NICKELODEON ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL FINALISTS FOR
2014 GLOBAL ANIMATED SHORTS PROGRAM
EIGHT SHORTS SELECTED FROM THE UK, SPAIN, ITALY, CANADA AND AUSTRALIA
TO BE CONSIDERED FOR LONG-FORM SERIES PRODUCTION ON NICKELODEON
London, New York – Sept 23, 2014 – Today at Cartoon Forum, Nickelodeon announced the eight international finalists for its 2014 Global Animated Shorts Program, the Network’s annual search designed to identify and develop new ideas and up-and-coming animation talent. This is the second year the Animated Shorts Program is being implemented internationally and the third time domestically.
Of the nearly 600 submissions, the successful eight – spanning the UK, Spain, Italy, Canada and Australia – will be developed into animated shorts with the potential to air on Nickelodeon, in addition to Nickelodeon platforms including: www.nick.com, the Emmy Award-winning Nick App, MyNickJr.com and on local Nickelodeon sites, before being considered for long-form development. These shorts follow in the footsteps of 2013 projects Monster Pack produced by Pedro Eboli and Graham Peterson (BIRDO / Brazil), and Moosebox created by Mike Scott (TRIGGERFISH / South Africa).
Nina Hahn, SVP International Production & Development, Nickelodeon said, “We were delighted by the number of entries we received for the second year of the Global Animated Shorts Program. Since launching it internationally in 2012, we have been able to enhance our international pipeline with great new content, furthering our global mission: to make kids laugh. We look forward to working closely with all of the creators who have delivered fantastically inspired ideas that perfectly capture the heart of the Nickelodeon brand.”
The international finalists include:
(Note: all titles are working titles)
UK & IRELAND
1. Duckmanboy – created by animator Louis Hudson and writer / director Ian Ravenscroft (DICE Productions).
In “Short”: Dwayne Duckman is half-man half-duck whilst Neil Duckman is half-duck half-man. Dwayne is a reluctant, lazy superhero compared to Neil who is a sensible, grounded accountant. In this hysterical Short, the two brothers are both targets for Fat Barry, an evil meat smoothie magnate specialising in exotic animal breeds…
2. Werebeast – created by Welsh animator James Lancett.
In “Short”: Ollie Oswald is a 13 year-old werewolf. He’s new to town and works in Sebastian’s Barbershop; by day a standard barbershop and by night a portal into an alternate dimension called the ‘Wereverse’. In the ‘Wereverse’ everyone is half human, half something and Ollie feels much more at home here.
3. Urchin – created by award winning illustrator, animator and the creator of 2013 Nickelodeon Short “Badly Drawn Animals,” Hamish Steele.
In “Short”: The story follows the adventures of three orphans (Urchin, Ragamuffin and Mudlark) who live in ‘Old Town’, an industrial labyrinth filled with strange characters – a mish mash of the weird and wonderful aspects of Victorian London. At the center is Urchin, who dreams of stardom and has a very optimistic outlook on life; never worrying about where her next meal comes from or where they might sleep.
4. Somewhere Awesome – created by BAFTA nominated Irish Director and designer, Eamonn O’Neill and animator, Marah Curran.
In “Short”: Three best friends work as fun loving, quest having, problem solving tour guides in a land called Somewhere Awesome, and all they want is for the whole world to know how great their home town is!
5. Woodchips – created by Barcelona based animator and artist Christian Villacañas.
In ‘Short’: Jim is excited to be a lumberjack, but his only concern is to prove he is worth the title and make a huge pile of wood to impress his family. Ignoring the advice of his coach Justin the Beaver, Jim will soon get into trouble, getting lost in the darkest part of the forest and falling under the spell of a maleficent tree that wants to eat him!
6. Crazy Block – created by acclaimed creator of Rainbow’s Winx Club, Iginio Straffi.
In ‘Short’: Bunny Lewis is a fashion blogger who must also manage the ongoing trials and tribulations experienced by other animal residents of ‘Vista Tower’.
7. Jo Minkus – created by Toronto based animator, Ben Anders.
In ‘Short’: After losing her tail fleeing from a Mink Farm, Jo – with a new clip-on tail – attempts to reclaim her identity and re-join animal society with the help of her friends. Jo is your classic “fish out of water”. Having lived a small, secluded life prior to escaping to the big city, she looks at even the simplest things in life with a sense of wonder and awe.
8. Feebs and Mr Timmins – created by Australian director Suren Perera, co-creator of hit Australian show The Dukes of Bröxstônia.
In ‘Short’: Happy-go-lucky ditzy daredevil Feebs and wannabe genius chimp Mr Timmins form a roller-skate-disco duo. 60 minutes into a skate disco record-breaking attempt, the pair encounter a massive hill that they just… can’t… climb, until Mr Timmins has an inspired idea involving a high-powered magnet and a passing cyclist…. Surely nothing can go wrong!
The recent success of Nickelodeon’s latest animated hit Breadwinners – which peaked as the #2 show for kids aged 2-11 in the US – is testament to the success of the Nickelodeon Animated Shorts Program. Discovered as part of the 2012 Program, the fun-filled series – created by Gary “Doodles” DiRaffaele and Steve Borst – has recently been renewed for a second series, launching internationally this autumn.
As the leader in television animation production, Nickelodeon has a legacy of creating ground-breaking animated shows including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Fanboy & Chum Chum, The Legend of Korra, and Sanjay and Craig, which are all produced at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif.
Nickelodeon is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company’s portfolio includes television programming and production around the world, plus special events, consumer products, digital offerings, recreation, books, feature films and pro-social initiatives. Nickelodeon’s brands are seen globally in more than 500 million households across more than 130 territories, via more than 70 locally programmed channels and branded blocks. Outside of the United States, Nickelodeon is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.