TOKYOPOP Inc. and Disney Publishing Worldwide are teaming on a new line of Cine-Manga books. The first new Disney Cine-Manga title, LILO & STITCH, is set to debut in stores April 2004, with versions of THAT'S SO RAVEN, PRINCESS DIARIES 2, THE INCREDIBLES and THE LIZZIE MCGUIRE MOVIE set to roll out throughout the year. In total, there will be more than 24 Disney Cine-Manga projects slated for release over the next three years.
Plan-B Toys and Radioactive Clown have announced a new series of highly detailed, historically accurate, WWII action figures based on Activision's award-winning PC game, CALL OF DUTY. Series 1 will be available in North America and Europe May 2004.
Cooper Owen is hosting an "At the Movies" auction, which will feature two original staff artist drawings of Mickey Mouse. The sketches from the Walt Disney Studios show multiple Mickey Mouse drawings running away from the viewer. Each sketch measures approximately 12x10 inches (30x25 cm). The starting bid will range between £150-200.
HarperCollins Childrens Books will launch a book series based on the new television series, ASTRO BOY, produced by Sony Pictures Ent. Japan and Tezuka Prods. HarperKids Ent. has been granted North American English-language rights from Sony Pictures Consumer Products. HarperCollins will launch the 30 book program in September 2004 with seven titles: one color and activity book, one color and sticker book, two beginning readers, two storybooks, and one chapter book.
ADV Toys, the new division of A.D. Vision Inc. that creates exclusive toys and collectible merchandise based upon the companys film, manga and original content holdings, has signed its first toy deal, an exclusive Jonathan the Seal plush animal from the anticipated KALEIDO STAR anime series from ADV Films.
Playhut Entertainment has announced a new LITTLE SIGNZ licensing deal with New Jersey-based Karmin International for the jig-saw puzzles category. Karmin will manufacture and market an array of LITTLE SIGNZ jig-saw puzzles housed within boxes and decorative tins.
Image Entertainment Inc., in conjunction with Treadstone Records, unveiled the April 6, 2004 release of the soundtrack GALERIANS: RION featuring a fusion of American rock and cutting-edge Japanese anime. Featuring 14 tracks from artists such as Slipknot, Fear Factory, The Ataris, Sevendust and Adema, the soundtrack is part of a unique DVD package.
For the first time, kids (and bigger kids) can truly join in the action of the next BATMAN animated series. Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) announced it has partnered with Mattel Inc. and VEIL Interactive Technologies to link action figure and vehicles with interactive television. The technology will be exclusive to WBCP and Mattel for 2004. VEIL (Video Encoded Invisible Light) technology transmits encoded digital data -- in the form of graphics, storyline components, gadgets and other features -- directly from show, which is captured by Mattel's new line of Batwave children's toys.
American Royal Arts has announced the very first release of signed original production artwork from Nickelodeon's SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS. The collection of cels and drawings are from various episodes, including the world premier releases of "Squidward, the Unfriendly Ghost" and "Jellyfish Jamboree." Each piece is hand-signed by the voice of SpongeBob -- Tom Kenny. American Royal Arts is offering original production drawings, original production cels, cel progressions and key master set-ups.
On March 3, 2004, the YU YU HAKUSHO fast food promotion began at Carl's Jr. and Hardee's restaurants nationwide. The promotion features character premiums based on the animated action series YU YU HAKUSHO that airs on Cartoon Network's Toonami block.
Oh, it's happy, happy, joy, joy time for Ren and Stimpy fans. Palisades Toys has announced the release of the anticipated line of Ren & Stimpy products, including articulated action figures, non-articulated pvc scenes and polystone mini busts. The first series of action figures will launch in the second quarter of 2004 and will include Ren, Stimpy, Mr. Horse and Shaven Yak. The second series will be released in the fourth quarter with the lineup yet to be determined.
Breakthrough Animation has awarded worldwide licensing representation for its animated series ATOMIC BETTY to Joy Tashjian Marketing Group LLC.
Breakthrough Animation Inc., the newly-established animation production, marketing and distribution division of leading Canadian producer Breakthrough Films & Television, recently signed Cartoon Network as the broadcast home for ATOMIC BETTY, in the U.S.
Following are breaking briefs filed by AWNs correspondent, Karen Raugust, from the 2004 American International Toy Fair in New York City.
Bandai America Inc., a subsidiary of the third largest toy company in the world, Bandai Co. Ltd, is unveiling its hot new toy lineup this weekend at the 2004 American International Toy Fair in New York City. The company has 13 huge brands of beloved and soon to be classic toys, as well as its entry into the popular collectible games category.
Running from February 9 - March 14, 2004, Burger King will offer 10 FAIRLY ODDPARENT toys featuring all of characters. Each toy will come with one of five online codes that unlock unique FAIRLY ODDPARENTS-themed digital prizes at www.burgerkingFOP.nick.com, including a mouse pointer, printable locker poster, wallpaper, 500 Nick Points and e-cards. In addition, kids who collect all five codes will get a limited edition screensaver.
PBS Kids' math-mystery property CYBERCHASE has moved into brand activity high gear this spring, including new marketing dollars and licensees. With INTEL and JIF signing on as national underwriters of the series, the deal brings a variety of promotional opportunities and marketing dollars to the show. As part, national student contests, educational outreach programs, consumer promotions and events are in the works to focus nationwide attention on math literacy.
Starting Feb. 6, 2004, McDonald's Happy Meals will feature six toy characters from Walt Disney's newest direct-to-video feature, THE LION KING 1 1/2, which will arrive in stores Feb.10, 2004. Featuring interactive technology, each toy opens its mouth, jaws or snout when tapped to playback a signature phrase or sound. The six Happy Meal toys include: Simba, Rafiki, Timon, Pumbaa, Mufasa and Ed.
Entertainment Rights Plc signed a number of significant licensing deals across its third party brands, demonstrating ERs ongoing commitment and strength in the licensing agency business.
TOKYOPOP Inc. and Sony Pictures Consumer Products have announced their latest joint venture will be Cine-Manga version of ASTRO BOY. Scheduled to hit shelves in August 2004, the book will be sheparded by the creative team behind the JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES Cine-Manga.
In conjunction with the upcoming live-action feature, Carlton Licensing has sealed deals for new THUNDERBIRDS merchandising. The most recent deal is with FOCUS DIY, featuring collectable THUNDERBIRDS rescue vehicles and badges. The promotion will raise funds for the Meningitis Trust. The badges will be available six months before the new movie hits theaters for a minimum donation of £1. The DIY chain has a long running partnership with the charity and hopes that the collectors badges will help raise more than £100,000 for the Meningitis Trust in 2004.
Entertainment Rights' top rating children's TV star, BASIL BRUSH, is teaming up with The Children's Society to help raise funds for the charity's work with disadvantaged kids via an exclusive two-year agreement with ER to produce four Basil Brush pin badges. The badges will sell for £1 each in high street retailers in the U.K.
LEGO Systems Inc. has partnered with Nickelodeon to create construction sets based on the hit preschool show on commercial television, DORA THE EXPLORER. Through the two-year partnership, LEGO Systems is looking to not only grow in the preschool category with the LEGO EXPLORE line of products, but also increase the construction toy options for all young children.
TOKYOPOP Inc. has announced its has awarded the RAVE MASTER master toy license to Hasbro. The toy maker is planning a comprehensive line of RAVE MASTER themed action figures, games and accessories, with the first wave hitting store shelves in the fall of 2004. The TV series is set to debut in the U.S. on Cartoon Network in 2004.