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Yuma gets ready to Duel on Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal

Yuma gets ready to Duel on Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal

In the future, Augmented Reality Duels are all the rage across the Heartland, using D-Gazers and D-Pads to produce Super-Charged Monster Duels. Chief amongst them is Yuma Tsukumo (sorta like this era’s Yugi). When Yuma meets up with Astral, he is set on a quest to find the 99 Numbers Cards, which introduce Number Monsters. So where does this leave Yuma in his duels with others, like Ryoga? Will the quest replace everything he cares for? What is Astral’s true plan? We’ll just have to TOON in to the latest spinoff in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, and see!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal to 4Kids: Time to Duel!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal to 4Kids: Time to Duel!

4Kids has known the fateful power of Yu-Gi-Oh! duels for years now, but never from a defensive side! That all has changed in the past few months, as various lawsuits from Nihon (NAS) and TV Tokyo split the once mighty 4Kids / Yugioh bond. Next week, the duels take a new step as ADK (Asatsu DK) hopes to wrestle control of the anime away from 4Kids. The fourth spinoff series to the franchise, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal (following Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s) will be promoted by hook or by crook in the upcoming weeks, and everyone wants a piece! It will be up to the courts to decide who can rightfully be attached to the brand.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hit Nickelodeon in 2012

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hit Nickelodeon in 2012

Nickelodeon is making some bold moves. Since acquiring the rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from 4Kids and a few other groups, Nick has pumped millions into the recreation of the brand, hoping to breathe fresh life into the world of the four reptilian brothers. Producers declare that the new CG series (set to premiere in 2012) will begin as the turtles emerge from their lair in the sewers, ready to confront the wondrous and hostile world of New York City. The enemies will be more dangers. The pizza will be more delicious. And the toon promises to be the best representation yet of the TMNT franchise. Think they can pull it off? Only one way to find out, and it starts with your review of this teaser trailer footage!

4Kids files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

4Kids files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

From Fox Kids to Fox Box to 4Kids TV to Toonzai to… Chapter 11? The path 4Kids has traveled over the past few years has not always been kind to the animation giant. Now, after a series of lows including the loss of TMNT and Winx Club, the chaos of Chaotic, and the recent lawsuit and legal trouble with Yu-Gi-Oh!, 4Kids is now filing for bankruptcy under chapter 11. While it sounds scary, it does not immediately mean the end of Dinosaur King, Sonic X, or Magi-Nation. Often times, companies use these scenarios to rebuild and grow stronger. So what do you think, is this the beginning of the beginning? Or the beginning of the end?

Rainbox brings Nickelodeon’s Winx Club and PopPixie to CTC

Rainbox brings Nickelodeon's Winx Club and PopPixie to CTC

Winx Club and PopPixie fans have some celebrating to do! Rainbow is, again, bringing the two powerful brands to new markets, including signing a major deal with Russian broadcaster CTC. This pact brings all of the new and upcoming Winx Club adventures to the cable giant, including the four new TV movies and the fifth season, Series Five, both of which are Nickelodeon productions. The original 4 seasons, a product between Rainbow and 4Kids, are already an amazing success across Russia, thus we’re expecting big things with the new shows. Take a look at the full story

Turtle Power hopes to slash through Nickelodeon

Turtle Power hopes to slash through Nickelodeon

First launched way back in 1984, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been through comic books, action figure toys, movies, television shows, and all around the world. Now, Nickelodeon branches out yet again, having recently taken the franchise from 4Kids, and reinventing them for a new audience. This time, the Turtles will each have “more individual attributes,” with a high focus on their martial-arts combat abilities. Early sneak peek teaser footage shows the brotherly set (Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, and Donatello) kicking shell and taking names in their new CG forms, which resemble a merge of the recent CG feature film and their traditional animated look. We’ll get more and more info as the year goes on, so stay TOONed right here for updates!

SpongeBob and Nickelodeon split ways

SpongeBob and Nickelodeon split ways

Well isn’t this a crazy week for news! First, we find out that Yu-Gi-Oh! and 4Kids are breaking up – now it seems the most beloved sponge to ever grace our planet earth is parting ways with the company that launched him. Starting later today, April 1st, SpongeBob SquarePants programming will be pulled from Nickelodeon airwaves. Details behind the split are not yet fully known, but we’re working aggressively (and porously) to track them down. As the 10-year-old toon has never been more successful, it’s doubtful SpongeBob will remain down for long. Rumors have already started to trickle down from Bikini Beach that the toon will be looking for a new home on 4Kids Entertainment’s Toonzai block, with a possible weekday deal with Cartoon Network. We’ll get more info on the breaking news, but let us know what you think in the meantime!! Would it be better or worse for a 4Kids Patrick? Or a Cartoon Network Mr. Krabs?

