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FIRST LOOK: Nick Jr's "Zack & Quack"

by Jerry Beck
January 24, 2014 1:00 PM
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I don't cover pre-school as much as I'd like, but this new series, making its debut on Nick Jr. internationally over the next few weeks - and in the US this spring - is a winner. Co-created by Yvette Kaplan (Beavis and Butt-head Do America, Ice Age) and Gili Dolev (The Happy Duckling), Zack & Quack is set in a pop-up book and has a unique paper sculpture look, courtesy of art director Erez Gavish. 

The series follows the adventures of a seven-year-old boy called Zack and his devoted duck, Quack. The duo live in a unique "pop-up world", where they can use tabs, pulls and other devices to trigger popups that create an interactive story. 

Zack and Quack is executive produced by Zodiak MEAA/UK family and kids chief executive Nigel Pickard with The Foundation's Vanessa Hill, alongside Kaplan and QQD's Ronen Shani. Simon Spencer serves as the series showrunner. Check it out - below is a promo that has started running on Nick UK:

And below is an exclusive "sizzle reel" that shows off the series unique visuals - what else can I say but it's "Pop-tastic!"

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  • Patrick | August 2, 2014 12:24 PMReply

    I checked IMDB, because of the gorgeous animation and art direction and I saw the art director Erez Gavish had no prior work on anything major before this. That's just incredible.

  • James r. | February 3, 2014 10:44 AMReply

    this looks amazing, never seen a pre school show that is such an eye candy.

  • Philomena Marano | January 27, 2014 3:18 PMReply

    Absolutely stunning! You go Yvette! What a delicious series to be part of... Congratulations on all of your fine work. Philo xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • cg | January 27, 2014 11:02 AMReply

    The rigging that went into that is impressive. Very impressive indeed.

  • Alex D. | January 25, 2014 3:27 PMReply

    Art design is awesome!
    Though, I gotta say, I think this would all have made for a really cool video game as opposed to a preschool show.

  • BLAIR ROUDES | January 25, 2014 9:32 AMReply

    Amazed at the concept!

  • Lola Monroe | January 25, 2014 9:31 AMReply

    Sounds fascinating! Can't wait for my daughters Lourdes and Laken to watch it!

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