Scaredy Squirrel

Nelvana Enterprises is pleased to announce that it has sold three new comedy series to Cartoon Network Latin America.

The shows are the live-action series Mr. Young , as well as the animated productions Sidekick and Scaredy Squirrel.

They will be seen across Latin America and the Caribbean starting with Sidekick this October, and Mr. Young and Scaredy Squirrel premiering in 2012.

“W e are delighted to be continuing our partnership with Cartoon Network to bring Latin American viewers our hilarious new slate of comedies,” said Jerry Diaz, Vice-President, Worldwide Sales, Nelvana Enterprises. “We are confident that these series will be as popular in Latin America as they are already in Canada, the U.S. and beyond.”

Both Sidekick and Scaredy Squirrel currently air on Cartoon Network in the U.S.

Mr. Young is filmed in front of a live studio audience and stars Brendan Meyer as Adam Young, a whiz-kid-turned-teen genius who hit the books hard enough to get into university at the age of 9. Now, at the tender age of 14, he’s headed back to high school – as a teacher. Being the same age as his students, Adam finds himself trapped between two worlds , often leading to hilarious consequences. The series is produced by Thunderbird Films in association with Corus Entertainment Inc.’s YTV , where the show has quickly become one of the network’s top-rated series. Nelvana Enterprises is the international distribution agent for Mr. Young , while Nelvana and Thunderbird are co-distributing the series in the United States.

Sidekick features Eric and Trevor in their not-so-heroic adventures training to be superhero sidekicks. With access to a grand mansion stocked with gadgets, these sidekicks get their fair share of action battling the bad guys. Now only if those super-powers would finally kick in. Fun, physical and full of your favorite comic book references.

Scaredy Squirrel is based on the popular book series by Canadian author Mélanie Watt , published by Kids Can Press , featuring an endearingly obsessive-compulsive hero. Scaredy lives in Balsa City and has the perfect job for a creative squirrel with a touch of OCD: stacking cans into elaborate displays at the Stash n’ Hoard grocery store. In his spare time, he is a huge paddleball fan and dreams of becoming the best paddler ever. At first glance, Scaredy may seem geeky and quirky, but he’s actually one cool confident squirrel. Comfortable in his fur, he makes no apologies for his idiosyncrasies and quirks, and that makes him totally awesome!

Nelvana Enterprises’ new animated comedy series, Scaredy Squirrel, will debut in the U.S. on Cartoon Network on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 7 p.m. ET/PT,  airing weekly in the same time slot.

Scaredy Squirrel is based on the popular book series by Canadian author Mélanie Watt, published by Kids Can Press, featuring an endearingly obsessive-compulsive hero. Scaredy lives in Balsa City and has the perfect job for a creative squirrel with a touch of OCD: stacking cans into elaborate displays at the Stash n’ Hoard grocery store. In his spare time, he is a huge paddleball fan and dreams of becoming the best paddler ever. At first glance, Scaredy may seem geeky and quirky, but he’s actually one cool confident squirrel.  Comfortable in his fur, he makes no apologies for his idiosyncrasies and quirks, and that makes him totally awesome!

“Nelvana is excited about the buzz around our great new comedies like Scaredy Squirrel, and are especially pleased about our broadcast placement and partnership with Cartoon Network in the U.S.,” said Jerry Diaz, Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Nelvana Enterprises.

Corus Entertainment is pleased to announce that its popular Kids Can Press title book character Scaredy Squirrel is starring in his very own animated series. A Canadian original production produced by Nelvana Studio, Scaredy Squirrel will premiere on Sunday, April 3 at 9:30 a.m. ET/PT on YTV.

“Corus is delighted to take our successful Kids Can Press literary character Scaredy Squirrel and bring him to life on screen,” said Ted Ellis, VP, Kids/Family Programming, Corus Entertainment. “With new comedic storylines and a fresh look for an older television audience, this Nelvana series epitomizes the quality entertainment our YTV viewers have come to expect from us.”

All 26 30-minute episodes of the series are inspired by the popular little worry wart, Scaredy Squirrel, created by author Mélanie Watt. The series follows Scaredy as he tackles life’s daily challenges and explores the world outside of his treehouse. However, Scaredy always manages to balance his job at the Stash n’ Hoard grocery store with his nervous attempts to always stay safe. While geeky at first, Scaredy is one confident squirrel, never apologizing for his idiosyncrasies.

In episode one, Scaredy Squirrel: Children of the Acorn/Awaken the Stacker Within, premiering on Sunday, April 3 at 11 a.m. ET/PT (r) Wednesday, April 6 at 12 p.m. ET/PT, after searching every dangerous corner of Balsa City, Scaredy has to entertain a little girl in order to win back the acorn hat he needs to complete his collection. Then, Scaredy meets his hero, Lars Von Stacking, and attempts to help the former star rebuild his confidence as well as his greatest achievement, the Broccolisseum.

Beginning on Monday, March 21, viewers can immerse themselves in Scaredy Squirrel’s world online. By visiting YTV.com, viewers can enjoy games, activities, show and character information, download wallpaper and stickers, and also submit their own artwork to be displayed on the site.

To celebrate April Fool’s Day on Friday, April 1 beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET/PT, YTV will air a special sneak peek episode of Scaredy Squirrel.

On Tuesday, February 1, Kids Can Press launched the fifth Scaredy Squirrel book title, Scaredy Squirrel Has A Birthday Party. This nutty adventure follows Scaredy as he plans his own surprise birthday party. When all of Scaredy’s excessive plans are thrown up in the air, he must decide whether to cancel the party or face the music.

Mélanie Watt is the bestselling author and illustrator of the Scaredy Squirrel and Chester series. Her other books include Have I Got a Book for You!, Augustine, Leon the Chameleon and the Learning with Animals series. Watt lives near Montreal, Quebec.