4Kids Entertainment has introduced The Scribbles, the newest irreverent character group derived from Jim Henson Designs, at the just concluded International Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, showcasing 14 inventive new characters of the engaging collection along with product samples from Japan.
Press Release from 4Kids Entertainment
NEW YORK (June 15, 2010) – 4Kids Entertainment has introduced The Scribbles, the newest irreverent character group derived from Jim Henson Designs, at the just concluded International Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, showcasing 14 inventive new characters of the engaging collection along with product samples from Japan.
The Scribbles represent elements of our own psyche and imagination, brought to life by the magic of Jim Henson. Inspired by original scribbles by Jim Henson himself, these Scribbles embody all our pent-up emotions…all our hopes, dreams, and fears. Got something to express? Don’t say it…SCRIBBLE it! That’s the Henson way!
Among the colorful characters: Wendell - The Dreamer; Gormand – The Glutton; Zee-Zee – The Lump; Spork – The Wild Child; Sunny – The Goth Girl; Bink – The Weirdo; Razz – The Trickster; and Smitty – The Blowhard.
Bored at work? Clip a miniature bored Scribble on your computer?. Frustrated with someone? Set the angry Scribble as your iPhone’s video ringtone, watching it throw a tantrum every time that person calls. Got a crush? Stamp the romantic Scribble on your crush’s Facebook wall with a virtual Scribble app. Whoever you are, wherever you go…you can use the Henson Scribbles to doodle all over your life, letting all the world know who you are, how you’re feeling, and how you see the world.
Since they were first introduced in 2009, Jim Henson Designs products have taken Japan by storm. A range of products including apparel and accessories for children and adults are available in Tinkerbell stores, Kiddyland and Fotoist Stores throughout Japan. Additionally, products from Sekiguchi, including plush and collectibles, are in stores across the country with growing demand. 4Kids’ agent Global Brands is proud of the successful launch in Japan, and is in the process of negotiating additional licensing deals in multiple categories.
“We identified this as a key property for Japan since Jim Henson is a global icon,” said Marcia Aoki, Managing Director of Global Brands Japan. “The Henson legacy, coupled with the fact that the art is so adorable and translates in any language, is what is making the brand a success in Japan. We are proud to have been the ‘adopted’ birthplace for Jim Henson Designs.”
“The inspiration, irreverence and originality of the prolific work from Jim Henson’s early career continues to resonate with old and new fans of all ages around the globe,” said Melissa Segal, Senior Vice President of Global Consumer Products for the Jim Henson Company. “The Scribbles embrace the creative energy and spirit of Jim Henson’s art.”
About 4Kids Entertainment, Inc.With U.S. headquarters in New York City, regional offices for its trading card business in San Diego, California and international offices in London, 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (OTCBB:KIDE) is a global organization devoted to the creation, development, production, broadcasting, distribution, licensing and manufacturing of children’s entertainment products. Through its subsidiaries, 4Kids produces animated television series and films, distributes 4Kids’ produced or licensed animated television series for the domestic and international television and home video markets, licenses merchandising rights worldwide to 4Kids’ owned or represented properties, operates Websites to support 4Kids’ owned or represented properties, and produces and markets collectible trading card games. Additionally, the Company programs and sells the national advertising time in “TheCW4Kids” five-hour Saturday morning block on The CW Television Network.
About The Jim Henson Company The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 50 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include the Emmy® nominated SID THE SCIENCE KID, DINOSAUR TRAIN, WILSON & DITCH: DIGGING AMERICA and PAJANIMALS. Features include THE DARK CRYSTAL, LABYRINTH, MIRRORMASK, and UNSTABLE FABLES. Television productions include FRAGGLE ROCK and the sci-fi cult series FARSCAPE.With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot, complete with soundstage and postproduction facilities. Independently owned and operated by the five adult children of founder Jim Henson, the Company is also home to Jim Henson's Creature Shop™, a pre-eminent character-building and visual effects group with international film, television and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry's top recording facilities known for its world-class blend of state-of-the-art and vintage equipment.The Company’s Henson Alternative brand recently launched the New York run of STUFFED AND UNSTRUNG, a live puppet improvisational show at the Union Square Theatre. http://www.henson.com
About Global Brands GroupGlobal Brands Group (www.globalbrandsgroup.com) is the world’s leading independent, international brand management, retail and licensing company. Global Brands Group’s passion for managing brands is tied to its desire to building sustainable equity and creating new branding opportunities through geographic expansion, category extension and retail innovation. Through its international network of offices across six continents, Global Brands Group maximizes revenue potential by creating manufacturing, retail and distribution partnerships worldwide.