Amazon is going to teach kids to love reading books
I am very interested in how Amazon is using it’s positive business practices to instill a love of reading for kids between 5-12 with unlimited access to short stories for $2.99 a month. Amazon Studios is partnering with Signature Stories to bring stories to life with the voice acting talents of Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) and Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants). They are using new stories that kids love like Niko and the Sword of Light and Danger & Eggs to the app.
The launch will be at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con where they will have the opportunity to see the videos and listen to the talent behind this app. Kids will be able to read along with favorite characters with original stories written by the shows’ writers. They will be new adventures that go beyond the TV series storylines that light the imagination of children.
“We couldn’t be more excited to kick off Signature Stories and are thrilled to be teaming up with great talent such as Aidy Bryant and Tom Kenny,” said Michael Robinson, Director of Consumer Products for Amazon Education. “We’re always looking for ways to help kids develop a love of reading and we’re looking forward to bringing on new brands, new characters, and new voices to Amazon Rapids over the coming months.”
Danger & Eggs follows the endless adventures of a fearless, teal-haired future stuntwoman, D.D. Danger, and her ever-cautious best friend, a giant, talking egg, named Phillip. As the daughter of a world-renowned daredevil, D.D. is always chasing her next big thrill.
Niko and the Sword of Light follows 10-year-old Niko who is the last of his kind in a strange, fantastical world. He must embark on an epic quest to defeat the darkness and bring the light back to his land. Armed with his magic sword, brave Niko journeys to the Cursed Volcano, making new friends and powerful foes along the way, all while uncovering secrets about his mysterious past.
“We’re excited for kids to connect with our characters in new ways as they tag along on epic adventures together while reading on Amazon Rapids,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “Both pilot episodes were popular among viewers and we’re thrilled that the shows’ quirky, engaging storylines and humor can help inspire kids to read.”
Amazon Rapids is available for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire devices. Parents who sign up now can subscribe at an introductory price of $2.99 per month to give their kids unlimited access to short stories. Parents can start a free two-week trial at http://rapids.amazon.com.
Key Amazon Rapids features include:
- Read Along Mode — Kids can listen to voice actors read their favorite stories while following along with words highlighting as the adventure unfolds.
- Tap to Say & Built-in glossary —Kids can simply tap a word to hear its pronunciation or hold the word to see its definition. Each time kids look up a word, it is automatically added to their personal glossary for easy reference.
- New Stories every week— Kids can explore an expanding library of hundreds of titles spanning adventure, fantasy, humor, mystery, science fiction and sports, with new stories added weekly.
- Age-appropriate content – All content is thoughtfully edited to be appropriate for kids ages 5-12.
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.
Posted in Books, Comic Con, San Diego Comic Con, Tech Tagged with: Aidy Bryant, Amazon, Amazon Education, Amazon Rapids, Books, Danger & Eggs, kids, Niko and the Sword of Light, Reading, Reading is Fundamental, San Diego Comic Con, Saturday Night Live, SDCC, spongebob squarepants, Tom Kenny
90’s kid get ready for some fun nostalgia with a first look at the Legends of the Hidden Temple TV Movie at San Diego Comic Con 2016. The ‘Back to the 90s: Nickelodeon’s All That Reunion and the Ledges of the Hidden Temple’ panel with cast members’ Kirk Fogg, Dee Bradley Baker and Isabela Moner to appear!
Find all things Nick Nostalgia at the Nickelodeon 1,800 square-foot booth (#4113) on the convention floor. This year Nickelodeon has opened the ‘vault’ to beloved series and characters with activations, games, panels, talent signings and interactive design elements featuring: Legends of the Hidden Temple, Hey Arnold!, Rugrats, Double Dare, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, CatDog, Rocko’s Modern Life, and Invader Zim, among many others.
“Those who dare to pass through the sacred gates of Comic-Con will enter a world of nostalgic treasures, artifacts and trivia from Nickelodeon’s beloved ’90s archives,” said King Olmec, Keeper of Nickelodeon’s booth. “The choice to enter is yours and yours alone, loyal fans.”
