With summer prolonged, we find the year slowly inching towards the end. You can guess where this is likely going- the holiday season. I do apologize, by no means am I trying to push it. (Believe me I am nowhere near ready either!) Yet it is hard to deny that it is approaching. This year has gone by extremely fast.
As crazy as the holidays are, there are some great things to be had about the festive time of year. Like all the films and specials that we only get once a year as we snuggle into blankets and sip hot chocolate. And as much fun as it is to relive beloved stories, it is also nice to add new tales into the mix. And this year we have at least one new world to enter.
During Nickelodeon’s upfront announcements in March. We got a lot of different things hurtled our way. Renewals of pre-existing series, new series and more. With such a large amount coming up at once. There where somethings that found themselves under the radar.
One of these things was an animated movie by the name of “Albert.” If not by chance finding the listing for the upcoming Golden Book adaptation. It might have been on overlooked.
In case you might have missed news of this, here is the official summary.
Nickelodeon’s first original animated TV movie, is the sweet story of a tiny Douglas fir tree named Albert who loves Christmas more than anyone, but whose miniature size has kept him inside the plant nursery year after year. Joined by his two best friends, a fun-loving palm tree and a rambunctious weed, Albert treks across the country to live his dream of becoming the world’s most famous Christmas tree. Max Lang (The Gruffalo) is set to direct, with Chris Viscardi and Will McRobb (The Adventures of Pete & Pete) executive producing.
Even though the book does have pre-order links are live. We do not yet have a solidified date of when this will debut. With any luck we will likely see promos and more updates after Halloween. Very interested to see just what the voice cast and animation style will be for this. But the cover-art of the book does look promising.
Yet I do find myself excited to see the movie. Plus bonus points for not simply naming him Douglas.
Just from a glance it reminds me of another holiday themed special and children’s book. “Olive, The Other Reindeer”. Yet only on the fount of some odd-ball pairings of our main characters. And the strong drive for the love of the holiday driving the main characters.
With any luck Albert will have the same light-hearted humour with passion.
Nickelodeon has been doing a lot more with animation recently. So having a title like this is a fine addition to the network. Hopefully this will lead to even more seasonally based works. It is rare to see stand-alone films like this made for television.
Be sure to stay tuned here at BSCKids. Not just for updates about “Albert”, but other new content coming this holiday season.
And if you cannot wait to see this holiday tale un-fold. The Golden Book release from Random House Children’s Books is set to be released on September 13th. And like all titles you can find the thirty-two page tale anywhere you get physical books or e-books.
Join the conversation: I know. I know, too early. But what are your thoughts on “Albert”? Should Nickelodeon, as well as other networks, make more television specials like this? Share your thoughts, ideas and commentary!