Made by Maddie (partially found Nick Jr. animated series; 2020)
Made By Maddie is a Nick Jr. preschool show, that was supposed to be released in 2020, but it was indefinitely pulled due to controversy.
The show was originally announced at Nickelodeon Upfront 2018, under a name Fashion Ally. The show was created by Paula Rosenthal and produced by Slivergate Media, which has stated they have been working on the series since 2015.
According to the upfront, the show was described as this:
"This animated series follows a little girl, Ally, in the high fashion world as she makes everything around her a bit brighter, bolder and more brilliant, one design fix at a time. Fashion Ally is created by Paula Rosenthal and produced by Slivergate Media (Sunny Day, Peter Rabbit)."
Later in 2019, the show changed the name to Made by Maddie.
Finally, the show was supposed to premiere on September 13, 2020, at 11AM on the network's sister channel – Nick Jr., before the controversy emerged.
Just before the series was about to premiere, there were accusations that the series plagiarized its character designs from the Oscar-winning short film "Hair Love"." A tweet by user Gabrielle Williams (@gabbyjaye), compared the characters' design and sent to Matthew A. Cherry, the creator of the short, thinking that the short would've got a fully-fledged animated series. Cherry confirmed an animated series based on "Hair Love" was in development but he denied that "Made by Maddie" was it. Because of this, Nickelodeon has postponed the series indefinitely, without even premiering a single episode.
The show was described like this:
"Made by Maddie centers on Maddie (Alyssa Cheatham), a quick-thinking little girl with a big personality and a huge heart, who has a passion for fashion. Maddie finds design inspiration around every corner and her big ideas couldn’t become a reality without the love and support of her aspirational and talented fashion designer mom Dee (Patina Miller), and her super cool and upbeat musician dad, Rashad (James Monroe Iglehart), along with the assistance of friends and neighbors, including kind, animal-loving best friend, Jada (Sophia Torres), and the twins–rule-following Harper (Amanda Dressel) and fearless Hudson (Ames McNamara)–who are always up for adventure. Maddie’s creative thinking and dazzling designs are a reflection of the bustling, colorful city of New York and its residents. Maddie confidently embraces her own unique style, celebrates individuality, treats everyone with kindness, and encourages others to take risks and be themselves."
On August 16th, 2021, almost 1 year after the controversy, the rights to the series expired.
Originally, the cast was supposed to involve:
- Alyssa Cheatham – Maddie
- Patina Miller – Dee
- James Monroe Iglehart – Rashad
- Sophia Torres – Jada
- Amanda Dressel - Harper
- Ames McNamara – Hudson
Additionally, the show would've included voices of:
- Karamo Brown
- Rhyon Nicole Brown
- Danny Burstein
- David Burtka
- Monét X Change
- Danny Burstein
- Joey Fatone
- Griffin Robert Faulkner
- Nina Garcia
- Joy Lynn Jacobs
- Claudia Morcate-Martin
- Christine Pedi
- Christiani Pitts
- Al Roker
- D’Angelo Russell
- Horatio Sanz
- Nico Tortorella
- Jamie Lynn Spears
|1A||The Great Butterfly Escape||Lost|
|2A||If the Glue Fits||Lost|
|2B||Mini Me DJ||Lost|
|3A||Queens and Crown||Lost|
|4B||Call It a Knight||Lost|
|5B||Silly Scary Sleepover||Lost|
|6A||Catch the Cabulous||Lost|
|6B||The Telephone Crew||Lost|
|7B||Wild Wild Wilderness||Lost|
|8A||Here Kitty Kitty||Lost|
|9A||The Closet Caper||Lost|
|9B||Department Store Dog||Lost|
|11A||Be My Valentine||Lost|
|11B||Dinner Party Disaster||Lost|
Out of all episodes, we know the synopses of only two episodes "If the Glue Fits" and "Mini Me DJ":
"In the series premiere, “If the Glue Fits/Mini Me DJ,” Maddie gets her hands stuck to a pair of shoes Dee designed. Once she finally gets the shoes unstuck, she has to come up with a redesign to save the day. Then, Maddie, Dee, and her assistant Dustin design an outfit for DJ Fierce, a famous DJ. They scour the city for the perfect materials, but when a misunderstanding leads to an outfit mix-up, Maddie will have to get creative with a fashion fix."
Due to the show's controversy, the show didn't premiere a single episode, and the only footage we have are a promo that Nickelodeon released a month before the premiere and several pictures.
Bumpers and Interstitials
- Loretta the Letter Lady (partially found Nick Jr. short interstitial series; mid 1990s)
- Nick Jr. (partially found revamped Face promos of Nickelodeon channel block; 2003-2004)
- Nick Jr. Power Play Summer (partially found Nick Jr. interstitial series; 2005)
- Snappy Larry's Showtime (partially found Nick Jr. UK interstitial series and American dub; mid-2000s)
- The Backyardigans (partially found Nick Digital pilot of Nick Jr. CGI animated series; 2002)
- Blaze and the Monster Machines (lost pitch pilot of Nick Jr. animated series; existence unconfirmed; 2012)
- Blue Prints (found unaired pilot of "Blue's Clues" Nick Jr. animated/live-action series; 1994-1995)
- Bubble Guppies (found pitch pilot of Nick Jr. CGI animated series; 2006)
- Dora the Explorer (partially found unaired pilots of Nick Jr. animated series; late 1990s)
- Me and My Friends (partially found live-action pilot of "The Backyardigans" Nick Jr. CGI-animated series; 1998)
- Oswald (lost pitch pilot of Nick Jr. animated series; late 1990s)
- PAW Patrol (lost pitch pilots and early concepts of Nick Jr. animated series; 2008-2013)
- Super Why! (found stop-motion Nick Jr. pilot of PBS Kids CGI animated series; 1999)
- The Umizumiz (partially found pitch pilot of "Team Umizoomi" Nick Jr. live-action/CGI animated series; 2008)
- Wallykazam! "Monty's Magic Words" (partially found pilot for Nick Jr. education series; 2010s)
- As Pistas da Blue (partially lost Portuguese adaptation of "Blue's Clues" Nick Jr. animated/live-action series; mid-2000s)
- The Backyardigans (partially lost British dub of Nick Jr. CGI-animated series; mid-late 2000s)
- Binyah Binyah! (found spin-off of "Gullah Gullah Island" Nick Jr. musical series; 1997-1998)
- Blue's Clues (found British adaptation of Nick Jr. animated/live-action series; 1998-2003)
- Bubble and Squeak (partially found Nick Jr. UK live-action puppet series; 2007-2010)
- Downward Doghouse (partially lost precursor to "Ni Hao, Kai-Lan" Nick Jr. animated series; 2000s)
- Riddle Blue/수수께끼 블루 (partially found Korean adaptation of "Blue's Clues" Nick Jr. animated/live-action series; 2000-2001)
- Whoopi's Littleburg (partially found Nick Jr. musical miniseries; 2004)
- Article announcing the series under it original name Fashion Ally. Retrieved 18 Jun '22
- Article on the show on its plagiarism accusation. Retrieved 18 Jun '22
- Tweet comparing the shows similarities to "Hair Love." Retrieved 18 Jun '22
- Article announcing the show's trademark expiring. Retrieved 18 Jun '22