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Nick Jr. The Movie is a 2020 American CGI-Traditionally animated action-adventure-fantasy-comedy film produced by 29 different studios, including Nickelodeon Movies, and based off of the channel of the same name. The film is directed by Steven Spielberg, the director of Jaws (1975), E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Jurassic Park (1993), and more. The film stars the voices of Selena Gomez, Ben Schwartz, Will Smith, Joey Nijem and more. The film was released on November 27, 2020, and made $654 million at the box office and received critical acclaim, with critics praising the script, characters, animation, voice acting, plot, humor, and emotional poignancy.

Synopsis

Behind The Screen of Nick Jr, the characters are under threat when Swiper The Fox from Dora The Explorer teams up with Sweetie and Copycat from PAW Patrol and The Troublemakers from Team Umizoomi to destroy Nick Jr.

Plot

In 2015, Swiper The Fox and The Troublemakers are sad that their shows are over, despite them being villains, so they attempt to sneak into episodes of PAW Patrol and Bubble Guppies, both very popular cartoons. The crew behind PAW Patrol manage to keep them out using a booby-trap system Rocky designed before arriving on the set to the episode "Pups Save An Adventure" but Bubble Guppies couldn't handle the team, therefore they had to cancel the show in 2016.

In November 2016, a show called Rusty Rivets arrived on Nick Jr, and that day, Dora The Explorer went to the premiere, but only to test out her booby-trap on Swiper and The Troublemakers. They are able to dodge the trap, and the team steal the booby-trap and travel to Cartoon Network to use the booby-trap to damage with the Regular Show USB that separates the show from continuing and being cancelled. If a USB of a show is plugged into the channel router, it is continuing, but if it is cancelled, the crew pull the USB out and store it in the Defunct Show Channel Locker (DSCL). As a result, the show ended in January 2017.

From then on, Swiper and the Troublemakers were clarified as wanted criminals on the loose who hid in the DSCL of PBS Kids. Meanwhile, Dora The Explorer and her friend Blaze from the cartoon Blaze And The Monster Machines were doing a daily routine where when Blaze goes on set, Dora would watch him. Swiper, after 178 episodes of dealing with her, is infuriated at the fact that the Blaze crew were letting her on the set to watch. Swiper tells The Troublemakers about the news, so they both issued a revenge plan to destroy Nick Jr. and replace it with an adult-only cartoon channel.

Two years later, many things have changed, but PAW Patrol is still going strong with six seasons and a bunch of new characters, as well as the pups having new powers. With each show growing stronger and stronger by the day, it is becoming harder to make the plan than back in 2017. But then, they got an idea. So, the next morning, at 4 AM, Swiper and the Troublemakers snuck into the PAW Patrol set to meet two new characters, Sweetie and the Copycat, both villains, and try to get them to join the team. They both do, since they hate their job as being the villains, and they want to stop the pups and everybody on Nick Jr by destroying the channel.

They first start messing with the schedule, airing episodes of shows from adult cartoon channels. Next, they start to use the booby-trap to attack some of the characters. Then, they start breaking down the assets of Nick Jr. At this point, everybody knows the terrible news, and they start a rebellion to stop Swiper, the Troublemakers, Sweetie and Copycat. The leader is Dora, Boots, Blaze and Ryder. The rebellion was called the NickJrebellion.

On the outside world, Nick Jr is breaking down, and nobody knows why. Then, the evil group start to break down other channels to make one big adult cartoon channel. All of the USBs are dissolving, therefore the crew has to cancel them and take them to the DSCL for the meantime. All except for PAW Patrol, which wasn't dissolving due to its popularity. Swiper, frustrated, goes to the PAW Patrol USB and attempts to pull it out. He somehow manages to, which meant the show was cancelled. But instead of taking it to the DSCL, he throws it into the abyss for it to break. Dora, shocked jumps in to catch the USB, but it was too late as the USB is moderately damaged by its long fall.

The NickJrebellion agree that it would be a good idea to get away from the evil team by taking the broadcast chord to the UK, where nothing is damaged. So, that evening, they set off from their home, sad.

When they finally get to the UK, one month later, they find out everything is broken there too, and the evil team had followed them all the way, destroying other countries' TV channels along the way as well. Dora, annoyed, stands up to the team to stop them, and the rest of the NickJrebellion join in, when they begin to battle. They start flying from cartoon episode to cartoon episode until they end up in a massive battlefield, where the final battle begins. The battlefield was on a spaceship, so Swiper comes up with an idea to ground pound so the ground falls and the evil team could go to the ceiling to survive. When he ground pounds onto the floor, what Swiper didn't know was that the ceiling was weaker than the floor, so the pressure doesn't break the floor, but it rises up, causing the ceiling to fall onto the evil team.

It is late 2019, and the evil team are in jail serving their sentence. They are able to restore the USBs by discovering a new healing chemical in a Dora The Explorer episode, "Star Mountain" including the PAW Patrol USB. In September 2019, due to the evil team not bothering them, the crew of Bubble Guppies plug their show's USB into the Nick Jr router for two more seasons.

