Mattel and Nickelodeon have announced plans to produce a new animated series and live-action television movie musical based on the Monster High franchise.
"Monster High's strong message of inclusivity is more relevant than ever," says Fred Soulie, general manager, Mattel Television. "Nickelodeon shares our passion for the brand and its purpose, having worked on the franchise when it first launched more than a decade ago. They are the ideal partners to bring these beloved characters and their stories to life through episodic television and the live-action television movie."
The new series follows characters Clawdeen Wolf, Draculaura and Frankie Stein as they navigate Monster High's halls. The show, which will be available globally across Nickelodeon platforms, is scheduled to premiere in 2022. Similarly, the musical movie event, which marks the first time Monster High will be brought to life in live-action, will be available on Nickelodeon platforms globally next year.
"These classic monsters have always captured kids' imaginations and we are so excited and proud to welcome Monster High to our brand for a new generation of kids," says Ramsey Naito, president, Nickelodeon Animation. "We have terrific partners on board at Mattel to create original content in different formats, and with the expertise of the Nick creative team helmed by Claudia Spinelli on the animation development side and Zack Olin and Shauna Phelan on the live-action side, we can't wait to showcase the comedy and adventure of these characters as they defy expectations and take on the world."
The "Monster High" series and movie musical event join other Mattel Television content in production, including series and specials based on Barbie, Masters of the Universe, Thomas & Friends, Polly Pocket and Fireman Sam, among others.
"We could not be more excited to work with Ramsey, Claudia, Zack, Shauna, our writers and the entire Nickelodeon animation and live-action teams to introduce Monster High to a new audience," says Adam Bonnet, executive producer, Mattel Television. "This property has always resonated deeply with fans and our reimagination of the franchise will focus on addressing important themes of identity and empowerment for kids today."