Nickelodeon announces three new series currently in production for the 2014-15 season in addition to new episodes of returning hit series such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Sanjay and Craig.
Nickelodeon’s commitment to animation has produced some of the biggest, most ground-breaking hits of the past 30 years, including Rugrats, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Doug, SpongeBob SquarePants and The Fairly OddParents. In addition to its heralded Animation Shorts Program, Nick’s slate for the upcoming 2014-2015 season is part of the network’s biggest content pipeline it has ever had, with new series and innovations on new platforms in every genre — animation, live action, preschool and live events.
Nickelodeon’s recently announced animation pipeline includes:
- Bad Seeds (26 episodes) – Harvey, a sweet and well-meaning bird, makes two new best friends, Fee and Foo, the wildest imps in the forest. Although their friendship seems unlikely, their connection only grows as they push each other out of their comfort zones and into endless adventures. Created, written and directed by C.H. Greenblatt (SpongeBob SquarePants, Chowder).
- Pig Goat Banana Cricket (26 episodes) – This show features a series of absurd interwoven stories about four friends and roommates, Pig (the fool), Goat (the artist), Banana (the wise-guy) and Cricket (the brain). The series is created by Dave Cooper and J. Ryan, and executive produced by David Sacks (The Simpsons, Regular Show) who co-writes with J. Ryan. Cooper also art directs the series and the pilot was directed by independent animator Nick Cross.
- Welcome to the Wayne (6 episodes) – Launching on the Emmy Award-winning Nick App, Welcome to the Wayne, is an animated comedy following the adventures of two 10-year-old boys Olly Timbers and Ansi Molina as they explore their crazy apartment building, the Wayne. The series was created and written by Billy Lopez (The Wonder Pets!).
- The network will also roll out new episodes of returning hit animated series, including, SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sanjay and Craig, Breadwinners, Rabbids and The Fairly OddParents for the 2014-15 season.
Nickelodeon’s global Animated Shorts Program, now in its third year, has yielded a number of terrific new voices. The Program provides a steady stream of talent and creativity, making Nickelodeon a magnet for the best creator-driven projects.
From over 1000 pitches received last year, 10 domestic and 7 international projects were chosen to be developed into animated shorts that will air on Nickelodeon, appear on www.nick.com, and on the Nick App in 2014. “The Loud House” created by Chris Savino, “Bear Wrestler” created by Deanna Rooney, “By Request Pizza” created by Arica Tuesday and Mick Ignis, “Hole” created by Sam Spina, “Matt and Gus” created by Matt Braunger, and “Charlie and Mr. Two” created by Travis Braun join the previously announced domestic finalists: “Bug Salad” created by Carl Faruolo, “Earmouse and Bottle” created by Brian Morante, “Woodstump” created by Zach Smith, and “Broats” created by Jack Cusumano.
The international animated shorts in development include “Badly Drawn Animals” by Hamish Steele (UK), “Louis and Georges” by Renaud Martin & Raphaël Chabassol (France), “Monster Pack” by Pedro Eboli & Graham Peterson (Brazil and Canada), “Moosebox” by Mike Scott (South Africa), “Scoop” by The Brothers McLeod (UK), “Tech Oddity” by Marco Ibarra and Stefie Zöhrer (Mexico), and “Tonk’s Island” by Mel Roach (Australia).
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.