Nickelodeon steps back on airing the new cartoon “Made By Maddie”.
As cute as the cartoon looks the resemblance of the Oscar winning short animation of Hair Love is too similar.
When the comparison was brought up Matthew Cherry tweeted saying “I say I ain’t involved and it looks funny in the light”.
The production company behind the cartoon, Waheed Alli, CEO of Silvergate Media spoke out.
“Made by Maddie is a preschool show about an 8-year-old girl who uses her fashion sense and design ingenuity to solve problems. Silvergate Media has been working on the series for the last five years and throughout the production has taken steps to ensure a diverse production team and an appropriate voice cast lending their expertise and talent. As creators ourselves, we have the utmost respect and admiration for Matthew A. Cherry and Hair Love, and our hope is that when people watch our show, they will see it is its own story with its own adventures.”
Nickelodeon also spoke out saying, “Made by Maddie is a show we acquired several years ago from Silvergate Media, a renowned production company we have previously worked with on other series. Since announcing the show’s premiere date this week, we have been listening closely to the commentary, criticism and concern coming from both viewers and members of the creative community.
In response, and out of respect to all voices in the conversation, we are removing the show from our schedule as we garner further insight into the creative journey of the show. We are grateful to Silvergate Media for all of their work. And we hold Matthew A. Cherry and the wonderful and inspiring Hair Love in the highest regard.”
Some are hoping “Made By Maddie” still airs with Matthew Cherry involved, and of course the little ones would be excited to watch it.