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Dentsu brings Little Battlers eXperience (LBX) and Danball Senki to US

Dentsu brings Little Battlers eXperience (LBX) and Danball Senki to US

The Little Battlers eXperience isn’t so little in Japan. In fact, it’s grown so large, it’s spread over toy lines, video games, manga, and animation. And now, the LBX could be heading across the seas and around the world, as Dentsu Entertainment looks for deals in North America and South America. Known primarily in Japan as Danball Senki, LBX is produced by Level-5, TV Tokyo, Dentsu Inc, Bandai, Shogakukan, Media Factory, and Pokemon’s own OLM, making for a gorgeous anime mix of Japanese animation. Anyone here able to see any of the imports, and would you be up to following the show locally?

Cartoon Network’s CG Ben 10 movie Ben 10 Destroy All Aliens

Cartoon Network's CG Ben 10 movie Ben 10 Destroy All Aliens

As the days go by, we’re learning more and more about Cartoon Network’s upcoming movie, Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens. The new made-for-TV special revisits the Ben 10 universe in a never before seen way: complete in computer animated glory! Taking place before Ultimate Alien and Alien Force, Ben 10 Destroy All Aliens takes us back to the original Ben 10 era, where Ben, Gwen, and Grandpa Max solve case after case, with a little help from the Omnitrix and Ben’s alien forms – even utilizing the original Ben 10 voice cast! Check out some brand new screen shots of the project in motion, as well as the full press release.

Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens brings CG Ben 10 to Cartoon Network

Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens brings CG Ben 10 to Cartoon Network

During the heydays of this year’s Comic-Con 2011, we scoured a lot of great info about the upcoming world of animation. Amongst the biggest revelations was Cartoon Network’s latest Ben 10 adventure; Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens, an entirely CG rendered made for TV movie. Still somewhat early in development, the CN promises this computer animated cartoon will be ready for our TV-watching enjoyment next year. Perhaps most surprising, and maybe even a little exciting, is the decision to go before Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and Ben 10: Alien Force, and create a “prequel” of sorts during the original Ben 10 era; Ben, Gwen, and Grandpa Max solving cases with the original Omnitrix, just like the old days — and complete with all the original voice cast! Check out these teaser screen shots of the project in motion.

Comic-Con 2011 reveals Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens trailer for Cartoon Network

Comic-Con 2011 reveals Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens trailer for Cartoon Network

We’ve seen Ben Tennyson evolve from Ben 10 to Ben 10: Alien Force and finally to Ben 10: Ultimate Alien. Throw in some live action Ben 10 movies, video games, and online adventures, and you just might think you’ve seen it all. Well Cartoon Network has some news for you! The CN is currently working on a brand new movie completely rendered in gorgeous CG, ready for you in 2012, and teased at Comic-Con 2011. The made for TV special, Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens, takes us back to the days of 10 year old Ben, from the original Ben 10 animated series, as he struggles with school, bullies, being grounded, and missing fishing trips with Grandpa Max. When an opportunity from the Total Alien Immersion training program offers a trip around the galaxy, Ben thinks he has it made! …until the new villain Mechamorph Warrior spoils the fun while Ben is stuck in his alien forms. Want more? Check out the sneak peek teaser trailer right here, and let us know what you think!

Pokemon Black and White now available for Nintendo DS

Pokemon Black and White now available for Nintendo DS

The months have crept by, and yet, we’ve remained patient. That is, as patient as you could possibly be as you stare directly into the eyes of your calendar, screaming curses at the days! Hm, ok, that’s not patient. BUT, what is important now is that Pokemon Black and Pokemon White are in stores, readying for your buying action! Perhaps even more important is that the Pokemon Black and White games are possibly in your hand already, being played right now! (Which has to be difficult while you’re reading this!). And, let’s not forget, what could quite possibly be even mooore important, is that you could be the lucky winner of ToonBarn’s Pokemon Black and White giveaway, and get yourself a free copy of the game!!! How? Read on!

