Takao – ToonBarn http://www.toonbarn.com Cartoon news from Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, The Hub, Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, CG animation, anime, movies, or any kind of cartoons! Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:29:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.8 4530339 DreamWorks set to launch new Rocky and Bullwinkle series http://www.toonbarn.com/dreamworks/dreamworks-set-launch-new-rocky-bullwinkle-series/ http://www.toonbarn.com/dreamworks/dreamworks-set-launch-new-rocky-bullwinkle-series/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:00:00 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=91056 The last time we saw of a certain moose and squirrel was in 2014’s short film bundled with Mr. Peabody & Sherman on home video. Well, Boris and Natasha had better get ready because Toon Barn has learned that DreamWorks is reviving Rocky and Bullwinkle as a television series. It’ll be animated by DHX Studios […]

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The last time we saw of a certain moose and squirrel was in 2014’s short film bundled with Mr. Peabody & Sherman on home video. Well, Boris and Natasha had better get ready because Toon Barn has learned that DreamWorks is reviving Rocky and Bullwinkle as a television series. It’ll be animated by DHX Studios Vancouver with writing and early production duties in Los Angeles.

We currently aren’t sure if the series will debut on Netflix or if it’ll head to Universal Kids. Though, if you ask this writer, I’d say Netflix is the likelier of the two. The series tentatively scheduled for sometime in 2018.

The Rocky and Bullwinkle characters debuted in the The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends television series that ran on ABC and NBC between 1959 and 1964. The show follows the titular moose and squirrel as they attempt thwart the schemes of Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale. The series and its related segments have inspired multiple feature films, mostly recently with DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody & Sherman in 2014. That movie later spawned its own television series produced in partnership with DHX for Netflix.

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The Snack World starts expanding internationally Fall 2018 http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/snack-world-starts-expanding-internationally-fall-2018/ http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/snack-world-starts-expanding-internationally-fall-2018/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:00:00 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=91095 The people behind Inazuma Eleven, Little Battlers eXperience, and Yo-Kai Watch are back with an all-new series. CG-animated The Snack World is produced by OLM Animation and is set to debut on the international market in the fall of 2018 as a 50 episode 22-minute series. The show is represented by Level5-abby in most markets […]

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The people behind Inazuma Eleven, Little Battlers eXperience, and Yo-Kai Watch are back with an all-new series. CG-animated The Snack World is produced by OLM Animation and is set to debut on the international market in the fall of 2018 as a 50 episode 22-minute series. The show is represented by Level5-abby in most markets and in Asia (excluding Japan) by Bomanbridge Media.

Welcome to Snack World, the hyper, casual, fantasy universe with princesses, dragons, genies, smartphones, and convenience stores!

Explore this strange but super fun world with our hero Chup and his comedic companions. Embarking on adventures with many twists and turns our mismatched crew use weapons called “Jara” and recruit monsters to turn them into “Snacks” to defeat evil!

You can check out an English dubbed version of the show’s pilot here.

The series debuted in Japan on TV Tokyo in April 2017 and was preceded by a manga series in CoroCoro Comic. A Nintendo 3DS game linked to the series launched in the country in August. It ties in with Takara Tomy’s line of Snack World collectible products.

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Nelvana announces D.N.Ace http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/nelvana-announces-d-n-ace/ http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/nelvana-announces-d-n-ace/#respond Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:00:11 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=90815 Canadian animation company Nelvana Enterprises has announced D.N.Ace, an all-new comedy-adventure that’ll mix science and fun. The series will be Executive Produced by Matthew Wexler, whose previous credits include Spin Master properties like Bakugan, Paw Patrol and Tenkai Knights. The series follows curious, adventure-loving, mischief-making, proudly nerdy, 12-year-old Ace Ripley who suddenly learns he holds […]

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Canadian animation company Nelvana Enterprises has announced D.N.Ace, an all-new comedy-adventure that’ll mix science and fun. The series will be Executive Produced by Matthew Wexler, whose previous credits include Spin Master properties like Bakugan, Paw Patrol and Tenkai Knights.

The series follows curious, adventure-loving, mischief-making, proudly nerdy, 12-year-old Ace Ripley who suddenly learns he holds an incredible ability to manipulate DNA by fusing the genes of a living thing with any other thing, to create something entirely new. The hero-in-the-making uses his newfound power to create ridiculous, amazing, and even terrifying mash-ed up creatures, and tries to save his town from total chaos while trying to have the time of his life.

