NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nickelodeon’s Blaze
and the Monster Machines speeds across the seven
continents in “Race to the Top of the World,” an hour-long special
featuring guest voice appearances by Emmy-nominated actors Anthony
Anderson (Black-ish) as Pegwheel the Pirate and Mayim Bialik (The
Big Bang Theory) as the Sphinx. Blaze and the Monster Machines
follows the adventures of the amazing monster truck Blaze and his
eight-year-old driver AJ, and it’s the first preschool show on TV to
comprehensively cover all areas of STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering, Math) in every episode. The special will be simulcast
across Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., NickJr.com and the Nick Jr. App on Monday,
Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT).
In “Race to the Top of the World,” Blaze and his friends compete in the
greatest race in history. However, when Crusher throws them off course,
Blaze and his Monster Machine friends must persevere to make it to the
finish line. Along the way, they encounter Pegwheel the Pirate, the
cannonball-blasting captain of a scalawag crew of pirate trucks, and
meet the mysterious but friendly Sphinx, who warns of ancient sand traps
awaiting them in the desert. Blaze cranks up the power on his monster
machine transformations by turning himself into a rocket, fire engine,
catapult, cannon and more.
Leading up to the premiere, NickJr.com and the Nick Jr. App will feature
exclusive content, including a first-look at the episode starting Nov.
16, as well as three original pieces of short-form content featuring
Blaze completing challenges using unique STEM concepts such as force,
trajectory and acceleration. NickJr.com will also have a brand new Blaze
game, Race to the Top of the World. The game features a collection of
mini-games so kids can help Blaze overcome obstacles, including
controlling a hot air balloon to ascend above the pyramids and racing
down the Eiffel Tower to get back to the ground to win the race.
The Blaze and the Monster Machines App, available now, features a
new “Top of the World” location and 15 new race levels. Users can build
their very own Top of the World track, help Blaze and AJ compete against
other monster trucks–Starla, Crusher, Stripes and Zeg–in one of five
locations (The Badlands, Top of the World, Dragon Island, The Snowy
Slopes or The Monster Dome) and use blazing speed and problem-solving to
overcome obstacles along the way.
In the toy aisle, Nickelodeon and Fisher-Price, a subsidiary of Mattel
Inc., recently launched an all-new toy line based on Blaze and the
Monster Machines. With strong online presales leading the way, the
line debuted in May exclusive to Toys’R’Us and is now available at all
major retailers. The complete introductory line includes die-cast,
talking and super stunt vehicles, playsets and more that bring the fun
and dynamic characters from the show to life. Nickelodeon has expanded
the Blaze license into new categories which include games and
puzzles, outdoor sports and party goods.
In Blaze and the Monster Machines, the amazing monster truck
Blaze and his eight-year-old driver AJ have adventures that explore the
physics of how things move; tackle problems through scientific inquiry
and mathematics; and discover the parts needed to make everyday
technologies work. Each action-packed episode is filled with monster
trucks, physical humor and upbeat original songs with lyrics that
highlight a STEM concept such as adhesion, friction, force, trajectory
and magnetism. Blaze and the Monster Machines is created by Jeff
Umizoomi head writer) and Ellen Martin (Bubble
Guppies supervising producer).
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 almost
100 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.
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Leslie Byxbee, 212-846-6914