Bubble Guppies is an American-Canadian preschool comedy musical children's television series produced for Nickelodeon and created by Jonny Belt and Robert Scull. The series is produced by using Autodesk Maya 3D software and revolves around the underwater adventures of a group of merperson preschoolers. The program premiered on Monday, January 24, 2011 as part Nickelodeon's block, The Play Date and also on iTunesBubble Guppies was originally supposed to premiere in 2006. At that time, it was being produced by Nick Digital. However, it was never finished due to work on other projects such as Umi-Zumi (a prototype version of Team Umizoomi). Finally, in summer 2007, the episode "Happy Clam Day" was finished, but it had a lot of differences from the version that was aired; one of them being Mr. Grouper was taller and was still voiced by Jamie Watson. In the fall, Nickelodeon said they would air the show for their 2007-2008 season. But by mid-2008, only 10 other episodes were finished. In November 2008, Viacom fired 750 staff — the whole studio. Nickelodeon decided to give up hope of finishing the show. But when Wild Brain heard about it, they decided to change the whole show. Work on the show began in Spring 2010 at Wild Brain's new Los Angeles facility, and by December, 20 episodes were finished. Nickelodeon decided to pick it up again, and it was a success.