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Toonbarn Spotlight: Dinosaur King

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It’s a shame that these days, a lot of people tend to dismiss Dinosaur King as something of a Pokemon or Yu-gi-Oh knockoff. The comparison is understandable, considering that both Pokemon and Yu-gi-Oh bear similarities to Dinosaur King and are significantly more popular. However, the “knock-off” label is horribly inaccurate and hardly fair, as all three franchises had different origins and only started getting point-of-comparisons after branching out into different media and platforms.

Comparisons Between Dinosaur King, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Pokemon

For example, Yu-Gi-Oh! started out in 1996 as a manga series serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump before it was adapted into an anime, and before all the games, trading card games, toys and other merchandise happened.

Pokemon, on the other hand, started out in 1996 as a pair of interlinkable role playing games for Nintendo’s Game Boy handheld device. It was only after it received a modicum of success (okay, that was a huge understatement) did all the anime, manga, trading cards, toys, books, clothes, and other merchandises appear.

4Kids and P&R roar with Dinosaur King

4Kids and P&R roar with Dinosaur King

There might still be a messy legal battle with Yu-Gi-Oh!, not to mention the whole filing for bankruptcy thing, but 4Kids is still kicking! To prove there’s still some might in their step, the company recently signed a deal with P & R to spread the fun of Dinosaur King around the world. The deal includes a number of Dinosaur King branded products, from stickers to books to candy and chips. The roll out of items will begin later this year, as the new season starts up on 4Kids’ Toonzai. While most of the products will be heading to Asia and Eastern European locations, there are rumors of a new toyline developing for the North American region afterward. How many Dinosaur King fans are here?

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?

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?

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 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 introduces Tai Chi Chasers

Tai Chi Chasers

4Kids Entertainment is hoping to revive its Saturday morning offerings with a brand new series, Tai Chi Chasers. The toon will be a mix of traditional cel and CG animation, twisting an anime series for the American audience — similar to the company’s efforts with Dinosaur King; bringing a Japanese series worldwide. The series follows the adventures of Rai, a descendant of the Tigeroids, a race of powerful, peaceful beings. The Tigeroids are in an ongoing battle off earth with the Dragonoids in a parallel universe. Both groups aim to recover 500 powerful artifacts, the lost Tai Chi Symbols; and those that posses the symbols will have power enough to conquer the universe. Fans are hoping to get their first look at the toon at MIPTV, with the series set to air in early 2011.

Dinosaur King and Hachette work together

Dinosaur King and Hachette work together

Hachette Collections SNC has just signed a monster of a deal. Er, a dinosaur of a deal? Well, that doesn’t sound right, but it is accurate! The group is now a new publishing licensee for Dinosaur King. The property, licensed into an animated series and trading card game brand by 4Kids Entertainment, will see Hachette take over in various European and African locations, joining a number of other licensees on the property, like Harper Collins. What will all this mean? Lots and lots of new Dinosaur King products! Books, magazines, clothes, and more, all available within the next few months. Until then, check out the show in action!

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