The kid-centric channel Nickelodeon is developing ‘Meet the Voxels’ (working title), an original virtual and augmented reality series from the mind of Chris Young, Senior Vice President of Nickelodeon’s Entertainment Lab.
The animated sitcom, created in a game engine, marks a first for Nickelodeon in its use of cutting-edge virtual cinema technology, including real-time full body and facial performance capture, bringing an innovative approach to immersive storytelling.
Meet the Voxels is being developed to air across Nickelodeon’s channels globally.
Meet the Voxels takes kids behind the scenes of a video game world and follows a family of video-game characters, the Voxels, on their adventures on-and-off-duty. The family members are: Hunter, the 13-year-old star of a laser-tag video game; Maude, a 16-year-old girl fighting to pop as many bubbles as she can; their younger brother Cody who has not found his video game calling yet; Mom, a popular street fighter in her game; and Dad, a ’90s-era classic console game character who quit the business years ago. All the characters currently have working names. Nothing is set in stone yet as the series is still in development.
Meet the Voxels will be written by Jana Petrosini (Henry Danger, Kid Danger, Game Shakers) and Sean Gill (Henry Danger, Kid Danger, Game Shakers).
“Our vision is to take the real-time technology we’ve been exploring in the Lab and marry it with a creative concept that connects with kids and their passion for video games. We designed this next-gen animation workflow and filled it with characters who can exist naturally across multiple platforms from day one,” said Young.
Meet the Voxels represents a significant expansion of both the Entertainment Lab’s capabilities and Young’s work.
“Chris is helping lead Nickelodeon animation toward a transformation into a wholly new content creation studio. Meet the Voxels marks a significant development in turning that content dream into a production reality,” said Chris Viscardi, Senior Vice President, Animation.
Over the past year, Young has developed new entertainment experiences for kids including SlimeZone, The Loud House 360, and Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles VR Interview Experience. The Turtles experience debuted at San Diego Comic Con 2018.
Nickelodeon, now in its 39th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids.