Posts Tagged ‘ Nelvana ’

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

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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

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

Nelvana’s next action series is Mysticons

Mysticons1This is actually a bit of an older story as the series was initially revealed in April, but since there’s so little to talk about I might as well report on it. It seems Nelvana is expecting Beyblade to continue its downward spiral and is now preparing a replacement in Mysticons. Produced internally at Nelvana Studio in partnership with The Topps Company (owned by former Disney CEO Michael Eisner’s The Tornante Company) the show is set to be written by Sean Jara who has previously written for shows like Redakai, Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5, League of Super Evil among others. Nelvana describes the show as:

The original series is centered around four regular kids in the quiet suburb of Castletown who are called into action to double as a legendary line of heroes, known as Mysticons. After discovering a powerful mystic tome, the four friends transform into oath-bonded warriors who leave their regular life of homework, sports, and video games to battle fire breathing dragons, evil knights and barbaric orcs, led by a trio of evil warlords set on destroying mankind.

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Dentsu Entertainment USA, Nelvana, and Fuel Entertainment are working on an animated Chub City show

DENTSU ENTERTAINMENT USA, INC. CHUB CITY LOGOThis is a project that dates back to 2009 when Dentsu Entertainment USA (then known as DCI-LA) first bought the urban youth Chub City diecast car brand from Jada Toys with the intent of launching an animated series. With that project seemingly on ice the company has since worked on a variety of anime related projects including Deltora Quest, Monsuno, and Little Battlers eXperience but Chub City isn’t done yet. Dentsu Entertainment has announced a partnership with both Nelvana and Fuel Entertainment to make this project actually happen. Dentsu describes the action comedy series as:

The series follows the adventures of a team of heroic teenagers who drive customized cars at Chub City battle rallies. These rally sites pop-up spontaneously in different parts of the world, with teams arriving by train, ship, truck, and helicopter in container units called Convos that become the building blocks for these instant cities. The stories ind the humor in the relationships of the diverse team of drivers and the awkward bond that forms with their more logical sentient cars, all while battling to recover a powerful hidden energy source.

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Nelvana picks up preschool anime Paboo & Mojies

I’m a bit late on this, as earlier in the week Nelvana picked up a Japanese anime series from SEGA Toys, and Daewon Media called Paboo & Mojies. The 26 episode half hour series is aimed at a preschool audience and stars our titular panda, Paboo as learn a lesson each day. That reminds me of a certain other Nelvana anime series starring pandas … Here is the description Nelvana gave Paboo & Mojies for their MIPCOM booth:

Direct from Japan, Nelvana welcomes you to Mojies Town – a magical land filled with Mojies – where letters and learning combine to create laughter for all! Paboo is a fun loving and curious boy panda, and he and his group of larger-than-life friends explore and problem-solve in their quirky, imaginative and sometimes zany world! Each episode sees the Mojies (Japanese for letters of the alphabet) and Maki (the Mojies book fairy of course!) help Paboo to discover the Magic Word and solve the problem of the day! Paboo & Mojies is a top-rated show in Japan (BS Fuji TV) and will treat an international audience to real Japanese characters, animation and storytelling that could only come from Japan. For preschoolers. 26 x half-hour episodes (52 x 11-minute segments)

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Looks like Beyblade Zero-G will be spinning in North America in 2013, Beywheelz detailed inside

In a move that shouldn’t shock anyone given Nelvana staff are once again listed in the show’s Japanese credits, it appears that Metal Fight Beyblade Zero-G will be heading westward in 2013. The revelation came in the latest issue of Nelvana’s Beyblade Buzz newsletter and their MIPTV flyer.

In both cases Nelvana says a fourth season of Beyblade is set for broadcasters in Fall 2013. This will be following the upcomming broadcasts of the third season of the show, titled Metal Fury in North America, and the western exclusive BeyWheelz spinoff. Speaking of which, toy licensee Hasbro posted a trailer for the latter on their official Beyblade Youtube channel: Continue reading