files/pictures/picture-35.jpgPress Release from TELETOON
Toronto, October 7, 2010 – Bang-on or Bogus: the oak leaf is on the Canadian flag. Which province hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics? Kids and toons face off in the new TELETOON original series Skatoony premiering on Thursday, November 4 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT. Adapted from the U.K. series of the same name, this innovative game show featuring a mix of live action and animation sees real-life kids compete against an assortment of animated characters, including some familiar faces from the popular TELETOON series Total Drama Island, in a sequence of trivia-based games. Coinciding with the launch of the series, teletoon.com boasts a complete Skatoony microsite featuring TELETOON’s first-ever multi-player game.
“Skatoony has had a very successful run in the U.K. and we are delighted to offer a distinctly Canadian version of the show – with a TELETOON twist – to kids in Canada,” said Carole Bonneau, Vice-President, Programming, TELETOON Canada inc. “It has been particularly exciting to work with our production partners to incorporate some of TELETOON’s most popular animated characters into this brand new show.”
Produced by marblemedia, Skatoony is a Hollywood Squares-inspired animated and live-action hybrid show for kids. In every episode, three young contestants compete against animated characters in four rounds of trivia-based games including “Bang on or Bogus,” “Draw What You Hear and Shout Out When You Know What You’ve Drawn” and “Hoo Flung Dung.” Each week Skatoony’s cartoon host Chudd Chudders and his sidekick The Earl attempt to put together another spectacular show, despite all manner of mad happenings and one greedy studio exec Charles La Puck who seems to conspire against them.
Skatoony started out as a web series and went on to become the most popular show on Cartoon Network in the U.K. The homegrown version of the series features all-Canadian creative talent, Canadian trivia questions and special appearances by fan-favourite characters from the Fresh TV–produced TELETOON series Total Drama Island.
In tandem with the premiere of the television series on November 4, TELETOON will launch the Skatoony microsite on teletoon.com, featuring bonus videos, show and character information, downloadable activities and several Skatoony games. The microsite will also be host to TELETOON’s first ever multi-player online game, the “Skatoony Home Game” produced by marblemedia. Players will have the opportunity to create their own character and test out their Skatoony skills against other live kids as well as animated characters from the show.
Viewers can also check out the hilarity on-air even sooner when TELETOON airs a special sneak peek of Skatoony on Thursday, October 28 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Skatoony was produced by marblemedia for TELETOON Canada Inc., based on the Cartoon Network U.K. format. Along with Executive Producers Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg (This is Daniel Cook, Taste Buds, The Dating Guy), Skatoony is driven by a dynamic and talented creative team including Supervising Producer Stephen J. Turnbull (Ganesh, Boy Wonder, Jozi-H, Wilby Wonderful, The Adrenaline Project), Animation Producer Marilyn McAuley (Jacob Two Two, Clone High, Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series), Series Producer Susan Edwards (Canadian Country Music Awards), and Writer Laurie Elliott (Total Drama Island, The Jon Dore Television Show).
Skatoony was produced with the financial participation of TELETOON Canada, Canadian Television Fund Created by the Government of Canada and the Cable Industry; Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund; Ontario Media Development Corporation; Ontario Film & Television Tax Credit; Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.
TELETOON is where cartoons live – all day, every day. Watched in over 7.9 million homes, TELETOON features heroic action shows, hilarious comedies along with hit blockbuster movies. Available in both English and French, TELETOON Canada inc. brings kids, youth and adults the best in animated and animation-related entertainment with four nationwide specialty television channels – TELETOON, TÉLÉTOON, TELETOON Retro and TELÉTOON Retro – and select programming is also available On Demand, Mobile TV, iTunes and teletoon.com. Founded in 1997, TELETOON Canada inc. is owned by Astral (50%) and Corus Entertainment (50%). For more information, please visit www.teletoon.com