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Decode Enterprises brings Kid vs Kat worldwide

Decode Enterprises brings Kid vs Kat worldwide

Studio B Productions has a winner on their hands and their paws. Just about two and a half years ago, they launched Kid vs. Kat on YTV to immediate success. This was shortly followed by the premiere on Disney XD. Now Decode Enterprises plans to bring the series all across the world, including TV Azteca and ECTV. The DHX Media toon has a simple premise at heart; a war between a boy and his sister’s cat. But this is no ordinary Sphinx cat; what few on this earth realize is Kat is actually a cybernetic alien, whose mission in life is to engage battle with Cooper “Coop” Burtonburger. Welcome to some great animation, Latin America!

Rated A for Awesome hits Disney XD

Rated A for Awesome hits Disney XD

They’ve already been Incredible, but this summer, Disney is getting Awesome! In June, Disney XD welcomes Rated A for Awesome, the latest CG animated hit to it’s network. And we’re not just getting it here int he States; 128 countries (including those in the Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia, and more!) are already signed up. From the producers of Kid vs Kat, Jimmy Two Shoes, and Jungle Junction, and working with the creators of Nerd Corps Entertainment and YTV, Rated A for Awesome stars Les Awesome and his stepsister Thera. Along with Noam, Lars, and Mr Twitchy, a monkey cameraman (cameramonkey?), the group works together to convert boring into fun, lame into sweet, and blah into awesome. Now that’s a revolution we can get behind!

YTV to launch Sunday’s Big Fun Movies

YTV to launch Sunday's Big Fun Movies

Got nothing to do on Sunday afternoons? Just filling time between school and/or work? Well, how about spending the day watching some animated films! This is the plan of Corus Entertainment’s YTV, who will be launching a new Sunday movie block called Big Fun Movies. The premiere date is Sunday, January 2nd, with three back-to-back movies starting at 2pm. The selection on that first Sunday will include Over the Hedge, Ice Age, and Igor. Other movies to air throughout January include Garfield Gets Real, Garfield The Movie, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, Muppets Treasure Island, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, The Golden Compass, The NeverEnding Story, Snow Day, The Mighty Ducks, Rugrats Go Wild, Open Season, and Open Season II.

Babar and the Adventures of Badou starts November 22

Babar and the Adventures of Badou starts November 22

The latest effort between Nelvana Studios and TeamTO will make its debut November 22nd, as Babar and the Adventures of Badou hits televisions. The CG toon, already on France’s TF1, will join YTV’s Playtime block that Monday at 11am, bringing the classic Babar books back to the forefront of animation. Those of you looking for an even earlier peek can find the mighty elephant on his own float during Toronto’s 106th annual Santa Claus Parade November 21st. YTV will air a repeat broadcast of the Parade on December 5 at 12p.
Created by Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff, Babar and the universe of characters will now roam in full 3D in the new toon that stars Badou, Babar’s grandson.

Hudson and Nevlana to produce Beyblade: Metal Fusion video game

Hudson and Nevlana to produce Beyblade: Metal Fusion video game

There’s a good deal of cross over between anime fans and video game fans, and Tatsunoko and Nelvana are hoping to benefit both audience sets. Along with Hudson Soft’s Hudson Entertainment, the companies are developing video games based on d-rights’ Beyblade: Metal Fusion animated series. For now, the targeted consoles are the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS, though there are rumors of at least a PS2 game cracking into the mix, each of which should make store shelves in December of this year. The manga-based toon has seen some great success lately, and has spread across YTV and Cartoon Network in North America, alone. Take a look at the show in action

Phase 4 and Nelvana bring toon DVDs to North America via kaBOOM

Phase 4 and Nelvana bring toon DVDs to North America via kaBOOM

Phase 4 Films and Nelvana Enterprises have teamed to share their cartoon joy with us. Deals between the pair will bring a number of animated DVD collections to regions across North America, including; Toopy and Binoo, Franklin, The Berenstain Bears, Max & Ruby, and 6Teen, amongst others. The series regularly air on Treehouse, YTV, Teletoon, Nickelodeon, PBS, Cartoon Network, CBS, qubo, Nick. Jr. and the Nicktoons Network. The partnership will release the DVDs under the kaBOOM! Entertainment label.

Cartoon Network releases Beyblade: Metal Fusion June 26

Cartoon Network releases Beyblade: Metal Fusion June 26

On June 26, Cartoon Network officially adds another piece to the Beyblade legend with Beyblade: Metal Fusion. The animated series is a mix of traditional cel animation with CG effects, spanning more than 50 episodes. The event kicks off at 7:30am on that Saturday, so be sure to hit your alarm clocks. The series actually starts out earlier in its Canadian debut, starting off on Saturday, May 15th, at 12pm on YTV. The Nelvana and d-rights Inc. toon is also known as Metal Fight Beyblade in Japan. Take a look at some of the animation in this clip

RollBots roll across the globe, to DVD

RollBots roll across the globe, to DVD

Amberwood Entertainment definitely has a hit on their hands with RollBots. The animated series has been a tremendous ratings success, and the toys have also been well received. Now, the company is trying to extend the show’s reach, by signing new TV deals across areas of Europe and Asia. The deals are made for broadcast TV as well as DVD production, to bring fans up to speed on what’s happened so far. The networking deals for the YTV and MCM series include: Noviy Disk, Orlando Kids, Aquarius & Aquarius, and Noga Communications, joining the run it currently has on The CW4Kids. Take a look at the show in action

Nelvana Enterprises’ Jane and the Dragon

 Nelvana Enterprises' Jane and the Dragon

Nelvana Enterprises has teamed up with KI.KA in Germany to unleash one of its better animated series upon the network later this spring. The toon, Jane and the Dragon, promises to take viewers on a wild ride with its fresh new story and CG animation that Nelvana co-produced with Weta Productions. The series, based on Martin Baynton’s book series of the same name, follows the comedic exploits of Jane, a young girl training to be a knight, and her friendly, 300 year old, fire-breathing and English-speaking Dragon aptly named …er, Dragon. Having already aired on YTV in Canada and Australia’s ABC, it later joined qubo and the UK’s Five in addition to KI.KA. Haven’t gotten a chance to check it out yet? Well, why not take a look at the animated series in action

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