Those who grew up in the nineties might remember Face, the animated host and mascot of Nickelodeon’s preschool programming block, who was first introduced in 1994.
Cedric Williams sure does. Williams, who voices Face in the network’s new Face’s Music Party, a music variety show premiering on Nickelodeon on Monday, June 6, has fond memories of the character. Having grown up with Face, the actor is enthusiastic about the opportunity to introduce Face to another generation of kids. He believes this new iteration is a great way for parents to connect with their children.
In addition to fostering that ever-important bond, Williams sees Face’s Music Party as a bright spot in what has been a tough time for young people. “The world has been through a lot,” he notes. “[The show] makes kids smile.”
It also gets them up and moving. Williams describes the interactive show that combines animation and live-action as a way to get kids on their feet. Each themed installment features music videos, sing-alongs, and other ways to get everyone dancing. The energetic dance sequences also give kids the chance to record themselves doing dances and put them on social media, factoring in the goal of reaching kids in the digital age.
Ultimately, though, the new voice of Face hopes that his updated take is as impactful as the first Face, who he considered a friend. Ideally, kids watching the show today will look back years from now and remember what they learned from Face. Williams wants the show to provide “inspiration and entertainment” to all who tune in.
“It doesn’t matter if you can dance or sing well,” he adds. “As long as you’re having a good time and being nice to others, that’s what it’s all about.”
So, clear some space and get ready to bust a move!
Face’s Music Party, Series Premiere, Monday, June 6, 11am/10c, Nickelodeon