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Odds & Ends: World Trigger + Gintama dubs surface, DHX’s Mega Man, HMV closes its doors

With January’s insanity behind us, I’ve been granted a bit of a reprieve from long theatre listings. Well, at least until the spring triple header of Sailor Moon R: The Movie, Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale and your name. hit. So until then, here are some smaller pieces of news that have caught my eye.

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First up, here’s an update to an article that went live back in June. Ocean’s dubs of World Trigger and Gintama have finally surfaced and it might surprise you where. Like most of their recent dubs, the voice cast for both shows source talent from Vancouver and Calgary/Edmonton. Continue reading

Canadian Animation News: Rainmaker no more and the “new” Nelvana

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2016 has been a big year for Rainmaker. The Vancouver-based animation studio launched the direct-to-video revival Open Season: Scared Silly and the theatrical adaptation of Ratchet & Clank this spring, continued work on the Bob The Builder and Barbie franchises, and continues prep for the upcoming ReBoot: The Guardian Code TV series. 2017 is set up to be a landmark year; not only as more of those projects come to fruition, but because Rainmaker itself will undergo a transformation. That transformation sees the addition of two new partners, an executive reshuffling and a new name: WOW! Unlimited Media. Continue reading

ReBoot: The Guardian Code gets new story synopsis & character profiles ahead of Vancouver shoot

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Remember this? Still trying to forget? Well, too bad, because unlike season 5 and that movie trilogy, ReBoot: The Guardian Code looks like a thing that will actually exist. A casting call went live last month looking for young actors to play the leads in the CG/live action hybrid. The sheet reveals the show’s general plot outline and more on the characters. Fans are definitely in for something.

ReBoot: The Guardian Code is a live-action/CG animated action-comedy hybrid series about four teenagers who discover on their first day of high school that they’ve been selected to become the Next-Generation Guardians of Cyberspace. Their selection began months earlier when they started playing the multiplayer Cyber-Guardian video game together online. Now Austin, Parker, Tamra, and Grey have to make their gamertags – VECTOR, GOOGZ, ENIGMA, and D-FRAG – into more than just names, and protect cyberspace from threats both within and without. Threats that also pose great risk to the real world. It’s more than these kids expected when they started high school. Way more…

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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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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