Creator: Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi
Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi are a pair of writers, probably best known for their work with Nickelodeon
throughout the 1990s and, more recently, for writing big-screen adaptations of books and franchises.
The two got their start in the late eighties, as part of Nickelodeon's advertising division. Rather than take a direct route and outright pitch the network to viewers, they devised a series of shorts about two brothers who shared a name and had vaguely weird adventures together. The shorts would end with the Nick logo and hopefully kids would be amused enough by the shorts to want to watch the network's long-form programming. Said shorts were known as The Adventures of Pete & Pete
, and worked so well that eventually Nick began commissioning half-hour specials. Five specials aired between 1991 and 1993 before the two started getting full season orders. While this was happening, McRobb became an assistant script editor for Doug
and Ren and Stimpy
, even writing a few episodes of the latter. Pete & Pete
lasted three seasons before finally ending in 1996.
It was just as well, because as Pete & Pete
began winding down, McRobb and Viscardi—as well as Robert Mitenthal, the mind behind Nick's Double Dare
—had been working on a second series, a cartoon anthology known as KaBlam!
. It was part anthology series, part sketch show, intended to showcase styles of animation besides the traditional form that occupied the entire rest of Nick's cartoon programming. Each week would showcase four shorts, all part of an ongoing series, as well as a few miscellaneous ones and the occasional music video.
2000 brought an eleven-year streak to a halt, as KaBlam!
was cancelled with two entire seasons left in a vault somewhere. Their final work for Nick during this time was the film Snow Day
, originally written as a Big Damn Movie
for Pete & Pete
, but was rewritten into a wholly original script when Nick wasn't interested in doing anything with the show. The same year, the duo created the series The War Next Door
for USA Network
; this was cancelled in its first season with five episodes left unaired. The two co-wrote an episode each for Brutally Normal
, and a TV movie called Robinson's Greatest Hits
, before McRobb split off with Douglas McRobb to create Radio Free Roscoe
for what was then The N
The two reunited in 2005 to collaborate on an episode of Nick's The Naked Brothers Band
. From 2007 to 2008, the duo adapted Alvin and the Chipmunks
, The Tale of Despereaux
, and Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging
for the silver screen. In 2009, the two created a series for TeenNick
—formally The N—called The Assistants
, which lasted a grand total of two months; and returned to Nickelodeon proper as writers on the show Sanjay And Craig
McRobb and Viscardi are currently working on a live-action adaptation of Thomas the Tank Engine
, along with Shrek the Third
writer Josh Klausner. They also serve as the executive producers of webseries Bravest Warriors