Marakids Launches First Animated Preschool Series ‘Hushabye Lullabye’

Glasgow-based indie producer Maramedia, which specializes in natural history documentaries, is breaking into preschool animation with its new Marakids title Hushabye Lullabye, coming to CBeebies by year’s end.

The 10 x 3? series is created, written and directed by TV and theater director Sacha Kyle (Glasgow), with animators Once Were Farmers (Stirling) and Maramedia delivering the show with exec producer Simon Parsons. Giles Lamb is series composer, and Will Adams handles 3D animation. Julia Bond is the Commissioning Editor for BBC.

Hushabye Lullabye has been created to incorporate the powerful benefits of lullabies in a way which is both loving and playful, and I am passionate about bringing the tradition of lullabies to contemporary early years’ audiences,” said Kyle.

Cuddly, quirky and music-filled, Hushabye Lullabye follows loveable little alien Dillie Dally as he climbs aboard the Hushabye Rocket on an interactive and relaxing musical journey of exploration and discovery to Planet Dream, a wonderfully soft and cozy place. The soothing power of lullabies is charming and totally captivating.

“We’re thrilled to be in production on this exciting new animation series. The magical and enchanting world of Hushabye Lullabye brings lullabies, and the connections created by them, to our young audience and the grown-ups in their lives,” said BBC’s Bond.

Maramedia, co-founded by Nigel Pope and Jackie Savery, was joined by former head of BBC Scotland children’s production Simon Parsons to expand their children’s output for its Marakids brand.

“We are delighted to be embarking on our first preschool children’s animation series, an exciting addition to Marakids following the launch of previous series Gudrun the Viking Princess for CBeebies,” added Pope.

“Once Were Farmers are thrilled to be part of this charming CBeebies commission. We’ve really enjoyed helping Sacha realise her vision for Hushabye Lullabye and think young audiences will love the unique and tactile style of animation,” said Will Adams, Director, Once Were Farmers.

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Licensing Bytes: Anime Giants, Preschool Hits, Adult Swim Bling & More!

It’s that time of year again, toon fans and toy lovers: Licensing Expo is about to kick off in Las Vegas (June 4-6), and lots of exciting news about your favorite animation brands is coming down the pipe! Check out www.licensingexpo.com for more info on the big show.

Masha and the Bear

Masha and the Bear

Animaccord and confectionery brand Ferrero are adding some sweetness to shelves with Masha and the Bear branded chocolate bars launched in Mexico. This is the latest rollout for Ferrero, which has enjoyed a long-term partnership for the property in CIS and Europe for Kinder Surprise, Kinder Surprise Maxi and Kinder Chocolate, and expanded the partnership to Latin America. From May to August 2019, Ferrero is distributing the treats to major retailers including Walmart and traditional stores across Mexico.

King Ice Rick and Morty jewelry

King Ice Rick and Morty jewelry

Rick and Morty Dungeons & Dragons

Rick and Morty Dungeons & Dragons

Cartoon Network Enterprises announced a raft of new and expanded Rick and Morty product collaborations for every taste — over 500 products, from custom jewelry to bikes and pet products — set to launch throughout 2019, particularly around the November premiere of Season 4. New partners include leading street wear/hip-hop jewelry brand King Ice, “rebel backpack company” Sprayground, unmentionables subscription service MeUndies, pet fashion/toys/accessories maker Silver Paw, urban cycling experts State Bicycle Co. for bikes and kit, consumer electronics co. Teenage Engineering, Dungeons & Dragons maker Wizards of the Coast, and a second Rick and Morty vs. D&D comic series is coming from CNE, Wizards, Oni Press and IDW.

Lines and produces have already launched this year from Primitive Skate, sock/undies/tees brand Stance and premiere clothing brand BlackMilk.

Bioworld Crunchyroll Hime Sweater

Bioworld Crunchyroll Hime Sweater

Crunchyroll is expanding its collaboration with Bioworld Merchandising to serve the anime community with head-to-toe lifestyle gear inspired by the platform’s slate of hit series across North America and Europe. The companies will team up for a range of items based on a diverse slate of IP including Dr. STONE, Black Clover, Mob Psycho 100, Yuri!!! On ICE, Bananya, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, The Rising of the Shield Hero, DARLING in the FRANXX, re:ZERO, Goblin Slayer, et al.