Warner Bros. had CG ThunderCats on the loose

Warner Bros. had CG ThunderCats on the loose

The legend of their 1980s toon lives on as one of the most fondly-remembered action series. Thus, the announcement of Cartoon Network’s upcoming ThunderCats revival has everyone excited for all the future potential. Now, there’s additional toy details, some talk of video games, and even more animated fun on the way… could anything derail the ThunderCats hype train right now? Well, maybe something could have, depending on how you prefer your Lion-O to act. Months back, there were rumors of a CG ThunderCats movie in the works — a project that, apparently, has long since been scrapped. …but then this piece of footage recently leaked on to the web. It’s not clear if this is a fan-made trailer, or an actual piece of test footage from Warner Bros. production. Check it out and judge for yourself.

THQ and Mattel are now the Masters of the Universe

THQ and Mattel are now the Masters of the Universe

As if He-Man didn’t have enough to do! THQ and Mattel have joined in a multi-year pact bringing the Masters of the Universe to bring He-Man video games to fans around the globe. No specifics have yet been given on which platforms, or even which era of the heroes (the classic 80s toon, the Cartoon Network relaunch, something new, etc.) the video games will focus on, but its safe to say that they’ll make every effort to a universal (master of the universal?) approach. Skeletor, you may have finally met your match!

Disney brings Winnie the Pooh back to theaters

Disney brings Winnie the Pooh back to theaters

It’s been nearly 85 years since us fans first got their eyes on the world of Winnie the Pooh. Since that time, and their creation by A. A. Milne, the character and his many friends have filled the Disney Universe with wonder, inspiring dozens of TV specials, a gathering of cinematic adventures, Disney World rides, video games, and more. Now, Disney is bringing the honey-hungry bear back to the big screen with next year’s Winnie the Pooh, rejoining Eeyore, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo, Christopher Robin, Owl, Tigger, Piglet, and the rest. Unlike most animated films of the day, Winnie the Pooh will use traditional cel animation, serving as the 51st full-length animated movie, immediately following Rapunzel in Tangled, the 50th. Release dates are set for July 15th, 2011 in the U.S., and April 15th, 2011 across Europe. Check out the first teaser trailer and let us know if you’re ready to go back to the Hundred Acre Wood!

Disney’s Ducktales could be heading back to videogames

Disney's Ducktales could be heading back to videogames

There are many legendary video games from the original Nintendo home console, the NES. Similarly, there are many legendary cartoons from that same 1980s/1990s era. It’s only logical that Ducktales is fondly remembered, as it was an awesome toon and an awesome NES game. If there’s one person in the field who couldn’t agree more, it’s Warren Spector, video game designer extraordinaire. Spector is apparently campaigning Capcom and Disney with reviving the franchise, allowing him control over the new game’s direction, telling Industry Gamers, “A day does not go by where I don’t tell somebody at Disney: ‘Uncle Scrooge, come on! Donald! Huey, Dewey, and Louie! Come on, let me do a duck game!'” And who knows, if Epic Mickey becomes a success for Disney on the Nintendo Wii, a Ducktales sequel could be in the cards.

Pixar, Disney, and Egmont launch Toy Story magazine

Pixar, Disney, and Egmont launch Toy Story magazine

Disney and Pixar have long since been keeping the Toy Story franchise running. Since the original film debuted in 1995, there’s been two sequels (Toy Story 2 in 1999 and this year’s Toy Story 3), TV specials, video games, and — appropriately enough — countless toys. Now, along with the help of Egmont, fans can look forward to Toy Story Magazine. The periodical is a collection of original comic strip stories, activities, games, puzzles, coloring sections, stickers, and more! Each issue will be about 25 pages, which the first special launch edition racking up 28 pages.

EA and Fox team for Will Wright’s Spore the movie

EA and Fox team for Will Wright's Spore the movie

Electronic Arts has no problem producing some of the greatest video games you encounter on a daily basis; but what about movies? Well, it looks like Twentieth Century Fox is up to the challenge, partnering with EA to produce a CG animated feature film based on Will Wright’s video game masterpiece, Spore. Greg Erb and Jason Oremland, the folks behind Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, have been selected to write the script, with Blue Sky Studios, of Ice Age fame, ready to produce the epic. The video game has gone on to massive success and critical acclaim, but we’ve yet to see how that can translate into animated film appeal. I guess there’s only one way to find out!

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