Nick’s booth is offers a virtual reality 360-experience for fans to be a part of the upcoming Legends of the Hidden Temple live-action TV movie; an interactive trivia game featuring Legends of the Hidden Temple’s King Olmec, Keeper of the Temple; photo opps with a life-size replica of the Hey Arnold! stoop and the nose from Double Dare; a retail area, where attendees can purchase a variety of exclusive Nick, The Splat and ‘90s-themed gear and one-of-a-kind collectibles; costumed character appearances; and autograph signings with cast member from All That, SpongeBob SquarePants’ Tom Kenny, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles voice talent, Kirk Fogg from Legends of the Hidden Temple, and more special appearances to be announced in the coming weeks.
Nickelodeon will present four panels during the convention: Happy Happy! Joy Joy!, a look back at 25 years of original Nick animation featuring the creators of Invader Zim, Hey Arnold!and other legendary series; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles–Return to New York, an exclusive first look at the current TV season; She Made That?: Nickelodeon hosts Women in Animation, featuring some of the genre’s female pioneers of the past and present; and a special reunion of cast members from legendary kids’ sketch-comedy series All That–with a surprise from Nick’s forthcoming Legends of the Hidden Temple TV movie.
WHAT: Nickelodeon presents San Diego Comic-Con attendees with a first-look at the Legends of the Hidden Temple TV movie during its panel, Back to the ‘90s: Nickelodeon’s All That Reunion and Legends of the Hidden Temple!
The Legends of the Hidden Temple TV movie follows three siblings who break away from a lackluster tour in a jungle, finding themselves immersed in a high-stakes adventure comprised of obstacles that they must complete in order to escape alive. The TV movie will feature many elements from the original game show including: Olmec, a talking head who greets cast members Noah, Sadie and Dudley, and launches them on the adventure of a lifetime; The Steps of Knowledge, the entrance to the temple and launching pad for the mission; and appearances from a green monkey, red jaguar, and silver snakes, among others.
WHO: Cast members include Kirk Fogg, the tour guide, Dee Bradley Baker, the voice of King Olmec, and Isabela Moner (Transformers 5), Sadie, one of three siblings who tackle the temple’s obstacles to stay alive.
WHEN: Saturday, July 23
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Nick Panel: Back to the ‘90s: Nickelodeon’s All That Reunion and Legends of the Hidden Temple.
Location: Convention Center (Room: 6A)
4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Cast signing with Kirk Fogg, Dee Bradley Baker and Isabela Moner
Location: Nickelodeon Booth
The following is a full rundown of the panels and booth activity:
- Happy Happy! Joy Joy!: 25 Years of Nickelodeon Original Animation
Thursday, July 21, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (Room: 6A) – For 25 years Nickelodeon has produced some of the most innovative and memorable animation in the history of television. Nick Animation Podcast host Hector Navarro finds out how and why four of the network’s most influential creators did what they did: Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!), Jhonen Vasquez(Invader Zim), Butch Hartman (
) and Arlene Klasky, who along with Gabor Csupo and Paul Germain, created Rugrats. Don’t miss the chance to see production art from the upcoming TV movie Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie; animation from Hartman’s new Bunsen is a Beast!; and the world premiere of Don vs Raph, a TMNT animated short written and produced by Jhonen Vasquez.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles–Return to New York
Friday, July 22, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. (Room: 6A) – They travelled time and space to save planet Earth, and now the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return home! Executive producers Ciro Nieli and Brandon Auman share sneak peeks of the epic adventures and new characters that await the Turtles when they return to the streets of NY in season four. On hand will be the extraordinary voice actors of the TMNT world: Rob Paulsen(Donatello), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Gwendoline Yeo (Shinigami) and Eric Bauza(Tiger Claw). Also, witness the world premiere of two never-before-seen TMNT animated shorts presented by TMNT co-creator, Kevin Eastman. The panel will be moderated by Andre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy).
- She Made That?: Nickelodeon hosts Women in Animation
Friday, July 22, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (Room: 24ABC) – Join this group of innovative and pioneering female cartoon creators for a discussion on their careers and the opportunities for women in animation today. Panelists include women responsible for the original Nicktoons from the 1990s and others who are making some of today’s best animation for TV and the web. The panel will include Lauren Faust (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic), Mary Harrington (Invader Zim, Hey Arnold!), Vanessa Coffey (The Ren & Stimpy Show, Rugrats), Rikke Asbjoern (Pinky Malinky), Margaret Dean (Women in Animation) and Maija Burnett (California Institute of the Arts).
