Thursday, July 07 2016 22:41

TERRIFIC TRUCKS Rolls Onto Sprout...

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If my nearly-seven-years of parenting has taught me anything, it's that kids love trucks - especially anthropomorphic trucks. With The Rock Daughters being certified aficionados of most things vehicular in nature, I'm fairly certain that TERRIFIC TRUCKS will become a part of the viewing regimen when it makes its debut on July 9 at 9am ET on Sprout, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment's 24-hour preschool network. TERRIFIC TRUCKS is a half-hour series featuring five real trucks in a real world setting,  featuring cameo voices from celebrity parents Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard. Check out a preview and the official announcement below...

TERRIFIC TRUCKS stars construction site crew Tork (the dump truck), Dug (the digger), Sparky (the front end loader), Stotz (the semi) and Blinker (the scooper) – each with their own unique personality. The series follows the five live-action trucks as they take on big jobs each day in a fun, exciting and immersive environment that showcases the trucks in a close up style. Whether they are crushing cars, digging a foundation, or tearing down a barn, important lessons will be shared as the trucks overcome obstacles on projects to get the job done – proving nothing is too tough for a terrific truck when they work together as a team. New episodes of TERRIFIC TRUCKS will air every Saturday at 9am ET on Sprout.    

"As your kids start to watch TV, you really want them to be watching something educational and entertaining—which is why we gravitated towards this show."Dax Shepard

Celebrity parents and actors Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard lend their voices to guest-starring roles on TERRIFIC TRUCKS throughout the season. Shepard appears in the premiere episode, "The Big Little Dig Tutor," on July 9 as Digby, a mini-excavator known for being friendly, sweet and helpful with any obstacle. The duo then join forces in "The Mini Truck Dream," set to air on July 30, with Bell as the enthusiastic, energetic and risk-taking mini-loader, Zippy, the twin sister of TERRIFIC TRUCKS series regular Blinker. Bell and Shepard will appear in additional episodes set to air in 2017. In addition to reprising his role as Digby, Shepard will voice Trench, a jovial expert at digging long trenches. 

"Kids have a fascination with trucks because they're larger than life—and TERRIFIC TRUCKS is all about that larger than life sensibility. We think it's going to be so much fun for kids—and parents—to watch."Kristen Bell

A free sneak peek episode of TERRIFIC TRUCKS is available now on the newly refreshed Sprout Playground app. This preview marks the first time Sprout has made a full episode available on the app prior to the linear premiere. Sprout and ustwo New York teamed up to redesign Sprout Playground and create Terrific Trucks Get Truckin'—a new, free interactive TERRIFIC TRUCKS game available exclusively within the app. Aligning with the network's tagline, "Free to Grow," Terrific Trucks Get Truckin' encourages children to explore, overcome obstacles, be curious and discover new ways of interacting with the trucks and their environment. Younger children will be able to enjoy exploring the truck-themed world, while older children can enjoy more sophisticated interactions such as discovering hidden objects in addition to using different attributes for each truck in creative ways. Terrific Trucks Get Truckin' will launch on Sprout Playground in conjunction with the show's premiere on July 9. Additionally, there will be a host of HTML5 games on SproutOnline timed to premiere.

Using an innovative, cinematic approach, Sprout enlisted two fleets of real trucks for TERRIFIC TRUCKS and filmed at a quarry outside of Toronto, Canada. Ira Levy and Joan Lambur serve as Executive Producers,Michael Kessler as Co-Producer, and Ethan Banville as show runner and head writer. Sprout and Breakthrough Entertainment produced the series with animation for the Terrific Trucks' eyes designed by Zink Animation, Keyframe, and Tangent. Animation for the Terrific Trucks' Billboard designed by Eggplant Pictures.

For more, check out Sprout Online!

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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