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“Pig Goat Banana Cricket” Premieres on Nickelodeon on July 18, 2015

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“That’s my favorite!” – Pig
“Totally Goatally!” – Goat
“Sweet Mama’s Monkeys!” – Banana
“It’s time to save the day, with science!” – Cricket

FOUR BEST FRIENDS EMBARK ON ABSURD ADVENTURES IN NICKELODEON’S
NEXT HIGH-ENERGY, ORIGINAL SERIES PIG GOAT BANANA CRICKET
SATURDAY, JULY 18, AT 10:30A.M. (ET/PT)

Irreverent Comedy Showcases a Rich, Layered World from Popular Creative Duo
Dave Cooper and Johnny Ryan

Pig Goat Banana CricketBurbank, Calif. – June 18, 2015 – Award-winning creative team breathes life into four best friends in Nickelodeon’s upcoming wild escapade Pig Goat Banana Cricket, premiering Saturday, July 18, at 10:30a.m. (ET/PT). Notable indie artists Dave Cooper (Futarama) and Johnny Ryan (MAD Magazine, DC Comics), who collaborated on comics for kids for Nickelodeon Magazine, serve as co-creators and co-executive producers, with Emmy and Golden Globe winner David Sacks (The Simpsons, 3rd Rock from the Sun) as executive producer. Produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif., the 26-episode half-hour series of absurd interwoven stories follows the eponymous characters Pig (the fool), Goat (the artist), Banana (the wise-guy) and Cricket (the brain), as four friends and roommates who live in a fantastical city where just about anything comes to life. Viewers can watch a sneak peek of Pig Goat Banana Cricket Thursday, July 16, at 9:30p.m. (ET/PT) immediately following the 2015 Kids’ Choice Sports Awards. The series will air episodes in its regular timeslot Saturdays at 10:30a.m. (ET/PT) and will roll out on Nickelodeon’s international channels beginning early 2016.

Pig Goat Banana Cricket is deeply rooted in Nickelodeon’s tradition of great character-driven storytelling by creators who are the ultimate purveyors of comedy,” said Russell Hicks, President of Content Development and Production, Nickelodeon. “Cooper and Ryan’s distinct aesthetic vision is rivaled by their comedic sensibility to tell wacky adventures that are definitely out of this world.”

Cooper said, “Our goal is to make the funniest show out there and to make you laugh out loud.” Ryan added, “Everything is for the sake of comedy, and Pig Goat Banana Cricket is an original cartoon with heart and friendship powered by wild imagination and energy.”

One of Cooper and Ryan’s earliest collaborations was creating a comic called “Cupcakes of Time” for Nickelodeon Magazine. Between the two, their resume includes various works and stories for Bloomberg Business, Owl Magazine, National Geographic for Kids, Marvel, MAD Magazine and more. Characteristic of their unique art style, the show features the lush charm of retro kids’ books and cutting edge illustration fused with sparkling characters and surprising industrial design. A startling mix of bubbly, loveable characters and rich, layered worlds burst with weird machines and lush, mysterious vegetation.

Pig Goat Banana Cricket
Pig Goat Banana Cricket is a series of absurd interwoven stories that follows the eponymous characters Pig (the fool), Goat (the artist), Banana (the wise-guy) and Cricket (the brain), as four friends and roommates who live in a fantastical city where just about anything comes to life. Photo: Nickelodeon. ©2015 Viacom, International, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Pig Goat Banana Cricket is set in Boopelite City, a gigantic and whirring metropolis where many of the buildings look like archaic clockworks. The streets are constantly teeming with characters of intensely varied description, and the sidewalks are crammed with animals, robots, walking fruit, sea creatures, and more. The four roommates live in a treehouse, which sits in the middle of the city, surrounded by the forest, the seas and anywhere else the friends could possibly go.

In the special sneak preview “Pig Goat Banana Cricket High Five!” launching Thursday, July 16, at 9:30p.m. (ET/PT), Pig’s errand to go pickle shopping culminates in an unexpected friendship with a shopping cart and a mad pursuit across town by the merciless Shragger. All the while, Goat struggles to sing her catchy new song, and Banana’s job is on the line after he loses his entire troop…again. Meanwhile, Cricket’s beauty goo experiment beautifies the planet so well that a passing comet’s passionate kisses may just cause the end of the world.

On Saturday, July 18, at 10:30a.m. (ET/PT), the series will launch in its regular timeslot with “Fudge-pocalypse.” In the episode, Goat wishes for a bubble made out of fudge and between Cricket’s super genius inventing skills and Pig’s desire to “help,” the result is an out-of-control fudge-bubble making machine that engulfs the world in gooey fudge bubbles. Meanwhile, Banana gets kidnapped by pirates on the high fudgy seas. The four friends have to brave strange perils and rely on each other to survive the Fudge-pocalypse.
Viewers can visit the Pig Goat Banana Cricket property space on Nick.com and the Nick App starting next week to learn more about the show and its characters, play show-based games, take character quizzes, and watch funny short videos. Episodes of Pig Goat Banana Cricket will be available on Nick.com and the Nick App, along with platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Google Play, Vudu, Playstation, Hulu and VOD.

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 36th 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 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 20 consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

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