In a mid-credits scene, Sweetie has a dream about the crew from PAW Patrol cancelling the show, and Sweetie jumping on the USB when they drive it out, flying it to the DSCL. She is very happy, but then all of a sudden she is woken up by the prison guards to go to work. Sweetie sighs in disappointment.

In a post-credits scene, teasing a sequel, the characters of PAW Patrol look at the graph showing everyone who is watching PAW Patrol each episode. Slowly, the viewer count becomes lower and lower reaching under half a million viewers. All of the pups are worried, except Marshall, who says, "He-heh, what's the worst that could happen?"

Characters

Dora The Explorer - Dora, Boots, Map, Backpack, Swiper, Isa, Tico, Benny, Diego

Blaze And The Monster Machines - Blaze, AJ, Gabby, Crusher, Pickle, Stripes, Darington, Zeg, Watts

PAW Patrol - Ryder, Marshall, Rubble, Chase, Rocky, Zuma, Skye, Cap'n Turbot, Mayor Goodway, Chickaletta, Mayor Humdinger, The Kitten Catastrophe Crew, Everest, Tracker, Robo-Dog, Tuck and Ella

Peppa Pig - Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, Grandpa Pig, Granny Pig, Suzy Sheep, Rebecca Rabbit, Richard Rabbit, Grampy Rabbit, Miss Rabbit, Candy Cat, Danny Dog, Granddad Dog, Zoe Zebra, Zuzu and Zaza Zebra, Emily Elephant, Edmond Elephant, Freddy Fox, Kylie Kangaroo, Wendy Wolf, Gabriella Goat, Gerald Giraffe, Molly Mole, Delphine Donkey, Peggi and Pandora Panda, Mandy Mouse, Madame Gazelle, Mr. Bull, Mr. Potato, Super Potato

Rusty Rivets - Rusty, Ruby, Frankie, Frankford, Ray, Whirly, Crush, Jack, Botasaur, Botarilla, TigerBot, ElephantBot, Bytes, Kittybot, Robo-Squirrel, Frankfurt

Bubble Guppies - Gill, Molly, Goby, Deema, Oona, Nonny, Zooli, Mr. Grouper, Bubble Puppy

Team Umizoomi - Milli, Geo, Bot, the Troublemakers

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Production

Questions were asked about a feature of one of the Nick Jr shows shortly after Nick Movies' film The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water released in 2015. To this, Nick responded that they were thinking of doing a movie on Dora The Explorer and PAW Patrol, both happened with Dora And The Lost City Of Gold and PAW Patrol: The Movie respectively. More questions were asked about other studios, to which they responded they had no thoughts of doing so.

In 2016, Paramount Pictures announced that they were doing an 138-minute long movie named Nick Jr: The Movie, which would plan to release in July 2019. Many studios thought of this as "creative" or "ambitious" and wanted to join production. Within three weeks, 29 studios were producing Nick Jr. The Movie, as apposed to the original 2.

Steven Spielberg was chosen to direct the film later that month.

Release

The film was released in the United States and United Kingdom on November 27, 2020, and in Canada on December 4. The film was originally going to come out on July 19, 2019, but was pushed back to November 27, 2020.

Release Dates

United Kingdom (Premiere): November 20, 2020

United States (Premiere): November 20, 2020

Canada (Premiere): November 21, 2020

UK: November 27, 2020

USA: November 27, 2020

Ireland: November 27, 2020

Ethiopia: November 27, 2020

Spain: November 27, 2020

Indonesia: November 28, 2020

Guatemala: November 30, 2020

Mexico: December 2, 2020

Georgia: December 3, 2020

Vietnam: December 3, 2020

Iran: December 3, 2020

Canada: December 4, 2020

Scandinavia: December 4, 2020

Germany: December 5, 2020

Jamaica: December 6, 2020

France: December 11, 2020

Ukraine: December 15, 2020

China: January 1, 2021

Philippines: January 5, 2021

Everywhere Else: November 26, 2021

Marketing

A teaser was released on February 22, 2019.

A teaser trailer was released on December 20, 2019.

An official trailer was released on October 15, 2020.

Home Media

The film was released on digital on February 19, 2021, and on DVD, Blu-Ray and Blu-Ray 3D on February 26, 2021.

The film was released on Disney+ on June 25, 2021.

On July 9, 2021, Spielberg announced a spin-off TV Series revolving around Disney Junior would release on Disney+ in Late 2022.

Box Office

The film was a box office success, earning $654 million as opposed to its $200 million budget.

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 96% based on 275 reviews, with an average rating of 8.01/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Funny, creative, and spacial for emotion, Nick Jr. The Movie deserves reruns every day." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 72 out of 100, based on 62 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on A+ to F scale.

Sequel

A sequel, Nick Jr. The Movie 2: The Midnight Rerun, was released on July 14, 2023, with Spielberg back to direct. The film received critical acclaim, so the Nick Jr movies became a franchise with multiple sequels over the following years.

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