NEW YORK, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeon's
24-hour animation network, delves into the sci-fi realm for the first time
with Skyland, a beautifully designed animated adventure series that will
premiere Saturday, November 18 at 9:00 p.m. (ET). The visually impressive
series employs the latest in animation technology by using motion capture,
CGI, 2D and key frame animation to create cutting-edge television.
The premiere of Skyland will kick off with the hour-long special (that
sneak-peeked globally in January) followed by an all-new, half-hour episode
at 10:00 p.m. (ET) during the "3 Headed Monster" programming block. Season
one, which consists of 13 episodes, will air Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. (ET) on
"Nicktoons Network continues to be the hub for animation fans to tune
in and find unique, diverse and technically advanced shows like Skyland,"
said Keith Dawkins, Vice President and General Manager, Nicktoons Network.
"In addition to its rich visual style and stunning imagery, Skyland is an
epic, sci-fi action adventure of good verses evil -- universal story lines
kids have loved for ages."
Skyland, produced by Method Films and created by Emmanuel Gorin,
Alexandre de la Patelliere and Matthieu Delaporte, follows a heroic
brother, Mahad, and his telekinetic younger sister, Lena, as they search
for their parents in a new world order. The year is 2251 and the Earth has
been shattered into millions of blocks that now drift aimlessly in orbit
around the Earth's core known as Skyland. The Sphere, led by a power-mad
ruler with telekinetic powers named Oslo, has installed a dictatorship that
controls water distribution, now a precious resource. Skyland's young
heroes along with the pirate resistance, try to free their mother from
Oslo's evil grasp and destroy the dreaded Sphere.
The hour-long special, "Dawn of A New Day," introduces Mahad and Lena
as they are faced with their biggest challenge yet when their mother is
forced to sacrifice herself and be captured by the evil Sphere in order for
her children to run to freedom. Directed to seek out protection from their
mother's friend, the children join up with rebel pirates and begin the
adventure of a lifetime. In the premiere episode "Manipulations," the
sibling duo fights against the enemy when a solar phenomenon has unusual
effects on Seijin powers. This allows a sect of the Sphere to take control
of Dahlia, a strong member of the pirates, in effort to learn the
coordinates of the pirate hideout.
Nicktoons Network is the fastest growing kids' network* and offers a
24- hour schedule featuring programming such as the Nicktoons Network
Animation Festival, Kappa Mikey, Thumb Wrestling Federation, 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 41 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: * Nielsen Media Research, 8/29/05-8/27/06 vs. 8/30/04-8/28/05
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