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Nelvana’s Retooled Mysticons Primed For 2017 Launch

mysticonsA lot can change in the time between when a show is announced and when it hits our screens. Nelvana’s latest action series Mysticons seems to have gone through some bigger alterations than most. Originally announced in April 2013 as a partnership with The Topps Company, the show was sold as a boys action series for kids 6-11. I usually don’t point those things out, but Nelvana has shifted the target demo for Mysticons. In their newest press release announcing a global broadcast agreement with Nickelodeon, as well as a toy deal with Playmates, the Sean Jara penned series was described as being aimed at girls aged six and over. With this change came a new series description: Continue reading

ReBoot: The Guardian Code Doesn’t Really Sound Like a ReBoot Reboot

This is Austin in his guardian form Vector. The other three character's will go by Googz, D-Frag and Enigma.

This is Austin in his guardian form Vector. The other three character’s will go by Googz, D-Frag and Enigma.

 

A new ReBoot related media project might actually see the light of day? Am I really typing this in 2015?

Shocking everyone, it looks like Rainmaker is going to make good on their fall 2013 announcement of a new ReBoot television series. Corus Entertainment has given the greenlight to 26 half-hour episodes of ReBoot: The Guardian Code, which all but ensures the show will actually exist. If your jaw is currently on the floor, I encourage you to leave it there until you read the show’s description:
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Beyblade Spins Again, But This Time Without Nelvana

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Repackaging an already proven idea for a new generation can be a safe bet. Takara Tomy proved that by relaunching Beyblade in 2008 after a four year hiatus. Now they’re set to do that again, but for the first time ever, it looks like Toronto-based Nelvana won’t be at the helm of its western expansion. Continue reading

Future Card Buddyfight Premieres On Teletoon Next Week

buddyfightkeyart Almost a year ago I wrote about Future Card Buddyfight. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t expecting to ever write about it again. Japanese TCG manufacturer Bushiroad launched the cross-media property globally last year, with the tie-in anime running premieres through Youtube and other VOD venues. If that strategy wasn’t weird enough for a kids merchandise property, Bushiroad has been providing an English dub produced by Calgary’s Bluewater Studios hours after the Japanese premiere. Now the series is heading to Teletoon, according to Zap2it and the channel’s own schedule. Things are set to kick off on Thursday, January 8th at 7AM. It looks like Teletoon will become Buddyfight‘s first broadcast partner outside of Asia. Continue reading

Nelvana Set To Reboot Anime Classic Gatchaman

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With Bakugan and Beyblade in their rear view, Corus Entertainment is looking for new merchandise phenomenons to grow their kids business. They’ve spoken about Mysticons (due out in late 2015) in the past, and today Colin Bohm, Vice President and Head of Corus Kids, unveiled another important piece at Corus’ 2014 Investor Day presentation: a revival of Tatsunoko Production’s 1972 superhero anime series Gatchaman.

Bohm stated that Gatchaman was chosen due to it being an uncommon anime franchise that has shown itself to transcend both eastern and western culture. This means broadcasters, licensees and retailers are familiar with it. The property also naturally extends itself to a product line of action figures and other role-play toys. Lastly, the team behind the show are all well versed in what it takes to successfully create a brand and will be ready prior to the official launch. Continue reading

Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction airs on Teletoon this Sunday

pokemonmovie17posterFeatured in the network’s November 2014 programming highlights, Teletoon has announced a November 9th broadcast of the latest Pokémon feature, Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction. The film will air at 1PM EST during the channel’s Sunday movie slot. The Canadian premiere of Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction is just a day after the film’s premiere in the US and months after its summer debut in Japan. Continue reading

Ending A 16 Year Run On YTV, Pokémon Heads To Teletoon

It looks like Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal‘s Teletoon premiere was foreshadowing something yet to come. Ending a run that started in 1998, YTV has pulled Pokémon and the rest of its anime programming from its lineup. This includes shows like Beyraiderz, Digimon Fusion, B-Daman Crossfire and the aforementioned Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. That would usually be bad news but along with Power Rangers: Super Megaforce, most of those shows are moving to Teletoon. Continue reading

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