Canadian animation company Nelvana is going to be working on the new Bakugan series and the second season of Hotel Transylvania: The Series. The news comes from Doug Murphy, CEO of Nelvana’s parent company Corus Entertainment, during their Q1 2018 results conference call.
Details on both were scant, but Murphy announced that Nelvana will be working on the new Bakugan project alongside Canadian toy company Spin Master and Japanese animation studio TMS Entertainment:
We are excited to share that we are putting the band back together as we work in concert with Spin Master and TMS Entertainment to bring back the globally renowned and successful Bakugan to a new generation of kids around the world. It is still early days but we look forward to updating you later in the year on this exciting opportunity.
The three companies previously collaborated on the original Bakugan animated series, initially announced in 2006. The show and toyline then launched in Japan and Canada the following year, with other markets, like the United States, receiving it in 2008. The property’s success in the west spawned three follow-up seasons with the original series totalling 189 episodes, all directed by Mitsuo Hashimoto. Baku-Tech! Bakugan, a Japan-only CG-animated spin-off shorts series, produced by Shogakukan Music & Digital Entertainment, ran between 2012 and 2013. Prior to this reboot, it was the final piece of new material for the franchise.
It’s the pre-existing fanbase from those earlier shows that may have leaked the new series title. Eagle-eyed fans have noticed that Spin Master filed a trademark for “Bakugan Battle Planet” last November. The company listed its potential use for almost all categories, including television series.
A Spin Master executive has previously mentioned that the new Bakugan series will debut sometime in 2018 or 2019.
Murphy also confirmed that Disney Channel has renewed Nelvana’s Hotel Transylvania animated series for a second season. The first 26-episode season started airing on the network on June 25, 2017. In Canada, the show airs on Teletoon. Disney also runs the series in most international markets. The show is a spinoff of Sony Pictures Animation’s theatrical movie franchise, headed by animation legend Genndy Tartakovsky.
Now that more information regarding the Bakugan reboot is being solidified, what would you like to see in the new series? Any Hotel Transylvania fans excited to see more of Mavis and her friends? Leave a comment down below!