Ben 10 Omniverse

 

Ben 10Beginning in a few months (September), The Cartoon Network will roll out another season of Ben 10, called Ben 10 Omniverse. This is the fourth installment of the Ben 10 series. In this series, Ben is a more mature 16-year-old. He actually travels back in time to assist himself as a 10-year-old boy. Both of them will be traveling side by side in the series.

Derrick J. Wyatt, who animated Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated and Transformers: Animated, designed the concept art and characters for Ben 10: Omniverse. The new cartoon style looks more like an anime character, as Ben 10’s body appears a little bit taller and thinner. This design was first unveiled at 2012 UK Toy Fair.

Ben 10 started from scratch and its popularity has grown over these past 7 years, surpassing the likes of Cartoon Network staples, including Green Lantern, Teen Titans, and Batman. Studios have been struggling for some time to reinvent these other comic book stories. However, Ben 10 is now the network’s hottest franchise, selling billion of dollars worth of merchandise and setting record ratings.

So what’s the plot line for this new series? No one knows exactly for sure, but what we do know is that Ben is able to transform into 10 aliens now. He can also drive, date, and stay out late, so parents: Watch out! He seeks to explore a secret alien city with his Grandpa Max, but must fight aliens from the past. A new enemy seeks to destroy him….and the list goes on. One question remains: Are you ready for it?

In case you missed it, a sneak peak at the new Ben 10 series aired during Ben 10 Week (March 19, 2012 – March 24, 2012)!

New Chuggington DVD: Wilson and the Ice Cream Fair

Chuggington has once again made tracks with the newest DVD release, Wilson and the Ice Cream Fair! This DVD recently released on May 15, just in time for summer!

Wilson and the Ice Cream Fair

In the episodes on this new DVD, Wilson is assigned to deliver a massive amount of ice cream to the ice cream fair. He must also deliver the ice cream without all of it melting! He also assists Frostini in creating a new flavor of ice cream for the mayor.

Wilson continues on his adventures by visiting the ice cream factory with friends Brewster and Koko. Old Puffer Pete and young trainee Mtambo also assist Wilson in his expeditions. Wilson journeys to the ice caves, and even helps with a rescue at Safari Park!

Chuggington is geared towards ages 2-7. Important life lessons can be learned from these wonderful DVDs, including responsibility, cooperation, friendship, and fun.

Sid the Science Kid Gets His Own Feature Film!

Sid the Science Kid
Lisa Henson, CEO of the Jim Henson Company, and Al F. Barry, Chairman of Nine Eyes Stone & Shanghai Animation Film Studios in China, have signed an agreement to co-produce Sid the Science Kid: The Movie, a full length feature film based on the popular TV Series.

The movie begins when Sid and a classmate, Gabriela, enter a science experiment contest. When they win, they get the chance to make a visit to a new museum that hasn’t yet opened to the public. While at the museum they meet an unusual scientist who designs robot tour guides. They also get the chance to make friends with some kids from China who also won the same prize. You can’t have a movie without a challenge to overcome, and this one doesn’t disappoint. The robot scientist of course loses control of one of his creations. Thankfully, Sid and friends know just what to do!

The movie appears to have great potential as the scientist is voiced by none other than Christopher Lloyd, who played the quirky scientist in the Back to the Future movies. The Jim Henson company veteran Bradley Zweig wrote the script, so no there’s no lack of talent for this brand new film.

New Caillou Books

caillou book

If your child is a fan of Caillou the cartoon show, you’ll be glad to here that there’s more of the Caillou world to explore. In addition to the wonderful show, there is a wonderful new book called Caillou and the Rain. This is an adorable story of Caillou doing what he does best: exploring his world and going on adventures!

It is raining outside and Caillou must dress up in his rain gear to go shopping with his mother. He stumbles upon so many distractions in the house that by the time that he gets dressed, the rain has stopped. Luckily for Caillou, there are plenty of puddles to jump in along the way to the store.

Caillou also gets to celebrate Easter with his family on the farm with Uncle Felix in the book, Caillou: Happy Easter! Throughout his adventure on the farm, Caillou rides the tractor, sees the animals on the farm, decorates eggs, and gets to search for eggs in the annual Easter egg hunt. He and his uncle find more eggs than anyone else in the hen house! This is a must-read for an avid Caillou fan.

New Pixar Movies in the Works!

If you’re reading this blog, I know you or someone in your house is a huge fan of at least one animated cartoon series. And if that’s true, then I’m sure you’ll also be super excited about the three new Pixar movies that’ll be coming out soon. Pixar makes fantastic films that both kids and their parents can enjoy, so what’s not to love?

Brave is expected to be one of the biggest hits this summer (see preview below). It is scheduled for release on June 22.  Brave features Princess Merida, a Katniss Everdeen-like girl with a bow, arrows, and Scottish accent to top it all off.  This marks the first time that Pixar has created a female fronted movie. Let’s hope it stands the test of time as many other Disney/Pixar movies have not failed to deliver.

Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter shared that On May 30, 2014, Pixar will release The Good Dinosaur, a film about what life would be like if dinosaurs had not gone extinct. Wouldn’t that be nice? Noooo, I wouldn’t want Brontosaurus walking with me, even if he were friendly. This film will be directed by Bob Peterson, a longtime Pixar animator who has already won two Oscar nominations for co-writing Finding Nemo and Up.  This sounds to me like it is along the lines of Dino Dan, so how can it fail to be fun?

The third film takes on a new spin for Pixar. It is tentatively titled Dia de los Muertos, a holiday which is translated to “Day of the Dead.” It is a new project that has been assigned to the director of Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich, and is scheduled to release in 2015. Skulls and skeletons are a major part of the Mexican holiday decorations. They will definitely be featured in the films; however, no one knows yet if these skulls will actually be featured as characters or simply decorations.