Friday, July 03, 2020

Nicktoons UK to Welcome 'Mr Magoo' on Monday 6th July 2020

Nickelodeon UK & Ireland will premiere Mr Magoo, the hilarious new animated slapstick comedy series produced by award-winning French animation studio Xilam Animation, based on the hugely successful classic cartoon of the same name, on Monday 6th July 2020 at 12:00pm on Nicktoons UK & Ireland! Following launch, Mr Magoo will air twice a day, at 12:00pm and 4:30pm on Nicktoons.


In the neighbourhood, everybody loves Mr Magoo — a lively, kind-hearted and cheerful guy always happy to give a helping hand. But beware — he also causes disasters! Without his glasses, he mistakes his surroundings for other places, gets people mixed up, and wreaks havoc everywhere he goes. All his neighbours have kindly adjusted to his uniqueness… except for one: a megalomaniac hamster by the name of Fizz, whose sole goal is to have all of humanity recognize his tremendous genius. He’s determined to leave his mark on history, but somehow Magoo always interferes, forever thwarting Fizz’s crazy plans!


Originally commissioned by France Télévisions, Mr Magoo season one (78 x 7’) currently airs on Turner’s Boomerang channel in France, Africa, the Middle East, Israel, Turkey and Nordics, Cartoon Network (Asia), Discovery Kids (Latin America), Super RTL (Germany), VRT and RTBF (Belgium), SIC K (Portugal), RTVE (Spain), RTS (Switzerland), CITV (UK), Discovery and DEA Kids (Italy), among other channels.

“Since debuting in fall 2018, Mr Magoo has drawn strong ratings and captured the hearts of kids and their families around the world,” said Marc du Pontavice of Xilam."

The news follows ViacomCBS, the parent company of the Nickelodeon brand debuting the all new Mr Magoo animated series on CBS All Access, through a deal with DreamWorks Animation’s Classic Media in January 2020.


“The original version of Mr Magoo was first created in the U.S. so we’re delighted DreamWorks has now come on board to introduce local audiences to our fresh take on this wonderfully candid and optimistic character, back where it all began 70 years ago,” said Pontavice at the time.

Mr Magoo has been adapted by Olivier Jean-Marie and Xilam’s Hugo Gittard from John Hubley’s original series and character Mr. Quincy Magoo, created in 1949. Hugo Gittard is also showrunner of the new series.


Fans can visit nicktoons.co.uk and the Nick Play app to find out more about their favourite Nicktoons shows, as well as watch short-form clips from and play games inspired by hit Nicktoons series.

Online on Nicktoons' official Mr Magoo website, nicktoons.co.uk/magoo (and nicktoons.co.uk/mrmagoo), fans can find out more about the show as well as watch the theme song.

Fans can also Like the official Nickelodeon UK Facebook page, follow Nickelodeon on Twitter and Instagram, and subscribe to the official Nickelodeon UK YouTube channel for the latest Nick news, highlights, The Scoop about their favourite stars, and videos.

In additional news, Virgin Media has revealed how Covid-19 (coronavirus) has shifted the nation’s TV viewing habits in new data published.

With the majority of schools closed throughout the country, viewers spent 5 hours more on average during April watching Pay TV kids channels such as Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network compared to February.

Overall, Pay kids TV channels saw a 19% increase in viewing time during early lockdown with Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig and Fireman Sam proving popular with younger viewers.

More Nick: Nickelodeon UK Brings Slime Music and Mayhem to Blackpool and London with SLIMEFEST 2020!

About Xilam

A major player in animation, Xilam is an integrated studio founded in 1999 that creates, produces and distributes original programmes in more than 190 countries for both children and adult audiences. Xilam content is broadcast on television, and is also available on SVoD platforms including Netflix, Disney+, Amazon and NBC Universal, and ADVoD streaming platforms including YouTube and Facebook.

With its creativity and capacity for innovation recognised worldwide, and editorial and commercial expertise at the cutting edge of its industry, Xilam is positioned as a key player in a fast-growing market. Each year, Xilam builds real successes and capitalises on its powerful historical brands including Oggy and the Cockroaches and Zig & Sharko, as well as new properties such as Oggy Oggy for a preschool audience, Moka, Mr. Magoo, and Academy Award® nominated adult feature film I Lost My Body. Xilam’s expanding and strong catalogue now consists of over 2,200 episodes and three feature films.

In 2019, Xilam acquired Cube Creative, a studio providing the company with unique expertise in 3D and computer generated images. Xilam employs more than 500 individuals, including 400 artists, across its studios in Paris, Lyon, Angoulême and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam.

About Nicktoons

Available in over 13 million homes, Nicktoons showcases the world’s best comedy animation. Launched in 2002 and part of the Nickelodeon network of channels, Nicktoons broadcasts the very best in funny cartoons to audiences across the UK and Ireland, featuring top shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Loud House, Welcome to the Wayne and Fairly OddParents. More information is available at nicktoons.co.uk. Nicktoons is available on Sky 606, Virgin 717 and through BT Vision.

About Nickelodeon

The home of SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, PAW Patrol and Nella the Princess Knight, Nickelodeon UK & Ireland Network is available in over 13 million cable and satellite homes and now reaches more than 10 million viewers a month. Launched in 1993, the top-performing Nickelodeon network comprises seven dedicated entertainment channels for kids aged 4-15 and their families: Nickelodeon, Nickelodeon HD, Nickelodeon +1, Nicktoons, Nick Jr., Nick Jr. +1 and Nick Jr. Too. The entertainment company has built a diverse multi-platform business by putting kids first in everything it does – Kids Rule! Content is at the core of the business with critically-acclaimed and hugely-popular television programming from the UK and around the world. In addition to the quality television programmes, Nickelodeon also produces bespoke content available online and on Nick Play, as well as consumer product and recreation opportunities such as the UK’s first-ever Nick theme park, Nickelodeon Land and the slimiest music festival for kids, SLIMEFEST UK.

Originally published: Monday, June 29, 2020.

H/T: Special thanks to @IdentFan101 for the news!; Additional sources: @WebChanNews, Animation Magazine (II), Broadband TV News.
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