Tak and the Power of Juju, Nickelodeon’s first original in-house CG-animated series, gets its start this week with a special primetime premiere. The show debuts on Friday, (Aug. 31) at 8 p.m. before settling into its regular 10 a.m. timeslot on Saturday mornings. Leading up to the premiere, Nickelodeon will offer additional short form Tak videos on TurboNick, the network’s broadband video service on www.nick.com. The shorts will also be available on Nickelodeon Mobile via various wireless carriers.
Based on the popular Nick/THQ video game, Tak and the Power of Juju follows teenage jungle-boy Tak (voiced by Hal Sparks of Talk Soup fame) and his fellow Pupununu villagers as they deal with their fate as the unluckiest tribe in the world. Their lives are sometimes helped, but more frequently complicated, by the strange and mystical Jujus, magical beings with whom Tak has a special bond. The cast also includes Maurice LaMarche, (Pinky & The Brain), Patrick Warburton (The X’s), Lloyd Sherr (Modern Marvels), Kari Wahlgren (Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!), Dannah Feinglass (Mad TV) and John DiMaggio (Futurama).
In the premiere episode, ‘Woodiefest,’ the ferocious Woodie creatures are planning to trash the Pupununu village during their annual rampage through the jungle. While the rest of the tribe runs off to hide, Tak, Jeera and Keeko decide to stay behind to fight off the attack using Tak’s Power of Juju. The second story in the episoide, ‘Loser,’ finds Tak so tired of Lok bragging about his heroic feats that he tests his friend with an impossible task that unexpectedly gets him banished by the Chief.