BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Otis and his gang
of fun-loving farm animals will move from the big screen to Nickelodeon
television this fall in an all-new animated comedy series "Back At The
Barnyard" premiering Saturday, September 29 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) and on
Nicktoons Network the following day, Sunday, September 30 at 9:00 p.m.
(ET). Created by the Oscar-nominated writer/director Steve Oedekerk ("Jimmy
Neutron: Boy Genius," "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective"), the series follows the
adventures of a group of party animals who live colorful lives undetected
by the humans living around them. "Back At The Barnyard" will air regularly
on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.
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Picking up a few years after the feature film left off, "Back At The
Barnyard" chronicles the animal shenanigans that take place in the barnyard
when the farmer's back is turned. The series centers around a carefree
party cow named Otis (voiced by Chris Hardwick, Singled Out), who has
recently become the patriarch of the farm. He is driven by an endless need
for fun and frivolity while avoiding close calls with humans and other
threats to the animals' unconventional way of life. Raised on the farm but
wild at heart, Otis has an insatiable zeal for laughter, happiness and the
pursuit of a good time, though these schemes of having "human fun" often
leave him and his friends in a jam. But his responsible side ultimately
wins and Otis does the right thing, remaining a true leader to his barnyard
friends. He and his band of malcontents, including his best friend Pip
(voiced by Jeff Garcia, Barnyard), the sassy smart-mouthed cow, Bessy
(voiced by Wanda Sykes, Barnyard) and the loyal to a fault Pig (voiced by
Tino Insana, Barnyard), will stop at nothing to squeeze every last drop of
fun out of their time in the barnyard.
"'Back At The Barnyard' delivers the same lovable characters as the
feature film, but packs in even more fun and laughs with rapid-fire gags
and slapstick humor," said Marjorie Cohn, Executive Vice President of
Original Programming and Development, Nickelodeon Television. "Steve
Oedekerk knows better then anyone how to create characters that push the
envelope with absurd antics and the world he created in 'Barnyard' is no
"From the inception of the idea, Barnyard has always been too big and
story rich for just one movie," said Steve Oedekerk. "We've finally been
able to further explore the characters and the results have been hilarious.
The show is designed too keep kids, as well as their parents, laughing and
coming back for more."
In the first half of the premiere episode, "Escape from the Barnyard,"
the Farmer purchases what appears to be a barbeque grill and the animals
think he's given up his vegan ways. Feeling betrayed, Otis fashions a plan
to help some of the animals leave the barnyard forever. They end up in a
grassy oasis, where everyone, except Otis, is happy. When he goes back for
the others, he learns that the barbeque was really a tick-zapping machine
and their whole escape was for naught.
In the second half of the premiere episode, "The Good, The Bad and The
Snotty," Otis and the animals put on a fake commercial to trick the Farmer
into going to the made-up "TurnipCon." With the Farmer gone, Otis throws
himself a giant birthday bash. But the plan backfires when Snotty Boy is
hired to take care of the barn in the Farmer's absence and proceeds to make
their lives miserable.
Nickelodeon offers additional short form videos of 'Back At The
Barnyard' , Otis-themed playlists, and instant replays of episodes on
TurboNick, the network's broadband video service on www.nick.com. Short
form videos of 'Back At The Barnyard' will also be available on Nick Mobile
through its wireless partners. 'Back At The Barnyard' post-premiere
episodes will stream on Video- on-Demand and will be available for paid
download to own purchase on various Nickelodeon and partner video
www.nick.com/barnyard is the online destination for "Back At The
Barnyard," featuring the antics and pranks of Otis and his friends with in-
depth information on the series, downloads and screensavers. "Back At The
Barnyard" will also be featured in its own Nicktropolis environment that
will extend the prankster experience through communal gaming, and will be
featured as a New Game of the Week, on NickMail and in e-Collectibles on
About Omation Animation Studio
Omation Animation Studio is a company under the umbrella of O
Entertainment which was founded by Steve Oedekerk in 2000. Oedekerk has
written and directed films grossing over $1.9 billion worldwide and
received an Academy Award nomination in the best animated film category for
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Oedekerk also starred in and directed the
retro-martial arts comedy Kung Pow: Enter the Fist, which grossed its
entire budget on its opening weekend.
Known for his ground-breaking work in animation technology, Oedekerk's
has also written on some of the most successful feature films in recent
history. While a writer on the Fox sketch comedy series "In Living Color,"
Oedekerk collaborated with Jim Carrey on the surprise hit comedy Ace
Ventura: Pet Detective. Following the film's breakout success, Oedekerk was
asked to write and direct Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, which proved to
be one of the rare sequels that surpassed the box-office gross of the
original. His other film credits include "Bruce Almighty," "The Nutty
Professor" and "Evan Almighty," starring Steve Carrell.
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