- Back to the ‘90s: Nickelodeon’s All That Reunion and Legends of the Hidden Temple!
Saturday, July 23, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (Room: 6A) – Join Nickelodeon’s throwback programming block, The Splat, for a reunion of the trailblazing sketch comedy series’ major players, Josh Server, Danny Tamberelli, Lori Beth Denberg and Kel Mitchell, discussing all things All That, with a few added surprises. Plus, get the first look at Nick’s new TV movie based on Legends of the Hidden Temple and hear about it from returning cast members Kirk Fogg and Dee Bradley Baker, along with Isabela Moner (Transformers 5). The panel will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly staff writer, Marc Snetiker.
DAILY BOOTH ACTIVITY
- Legends of the Hidden Temple Virtual Reality 360-Degree Experience: This 360-degree experience transports fans into the world of the upcoming action-adventure TV movie inspired by the iconic game show, allowing them to experience the mysterious Mayan temple first-hand.
- Olmec Photo Opp/Trivia: Fans can interact with Legends of the Hidden Temple’s King Olmec and test their knowledge by answering trivia questions for the opportunity to win prizes.
- Hey Arnold! Stoop and Double Dare Nose Photo Opps: Fans can take photos on a replica of Arnold’s stoop from Hey Arnold! and with the nose from Double Dare (beware of boogers).
- Autograph Signings: Signing opportunities with Nickelodeon talent include: All Thatcast; Legends of the Hidden Temple cast; SpongeBob SquarePants voice talent; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles voice talent and executive producers; Nick current series creators and executive producers (C.H. Greenblatt, Harvey Beaks; Chris Savino, The Loud House; and Dave Cooper, Johnny Ryan, and David Sacks, Pig Goat Banana Cricket); and Nick original animation creators (Butch Hartman, The Fairly OddParents and Bunsen is a Beast!; Craig Bartlett, Hey Arnold!; Arlene Klasky, Rugrats, Wild Thornberrys, Rocket Power; and Jhonen Vasquez, Invader Zim).
- Costumed-Character Appearances: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rugrats, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents, Arnold and Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Power Rangers Dino Super Charge will make appearances at Nick’s booth at select times during the convention.
- Retail: Attendees can purchase Comic-Con exclusive figures, t-shirts and more.
- Giveaways: Enter for a chance to win special prizes over the course of the convention.
Additionally, in celebration of the Aug. 11, 25-year anniversary of the launch of the network’s original animated series (The Ren & Stimpy Show, Rugrats and Doug), The Splat will feature brand-new commentary and behind-the-scenes information from the series’ voice talent and creators, along with themed programming and encore airings of these animated series every night during the month of August.
Nickelodeon’s The Splat is a multiple-screen destination spanning television, eight social media platforms and a dedicated web site aggregating the most loved Nick content from the 1990s and beyond. Celebrating the characters and shows that are definitional to millennials who grew up in the ‘90s, The Splat consists of: an eight-hour television block airing daily from 10 p.m.–6 a.m. (ET/PT) featuring landmark Nickelodeon programs and classic programming stunts; a fan-driven website (www.TheSplat.com) built around social conversations; a robust social media community on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Tumblr, Twitter, Vine and YouTube platforms; and a fully integrated Splat-branded emoji keyboard with emoticons, stickers and GIFs.
Nickelodeon, now in its 37th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 20 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).
Posted in San Diego Comic Con Tagged with: All that Reunion, CatDog, Danny Phantom, Dee Bradley Baker, Don vs Raph, Double Dare, hey arnold, invader zim, Isabela Moner, Jhonen Vasquez, Kirk Fogg, Legends of the Hidden Temple, nick, Nickelodeon, Real Monsters, Rocko's Modern Life, San Diego Comic Con, SDCC, She Made That?, spongebob squarepants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the fairly oddparents, The Splat, Tom Kenny, Women in Animation
It’s not a mashup but is a brand new cross episode of Spongebob Squarepants with the beloved Fonzie (Henry Winkler), Leonard ‘Lenny’ Kosnowski (Michael McKean) and Andrew ‘Squiggy’ Squiggman (David Lander). It’s the Greasers vs our favorite sweeties in an episode called ‘Sharks vs Pods’ full of inside jokes for those who remember EHHHH. Now the real question will be is he going to jump the shark <guffaw>! This new episode is premiering on Wednesday, May 4 on Nickelodeon.
