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TDitH's Top 5 Nickelodeon Bumpers

     I've always been a Nickelodeon kid growing up. From Nick in the Afternoon to Nick Junior to SNICK and everything else in between. So like last April when I covered the time capsule I'll be covering a part of Nickelodeon in celebration of the station airing as Nickelodeon. This time around I'll be covering Nickelodeon's bumpers of the eighties and nineties. I'll be looking at the more creative bumpers. But why bumpers? Well good things can come in the oddest of places. I will be excluding ones that only show clips, Contest bumpers, Adverts made by Nickelodeon to promote a product and segment intros. So without further delay here are my top five Nickelodeon Bumpers.

Number 5: The "Take 50" Bumper:

     The Take 50 bumper has a bit of charm that I can only describe as interesting. It takes an old style Hollywood and has nods to Universal movies in it such as the mummy, King Kong, Dracula's Castle and Jaws to name a few. The art style, while two dimensional, looks as if it's stop motion with stick figures. Though that is pretty much it for the charm since there isn't much outside of a stick figure Hollywood.

Number 4: The Do-Wop-Asurus:

     Now we are stepping into the more iconic figures of the network. If you didn't know the do-wop-asurus then you didn't know Nickelodeon. There are other Do-Wop bumpers out there. However the reason this is on the list is because this is their most recognizable and best work in the bunch in my opinion. Though like the last one it falls short on offering much. While time restraints to a few seconds is expected a lot can be done in around ten seconds. While being one of the iconic ones of the nineties, it falls short from the rest.

Number 3: The Waiter:

     Fun thing about this one is that it is claymation. Something that Nickelodeon normally used in their bumpers. Though like number four this is the most iconic and is a stand out of the other claymations due to it showing off different subjects in a short time. The other claymation bumpers offer very little in creativity and uniqueness. It is both iconic and unique. But the next two on the list offer a bit more uniqueness to the stage. This was good, but didn't expand on it's creativity a bit more than it could have.

Number 2: Dancing dogs:

     Live action stop motion is what sold this to the number two spot. What I like about this one is that it's focus is on live action subjects being the dogs however it is done in stop motion animation. It brings a sort of unique look to it that I find special with the subjects, the background and the music going with it. This would be number one if what made number one didn't exist.

Number 1: The Montage Bumper:

     What's better than a single bumper? All of them mashed up into one big bumper. This bumper is iconic to the name Nickelodeon. The funny thing is that other than number two on the list all the other bumpers are in this one. Everything comes together in this, music and visuals. Wacky, energetic, and fun in thirty seconds - describing the channel and it's formula.

Well that is it for this year's Nickelodeon article. Hope you enjoyed it. Until next article remember to Live Life and Live Nostalgic

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Rabbitearsblog Posted on Aug 18, 2019 at 06:01 AM

Loved the Doo Wop bumpers too! Nickelodeon had some creative bumpers back in the 80s and 90s!

Hoju Koolander Posted on Apr 19, 2015 at 04:27 PM

Another vote for Doo-Wop-A-Saurus! The interstitial segments were definitely what gave Nick its identity, much like the different Saturday Morning Cartoon segments the different networks had. But Nickelodeon always had that extra, artistic edge to them. My go to is always the "Nick-Nick-Nick-Nick-Nick-Nick-Nick-Nickelodeoooooooon".

SegaFanatic Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 12:34 PM

Great article, and I dunno man, that Doo-Wop-Asaurus always gives me goosebumps for some reason, and that strange emotion makes that one my favorite. Was still glad it was in the article at least!

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