Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Country Stars Billy Ray Cyrus And Kelsea Ballerini Guest Star In All-New "Blaze And The Monster Machines" "Wild Wheels" Specials On Nickelodeon

Official Nickelodeon USA Press Release via TheFutonCritic.com:

COUNTRY STARS BILLY RAY CYRUS AND KELSEA BALLERINI GUEST STAR IN ALL-NEW BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES "WILD WHEELS" SPECIALS ON NICKELODEON



Photo: Bronte Barbarito

Blaze and the Monster Machines take a ride on the wild side in all-new "Wild Wheels" animal-themed specials featuring guest voice appearances by internationally renowned multi-platinum recording artist and acclaimed actor, Billy Ray Cyrus and Grammy-nominated and platinum-selling singer-songwriter, Kelsea Ballerini. The first special, "Animal Island," featuring Cyrus as Lazard, a greedy lizard-truck, premieres Monday, May 29, at 12pm (ET/PT), followed by "Toucan Do It!" featuring Ballerini as Tooks, an athletic toucan-truck, on Wednesday, May 31, at 12pm (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling musician, Darius Rucker will also voice a character named Thunderwing, a tough-talking falcon-truck, in an upcoming "Wild Wheels" episode premiering later this year. The "Wild Wheels" specials follow Blaze and friends as they transform into animal-trucks and meet new friends on Animal Island, an incredible place where everyone is a talking monster truck animal. Blaze and the Monster Machines follows the adventures of the amazing monster truck Blaze and his eight-year-old driver AJ, and it's the first preschool show on TV to comprehensively cover all areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in every episode.


In "Animal Island," Blaze and Stripes are sailing the open sea when they discover Animal Island. While ashore, they make new friends and marvel at the animals' amazing powers but a greedy lizard-truck named Lazard (Cyrus) wants those powers all for himself and decides to steal them using a special machine. Then, in "Toucan Do It!," Blaze, Starla and Darington visit Animal Stadium where they are set to take on a team of animal opponents in a game of Jungle Ball. When the friends discover they are down a teammate, Blaze recruits an athletic toucan-truck named Tooks (Ballerini) to join their team. When the ball accidentally flies far from the stadium, Tooks boldly flies to get it but her feathery tail gets trapped under a rock. Now, it's up to Blaze, Starla, and Darington to transform into animals to rescue their new friend.






Thunderwing

In the toy aisle, Nickelodeon and Fisher-Price, a subsidiary of Mattel Inc., will launch an all-new toy line inspired by the "Wild Wheels" specials this fall. Available at all major retailers, the complete line will include die-cast vehicles, talking and super stunt vehicles, and a track set that brings the fun and dynamic characters from the show to life.

In Blaze and the Monster Machines, the amazing monster truck Blaze and his eight-year-old driver AJ have adventures that explore the physics of how things move; tackle problems through scientific inquiry and mathematics; and discover the parts needed to make everyday technologies work. Each action-packed episode is filled with monster trucks, physical humor and upbeat original songs with lyrics that highlight a STEM concept such as adhesion, friction, force, trajectory and magnetism. Blaze and the Monster Machines is created by Jeff Borkin (Team Umizoomi head writer) and Ellen Martin (Bubble Guppies supervising producer).

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ABOUT BILLY RAY CYRUS: Internationally renowned superstar Billy Ray Cyrus continues captivating audiences with his distinctive vocal style and charismatic stage presence. Throughout the course of nearly three decades, Cyrus has achieved worldwide success as a singer, songwriter, actor and producer. The Flatwoods, Kentucky native exploded onto the music scene when his first album, Some Gave All, which debuted on the Billboard album charts at No. 1 and stayed there for 17 weeks in 1992. The lead single, "Achy Breaky Heart," became a phenomenon as the single went platinum and Some Gave All went on to sell 9 million copies. Recently, he re-recorded "Achy Breaky Heart" in Muscle Shoals to celebrate the 25th anniversary. Cyrus became a bonafide music icon and exemplified how Nashville's take on the music business changed for country artists. Along the way, Cyrus charted 35 singles, 16 of which are Top 40 hits, including "Could've Been Me," "Where'm Gonna Live When I Get Home," "She's Not Cryin," "Some Gave All," "Ready, Set, Don't Go" and many more. Cyrus has also enjoyed a successful career as an actor, most notably in cable series "Doc," and in the Disney series "Hannah Montana" with his daughter Miley Cyrus. Today, Cyrus stars in CMT's "Still the King" and is recording new music while playing to live audiences across North America. For more information on Billy Ray Cyrus and his upcoming projects, visit BillyRayCyrus.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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Also, from People.com:

Start Your Engines! Kelsea Ballerini and Billy Ray Cyrus Star on Blaze and the Monster Machines - See the First Clips



Kelsea Ballerini and Billy Ray Cyrus are making the jump from country to cartoons!

The singer-songwriters are both set to appear on episodes of the Nickelodeon animated preschool series Blaze and the Monster Machines, with Ballerini playing a friendly tropical bird — more specifically, a toucan named Tooks.

In Ballerini’s episode — titled “Toucan Do It!” — Starla, Darington and Blaze head off to Animal Stadium to play Jungle Ball against a group of creatures, and Tooks decides to join their team after the trio forms a bond with her.

But things go awry when Tooks flies out of the stadium to save the rogue ball, and it’s up to her new pals to turn into animals to help get her to safety again.

Cyrus’ episode “Animal Island” sees the former Hannah Montana star voicing a chameleon named Lazard, whom Stripes and Blaze meet upon discovering Animal Island during their sea travels. On the island dwell various talking monster-truck animals, whom the duo quickly befriend.

But not all is right with Lazard. A self-serving creature, he wants all the marvelous powers of the island’s inhabitants for his own — to the point where he actually creates a machine to attempt to steal them.



Blaze and the Monster Machines‘ episode “Animal Island” featuring Cyrus premieres Mon., May 29, at 12 p.m. ET/PT.

“Toucan Do It!” featuring Ballerini premieres Wednesday, May 31, at 12 p.m. ET/PT, on Nickelodeon.

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