Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mattel Creations Announces New ‘Monster High’ Digital Series

New 10-part series, ‘Monster High: The Adventures Of The Ghoul Squad,’ the first full episodic series from Mattel Creations to premiere exclusively on YouTube.

LONDON/EL SEGUNDO -- Mattel Creations has announced that a brand-new series of global hit animation Monster High, The Adventures of The Ghoul Squad, will be available exclusively on YouTube and YouTube Kids. This marks the first time Mattel has debuted an entire series to premiere on the platform.

The new 10-part series is the first full episodic series Mattel Creations has produced that will premiere exclusively on YouTube and YouTube Kids. Monster High: The Adventures of The Ghoul Squad will premiere on YouTube and be available through the YouTube Kids app which is currently available in 26 countries and has tens of millions of downloads to date. One episode will be released each week. The 11-minute adventures will be action-packed with all the same ghoulish charm and humor loved by Monster High fans, with an emphasis on friendship, family and working together. Additionally, a 44’ special is also being developed to compliment the series which will be available to broadcasters and SVOD partners.

“At Mattel Creations we have a clear understanding of where our audience are most likely to engage with our content and by creating content specifically for YouTube and YouTube Kids, we are recognizing that series content is not just for linear or SVOD,” said Mattel chief content officer Catherine Balsam-Schwaber. “YouTube Kids is a leader in reaching children aged 6-11 so, it’s the right platform for the Monster High content and fans. We are delighted to be furthering our partnership with YouTube Kids and welcome more families into the world of Monster High.”

“We’re thrilled that YouTube and YouTube Kids will be the exclusive home of Mattel’s engaging new series, Monster High: The Adventures of the Ghoul Squad,” said Malik Ducard, Global Head of Family and Learning for YouTube. “Mattel continues to bring enriching and entertaining content to the platform and we’re looking forward to this latest series.”

Monster High: The Adventures of The Ghoul Squad is an action and adventure series featuring some favourite ghouls from Monster High. Draculaura, Frankie, Clawdeen and their ghoul friends combine their wits and abilities as they travel to exotic locations, solve spine-tingling mysteries and rescue lost monsters all over the world. They are an elite squad of talented ghouls who make a pact to always be there for each other, and their fellow monsters, no matter what the odds. The series will be available in English, French, German, LATAM Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Russian and will launch later this year.

Source: Mattel

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Developing ‘The Worst’ Animated TV Series

Creative team behind stop-motion hits ‘Robot Chicken,’ ‘SuperMansion’ and the forthcoming ‘Buddy Thunderstruck’ teams with San Francisco-based toy and apparel company Super7 on new series.

NEW YORK & LOS ANGELES -- Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the award-winning animation studio behind Robot ChickenSuperMansion starring Bryan Cranston, and the upcoming Netflix series Buddy Thunderstruck, and San Francisco-based toy and apparel company Super7 are teaming to develop an all-new animated television series based on Super7’s popular toy line, The Worst.

There are good guys. There are bad guys. And then there are…The Worst! Created in 2016 as a standalone toy line, The Worst began with Super7 looking back historically at their favorite franchises and finding that the best (or worst) characters in any given series were usually the villains. With that in mind, The Worst grew into an all-new line of characters that were the best of the worst, and became an overnight hit with collectors, immediately selling out limited run action figures within days of release.

In the dead of night, The Worst are unleashed! The most villainously vile vermin ever assembled lurk in the shadows and plot their evil deeds. What’s the Worst that could happen? Definitely do not expect them to play nice! The Worst are the meanest of the mean and the baddest of the bad -- simply put, they are the Worst bad guys ever! Their unholy alliance (all of whom will be title characters in the new animated series) features: Black Falcon as the Undead Warlord of Doom, Robot Reaper as the Robotic Harbinger of Death, X-2 the Unknown as the Mysterious Shadow Assassin, Gas Phantom as the Ethereal Specter of Evil, Batula as the Bat Prince of Darkness, and Snake Tut as the Serpent God of Destruction.

“We are really excited about the opportunity to share The Worst ideas we have ever had with the world,” said Super7 founder Brian Flynn. “Starting with toys, and now moving into animation, we look forward to having worse ideas with even worse partners to create The Worst animation ever.”

“Being the nerds of nostalgia that we are, we were all in as soon as we saw the art on the packaging for The Worst figures,” added Stoopid Buddy Stoodios co-founder John Harvatine IV. “What could be better than awesome heavy metal inspired art with action figures that only have five points of articulation? Answer? A cartoon!”

Led by founders and partners Seth Green, John Harvatine IV, Matthew Senreich and Eric Towner, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios is well known for its Emmy Award-winning stop-motion sketch comedy television series Robot Chicken which recently aired its eighth season, created and executive produced by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich along with co-head writers Douglas Goldstein and Tom Root for Adult Swim. The team is currently in production on a new special themed to The Walking Dead that will premiere in 2017.

They are also the brains behind Sony Crackle’s hugely successful SuperMansion starring Bryan Cranston, Yvette Nicole Brown, Keegan-Michael Key and Chris Pine. Season 2 began streaming on February 16.

Most recently, they were responsible for Netflix’s new stop-motion children’s series Buddy Thunderstruck in collaboration with American Greetings Entertainment. The highly anticipated show will begin streaming on March 10.

Source: Stoopid Buddy Stoodios