Newsday's Kidsday recently visited the Nickelodeon offices in New York, where they got the chance to interview three of the great comedians who will be starring in Albert, the first original animated TV movie Nickelodeon has ever made!
Albert is the story of a tiny Douglas fir tree named Albert who has big dreams of becoming Empire City’s most famous Christmas tree. When the search for this year’s tree is announced, Albert believes he has found his calling and hits the road with his two best friends, Maisie, the persistently positive palm tree, and Gene, the abrasive and blisteringly honest weed, to fulfill his destiny. With a few prickly situations along the way, and Cactus Pete (Riggle), who, in an attempt to destroy Empire City’s Christmas tree, tries to hurt Albert’s ornaments, Albert learns the true meaning of Christmas, and proves that even the tiniest of trees can still do big things! The hour-long TV movie will also feature two original songs, “The Best Thing That Can Happen to Christmas” and “Christmasiest Christmas,” performed by the voice cast.”
Among the many stars lending their voices to Nickelodeon's brand-new one-hour, CG-animated holiday tale are Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) as Albert, Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live) as Maisie, and Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) as Gene.
Kidsday talked to Judah, Sasheer and Bobby and asked them a few questions about Nick's all-new fun movie:
What is your favorite scene in the movie?
Bobby: The first song when they are all getting ready to go on their adventure is pretty fun. There are fun action scenes at the end, but we don’t want to give away too much.
What do you love about the character you played?
Judah: I played the weed. And weeds are often something that most people don’t want. It is something bad or unwanted. A weed has to fight for himself and can’t rely on other people. Have to have strong personality and a lot of confidence.
Sasheer: I love that my character is a really good friend and is supportive. That is what is needed for a lot of people.
Bobby: I liked Albert because he just wants to have a good time. Albert is all about having fun!
Why do you think kids will like to see Albert?
Sasheer: I think it is a very fun story. It has a really good moral and it is always good to see an underdog win. It is a really cool looking cartoon.
Bobby: It has fun songs.
Judah: And it has a dancing Christmas tree!
What is different from a cartoon movie and a regular movie?
Bobby: When we make animated movies you can be silly and you find yourself jumping around and doing things you wouldn’t normally do.
One of Kidsday's favorite parts of the movie was the attack of the Bunnies scene, when a huge group of Bunnies attack the pals because they want to eat their friend’s leaves.
Albert premieres Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. EST on Nickelodeon USA, and worldwide soon after.
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