“We can’t wait to introduce this stand-out series with its distinctive mix of sci-fi, fact, laughter, and thrills to our viewers,” said Scott Dyer, President, Nelvana Enterprises. “Kids love to create and dream up the unimaginable, and the inventive possibilities of D.N.Ace and its mashup mayhem will resonate well with our audience.”

D.N.Ace will run on Teletoon in Canada and is aimed at children 6-9. The company has set forth on 80 11-minute episodes (aired as 40 22-minutes). The Japanese animation house behind Pokemon and Beyblade Burst, OLM, will represent the series alongside Dentsu in Japan. Both will also consult on the series.

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Robert Kirkman’s Super Dinosaur comic gets animated series from Spin Master http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/robert-kirklands-super-dinosaur-comic-gets-animated-series-spin-master/ http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/robert-kirklands-super-dinosaur-comic-gets-animated-series-spin-master/#comments Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:00:23 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=90898 Canadian toy and media company Spin Master has a surprising new project on the way. The company behind Paw Patrol, Rusty Rivets, Bakugan and Tenkai Knights is working with The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman to adapt his child-friendly comic book Super Dinosaur into an animated series. Described as an action adventure comedy aimed at boys […]

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Canadian toy and media company Spin Master has a surprising new project on the way. The company behind Paw Patrol, Rusty Rivets, Bakugan and Tenkai Knights is working with The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman to adapt his child-friendly comic book Super Dinosaur into an animated series. Described as an action adventure comedy aimed at boys 6-11, the show will launch sometime next year on a Canadian channel owned by Corus Entertainment. Spin Master is currently looking for other English and French broadcasters to sign on for the initial 2018 year.

The story? A group of mutated dinosaurs commanded by the vile Max Maximus routinely attempt to destroy the world. It’s up to the walking talking armored pair of a boy named Derek and his T-Rex to stop them.

Spin Master plans on launching a range of toys alongside the show’s broadcast. Additionally merchandise will become available one the series gains larger distribution internationally.

Super Dinosaur’s CG animation will be produced by Vancouver’s Atomic Cartoons. The original comic book series was first launched in 2011 and was published by Image Comics.

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The Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal English Dub You Weren’t Supposed To See http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/yu-gi-oh-zexal-english-dub-werent-supposed-see/ http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/yu-gi-oh-zexal-english-dub-werent-supposed-see/#respond Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:00:21 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=81909 Remember Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal? The third spin-off of Kazuki Takashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series ran for 156 episodes between April 2011 and March 2014 on TV Tokyo in Japan. An English dub produced in New York by 4Kids Entertainment (and later, 4K Media) ran in the United States on The CW and Nicktoons between October 2011 and […]

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Remember Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal? The third spin-off of Kazuki Takashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series ran for 156 episodes between April 2011 and March 2014 on TV Tokyo in Japan. An English dub produced in New York by 4Kids Entertainment (and later, 4K Media) ran in the United States on The CW and Nicktoons between October 2011 and February 2015. Did you know there was an entirely separate English dub of the series?

The first 26 episodes of the series were reversioned in Los Angeles by Bang Zoom Entertainment. This dub starred Johnny Yong Bosch as Yuma, Vic Mignogna as Shark, Richard Cansino as Bronk, with Cassandra Morris, Sam Riegel, and Liam O’Brien also on deck. It featured an entirely new musical score, the addition of comedic sound effects as well as altered animation. The latter came as a result of the production team having been given largely unprecedented access to the animation files so they could tweak things as they saw fit.

Perhaps the most interesting piece of this dub’s puzzle is that it legally shouldn’t have ever been made. The dub was produced for Asatsu-DK, the Japanese ad-agency that owns Yu-Gi-Oh! animation studio Nihon Ad Systems. Together with broadcaster TV Tokyo, the two attempted to revoke 4Kids’ license to the property in 2011 over alleged unpaid royalties amounting to $4.8 million. In direct response to that, 4Kids filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy, a move that would force a pause on the ongoing lawsuit.

