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I'm the Avatar and You Gotta Deal with It!

Two and a half years ago, we returned to the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender with the premier of Avatar: Legend of Korra. On Friday, October 3rd, the final planned season, Book Four: Balance, will air and conclude the story of Korra, a young woman tested by the most brutal enemies and faced with a world that may or may not need or want an avatar anymore. This is its trailer. On Youtube. Spoilerish break down of previous seasons with trailers beyond the fold! [more inside]
posted by Atreides on Sep 27, 2014 - 31 comments

Book 3 - Air Benders, Earth Kingdom, ZUKO, and Boom Boom Sparky Girl?

Change, the third book in the Legend of Korra, was officially completed last week, as announced by co-creator Mike DiMartino, and while an airing date remains unknown, the unexpected leak of three to four episodes from the season has resulted in an earlier than expected release of the season's trailer, just over two minutes of speculation creating, excitement inducing, animation for Legend of Korra fans. Fire Lord Zuko, anyone? [more inside]
posted by Atreides on Jun 12, 2014 - 58 comments

Branding Nick at Nite

"Knowing we are watching something that doesn't fit in today's world and being completely self-conscious about our enjoyment of it is the essence of Nick-At-Nites's appeal." Fascinating memo from 1987 about Nick at Nite's brand and positioning. [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll on Apr 15, 2014 - 51 comments

"I'm 31 and I can't go to haunted houses."

"'It Sucked': Legends of the Hidden Temple, as remembered by a former contestant." A follow-up to an article we talked about previously.
posted by invitapriore on Mar 29, 2013 - 32 comments

Humiliations in the Hidden Temple

The best of the worst of the oh-so-watchable cringe-fest that was Legends of the Hidden Temple.
posted by gilrain on Feb 28, 2013 - 21 comments

Thurman Lives

Back in March I posted about the forgotten Nickelodeon show Turkey Television. Recently a full episode of the show (later era) has shown up on YouTube: Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3.
If that's too much video tryptophan (even at its best, Turkey Television was amazingly uneven), here's a few clips (WARNING: CONTAINS UNCLE HOGRAM, also some of Uncle Floyd's bizarre Day In The Life Of A Food) from YouTube user 2reelers. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Nov 25, 2012 - 19 comments

Something is rotten in the town of Bluffington

There's something distinctly off about the Wikia for Doug. For starters, I doubt the veracity of these 'extended universe' books. And, maybe I'm wrong, but I think the "theories" section on Mr. Dink is in desperate need of citation. The Hamburger Boy article is, frankly, a mess of half-cooked conjecture, the This Doug Live page is filled with spurious information... a whole page for Lardy the Fat Cell?... don't even get me started on the editorializing in the Chalky Studebaker article. The culprit appears to be Skeeter Valentines Day Massacre, the rapscallion. Other users have noticed this problem, and the effect it's having on the credibility of the Doug Wikia community. If you want to get your facts straight, you can check out some real info over at the Doug (previously) Wikipedia page.
posted by codacorolla on Sep 28, 2012 - 16 comments

Assemble the Statue

Why Can't Anyone Assemble the Shrine of the Silver Monkey? [more inside]
posted by shadow vector on Aug 17, 2012 - 24 comments

"We were doing a show that nobody else understood"

"For Iron Man 2, there was a massive set built for the Stark Expo. It was the largest blue screen ever used in a film. It was so funny being there and having Jon explaining that to me, realizing we had done the same thing years before." A comprehensive behind the scenes interview with the creators of Nick Arcade. (Previously)
posted by yellowbinder on Jul 26, 2012 - 9 comments

Hey Sandy

Exploring The Adventures Of Pete And Pete’s genesis and highlights -- The AV Club talks to Adventures of Pete & Pete creators Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi in this four part series.
posted by modernserf on Jul 8, 2012 - 17 comments

Whenever my life gets me so down, I know I can go down

A brief history of Nickelodeon's Roundhouse, that glorious early 90's sketch show with the guys doing backflips and the Dad in the motorized armchair.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Apr 30, 2012 - 43 comments

I Don't Know

So You Think You Can't Do That On Television? Interview with Geoffrey Darby, inventor of green slime and co-creator of a show that many 80's kids will remember.
posted by rodmandirect on Mar 27, 2012 - 19 comments

Legend of Korra

The Legend of Korra - the sequel series to Avatar: the Last Airbender - is set to premiere on April 14. This weekend you can watch the first two episodes at Korra Nation.
posted by curious nu on Mar 24, 2012 - 75 comments

That's how a turkey created TV

The IMDB says of the Canadian-produced, early 90s Nickelodeon show Turkey Television: A series comprised entirely of short (several per episode) comedy sketches. Unfortunately practically nothing of the show survives on the internet today, other than two clips: the theme songs from the two formats of the show and a commercial showing off some archive clips. Page on the Classic Nick Wiki - Everything2 node [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Mar 22, 2012 - 25 comments

Explain This, Clarissa

Clarissa Explains It All: The Album (via) [more inside]
posted by nadawi on Mar 1, 2012 - 19 comments

PIPE!

