Based on Spin Master‘s popular toy line, the 100-episode first season of Bakugan: Battle Planet follows the adventures of Dan Kouzo and his best friends as they become the first kids on Earth to bond with the mysterious alien creatures known as Bakugan.
“The original Bakugan captured the hearts and minds of millions of children around the world,” says Thom Chapman, senior director of sales and distribution at Spin Master. “We’ve reimagined the entire franchise, maintaining the essence of what originally enchanted kids, including modern entertainment accompanied by new toy technology and heightened strategic play.”
Following a launch on Cartoon Network in the U.S. and Teletoon in Canada, the series will expand globally. New deals include Cartoon Network (Spain, Italy, Middle East), Gulli and Canal J (France, Africa), Pop (UK), Super RTL (Germany), RTL (Netherlands, Hungary, Croatia), Nine Go! (Australia), TVNZ (New Zealand), Star (Greece), 1+1 (Ukraine), PopTV (Slovenia), VMMa (Belgium), M6 (France, Africa), and Lithuania/SIA (Baltics). Additionally, Bakugan: Battle Planet will stream on Netflix in the U.S. and Canada.
“Bakugan is truly a global phenomenon, and we’ve had overwhelmingly positive responses from our broadcast partners, many of whom are looking for strong storytelling and brand presence with an affinity on and off screen,” says Mellany Masterson, vice president of global consumer products and international distribution at Nelvana.
With the first season of now hitting its global expansion, Spin Master, TMS Entertainment, and Nelvana have greenlit a second season. Bakugan: Armored Alliance is now in production with 104 11-minute episodes, planned for release next year.