BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nickelodeon is bringing back Face, its beloved 90s mascot Nick Jr., for a new generation of preschoolers with Face music festival, a brand new musical variety show that combines animation and live action. The interactive series (13 episodes) will feature a reimagined face (voiced by Cedric Williams, Hunter X Hunter, The promised never-never land) as host and VJ, playing modern pop hits and revisited preschool classics to create the ultimate musical party. Face music festival will premiere this summer on Nickelodeon’s preschool platforms in the United States. The news was announced today by Brian Robbins, President & CEO, Paramount Pictures & Nickelodeon, and Chief Content Officer, Movies & Kids & Family, Paramount+, at Nickelodeon’s Annual Upfront Presentation held at held at the Palladium Times Square in New York.
Said Ramsey Naito, President of Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation: “The face is the OG emoji, and has always epitomized positivity, inclusivity and appreciation for music, engaging with children in a unique way. and personal. With Face music festivalNickelodeon will continue to carry on its legacy of generation-defining entertainment and introduce the iconic Face to a whole new audience of preschoolers.
Each episode of Face music festival will focus on themes – such as friendship, trust, pirates and transportation – that inform the song’s playlist and consist of four segments: a kid-friendly music video from popular contemporary artists; remixed vocals of iconic nursery rhymes; exploration time in Face’s music box, where children can play and discover an instrument, sound or musical concept; and a high-energy dance finale, with child dancers demonstrating moves to viewers at home.
Face debuted on Nick Jr. on September 5, 1994, and served as the animated host and mascot of Nickelodeon’s preschool programming block for over a decade. A good friend to all preschoolers, Face greeted Nick Jr. viewers daily in interstitials, musical shorts, show intros, and bumpers. With endless color changes, funny voices and silly expressions, Face can also appear in almost any location, use props to dress up and play with other on-screen characters. Face’s playful vocals and sound effects, such as the three-note “brr brr brrr” trumpet imitation, were a Nickelodeon mainstay until September 10, 2004.
Face music festival is produced by Nickelodeon Animation in Burbank, Calif., in partnership with Jonas and Company, Inc. David Kleiler serves as showrunner and executive producer with executive producer Hema Mulchandani and executive producer Jonas Morganstein. Nickelodeon production is overseen by Eryk Casemiro, Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon Animation, Global Series Content. Niki Williams is the Nickelodeon executive in charge of producing the series.
Nickelodeon, now in its 42n/a year, is the number one entertainment brand for children. She has built a diverse global business by putting children first in everything she does. The brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, as well as consumer products, digital, location-based experiences, publishing and feature films. For more information or illustrations, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon is part of Paramount’s global portfolio of multimedia entertainment brands (Nasdaq: PARA, PARAA).