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Mindshapes, The Jim Henson Company Launch Sid the Science Kid-Sid’s Slide to the Side

Kids and families can now take Sid the Science Kid on-the-go with a new mobile app available for iOS devices. The app, which launches today, coincides with the DVD and iTunes release of Jim Henson‘s Sid the Science Kid: The Movie, a feature-length film following the adventures of Sid and his curious friends.

sid's slide to the side screenshotSid the Science Kid – Sid’s Slide to the Side is the first in a new app format from Mindshapes called an “Appisode,” enhanced story–based adventures that feature rich learning and game and play activities, all wrapped around a storybook. This fun and interactive Appisode is a new approach to mobile learning sure to get kids engaged and entertained with their favorite franchises. The Appisode features  songs, interactive games, reinforced learning activities, and colorful characters from the Sid the Science Kid television program on PBS.

KISS Catalogue Ltd, Sanrio to Produce KISS Hello Kitty Animated Series

kiss hello kityThe Hub Network has optioned the rights to a new animated series, KISS Hello Kitty (working title).

The KISS and Hello Kitty collaboration began in 2010 with a global collection of co-branded products, from Sanrio. The collection features hundreds of licensed items across all categories, including apparel, toys, electronics, stationery, and back-to-school merchandise.

KISS Hello Kitty will feature the four KISS x Hello Kitty characters living their rock ’n roll dreams and bringing pink anarchy to a number situations. The series is in the initial stages of development and will be produced by KISS Catalogue Ltd. and Sanrio.

Season 2 of Mike The Knight Gets Greenlight from HIT Entertainment, Nelvana

HIT Entertainment and Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana have approved a second season of their preschool phenomenon, Mike the Knight.

MTK_GROUP_CastleThe second season, comprising 52 x 12-minute episodes, is in production and is set to begin delivery to broadcasters in late Spring. HIT Entertainment and Nelvana Studio will produce the series jointly. In the second season, viewers will be introduced to Mike’s father and role model, the King of Glendragon, who has been away exploring faraway lands.

Treehouse in Canada, CBeebies in the UK, and Nick Jr. in the U.S. have committed to air Season 2 of Mike the Knight starting in May in Canada, this summer in the UK, and later in the fall in the U.S.

Season 2 will also see additional product rollout. For more information, visit www.miketheknight.com.

TV’s Newest Turbo-Charged Superhero Debuts with 26-Episode Series on Disney XD

Image converted using ImgCvtMattel brings its latest action hero property to boys across the country with Max Steel, a new CGI animated TV series premiering on March 25 at 4 p.m. on Disney XD. The animated series follows the life and times of a teenage boy named Maxwell McGrath and his out-of-this-world alien companion, Steel, as they overcome trials and tribulations, demonstrating teamwork and perseverance along the way.

The TV series is the cornerstone of a multi-platform action-adventure entertainment franchise from Mattel and is co-produced by FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment. Max Steel also has a dynamic web destination, featuring interactive gameplay, videos, and character engagement. [Read more...]

Don’t Miss the Debut of “Sing it, Laurie!” on Sprout

sing it laurieSing It, Laurie!, the new animated musical preschool series co-created by children’s recording artist Laurie Berkner and Little Airplane Productions’ Josh Selig, is coming to 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout on March 25. For more info on the series, check out our previous post here!

 

The Jim Henson Company Announces Tiered Release Of “Sid the Science Kid: The Movie”

sid science kidSid The Science Kid: The Movie, a co-production with The Jim Henson Company and Chinese partners Nine Eyes Stone Pictures and Shanghai Animation Film Studios Group, is making its broadcast premiere on PBS Kids on March 25 (check local listings). Young fans of are in store for more fun when NCircle Entertainment releases Sid the Science Kid: The Movie on DVD and iTunes on April 2.

Select PBS stations across the U.S. will be hosting Sid-themed movie premiere events with hands-on educational activities throughout the month of March. Select events will include meet and greets with Sid the Science Kid, red carpet arrivals, and presentations by real scientists. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/sidthesciencekid.

Additionally, NCircle Entertainment is sponsoring events for kids and families at children’s museums in more than 20 cities across the U.S. in March and April. More information is available at http://www.facebook.com/NCircleEntertainment.

Mezco Toyz, Surge Licensing Announce Agreement for Axe Cop Product Line

Mezco Toyz has announced that it will be creating a line of collectibles for Axe Cop. Mezco will be offering an assortment of merchandise for the Axe Cop license, including both action figures and plush collectibles. Featuring one of the largest and most surreal diverse casts, Mezco’s design team will be in overdrive bringing them to life for fans. Many of the designs for these soon-to-be-sought-after offerings will be available for viewing at http://www.mezcotoyz.com. Axe Cop, the animated series, will be premiering on Fox on July 27.

For the latest in Ax Cop collectibles, follow Mezco Toyz on Twitter and Facebook.

“Sing It, Laurie!” Debuts on Sprout

Sing It, Laurie!, the new animated musical preschool series co-created by children’s recording artist Laurie Berkner and Little Airplane ProductionsJosh Selig is coming to 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout. The short-form series will debut exclusively on the network beginning Monday, March 25. Sing It, Laurie! is the first collaboration between Berkner and Little Airplane.

Starring Berkner’s voice and featuring her original music written for the series, Sing It, Laurie! is about a little girl who uses her music and songs to help her better understand the world. The series also stars recording artist Lisa Loeb, who performs the roles of twin sisters Mellie and Nellie. [Read more...]

Sprout’s Original Series, The Chica Show, to Debut on NBC Kids

The Chica Show, Sprout’s newest original series, will join the NBC Kids Saturday morning lineup on February 9. The Chica Show made its television debut on 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout on November 24. With its debut on NBC Kids, the show will double its reach to 115 million homes nationwide. [Read more...]

Sing Along with Dora in Brand-New Primetime Special, Dora Rocks!

Nickelodeon invites preschoolers to jam with Dora in the brand-new Dora the Explorer primetime special, ”Dora Rocks!” premiering  January 14 at 7 p.m. The half-hour adventure gives kids the opportunity to practice their musical skills and play interactive games learning geometry and catchy Spanish words and phrases. Emmy award-winning Dora the Explorer currently reaches more preschoolers than any other show on television and averages 1.5 million total viewers.  [Read more...]