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‘Baby Shark’ Movie in Development at Nickelodeon

The network and SmartStudy are co-producing the brand-new original animated film; the popular ‘Baby Shark’s Big Show!’ series also gets a Season 2 greenlight.

Nickelodeon continues its expansion of the popular Baby Shark franchise with the announcement they’ve entered development on an untitled all-new animated movie. The film will be co-produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio and SmartStudy, the entertainment company behind the children’s brand Pinkfong. The network also announced a Season 2 pickup of Baby Shark’s Big Show!, the TV series based on the popular animated preschool shows Pinkfong Baby Shark.

Baby Shark is an example of how we’ve been successful in bringing beloved properties that kids love from other platforms to Nickelodeon and opening up a whole new world of adventures,” commented Nickelodeon Animation president Ramsey Naito. “As home to the biggest franchises kids love, we’re continuing to grow their footprint by introducing brand-new characters and storylines and creating original content in every format for fans everywhere.”

According to the network, Season 2 of Baby Shark’s Big Show! (26 half-hour episodes) will be packed with adventures and catchy songs as Baby Shark and William dive deeper into the diverse underwater world of Carnivore Cove with their friends and family. They’ll explore new locations while making fresh friends and big waves, all in the “sharky spirit of fin-clusivity.” New episodes of Baby Shark’s Big Show! will air regularly throughout the summer on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. Internationally, it will continue airing across Nickelodeon branded channels and platforms through the remainder of the year.  

Baby Shark’s Big Show! features voice actors Kimiko Glenn (Orange is the New Black), as Baby Shark; Luke Youngblood (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), as William; Natasha Rothwell (Insecure), as Mommy Shark; Eric Edelstein (We Bare Bears), as Daddy Shark; Debra Wilson (MADtv), as Grandma Shark; and Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld), as Grandpa Shark.

Pinkfong Baby Shark launched on YouTube in November 2015 and quickly amassed 8.9 billion views. Combining music, characters, story, and dance, the song was certified a RIAA Diamond and 11x platinum single for selling over 11 million units in the U.S. It spawned a viral phenomenon #BabySharkChallenge, generating over one million cover videos around the globe.

ViacomCBS is working with SmartStudy/Pinkfong to extend the reach of the franchise globally, through original programming like Baby Shark’s Big Show! and consumer products across a wide range of categories including apparel, home, food & beverage, health & beauty, social expressions, and toys. ViacomCBS Consumer Products (VCP) manages consumer products licensing worldwide, excluding China, Korea, and Southeast Asia, for the Pinkfong Baby Shark property. New Baby Shark products are currently available on Amazon and will be rolling out across all retailers in the U.S. next month, as well as internationally beginning this fall.

Baby Shark’s Big Show! is executive produced by Gary “Doodles” DiRaffaele (Breadwinners) and Tommy Sica (Breadwinners), with Whitney Ralls (My Little Pony: Equestria Girls) serving as co-executive producer. The series is produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio with production overseen by Eryk Casemiro, senior vice president, Nickelodeon Preschool.

Source: Nickelodeon