Friday, March 04, 2022

Animation Magazine Names 'Transformers: EarthSpark' Co-Exec Producer Dale Malinowski as One of 2022's Rising Stars of Animation

Animation Magazine has announced Dale Malinowski, a Co-Executive Producer on Nickelodeon and Hasbro's upcoming CG-animated Transformers: EarthSpark series, as one of 2022's Rising Stars of Animation!

Animag’s 2022 Rising Stars of Animation feature also honors Karissa Valencia, the creator of Spirit Rangers for Netflix, who started her career at Nickelodeon as a “Nick-tern” for the Talent Development Department, and Ruolin Li, director of Abominable and the Invisible City for DreamWorks Animation Television, who started her career working as a storyboard revisionist for Nickelodeon’s 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series!

A huge congratulations to Dale, Karissa, Ruolin, and everyone honored in Animation Magazine's 2022 Rising Stars of Animation feature! You can read more about each honoree at

Dale Malinowski
Co-Executive Producer, Transformers: EarthSpark, Nickelodeon

Age: 36
Birthplace: Raised in Reading, Pennsylvania
School: Temple University, 2007

First time I knew I wanted to work in animation: I loved animation and comics from a very young age. I would trace comic-book covers and interior splash pages, I would draw characters I loved from the shows I was obsessed with, and I would staple together drawings of original characters I created to assemble their stories in DIY comic books. I knew I wanted to be a storyteller as a kid but I didn’t know how to convert my fantasy into a career. That path came into focus at school, so I put in the work and followed opportunities that led me to animation. Luck and timing played a role in my journey, too!

First animation job: Assistant to three current series executives at Nickelodeon. I didn’t know what ‘current series’ was before the interview, and I showed up sporting a black eye from a freak softball collision — not a good look walking into a children’s entertainment company. Still, those three executives took a chance and hired me. They were phenomenal bosses and mentors who taught me everything about animation production. I was vocal about my passion for writing and they encouraged me to pursue it. After a few years (and many failed interviews), I landed a job as a script coordinator and finally made it into a writer’s room. That was on Andy Suriano and Ant Ward’s Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and it was a dream come true.

Fave animated shows growing up: My favorite animated shows were the ones whose characters lived in my toy chest: TMNT, The Real Ghostbusters, Batman, X-Men, and Transformers, to name a few.

What I love about my job: I love writing for these characters. The Transformers are beloved, and contributing to their legacy is a privilege. I smile every time Final Draft auto-fills ‘Optimus Prime’ in the character field. I also love storyboard launch meetings. That’s the production milestone where written material begins its transition into a visual language. Discussions about character, intent, and how to communicate “what it’s about” are always enlightening because so many of my co-workers are masters of their craft.

Challenges: The job has many challenges, but they’re relative. We spend our days (and nights and weekends!) making animation for a kid audience, so maintaining perspective makes even the toughest moments feel surmountable.

Animation idols: I admire everyone I’m working with right now. Many crew members are the most talented people I’ve never met! Someday, we will all gather and be merry — I will probably cry.

Best career advice: You are more important than your work. Take care of yourself and ask for help when you need it.

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Nick Jr. at the Cinema to Return to Russian Movie Theaters [Update: Postponed]

ViacomCBS Networks Russia (Россия) and Pioneer Film Company have extended their partnership which will see "Nick Jr. at the Cinema" return to Russian cinemas in November 2021! The "Nick Jr. at the Cinema" initiative, brings some of Nickelodeon's top-rated preschool series to the big screen, including brand new episodes and specials before they air on the Nick Jr. channel. The 2021 edition of Nick Jr. at the Cinema" will kick off on November 4 with PAW Patrol: Jet to the Rescue, with new releases each month going forward.

Update (4/3/22) - Due to Russia's continued illegal invasion of Ukraine, Paramount has decided to pull content out of Russian theaters, including PAW Patrol. The news was announced on Thursday, March 3.

Since launching in March 2019, around one million moviegoers throughout Russia have seen their favourite Nick Jr. shows on the silver screen thanks to "Nick Jr. at the Cinema", earning more than 161 million rubles at the box office.

