Nick Buzzes With 'B,' Squeezes More 'SpongeBob'
'SNL's' Amy Poehler channels her wackiness into animation
The cartoon joins the cable channel's 2007/2008 animation schedule, which includes a sixth season of the ever-popular "SpongeBob SquarePants" and more episodes of new Nicktoons "El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera" and "Tak and the Power of Juju."
"Mighty B," which was picked up for 20 episodes and premieres in 2008, stars Poehler as the voice of Bessie Higgenbottom, an overachieving 10-year-old "Honeybee" scout who is never seen out of uniform. She leads her troop with Patton-like zeal and even though she boasts the most Bee Badges in history, she's not stopping until she earns them all.
"Bessie represents the ever-optimistic spaz, who believes she can grow up to be a rock star, actress, politician and brain surgeon all at the same time," says Poehler. "And as a person who knows absolutely nothing about animation, I am thrilled to be in such great hands over at Nickelodeon. I can't wait to find out how they make those cool little people move around."
Poehler co-created the cartoon with "The Fairly OddParents" staff writer Cynthia True and the Emmy- and Annie-nominated storyboard artist and writer Erik Wiese.
"'Mighty B' is a quintessential Nicktoon," Ascheim said. "It comes from the incredible comedic minds of Amy Poehler, Cynthia True and Erik Wiese, and is a fresh, creator-driven series about a hilarious character Amy created that we think kids are going to really love and connect with. And we are equally thrilled to be making another season of 'SpongeBob SquarePants' -- a series we hope to never stop making -- as well as adding additional episodes of our upcoming series 'El Tigre' and 'Tak.'"
"SpongeBob" has been picked up for 13 episodes entering its sixth season, swelling the adventures of our friends in Bikini Bottom to more than 100 episodes. Starring the voice of Tom Kenny as the optimistic title character, "SpongeBob" has been the top animated series among kids 2-11 on all of TV for the past five years. The pop culture phenomenon has also drawn adult fans, including David Bowie, who guest-voiced a character on the cartoon.
"El Tigre," premiering on March 2, 2007, centers on the conflicted 13-year-old Manny (voiced by Alanna Ubach), who has inherited the powers of both good and evil. He isn't certain if he should follow in the footsteps of his superhero dad or his super-villain grandfather, Granpapi (Carlos Alazraqui).
"Tak" stars Hal Sparks as the voice of the titular character who uses his Juju staf to perform magic and summon the outrageous and often disruptive Jujus. The CGI-animated series also stars the voice of Patrick Warburton ("Seinfeld," "The Emperor's New School") as Lok and will premiere in September 2007.
The additional episodes of "El Tigre" and "Tak" bring the full order up to 20 apiece.