An oral history of The Adventures of Pete and Pete
posted by timshel on Feb 22, 2012 - 29 comments

doo doo doo, doo doo doo, doo-doo-doo doo doo

A two part look back on Jim Jinkins' cartoon Doug.
posted by griphus on Feb 14, 2012 - 29 comments

Tearbending in excitement

Hopefully you've already seen the sneak peak, and maybe you saw the leaked opening credits. With a 2012 airdate now promised (Twitter, Nickelodeon 2012 teaser), several scenes have been recently leaked (MAJOR SPOILERS) from the first episode of Avatar: The Legend of Korra. (Previously.)
posted by kmz on Jan 17, 2012 - 34 comments

Circus Galop maximus

Marc-André Hamelin composed Circus Galop for the player piano. Performing it is impossible for a mere pair of human hands, but two people have tried to fake it until they make it. Another has transcribed it (or half of it, perhaps) for one player. Often, people will run it through a MIDI sequencer of their choice, to make a lively animation. Some have built Arduino robots that perform it. But, in the end, the best medium for a work this insane is the humble, yet manic player piano (less manic, but clearer-sounding performance here). Hamelin himself has run his composition through one, managing to get his television host to start dancing as the closing credits fade out...
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jan 3, 2012 - 34 comments

La Cite D'Arkadia

Here is the pilot episode of Les Mondes Engloutis (Part 2), a French animated sci-fi/fantasy televison series from 1985. Here is its iconic theme song. In English it translates into "The Sunken Worlds," but English-speakers know it better as Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea. More information can be found on Tripod fansite The Lost Archives of Arkadia. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Dec 14, 2011 - 23 comments

"Cute 'n cuddly, boys, cute 'n cuddly."

The Penguins of Madagascar is a funny, fast-paced, and family-friendly cartoon series that you may not be watching... yet. [more inside]
posted by flex on Oct 9, 2011 - 34 comments

You're looking happily deranged.

Did "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" Invent the Hipster? This blog says so*. The AV Club loves it unironically. But so do the professional comedians at Splitsider and the sci-fi geeks at Tor.com. And the show definitely seems to have some influence on some young folk**. (Recently discussed as part of Rhaomi's epic Nickelodeon post)
* BIG disclaimer: the blog is on MTV's site, same corporate parent who is currently rerunning the show on TeenNick's '90s block, so there is some Pepsi Blue involved - or Krebsi Blue
** Yes, it's real, it shows up in later pictures on her tumblr.

posted by oneswellfoop on Aug 14, 2011 - 55 comments

Orange you glad you got your Nickelodeon?

Two and a half years ago, we explored the early history of Cartoon Network... but it wasn't the only player in the youth television game. As a matter of fact, Fred Seibert -- the man responsible for the most inventive projects discussed in that post -- first stretched his creative legs at the network's truly venerable forerunner: Nickelodeon. Founded as Pinwheel, a six-hour block on Warner Cable's innovative QUBE system, this humble channel struggled for years before Seibert's innovative branding work transformed it into a national icon and capstone of a media empire. Much has changed since then, from the mascots and game shows to the versatile orange "splat." But starting tonight in response to popular demand, the network is looking back with a summer programming block dedicated to the greatest hits of the 1990s, including Hey Arnold!, Rocko's Modern Life, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Double Dare, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Legends of the Hidden Temple, and All That. To celebrate, look inside for the complete story of the early days of the network that incensed the religious right, brought doo-wop to television, and slimed a million fans -- the golden age of Nickelodeon. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Jul 25, 2011 - 116 comments

Now Get Off of My Freakin' Lawn!

"Fred is not a real kid, thank God: Fred Figglehorn is a character, a six year-old kid with an alcoholic stepmother and a father in jail."* Created in 2008 and portrayed by Nebraska teenager Lucas Cruikshank, Fred's YouTube videos "have racked up nearly 530 million views in aggregate." On September 17th. 'Fred: the Movie' hits Nickelodeon. [more inside]
posted by ericb on Aug 9, 2010 - 35 comments

Avatar Two: Eclectic Bendaloo

The creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender have confirmed that they will be making a new miniseries, set 70 years in the future. Despite the poor critical reception of the live-action Shyamalan adaptation, the animated world will continue. [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog on Jul 28, 2010 - 107 comments

Hello out there in TV Land!

