Nicktoons Network Hits the Open Road This Summer on Its First Cross-Country Mobile Tour

The Nicktoons Network Mobile Tour Kicks Off July 15 in New York,

Culminating at the Nicktoons Studios in Burbank, CA for the Start of the

Nicktoons Network Animation Festival on August 12 & 13

Festival Winners to Be Announced at the Two-Day Live Event for Student

Award, Diversity Award and Producer's Choice Award on August 13

Cities Include: New York, Boston, Detroit, Houston & Los Angeles (Burbank)

Jul 10, 2006, 01:00 ET from Nicktoons Network

    NEW YORK, July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeon's
 24-hour animation network, hits the open road this summer with the
 Nicktoons Network Mobile Tour, a five-city tour helping to celebrate its
 third annual Nicktoons Network Animation Festival (NNAF), it was announced
 today by Keith Dawkins, Vice President and General Manager, Nicktoons
     Beginning Saturday, July 15, the five-city tour will drive
 cross-country in its branded Nicktoons Network Tour Truck stopping in --
 New York, Boston, Detroit, Houston and Los Angeles (Burbank)-for five
 consecutive weekends in a row. The tour will culminate at the Nicktoons
 Studios in Burbank, CA inaugurating the channels' very first Nicktoons
 Network Animation Festival two-day live event: Kids' Day on Saturday,
 August 12 and Creators' Day on Sunday, August 13--in which the festival
 will announce this year's Student Award, Diversity Award and Producer's
 Choice Award winners.
     "The Nicktoons Network Mobile Tour is a one-of-a-kind interactive
 experience for kids and animation fans alike and we're excited to be
 bringing this event to cities across the country for the first time," said
 Dawkins. "We are extremely thrilled to partner locally with our affiliates
 and provide them with this unique opportunity to connect with their
     The Nicktoons Network Mobile Tour will travel to the following cities:
     -- New York/New Jersey            Saturday, July 15 - Sunday, July 16
     -- Boston                         Saturday, July 22 - Sunday, July 23
     -- Detroit                        Saturday, July 29 - Sunday, July 30
     -- Houston                        Friday, August 4 - Sunday, August 6
     -- Los Angeles/Burbank            Saturday, August 12 - Sunday, August 13
     Each stop will encompass three interactive play stations:
     -- Animator Meet & Greet - Fans can meet the animators that bring their
        favorite Nicktoons Network series to life and have their picture taken
        with Nicktoons characters via green screen.  The photos will
        automatically be posted online and will be available for immediate
     -- The Nicktoons Network Animation Festival: Tips and Tricks -- This
        station illustrates the building blocks of animation at various kiosks
        including: the Sound Stage -- giving fans the chance to create their
        own sound effects to live video; the Art Studio -- teaching storyboard
        design from an actual Kappa Mikey storyboard, animation flip books and
        motion capture tutorial about "The Making of Skyland;" NNAF Video Wall
        -- featuring entries from previous festivals demonstrating different
        types of animation; and the Animation Browser-allowing fans to play
        clips at different speeds showing frame by frame of how animation is
     -- Thumb Wrestling Competition -- Fans will be able to compete in thumb
        wrestling matches disguised as their favorite Thumb Wrestling
        Federation characters.  Each match will be recorded so fans are able to
        download their personalized video which automatically enters them into
        the TWF Sweepstakes for a chance to win a guest 'thumb' spot on
        Nicktoons Network!
     The final stop of the mobile tour will be Los Angeles (Burbank), which
 marks the start of the third annual Nicktoons Network Animation Festival.
 Billed as the world's first multiplatform animation festival, NNAF kicks
 off with its first, live two-day event at the Nicktoons Studio. Kids' Day,
 which takes place on August 12, will feature all three main components of
 the mobile tour. Invited guests will also partake in an afternoon filled
 with food, festivities and fun including: Nicktoons Networks costume
 characters, on-site animators offering 'doodling' demonstrations and a
 screening of this year's top animation entries
     On Sunday August 13, NNAF presents Creators' Day in which Nicktoons
 Network will host an evening event for special guests and announce the
 three winners of this year's Student Award, Diversity Award and Producer's
 Choice Award. The announcement will be followed by a cocktail reception and
 a courtyard screening of the award-winning shorts from the announced
     The festival will premiere on-air and online Saturday, August 26
 through Thursday, August 31.
     Six highly esteemed judges including: comedic brothers Shawn and Marlon
 Wayans, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, Disney's Andreas Deja, famed
 independent animator Bill Plympton and last year's Producers Choice and
 Student Award Winner JG Quintel will screen the films submitted and will
 rate them based on story, animation, design, entertainment value and fun
 factor, in order to find this year's $10,000 Grand Prize winner, which will
 be revealed on air Thursday, August 31.
     Viewers can see which shorts have been selected for this years
 festival, view creator information and biographies and download the NNAF
 program at starting August 1. Viewers can also
 watch the animated shorts and vote for their favorite submissions at from Saturday August 26 through Friday September
 15. The NNAF Viewers Choice Award will be announced online September 18.
     Nicktoons Network is the fastest growing kids' network* and offers a
 24- hour schedule featuring programming such as Kappa Mikey, Corneil and
 Bernie and Martin Mystery, as well as a roster of hits that have defined
 kids' and animation lovers' TV, including The Angry Beavers, Yakkity Yak,
 Invader Zim, Spongebob Squarepants, The Fairly OddParents and Jimmy
 Neutron. Nicktoons Network is a part of the MTV Networks expanded suite of
 channels available for digital distribution. The new channels include MTV
 Hits, MTV Jams, Nicktoons Network and VH1 Mega Hits, expanding and
 strengthening MTV Networks' digital offerings to thirteen services.
     Nicktoons Network currently reaches 39 million homes via cable, digital
 cable and satellite, and can be seen on Cablevision, Charter
 Communications, Comcast Cable, Cox Communications, DirecTV, DISH Network
 and Time Warner Cable. Nicktoons, and all related titles and logos are
 property of Viacom, Inc.
     *Source: NMR *8/29/05-5/7/06 vs. 8/30/04-5/08/05 (LSD) AA(000), K6-11 &
      K9-14 Nick & Toon Tot Prg Day, NKTNS M-F 2-11p;S/S 9a-11p, DSNY, FAM,
      TDSNY (M-Su 6a-11p) CBS, WB, FOX, NBC based on Kids Type Codes, Tribune;
      DIC Kids ** % Index growth UE vs. P9-14 AA(000).

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