Nickelodeon Debuts Animated Series Wallykazam!
Wallykazam! is Nickelodeon’s first preschool series that embeds a literacy curriculum into a full-length story, introducing skills such as letter and sound identification, rhyming, vocabulary development and comprehension strategies.
The company invites preschoolers to discover the magic of words as the network debuts the brand-new animated literacy series Wallykazam! (26 eps) on Monday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. (ET/PT).
Wallykazam! follows the adventures of a troll named Wally and his pet dragon, Norville, who live in a forest with giants, goblins, ogres, sprites and other mythical creatures.
Wally uses his magic stick to make words come to life on screen that start with a specific letter, sound or rhyme. Each episode features a new set of magic words that Wally uses to playfully transform the world around him.
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Celebrity guests featured in season one include Vanessa Bayer (SNL), Weird Al Yankovic, John O’Hurley (Seinfeld), Kate Micucci (The Big Bang Theory) and Alanna Ubach (Nick at Nite’s See Dad Run).
Created by producer/writer Adam Peltzman (Emmy Award-winning The Backyardigans and Bubble Guppies), the series will regularly air weekdays at 1:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.
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Nickelodeon’s website for parents and preschoolers, www.nickjr.com, features the Wallykazam! page with letter tracing activities, a word wheel craft, Wallykazam! board game, puzzles, coloring pages, and more.
Parents can also visit NickJr.com’s Creativity Center and “send a letter” to Wally for a chance to see their child’s artwork on TV. Beginning Feb. 3, the full series premiere episode will be available on the site and free for download on iTunes the week of Jan. 27.