This was when Asatsu-DK decided to go on the offensive. Viewing 4Kids’ license to the property null and void, the company paid Bang Zoom to produce their dub of Zexal over a period of 6-8 months in June 2011. They even started to promote the series at television trade events to get prospective broadcast and merchandise partners interested. The U.S. courts would find this information out and accosted Asatsu-DK and TV Tokyo for trying to circumvent the proceedings. They were forced to act as though 4Kids’ license was still valid while the legal cases were determined.

The finishing blow for this dub came on December 29, 2011. The U.S. courts ruled that 4Kids’ license to the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise was in fact still valid. A significant number of the alleged unpaid fees were either found by the court to be without merit, or were already withdrawn by the Japanese companies. Additionally, the court noted that Asatsu-DK and TV Tokyo failed to enact the proper license termination protocol dictated in their contract with 4Kids Entertainment. All told, the actions of the Japanese companies cast serious doubts over the legitimacy of the lawsuit. Truthfully, it may have been too late for Bang Zoom’s dub anyway. The 4Kids dub had already premiered on U.S. television more than two months prior.

In May 2012, 4Kids and the two Japanese parties eventually settled their differences with 4Kids receiving a cool $8 million from them. It was as though the New York-based company activated their trap card. Maybe a super charged Magic Cylinder? As a result of the bankruptcy proceedings, 4Kids later sold off their production arm, 4Kids Productions, and the Yu-Gi-Oh! license to a newly formed branch of Japanese gaming company Konami, 4K Media. Konami was already involved with the franchise through manufacturing the video game and trading card game tie-ins. 4K Media has handled the English language adaptions of every Yu-Gi-Oh! production since.

Asatsu-DK’s dub hasn’t been entirely lost to the Shadow Realm, though. Footage from it did sneak out to the public. Kristi Reed, who was the voice director at Bang Zoom working on the show presented a panel at Armageddon Expo in Australia in 2012. Fans on a Yu-Gi-Oh! forum called Neo Ark Cradle managed to dig up the opening theme song and its demo, the former of which was sung by Bosch.

So, without further ado, this is the Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal dub you weren’t supposed to see:

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Mattel Action launches Turning Mecard in Malaysia and Singapore http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/mattel-action-launches-turning-mecard-malaysia-singapore/ http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/mattel-action-launches-turning-mecard-malaysia-singapore/#respond Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:00:19 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=90870 The Mattel Action YouTube channel has got a new treat. Early last month, viewers in Malaysia and Singapore were greeted to the South Korean phenomenon, Turning Mecard. The first 26 episodes are now available to stream for free in English if you’re a resident of those two countries. Here’s the play list: Turning Mecard’s Asian […]

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The Mattel Action YouTube channel has got a new treat. Early last month, viewers in Malaysia and Singapore were greeted to the South Korean phenomenon, Turning Mecard. The first 26 episodes are now available to stream for free in English if you’re a resident of those two countries. Here’s the play list:

Turning Mecard’s Asian YouTube launch is just another part of Mattel’s ever expanding roll out for the property. The American toy giant introduced the series in Australia and Canada in late spring. In its native land of South Korea, the franchise has undergone a transformation. The newest spin-off series, Dino Mecard, launched in the country on November 23rd.

Not a resident of Malaysia or Singapore? Don’t worry, the Mattel Action channel has loads of fun for you. It’s the only place you can check out BattleClaw and shorts from the world of WWE, Halo, DC Comics and Minecraft.

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Trollhunters gets expanded universe, second season date http://www.toonbarn.com/dreamworks/trollhunters-gets-expanded-universe-second-season-date/ http://www.toonbarn.com/dreamworks/trollhunters-gets-expanded-universe-second-season-date/#respond Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:00:16 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=89157 Director Guillero del Toro has revealed that his and DreamWorks’ Netflix animated series Trollhunters is part of a much bigger universe. Centered around a small Californian town where the weird happens, Tales of Arcadia will consist of three separate shows. The franchise takes inspiration from del Toro’s childhood, which he describes as strange. The second […]

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Director Guillero del Toro has revealed that his and DreamWorks’ Netflix animated series Trollhunters is part of a much bigger universe. Centered around a small Californian town where the weird happens, Tales of Arcadia will consist of three separate shows. The franchise takes inspiration from del Toro’s childhood, which he describes as strange.

