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4Kids alumni tease Kung Fu Pork Choppers

The founder of 4Kids Entertainment, Al Kahn is back with his new company CraneKahn and Kung Fu Pork Choppers, a CG-animated production adapted from the long-running Chinese series GG Bond by Winsing Company. The re-versioned show will feature 26 twenty-two minute episodes in season 1 aimed at kids aged 4-8. To drum up interest in the new show, CraneKahn have released a promotional video ...

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Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, and Cartoon Network are dying, and everybody got the wrong reasons why its dying.

A recent article shows the bad, very bad, extremely bad news. The three main networks for Kids Shows and Animation are literally dying. This article from Bloomberg explains why and there are some choice quotes here: This season’s ratings for the 2-to-11 set are shaping up to be the worst yet. And few in the industry predict a turnaround. The implications are enormous for giants like Viacom Inc. ...

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An Allegory of Animation.

I been proud to write for Toon Barn for the last several years. But as of late, I haven’t been proud of writing about animation on this site. And recent events have showcased the issues the industry suffers from. But on this essay, I want to write in allegorical terms about what i see in the industry. This deals with four men and how they affected their area of work. But their lives in the ...

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The Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal English Dub You Weren’t Supposed To See

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 ...

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Between Kids Click and Universal Kids, A Small Rebirth of Sorts is Starting.

Comcast and Sinclair are two companies that have many detractors. And some of criticisms are not without merit. But the announcements over the last several weeks, first with the Universal Kids rebrand of Sprout (once owned by CTW, creators of Sesame Street), and Kids Click, the MGM/Weigel/Sinclair project which will bring both weekend and weekday animation back to the network airwaves (via ...

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KidsClick hires 4Kids/Vortexx alum; gets new launch commercial

KidsClick is only days away from launch and the block’s operator, Sinclair Broadcast Group, has made an important management announcement. The company has appointed two children’s entertainment veterans in key positions. Daniel Barnathan has become Vice President Family and Children’s Programming and Sales at Sinclair.  This position gives him direct oversight over KidsClick. ...

4Kids files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
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Thoughts About 4Kids 5 Years After its End: A Challenge to Readers

In an email conversation with fellow Toonbarn staff Neil, I was told that a lot of people still come to this site looking for info on 4Kids. To me, it’s not a surprise. A lot of companies die out, leaving the products behind to other owners. 4Kids’s bankruptcy in reality left a gaping hole that exposed a lot of things in the process. The biggest thing it exposed? That the way ...

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Why The AT&T/Time Warner merger, means a massive change in US Dubbing (and isnt a good thing)

Note: The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily the views of Toon Barn or its affiliates For a few years, I have been talking about Crunchyroll and its effects on the US Dubbing of anime and the way anime has been marketed in the states for some time. It has also been an issue with how licensing has been done, with certain artists (western artists like LeShawn Thomas who has ...

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Viacom Used TMNT…as a TAX SCHEME?

This is one of the craziest stories I ever heard of, and the year is just getting started. And maybe its REALLY getting bad in Viacom if they are doing this to a storied franchise… From NBC News: Viacom Inc was sued by a former vice president who said the media company fired her in retaliation for opposing its alleged plan to illegally avoid paying U.S. taxes on the international licensing ...

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Why BuzzFeed and Cartoon Brew Kinda forgets about Women in Animation.

The Article that came out a few days ago concerning Women and the Hardships they face in Animation – isnt a new thing. However the stories missed a major point that people have forgotten. Half the reason why these new female animators got discriminated against (until very, very recently), was a bit of that “old boys network”… When it came to the art style the women ...

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The VFX Industry – The Medium Essay (Part 1)

Note: This is Part One, of a two part series dealing with the VFX industry. Originally Planned for the website Medium until Ev Williams changed certain aspects of his collections/publications setup, the recent dislocation of the VFX marketplace is not only a lesson in how far Hollywood has gone in trying to reconfigure animation into a safe mainstream success, but has not only caused ...

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Breaking: Vortexx To End September 2014 with Litton Entertainment to Take Over the CW Saturday Morning Block with “One Magnificent Morning”

With the recent announcement from MOMOcon in Atlanta – that Dragon Ball Z (in the form of Kai) would return to Toonami, one has to wonder if Saban’s second run of DBZ was to end? Turns out, it is. Along with the rest of the Vortexx block, confirming the end of the long – sometimes great, many times sour – but almost never boring Saturday Morning Franchise on ...

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