Tuesday, April 20, 2021

What is the Strongest Element? 🌊⛰πŸ”₯πŸŒͺ Four Nations Forum #1 | Avatar: The Last Airbender

What is the Strongest Element? 🌊⛰πŸ”₯πŸŒͺ Four Nations Forum #1 | Avatar: The Last Airbender


Bloodbending is way too overpowered; Zutara is a better ship than Kataang; Aang couldn't have defeated Ozai without a lucky rock.  These are the flaming hot takes and topics we're discussing with some of the biggest Avatar super fans in the Four Nations!  Four Nations Forum is a brand-new discussion series exclusively on the Avatar: The Last Airbender YouTube channel!  Hosted by a panel of fans, this show breaks down ALL of your favorite Avatar topics, from the most powerful forms of bending to the best (and worst) ships!

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Originally published: Monday, April 19, 2021 at 19.23 BST.

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'The Bureau of Magical Things' Season Two Promo

Get set for more magical adventures and mysteries in The Bureau of Magical Things season two, coming soon to Nickelodeon! Check out the spellbinding promo below!:


The Bureau of Magical Things season two (20 episodes) continues the adventures of Kyra, a teenage girl who acquired magical powers when caught in a clash between an elf and a fairy. In this new series, when Kyra and Darra embark on a quest to find a legendary lost temple, Kyra’s orb magic accidentally awakens a dangerous object causing fairy and elf magic to malfunction. As the danger escalates, Kyra must risk everything to deal with a threat that endangers the entire magical world and brings her own identity into question.

Season two will see the show's original cast return, led by Kimie Tsukakoshi (The Family Law) as Kyra. Siblings Elizabeth Cullen and Julian Cullen (Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan) return as elf brother and sister on screen. Mia Milnes and Rainbow Wedell (Jiva) also headline as fairies. Jamie Carter plays Kyra’s human friend and now a member of ‘The Bureau’, while Arnijka Larcombe-Weate returns as Kyra’s problematic bestie oblivious to the magical world. Joining the cast in season two is Miah Madden, who will portray Tayla.

The young cast are joined by experienced actors Christopher Sommers (Sweet ToothThe Water Diviner), Nicholas Bell (Mission Impossible IIWanted), Steve Nation (Neighbours) and this season introduces Tasneem Roc (HarrowRakeReef Doctors).

Julian Cullen and Kimie Tsukakoshi in ‘The Bureau of Magical Things.’ (Photo credit: Mark Taylor)

The Bureau of Magical Things season two was commissioned by Network 10, German public broadcaster ZDF and ViacomCBS-owned kids’ network Nickelodeon.

Production on The Bureau of Magical Things season two commenced in February 2020, however, filming in Brisbane and the Gold Coast was halted at the end of March due to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Filming for the second season of The Bureau of Magical Things later resumed on the Gold Coast from Monday 29th June 2020.

Julian Cullen as Darra on The Bureau of Magical Things' first day back in production under COVID safe protocols. Image credit: Mark Taylor

The first season of The Bureau of Magical Things screened in over 170 territories and received the AACTA Award for Best Children’s Program in 2018.

When The Bureau of Magical Things season two was first announced in November 2019, producer Jonathan M. Shiff said, “Australian children, like children all around the world, love fantasy, mystery and adventure. It’s wonderful to build on the success of the first series with a story more magical and more epic as our young heroes seek answers to their mystery not only in Australia but across South East Asia. The extraordinarily talented Queensland cast and crew, plus the stunning local locations continue to help us to achieve the highest quality production values for a global audience.”

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, whose Government has supported the series through Screen Queensland said, “We are delighted to welcome back another season of The Bureau of Magical Things to Queensland. This production will film on the Gold Coast and Brisbane from February to June 2020 and create more than 200 jobs for cast and crew. Queensland continues to be the location of choice for major screen productions including The Bureau of Magical Things that will showcase our world-class screen industry capability and stunning locations. My government is proud to continue to support the screen industry because it creates jobs, boosts tourism and promotes our international reputation. I look forward to the next season of The Bureau of Magical Things.”

Camera operator Brad Hunt shooting on The Bureau of Magical Things' first day back in production under COVID safe protocols. Image credit: Mark Taylor

Screen Australia’s Head of Content, Sally Caplan said, “Jonathan M. Shiff has time and time again proven his ability to create enchanting children’s television and The Bureau of Magical Things has not only gained critical acclaim but has also captured the imaginations of children around the world. We’re thrilled to support the second season from the talented creative team who will bring this next magical adventure to life.”

