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Ubisoft to Create New "TMNT" Video Games

4Kids Entertainment, Inc. and The Mirage Group have announced an exclusive worldwide license agreement with Ubisoft to create Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video games based on the upcoming CGI feature being released in 2007. Under the Ubisoft agreement, it is expected that the video games will be available for gaming consoles in conjunction with the […]

"Shadow Star Narutaru Vol.1 & 2" - Because Nobody Thinks of the Children

“We’ll build a thousand year empire. I’ll be king and you’ll be queen. For starters, let’s begin by killing 500 million people. This world has become too complex. Society should be simpler. No electricity. No plumbing. Return man to the Stone Age. I’m even thinking of a selection system. Doctors, accountants, any people of culture […]

"Pokémon Advanced" Looks Better, But Lacks Japanese

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You know, it’s amazing how long Pokémon has lasted. Other “fads” like POGs and Furbys have all come and gone. Sure, those franchises have had various relaunches, but they don’t have any kind of consistency. Pokémon, on the other hand, is still one of the most popular shows on Saturday mornings. The games still sell […]

Exporting SpongeBob to China

The New York Times talks about Nickelodeon’s efforts to bring its programming to China (registration required), detailing the hurdles its parent company Viacom must clear from the Chinese government and from Chinese parents who may be even more restrictive on what their children are allowed to watch. The Wild Thornberries and CatDog are already broadcast […]

"Avatar: The Last Airbender" Cover Art Released

TVShowsOnDVD has cover art for Avatar: The Last Airbender – Book 1: Water, Volume 2, scheduled for release on March 28, 2006, and retailing for $16.99 SRP.

4Kids Won't Renew "Pokémon" License

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4Kids Entertainment, Inc. and Pokemon USA, Inc. have agreed not to renew the Pokémon representation agreement set to expire on December 31, 2005. Beginning in 2006, Pokemon USA, Inc.’s in-house licensing group will handle all Pokémon licensing outside of Asia. Under the terms of the expiring Pokemon USA, Inc./4Kids representation agreement, 4Kids will continue to […]

"The Fuccons": Still-Life "Comedy" is Stillborn

My favorite Japanese comedy programs are so similar to Saturday Night Live that sometimes I forget how bizarre the Japanese sense of humor can get. I was quickly reminded by The Fuccons, one of the most outlandish TV series ever seen on either side of the Pacific. Like many people, I find department store mannequins […]

Namco Announces "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron"

Namco Hometek Inc. on Tuesday announced Snoopy vs. the Red Baron, an aerial-based action adventure game starring Peanuts top dog Snoopy and a cast of classic characters. While taking a nap atop his doghouse, Snoopy has a magical dream and becomes a World War I flying ace who must pilot his bi-plane in a heroic […]

National Academy of Sciences Criticizes Toons Marketing Junk Food

A report by the National Academy of Sciences has sharply criticized the marketing practices of the food and beverage industries, especially the use of popular cartoon characters like SpongeBob SquarePants and Shrek to sell junk food to children. The report recommends Congress take action to restrict marketing practices if the food companies do not act […]

LA Times on the Ironies of "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

The Los Angeles Times has published a feature article about A Charlie Brown Christmas, detailing the progression of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts newspaper strip into the beloved animated special (free registration required). Among other facts, the newspaper notes that Schulz was highly reluctant to do the show at all, but then became the only one involved […]

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