Nickelodeon, VStar Entertainment Group and Koba Productions are gearing up to launch a live theatrical production entitled Bubble Guppies Live! Ready to Rock. Based on Nickelodeon’s pre-school series Bubble Guppies, the US tour will visit more than 30 locations beginning in March 2018. The stage show follows the Bubble Guppies as they search for a missing band member with help from friends like Mr. Grouper. The show will feature music, dancing, comedy and audience participation. Information on upcoming locations, dates, times and tickets are available online. Earlier this year, Nick and VStar Entertainment had come together to launch a second PAW Patrol-themed stage show named PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure that began touring in the US in October will roll out intern
Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana has partnered with Round Room Presents to bring its original pre-school series Ranger Rob to the stage in a live global tour. The locations and dates for the tour will be announced in May with the show officially due to kick off in Canada later next year. Recently given the green signal for a second season, Ranger Rob follows the titular character and his friends as they go on adventures in Big Sky Park. The animated series premiered on Corus-owned Treehouse in Canada last fall and NBCUniversal-owned Sprout broadcasts the toon in the US. Nelvana’s decision to bring Ranger Rob center stage comes as location-based brand extensions and live shows in particular continue to grow in popularity. Location-based events, from permanent and large-scale theme par
Nelvana has given a go ahead to its new animated comedy-adventure series D.N.Ace to begin production. The new series follows curious, adventure-loving, mischief-making, proudly nerdy, 12-year-old Ace Ripley who suddenly learns he holds an incredibly ability to manipulate DNA by fusing the genes of a living thing with any other thing to create something entirely new. The hero-in-the-making must try to save his town from total chaos while also trying to have the time of his life. D.N.Ace will air on the Teletoon Network in Canada. Each episode will be 2x11 minutes with a total of 80 episodes. Furthermore, Dentsu and OLM will be representing the series in Japan and will be consulting throughout the production process.
Canadian animation company Nelvana has announced two major partnerships over the last week that’ll see the company work with others around the world. Firstly, the studio has agreed to launch a Chinese animator incubation programme with distribution company WeKids and animation software ToonBoom. The three will aim to discover new talent and cutting-edge concepts out of China that have the creative potential to be developed into globally successful properties. The winner will receive a development deal. The incubation programme will start accepting submissions in January 2018. Nelvana has also partnered with Discovery Communications to launch a new joint-venture aimed at the Latin American, Canadian and international markets. Though the new company will be based in Canada, but it wil
Sony Pictures Animation (SPA) has released the first-look image of its upcoming computer animated short, Puppy! that is based on its Hotel Transylvania franchise. It was only last week that Nelvana and SPA had announced that their new animated series Hotel Transylvania: The Series was going to debut on Disney Channel starting 25 June. The announcement also informed that three animated shorts will be released before the premiere of the film. However, Puppy! is not going to be a part of these three shorts. In this short, the residents of Hotel Transylvania find their world turned upside-down when Drac’s grandson, Dennis gets a monster-sized pet. The short will debut at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival next month and will run in theatres worldwide attached to SPA's The Emoji
A go-ahead signal for season two of Ranger Rob comprising 14 new episodes has come as a shot in the arm for Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana that is already celebrating a successful first season run of the animated series. “Ranger Rob ignites a sense of adventure and discovery in kids, and we have been overwhelmed with how kids and families have embraced the series and joined in on the fun with us,” averred Pam Westman, Head of Nelvana Enterprises. “The journey has only just begun and fans should get Ranger Ready for lots of new and exciting outdoor adventures to come in season two,” she added. The series follows 10-year-old ranger-in-training Rob around the Big Sky Park as he ziplines, swings and snowboards, discovering and exploring all that the natural adventure park has to offer. Bi
Corus Entertainment, the parent company of studio Nelvana has confirmed that its pre-school series Ranger Rob is going in for a second season. The series follows a 10-year-old ranger-in-training as he ziplines, swings and snowboards around Big Sky Park. In addition, the show’s master toy licensee, Quebec-based Imports Dragon, will launch a line of toys based on the series. Targeting a pre-school audience, the in-development toy line will launch in Canada and select European territories in spring 2018 followed by a broader release in fall 2018. The animated show, which debuted on Corus-owned Treehouse in Canada last fall, will return for an additional 14 episodes though no broadcast date has been set yet. The first 13-episodes of season one of the series was the highest-rated series i
Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana and Sony Pictures Animation have revealed the debut details of their new animated series Hotel Transylvania: The Series that is set to premiere on Disney Channel on 25 June. The series is based on the film franchise of the same name. The around half an hour series, produced at the Nelvana studio in Toronto, focuses on the teenage years of Dracula’s daughter Mavis and her three closest friends Hank N Stein, Pedro and Wendy Blob. “We are thrilled to be teaming up with Disney Channel to share the visual and epic storytelling of Hotel Transylvania: The Series with audiences worldwide,” said Nelvana, president, Scott Dyer. “Working with our partners at Sony Pictures Animation, we are excited to build on the incredible global success of the franchise and bring
Starting this May, Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana, an international producer and distributor of children’s animated and live-action content, in a pact with Discovery Kids has decided to bring 26 hilarious episodes of its hit animated series The ZhuZhus to kids and families throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Under the new agreement, The ZhuZhus will soon be entertaining young viewers in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela. In addition, the company has completed a broadcast extension deal with Discovery Kids for Backyardigans ensuring that the CGI-animated series’ 80 episodes remain on-air in Lat
Taking the success of its multiple animation TV series further, Singapore and Mumbai based Cosmos Maya, Asia’s leading animation studio and the largest producer of original Indian animation content has established its digital presence with its YouTube platform WowKidz that has been the destination for high quality Indian animation shows. Within 18 months of its launch, the platform boasts of almost 900 million views in total adding over 3.5 million views on a daily basis and is inching closer to the coveted ‘1 million subscriber’ mark in the next couple of months. "From USA & UK to Australia, Middle East and Asia, WowKidz has been the platform of choice when it comes to Indian animation content", said Anish JS Mehta, CEO - Cosmos-Maya. "Our endeavour is to bring in the best of kids'