Fred Burksen, President & CEO, ZDF Enterprises, said, “We have been working with Jonathan and his team for so many years, we consider them family. Side by side, we have managed to put smiles on the faces of children in almost every country on Earth. We are delighted that our extremely successful partnership with Jonathan M. Shiff Productions will now be continued with the second season of The Bureau of Magical Things.”


The Bureau of Magical Things season 2 is a Jonathan M. Shiff Productions project for Network 10, ZDF and Nickelodeon. Major production investment from ZDF Enterprises, Screen Queensland and Screen Australia. It is presold to Network 10 Australia, German public broadcaster ZDF and Nickelodeon, and is distributed worldwide by ZDF Enterprises.

ABOUT JONATHAN M. SHIFF PRODUCTIONS

Jonathan M. Shiff Productions is a world leader in live-action children’s fantasy drama with credits including the global smash hit H2O – Just Add Water and its spin off Mako Mermaids. In 2018, Jonathan was awarded a World Screen Kids’ Trendsetter Award in recognition of his leading contribution to the international television industry and for driving innovation in children’s programming. The first season of The Bureau of Magical Things is an international hit and is being viewed around the world via Network Ten, ZDF Germany and Nickelodeon worldwide. The series went on to win the AACTA Award for Best Children’s Program, plus the international 2019 Kidscreen Award Best New Series Tweens/Teens.

Jonathan M. Shiff Productions award winning content has screened in over 170 countries worldwide entertaining an audience of hundreds of millions and showcasing Queensland locations and lifestyle. Their Mako Mermaids series became the first ever Netflix Original live-action series for children. Graduates of Shiff’s productions include Liam Hemsworth and Margot Robbie, both seen as younger actors in The Elephant Princess. H2O stars Phoebe Tonkin (Bloom, Safe Harbour) and Claire Holt moved onto the US series The Vampire Diaries and its sequel The Originals; their co-star Luke Mitchell to The Code, Blindspot and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. They are amongst an impressive list of those who learned their craft and the business of filmmaking on Mr. Shiff’s sets.


Originally published: Monday, April 19, 2021 at 20:13 BST.

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The Origin of Nickelodeon's 'Hey Arnold!'

While playing around with the strangely-shaped characters in the Penny cartoons on Pee-wee's Playhouse, Craig created a football-shaped-headed kid.


If you look back at the history of Nickelodeon, it's pretty hard to deny the network's effect on pop culture. Not only did it launch the careers of the likes of Ariana Grande and a number of other stars, but the network also created a number of original shows that have contributed great joy to an entire generation. This, of course, includes Hey Arnold!

Craig Bartlett's Hey, Arnold! had 100 episodes in five seasons that aired from 1996 to 2004. There were also two spin-off movies, merchandise, and, most importantly, a massive and dedicated fanbase that came out of the show. But how exactly was Craig inspired to create a series about a football-shaped head kid who got himself into all sorts of trouble with his grandparents and his friends? Here's the truth about the origin of Hey, Arnold! and spoiler alert... it involves another childhood icon.

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Pee-wee Herman Created Hey, Arnold! ... Sort Of

According to an interview by Vox, animator Craig Bartlett got his start creating the Penny cartoons on the children's show, Pee-wee's Playhouse. There was no bigger children's entertainer in the late 1980s than Paul Reubens and his strange man-child Pee-wee Herman. So, Craig getting a job animating the claymation segment of the show, which was a huge opportunity for him.

While playing around with the strangely-shaped characters in the Penny cartoons on Pee-wee's Playhouse, Craig created a football-shaped-headed kid... Yep... Arnold. Who was named after his wife's uncle.

According to a video on the history of Hey, Arnold!, the idea for the football-shaped head came to Craig just because it was an easy shape for him to mold out of clay. He put the eyes far out on the sides of the head because it gave the character, " a cool, sort of, Buddha-like look."


Out of this playful experimentation, Craig produced three shorts for the Penny cartoons that featured the Arnold character, "Arnold Escapes From Church" being the most famous.

Of course, Craig didn't quite know that playing around with clay would result in him creating one of the most beloved and memorable animated characters of the 1990s. But, he did know that adding Arnold into the Penny cartoons was worthwhile.