In addition to PAW Patrol, cinemagoers will be able to watch Blaze and the Monster Machines and Santiago Of The Seas in the coming months.

Information about the project, as well as a list of participating cinemas will be available on the official "Nick Jr. at the Cinema" website,, soon.

Official ViacomCBS Networks Россия press release:


Кинокомпания Пионер и ViacomCBS возобновляют сотрудничество над проектом «Nick Jr. в кино», стартовавшем в начале марта 2019 года. В рамках ежемесячного кинотеатрального релиза «Nick Jr. в кино» дети дошкольного возраста и их родители смогут посмотреть новые серии популярных мультсериалов на больших экранах, в том числе до официального выхода некоторых их них в эфир телеканала Nick. Jr. Новый выпуск - специальный эпизод «Щенячий патруль: улётная помощь» - с одними из самых популярных героев телеканала Nick Jr. покажут в кинотеатрах с 4 ноября 2021 года.

С начала старта проекта кинокомпания Пионер выпустила 11 выпусков с анимационными шоу канала Nick Jr., собрав в прокате более 161 млн рублей. Выпуски детского сборника посмотрело около 1 млн кинозрителей по всей России.

Новые выпуски проекта «Nick Jr. в кино» будут выходить каждый месяц. Помимо «Щенячьего патруля», российские кинотеатры покажут анимационные шоу «Вспыш и чудо-машинки» о бесстрашном пикапе-гонщике, «Сантьяго и его моря», историю о приключениях восьмилетнего пирата и его друзей, и многие другие. Юные зрители узнают, как важно развивать уверенность в себе, быть трудолюбивым и помогать окружающим.

«За последний год мы часто получали от партнеров и кинотеатров запросы о возобновлении показов нашего чудесного проекта, и сейчас мы очень рады перезапустить Nick Jr. в кино. Благодаря удобному хронометражу выпуска, их регулярности и узнаваемости бренда возвращение проекта на российские экраны станет отличным подарком для детей и их родителей. Для многих малышей «Nick Jr. в кино» становится опытом первого похода в кинотеатр», − уверена генеральный директор кинокомпании Пионер Александра Геллер.

«Мы очень рады продолжению сотрудничества с кинокомпанией «Пионер», ведь благодаря ему у маленьких зрителей и их родителей есть возможность посмотреть любимые мультсериалы не только в эфире Nick Jr. и на VOD-платформах, но также и на больших экранах в самых разных городах страны. Наш предыдущий проект оказался очень успешным: около миллиона зрителей побывали в кинотеатрах и посмотрели выпуски сборника, – уверены, что новый этап нашего сотрудничества также привлечет большое внимание аудитории», - отметила Елена Бальмонт, старший вице-президент и генеральный директор ViacomCBS Networks International в России, СНГ, Украине, Грузии и странах Балтии.

Подробности проекта, а также адреса кинотеатров, где пройдут кинопоказы, скоро будут доступны на официальном сайте проекта.


Originally published: October 13, 2021.

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Hill Country Comicon 2022 to Host 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Reunion Panel on Sunday, March 6

New Braunfels, Tx - The 2022 Hill Country Comicon will be hosting a Avatar: The Last Airbender reunion panel on Sunday, March 6 at 2:00pm in Panel Room A!

"Avatar the Last Airbender has been captivating fans since it hit the screen in 2005 on Nickelodeon. We laughed and cried as Aang embarked on his epic journey out of the ice to reach his full Avatar potential.  With the help of his companions Sokka, Katara, Toph, and of course Appa and Momo he learns how the world has changed since he initially ran from the overwhelming responsibility of taking on the mantle of The Avatar.  Join voice actors Greg Baldwin (Uncle Iroh), Jesse Flower (Toph), Olivia Hack (Ty Lee), and Jack De Sena (Sokka) as they talk about the series that captured the hearts and minds of fans for the last seventeen years."

The ATLA reunion panel is one of the convention's most buzzed about events, according to Jennifer MacPherson, the digital media director for Hill Country Comicon. “It was just perfect timing,” voice actor Greg Baldwin told Herald-Zeitung Online. “What’s happening to the show is that a completely new generation has been exposed to it and loving it just as much as their parents did.”

