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Universal Kids (formerly Sprout) (TALKBACK)

Discussion in 'The Entertainment Board' started by barcncpt44, May 1, 2017.

  1. Nexonius

    Nexonius Ten, count em', ten years!

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    Yeah, I could agree with some things like the lack of a creative or a memorable logo as of now, along with the launch promos being a bit lackluster.

    But. this is their first year (not to mention that they haven't even started yet). As I've stated before, DreamWorks Animation's partnership with Netflix is still very much in effect (meaning none of the new shows being made are coming anytime soon until that deal either expires or something) for a few more years as are rights to the Illumination movies are tangled between networks and once again Netflix. Reminder that they bought DWA for a good reason (a acquisition in the billions nonetheless) meaning that they want to do something eventually.


    The person who runs the network is Australian and comes from ABC Kids (Australian Broadcasting Channel) and worked at the Canadian networks over at Corus so unlike the other channels, she and her team picks a good batch of acquisitions and not just made up of originals and 7 or 8 shows a day.

    Sprout started out first and is successful for the most part, unlike the usual format of kidvid TV networks so that 15 hour block, while a bit too much for a supposed rebranding, won't scare off the longtime loyal parents and viewers (they have several shows in the works for the Sprout side so that's not going anywhere). Over the course of a year or so it'll decrease a few hours to increase more airtime for originals for older audiences.

    Maybe sometime down the line NBCUniversal can start a standalone Sprout channel again like what Disney and Nick does in contrast to the soon to be block since they have a big library of preschool shows that they own via DreamWorks.
     
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  2. Golden Geek

    Golden Geek Gera Gera Po

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    The parental outcry has definitely started on Sprout's Facebook, and will likely grow as the launch date grows closer - perhaps reaching its peak when the channel finally launches. A number of parents think that their current movie lineup along with Masha and the Bear are inappropriate and will likely be more upset when even less preschooler-focused programming is on the channel.
     
  3. superkeegan9100

    superkeegan9100 Well-known user and expert in cartoons

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    But...Masha and the Bear aired on several preschool networks overseas, including Treehouse TV (Canada), Cartoonito (UK) and Canal Panda (Portugal).
     
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  4. AnotherRandomGuy

    AnotherRandomGuy The cat's in the cradle

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    Gee, I didn't think The Emperor's New Groove and The Land Before Time were mentally scarring and inappropriate for children, somebody should tell Netflix to remove them from their kid's section.
     
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  5. superkeegan9100

    superkeegan9100 Well-known user and expert in cartoons

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    I think he meant more along the lines of Cloudy and Ice Age (which premieres this August).
     
  6. Golden Geek

    Golden Geek Gera Gera Po

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    The Iron Giant is the only movie I've seen on Sprout that I think shouldn't be there. It was TV-Y and yet they left all the mild violence/language intact.
     
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  7. superkeegan9100

    superkeegan9100 Well-known user and expert in cartoons

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    Yeesh, you'd think they would know about the mild language...
     
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  8. AnotherRandomGuy

    AnotherRandomGuy The cat's in the cradle

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    My mistake, those are clearly too intense for children, Ice Age is practically the Mad Max Fury Road of talking animal movies, a "Furry" Road if you will.

    Seriously though, this is ridiculous even by the standards of which these things go. I can understand the concern post transition or close enough to it, for future series or movies being too intense for kids of that age, I mean it would be a little jarring to have something like Regular Show on what used to be Sprout so soon after it's transition. But before? Over things this minimal is mind boggling at the best of time.

    I mostly agree, but even The Iron Giant is hardly anything get up and arms about, it's no more violent than your average Disney movie, especially for the era.
     
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  9. Red Arrow :D

    Red Arrow :D Proud Beneluxer

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    Masha and the Bear is made by Russians. Of course groups of furious American parents were going to complain about it.

    No offence but you know how these people can be xD
     
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  10. Nexonius

    Nexonius Ten, count em', ten years!

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    If this was, say, 2015 and Masha and the Bear were airing along with the movies (that's if The Iron Giant played uncut on the network complete with the word 'Hell' intact), the parents could've had a legitimate reason to complain about something like that. But now, we're less than a month away from the rebranding and the show is clearly going to be on in the evenings. It hasn't even been promoted at all.
     
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    Red Arrow :D Proud Beneluxer

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    Masha and the Bear isn't any edgier than Dora the Explorer.
     
  12. Nexonius

    Nexonius Ten, count em', ten years!

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    For those who don't have the channel, here's the two promos regarding the new network:

     
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  13. superkeegan9100

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    They just aired a new version of the promo with the launch date.
     
  14. Nexonius

    Nexonius Ten, count em', ten years!

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    Same graphics and everything else?
     
  15. superkeegan9100

    superkeegan9100 Well-known user and expert in cartoons

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    Well, the footage was different in the beginning, but it's the same lame logo (which isn't even worthy to be the logo of a kids channel IMO).
     
  16. Nexonius

    Nexonius Ten, count em', ten years!

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    Okay, I've seen the promo.
     
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  17. RandomMe

    RandomMe An Imaginary Friend

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    Unfitting for a kids channel IMO, looks like the logo of an entertainment channel.
     
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    (quoted for emphasis)

    I wonder...
     
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  19. superkeegan9100

    superkeegan9100 Well-known user and expert in cartoons

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    Don't give them ideas, @RandomMe...
     
  20. Nexonius

    Nexonius Ten, count em', ten years!

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    The name of the network itself honestly sounds like it should be a division of family branded products and development. As a entertainment channel I wouldn't put it past them if they (including Sprout) started collaborating with NBC News, Today, Craftsy (their new crafts website they acquired), And Syfy Wire for geeky kid stuff.


    That'd be an answer to Disney Channel, but with the majority of its programming acquisitions and a preschool block taking up most of the day.
     
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