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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?

Pokemon TCG gets a little Chaotic online with the Pokemon Trainer Challenge

Pokemon TCG gets a little Chaotic online with the Pokemon Trainer Challenge

Was that capital “c” on purpose? You tell us! Nintendo has recently revealed an upcoming venture called the Pokemon Trainer Challenge. The premise is a Flash-based website that uses the internet as your battle ground. Gamers can face off against 12 virtual trainers across three leagues using three pre-constructed decks and a Pok√©mon Trainer Club. The goal is to help you learn enough about the game in your training that you can go whomp on your friends during lunch breaks. At least, that’s the first goal. Could Nintendo be using this testing ground as a testing ground, to see if trading card gamers enjoy the virtual experience? Could we see player-vs-player challenges for Pokemon Black and White online soon enough? I guess the future is still a little too Chaotic to know for sure. But we’ll be watching — and playing!

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

4Kids One Piece versus original anime One Piece

4Kids One Piece versus original anime One Piece

Cartoons are sometimes created in one region of the world and later brought to others, making certain changes necessary; impacting different audiences, different beliefs, different languages, etc. It’s not an easy job, especially with us picky fans. 4Kids has been known to famously “Americanize” anime with a manga and Shonen Jump and Toei background, like One Piece, and even European concepts, like Chaotic. These moves lead to endless debates over dubbing and scrubbing policies, starting long before One Piece, Pokemon, and Yu-Gi-Oh! In fact, it reaches through 70s and 80s classics like Voltron and even the Smurfs, and beyond. If you’re new to this concept, take a look at this comparison video, and weigh in with your thoughts on the topic!

The NYSE begins delisting process for 4Kids

The NYSE begins delisting process for 4Kids

Much is afoot at 4Kids Entertainment lately. There have been rumors of a buyout. There have been struggles with Chaotic. There have been proposals to rebrand for Toonzai Saturday mornings. There is work on strong toons like Dinosaur King and Dragon Ball Z Kai. Some news sounds like forward momentum, some sounds scary. It’s not entirely clear what the future holds for the company whose legacy includes Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon, Cabbage Patch Kids, Fox partnerships, CW partnerships, dubbing concerns, soft drink scandals, and more. The latest tidbit is the stock listing for 4Kids being removed from the New York Stock Exchange. Due to the company not meeting the minimum trade rate, NYSE is forced to make the move, giving 4Kids 10 days to review or appeal the decision. This doesn’t mean the company is closing, just that it will trade stocks in a traditional private fashion. Maybe there’s hidden good news in there, maybe not. What do you think?

4Kids comments on Chaotic going chaotic

4Kids comments on Chaotic going chaotic

Amidst rumors of 4Kids being bought by another company, the licensing company recently spoke out about recent transactions related to Chaotic. The famed cartoon and trading card game animated property has built up a great following since launching a few years back. There’ve been multiple animation styles, a run on TheCW4Kids and Cartoon Network, video games, even a softdrink. But now, is the Chaotic train slowing down? According to reports, 4Kids indicates a poor first quarter was impacted by “diminished popularity of the Chaotic property.” Think that’s the case? Were you a fan, and are you still? Read on for more details, and let us know what you think.

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