Baldwin voiced the fan favorite character Uncle Iroh for the final season of the animated epic, and the actor feels blessed to have voiced such a wise character that has been an instrumental part of people’s lives.

Baldwin will join fellow cast members Jack De Sena, who played Sokka, Olivia Hack, who voiced Ty Lee, and Jessie Flower, who lent her voice to earth-bending prodigy Toph and will be accompanying Baldwin on the convention floor dressed as their respective characters.

“There’s what I call a radical freedom that exists at these places where you can literally let your freak flag fly,” Baldwin said. “You can wear whatever you want, be your inner self, and no one is going to judge you for it.”

In addition to the Avatar: The Last Airbender reunion panel, Hill Country Comicon 2022 will also host a Power Rangers panel on March 6 at 3:00 p.m. in Panel Room A, which will be attended by Space Cases star Walter Jones. There will also be a Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl Challonge tournament on March 5. For more information and tickets, visit

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Listen to the brand new podcast, Avatar: Braving the Elements!

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Clancy Brown: The Many Layers Of Mr. Krabs | SpongeBob BingePants Podcast

Clancy Brown: The Many Layers Of Mr. Krabs | SpongeBob BingePants Podcast

"The Siege of the North Part 1" with Christopher Sabat | Avatar: Braving the Elements Podcast

"The Siege of the North Part 1" with Christopher Sabat | Avatar: Braving the Elements Podcast

Outright Games Releases 'Ryan’s Rescue Squad' Video Game



London, November 29, 2021 - Today Outright Games and™ have announced the brand new video game Ryan’s Rescue Squad coming to consoles and PC in 2022, from global kids phenomenon ‘Ryan’s World’ whose YouTube channels receive over 1 billion views per month from over 48 million subscribers.

In this side-scrolling platform adventure, featuring 2-player local co-op travel across slime-filled planets to rescue Ryan’s friends who have been captured by the evil Dark Titan and his wicked allies Robo Combo and Packrat!

Ryan's Rescue Squad - Launch Trailer

Ryan needs your help! His friends have been kidnapped by the evil Dark Titan and his allies, and you are the only hero who can rescue them! Set out on a fun-filled adventure and save the day. Ryan's Rescue Squad is out now for consoles & PC!

This announcement follows the first ever Ryan’s World FanFest real-time live streaming event that took place on Saturday 27th November. The stream was free to view globally for all of Ryan’s 30M+ fans and was an interactive event featuring puzzles and challenges, photo booths, downloadable content and Voice-Activated Emojis.

Ryan’s Rescue Squad will be released next year on Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, XBox Series X, XBox One and PC.


  • Choose your Character - Be Ryan, Combo Panda, Alpha Lexa or Gus the Gummy Gator
  • Team up - Play together in local 2-player mode
  • Play minigames - Bulls Eye, Spaceship Flight, The Floor is Lava and Fire at will
  • Power Up! - Eat Moe’s pizza to become invincible and more
  • Collect and Customise - Unlock and buy amazing new costumes for your character

Watch Ryan's Mystery Playdate on Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Paramount+!  Parents and guardians can sign up for a free trial of Paramount+, which also includes hundreds of full-length episodes of lots more preschool favorites at

Originally published: November 29, 2021.

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YTV Canada to Premiere 'Rugrats' Reboot on March 5

Hold on to your diapees, babies, as the Rugrats are back! YTV in Canada will premiere Nickelodeon's brand new CG-animated Rugrats series on Saturday, March 5 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT!

The all-new Rugrats follows the even bigger adventures born from the colorful imaginations of Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie, and Angelica. Produced by the Nickelodeon Animation Studio, the reimagined babies continue to explore their world in brand-new adventures that will both complement and evolve the original series’ beloved stories.

In the one-hour premiere episode, “Second Time Around,” Tommy leads the babies on a daring adventure to help Chuckie after his big attempt to be brave goes horribly wrong. Warning: dinosaurs are involved. (#999)

Rugrats made its world premiere on Paramount+ in the U.S. on Thursday, May 27.

