Thursday, June 18, 2015


Nick unveils a newer show.

Indie artists Dave Cooper (Futarama) and Johnny Ryan (MAD Magazine, DC Comics), who previously collaborated on comics for kids for Nickelodeon Magazine, serve as co-creators and co-executive producers, with Emmy and Golden Globe winner David Sacks (The Simpsons, 3rd Rock from the Sun) as executive producer.

Produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif., this 26-episode half-hour series of the absurd interweaves stories of a Pig (the fool), a Goat (the artist), a Banana (the wise-guy) and a Cricket (the brain), as four friends and roommates who live in a fantastical city where just about anything comes to life. ...

It wasn't too many years ago that Nick was going in an "all CGI, all the time" direction. But like TV animation studios before it, the Viacom company discovered that the younger television audience didn't care if its animated entertainment was of the computer-generated variety, or drawn by the Keebler elves.

Oftentimes family viewers preferred the elves.

For Nick, ratings have often been no better (but sometimes worse) with good old hand-drawn cartoons. Also production costs are lower. Meantime, CGI shows are more expensive (but often no better.)

So in 2015, Nickelodeon has returned to its roots, creating shows in the style of their ground-breaking television productions of the 1990s. The lesson that "CG animation means nothing to the three-to-eight-year-old demographic" is a hard one for conglomerates to digest, but Nick, along with Disney, Warner Bros. and even some DreamWorks Animation TV product have received the message, all the way down to their large intestines.

Still in all, it's nice to see Nick cartoons return to the style of a simpler yesteryear.


Alex Jones said... The Anytown Show has 1990s Nicktoons in it

Amaya Barrios said...

I think it's great... Thanks for this cool article. It's amazing how much history and stories are behind an animation show, movie, story, etc, right? It's also awesome how a character can be so powerful and life changer... That only happens when the message you want to give is complete and out there. INCREDIBLE. As shows... Animation goes beyond words and empowers people to get their ideas out.... IT'S AMAZING.
Thanks for sharing

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