The second of the trilogy, DreamWorks 3 Below, will debut next year. It’ll focus on two teenage alien royals and their bodyguard who crash land on Earth and have to find a way to fit in while rebuilding their spaceship. The third entry, DreamWorks Wizards, has far less known about it. All the three will share is that it’ll be the culmination of all three stories in an epic battle. Like most expanded universes, characters will appear in each series.

Additionally, Netflix has announced when viewers will get a chance at watching the second season. Trollhunters season 2 debuts on the streaming giant on December 15th. Here’s a trailer:

For centuries, a grand clash between good and evil has been waging between the trolls beneath our feet. Join Jim and friends as they battle the evil Trolls of the Darklands in Trollhunters Part 2 by master storyteller Guillermo del Toro.

Netflix and DreamWorks previously announced the guest stars, which include Mark Hamill. You can queue up the second season here.

The first season of Trollhunters became Netflix’s most-watched original children’s series.

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Rainmaker exits Sly Cooper movie http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/rainmaker-exits-sly-cooper-movie/ http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/rainmaker-exits-sly-cooper-movie/#comments Fri, 08 Dec 2017 04:30:10 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=90807 Back in 2014, fans of a sneaky raccoon thief, Sly Cooper, were treated with news that the beloved PlayStation video game franchise would be heading to the big screen. Blockade Entertainment, Rainmaker Entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Film Financial Services and Jungsu Broadcasting Corporation were set to collaborate on a feature film due out in 2016. […]

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Back in 2014, fans of a sneaky raccoon thief, Sly Cooper, were treated with news that the beloved PlayStation video game franchise would be heading to the big screen. Blockade Entertainment, Rainmaker Entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Film Financial Services and Jungsu Broadcasting Corporation were set to collaborate on a feature film due out in 2016. Well, 2017 is almost over and there’s not been much movement on it since. In fact, the movie’s official website now leads to an error page.

What happened? Three words: Ratchet & Clank. The same five partners behind Sly Cooper were also behind another theatrical adaptation of a PlayStation property. Unfortunately for those involved, things didn’t go to plan. Ratchet & Clank launched in theaters in April 2016. The film wasn’t well received critically, and commercially, it didn’t do any better. Produced on a budget around $20 million, Ratchet grossed a slim $13 million at the global box office – that’s a number before the theaters take their cut of the ticket sales.

Ratchet & Clank’s financial failure hit Rainmaker, the Canadian animation studio behind the film, hard. The company took a large loss on their $10 million investment in the feature. Shortly after, Rainmaker pulled the Sly Cooper feature from its production slate and moved it back into development. At this point the company had spent $300,520 on the project. Rainmaker’s president and chief creative officer, Michael Hefferon, told Playback in September 2016 that they’d “rethink timing, how we release and even budget numbers that we consider releasing films at.”

Late in 2016, Rainmaker merged with Frederator Networks and Ezrin Hirsh Entertainment to form Wow Unlimited Media. Kevin Munroe, who was attached to direct Sly and previously held that role on Ratchet, moved onto other projects.

Toonbarn has come to learn that earlier this year Rainmaker relinquished their rights to the property in exchange for $132,990 from the film’s other partners. The animation studio will receive an additional $200,000 if the film receives the green light from someone else.

It’s not all bad news for Sly fans, though. Earlier this year, PGS, Technicolor, Blockade and Sony Interactive Entertainment confirmed a Sly Cooper animated series was in development. Brad Foxhoven, founder and CEO of Blockade Entertainment, has stated that the company would like to see Sly hit the small screen first before another attempt at a theatrical film is made.

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Little Astro Boy blasts off in 2019; first look inside http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/little-astro-boy-blasts-off-2019-first-look-inside/ http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/little-astro-boy-blasts-off-2019-first-look-inside/#respond Fri, 08 Dec 2017 04:00:07 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=89590 A couple of months back we showcased Little Astro Boy, a new take on the classic Osamu Tezuka robot superhero from the French studios Planet Nemo Animation and Something Big. Produced in collaboration with Tezuka Production and aimed at upper preschoolers, the new 11-minute 52 episode series will debut sometime in 2019. Here’s a teaser […]

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A couple of months back we showcased Little Astro Boy, a new take on the classic Osamu Tezuka robot superhero from the French studios Planet Nemo Animation and Something Big. Produced in collaboration with Tezuka Production and aimed at upper preschoolers, the new 11-minute 52 episode series will debut sometime in 2019. Here’s a teaser of what you can expect:

The eco-systems of planet Earth are endangered. Lucky for us, a super-powered robot boy is flying to rescue! astro in on a mission to help anyone anywhere in the world with a problem involving natural phenomena. Go little Astro Boy ! GO !

