Lookout Marc Maron, there’s a new podact hitting the scene! In celebration of Nickelodeon’s 25 years of Animation, the studio has released its first-ever podcast - Nickelodeon Animation Podcast - allowing audiences even further insight the joy and wonder of Nicktoons and those who create them. Hosted by Hector Navarro (Geek & Sundry), the 20 episode weekly podcast will feature both Nick-affiliated talent as well asanimation visionaries from across the industry and is currently available on iTunes, SoundCloud, YouTube and nickanimationpodcast.com.
While the podcast market may seem flooded with animation-based content, the impressive range of guests for the Nickelodeon Animation Podcast is sure to set it apart. The first episode features Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, co-creators and executive producers of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ and ‘The Legend of Korra’, who give a detailed discussion of their inspirations, creative partnership, and the highs and lows of producing two of the most fan-favorited animated shows in the history of Nickelodeon animation. If that wasn’t enough, upcoming guests include animation masters such as the endlessly talented Chris Savino (The Loud House), Butch Hartman (The Fairly OddParents), Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Arlene Klasky (Rugrats), Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!), C.H. Greenblatt (Harvey Beaks), and Jim Jinkins (Doug), as well as notable voice actors Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Billy West (The Ren & Stimpy Show), Andy Richter (All Hail Hing Julien) and Maria Bamford (CatDog), among others.
“It’s the perfect way for Nickelodeon to enter the podcast space by giving these inspiring and funny artists the chance to tell their stories,” commented Chris Viscardi, SVP, Content Development, Nickelodeon Franchise Properties. “Every episode is unique as Hector and our guests talk about how their love of animation started, what role their childhood played in becoming the artists they are today, and what inspired them to create the work that is known to Nickelodeon fans throughout the world.”
Host Hector Navarro, a self-confessed “cartoon nerd”, is no stranger to the world of animation and entertainment, having hosted the Geek & Sundry Twitch Channel, as well as co-hosting SuperHero News on YouTube. Hailing from San Diego, Calif., Navarro has a degree in Media Arts and Animation from The Art Institute of California, and is a former Nickelodeon intern.
Fans can visit nickanimationpodcast.com to listen to each episode and view special bonus content around each episode, including behind-the-scenes footage and images of the recordings.
This August celebrates 25 years of original creator-driven animation for Nickelodeon. Later this year, Nickelodeon will open up a 190,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art complex to serve as the West Coast hub for the network, housing the ever-growing number of animated and live-action series, TV movies, and award shows and events seen globally.