Thursday, March 04, 2021

'SpongeBob SquarePants' Star Tom Kenny is 'Proud' That His Character is an LGBTQ+ Ally

'SpongeBob SquarePants' star Tom Kenny is 'proud' that his character is an LGBTQ+ ally


Last summer, Nickelodeon made major waves with a Pride Month tweet that identified everyone's favorite animated sea sponge, SpongeBob SquarePants, as an LGBTQ+ ally. The Bikini Bottom-dwelling, Krabby Patty-flipping SpongeBob (voiced by Tom Kenny) was prominently featured alongside the network's other established LGBTQ characters: Korra from the hit animated series, The Legend of Korra, and Henry Danger & Danger Force star Michael D. Cohen, who described his transgender journey to Time magazine in 2019.


And Kenny couldn't be happier that his animated counterpart has officially come out as an ally. "I am proud that people of all stripes — including people who might at times feel disenfranchised — look to SpongeBob as someone they can identify with and who is inspiration," the actor told Yahoo Entertainment while discussing the third SpongeBob feature film, Sponge on the Run, which is now available to stream on Paramount+. The always-animated Kenny can't resist breaking into his alter ego's adorable voice to signal his approval. "That really warms my little holy heart." (Watch Yahoo! Entertainment's video interview here!)

At the same time, SpongeBob's inclusion in Nickelodeon's social media post reignited the decades-old debate over the character's own sexual orientation — a debate that makes Kenny roll his eyes. "It's just such nonsense," he says of conservative critics like Focus on the Family founder, James Dobson, who accused SpongeBob of appearing in a "pro-homosexual video" in 2005. "It's not even really a part of it. I understand in a different kind of show it would be an issue, but when it's just a comedy? Like when you see the Three Stooges laying in a bed together, you aren't like, 'Wow I wonder if Larry and Moe are an item?' It's just so outside the universe that it's kind of ridiculous. But we do live in a world where anything that can be used as a distracting culture war dividing wedge will be."

Kenny's castmates agree that life is much simpler in their version of life under the sea. "There's no culture war in Bikini Bottom, c'mon," scoffs Clancy Brown, who voices the crusty Mr. Krabs. Adds Bill Fagerbakke — the voice of SpongeBob's best pal and one-time co-parent, Patrick Star — "The world of Bikini Bottom is such its own universe that it's only natural that people are going to latch onto it and bring it into their own universe. That's what good entertainment does, I guess."

Carolyn Lawrence credits late SpongeBob creator, Stephen Hillenburg, with creating an animated world that was inclusive and diverse from the show's 1999 premiere. "It still blows my mind just how amazing he really was," she says of Hillenburg, who always maintained that his characters were asexual. (Hillenburg died in 2018 after being diagnosed with ALS.) "How much life he gave everything, not just in his writing and characters and art, but in how he cast the show, too." For his part, Kenny describes his character's creator as a "warm and loving person," adding: "I think that came out in the show. He created this place that people want to go to and hang out in. It's like the bar in Cheers!"

Sponge on the Run writer/director Tim Hill is one of the artists tasked with carrying on Hillenburg's legacy, and he says that he purposefully avoids the culture war trap. "People are going to think what they think, and they're going to drive some opinion forward — especially in the echo chamber of social media," he says. "These things get blown out of proportion... and don't really matter that much for me. I'm kind of gender blind or whatever when it comes to the character: It's more about what's in their heart for me." And, like Hillenburg, Kenny notes that SpongeBob's heart doesn't have room for romantic feelings anyway. "SpongeBob doesn't really feel lust: He's not like Pepé Le Pew! It's not a part of who he is."

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run is available to stream now on Paramount+ and VOD services including iTunes, FandangoNOW and Redbox.

More Nick: 'Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years' and 'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run' Debut on Paramount+!

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Paramount+ Launches in Brazil

Below is a selection of articles about today's (March 4) launch of Paramount+ in Brazil, including the premiere of SpongeBob SquarePants spin-off Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years!

Paramount+ Launches in Latin America

ViacomCBS has launched it's new Paramount+ streaming service in Latin America with more than 5,000 hours of content! Paramount+ will be the Latin American home of SHOWTIME, Paramount+ Original Series premieres, CBS Television Studios, and select movies from Paramount Pictures. The service will also feature a variety of content and local productions from iconic ViacomCBS’ brands, such as Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and Telefe.


“ViacomCBS is uniquely positioned to offer our consumers and partners a premium service with the launch of Paramount+, as we leverage our extensive reach and strong relationships in the Latin American market,” said JC Acosta, President of ViacomCBS International Studios & Networks Americas. “Through ViacomCBS International Studios, we can deliver premium, local Spanish-language content to create a truly global and local experience for audiences.”

Paramount+ will offer original series, including a new original children’s series from Nickelodeon Animation Studio Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under YearsNo Activity, starring Patrick Brammall and J.K. Simmons, Strange Angel starring Jack Reynor. Other Paramount+ Originals include Two Weeks to Live, starring Maisie Williams, a six-part mini-series directed by Al Campbell, Yellowstone Season Three starring Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, and Kelly Reilly, and Killing Eve Season Three, starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer.

Blockbuster movies such as The Outpost, starring Orlando Bloom, Scott Eastwood, and Caleb Landry Jones, will also be on the new streaming platform. It will also feature The Fanatic starring John Travolta, Devon Sawa, and Ana Golja. Paramount+ will also feature the Mission Impossible movies franchise and The Godfather trilogy. Forrest Gump, Vanilla Sky, and several classic movies are also available for fans to view today.

