Bakugan relaunch set for 2019, 11-minute format

Spin Master’s financial reports continue to drip feed new information regarding the upcoming relaunch of Bakugan. During the Canadian toy company’s 2017 fourth-quarter results, CEO Ronnen Harary confirmed that the transforming spheres will return in 2019. After entering a hiatus in the western world in 2012, Spin Master initially announced they were developing a revival in 2015. Continue reading


Canadian Theatrical News: Big Fish & Begonia

Shout! Factory and Funimation Films are bringing the Chinese animated film Big Fish & Begonia to theatres across Canada and the United States this April. Inspired by local myths, the picture opened in China back in July 2016. The film went on to be a box office success and has been crowned as a jewel of the Chinese animation industry. Continue reading

Odds & Ends: Teletoon runs new Beyblade, Pokémon, Power Rangers; Mind Game in Alberta

Teletoon is premiering new episodes and seasons of some blog relevant shows over the next few weeks: Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie

Following last year’s release of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, 4K Media is partnering up with Cineplex to bring another of the franchise’s theatrical features to the Canadian big screen. This time it’s a blast from the past, as 2004’s Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: The Pyramid of Light is getting a remastered re-release in April. 4K is working with Fathom Events to screen the film in the U.S. this month. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Musical – Le Mouvement Final

CineLife Entertainment is partnering up with Cineplex to release Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Musical – Le Mouvement Final across theatres in Canada this April. The concluding entry in a new series of live stage musicals that began in 2013, Le Mouvement Final toured across Japan last fall. Marking the first time any of the musicals based on Naoko Takeuchi’s magical girl franchise have officially been available in North America (beyond a performance at one convention), CineLife is also conducting a U.S. theatrical release of the recorded version this month. Continue reading

Yo-Kai Watch’s English dub production moving to Vancouver?

Late last year, news broke that Level-5 abby would be replacing the entire English cast of the Yo-Kai Watch anime series after the second season. According to Whisper voice actor Joey D’Auria stated it was a cost-cutting measure. Nate voice actor Johnny Yong Bosch questioned the logic of trying to cut costs just as the brand was getting a McDonalds promotion. Recorded in Los Angeles, the anime’s dub was originally a non-union affair, requiring some actors to go under pseudonyms. Starting with the first film, the series moved to a significantly more expensive unionized SAG-AFTRA production.

Level-5 abby has yet to publicly comment on this. Fans started to get anxious, some fearing a North American dub had been scrapped altogether and an import of the Hong Kong production was imminent. When news that the third season’s French dub was based on the Japanese script instead of the English one like before, some fans feared the show had been cancelled.

Things aren’t quite as dramatic. Continue reading

ReBoot: The Guardian Code debuts internationally next month, June in Canada

Four and a half years later, it’s almost here. Nelvana and Rainmaker Entertainment’s Mainframe Studios label have unveiled the premiere date and first trailer for ReBoot: The Guardian Code. The first ten episodes of the live-action/CG re-imaging of Mainframe Entertainment’s groundbreaking 1994-2001 CG-animated series will debut on Netflix globally on March 30th. By globally, I mean except Canada. YTV will be airing it at a yet-to-be-determined date in June. Continue reading