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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


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

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

Odds & Ends: Crunchyroll’s top Canadian simulcasts, no subtitled Witch’s Flower at Cineplex, Before We Vanish

Anime streaming service Crunchyroll has unveiled the most popular simulcasts for the Winter 2018 season in Canada. The map does have a major caveat in that it’s restricted to shows/sequels that debuted during the season. Multi-seasonal series like Boruto and Dragon Ball Super are not included.
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Nelvana partners with Sumitomo Corporation to create new anime; Miraculous Season 2 on Family; Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V correction

Majin Bone, Bomberman Jetters and Aikatsu! are some of the anime Zeroichi’s president has helped launch.

Corus Entertainment’s Toronto-based Nelvana has announced a partnership with Japanese trading and business investment firm Sumitomo Corporation to “develop and co-produce innovative anime properties with international appeal.” The name likely won’t be familiar to most anime fans, but Sumitomo has invested heavily in animation, including multiple partnerships with Crunchyroll and its parent company. Continue reading

Odds & Ends: Screechers Wild, Turning Mecard, Beyblade Burst Evolution

The U.S. division of Chinese media company/toy manufacturer Alpha Group launched a new children’s brand last Monday. Screechers Wild! is a line of spring-loaded transforming vehicles that activate when a magnet touches a metal disk. To support the toys, Alpha has comissioned a series of 40 animated web shorts to be released on YouTube throughout the year. The story has anthropomorphic animals driving transforming vehicles in an harness energy called Animatter.

Notably, the shorts are animated by Vancouver’s Atomic Cartoons and while uncredited, features some local voice talent like Scott McNeil and Paul Dobson. Web-series are becoming a thing for the Thunderbird Entertainment-owned animation studio. Late last year they helped produce a Minecraft series for Mattel and a Marvel show for pre-schoolers. Continue reading

Canadian cable isn’t Viceland

Confirming an earlier report from The Globe and Mail, Rogers Media and Vice Canada have jointly announced the termination of their partnership. The Canadian Viceland cable channel will cease broadcasting on March 31, 2018. Vice Canada has also assumed complete ownership of the duo’s Toronto production studio and the 130+ hours of content produced for the channel. According to The Globe, Vice Canada employs roughly 200 people. Job losses are expected as a result of this announcement.

Spearheaded by former Rogers CEO Guy Laurence, the partnership with Vice dates back to 2014 as the two set out to collaborate on a $100 million joint venture to create Canadian content, with the eventual goal of launching a TV channel. In late 2015, that channel was revealed to be a part of the international Viceland format. A rebrand of The Biography Channel, the Canadian Viceland launched alongside its US counterpart on February 29, 2016.  Continue reading