Since 2009, select Nickelodeon programs have been airing on both ABS-CBN and Studio 23. All of the Nick programs are dubbed in Filipino. However, one noticeable omission took my notice, and that is the fact that Nickelodeon’s second most popular series ‘The Fairly OddParents‘ is not airing on either network.
The omission of ‘The Fairly OddParents’ dates back to the years when TV5 had the rights to Nickelodeon programs. At the time, the most recognizable programs on Nick were aired on the Kapatid network; namely Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, Danny Phantom and CatDog, among others. When the rights moved to ABS-CBN, Spongebob and Dora were retained, after which new series such as Wonder Pets, Back at the Barnyard, El Tigre, Planet Sheen and Ni Hao Kai Lan began to air. Despite that, neither network wanted to air ‘The Fairly OddParents’, despite its long history and critical acclaim.
The omission of ‘The Fairly OddParents’ really caught me by surprise. I really wanted to see Timmy Turner, Cosmo and Wanda, Vicky and the Pixies speak in Filipino. Very funny and interesting, right? But the management at ABS-CBN never wanted a part of ‘The Fairly OddParents’, either because dubbing the high-pitched and fast lines in Filipino may be difficult for the voice actors, or that the program’s rights may be more expensive, since they already have Spongebob and Dora at their disposal. Regardless, the omission of the popular ‘The Fairly OddParents’ is not a good one for viewers who cannot afford cable TV and have no business watching Nickelodeon’s second-tier animated series.
In the past, I have criticized ABS-CBN for cutting too many scenes on their Nickelodeon programs. For example, a lot of Spongebob episodes have so many scenes cut off that I tuned out for good. This was not the case when TV5 still handled the programs. What ABS-CBN did should be derided and frowned upon; you have no business in editing some funny scenes.
If ABS-CBN finally decided to air ‘The Fairly OddParents’ in the near future, it should satisfy the viewers’ hunger for an animated series featuring magic, moral lessons, and humor. If not, blame the Kapamilya network for not airing it at all.