Thursday, December 13, 2018

Netflix to Debut 'Pinky Malinky' on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 [Updated W/ Trailer]

Netflix will premiere Nickelodeon's brand-new animated series Pinky Malinky on Friday 17th August 2018! The news - announced on National Hot Dog Day follows the subscription video-on-demand (SVoD) service acquiring the rights to the series as part of Viacom's initiate to identify intellectual property within it vaults that could be an ideal fit for a digital or linear programmer outside of Viacom.

Update 12/12: Netflix has released their first trailer for Pinky Malinky!:



Join Pinky Malinky and his best friends, Babs and JJ, as they make movies, drop sick beats, and explore their hometown of Sackenhack! See all of Pinky's crazy adventures this January 1st, only on Netflix.

Update 12/5: Netflix will premiere Nickelodeon's brand-new animated series Pinky Malinky on Tuesday, January 1, 2019! Click here to view Netflix's official Pinky Malinky show page! The show will bow as a Netflix Original, and will carry a TV-Y7 rating in the US and PG rating in the UK.



Show Details:

Pinky Malinky | 2018 PG

Pinky Malinky sees the bright side of everything, including being born a hot dog. With his BFFs in tow, this little wiener takes a bite out of life.

Starring: Lucas Grabeel, Nathan Kress, Diamond White

Genres: Animation, Series, Kids’ Programmes, Comedy Programmes, TV Animated Comedies, TV Cartoons

Creators: Chris Garbutt, Rikke Asbjoern

This programme is: Wacky

Cast: Lucas Grabeel, Nathan Kress, Diamond White, Danny Jacobs, Retta, Colleen Smith, Vargus Mason, Lauren Tom, Robbie Daymond, and Grey Griffin

Update (9/29): Netflix are reportedly planning to premiere Pinky Malinky during early 2019! Additionally, Lucas Grabeel, the voice of Pinky Malinky, is set to perform in a New Year's Eve countdown as the hot dog!

Update (9/16): Chris Garbutt, the co-creator of Pinky Malinky, has given a small status update about the whereabouts of the series. In the comments on a post on his Instagram page, Chris has said that there's been a delay in the release, however, it's still coming to Netflix, just going to be a little later than previously announced. Chris said said that he is not 100% sure when Pinky Malinky will premiere just yet, and reveals that it's all in the hands of Netflix:


Update (8/17): Unfortunately, it seems like Pinky Malinky's debut on Netflix has been delayed for the foreseeable future. Stay 'tooned for more updates!


Netflix will debut the Complete First Season of Pinky Malinky at 3:01am ET/PT on the day. Although currently unconfirmed, it's expected that Netflix will roll the series out on its global platforms on the same day. The series has been slated to bow on Netflix in Brazil on the same day.

Pinky Malinky is a brand-new fly-on-the-wall reality show that follows the everyday life of Pinky, an infectiously positive hot dog living in a human world. With his best friends Babs and JJ by his side, Pinky reaches for the stars in the small town of Sackenhack. Through his good spirits and sausage sensibilities, Pinky proves that a "wiener" is only one small letter away from being a "WINNER!"


Using the tropes of a mockumentary and reality show format, Pinky and his friends will talk directly to the camera and the audience to share their absurd and silly take on real life. At times, all children feel like they don't fit in and Pinky's undeniably unique point of view as a literal wiener amongst humans will allow kids to laugh at his familiar struggles and enjoy his unusual perspective on the challenges of being a school-aged kid. By always reaching for the stars, Pinky pushes himself further than anyone could imagine. Pinky and his friends' humorous experiences will also be shared across social media and Nickelodeon's digital platforms.

Co-created and co-executive produced by Chris Garbutt and Rikke Asbjoern (The Amazing World of Gumball) and executive produced by Scott Kreamer (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness), the trio are a part of the Artist Collective, an internal diverse group of experienced creators who mentor and support up-and-coming talent while also collaborating to cultivate, challenge and inspire Nickelodeon's development pipeline.

Pinky Malinky will star Lucas Grabeel (Glenn Martin DDS, I Kissed A Vampire) as Pinky Malinky, Diamond White (The Haunted Hathaways) as Babs Buttman, and Nathan Kress (iCarly) as JJ Jameson.

Under the deal with Netflix, Nickelodeon is producing two seasons — 59 episodes — of Pinky Malinky for the streaming service. Although bowing on Netflix, Pinky Malinky will feature Nickelodeon branding at the show open.


Update (7/22): iCarly star Nathan Kress just can’t resist working with Nickelodeon! The 25-year-old frequent Henry Danger and Game Shakers director has teamed back up with Nickelodeon Animated Studios for a brand new Netflix series.

Pinky Malinky is fly-on-the wall reality show follows the life of Pinky, an infectiously positive hot dog living in the human world. Kress voices JJ, one of Pinky's best friends.

“YEEEEEEESSSSSS!!!!! It’s been too many years!” Nathan tweeted, after the news was announced. “Cannot wait for everyone to see what we’ve been cooking up. It’s madness.”

He adds, “But there’s also, like, good life-lessons, and friendship, and stuff. It’s gonna be a blast you guys. Check it out!!! Netflix, Aug 17th!”

Produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif., the animated series is produced as part of the network's pipeline of content driven by creators discovered all over the world.

From the Springfield News-Leader:

Springfield's own Lucas Grabeel is starring in new 'Little Women' film

Lucas Grabeel, the Hollywood actor who got his start with Springfield Little Theatre productions in the '90s and early 2000s before catapulting to fame with "High School Musical" and many other productions, has a new movie out.

It's "Little Women."

Wait, what? Isn't "Little Women" a 150-year-old book? Hasn't it been adapted for performance scads of times? (According to PBS, "Little Women" has been made into at least five movies, 10 TV shows, two Broadway productions, an opera and a ballet.)

Yes and yes, Grabeel said in an interview just before "Little Women" was due to premiere at Springfield's Regal College Station Stadium 14, one of 600 theaters nationwide playing the show for a limited run. Grabeel was "adamant" the film be screened in Springfield, he said.

Meanwhile, for Grabeel, a key fact about this version of the proto-feminist story is that it's set in 2018, not 1868. A fan of the 1994 movie that starred Winona Ryder and Kirsten Dunst, Grabeel said he hopes this time, a contemporary setting will draw younger people into what he sees as a timeless story and even encourage some of them to read the source text. (As it turns out, Grabeel said he has never auditioned much for period piece work.)

Grabeel said he's proud to be part of a movie — as a producer, not just an actor — in which the roles of women are central. And not just onscreen in the form of acting talent.

"You know, the movie industry is going through a much-needed overhaul and transition and wake-up call," he said, referring to the #MeToo movement that began in October 2017 when journalists revealed multiple sexual-misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein, a powerful film producer.

"The film industry should be spotlighting talented, creative and powerful women who need to be heard and need to have a voice," he said.

He noted the book author, Louisa May Alcott, but also the film's writer-director, Clare Niederpruem, are women. He added, "The editor is a woman, the director of photography is a woman. There are several women who are producers. It's about women."

Not to mention cast members including Lea Thompson, Melanie Stone, Sarah Davenport, Taylor Murphy, Allie Jennings and Elise Jones, who play the core characters in this tale of sisterhood and resilience.

"The set was so electric with positivity and joy," Grabeel said. "I was so lucky to be a part of it and just witness."

Grabeel's character, Laurie, is a musician in this adaptation, and so while on set Grabeel said he wrote an original song to serve as the movie's theme song.

It's called "All the Things," available on his YouTube channel and through platforms like iTunes and Spotify. Grabeel said he likes writing "assignment" music of this kind, "where it's like, here's the story, here's the theme, take this idea and run with it and create a song out of it."

"That was really special," he said.

Next up for Grabeel, along with work for Disney, is an early 2019 debut for "Pinky Malinky," an animated kids' series developed for Netflix and Nickelodeon.

Grabeel plays the title character, a hot dog who stars in a reality show. They've made 60 episodes — some of them teased with clips on the show's Instagram account, @pinky_malinky — and he's due to perform in a New Year's Eve countdown as the hot dog.

The character has "morphing" qualities that mean Grabeel has to make a wide range of funny voices, he said.

This is a dream come true for Grabeel. Since before he set out for Los Angeles as an 18-year-old in 2003, Grabeel has hoped to be part of cartoons. He likes making silly voices and sound effects, and he's done so on at least six Disney productions.

It's a different vibe than shooting a live-action flick.

"You show up," Grabeel said, "you're in an air-conditioned room, you read from a script — it's the best job in Hollywood."

But not without challenges. On a movie set, 90 people might be staring at the actors filming a scene. In the studio, it may only be two people or a dozen people, but they watch the actor through a soundproof window. It can be "nerve-racking."

Grabeel explained, "They might be like, 'Hold on, Lucas,' and then they're all talking about you. Are they laughing, or not laughing? Oh gosh, is this right? Are they going to fire me? You have to have a different kind of confidence when you walk in and think yeah, I'll adapt for whatever they want you to do. That kind of keeps up that energy, that kind of anxious energy."

"I never know what they’re going to ask me to do," he said.

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Follow Pinky and his pals on social media:

Pinky Malinky - Instagram | Twitter | Vimeo

Babs Buttman - Instagram | Twitter

JJ Jameson - Instagram | Twitter

And don't forget to follow the Pinky Malinky production team on Tumblr and Instagram!

More Nick: Episode 48: Chris Garbutt & Rikke Asbjoern | Nickelodeon Animation Podcast!

Originally published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

Additional sources: TheFutonCritic.com, Just Jared Jr.; H/T: Huge thanks to Anime Superhero Forum @PinkiePie97 for alerting me to the schedule change!
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