Local content from MTV and Comedy Central include Acapulco Shore: Sus Historias, Families of the Mafia, Se Renta Cuartos Season Three and La Culpa es de Malinche in Spanish-speaking countries, and DEFEX Brazil, A Treta Não Tira Férias, Jersey Shore, and A Culpa e do Cabral Season Nine in Brazil.

Kids & Families will be able to watch Nickelodeon shows such as Top Wing, Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan, The Casagrandes Season Two, PAW Patrol, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, Blaze and the Monster Machines, and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Paramount+ will also feature premium content from SHOWTIME, including the drama series Your Honor, starring Bryan Cranston, and executive produced by Edward Berger. Other SHOWTIME original premieres available on the service include The Good Lord Bird starring Ethan Hawke and Joshua Caleb Johnson, The Comey Rule, starring Jeff Daniels and Brendan Gleeson, and Escape at Dannemora, starring Benicio del Toro, Patricia Arquette, and Paul Dano, directed by Ben Stiller.

The extensive library of classic content includes series such as NCIS, Twin Peaks, The Good Wife, Everybody Hates Chris, Dexter, Ray Donovan, The Affair, and City on a Hill.

Titles arriving on the service beginning in 2021 include:

●  SHOWTIME

“Black Monday”
“City on a Hill”
“Your Honor”
“The Good Lord Bird”
“The Comey Rule”
“Escape at Dannemora”
“Dexter”
“Ray Donovan”
“The Affair”
“The First Lady” [w/t]

●  PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINALS

“Yellowstone” (season 3)
“Two Weeks to Live with Maisie Williams”
“Killing Eve”
“The Handmaid's Tale”
“Strange Angel”
“No Activity”

●  KIDS AND FAMILY

“SpongeBob SquarePants”
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”
“Dora the Explorer”
“PAW Patrol”
“Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years”
“The Astronauts”

●  BLOCKBUSTER MOVIES

“The Father”
“The Outpost”
“Mission Impossible”
“The Godfather”

●  COMEDY HITS

“Se Rentan Cuartos” (season 3)
“A Culpa é Do Cabral” (season 9)
“Bar Central”
“Comedy Central Presenta”

●  LOCAL REALITY HITS

“Acapulco Shore”
“DEFEX: a Treta não tira Férias”
“Are You The One: Brazil”
“Jersey Shore”
“Ex on the Beach”
“Catfish”

●  LOCAL PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINALS

“The Envoys”
“Cecilia”

Mexico City, Sao Paulo, and Buenos Aires will celebrate the arrival of Paramount+ to Latin America with open-air shows featuring the most iconic film and television titles and characters that are featured on Paramount+. In Mexico City, SKYMAGIC and Paramount+ will deliver a 300 drone light show with the largest-ever drone show in Latin America. A 3D mapping show will be featured in Brazil and Argentina at the Ibirapuera Auditorium and the Law School, respectively.

Nickelodeon will air an animated programming block featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, The Loud House and The Casagrandes, in addition to a sneak peak of Paramount+ exclusive Kamp Koral, its spin-off from SpongeBob SquarePants.

As part of the Paramount + launch, until April 4th, Pluto TV will have a featured Paramount+ branded channel. Paramount+ Presenta can be found in the Featured category and will present select episodes of the Paramount+ original content, offering users a preview of the mountain of entertainment they can see on Paramount+.

Consumers can sign up for a seven day free trial and then sign up for the service at a monthly subscription of: in Mexico at MXN $79,00; in  Argentina at ARS $299; in Brazil at BRL $19.90; in Chile at CLP $3,199; in Colombia at COP $13,900; in  Peru at PEN $14.90; in Bolivia in BS $34,400; in Costa Rica, in Ecuador, El Salvador and Panama at USD 4.99; in Paraguay PYG $28,900 and in Uruguay: UYU $159,000.

Original source: Advanced Television.

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'SpongeBob' EP Explains Why Patrick's Parents Look Different in 'The Patrick Star Show'

Nickelodeon today (March 4) announced The Patrick Star Show, a brand new spin-off from SpongeBob SquarePants starring SpongeBob's BFF, Patrick Star. The animated family comedy series will follow Patrick and the rest of his family as they are constantly disrupted by Patrick’s wild whims and surreal imagination.

Patrick's family in 'The Patrick Star Show'

Among the members of Patrick's family to feature in The Patrick Star Show will be his parents. However, Patrick's mom and dad have had a big makeover since we last saw them!

In the original SpongeBob series, Patrick's parents are named Margie Bunny Star and Herb Cecil Star. However, in The Patrick Star Show, Patrick's parents will be called by their middle names, Bunny and Cecil, instead.

Patrick's parents in SpongeBob SquarePants.

That's not the only major change. In SpongeBob, Patrick's parents look very much like him, except wearing a dress and having a moustache. However, in The Patrick Star Show, Bunny and Cecil will look totally different!

Vincent Waller, who co-executive produces both series, explained why Patrick's parents will have a different design in The Patrick Star Show on Twitter:

"Cecil & Bunny, they are his mom and dad. We felt the original iterations of the characters, while they worked for that episode, they were boring as characters. They were NOT entertaining or fun. These two are so much more fun. I can't wait till you get to meet them."