4Kids and Yu-Gi-Oh end relationship in lawsuit

4Kids and Yu-Gi-Oh end relationship in lawsuit

BREAKING NEWS The buzz ’round the intrawebs is that 4Kids Entertainment is no longer very chummy with the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand. For years, the company has been the home for the animated series, all the spin-offs, the movie, and all of the products and figures of the franchise, including the trading card game. However, now, the anime studio that originally created the hit in Japan claims 4Kids hasn’t given them their share. Apparently, TV Tokyo Corporation and Nihon Ad Systems allege 4Kids made secret deals with Cartoon Network, Funimation Productions, Majesco and other entities (for TV, products, and home distribution) to cheat the Japanese companies out of millions. Now, they’re looking for payback, taking the battle to the courts via a lawsuit. More immediately, they’ve terminated all licensing agreements with 4Kids, effectively pulling all relating shows from the air. What this means for the future of some of our favorite toons, we’ll just have to wait and see. Stay TOONed right here, for more updates as this develops.

Konami deals Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Trading Card Game Duelist Pack: Yusei 3

Konami deals Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Trading Card Game Duelist Pack: Yusei 3

In just a few short weeks, Konami Digital Entertainment will debut the latest duelist pack from the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Trading Card Game Duelist Pack: Yusei 3. The pack hits stores on January 25th, and is made up of 30 cards. Each set features eight new cards — four monsters, two Spell Cards, and two Traps. In terms of locating those “hard to get” items, Konami describes the 30 card Yusei 3 set as having seventeen common cards, seven rare cards, four super rare cards, and two ultra rare cards. Each pack also five game cards and one strategy tip card. Fans of Toonzai’s Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s series will no doubt grab these up and immediately prepare them for use during recess, lunch, coffee breaks, car trips, tournaments… where do you duel?

Al Kahn steps down from atop 4Kids

Al Kahn steps down from atop 4Kids

Well, we’ll say this for 4Kids; every day is something new! Today, 4Kids Entertainment announced that Alfred R. Kahn, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer will be leaving the company. A search for a new CEO is already underway, with Michael Goldstein stepping in as interim Chairman. For 25 years, Al Kahn has been the corporate face of the company, for good and for bad, steering the ship that held Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon, Cabbage Patch Kids, Chaotic, One Piece, Winx Club and more. Dubbing problems, issues with movie rights, stock troubles, and other difficulties have beseaged 4Kids in recent times. Now, with Toonzai as the basis for a new direction, and Al Kahn’s era behind them, we await and see what a new 4Kids will be.

Chaotic folds as trading card games deal 4Kids a bad hand

Chaotic folds as trading card games deal 4Kids a bad hand

Five or ten years ago, 4Kids was riding high. The Fox Box was a premiere showcase for toons like Sonic the Hedgehog, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Viva Pinata, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Pokemon. More importantly, the company was dominating in the field of trading card games. At the height of TCGs, recess across the globe was owned by gauntlets of cards, with kids showing whose monster or dragon or beast or bot was superior. Today, 4Kids is a different story, with financial woes, a new program block called Toonzai, and a mighty blow to the TCG empire with the loss of TC Digital Games. 4Kids was majority owner of TCD which, along with TC Websites, was a major factor in the Chaotic line. With those pieces gone, the Chaotic brand is essentially all but dead – certainly bad news for animation and TCG fans. Check out the detailed press release

Bobby’s World Missing in Animation Toon Flashback

Toon Flashback: Bobby's World

Underwater, the fish don’t stink. It’s not just a statement, it’s a life lesson that could have only come from a single source; Bobby’s World. With that amazing theme, the distinctive voices, and the unlimited story-driven potential of imagination, Bobby’s World was an awesome cartoon. The series boasted nearly a 10 year run on Fox Kids (before there was a Toonzai, a 4Kids, or even a FoxBox) daily programming block. Animated by Film Roman and Alevy Productions, Bobby’s World spanned over 80 episodes, earning numerous awards and notices. Despite ending production nearly 15 years ago, could this show be in line for a relaunch…?

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