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Nick Greenlights New Series by C. H. Greenblatt, Dave Cooper and Johnny Ryan [UPDATED]

Nickelodeon announced this afternoon that they’ve greenlit two new series: Bad Seeds (above) by C. H. Greenblatt (Chowder) and Pig Goat Banana Cricket from the team of illustrator/comic artists Dave Cooper and Johnny Ryan. Twenty-six episodes of each show will be produced out of Nick’s animation studio in Burbank, California.

Online reaction may have played a role in Nick’s decision to greenlight Pig Goat Banana Cricket for series production. The teaser pilot for the show was posted online in August 2012, a couple years after it had been made, and the positive response led to renewed interest from the network, according to co-creator Ryan.

Here are the official descriptions of the shows:

Harvey, a sweet and well-meaning bird, makes two new best friends, Fee and Foo, the wildest kids in the forest. Although their friendship seems unlikely, their connection only grows as they push each other out of their comfort zones and into endless adventures. Created, written and directed by C.H. Greenblatt (SpongeBob SquarePants, Chowder).

This show features a series of absurd interwoven stories about four friends and roommates, Pig (the fool), Goat (the artist), Banana (the wise-guy) and Cricket (the brain). Created by Dave Cooper and J. Ryan and executive produced by David Sacks (The Simpsons, Regular Show) who co-writes with J. Ryan. Dave Cooper also art directs the series and the pilot was directed by independent animator Nick Cross.

In addition, Nick announced two new animated series pickups for its Nick app:
WELCOME TO THE WAYNE—An animated comedy about two adventurers set in the lobby of the weirdest apartment building on the planet. Created and written by Billy Lopez (The Wonder Pets!).

JUNIOR EYE—Three junior high school friends are committed to solving the myths that plague their classmates’ daily lives. Created by Will and Aaron Eisenberg, whose previous project (Eric Finley: Comment Counselor) won Ashton Kutcher’s “Dream Bigger” filmmaking competition.

[UPDATE—Thurs, 11:55pm ET]: A source at Nickelodeon tells Cartoon Brew that Bad Seeds and Pig Goat Banana Cricket were in the running against four other series pilots, including two by Butch Hartman (creator of The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom) and one by Jorge Gutierrez (co-creator of El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera). The source made clear that though those other shows weren’t greenlit, some of them may still be pushed into series at some point in the future. Here’s a look at the six shows that were being developed internally at Nick. Click for bigger image:

  • GW

    Whose idea was it to change the mantis to a cricket?

  • otterhead

    I’d love to hear the inside story as to why PIG GOAT BANANA MANTIS became ….CRICKET. Especially as he’s clearly still a mantis.

    • Ivan Dixon

      Inside story is that there was already a pray mantis character on Kung Fu Panda. That’s the only reason.

  • Arnaud

    Great news. Is Nick Cross still involved in Pig Goat Banana Cricket ?

    • IcyTea

      Yes he is and I wish him much success. The only issue I have is that Nickelodeon is going to limit Nick Cross’s Inspiration and Talent, I hope the show is still good.

  • GW

    I agree that ‘mantis’ sounds better than ‘cricket’ but I think the crucial thing in the title is how it plays off of the word ‘banana’.

  • Erik Butter

    Becouse there are a lot of whip crack sound in it when a character makes a sudden pose or hand gesture. Thats hilarious!…

  • Mavis G

    Network execs are SO anal.

  • smoothoperator350

    While I have some interest in Greenblatts show Bad Seeds, the rest aren’t exactly making me regret canning my satellite subscription.

    I don’t run apps (and probably never will) so I may be missing out there, but Pig Goat whatever just sounds the same as many other kids TV shows today, shallow random Spongebob copies with minimalist designs and weak characterization, but tons of crazy wacky hilarious situations!

    Yes I know its a kids cartoon, but if kids can laugh at an ancient Tex Avery cartoon then I’m willing to bet that they’re a little more capable than TV execs think, at the least it’d be nice if adults could watch cartoons with their kids without feeling insulted.

  • Matt Sullivan

    I wish much success to the creators of these shows. But, I’m baffled by the continued promotion of what I refer to as “uglymation” Not necessarily that the design is BAD ( as I’m not a designer ) it’s just that characters seem to be purposely designed to be repellent. Garish colors, throwback rubber-band anatomy…scribbly cleanup in some cases…I dunno. There seems to be a wholesale rejection of cartoons that are well drawn these days.

    • Agreed. All characters in animation now seem to be designed to look like they’re by the same designer. Which I hate. I like variety, ya’ know. A few shows have broken the mold a bit, but not enough. In fact, I think the only major US show that couldn’t somehow be classified in this kind of style would be “The Legend of Korra”.

  • Spencer Valdez

    (Rimshot, since you made it.) BTW, sorry it didn’t get greenlit. Looks awesome.

  • Capital_7

    But both characters would be named Mantis. It’s different than having Billy Goat and Wally the Goat, say.

  • haha what makes you say that…twice

  • Roberto González

    I thought PigGoatBananaMantis looked interesting in the pilot and Dave Cooper is a genius, so I’m pretty interested about that one, even if they changed the mantis for a cricket for some reason.

    And I’m not a Butch Harman’s fan at all but if the teaser posters are some indicator I must say the designs actually look nice and a lot better than most of his stuff. Especially Knight and Dave.

  • Joel

    Really looking forward to Bad Seeds! I loved Chowder.

    I saw the pilot for PGBC on Youtube, and it wasn’t too bad, so I’ll have to check it out. But can anyone tell me about the creators and why people are looking forward to this so much?

  • Joel

    Fantastic news! Knowing that these awesome cartoons are actually being made really turns my day around for the better. Now, if Nick would just greenlight “The Modifyers,” I’d REALLY be in 7th heaven!

  • Erik Butter

    Chowder was indeed fun, except for the overuse of patterns.
    That was a poor design choice.

  • Lord Sk8er

    Cricket sounds really out of place jfc

  • IBlock

    WHOA. Let me get this straight. Butch Hartman went from a comedy show about fairies to an action show about ghosts to an action-comedy show about spies to a fantasy show about who-knows-what to a family sitcom about bugs….. I don’t get this guy anymore.

    • ILDC

      And yet, the artstyle and tone remain pretty much the same.

  • NickPerson

    mantis was already one of the main characters on Kung fu panda (even that is irrelevant now)… There’s your answer

  • Cloverena

    Bad seeds acually looks good to me no wonder when i was little chowder was my second favorite show.

  • mariootoya

    ”The New SpongeBob SquarePants And Friends” by Stephen Hillenburg

  • Rafael goubaud

    feels like butch has become the seth macfarlane unfunny way cause butch and seth used to work together back then before they went on do there own shows

  • Roberto Severino

    I completely agree.