When I first came across this article, I immediately started humming the theme song to Wonder Pets. Hey, it’s a lot of pets to keep straight. Wonder pets, Neopets… there’s a limited amount of space still available in my brain, and I’m not sure that keeping track of all of these creatures is the best use of my mental capacity.
Upon closer inspection, though, I did realize this was something different. Neopets aren’t at all like Wonder Pets, actually. They’re more like a cross between Webkinz and Pokemon. Regardless, they’re coming to Nickelodeon later this month:
Popular online youth community Neopets.com will make its television debut on June 23 when Nickelodeon launches the first series of animated Neopets “mini-shows,” shorts that will air in between Nickelodeon’s longer-form programs. The network hopes a good percentage of the 40 million registered Neopets members will tune in to see characters and stories from the world of Neopia brought to life through animation.
Many of the spots will feature surprise, multiple endings as they introduce such characters as mad scientist creature Lab Ray, an ocean floor vacuumer named Trunkard and a Haunted Woods swamp witch named Sophie. Fans will also find hidden clues embedded in each episode that will help them unlock puzzles and trivia questions on the Neopets web site.
The mini-shows will also appear on Neovision, Neopets.com’s broadband video player, which also features user submitted content and Neopets animated originals.
The article goes on to talk about some recently enhancements to the Neopets website, but I mostly found myself paging through the Neopedia and wondering if I could remember all of that information even if I wanted to. I think I’m getting old.
My children, however, will likely meet this new development with great glee and perfect memorization. I expect to be hearing repetition of these spots at the dinner table for months to come.