Production began in April before moving full steam ahead in June. Animation work is scheduled to go beyond February of next year. Virgile Trouillot handled the character designs and serves as the creative director. Little Astro Boy will be available in English, French and Japanese. The Weinstein Company has signed on to distribute the series internationally.

The latest iteration in the franchise that has generated over $2.6 billion in retail sales draws some inspiration from the earlier 2014 Little Astro Boy anime. Tezuka super fans may also notice the first animated appearance of Atom Cat (known as Astro Kitty in the English version). The project is independent of Caribara Production, Monaco’s Shibuya Productions, and Tezuka Production’s Astro Boy Reboot series.

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Dino Mecard launches November 23rd in South Korea http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/dino-mecard-launches-november-23rd-south-korea/ http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/dino-mecard-launches-november-23rd-south-korea/#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:00:10 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=89582 The South Korean media franchise Turning Mecard has been exceptionally busy in 2017. Mattel began its western roll-out, a CG reboot launched, a character-focused spinoff debuted, and now it’s time for another! Dino Mecard is set to debut on KBS1 in South Korea on November 23, 2017 at 1:50PM. A mischievous boy named Na-Young Chan […]

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The South Korean media franchise Turning Mecard has been exceptionally busy in 2017. Mattel began its western roll-out, a CG reboot launched, a character-focused spinoff debuted, and now it’s time for another! Dino Mecard is set to debut on KBS1 in South Korea on November 23, 2017 at 1:50PM.

A mischievous boy named Na-Young Chan discovers a small living dinosaur in the backside of a village he and his friends play in. While in pursuit of the little dino, Na-Chan discovers a talking mini-car! This is Commander Alkion. Eventually Na-Chan catches up with the little dino, who tells him he’s a Tiny Saur. Na-Chan quickly partners with Alkion to collect and the Tiny Saurs to prevent them from falling into the hands of a mysterious enemy. Can Na-Chan and friends defend the Tiny Saurs in this dinosaur war?

Like the earlier entries in the franchise, Dino Mecard is produced by Heewon Entertainment, Choirock Content Factory, and Sono Kong. The series is planned to run for 52 twenty-two minute episodes.

Sono Kong has kept the Dino Mecard toyline a secret, but plans to reveal it all to the public at the 2017 Turning Mecard Tamer’s Championship taking place on Christmas Eve at the COEX B-Hall building.

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Are you excited to see more from the world of Turning Mecard? Do you like the dinosaur motif, or do you prefer cars? Will you miss Jason, Vandyne, Isabel and the rest of the original’s cast? Leave a comment down below!

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The Jim Henson Company to make IAmElemental series http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/jim-henson-company-make-iamelemental-series/ http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/jim-henson-company-make-iamelemental-series/#respond Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:00:46 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=89153 A new female superhero team is coming. The Jim Henson Company has partnered up with IAmElemental to develop an animated series based on their toy line. Little else is known about the project, except that the collaboration has given The Jim Henson Company the ability to produce a series for any distribution platform. “At The […]

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A new female superhero team is coming. The Jim Henson Company has partnered up with IAmElemental to develop an animated series based on their toy line. Little else is known about the project, except that the collaboration has given The Jim Henson Company the ability to produce a series for any distribution platform.

“At The Jim Henson Company, we have a tradition of creating strong female heroes in our past and current television and film franchises,” says Halle Stanford, president, television, The Jim Henson Company. “Partnering with IAmElemental is incredibly exciting because it will be our first foray into the superhero genre with a cast of powerful young women at its core. We are excited to introduce a unique and fresh superhero television series geared for children all over the world.”

Developed over a period of two years by two mothers, IAmElemental launched as a Kickstarter in 2014 aiming to provide girls with original superheroes not tied to a previously existing property. With a goal of $35,000 the campaign eventually grossed over $163,000. The company launched a second line of figures, titled “Wisdom” last year.