The series stars E.G. Daily (Tommy Pickles), Nancy Cartwright (Chuckie Finster), Cheryl Chase (Angelica Pickles), Cree Summer (Susie Carmichael), and Kath Soucie (Phil and Lil DeVille), all of whom are reprising their iconic roles in this new series.

The original adventurous babies’ voice cast is joined by new voices, including Ashley Rae Spillers and Tommy Dewey (Tommy’s parents, Didi and Stu Pickles); Tony Hale (Chuckie’s father, Chas Finster); Natalie Morales, (Phil and Lil’s mother, Betty DeVille); Anna Chlumsky and Timothy Simons (Angelica’s parents, Charlotte and Drew Pickles); Nicole Byer and Omar Miller (Susie’s parents, Lucy and Randy Carmichael); and Michael McKean (Grandpa Lou Pickles). Guest stars include Jameela Jamil (The Good Place), Charlet Chung (Craig of the Creek) as Kimi Watanabe; Raini Rodriguez (Bunk’d) as Gabi; Henry Winkler (Happy Days, Arrested Development, Monsters at Work) as Boris; Swoosie Kurtz (Mike & Molly, Bless the Harts) as Minka; and Ben Schwartz (Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Parks and Recreation, HouseBroken) as Lord Crater.

Produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio, the all-new Rugrats is based on the series created by Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo, and Paul Germain. Eryk Casemiro (“Rugrats”) and Kate Boutilier (“Rugrats”) are executive producers and Dave Pressler (“Robot and Monster”) and Casey Leonard (“Breadwinners”) serve as co-executive producers, with Rachel Lipman (“Rugrats”) as co-producer and Kellie Smith (“The Fairly OddParents”) as line producer. Charlie Adler (“Rugrats”) serves as the voice director. Production is overseen by Mollie Freilich, Senior Manager, Current Series Animation, Nickelodeon.

Currently in its first season, Rugrats was recently picked up for season two.

The original “Rugrats” series launched in August of 1991 and instantly became a groundbreaking phenomenon, spawning consumer products and three hit theatrical releases, cementing its place in pop culture history through its iconic characters, storytelling, and unique visual style. “Rugrats” was in production for nine seasons over the course of 13 years. The series earned four Daytime Emmy Awards, six Kids' Choice Awards, and its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Online at, fans can find out more about their favourite YTV shows. Fans can also follow YTV on Instagram and subscribe to the YTV YouTube channel for the latest YTV news, highlights, schedules, videos and games. Nickelodeon programming is also available on the Nick+ streaming service.

Rugrats New Series! | YTV

Big adventures born from the colourful imaginations of babies Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie and Angelica.

Reaction to RUGRATS rebooted in 3D!? | YTV

Spencer reacts to the Rugrats trailer for the new (computer-animated) Rugrats revival series and reveals easter eggs from  the original 2D animated show from the 90s that she spotted in the trailer.

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Originally published: February 19, 2022.

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A Familiar 'Face' Could Be Returning to Nickelodeon Very Soon

A familiar face could be returning to Nickelodeon very soon!

According to a recent United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trademark filing made by Paramount Global (formally ViacomCBS), the parent company of the Nickelodeon brand, Face, the animated host of Nick Jr. who presented Nickelodeon's long-running preschool programming block for 10 years between 1994 and 2004, may be making a comeback very soon!

Paramount has applied to register Face's Music Party with the USPTO under NICE class 41 - Education, entertainment, sporting and cultural services, which is for Goods & Services pertaining to "entertainment services in the nature of continuing program series, featuring live action, comedy and drama provided through cable television, broadcast television, internet, video-on-demand, and through other forms of transmission media; providing online information in the field of entertainment concerning television programs".

To accompany the filing, Paramount provided the USPTO with a image of the project's logo, which seems to confirm that Face will be part of it!

At the moment, not much information is available about Face's Music Party, however, it will feature live-action children, including singer/actor/dancer Innocent Ekakitie, who will showcase his "triple threat" skills on the project.

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Originally published: March 04, 2022.

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