The Patrick Star Show follows a younger Patrick Star living at home with his family, where he hosts his own show for the neighborhood from his television-turned-bedroom. His little sister, Squidina, works behind the scenes to make sure Patrick’s show is always running smoothly, while his parents, Bunny and Cecil and his grandpa, GrandPat, each support Patrick in their own hilariously absurd ways. The Star family’s unpredictable adventures often inform, integrate, and sometimes even interfere with Patrick’s TV show, but one thing is for sure: his bizarre life always makes for great television!

Initially picked up for 13 episodes, The Patrick Star Show is set to premiere on Nickelodeon this summer!


Longtime voice of Patrick Star, Bill Fagerbakke lends his voice as the young adult Patrick alongside new cast members: Tom Wilson (SpongeBob SquarePants, Back to the Future) as Cecil Star, Patrick’s fun-loving, happy-go-lucky dad who always puts his family first;  Cree Summer (Rugrats, A Different World, Inspector Gadget) as Bunny Star, Patrick’s loving, sea star mom who is a kooky oddball; Jill Talley (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Squidina Star, Patrick’s eight-year-old little sister who sees herself as Patrick’s executive producer for his imaginary TV show; and Dana Snyder (The Thundermans, Welcome to the Wayne, The Penguins of Madagascar, Chowder) as GrandPat Star, Patrick’s genius grandpat, the most intelligent member of the Star family. Summer also voices Grandma Tentacles, Squidward’s grandma.

Additional cast members include veteran actors Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward Tentacles), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy Cheeks), Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs), Mr. Lawrence (Plankton).

Marc Ceccarelli (SpongeBob SquarePants), Vincent Waller (SpongeBob SquarePants) and Jennie Monica (SpongeBob SquarePants) are co-executive producers of the series.  The Patrick Star Show is developed for television by Claudia Spinelli, SVP of Animation Development, Nickelodeon, with production overseen by Kelley Gardner, Vice President, Current Series, Animation, Nickelodeon.


H/T: Anime Superhero Forum /@SweetShop209; Additional source: Encyclopedia SpongeBobia.

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Nickelodeon Looking for Families with Dogs to Take Part in KCA 2021 Live Show

Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. are inviting PAW Patrol fan families who have dogs to be part of the live Kids' Choice Awards 2021 show! All you need to do is submit a ticket request here: https://at.nick.com/3kIVqVZ


Ticket requests for the limited audience must be made by a parent or guardian (age 18+).

Successful applicants will then be able to take part in Kids' Choice Awards 2021 show via the show's Virtual Interactive Fan Wall!


Hosted by actor, comedian and Saturday Night Live legend Kenan Thompson (All ThatKenan & KelGood BurgerKenan), Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2021 will air live in the U.S. on Saturday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT), simulcast across Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Nicktoons and the Nick Jr. channel. Click here for more information! Vote for your favorites now at https://www.kidschoiceawards.com and on Twitter!



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'Kamp Koral' EPs Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller Talk About the Future of Original 'SpongeBob' Series

The EPs for Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years talk about the making of the Paramount+ series

SpongeBob SquarePants Has its First Spin-Off Series. Does This Spell the End of the Original?

For the first time in its 20-plus year history, SpongeBob SquarePants has a spin-off, Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years. The series follows our Bikini Bottom pals at sleep-away camp when they were only 10 years old, brushing up against the wilderness and learning virtues like patience and resisting sugar-y temptations.

The first six episodes of the series are out now on Paramount+, with another 20 episodes dropping at a later date.

"They're all kind of purer versions of themselves," co-executive producer Marc Ceccarelli told EW. "Patrick's dumber than he is already, if that's even possible. SpongeBob is even more naive than he is in the original series."

Kamp Koral features many of the voices you've been familiar with since SpongeBob SquarePants began in 1999, including Tom Kenny as SpongeBob, Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick, Rodger Bumpass as Squidward, Clancy Brown as Mr. Krabs, Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy, and Mr. Lawrence as Plankton.

The character's job titles have changed, of course. SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy are camp goers. Squidward is a junior counselor, Mrs. Puff is an arts and crafts teacher, and Krabs runs the entire camp. If you can believe it, Plankton runs the food shack.

Ceccarelli worked alongside co-executive producers Vincent Waller and Jennie Monica (all of whom have experience as EP's on the original series) to get the CG Kamp Koral up and running.

When asked if the launch of Kamp Koral could mean a transition away from the long-running Nickelodeon series, which has spawned three movies and 13 seasons of adventures, Ceccarelli and Waller said no chance.

"Oh, no, no, we love drawing 2-D," Waller says. "We're hoping [both series] go on for as long as people want to watch it."

Much has stayed status quo at the Burbank animation studio despite the addition of a new series. The story writers and storyboard artists are mostly from the same team, Ceccarelli says. The only exception is a new group in charge of the CG, an additional process of modeling that can mean an episode will take about 9 months to finish, Waller says.

The idea for Kamp Koral came out of a flashback sequence in the new SpongeBob SquarePants movie, Sponge on the Run. The sequence features Sandy on the brink of losing her best friend to the narcissistic King Poseidon. With a little storytelling magic, Sandy recalls what it was like to first meet the gang, and the innocence they all had about the world around them.


There are some key differences between the two series, despite their similarities. The spin-off brings on two new characters, Nobby (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui, Rocko's Modern Life, The Casagrandes) and Narlene (Kate Higgins, Blaze and the Monster Machines), spunky yet spontaneous narwhal siblings who live in the woods surrounding the camp. The duo is introduced in the second episode when the gang fall prey to the Sugar Squeeze, a glittery substance the narwhals present to them that makes them bounce off the walls.

There's also a wardrobe update. SpongeBob gets to wear a new Boy Scout-esque neckerchief. Patrick, meanwhile, finally gets to wear a shirt.

