Saturday, May 14, 2022

Nickelodeon Renames 'Zokie Sparkleby' As 'Zokie of Planet Ruby'

Nickelodeon has renamed the network's upcoming animated series Zokie Sparkleby as Zokie of Planet Ruby!

Announced during Nickelodeon Upfront 2021 under the title ZJ Sparkleton, the new creator-driven 2D-animated series will help fuel Nickelodeon's ever-expanding content slate.

In buddy comedy Zokie of Planet Ruby, "quirky 10-year-old vlogger Ruby discovers her only video channel follower is a tail-zapping space alien from the planet Pudge named ZJ Sparkleton, and they quickly become best friends. Along with their friend Earl, a talking con-man squirrel, Ruby teaches ZJ about her version of Earth, while ZJ learns to control his unpredictable powers." The series is aimed towards Kids aged 6-11.

Zokie of Planet Ruby is produced by Nelvana, a world-leading international producer, distributor and licensor of children’s animated and live-action content, and slated to premiere on Nickelodeon in the U.S. as part of the network's 2022-2023 content slate, with international markets to follow.

“[Zokie of Planet Ruby and Hamsterdale] are great additions to Nickelodeon’s growing slate of new content because friendship, humor and relatable characters are at the core,” said Ramsey Naito, President, Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation. “The series creators, Brian Morante and Zach Smith, have a history of bringing unique stories to life at Nickelodeon and we can’t wait to dive in with our production partners at Nelvana on these originals.”

“Nelvana is excited to build upon our partnership with Nickelodeon and contribute to their massive animation pipeline with new IP for a global audience,” Pam Westman, President, Nelvana. “With lovable characters and hilarious storylines, [Zokie of Planet Ruby and Hamsterdale] are two titles that we look forward to adding to our production slate.”

ZJ Sparkleton will take its place alongside other series from Nickelodeon’s animated content pipeline--the largest in its history to ever be produced.

Zokie of Planet Ruby is created by Brian Morante (Penguins of Madagascar, Breadwinners, SpongeBob SquarePants). Mike Geiger (3 Amigonauts, Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong) is the director and Lynne Warner (Corn & Peg, The Most Magnificent Thing) is the supervising producer for Nelvana.

Paramount Global has applied to trademark Zokie of Planet Ruby with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) under the "education, entertainment, sporting and cultural services" and "clothing; footwear; headgear" categories. Both applications are pending approval.

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Originally published: May 13, 2022.

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