Nick Jr (US), TVO (Canada), and TVA (French Canada) have all placed an order for a second season of Dino Dan. Toronto-based Sinking Ship Entertainment is scheduled to produce 52 more 11-minute episodes of Dino Dan starting this March.
The TV networks decided to order more seasons once they heard that the Dan franchise was expanding its merchandise in retail stores and online. In March, Sinking Ship Entertainment is also scheduled to produce an iTunes app, which ties in with the dinodan.com site. A second Dino Dan DVD is scheduled for production, as well as a mass-market launch of seven new toys. Be on the lookout for these exciting new guys! Dino Dan’s licensing is managed by The Licensing Shop.
Season one has already been sold to more than 100 countries by distributor Breakthrough Entertainment. The new episodes of season two will go into production this spring, and will be airing in Canada by the fall.
Continue to check our website for more merchandise in the future. In the meantime, check out our Dino Dan toys. Creator and Sinking Ship partner J.J. Johnson states, “We’re sure that this season Dan’s imagination is going to take kids on an even greater dinosaur journey.”
2012 is the year for iPhone and iPod touch apps. These apps are becoming increasingly popular, as the devices fit easily into children’s hands, and can keep them entertained at crucial moments. Not only are they convenient, but they actually have some educational value, which I will discuss below.
PBS Kids has released a new app called Super Why Alpha Boost, which helps children enhance their literary skills. This is the third app that has been released in the Super Why series. The first was Super Why Paint, followed by Super Why. Super Why is the number two best selling app in the kids games and educational category. This new app focuses on phonetics (how to pronounce words) and teaching children how to recognize letters and words.
According to Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President of Children’s Media, research involving the original Super Why app showed that it helped children to complete sentences and learn how to rhyme. In the Alpha Boost app, children can choose their character: Princess Pesto, Alpha Pig, Wonder Red, or Super Why. The app comes with over 100 party themed words. Children can look for “super letters” in the sky to help them along their journey, and the letters help to complete the party themed words. The user progresses further as more letters are collected. The fun part involves tilting the phone to the left or right to catch the flying letters!
I definitely recommend this app for your children. It spur their interest in letters and words in a fun and engaging way. The app itself is a mere $2.99 from the iTunes store. Of course we always have a great selection of Super Why toys too, so be sure to check them out!