Squidward is also more open to being friends with SpongeBob and Patrick at the camp, as seen in episode 2 when they decide to play Tag. "Life hasn't yet beaten him down. We also knew that you know, sticking him in a cabin with SpongeBob and Patrick, it was going to start," Waller jokes.

Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run are now streaming on Paramount+/


An Endless Summer of Cartoon Fun: ‘Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years’


Executive producers Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller discuss Nickelodeon’s first-ever ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ spinoff series, a prequel that follows 10-year-old SpongeBob, his pals, and their summertime sleepaway camp hijinks, premiering today on the new Paramount+ streaming platform.

First shared with an extended, slime-filled tease during halftime of the January 10 NFL Wild Card Game, Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years, Nickelodeon’s first-ever spinoff series for their hugely successful SpongeBob SquarePants franchise, launches today on the brand-new Paramount+ streaming platform.

The original 13-episode 3D/CG-animated prequel series follows 10-year-old SpongeBob SquarePants and his pals during an endless summer of fun, where they spend their time building underwater campfires, catching wild jellyfish, and swimming in Lake Yuckymuck at the craziest sleepaway camp in the kelp forest, Kamp Koral. It’s got all the funny gags and goofy mayhem you’d expect. And then some. The first six episodes hit the streamer today; the rest of Season 1 will roll out on the platform at later dates yet to be announced.


The new series features long-time franchise stars Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy) and Mr. Lawrence (Plankton) reprising their iconic roles. Carlos Alazraqui (The Casagrandes) and Kate Higgins (Blaze and the Monster Machines) join as new characters Nobby and Narlene, narwhal siblings who live in the woods surrounding the camp.

SpongeBob franchise veterans Marc Ceccarelli (SpongeBob SquarePants), Vincent Waller (SpongeBob SquarePants) and Jennie Monica (SpongeBob SquarePants) are co-executive producers of the series; it’s produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank, California, and overseen by Kelley Gardner, Vice President, Current Series Animation, Nickelodeon. 


SpongeBob SquarePants was created by Stephen Hillenburg, who sadly passed away from ALS in 2018. And what a storied franchise he birthed. According to the network, since launching on July 17, 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has been the number-one animated series on TV for the last 18 years; it has spawned several theatrical releases, including The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, which also premieres today on Paramount+, a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, a behemoth merchandising empire and a huge global fan base. The series is the most widely distributed property in ViacomCBS Networks International history, seen in more than 170 countries and territories, translated into 30+ languages, while averaging more than 100 million total viewers every month.

As co-executive producer (co-showrunner), Ceccarelli helped develop the Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years world, the new characters, and locations. He oversaw and contributed to the writing, boarding, and direction of each episode as well as all the post-production creative decisions. Referring to his work with Ceccarelli, Waller notes, “We have been in charge of creating all things SpongeBob since season 10. [On the new show] Our main duty was to explore a portion of SpongeBob’s life, years before he was everyone’s favorite fry cook, while being true to the level and style of comedy the fans have grown to expect. As always, we want parents to be able to watch with their kids and laugh as hard as their kids do. Kamp Koral is definitely not a ‘just for the kiddies’ show.”


Waller goes on to say, “The idea for the series was sparked by a flashback scene in the most recent movie. Having worked on the original show for years, we had strong opinions about how the new show should be approached. With our writers, we calculated the hierarchy of the camp and what age our characters needed to be for it to make sense in our existing timeline. We divided the characters by age and felt that Mr. Krabs and Mrs. Puff should be in charge with Plankton working as the fry cook trying to earn money to pay for college - no one at Kamp knows he also has a secret laboratory located below the canteen.”

“Squidward, Larry the Lobster, and Bubble Bass have always seemed to be a little older than SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy, so making them counselors felt like a perfect fit,” he continues. “Deciding which campers would go in which cabin was fairly simple. To mirror the relationships established in the original show, we knew SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward would need to share a cabin. Bubble Bass would obviously be in charge of the nerd cabin, Larry in charge of the jocks, and, of course, the Anchovies have a cabin of their own. You know, because ‘the smell, the smelly smell that smells.’”


The showrunners were determined to make Kamp Koral work for the same all-ages audience that the original show is made for. This meant aging the characters up from the movie versions and using the original voice cast, who can more easily deliver the kind of comedy everyone is familiar with. “We also tried to copy as much of the 2D show’s visual language as we could,” Ceccarelli says. “This was quite difficult since TV animation production [using 3D/CG] isn’t used to the kinds of extreme expressions and slapstick surreal humor we love to do on SpongeBob SquarePants. Luckily, we have a great team of CG veterans who were all itching to try something fun and new.”

Finding enough artists to produce 13-episodes of 3D/CG on a tight schedule wasn’t easy. “The main challenge was finding a crew capable of building a new world, from the sand up to the beautiful ocean/sky above our Kampers, at breakneck speed to have our show premiere in March,” Waller reveals. “And boy, did we luck out! At every level, they have jumped at the chance to make Kamp Koral true to the original show, and then expand on that in ways only CG can. Having seen other CG TV shows, we were very worried we wouldn’t be able to hit the same high mark when it comes to the characters’ acting and posing. But those challenges excited the crew, and they came up with innovations to hit the wild and varied expressions our storyboard artists were throwing at them.”

