Beyblade: Metal Masters, Bakugan: Mechtanium Surge, Oh My!
Nelvana announced its MIPCOM lineup, and let it slip that they are producing a new season of Bakugan, this one entitled Mechtanium Surge, and the second season of the Beyblade reboot, Metal Masters. Bakugan: Mechtanium Surge is the fourth season of the Bakugan franchise, following the original, New Vestroia, and the currently airing Gundalian Invaders. Each season, except the first, have aired in North America before airing in Japan. Beyblade: Metal Masters was known in Japan as Metal Fight Beyblade: Explosion, and premiered on TV Tokyo earlier this year. It continues the story of Beyblade: Metal Fusion (or Metal Fight Beyblade in Japan), with Ginga and friends encountering new friends, and of course new enemies. A Metal Fight Beyblade film premiered late last month in Japan. At their MIPCOM booth, they’ll also be showing off a new Franklin CGI series, now Nelvana only needs to bring back Rupert in CGI to take the soul out of all the characters of theirs I grew up with.
Secondly, Corus Entertainment had its Investor Day today, and I’ll tell you this much. If you dislike YTV’s Family Channel esque approach in recent years, don’t expect that to change. Viewer ship in all key demos are up on the channel, and Corus commands a crazy amount of the kid demos. They did finally confirm that YTV’s HD feed will launch in 2011.
Also just some random bits, Corus optioned the rights to Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network, with the intention to launch it in early 2011. The network premieres in the US in January. No word on what’s up with The Anime Channel, so I guess I can safely say that they’ll let the license to that expire, and that Bionix wasn’t killed as a marketing ploy (this “theory” never actually made sense). Nelvana also gave the go ahead to a bunch of new live action productions, including Life With Boys, Mr. Young, and a new Hardy Boys…
While keeping the Nelvana ruining nostalgia going on, the Rock & Rule Blu-Ray (which may or may not only include the American cut of the film) has been pushed back into late October.
Thanks to Mohji for pointing out the Beyblade and Bakugan news in the forum.