Happy Days Cast Guest Star in Brand-New
SpongeBob SquarePants Episode Premiering
Wednesday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon
This should be a fun blast from the past for kids and parents AND grandparents who want to relive the happy days of the old series. A few cast members are coming for Bikini Bottom in this new episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, “Sharks vs. Pods.”
In the episode, “The Sharks” are the toughest guys in town, but their next confrontation might be too much for SpongeBob to handle. Henry Winkler voices Sharkface, a tough guy who grew up on the mean streets of Bikini Bottom; Michael McKean voices Lonnie, a skateboarding punk from the Red Hook neighborhood of Bikini Bottom; and David Lander lends his voice as Donnie, a guy who grew up in an upper-class family in Bikini Heights.
The evening kicks-off with a new episode of Nickelodeon’s newest animated series The Loud House at 5:00 p.m. (ET/PT). The series follows 11-year-old Lincoln Loud and his 10 sisters as he gives an inside look at what it takes to survive the chaos of a huge family. The series debuts today Monday, May 2, at 5:00 p.m. (ET/PT) and new episodes will premiere weekdays at 5:00p.m. (ET/PT) through May on Nickelodeon.
Posted in Los Angeles Tagged with: Bikini Bottom, Bill Fagerbakke, David Lander, Fonzie, Happy Days, Henry Winkler, Lenny, Michael McKean, Nickelodeon, Rodger Bumpass, Sharks vs. Pods, spongebob, spongebob squarepants, Squiggy, the Fonz, The Sharks, Tom Kenny
1. How did you get involved with No to Dog Meat
One of my best friends from college (Fia Perera) asked if I wanted to help organize a demonstration outside the Hollywood Bowl during the “Chinese Splendor.” Having served on my Union’s Board I was relatively experienced with organizing people, so I said, “Sure. What’s it for?” When Fia told me it was for the dog (and cat) meat trade and that a torture food culture even existed, I immediately knew I had to be a part of the solution.
2. When did you first learn of the UK based non profit
When Fia and I were researching organizations for this demonstration, we came across the NoToDogMeat website and found they had readily available materials for us to print and use. We explored the site further and began a dialogue with the org’ founder Julia Cadet. After learning more about the programs and frontline efforts NoToDogMeat was creating, we decided we wanted to start a U.S. chapter. And that’s exactly what we’ve done.
3. What can the average person do to help with No to Dog Meat if they aren’t in the LA metro area
Help educate people. This is a barbaric practice that doesn’t just happen in “other countries”. It also happens right here in America. It happens in communities you would never think it would and dogs by the thousands are being stolen to fulfill this evil industry. So educate others, help protect all dogs, and donate money to organizations making a direct impact like NoToDogMeat. We have a direct link on our website and please join our mailing list on our website as well to stay abreast of what we are doing. Start a chapter in your city or town!
4. Are you a dog and/or cat lover
Yes, I grew up with both. My first dog was a Saint Bernard and I would hang on his neck to cry…to love him…he was my everything. We also had a cat named ‘Pyewacket’ named from the play “Bell, Book & Candle” that my actress mother was doing at the time. I was extremely allergic to her, but I would try to pretend like I wasn’t because I loved her so much. If I could I think I would live with more canines and felines than humans 🙂 🙂
5. Who’s your best pet friend and why
For the first time I have a small dog named ‘Bumble’. I found him on the street – he was hanging out at a gas station – the week after my beloved ‘Harry’ dog passed away. I thought I would help find him a home, but I quickly realized he was home. He’s the sweetest, cuddliest boy who looks like a small human in a dog costume.