The first wave of figures included Bravery, Honesty, Fear, Enthusiasm, Energy, Industry and Persistence, while the second series contained Creativity, Ingenuity, Curiosity, Logic, Exploration, Mastery and Oblivion.The brand’s intent is to focus on the super powers of their characters, rather than the characters themselves.

IAmElemental has been nominated and has won a variety of awards since its debut. Its most recent achievement came from being labeled as a finalist in the 2018 “Action Figure of the Year” category for the Toy Association’s Toy of the Year Awards.

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Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles gets voice cast http://www.toonbarn.com/tmnt/rise-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-gets-voice-cast/ http://www.toonbarn.com/tmnt/rise-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-gets-voice-cast/#respond Thu, 09 Nov 2017 10:00:45 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=89136 A couple of months back, we shared information about a brand new series starring the Ninja Turtles. Titled Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Nickelodeon’s upcoming 2D-animated series now has a voice cast. Omar Miller (Ballers) as Raphael Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Leonardo Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Donatello Brandon Mychal Smith […]

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A couple of months back, we shared information about a brand new series starring the Ninja Turtles. Titled Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Nickelodeon’s upcoming 2D-animated series now has a voice cast.

Omar Miller (Ballers) as Raphael
Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Leonardo
Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Donatello
Brandon Mychal Smith (You’re The Worst) as Michelangelo
Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as April O’Neil
Eric Bauza (Lego Star Wars) as Master Splinter

Rob Paulsen, who previously voiced Donatello in the 2012 series and Raphael in the original, will be the voice director on Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

From left to right: Kat Graham (April O’Neil), Josh Brener (Donatello),
Omar Miller (Raphael), Brandon Mychal Smith (Michelangelo) and Ben Schwartz (Leonardo).

The principal voice cast was chosen due to their comedy chops, as Nickelodeon is re-imagining the franchise to include lots of “humor, loads of action and a dynamic look, and it’s packed with all new heroes, villains and cityscapes for the Turtles to explore.” In this iteration, the roles of the turtles are slightly switched around:

Raphael, as the oldest and physically biggest brother, he is now the leader and his enthusiasm and bravado puts him front and center for most of their bizarre adventures; Leonardo, the self-professed ‘coolest’ brother possesses irreverent charm and a rebel heart; Donatello, an unflappable mechanical genius and tech wizard whose ninja skills are second only to his coding; Michelangelo, the youngest brother, an artist and awesome skateboarder with a wild colorful, and imaginative personality; and the Turtles’ most trusted ally, April O’Neil, a street savvy native New Yorker who is always ready to join in the fun.

Nickelodeon has also shared this logline for the 26-episode first season:

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello and Michelangelo on all-new adventures as they seek to unlock the mystical secrets of New York City. From the tallest skyscraper to the dankest sewer drain, the Turtles will encounter absurd new mutants and battle bizarre creatures all while enjoying their favorite slice of pizza. Tapping into mystic, ninja powers they never knew existed, the four brothers must learn to work together and navigate the perils of the modern age and hidden realms in order to fulfill their destiny to become a team of heroes.

The series is co-executive produced by Andy Suriano (character designer, Samurai Jack) and Ant Ward (supervising producer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) at Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set to debut on Nickelodeon in 2018.

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Mattel Action YouTube channel launches with Minecraft series http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/mattel-action-youtube-channel-launches-minecraft-series/ http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/mattel-action-youtube-channel-launches-minecraft-series/#respond Thu, 09 Nov 2017 06:00:43 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=89146 The BattleClaw YouTube channel has been rebranded as Mattel Action. The new video destination will showcase explosive content based on Mattel’s toylines. The first batch includes additional episodes of BattleClaw, plus MEGA Construx (featuring Call of Duty, Destiny, and Halo), Minecraft and WWE shorts. The first to launch is Minecraft Mini Series: Challenge of the […]

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The BattleClaw YouTube channel has been rebranded as Mattel Action. The new video destination will showcase explosive content based on Mattel’s toylines. The first batch includes additional episodes of BattleClaw, plus MEGA Construx (featuring Call of Duty, Destiny, and Halo), Minecraft and WWE shorts.

The first to launch is Minecraft Mini Series: Challenge of the Spooky Isles, a CG reality series spoof produced by Atomic Cartoons.

