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The Jim Henson Company Launches New Doozer Creek App

DoozersThe Jim Henson Company has launched a new app, Doozer Creek, based on the new animated preschool series from The Jim Henson Company and DHX Media. The release coincides with the show’s premiere on Hulu Kids this past April.

Available now from the App Store for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, Doozer Creek is designed for children 5 and under, but lets fans of all ages make their own Doozer Creek environment. The app includes seven play pieces free to try with additional playsets available for purchase. Each play set comes with a primary character, as well as a variety of buildings, vehicles, and objects.

Players can place characters, vehicles, buildings, and other elements from Doozer Creek onto a blank play mat where they are brought to life.

The Jim Henson Co. Debuts New Preschool Property

Jim-Hensons-Chatter-Zoo-300x137The Jim Henson Co. is launching Jim Henson’s Chatter Zoo, its first preschool property to be released “digital first” for mobile platforms. The new app is a collaboration with Mindshapes, the creator of mobile learning applications for kids. Chatter Zoo aims to teach early language acquisition as young preschoolers interact with four baby animals.  

Chatter Zoo, which was created by Alex Rockwell (Pajanimals, Bear in the Big Blue House), will premiere as a digital property prior to any other platform, and will be available in iTunes for iPhone and iPad on August 8. The Amazon Kindle Fire launch will follow in September. The Jim Henson Co. is simultaneously developing the property for television and ancillary products.

Mindshapes’ Chatter Zoo appisode includes two “Learn & Play” activities, two interactive stories, animations, and music content. Mindshapes’ Livebook format allows users to interact with the characters through touchscreen interactions. Users will experience four different activities in the Chatter Zoo house: Playtime, Mealtime, Bathtime, and Bedtime, all relatively time-appropriate (“day” or “night”). The app also features adaptive experiences like cause and effect, care giving, and responsibility, all taught by the Chatter Zoo characters, demonstrating positive social and intrapersonal values.

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.

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.

The Jim Henson Company Appoints Mindshapes to Develop Interactive Educational Entertainment for Pajanimals, Sid the Science Kid

The Jim Henson Company has announced a partnership with Mindshapes, a leading kids’ mobile learning company. Under the deal, Mindshapes will create appisodes based on The Jim Henson Company’s current preschool series Sid the Science Kid and Pajanimals as well as content for new Henson properties that will be announced later this year. These appisodes will feature stories, games, and learn and play activities, as well as animated video and music content for a fun kid-friendly experience.

The first product, Sid the Science Kid’s Slide to the Side Appisode, will be available beginning in April, following the premiere of the new feature Sid the Science Kid: The Movie, premiering on PBS KIDS on March 25 (check local listings), and will coincide with the release of the movie on DVD and in iTunesLater in the year will see the release of an appisode featuring the Pajanimals, the musical series that airs every night on 24-hour preschool channel Sprout and on the NBC Kids weekend block.

Tomy Launches Pajanimals Toy Line in Time for the Holiday Season

Just in time for the upcoming holiday season, a new line of toys from Tomy, based on Pajanimals, is now available at retail and online. A co-production with The Jim Henson Company, Sprout, and Sixteen South Television, the television series airs daily on Sprout during The Good Night Show and on Saturday morning on NBC. [Read more...]

Women in Children’s Media Relaunches as Children’s Media Association

Children’s Media Assocition (CMA), formerly Women in Children’s Media, has partnered up with Sesame Workshop to offer a puppetry workshop event on October 10, hosted with puppeteer John Tartaglia. The workshop will feature events that cover a wide array of topics related to television, digital media, and publishing.

CMA welcomes new board directors that include Jocelyn Christie from Kidscreen, David Kleeman from the American Center for Children and Media, and Nicole Goldman from The Jim Henson Company.

Jim Henson Extends Agreement with Tomy

The Jim Henson Company has extended its licensing agreement with Tomy International, naming the company the global master toy licensee for its Pajanimals brand. Tomy International was initially appointed U.S. master toy licensing partner in October 2011.

Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Tomy International will develop an assortment of toys and juvenile products for the global marketplace. Among the products and merchandise being developed for international retail are 9-inch and 15-inch plush toys based on each of the series’ four main characters (Sweetpea Sue, Squacky, CowBella, and Apollo), nighttime projectors, monitors, nightlights, and a Snuggle Up Story Mat to help children transition from play time to nap time.

Tomy will debut the first Pajanimals products, the plush and Snuggle Up Story Mat, in the U.S. in October. The same product lines will also debut in the fall in Australia. The broader line will roll out in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Australia, and Canada next year.

This post was originally written by Loren Moreno and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

All Aboard: Amtrak, The Jim Henson Company Join Forces for Big Big Dinosaur Train Sweepstakes

All aboard the Big Big Dinosaur Sweepstakes, the new national summer promotion for the animated preschool series Dinosaur Train, which airs daily on PBS Kids. The Jim Henson Company, producers of the series, have joined forces with Amtrak for a second year to present a fun and engaging summertime promotion that will award one family with an Amtrak vacation.

Amtrak launches the Big Big Dinosaur Sweepstakes in August. Families can enter the sweepstakes by logging onto www.henson.com/Dtsweepstakes and following the entry directions for a chance to win a vacation to Chicago and Washington, District of Columbia, where they’ll have the opportunity to visit the National Museum of Natural History with exhibits featuring dinosaurs.

As part of the national summer promotion, Amtrak will distribute more than 65,000 free Dinosaur Train themed activity booklets to young travelers and 1 million Amtrak Dinosaur Train ticket jackets to passengers, as well as 20,000 placemats for use in Amtrak’s dining cars. Sweepstakes details will be posted on the websites of Amtrak, The Jim Henson Company, and Tomy. Tomy is the master toy licensee for Dinosaur Train in the U.S.

This post was originally written by Sierra McCleary-Harris and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

New VINCI Offering Provides Engaging and Educational Content for Kids

Rullingnet Corporation, home to VINCI Early Learning Systems, announced the release of VINCI Kids Library, which includes interactive stories, learning games, videos, and more than 500 titles at the launch, with an expected 1000 titles before the end of the year. Designed for children ages 18 months through nine years old, VINCI Kids Library is free from commercials, adult content, violence, and addictive in-app purchases, creating a unique and safe digital learning environment for children.

Rullingnet has partnered with leading children’s educational content providers, including TVO, The Jim Henson Company, and Mightybooks. The VINCI Kids Library will include popular games, such as TVO’s “Alphabet Goop,” “Tumbletown Mathletics,” and “Amazing Spelling Fleas;” Mightybooks’ “Pixie Has A Question;” and a selection of clips from “Sid the Science Kid.”

Additionally, VINCI is inviting game developers to help create apps on VINCI Kids Library. As a content provider, developers will have access to several co-marketing opportunities with VINCI, such as special features and announcements on VINCI’s social media channels, monthly newsletters, and numerous highlights of one’s brand at www.vincigenius.com.To learn more about how to become a VINCI content provider and to submit an app, visit developer.vincigenius.com.

VINCI Kids Library is available for download to the VINCI Early Learning Systems. All content within VINCI Kids Library will be offered free to customers until August 31, 2012.

This post was originally written by Sierra McCleary-Harris and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.