Nick At Nite: The Promos (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by griphus on Jul 17, 2010 - 25 comments

Splat No More

Childrens' cable television mainstay and media brand Nickelodeon is rebranding as "The Nick" with a new splat-less logo. [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 on Aug 4, 2009 - 55 comments

SpongeBob SquarePants at 10

“He’s courageous, he’s optimistic, he’s representing everything that Mickey Mouse should have represented but never did. There’s even something Jesus-like about him—a 9-year-old Jesus after 15 packets of Junior Mints.” SpongeBob SquarePants at ten years old.
posted by ColdChef on May 13, 2009 - 61 comments

Dora Grows Up.

Dora Grows Up. Nickelodeon and Mattel have introduced a whole new look for beloved cartoon Dora the Explorer. But the new look has people asking, Is Dora too sexy? Nick and Mattel try to smooth things over.
posted by lunit on Mar 18, 2009 - 137 comments

It's Probably True!

Today we'll see Dave go back in time. Most of the retro Nickelodeon love goes to You Can't Do That On Television, but let us not forget about the show that gave us the Hurry-Up Machine, a pre-Full House Dave Coulier, Hern Burford, and the Burping Chili Men. It's Out of Control! [Previously] [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 on Jun 23, 2008 - 29 comments

Somewhere in the crowd... sometimes you find someone very special. Someone who sees light in the dark.

Between 1981 and 1984, the first network for kids broadcast an unusual show called THE THIRD EYE [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend on Mar 19, 2008 - 47 comments

From the Subway to Noggin

Jack's Big Music Show features Nuttin' But Stringz, an extremely talented duo featuring Damien and Tourie Escobar, Julliard-school violinists and brothers who kick out some amazing Hip-hop/R&B tracks. They're most recently featured as an interstitial musical performance on Jack's Big Music Show, my daughter's favorite show on Noggin, a cable channel from Nickelodeon aimed specifically at preschoolers. N.B.S joins other Jack's favorites like Laurie Berkner and the Flaming Lips (who tear up the dance floor with guest singer-songwriter Steve Burns, who you may or may not remember as Steve from Blue's Clues). You don't have to be a preschooler to enjoy the show or the music. N.B.S., in particular, were recently featured on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Ellen Show, as well as making an appearance at the Apollo Theater. Amazon has some listen links if you want to check them out. The track featured on Noggin is "Thunder".
posted by thanotopsis on Feb 18, 2007 - 12 comments

If she really liked pandas, she wouldn't give them candy.

I Like Pandas (flash), by Spümcø animator Jessica Borutski, from the Nicktoons Animation Festival (flash again), which is currently accepting submissions. Music by Plone. Not that Plone.
posted by ulotrichous on May 6, 2006 - 25 comments

nickelodeon hotel

Ladies and gentlemen, I present the Nickelodeon hotel. I don't know whether or not to lament the state of affairs, or be happy that my kid gets to interact with the characters she has in her imagination. Not that this is anything new in Orlando, or anything....but I'm just astounded by the wholesale manipulation of children and their parental-annoyance-fueled buying power.
posted by taumeson on Aug 3, 2005 - 18 comments

Classic Nick Homepage.

Classic Nick Homepage. The Adventures of Pete and Pete! Welcome Freshman! Mr. Wizard! David the Gnome! Pinwheel! Eureka's Castle! Count Duckula! Danger Mouse! Salute your Shorts! Hey Dude! They're all here!

Relive your childhood by perusing the pages at the Classic Nick Homepage. Remember whole subplots for shows you can't remember ever having watched! Go that extra step and demand the shows be put back on the air--sign the Petition! Already 5961 signatures strong, maybe there's a chance that MeFi could help the 80's Nick generation to once again experience the majesty of Artie... "The strongest man in the world!"
posted by Hammerikaner on Jul 17, 2002 - 41 comments

Nickelodeon is airing a special tonight on families that have same-sex parents.

Nickelodeon is airing a special tonight on families that have same-sex parents. The concern of some is that this show: "proves that this network has been co-opted by homosexual activists who are targeting children. Sodomy is not a family value. Nickelodeon has now lost the trust of parents."

My issue with it is that it appears that they are not publicizing the fact that they are showing this to the parents to allow them to decide if their children should watch it or not... I couldn't find anything on their website, except the listing in the schedule for "Nick News Special Edition" (MORE INSIDE)
posted by darian on Jun 18, 2002 - 67 comments

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