Turning Mecard finds new international broadcast partners
Not perturbed by ongoing litigation with Spin Master, Mattel’s international expansion for Turning Mecard continues on. The South Korean senstation has recently landed broadcast partnerships in Italy, Latin America and Singapore.
First up, MediaCorp’s OKTO channel in Singapore premiered the English language version of the show on May 5th. The country, alongside Malaysia, received the BTI Studios dub through YouTube late last year. The broadcast version has been the retooled to match the lingo found in the American Studiopolis production. New episodes air on the channel every Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 AM.
Turner’s Cartoon Network has picked up the show for Latin America. The show will premiere on June 7th, with episodes airing every Thursday at 12 PM in Mexico, 2:30 PM in Colombia and 4:30 PM in Argentina/Chile. The Spanish dub first debuted last August on Mexico’s Channel 5. It was produced locally by the Dubbing House. The Portuguese version will begin airing on Cartoon Network Brazil on June 7th at 4:30 PM. This dub was recorded in São Paulo.
In Italy, the series will air on the Turner-Mediaset RTI joint-venture Boing beginning sometime this summer.
Originally debuting in South Korea in 2015, Turning Mecard quickly became one of the country’s biggest toy brands with kids enjoying the kinetic vehicle transformations. A co-production between Sono Kong, Choirock Contents Factory and Heewon Entertainment, the franchise was conceived in part by Bakugan alumni Atsushi Maekawa. The original series ran for fifty-two episodes and has since inspired a fifty-two episode sequel season, a theatrical film, a side story mini-series (that later turned into a theatrical film), a reboot and a spinoff.
American toy manufacturer Mattel picked up the franchise in 2016 for an international launch and invested significantly in its Korean creators. The series premiered internationally last spring in Australia and Canada, before hitting more markets throughout 2017 and 2018. Assuming all goes well, Mecard fans have a lot to look forward to.