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Month: May 2014

Breaking: Vortexx To End September 2014 with Litton Entertainment to Take Over the CW Saturday Morning Block with “One Magnificent Morning”

With the recent announcement from MOMOcon in Atlanta – that Dragon Ball Z (in the form of Kai) would return to Toonami, one has to wonder if Saban’s second run of DBZ was…

New One Piece Unlimited World: Red Trailer Features Trans Town

Bandai Namco Games has released a new trailer for the multi-platform action game One Piece Unlimited World: Red. This time around, the trailer aims to introduce would-be pirates to the wonderful place that is Trans Town, which serves as the game’s main hub where players can go around and interact with various colorful NPCs. There’s also a quasi-RTS element because you can help build the town by collecting building materials.

You can check out the trailer below:

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Coming to North America

FUNimation has revealed that the latest anime movie from the Dragon Ball franchise, Battle of Gods, will be coming to North America. This time around, it’s not just through home video (as is FUNimation’s M.O.,) but also through a special event screening planned for August 5 to 9. You can check out the video below for the official announcement (the video is only available to specific regions, sorry):

Edgar Wright Left Ant-Man Due to Script Changes

Edgar Wright’s sudden departure from Marvel’s big screen adaptation of Ant-Man was talk of the town these past few days. Wright himself issued a polite statement saying that he left due to “differences in vision,” and several other people associated with Marvel chimed in to confirm that they are not siding with either side and are just sad to see Wright go.

Sonic Boom Introduces New Character, Sticks

People have already seen what Sonic and the gang will look like in the upcoming TV series Sonic Boom, but it turns out they’re not the only ones that are going to show up in CG 3D glory, because the series will also introduce a new character: Sticks.

The official description for Sticks is a jungle badger that is also Amy’s BFF, who has spent most of her life living alone in the wilderness. Sticks will be appearing in the Sonic Boom TV series, as well as the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS video games. You can expect her to appear in the merchandise as well.

You can check out the announcement video below:

Pip Ahoy! Sails to Channel 5’s Milkshake in June

Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick Entertainment’s much awaited children’s animated series, Pip Ahoy!, will be making its way to Channel 5’s Milkshake this coming June 12. The series will consist of 52 x 11 episodes that focus on the adventures of an eager happy-go-lucky young pup named Pip, along with his best friend Alba the Kitten as they go on exciting and colorful adventures in the enchanting seaside resort of Salty Cove.

Pip Ahoy! Is being produced in the UK via CHF’s new state-of-the-art studio in Didsbury, Manchester. The series boasts of a voice cast list that includes Sir David Jason (Danger Mouse, Count Duckula, Wind in The Willows), Teresa Gallagher (The Amazing World of Gumball, Octonauts, Noddy), Emma Tate (Moshi Monsters , Horrid Henry,The Jungle Book series) and Jimmy Hibbert (Danger Mouse, Roary the Racing Car and Toby’s Travelling Circus).

Video: Breadwinners – Quazy for Vanessa

Nickelodeon has just released a teaser clip for the next episode of the hit animated series Breadwinners, titled “Quazy for Vanessa.” The episode will be airing this Saturday, May 31, at 11:00 AM (et/pt) on Nickelodeon. The episode introduces a new adversary for SwaySway and Buhdeuce – the beaver Oonski the Great.

The first half of the episode, Quazy for Vanessa, has SwaySway and Buhdeuce disguising the Rocket Van as a girl in order to prevent Oonski from stealing it, but their plan backfires when the beaver fell in love with the van instead.

You can watch the clip below:

Nelvana Gets New Licensees for Franklin and Friends

Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana has recently added two new licensing agents for their hit preschool property Franklin and Friends. German-speaking territories will be handled by Euro Lizenzen while Turkish territories will be handled by FILMA. Both Euro Lizenzen and FILMA will be at the upcoming Licensing Expo in Las Vegas this month in order to present Franklin and Friends along with their other respective licenses.

VIZ Media Acquires Merchandising Rights for Doraemon

Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions Co., Ltd. has recently announced that they have signed an agreement with VIZ Media for the merchandising rights to Fujiko Fujio’s Doraemon franchise, covering the Americas. Both ShoPro and Viz are planning to present the Doraemon franchise at the upcoming Licensing Expo, which is scheduled to take place on June 17 to 19 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

From the official press release:

One Piece Goes on Hiatus Due to Author’s Surgery

The One Piece manga is currently in the middle of a very exciting story arc – with Zoro facing off against the strongest executive from the Doflamingo family and Luffy (along with Law and a couple of others) going straight to face off with Dofla himself. There’s also a big reveal about why Law hates Dofla but I’m not going to reveal it here – the point is that the manga is very close to the peak story-wise right now, which is why it’s sad to know that it’s going to go on a 2 week hiatus.

According to a message from author Eiichiro Oda himself, the hiatus is because he has developed peritonsillar abscess last year, which has frequently gotten in the way of his normal work schedule, so he has opted to get the tonsils removed via surgery instead. One Piece is scheduled to return in time for the magazine’s 30th issue on June 23.

Oda’s (somewhat flippant) message:

Sony Animation and Netflix Deal Confirmed

After rumors and speculations, streaming service Netflix has finally confirmed signing a new deal with Sony Animation films, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The new deal will be beneficial to Netflix, as it lets them recover part of the content they lost after ending a licensing deal with Starz, such as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Sony Animation is also poised to bolster Netflix’s kids animation catalog, which is already impressive due to exclusive access to various Pixar, Disney, and DreamWorks Animation properties.

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