Posted in Los Angeles Tagged with: Family Guy, Fantastic Four, Fundraiser, Golf, Hollywood, Lori Alan, No to Dog Meat, pasadena, Putting for Pups Golf & Gala, Q&A, spongebob squarepants, Talk, Voice Actors
Race through all new worlds in the new SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run game for iOS & Android: www.spongebobmovie.com/app
As we all get ready to head back to Bikini Bottom with SpongeBob and his friends Nickelodeon is getting everyone excited with a blinged out minivan and new app for fans of all ages. My first immersion into SpongeBob world was at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Toyota had a real life Toyota Sienna tricked out mini-van (cherrylosangeles @youtube) ready for some under the sea adventure. I have to say it was pretty cute but am not sure if it’s street legal! Buck Nick has been BUSY with SpongeBob with the launch of a new puzzle game inspired by the new film coming out February 6th to keep your thumbs busy.
It’s a mobile game that’s going to be available on all the platforms and is full of nostalgia fun for those who grew up with the gang under the sea living it up in Bikini Bottom! (click to buy app). In the game SpongeBob and Plankton are running to find the lost Krabby Patty secret formula through 3 locations (Bikini Bottom, Apocalyptic Bikini Bottom and a real-world beach) from the series and new movie. SpongeBob takes to the air with Plankton’s jetpack, floats in a bubble through a coral forest, racing in the Patty Wagon or jumping through his crazy imagination with Plankton! When the difficulty level increases he becomes Super SpongeBob with the new upgrade!
- Get ready to have fun with SpongeBob in crazy costumes like Caveman and Pirate!
- Upgrade to Super SpongeBob and hulk out!
- Plankton has a TIME MACHINE!
- Plankton can power with shields and magnets!
- You can compare your distance and scores after you run with other players (iOS & Amazon only)!
- Custom animation and voice-overs with SpongeBob and Plankton unique to this fun app!
The new app was developed by Playside Studios who created Catch the Ark!
Posted in Los Angeles Tagged with: Amazon, Android, App, Bikini Bottom, Catch the Ark, game, iOS, Krabby Patty, LA Auto Show, Los Angeles Auto Show, Mini Van, Minivan, Nickelodeon, PARAMOUNT PICTURES, Patty Wagon, pirate, Plankton, Playside Studios, Sienna, spongebob squarepants, SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, toyota, Worldwide Editor's Choice Game
No not a star but will get to live out my voice actor fantasy thanks to the Nickelodeon booth i get to test out the interactive voice-record room with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) Donatello and Michelangelo. Well the voice-record room lets you do a VO for select scenes from beloved Nick TV Shows from the beginning like Rugrats and Spongebobs to their newest TMNT, the Legend of korra, Avatar and more! I’m hoping for Invader Zim and the Ren & Stimpy show but I LOVED the humor and voices from them. Really if I have time I’m going to do them ALL! bwa ha ha (had a Zim moment)!!! Did I mention that you might have the opportunity to pitch an original animated project for their first ever open call???? Nick’s animation development team be at the booth from Thursday to Saturday (July 24 – 26) looking for new shows to greenlight for it’s Global Animated Shorts program! I’m so excited to check out the booth so that I can try the Gif, take photos, pitch a show idea (not sure where i’ll find the time and/or idea but what the heck) and just see how the exhibit booth will look this year! I’m going on a limb and going to say that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be HUGE but they have such a great roster of shows that everyone will find a beloved show from childhood … well I watch them still (but I’m a kid at heart) that they’ll want to keep as a momento!
So make sure you head over to the Nick booth and get ready to live out your cartoon geek dreams! Who knows maybe you’ll see .. wait HEAR my toon voice and see my idea on Nick!
Posted in Business, culture, Geek Fun, Geek Travel, San Diego Comic Con, TV Tagged with: angelica, animated, animated shorts program, Animation, animation pipeline, avatar, bad seeds, breadwinners, Comic-Con, Cosplay, donatello, Fan Art, GIF booth, hey arnold, invader zim, janey varney, kids, michelangelo, nick, Nickelodeon, patrick, pig goat banana cricket, pitch, rugrats, San Diego, sanjay and craig, SDCC, SDDC, sean astin, spongebob, spongebob squarepants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the avatar, the fairly oddparents, the legend of korra, the ren & stimpy show, TMNT, tom kenney, tommy pickles, VO, voice over, voice-record