“Fred” (a.k.a. “Fred Figglehorn”), one of the most popular internet characters of all time, will land on Nickelodeon in his first-ever film, Fred: The Movie, premiering Saturday, Sept. 18, at 8:00 P.M. (ET/PT). Similar to real-life teenager Lucas Cruikshank’s fast-talking, hyperactive videos that have received upwards of 530 million views, the film will center on Fred’s biggest adventure yet in trying to win over his unrequited love, Judy.
Fred: The Movie stars Cruikshank in the title role and features iCarly’s Jennette McCurdy as Bertha, WWE’s John Cena as Fred’s dad and Siobhan Fallon as Fred’s mom. The film follows Fred after he discovers his long-time crush, Judy, played by British teen sensation Pixie Lott in her film debut, has moved away. Fred embarks on a journey to find her, and when he does, he’s devastated that he hasn’t been invited to her party. This blow fuels a grand scheme that ultimately makes Fred cooler than his classmates could ever imagine… and he may even get the girl. Fred: The Movie was conceived and developed by Brian Robbins. The film is produced by Robbins and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett of Varsity Pictures and Gary Binkow and Evan Weiss of The Collective. The movie is directed by Clay Weiner and written by David A. Goodman (Family Guy).
"Internet comedy is a great unifier and Fred is already a mega-star with kids of all ages and genders," said Marjorie Cohn, President, Original Programming and Development, Nickelodeon. “While the fans will be super psyched at meeting all the regulars of Fred’s world, the movie will also bring in a brand new audience who will love its unique tone."
Lucas Cruikshank first introduced Fred to internet audiences in 2008, and the Fred Channel soon became the fastest-growing channel in YouTube history. Each short follows Fred as he deals with his crush Judy, his nemesis Kevin, and his inept mother. While he may be socially awkward and emotionally immature, Fred’s wild imagination and irrational approach to situations make him both hilarious and endearing to his audience. Lucas Cruikshank made his TV debut as Fred Figglehorn in the hit series iCarly in 2009.