When ten kooky characters are teleported to mysterious island, they suddenly find themselves competing in a reality game show where they must win outrageous challenges, defeat hostile mobs and above all, stay alive! It’s Minecraft like you’ve never seen it…

Mattel Action debuts new Minecraft Mini Series shorts every Thursday. New episodes of BattleClaw go live on Fridays.

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Beyblade Burst Evolution spins up Disney XD, Teletoon broadcast http://www.toonbarn.com/beyblade/beyblade-burst-evolution-spins-disney-xd-teletoon-broadcast/ http://www.toonbarn.com/beyblade/beyblade-burst-evolution-spins-disney-xd-teletoon-broadcast/#respond Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:00:56 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=89129 Valt and the rest of the Beyblade Burst crew are back in all new season called Beyblade Burst Evolution. After premiering in Japan this April as Beyblade Burst God, the second cycle of the third Beyblade generation is heading to North America. The season already premiered on Teletoon in Canada this past weekend and is […]

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Valt and the rest of the Beyblade Burst crew are back in all new season called Beyblade Burst Evolution. After premiering in Japan this April as Beyblade Burst God, the second cycle of the third Beyblade generation is heading to North America. The season already premiered on Teletoon in Canada this past weekend and is set to premiere on Disney XD in the United States on December 4th. The channel will run a premiere vent, airing a new episode Mondays through Saturdays at 8:30AM until December 16th.

In the next installment of the BEYBLADE BURST series, the 51 22-minute episodes comprising BEYBLADE BURST EVOLUTON welcomes fans back to the world of BEYBLADE, the continuing saga of a group of passionate Bladers who follow their dreams on an unforgettable journey to the top. With the world as their stage, Valt and friends face daily challenges in their fight to make it to the World League.

To support the new animation, toy partner Hasbro has released a new wave of tops at retail. A special Switchstrike line will be available in Canada and the United States beginning in January. Additionally, Hasbro has also updated the Beyblade Burst app for mobile devices to support the refreshed toy range, as well as add a global multiplayer mode with leaderboards, personalized profiles, and an achievement system.

Episodes from the first season are available to stream on Netflix and YouTube in most markets.

Are you ready to let it rip with an all new season of Beyblade Burst? Leave a comment down below!

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Transformers: Titans Return gets debut trailer http://www.toonbarn.com/transformers/transformers-titans-return-gets-debut-trailer/ http://www.toonbarn.com/transformers/transformers-titans-return-gets-debut-trailer/#respond Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:00:50 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=89111 Machinima has revealed the trailer for their upcoming web-series, Transformers: Titans Return. The 10 eleven-minute episode series stars Peter Cullen, Jason David Frank, Judd Nelson and a host of other actors as the story follows right where last year’s Transformers: Combiner Wars. It’ll debut exclusively on go90 in the United States and YouTube internationally. Picking […]

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Machinima has revealed the trailer for their upcoming web-series, Transformers: Titans Return. The 10 eleven-minute episode series stars Peter Cullen, Jason David Frank, Judd Nelson and a host of other actors as the story follows right where last year’s Transformers: Combiner Wars. It’ll debut exclusively on go90 in the United States and YouTube internationally.

Picking up right where the destruction of the Combiner Wars left off, Titans Return takes the action of the Prime Wars Trilogy to new ‘heights,’ and features return appearances from many fan-favorite Transformers characters as well as introduces new Autobots and Decepticons.

In the series, enormous Transformers called Titans are awakened and these massive characters bring massive problems. Trypticon, a gigantic lizard-like Transformer, rises to wreak havoc on Cybertron, while Windblade and a rag-tag team of Transformers must resurrect an ancient ally. Not all Transformers will survive, as beloved heroes are changed forever while others’ sparks are blown to oblivion. Like Combiner Wars, sophisticated storytelling reveals more than meets the eye for older audiences and kids of all ages when a sinister secret is discovered.

According to Machinima, Combiner Wars was viewed over 125 million times. Both series are CG animated in Japan by Tatsunoko Productions. F.J. DeSanto, who was the show runner on Combiner Wars, is back. A third series, Transformers: Power of the Primes, is currently in development.

If you missed out on the action of the first season, don’t worry. Hasbro is streaming the entirety of Combiner Wars on YouTube for free in most markets:

This isn’t the only new Transformers series headed our way. Hasbro and Boulder Media are currently working on Transformers: Cyberverse, which is scheduled to debut next year.

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