Netflix and others. www.ArtifexStudios.com

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Nickelodeon Italy to Host Worldwide Day of Play at the MUBA Children's Museum Milan on Saturday 23rd November 2019

To celebrate the United Nations' Universal Children's Day, Nickelodeon Italy (Italia) has announced that it will be hosting Italy's first-ever Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play at the MUBA Children's Museum Milan in Milan on Saturday 23rd November 2019! The event will be free, and will feature many activities inspired by popular Nick shows, as well as meet and greets with beloved Nickelodeon characters, including SpongeBob SquarePants, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Shimmer and Shine, PAW Patrol and Jay. For more information, visit http://www.nicktv.it/info/spongebob-muba


In occasione della Giornata Internazionale dei diritti dell'infanzia promossa dall'ONU, Nickelodeon e NickJr organizzano una giornata di festa al MUBA per ricordare a tutti che il gioco è un diritto per ogni bambino.

Spongebob, Tartarughe Ninja, Shimmer&Shine, Paw Patrol e Jay vi terranno compagnia per tutta la giornata (10.00 -18.30) con tante attività gratuite presso il MUBA.

A Spongebob saranno dedicati anche i 5 turni di visita della mostra-gioco Natura e del centro permanente REMIDA (10.00, 11.30, 14.00, 15.30, 17.00) che, per la giornata del 23 novembre, saranno ad ingresso gratuito.

Attività ad ingresso gratuito accessibili solo su prenotazione:

NATURA con Spongebob
(per bambini dai 2 ai 6 anni)
Ingressi alle ore 10.00 | 11.30 | 14.00 | 15.30 | 17.00

I bambini andranno alla scoperta della Camera delle Meraviglie della mostra-gioco Natura che per l'occasione sarà arricchita con materiale marino (conchiglie, spugne, sassi e sabbia) da esplorare attraverso i sensi, in un'indagine che va dal macro al micro e ritorno, anche attraverso l'uso di ingrandimenti.

REMIDA con SpongeBob
(per bambini dai 2 agli 11 anni)
Ingressi alle ore 10.00 | 11.30 | 14.00 | 15.30 | 17.00

REMIDA MILANO è il centro di riuso creativo, aperto da MUBA nel 2010. È il luogo dove i materiali scartati dalla produzione industriale e artigianale si trasformano in preziose risorse creative. È un luogo dove in maniera giocosa e creativa si sensibilizzano le giovani generazioni su temi importanti come quello del rapporto tra uomo e ambiente. I bambini troveranno un allestimento che richiama i colori, le cromie e le sfumature del mare: le tonalità dall'azzurro al blu, i bianchi, le trasparenze.

REMIDA è un progetto dell'Istituzione Nidi e Scuole d'Infanzia del Comune di Reggio Emilia e di Iren Emilia, ideato a Reggio Emilia nel 1996, gestito dalla Fondazione Reggio Children e il Centro Loris Malaguzzi. Intorno a questa esperienza è nata la rete dei REMIDA che oggi si compone di 14 centri nel mondo di cui REMIDA MILANO è parte.

Attività nell'area di libera fruizione del Museo:

Ma non è tutto. Nel giardino del MUBA e in alcune aree interne, Nickelodeon organizza durante tutto l'arco della giornata attività, sempre gratuite, senza obbligo di prenotazione. Si potrà giocare, imparare, divertirsi e scatenarsi con le property di Nickelodeon ma anche scattare una foto con il proprio costume character preferito.

L'ingresso gratuito è su prenotazione fino ad esaurimento dei posti disponibili.
I biglietti saranno a disposizione del pubblico a partire dalle ore 10.00 di martedì 12 novembre 2019.

Per prenotare i biglietti è necessario andare sul sito di ticketing di MUBA e selezionare l'evento ("Natura con Spongebob" o "REMIDA con Spongebob") e l'orario desiderato.



Worldwide Day of Play is Nickelodeon's pro-social initiative which celebrates kids' love of play, highlighting the importance physical activity, and encourages the whole family to take part in creative and imaginative sports and games in a safe environment.

Worldwide Day of Play was created by Nickelodeon in conjunction with its “Let’s Just Play” campaign, and has since become a worldwide movement which goal is to encourage a healthy lifestyle, balancing watching television and playing video games with taking part in traditional leisure activities, whilst respecting and taking into account everyone's differences.

Originally published: Saturday, October 19, 2019.

Additional sources: Google Translate, DeepL Translator, Google.
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'Blue's Clues & You!' Films Holiday Episode

The cast and crew of Blue's Clues & You!, a remake of the Nickelodeon's groundbreaking, curriculum-driven interactive series Blue’s Clues, recently filmed a Holiday special of the brand new preschool series! The news was revealed by BuzzFeed News.

