Nickelodeon has ordered 13 episodes of The Loud House, from first-time creator Chris Savino. The animated series, about a chaotic life growing up in a huge household, is based on a short from Nick’s 2013 Animated Shorts Program. This is the first project from that initiative, launched in 2012 and designed to identify and develop original comedy-driven content for kids. Pitches chosen are developed into animated shorts with the potential to air on the network or live on the Nick App. The short from Savino (Rocko’s Modern Life, The Powerpuff Girls) follows 11-year-old Lincoln as he gives an inside look at what it takes to survive in the bedlam of a large family, especially as the only boy with 10 sisters. It will air on Nick. The news today dovetails with Nickelodeon announcing the 11 finalists from its 2014 Animated Shorts Program. They are:
Francine by writer/comedian Katie Crown – The story of a strangely brilliant girl who battles a robot version of herself for her life and a slice of pizza.
Meat Pie vs. the Dark Ages by Nickelodeon director Gabe Swarr – Crusty boar Meat Pie is about to pull off yet another amazing con when he accidentally sells his beloved cousin to an axe-wielding wolf.
Shelf Life by Nickelodeon storyboard artist Robert Iza – While working at a warehouse full of everything, overprotective cat Ashley is driven to the brink of madness after her oblivious best friend Max gets himself fired.
Summer Memories by writer/director Adam Yaniv – Jason has 24 hours to find his missing tooth after a parachuting accident caused by his loyal but questionable friend Ronnie.
Ice Station Zedonk by Nickelodeon director Tom Parkinson – Stevo the Cheese Weasel’s peaceful day of ice fishing is rudely interrupted by his slacker best friend, Bigbogs the Ice-Troll, when he invites the whole town to join in.
Night Crew by independent animators Caitlin Boyle and Tara Helfer – Two rat best friends, Buck and Lou, pursue a legendary giant hoagie to celebrate the anniversary of their friendship.
Planet Claire by Nickelodeon executive producers Chris Viscardi and Will McRobb – Claire’s a girl with a big heart and a big mouth who’s got her very own superhero and knows 27 different dances including the Spanish Vortex.
The Outsiders by writer Eric Bravo – When Miles drags his pal Gerald into the woods for a dance emergency, he has no idea it will lead to a sticky run-in with a hungry bear.
Leander, Dre and Cyppy by Nickelodeon storyboard artist Monica Ray – Leander is a young boy thrown into a world where magical creatures don’t understand his odd human ways.
Ugly Mutt by PUNY Entertainment’s Shadi Petosky and Dave Hagen – Ugly Mutt, an eternally optimistic dog takes on an unlikely challenge: getting a human baby adopted.
Bad News Bunny by California State University, Fullerton, graduate Tarryn Henderson – A stuffed toy bunny stuck babysitting two bored kids will stop at nothing to entertain them.