Nickelodeon picks up Dorg Van Dango

DHX Media’s brand-new Area 51-inspired kids’ series will roll out on Nickelodeon International in 170-plus territories next year

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 11.02.2019 | Watch

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DHX Media is bringing the weird and wild world of its brand-new animated series Dorg Van Dango exclusively to Nickelodeon International.

Under the agreement with the global kids’ broadcaster, Dorg Van Dango will air on Nickelodeon International’s channels, including in the UK, Australia, Scandinavia, France, Italy, Spain, Central Eastern Europe, Poland, Israel, Latin America, Asia (excluding China), India, the Middle East and North Africa. Commissioning broadcaster Family Channel will air the new series in Canada.

“The world of Dorg Van Dango is really hilarious and quirky,” says Josh Scherba, President, DHX Media. “What kid wouldn’t want a super-cool unicorn, a curious alien, an ancient witch and an eerie ghost as his secret, new best friends? When these escapees from Area 51 look to normal kid Dorg Van Dango for help, things get crazy. Alongside the team at Cartoon Saloon, we’ve created something really fun and special here, and we’re confident Nickelodeon’s international audience is going to love following the adventures of Dorg and his unusual new friends.”

Dorg Van Dango is a Canada-Ireland co-production from DHX Media and Cartoon Saloon, in association with Family Channel in Canada and RTE in Ireland. The brand-new animated 52 x 11’ comedy is aimed at kids six to 11, and follows the adventures of Dorg, a normal kid living in the very normal town of Normill, until he meets The Magicals, escapees from Area 51 who include a unicorn, alien and ancient witch.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with DHX and Cartoon Saloon on Dorg Van Dango. The vibrant, fun, fresh look of the series and unique stories of friendship, are a perfect fit for Nickelodeon and we look forward to introducing Dorg and the Magicals to our audience internationally,” says Layla Lewis, SVP Global Acquisitions and Partnerships, Nickelodeon.

Paul Young, CEO of Cartoon Saloon, who has been left “crying laughing” at the script, says: “Our creative team of Fabian Erlinghauser, from Cartoon Saloon, and Matt Ferguson, from DHX Media, are preparing a show that has a very colourful, original look. Something fresh for a new generation of kids out there. We’re all very excited!”

Dorg Van Dango’s The Magicals include Jet Lazor, the super-cool unicorn; Patronella, an ancient witch; RD, a curious alien; and Yooki, an eerie ghost. They are all and are in desperate need of help and refuge. To have them blend in with the citizens of Normill, Dorg disguises them as teenagers, hides them in the basement in the local shopping mall and helps them navigate life’s challenges.

Production on the series is underway at DHX Media’s Vancouver studio. Dorg Van Dango is expected to roll out internationally in 2020.


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