Maryoku: A Yummy Idea

Maryoku

Perhaps one of the cutest cartoon shows that I’ve ever seen is Maryoku Yummy. Maryoku lives in a dream world called the Nozomu, in which reside tiny beings called wishes. The wishes resemble tiny little marshmallow rectangles with a little swirly cue on top, which is reminiscent of Cindy Loo Hoo from Whoville in The Grinch.

Every time a child makes a wish, the tiny being travels to the land of Nozomu. Maryoku is a wish-sitter (or Yummy), which is a full time job. Maryoku likes to travel with her friends Ooka and Fij Fij throughout Nozomu, meeting with other friends and solving everyday problems. Other wish-sitters also watch the wishes, caring for each one and teaching them life lessons along the way. When a real wish is granted, the wish being shimmers and shines.

Saint Etienne composed the music for this adorable cartoon show, which the band described as, “Teletubbies meets Spirited Away”. (Indeed, watching it I was reminded of the fantastical, whimsical colors that were used by Hayao Miyazaki in Ponyo.)Maryoku Yummy was created by American Greetings. When it premiered, it came with a line of merchandise geared towards children and tweens. The tween merchandise was also featured in 600 U.S. Limited Too and Justice stores.

Maryoku Yummy still airs on The Hub, Thursdays at 10:30 am and 11:00 am EST.

The Care Bears are making a comeback…to your t.v.

It’s those lovable, cuddly bears, making a comeback as your favorite animated T.V. show! Many popular cartoons from the 1980s have already made a huge comeback-Thundercats, the Smurfs, and Transformers, to name a few. Similarly, remakes of popular comic strips have been marvelously popular today, including the remaking of Captain America, Thor, and the Avengers into movies.

These cuddly characters first started out as an American Greeting card in 1981.  The Care Bears, like many other characters, are celebrating their 30th year anniversary! American Greetings plans to re-launch the newly animated TV Series much like they re-launched the Strawberry Shortcake series. They first launch the cartoon series. Then, if the audience likes the cartoons, they produce a line of plush toys the following year. To me, this seems like a brilliant idea. Why waste money on producing toys when no one likes the show to begin with?  This concept really seems to be working well for American Greetings, as the Strawberry Shortcake series are really solid and in no danger of disappearing anytime soon.

American Greetings is looking to target girls from ages 2-7 with the new Care Bears launch. They are also hoping to help parents reconnect with a brand that they may have themselves grown up with (I know I’m one of them) :)

Regardless, the Care Bears still exude great message of caring and sharing with one another. This could be one of the secrets behind their success, and why they are still hugely popular even after 30 years. Check out out Care Bears kids party supplies today.

Granting “Yummy” Wishes For Chicago’s Kids

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Back in October, we had fun granting wonderful “Maryoku Yummy” wishes for children and families at the Orland Square Mall near Chicago, IL.

This special event benefited Together We Cope, a local organization that helps provide food, shelter, clothing and other assistance to residents experiencing crisis. Donations went to provide children with pajamas for Christmas and backpacks for school next year.

During the afternoon, the fountain in the mall was transformed in to a huge wishing well, with all proceeds from the fountain matched by American Greetings.

It was so great to see kids and their parents having fun playing games, exploring the Maryoku Yummy gifts and watching the new Maryuko Yummy TV show.

Most of all, it was extra special to hear all the children’s wish stories – and then watch them wish for them to come true in the giant fountain.

Check out more pictures from the event below. And if you were there, we’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below.

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Tys Toy Box Maryoku Yummy

Tys Toy Box Maryoku Yummy

Tys Toy Box Maryoku Yummy

Tys Toy Box Maryoku Yummy

Tys Toy Box Maryoku Yummy

Tys Toy Box Maryoku Yummy