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Nickelodeon Unveils "New Game of the Week" Feature on Nick.com

Nickelodeon Online has unveiled a “New Game of the Week” feature on Nick.com. Games of the week are free, brand new Nick property-themed games available to Nick.com visitors on a weekly basis. One original Nick or third party published game will roll out every Friday throughout the course of 2006. The games will be based […]

Viacom and Kellogg Face Lawsuit over SpongeBob Marketing

Two consumer groups have announced their intention to sue Viacom, parent company of Nickelodeon, and the Kellogg Company over their use of SpongeBob SquarePants and other cartoon characters to sell food of “poor nutritional quality” to children under 8 (registration required). The Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, […]

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 […]

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