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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.

Winx Club heads to Nickelodeon (No more CW4Kids or Toonzai?)

Winx Club heads to Nickelodeon (No more CW4Kids or Toonzai?)

After years of Magix on 4Kids television (from FoxBox to 4KidsTV to CW4Kids) it appears that the Winx Club is moving their way over to Nickelodeon. We knew it was coming; the new 4Kids Saturday morning block, dubbed Toonzai, appears to have a lineup solely geared to boys. Now, in an effort to bring the female based iCarly audience to the world of animation, Nickelodeon has big plans for our favorite magical fairies! In addition to getting all existing seasons and the two animated films, Nick and Rainbow will co-produce seasons five and six of Winx Club, set to air on Nick in early 2012. But just as when Nick got the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from 4Kids, they’re not delaying in bringing you content! In 2011, Nickelodeon will introduce four one-hour specials based on the first four seasons of the series. That will give fans, old and new alike, a chance to hang out with Bloom, Stella, Flora, Tecna, Musa, and Layla!

TheCW4Kids versus Toonzai, the State of the 4Kids Union

TheCW4Kids versus Toonzai, the State of the 4Kids Union

Starting this fall, TheCW4Kids is no more. In it’s place, 4Kids Entertainment is launching a re-branded programming block dubbed Toonzai. Promos have already begun airing on The CW Saturday mornings to a number of mixed reviews, largely seemingly tainted against 4Kids. Our question to you; is that fair? 4Kids has been through a number of shakeups of late, and it doesn’t have the greatest fan-pleasing history across the internet. So is Toonzai a move in the right direction? Will fans still disapprove of the dubbing? What are your thoughts on the matter, ToonBarn audience?

4Kids brings Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s: Road to Destiny around the globe

4Kids brings Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's: Road to Destiny around the globe

Yu-Gi-Oh! has long since become one of the most popular franchises of all time, launching first as the anime series in Japan. Since debuting in America, the phenomenon exploded, catching on as a trading card game (TCG), video games, books, posters, etc. The series even eventually broke out into sequels and other series, like Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and later Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s. Now, 4Kids Entertainment is bringing the series to more places, including RTL2 in Germany and Mediaset in Italy – both providing a home in Europe to Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s: Road to Destiny; Televix Entertainment aims to do the same in Latin America. In the US, the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s toon also returns to TheCW4Kids Saturday morning block on May 29th, as well as appearing daily on Cartoon Network. That’s some great staying power!

Toei Animation gets new Dragon Ball Z toys in Brazil

Toei Animation gets new Dragon Ball Z toys in Brazil

The Dragon Ball universe has had a great deal of attention lately. Just recently, Dragon Ball Z Kai was picked up to air weekdays on Nickelodeon’s Nicktoons starting May 24th. Just a few days later, TheCW4Kids announced that it would be airing Dragon Ball Z Kai during weekends starting later this fall, on the newly re-branded Saturday morning lineup Toonzai. Now, Toei Animation is ready to announce a whole series of deals connected to manga and anime world of DBZ. In Brazil, Algazarra and DTM have each signed on to produce a new series of action figures and toys, showcasing each of the characters. Richtex has also agreed to produce a number of bath and beach towels for the toon. Staying dry and staging fights is a pretty lethal combo, if you ask us!

4Kids works with Sega on Dinosaur King

4Kids works with Sega on Dinosaur King

Despite any rumors or troubles that 4Kids may be having, the company keeps on keeping on! Just recently, 4Kids Entertainment signed a few deals for the Dinosaur King animated series. The toon, based on Sega’s trading card game, will make it’s way to Turner Spain as well as GMTV in the UK. Now, Dinosaur King airs on TheCW4Kids in the US during the Saturday morning block, as well as being available through Video on Demand via Comcast and Cox cable companies.

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.

Rumor: 4Kids and TheCW4Kids to be acquired by 3rd Party

Rumor: 4Kids and TheCW4Kids to be acquired by 3rd Party

4Kids Entertainment, the company forever connected with Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, TheCW4Kids, dubbing issues, Al Kahn, Chaotic, Toonzai, and more, could soon be owned by an entirely new company. At least, that is the current report brought to ToonBarn. After a bit of investigating, it appears a company called Prescott Group Capital Management has purchased a number of shares of stock in the licensing company. Whether this means they’ll attempt to take over 4Kids, partner, or build up the company has yet to be seen. Stay TOONed for more details, and also let us know what you think! Would you buy 4Kids?

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