File this in the “For What It’s Worth” department, but an interesting story passed our desk recently and we are now passing along to you. According to The Tracking Board, Paramount Pictures is developing a live-action/animated mega film that features characters from many beloved Nickelodeon cartoons from the 1990s all in one picture, including Hey Arnold!, Rugrats, Ren and Stimpy, Rocko’s Modern Life, and The Angry Beavers, among others.
It may be unfair to rank animated characters from television on the same list as those from film. A long running cartoon series has so much more time to develop the character. This character has had over fifteen years, four hundred episodes and two full length feature films in which to pique our fascination. However, I believe that SpongeBob Squarepants won this spot on the top ten most fascinating characters from the first moment we met him in episode one, “Help Wanted,” which aired on Nickelodeon on May Day of 1999.
Nickelodeon is jumping into the fray of original online programming with its new series Welcome to the Wayne. Available exclusively on Nick.com and the new Nickelodeon mobile app, the series follows the adventures of a 10-year-old boy named Olly Timbers and his friends who live in a “wacky apartment building.”
Nickelodeon has begun airing season (or “book”) three of their series The Legend of Korra. Season three, entitled Book Three: Change, quietly made its debut on Friday, June 27th with three new episodes (or “chapters”) shown consecutively that night. New episodes will begin airing again on Friday, July 11th. Select past episodes can be viewed on Nick.com.
This week’s new animated releases bring us a vast variety from beavers with anger issues to talking vegetables. Amongst these new releases we’re treated to The Angry Beavers: The Complete Series, Another: The Complete Collection, VeggieTales: MacLarry and the Stinky Cheese, Meet the Small Potatoes and our featured release Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
Following the lead of a group of wacky penguins, and the adventures of a kung fu fighting panda, DreamWorks Animation plans to bring recent feature-length animated hit, The Croods, to the small screen. Jeffrey Katzenberg, the CEO of DreamWorks, recently explained the future plans of the animation division on a recent call to stockholders regarding first quarter earnings.