Pitching Ideas To Nickelodeon Fell Flat So Craig Had To Come Up With Something

As Craig felt more comfortable in his creativity, he decided he wanted to branch out and create a series of his own. This is what encouraged him to take meetings with Nickelodeon and pitch producer Mary Harrington a variety of ideas. All of these ideas had nothing to do with Arnold and none of them resonated with Mary and Nickelodeon.

So, Craig, as well as his creative partners, was feeling a little desperate. This is what caused someone to suggest that Mary take a look at the Penny cartoons from Pee-wee's Playhouse, just to get a better understanding of what Craig could do. Turns out, she loved them... Specifically, she loved Arnold. She then asked Craig what ideas he had for Arnold.

The only thing Craig had on Arnold, outside of the stuff on the Penny cartoons, was a comic panel that he did for Simpsons Illustrated. It featured Arnold 'jolting awake from a dream' screaming his guts out.

This strange comic strip was ultimately what sold Nickelodeon on doing an entire series based on a character that Craig created by accident. At the time, Craig was pitching the idea as a "Charlie Brown for the '90s". Funnily enough, this seemed to be an apt comparison.

Craig was also interested in exploring more adult themes, or, at the very least, themes that kids could actually relate to. Especially kids growing up in the lower-class parts of Portland, Seattle, and New York, which are the cities the show is based on. He also didn't want to let his characters off the hook by the end of the episode, like most children's cartoons did (and still do). He wanted to show real consequences and not 'wrap everything up in a nice bow'.

"[We were] making a show about a sensitive kid that really reflected emotionally what it’s really like to be a kid," Craig Bartlett said in an interview with Vox. "You’re kind of powerless. The adults run everything, and you don’t really have a say, where you have to make your own world."

This meant that the fun moments in the show would often have a harsher reality that allowed his characters to grow and learn from. But that didn't mean that it wasn't filled with fantasy and adventure.

"That was very much how my childhood was," Craig explained of his beloved show. "I just sort of had a huge inner life, because I didn’t think anyone knew or cared what I was doing. So I just kind of made up a dream world."

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What's On Nick | Nickelodeon Premiere Highlights | Week 16

Your guide to What's New on Nickelodeon for the week of Monday, April 19 - Sunday, April 25, 2021!



For Nickelodeon's full highlights for April 2021, click here.

All times ET/PT.


Friday, April 23, 2021

11:00 a.m. - Blue's Clues & You! - Spring is Here!: It’s getting warmer outside, and the flowers are blooming – that must mean that spring is here! We play an outdoors game of Blue’s Clues to figure out what Blue wants to do on the first day of spring. (#217) [promo]

11:30 a.m. - Blaze and the Monster Machines - Sparkle's Racing Badge: It’s more Blaze family fun in this high octane, action-packed adventure as Blaze and his sister Sparkle team up to make it back to the Monster Dome in time for a big race. (#606)

12:00 p.m. - PAW Patrol - Pups Save Little Hairy/Pups Save a Kooky Climber: Big Hairy's little brother falls into a hole, and Tracker gets carried away by Big Hairy; Danny tries extreme rock climbing with Ace Sorenson. (#718) [promo]

12:30 p.m. - Baby Shark's Big Show! - Baby Shark's Big Show: Live From the Shark House:  Baby & William are coming to you live in a brand-new special where they’ll show you everything they love about Carnivore Cove! (#998; special) [info / promo]

7:00 p.m. - SpongeBob SquarePants - Knock Knock, Who's There?: SpongeBob watches Mr. Krabs’s house while he’s away, so he takes extreme measures to make sure no one breaks in. (#260A) [promos]

7:30 p.m. - The Barbarian and the Troll - Season of the Witch: The group arrives at the witch’s castle for an epic battle of swords and spells, and a surprise admission from Stacey that shocks her father. (#104)

8:00 p.m. - SpongeBob: Puppet Edition! Shorts - 'Wet Painters' - Puppet Edition!: The Pineapple Playhouse presents...WET PAINTERS IRL! SpongeBob and Patrick are tasked to paint the inside of Mr. Krabs' house, but will their felted forms get the task done? (#884)


Originally published: Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

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Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for April 19, 2021 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for April 19, 2021 | Nickelodeon

Rugrats, provided to Creators Syndicate by Nickelodeon, based off the popular animated television series has been created for children and family's to laugh and enjoy together.

Follow these comics and their take on real episodes of the show and their own spin on hilarious adventures.

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