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Thunder Lizards

Created by Joey Ahlbum and Marc Catapano

Nickelodeon/Ahlbum Animation, 1990

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NICKELODEON: 25 YEARS, 25 BUMPERS
4/25 - DOO-WOP DINOSAURS

Here’s another well-known one. The dinosaurs have been pasted into other Nick bumpers, but this is their original spot. The bumper was headed by animator Joey Ahlbum, who has a love for dinos. Joey is known for his Lucy the Dinosaur cartoons and books, mostly for Frederator’s preschool channel, Fredbot.  He also made the Nickelodeon pitch Thunder Lizards, another reptile-centric work. His style is iconic, but you may not yet understand just why it looks so familiar.

If that’s the case, I’d advise checking out this credits sequence from Sesame Street and seeing if that’s why.

The bumper is charming, short, and sweet. Dinosaurs have fun, and watch Nick. And they wear cute sneakers! What more could you want? The brief song concludes with the main dino putting on some sweet shades. Cool and wacky, very Nicktoons. 

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You can also see his animations on Youtube

Check out more nick bumpers over the next few days in celebration of Nick Animation’s 25th birthday.