While focusing their attention on designing and producing a show that successfully captured the look and feel of the long-running 2D series in 3D/CG animation, the showrunners also had to ensure they embraced and captured the essence and tone of the beloved characters, their relationships, and the humor in their actions. To Ceccarelli, that meant following a simple formula. “We’ve never really been that concerned with continuity on our shows,” he says. “We tend to like the cartoons in the classic series to be unencumbered by chronological episodic storylines. So, to us, this is just another funny cartoony cartoon about our silly characters and the goofy situations they get into. We mostly tried to keep the characters’ personalities as close to the originals as possible. In some ways their funny quirks are even more pronounced in their younger, purer forms.”

“SpongeBob is still SpongeBob, but if you can believe it, a little more naïve and less worldly than his older lovable self,” Waller adds. “Patrick is also less worldly, and he has no awareness of other people’s boundaries. Squidward has yet to blossom into his full curmudgeon, but sharing a cabin with SpongeBob and Patrick will bring his inner curmudgeon to the surface. Unlike the other kids at Kamp, Sandy Cheeks is not there just for the summer fun. She’s on a very special mission that you’ll need to watch the show to learn! We had free reign developing the lush world of Kamp Koral, Lake Yuckymuck, and the wild wooly creatures who reside within, as well as the mysterious and mischievous folk that live just beyond the Kamp perimeter.”

“SpongeBob isn’t the expert jellyfisher that we know from the classic series,” Ceccarelli shares about the show’s inaugural season. “Patrick is even more reckless about the things he’ll attempt to eat. He might eat a truck or possibly be eaten by one. Sandy will meet some folks who are even more countrified than she is. An Anchovy might say moop’ instead of ‘meep.’ There’s going to a forest full of giant kelp and wild animals and maybe a nudist camp…? All kinds of crazy stuff!”

Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years premieres today on the new Paramount+ streaming platform.

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Side Hustle | Lex and Presley Sing Karaoke to Save the Day! 🎤 | Karaoke Kick Off | Nickelodeon

Side Hustle | Lex and Presley Sing Karaoke to Save the Day! 🎤 | Karaoke Kick Off


Lex and Presley (Jules LeBlanc and Jayden Bartels) are excited for their new karaoke machine - until it breaks! See how they save the day and finish off by singing a duet together. Side Hustle episode: "Karaoke Kick Off".

#SideHustle #JaydenBartels #JulesLeBlanc


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Best Mailbox Quartet Songs MARATHON ft. Bingo & Wheels on the Bus! | Blue's Clues & You!

Best Mailbox Quartet Songs MARATHON ft. Bingo & Wheels on the Bus! | Blue's Clues & You!


Your favorite mailbox quartet is back with a marathon of all their best performances! Sing along to classic nursery rhymes with a Blue's Clues twist! 


#MailboxQuartet​ #NurseryRhymes​ #BluesCluesAndYou #BluesClues

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

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'Horrid Henry's Vile Vacation' Audiobook 📚 | World Book Day Special | Horrid Henry

World Book Day Special - Horrid Henry's Vile Vacation Audiobook 📚


EXCLUSIVE BRAND NEW Horrid Henry Vile Vacation audiobook read by ME!!!   Happy World Book Day to everyone!!!

Did you dress up for World Book Day? Let me know in the comments!

#HorridHenry #HorridHenryFullEpisodes #WorldBookDay


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Jobs to Care for the Planet w/ Nancy Loaiza | Planeta Bala | Nickelodeon Latin America

Trabajos para cuidar el planeta c/Nancy Loaiza 👷 | Planeta Bala | Nickelodeon en Español


¿Te imaginas que tu profesión sea algo que ayude directamente al cuidado del planeta? Conoce qué profesiones y trabajos existen para proteger a nuestro planeta y a quienes se encuentran realizando un cambio por el bien de todas.

¿No sabes cómo cuidar al planeta o qué hacer para protegerlo? Bala te va a explicar semana a semana en esta nueva serie todos los pasos a seguir para cuidar nuestro planeta Tierra. Desde empezar nuevos hábitos en casa hasta conocer a personas que están haciendo cosas increíbles por cuidar nuestra naturaleza.

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Paramount+ Launches Today with Live Sports, Breaking News, and a Mountain of Entertainment

Paramount+ Launches Today with Live Sports, Breaking News, and a Mountain of Entertainment

The Reimagined Streaming Service Features Genre-Spanning Programming from ViacomCBS’ Leading Portfolio of Brands and Production Studios, Including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel

All-New Paramount+ Originals Premiering Today, Include The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, 76 Days, The Real World Homecoming: New York, Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years, 60 Minutes+ and For Heaven’s Sake

Paramount+ App Now Available Across Mobile and Connected TV Devices


NEW YORK--March 04, 2021--Paramount+, the highly anticipated streaming service from ViacomCBS, launched today with an unparalleled content offering that bundles live sports, breaking news, and an expansive collection of exclusive new originals, hit series, marquee franchises and popular movies. Featuring more than 30,000 episodes and countless films from ViacomCBS’ family of world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel, Paramount+ is home to premium entertainment for the whole family.

“The launch of Paramount+, which builds on our legacy of innovation and superior storytelling, is a significant milestone for ViacomCBS that demonstrates our commitment to being a global leader in streaming,” said Tom Ryan, President and Chief Executive Officer, ViacomCBS Streaming. “By combining fresh original content with live and on-demand programming and an established library of titles from world-class entertainment brands, we have created an unrivaled service that offers live sports, breaking news and entertainment for all audiences.”

