Tinga Tinga Tales Premieres in U.S., New Licensees Announced

Classic Media has announced new licenses for newly premiered television series Tinga Tinga Tales, including Ravensburger for puzzles, Pressman Toy Corporation for games, and University Games for Colorforms activity products. The new licensees will join master toy partner Bandai and master publishing partner Grosset & Dunlap.

Tinga Tinga Tales is an animated preschool series about how animals came to be. Inspired by traditional animal folktales from Africa and the colorful Tingatinga art style of Tanzania, the series is created by producer Claudia Lloyd (Charlie and Lola) and produced entirely on location in Africa by local artists.

Tinga Tinga Tales premiered on February 14 with the launch of the Disney Junior block on Disney Channel. The series, for kids ages 2-7, airs weekdays in the U.S. at 11 a.m. ET/PT. Bandai will release interactive toys based on the series in fall 2012.

The Last Airbender Products to be Released This Summer

Nickelodeon Consumer Products (NCP) has announced a full slate of consumer products for Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies’ live-action, July 2 theatrical release, The Last Airbender, directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The line-up of products inspired by the film will be available this summer through the holiday season.

Consumers can expect to see almost 30 new products in a number of categories including publishing, home décor, apparel, jewelry, and accessories.

Some of the licensees on board for the franchise include action figures, play sets, role play items, vehicles, and more from Spin Master; video games from THQ; construction-themed sets and products from Mega; DVDs from Paramount Home Entertainment; party goods from American Greetings; customizable goods from HP; prequel manga, movie manga, and cinemanga from Del Rey Manga; junior novelization, movie storybook, ready to reads, and lost scrolls collection from Simon and Schuster; an activity digest, a full-color scrapbook, and an activity book from Random House; and Mad Libs from Penguin/Grosset Dunlap.

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Grosset & Dunlap to Publish New Classic Pooh Books

Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, has announced that it will publish Disney’s Classic Pooh books, marking the first time that a U.S. publisher will create new stories based on the classic Pooh adventures, and illustrated in the classic E.H. Shepard style. The deal was made between Penguin Young Readers Group and Disney Licensed Publishing, an imprint of Disney Book Group, a division of Disney Publishing Worldwide.

Grosset & Dunlap will publish Disney’s Classic Pooh books in a variety of formats, including hardcover picture books, board books, paperback storybooks, sticker books, and novelty books.

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