Review: The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story

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Exploring Nickelodeon, a cornerstone of the childhoods of many 90’s kids and beyond, The Orange Years is a fun, nostalgic trip through the rise of the quintessential kids network.

The origins of the home of SpongeBob Squarepants is explored in great detail with the major players along the way narrating. Before Bikini Bottom and Dora the Explorer, us old-heads had the classics like Legends of the Hidden Temple, Double Dare, and Rocko’s Modern Life. The Aggro Crag was what we all aspired to win while The Ren & Stimpy Show gave us the immature fodder needed to rise to the top of middle school homeroom. To see how a commitment to children and a focus on not exploring them (such as in merchandising) drive the small group of individuals originally involved towards the $8 billion dollar company it became is absolutely astonishing.

Director Scott Barber utilizes interviews with not only the corporate heads guiding the ship, but insights from talent as well to show just how much of a cultural impact Nickelodeon has had. What results is a stellar documentary that puts a smile on your face quickly that doesn’t leave your face until well after the conclusion of the film.

Check it out today on VOD.

Rating: 5/5

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