It looks like the holiday-themed episode, which was filmed in October 2019, could also feature an extra holiday treat for fans: In one of the PAWsome behind-the-scenes photos published by BuzzFeed News, below, Steve Burns, who played Steve in the original Blue’s Clues series, can be seen sitting at a desk on the green scene set with Blue's new friend Josh (played by Joshua Dela Cruz)! It's currently unknown whether Burns will be making a cameo in the Christmas episode, however, as he is writing and directing a few episodes of the new series. However, he - and Donovan Patton (Joe) - did reprise their respective roles to guest star in the series premiere of Blue's Clues & You!!

Lauren Strapagiel / BuzzFeed News

Lauren Strapagiel / BuzzFeed News

In additional news, Angela C. Santomero, a co-creator of Blue’s Clues and Blue's Clues & You!, has revealed in a super interview with Multichannel that Nickelodeon is on the cusp of announcing that Blue's Clues & You! for a second season! When asked if season two has been ordered, Santomero shared: “We haven’t announced anything. [...] We’re going to announce pretty soon.”

A remake of the groundbreaking, curriculum-driven interactive series Blue’s Clues, Blue’s Clues & You! follows Blue as she invites viewers to join her and Josh on a clue-led adventure and solve a puzzle in each episode. With each signature paw print, Blue identifies clues in her animated world that propel the story and inspire the audience to interact with the characters. Blue’s Clues & You! airs daily on Nickelodeon. For more Blue’s Clues & You!, visit NickJr.com, Nick Jr. App and the Noggin app.

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Sportime Starts to Publish 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Comics in Greece

COWABUNGA! Nickelodeon Greece (Ελλάδα) has teamed up with Sportime which will see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics featured in the sports publication!

Judging from the cover, the TMNT comics being published in Sportime are from Dreamwave Productions' Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Animated comic book series which launched in 2003 and is based on the characters from the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. The first four stories in the comic book series, which ran for seven issues, are based on episodes of the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series, but told from the view of supporting characters, before the creation of new stories, just as the original issues of TMNT Adventures followed the 1987 TV series before developing new stories. The series is written by David Lesean.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles issue #1, titled "Χελωνονιντζάκια: Τα πράγματα αλλάζουν", was published in the Saturday 9th November 2019 issue of Sportime, which subsequent issues being released in Sportime every Saturday.

From nickelodeon.gr:

Τα Χελωνονιντζάκια κάθε Σάββατο με το Sportime!


Τα Χελωνονιντζάκια βγαίνουν από τους υπονόμους και μεταφέρουν τις περιπέτειες τους σε comic!

Οι θρυλικοί Ραφαέλο, Λεονάρντο, Ντονατέλο και Μικελάντζελο έρχονται κάθε Σάββατο με το Sportime και μας κάνουν μάρτυρες των πιο νίντζα ιστοριών και καταστάσεων!

Αυτό το Σάββατο 9 Νοεμβρίου μη χάσετε στην εφημερίδα Sportime το συλλεκτικό 1ο τεύχος " Χελωνονιντζάκια: Τα πράγματα αλλάζουν"!


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Match the Colors! 🌈 Find Colors for PAW Patrol, Bubble Guppies, Dora & Butterbean! | Nick Jr.

Match the Colors! 🌈 Find Colors for PAW Patrol, Bubble Guppies, Dora & Butterbean! | Nick Jr.

Do you know your colors? Find the right colors that match up with your Nick Jr. friends like Chase, Dora, and Bubble Puppy! You can find more of your favorite shows weekday mornings on Nickelodeon and everywhere you find Nick Jr.

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Kids can watch their favorite Nick Jr. shows weekdays on Nickelodeon and all week long on the Nick Jr. channel: http://nickjr.com/tvschedule/

Preschoolers can watch full episodes online, play games, and discover silly surprises in the free Nick Jr. App and at NickJr.com. Stream Nick Jr. for free in the Nick Jr. App on Roku and Apple TV or download full episodes for offline viewing on iTunes or Google Play.

You can also download premium apps featuring your child's favorite Nick Jr. shows on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon, including Nick Jr. Draw and Play and Nick Jr. Let’s Learn!

Watch more Nick Jr. everyday for FREE on Nick Jr. Pluto TV!

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Слаймолёт летит вперёд! ✈️| 15 серия | Nickelodeon Россия

Слаймолёт летит вперёд! ✈️| 15 серия | Nickelodeon Россия

А тебе хотелось бы принять участие в шоу Всеология?


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