Premiering today with the launch of the service is a slate of new originals, including The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, the first-ever all CGI SpongeBob motion picture event; Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years, a prequel series and the first-ever spinoff of SpongeBob SquarePants; MTV Documentary Films 76 Days, the Oscar Shortlisted documentary that looks at life in the earliest days of the COVID-19 crisis in Wuhan, China; For Heaven’s Sake, a docuseries blending comedy and crime for a unique take on uncovering the truth; The Real World Homecoming: New York, a reunion special with the original New York cast in the iconic NYC loft; 60 Minutes+, a new form of the flagship series that reveals the stories behind the news through original reporting and captivating interviews; and Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning out the News, the second season of the animated daily news satire series.

These titles join a growing slate of originals currently on the service exclusively, including The Good Fight, Why Women Kill, The Stand, Star Trek: Lower Decks, No Activity, Coyote and more.

Coming this Spring to Paramount+ is an extensive lineup of live sports including every UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League match, culminating with the UEFA Champions League Final on May 29; coverage of the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, featuring all of CBS’s games throughout the tournament highlighted by the National Championship game and Final Four with first-round coverage beginning on March 19; and CBS Sports' coverage of The Masters.

The Paramount+ slate will also continue to expand with 36 exclusive originals coming to the service in 2021, including the following titles that will debut this spring: Rugrats, an all-new series featuring Nick’s iconic babies, back together with the original voice cast and an all-new CG animation style; No Activity, a half-hour police comedy that will transition from live action to animated for season four; and Behind the Music, the groundbreaking and prolific music documentary series returns with several new episodes and the best of the vault remastered. Beginning late spring, the Paramount+ film library will grow to over 2,500 titles including recent hits from Paramount Pictures, such as Bumblebee, Crawl, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Gemini Man, Like a Boss, Pet Sematary, Playing with Fire, Rocketman and Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as popular movies from MGM, such as Bill & Ted Face the Music, Skyfall, The Addams Family, Child’s Play and Valley Girl.

The reimagined service, built on the strong foundation of CBS All Access, features live linear programming, plus a deep and growing content portfolio that spans the best in scripted dramas, kids and family, sports, news, documentaries, comedy, music and reality. Starting today, subscribers can stream:

  • A rich library of nearly 7,000 beloved kid’s episodes, including favorites from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. like SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, PAW Patrol, Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Henry Danger and Rugrats: All Grown Up; as well as Paramount+ originals, such as WildBrain’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Boat Rocker’s new Danger Mouse and new editions of Lassie, George of the Jungle and Mr. Magoo from DreamWorks Animation’s Classic Media.
  • CBS programming, including primetime series such as The Amazing Race, All Rise, Young Sheldon, Clarice, The Equalizer, Blue Bloods, Evil and more, in addition to late night and daytime CBS shows. Plus, every prior season of 15 hit CBS series including Survivor, NCIS, Hawaii Five-0 and Criminal Minds.
  • A massive comedy catalogue of over 6,000 episodes, including always-trending Comedy Central series like The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Chappelle’s Show, Reno 911!, Key & Peele, Inside Amy Schumer, Crank Yankers and more.
  • Over 5,000 episodes from the biggest reality shows, including popular MTV series such as RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, The Real World, Teen Mom, The Challenge, Jersey Shore and The Hills, among others.
  • The complete Star Trek Universe, including CBS All Access originals such as Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Lower Decks, plus all six classic Star Trek series including Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: The Voyager. Paramount+ will also debut Nickelodeon's Star Trek: Prodigy.
  • A library of fan-favorite movies, including film franchises such as Indiana Jones, The Godfather and Mission: Impossible; comedies such as Tommy Boy and Rat Race; horror films like The Ring and Pet Sematary; romantic comedies such as Failure to Launch and Kate & Leopold; and classics like Roman Holiday.
  • Popular episodes from BET series including The Game, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Everybody Hates Chris and Single Ladies; also unmissable documentaries from the Smithsonian Channel such as The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, Disasters at Sea and Aerial America.
  • Episodes from classic series including Perry Mason, The Twilight Zone Classic, I Love Lucy, Beverly Hills 90210, Frasier, Family Ties, Cheers, Happy Days, The Love Boat, The Odd Couple, Melrose Place, Macgyver, Taxi and The Brady Bunch.
  • Breaking news and impactful journalism from the award-winning CBS News team, including renowned CBS News programs, such as 60 Minutes, CBS Sunday Morning, Face The Nation, CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell and CBS This Morning, plus live streams of local affiliates in over 200 markets across the U.S. and the 24-hour streaming news service CBSN featuring live, anchored coverage.

How to Stream

Paramount+ has two pricing tiers available to U.S. subscribers that marry the best of live and on-demand programming. The premium tier, at $9.99, is available now and combines live sports, including NFL games, soccer and more; breaking news through CBSN; CBS' live linear feed; and commercial free, on-demand entertainment options spanning Paramount+ originals to the full suite of current and library shows and movies with 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision and mobile downloads. In June, Paramount+ will introduce a new ad-supported tier, at $4.99, that offers live NFL games, news and entertainment, but no longer includes local live CBS station programming. A $5.99 ad-supported tier, which includes live CBS programming, is available until June at which point only the $4.99 and $9.99 tiers will be offered to new subscribers.

All Paramount+ subscribers will have access to a seamless user interface, enhanced curation and discovery, cross-platform dynamic play functionality, personalized homepages, content categories and central hubs for ViacomCBS’ brands. Additionally, each subscription option will include parental control capabilities and up to 6 individual profiles.

