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Rick and Morty and Space Dandy – How These Two Shows Saved Animation in 2014.

 

It Feels Great to be back here, and I want to talk about two shows that really has helped me love animation once more…

If you are not watching these shows, something is missing in your brain right now.

Rick and Morty turns everything on its ear, hasn’t had a bad episode yet,(but some of its fans felt some of the episodes ran slow) and how it talks about existence in the first parts of the second decade of this millennium is not only on point – it’s downright scary.

While in Space Dandy, Watanabe and his guest directors (many of his guest ranges from Otomo and Yuasa) changes the way the plot is handled – and sometimes the animation and the backgrounds are the story.

These two series have revived a fire in this reviewer and historian (and budding producer and writer, let’s not forget those,) who’s also been beyond disappointed with the way certain series have been handled. I will explain that too – because it’s become a joke that these people are still slumming around making money over others that have the talent and the will.

Those jokes have ended, and the ratings (at times), the Critics (from the net to print) and the fans of animation are no longer going to take it lying down.

Why I miss 4Kids Entertainment, and the problems with Saban’s Vortexx

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Thankfully, Toonbarn has done well to show what has happened to Toonzai/Toonzaki and so on. However, here is a point people tend to forget: 4kids was different from the other kids’ companies that existed during and after the last 10 or so years. You have to realize the type of marketplace that existed when the company was at its peak and when it passed on. The problem with people’s recollection of the history of 4Kids is that it doesn’t tell the whole story about why 4Kids did what it did and what it could have done better.

Toonbarn Spotlight: Dinosaur King

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It’s a shame that these days, a lot of people tend to dismiss Dinosaur King as something of a Pokemon or Yu-gi-Oh knockoff. The comparison is understandable, considering that both Pokemon and Yu-gi-Oh bear similarities to Dinosaur King and are significantly more popular. However, the “knock-off” label is horribly inaccurate and hardly fair, as all three franchises had different origins and only started getting point-of-comparisons after branching out into different media and platforms.

Comparisons Between Dinosaur King, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Pokemon

For example, Yu-Gi-Oh! started out in 1996 as a manga series serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump before it was adapted into an anime, and before all the games, trading card games, toys and other merchandise happened.

Pokemon, on the other hand, started out in 1996 as a pair of interlinkable role playing games for Nintendo’s Game Boy handheld device. It was only after it received a modicum of success (okay, that was a huge understatement) did all the anime, manga, trading cards, toys, books, clothes, and other merchandises appear.

4Kids Adjourns Section 363 Auction

4Kids Entertainment to Sell Yu Gi Oh Franchise to Saban?

International children;s entertainment and merchandise licensing company 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. has just announced that they have received a competing bid from 4K Acquisition Corp, which is an indirect subsidiary of Japanese corporation Konami Corp. The competing bid has Konami offering to purchase all of the assets of 4Kids in a transaction under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code.

4Kids Entertainment to Sell Yu Gi Oh Franchise to Saban?

4Kids Entertainment to Sell Yu Gi Oh Franchise to Saban?

There’s news going around that 4Kids Entertainment is looking to sell “substantially all of [their] Yu-Gi-Oh! Related assets” to KidsCo Media Ventures, which is a company that was just recently incorporated in Delaware, but seems to have ties to Saban Capital Group. The entire Yu-Gi-Oh! Franchise is said to be going for $10 million, as per indicated in the papers filed in the US Bankruptcy Court in New York.

4Kids and TV Tokyo Finally Settle Dispute Over Yu-Gi-Oh License

4Kids and TV Tokyo Finally Settle Dispute Over Yu-Gi-Oh License

Global Children’s Entertainment and Merchandise Licensing company 4Kids Entertainment, Inc., and Asatsu DK Inc and TV Tokyo have jointly announced that they have finally reached a settlement of the lawsuit ADK and TV Tokyo originally brought against 4Kids regarding the license of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Property.

The lawsuit was originally filed against 4Kids last year after TV Tokyo (licensors of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Property) conducted an audit on 4Kids’ Yu-Gi-Oh! business per their licensing agreement, and accused 4Kids of “wrongful deductions, underpayments, and unmet obligations,” stating that the company owes them US$4,792,460.36.

4Kids unveils Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal Season 1 Intro for Toonzai lineup

4Kids unveils Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal Season 1 Intro for Toonzai lineup

It wont be long now – just a few more days until fans get their look at the new Yu-Gi-Oh! series, as 4Kids readies Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal. Set to debut on October 15th, the story is set in Heartland city, following the adventures of Yuma Tsukumo. Like the main characters in each series of the franchise, Yuma hopes to become a champion of all Duel Monsters. Certainly helps matters when he teams with Astral, a mysterious spirit in search of his lost memories – that just happen to have been turned into 99 different Xyz Monster cards, called Numbers (despite being named with letters! Whatever, they’re in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game, so that makes us happy!) and scattered around the world. The Numbers can possess duelists, which makes them a popular target for Numbers Holders and Numbers Hunters. Excited yet? Now, take a sneak peek at the intro and theme song for season 1 of Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal, right here

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal evolves on 4Kids Toonzai starting October 15th

Despite an ongoing legal dispute with Japanese partners, 4Kids Entertainment has decided to continue on with production of the English version of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. The series will air on the company’s CW4Kids Toonzai block, with a global debut set for 2012. The series will be the focal point of the company’s showcase at this year’s MIPCOM. There will be 52 episodes of the series available in high definition.

Tai Chi Chasers changes it up on Toonzai starting September 17

Tai Chi Chasers changes it up on Toonzai starting September 17

4Kids Entertainment will spice up their CW4Kids Toonzai Saturday Morning block with the debut of Tai Chi Chasers, an Asian co-production between Korea Broadcasting System, and Toei Animation. The 39 episode series follows the story of two conflicting races of beings – the peaceful Tigeroids, and the dangerous Dragonoids in an alternate universe. Rai, a member of the Tigeroids gets caught in the middle of this ancient war and must help the clan gather the 500 powerful Tai Chi Symbols before it’s too late.

1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in HD, Fanimation

1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in HD, Fanimation

Nickelodeon may not be the only one with plans to rejuvenate the Turtles! Happy Dragon Pictures, a collection of super fans that include Davd A. Rose, decided they’d remake the opening sequence from the 1980s TMNT cartoon for an all new, HD look at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The 1980s Team Green never looked better! We last saw those boys in 4Kids Entertainments Ninja Turtles “farewell,” Turtles Forever. TF told the story of the 4Kids’ era Turtles joining forces with the 80s gang, along with a few other TMNT groupings. But this recreation of the original intro is a pure (and wonderful) homage to just the original 80s toon that kicked off the Ninja Turtles 25 year run in animation – soon to be continued by the good folks at Nick. So take a look at this wonderful fanimation, and let us and them know what you think!

4Kids and P&R roar with Dinosaur King

4Kids and P&R roar with Dinosaur King

There might still be a messy legal battle with Yu-Gi-Oh!, not to mention the whole filing for bankruptcy thing, but 4Kids is still kicking! To prove there’s still some might in their step, the company recently signed a deal with P & R to spread the fun of Dinosaur King around the world. The deal includes a number of Dinosaur King branded products, from stickers to books to candy and chips. The roll out of items will begin later this year, as the new season starts up on 4Kids’ Toonzai. While most of the products will be heading to Asia and Eastern European locations, there are rumors of a new toyline developing for the North American region afterward. How many Dinosaur King fans are here?

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