A beastly new toon from a familiar face is coming to cable. Nickelodeon has greenlighed Bunsen Is A Beast! — which follows the first beast to attend a human-grade school. The network has ordered 20 episodes of the series from creator-EP Butch Hartman. He also created Nick’s long-running series The Fairly OddParents, and the net today also picked up seven more episodes of that animated hit’s 10th season.
Bunsen is a Beast! revolves around two unlikely friends attending grade school. On his first day of school, Bunsen befriends a classmate named Mikey, who over time guides Bunsen through the ups and downs of life as a human. On the flipside, Bunsen introduces Mikey to the wild and wacky world of monsters — which, as it turns out, is a lot more fun than scary. No matter what the stakes, Bunsen and Mikey will always have each other’s backs.
“Butch Hartman has been making kids laugh for decades by creating some of the most memorable characters and comedy situations that have stood the test of time,” said Russell Hicks, Nickelodeon’s President of Content Development and Production. “The greenlight of Bunsen is a Beast! plus the pickup of more episodes of The Fairly OddParents extends our relationship with Butch to reach almost 20 years. We look forward to another terrific run from Butch, who creates funny and relatable content like no other.”
The extra episodes for Fairly OddParents brings its Season 10 order to 20 episodes. It’s the third-longest-running toon on Nick after SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora The Explorer.