Easily one of the maddest, noisiest and most ambitious children’s series is Massive Monster Mayhem, which Canada-based DHX Content senior VP and general manager for kids and family Ken Faier describes as “Total Wipeout meets Power Rangers”.
“It’s one of the most fun programmes I’ve worked in on in kids TV – genres all mashed up in one show,” he says. “We’re calling it a ‘sci-fi competition’ series, and it’s a mish-mash: a comedy and an action adventure.”
Each episode of the show, which comes from 7ate9 Entertainment’s Artur Spigel and Michael Chaves, pits three real life kids against a group of monsters, who are created through a mix of real-time CGI and pre-visualisation technology.
Within each ep, the children compete in a gauntlet of challenges in order to become winner of the Intergalactic Battle Championship for Earth, with one facing Master Mayhem in a final challenge.
Faier says this all brings together the comedy and action-adventure tones, with the series skewing slightly boy.
Nickelodeon has picked up the 20-episode series for the US, with DHX Media-owned Family Channel running it in Canada.
Faier says some territories will look at using the Toronto- studio where the show was shot as an international production hub for local versions – costs of the VFX and CGI techniques can pile up and are not cheap. Others buyers will dub the existing tape.
A mobile game featuring the monsters has been developed alongside the TV series.
The show: Massive Monster Mayhem
The producer: DHX Media, 7ate9 Entertainment
The distributor: DHX Media
The channel: Nickelodeon (US), Family Channel (Canada)
The concept: sci-fi meets competition series featuring kids and monsters