Consumers can subscribe to Paramount+ online at ParamountPlus.com; via the Paramount+ app for iOS and Android; and across a wide number of platforms, including smart TVs, connected-TV devices, online, mobile, gaming consoles, and leading OTT providers. Paramount+ will also be distributed on major platforms in local markets internationally. The new Paramount+ app will begin rolling out across platforms today. For more details on Paramount+, please visit ParamountPlus.com.

International Rollout

ViacomCBS will bring Paramount+ to international markets with initial debuts in 18 Latin American countries and Canada today; the Nordics on March 25, 2021; and Australia with a rebrand and expansion of 10 All Access later this year.

With production capabilities across five continents, strong distribution agreements and local relationships and expertise around the world, Paramount+ will leverage ViacomCBS’ leading global reach — including the largest global broadcast footprint — to drive streaming growth and international expansion. ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) will build on its momentum in prized formats, and as one of the top global producers of Spanish-language content, to bring exclusive series to market for fans of kids and family, scripted dramas, reality and more. Subscription prices will vary by market, but Paramount+ will be available to international audiences at a compelling price point.

Paramount+

Paramount+, a direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service from ViacomCBS, combines live sports, breaking news, and a mountain of entertainment. The premium streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel. The service is also the streaming home to unmatched sports programming, including every CBS Sports event, from golf to football to basketball and more, plus exclusive streaming rights for major sports properties, including some of the world’s biggest and most popular soccer leagues. Paramount+ also enables subscribers to stream local CBS stations live across the U.S. in addition to the ability to stream ViacomCBS Streaming’s other live channels: CBSN for 24/7 news, CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis, and ET Live for entertainment coverage.

For more information about Paramount+, please visit www.paramountplus.com and follow @ParamountPlus on social platforms.

About ViacomCBS:

ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC; VIACA) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic consumer brands, its portfolio includes CBS, Showtime Networks, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount+, Pluto TV and Simon & Schuster, among others. The company delivers the largest share of the U.S. television audience and boasts one of the industry’s most important and extensive libraries of TV and film titles. In addition to offering innovative streaming services and digital video products, ViacomCBS provides powerful capabilities in production, distribution and advertising solutions for partners on five continents.

For more information about ViacomCBS, please visit www.viacomcbs.com and follow @ViacomCBS on social platforms.

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THE BARBARIAN AND THE TROLL ⚔️ | Sneak Peek + Official Trailer | New Nickelodeon Show

THE BARBARIAN AND THE TROLL ⚔️ | Sneak Peek + Official Trailer | New Nickelodeon Show


Get a sneak peek at the new comedy-adventure series The Barbarian and the Troll, premiering Friday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT), only on Nickelodeon! Click the following link for all the details!: http://nickalive.blogspot.com/2021/02/nickelodeon-to-premiere-barbarian-and.html

Evan, a spirited bridge troll in search of excitement and a place to perform his songs, finds adventure when he meets Brendar, a fierce female warrior on a quest to avenge an attack on her family!

#TheBarbarianAndTheTroll #TBATT #Nickelodeon


Originally published: Wednesday, March 03, 2021 at 20:57 GMT.

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Séance; Magician's Essentials | Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows | Nickelodeon

Catch brand new Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows, Fridays at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT), only on Nickelodeon! Check out Nick's latest Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows promos below, including "Séance" and "Magician's Essentials"!





Originally published: Wednesday, March 03, 2021 at 00:21 GMT.

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Nickelodeon Turns BUGs Blue to Promote Launch of Paramount Plus

Nick News Brief: To promote the launch of Paramount+ on Thursday, March 4, Nickelodeon turned their on-screen BUGs/DOGs blue on Monday, March 1! The blue Nickelodeon logos can be found across the Nick network: Nickelodeon, Nick@Nite, TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick Jr. Channel and NickMusic.

Screenshot credit: Nickandmore!

Framegrab redit: Nickandmore!

Screenshot credit: Nickandmore!

Framegrab redit: Nickandmore!


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Keanu Reeves Is SpongeBob's Spirit Guide in Sponge-Tastic 'Sponge on the Run' Clip

Keanu Reeves Is SpongeBob's Spirit Guide 'Sage' in Sponge-Tastic 'Sponge on the Run' Clip

ViacomCBS Taps Jennifer Pang to Lead Consumer Products in Greater China

ViacomCBS Consumer Products (VCP) appointed Jennifer Pang to Vice President (VP) and head of licensing, Greater China.


In her new role, Pang will be based in Hong Kong and will lead VCP’s overall licensing business in all markets across Greater China for all ViacomCBS franchises, including properties from Nickelodeon, Nick. Jr., MTV, Paramount Network, and Comedy Central. She joins the company from Hasbro Consumer Products where she served as head of category licensing for North Asia managing licensing programs for eOne and Hasbro brands.

Pang will report to VCP’s Senior Vice President, International Licensing, Mark Kingston.

“Asia is an important area of focus for us as we continue to engage with our audiences and extend our most loved IPs and brands beyond linear,” Kingston says. “With Jennifer’s insight and familiarity of the region as well as her expertise, we are looking forward to aggressively pursuing new partnerships and capitalizing on opportunities in this key market.”

The scope of Pang’s new responsibilities includes managing the VCP team in the region in addition to overseeing the company’s master licensing agent and global partnership activity locally, while sourcing and executing local licensing and promotional deals. She also oversees retail sales and marketing for the region.


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Visiting SpongeBob and Friends’ Early Years in 'Kamp Koral'

After more than two decades ruling the airwaves from his undersea bromeliad home, SpongeBob SquarePants is finally getting a spinoff show that will give viewers a fuller understanding of their porous pal’s misspent youth.


Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years debuts its 13-episode first season March 4 on the new Paramount+ streaming service, the same day that the feature that inspired it — The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run — gets its U.S. debut on the same service. Loyal SpongeBob viewers will be glad to know that the original’s creative hands are also guiding Kamp Koral, which is co-executive produced by Marc Ceccarelli, Vincent Waller and Jennie Monica, and reunites original series voice cast members Tom Kenny as SpongeBob, Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick, Rodger Bumpass as Squidward, Clancy Brown as Mr. Krabs, Carolyn Lawrence as Sandy and Mr. Lawrence as Plankton.


The CG-animated show puts younger versions of these classic characters into the pressure cooker of summer camp, providing new creative opportunities for the show’s veteran creators.

“The nice thing about camp is that it’s an entirely different world with an entirely different set of dials and whistles we can use on SpongeBob,” Waller told Animation Magazine.

“We were also able to introduce some new characters into this world, too, that allowed us more weird or different dynamics than we usually do,” says Ceccarelli. “It’s like a jumpstart to our creativity, putting somebody in a different space like that.”

Vincent Waller and Marc Ceccarelli

Return of the Comedy Champs

Ceccarelli and Waller wanted the show to retain the broad appeal and quality of the original series, and wanted to steer clear of being perceived as a “babies” version of the show. So while Sponge on the Run used child actors for the younger versions of SpongeBob and pals, the original series cast returned for Kamp Koral.

Waller says there was some trepidation among the cast at first about the idea, but once they read the scripts and saw the visuals, they were all in. “They’re like, ‘Okay, all right, we’re doing the same thing, it’s just shaped a little bit different and fun to look at in a different way,’” he says.

“Some of them are aging themselves down vocally and a few of the other ones we do a little bit of pitch magic to them, to get them into a younger-ish sort of area — but it’s still our comedy actors, you know, being able to do the kind of comedy that we’re used to doing with them,” says Ceccarelli.

The premise puts the characters into what Ceccarelli describes as a bit of a pressure cooker. “All the kids are kind of trapped in the same environment,” he says. “Especially our leads — we put them all in the same cabin.”


Outside the camp, there are some wild hillbilly type characters, including narwhal siblings Nobby and Narlene, voiced respectively by Carlos Alazraqui (Rocko's Modern LifeThe Casagrandes) and Kate Higgins (Blaze and the Monster Machines). Ceccarelli describes them as tricksters: “They come in and are constantly messing with the kids, but the kids love them because they’re so genuine.”

Rodger Bumpass, who voices Squidward, says there was some discussion early on about whether the actors would try to pitch up their voices. “But we decided that we would just do our regular acting for the characters, and that helps us,” he says.

Kamp Koral casts Squidward as a junior counselor, which plays perfectly to the character’s foibles. “He’s in something of a position of authority, as opposed to his position at the Krusty Krab, and being ever so slightly older than the rest of the kids, he gets to wield his power over them, and basically it just translates as another arena for his frustration,” says Bumpass. “It’s a wonderful consistency with the performance of Squidward from the classic show, but with nuances that helped me spread my wings as far as different things to do in this show.”

Rodger Bumpass

Kamp Koral deviates from the original by using CG animation instead of traditional 2D. Waller says he was nervous about the quality of CG animation going into the project, but his concerns were put to rest by the quality of work produced by the show’s India-based crew at Technicolor.

“As soon as I saw what we’d cobbled together with our new amazing crew — SpongeBob and Patrick standing in their cabin, at their camp —  I wanted to go and sit in that cabin, I wanted to go and smell that wood. I wanted to go be there,” he says.

“I’ve actually been surprised at how much of the aesthetics of 2D that we love, that we’ve been able to actually port over to the CG world,” says Ceccarelli. Technology allows the show’s animators to sculpt and alter digital models themselves, where previously the same effect would have required the construction of new or specialized models.

“That’s really opened up all kinds of possibilities to try and get some of the bigger, cartoonier types of expressions and movements that we love to do in the 2D show,” Ceccarelli says.


Bigger Elasticity

Ceccarelli lauds the animators’ ability to translate the look and feel of the original into CG. “We’re trying to have the same sort of crazy, wild posing that you get in the regular 2D show,” he says. ”It’s gonna look a lot different than a lot of CG shows out there, because our models are so elastic, and we do so much with them in an attempt to bring a lot of the same kind of humor out of the visuals.”

Bumpass says he loves the nuances that come from the CG style, citing a moment where Squidward has an Ed Norton from The Honeymooners moment in which he prepares to play a horn by readying his mouth with exaggerated lip movements that looked great and gave him a chance to play with sound. “They just go on into abstraction about it and I love those beats,” he says.

Incorporating unusual and low-tech effects is a hallmark of the original series, and continues with Kamp Koral. “Don’t be surprised if everybody turns into a puppet in one scene, or there’s a live-action person matted into an episode where you wouldn’t expect them to be,” says Ceccarelli. ”We’re always trying to find ways of making it funkier and more multimedia.”

But at the end of the day, what makes Kamp Koral work is the same thing that makes the original SpongeBob SquarePants work: Making kids and adults laugh.

“We want your parents to be able to sit next to you and watch it and laugh,” says Waller. “Maybe they get a different joke than you do, but they’re laughing at the same time you’re laughing.”

Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years premieres on the new Paramount+ streaming service on March 4, and will air on Nickelodeon later this year.


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