“Crunchyroll has the world’s largest collection of anime, and continuing to work closely with Bioworld will improve our speed to market and will bring the anime community an even broader selection of goods for both our new and long-running series” said John Leonhardt, head of consumer products, Crunchyroll. “Our collective teams are passionate fans themselves, and we’re so grateful for Bioworld’s continued dedication and creativity as we work to better serve the global anime fandom.”

Crunchyroll & Bioworld merch has sold in retailers including Hot Topic, Box Lunch, GameStop, Think Geek, Spencer’s Gifts, FYE, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Target and Walmart.

Cannon Busters

Cannon Busters

Manga Entertainment has tapped Reemsborko Ltd. as worldwide agent for Cannon Busters, a new 12-part Netflix original anime series launching in more than 190 territories later this year. The IP is created by LeSean Thomas (The Boondocks, Legend of Korra, Children of Ether) and based on the story published by Udon Comics/Devil’s Due.

“It is a privilege to be working on this great property,” said Max Arguile of Reemsborko. “There is already strong interest — apparel is going into Hot Topic in time for launch and a sportswear range is coming too (those licensees will be announced soon). We are now at contract with a European statue licensee, a U.K. jigsaw company and a U.S. pin badge Iicensee. It’s looking very good for Cannon Busters.”

“I am both humbled and excited about the opportunity to create something truly international in the growing, mainstream appeal of anime,” said creator/exec producer Thomas. “Both Netflix and Manga Entertainment have been integral partners in my vision for a truly globalized approach to Japanese animation production and I am excited about what’s to come for fans of anime with this fun, new entry into the medium.”

44 Cats

44 Cats

Rainbow and master toy licensee Toy Plus have tapped Bandai America to distribute goodies inspired by 44 Cats across the U.S. and Canada — the series is set to make its Stateside debut on Nickelodeon on June 10. Bandai will launch a preschool toy line based on the adorable, adventurous kitten stars of the show which allow kids to play out their favorite scenes and incorporate key elements of the IP: music, creative play and collectability. Plush, figurines, play sets, musical toys and more will begin hitting shelves in early 2020.

“We’re really excited to launch the 44 Cats toy line to the U.S. and Canada market,” said Shusuke Takahara, CEO at Bandai America. “Over the last year, we’ve been looking at new lines to distribute and couldn’t be happier to partner with companies like Rainbow and Toy Plus. From figurines to plush, we can’t wait to see consumer reactions as they collect toys from the adventurous and adorable TV show.”

In addition to master toy Toy Plus, Rainbow previously announced Simba Dickie Group as exclusive distributor for Europe and the Middle East.

Popeye Red Nose Day T-Shirt

Popeye Red Nose Day T-Shirt

Red Nose Day — the charitable initiative launched in the U.S. in 2015 which has raised nearly $ 150 million to make a positive impact for children across the country, in Puerto Rico, and some of the poorest communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America — is getting a strong helping hand from Popeye the Sailorman this year. A limited edition t-shirt debuted on RND 2019 (May 23) and will be available through June. Featuring Popeye wearing the iconic Red Nose, the tee retails for $ 25 with 100% of net proceeds going to the RND Fund.

Naruto Shippuden

Naruto Shippuden

VIZ Media is celebrating the 20th anniversary of anime/manga fav Naruto, which has been delighting the world with its magic-tinged ninja action since the manga by Masashi Kishimoto debuted in 1999. The franchise includes the manga series, Naruto and Naruto Shippuden anime series and films, and the new print and animation sequel Boruto: Naruto Next Generation. VIZ is master licensor for the whole kit in North America, Latin America and West Indies, and will be exhibiting at booth R202.

Official Naruto partners include: Bandai America (6.5 inch articulated action figures), Bandai Namco Entertainment America (videogame), Bioworld (apparel and accessories), Fanwraps (decals and stickers), Funko (collections of “POP!” and “Vinyl” figures), Good Smile Company (collection of “Nendoroid” figures), Great Eastern (novelty accessories), Kura Sushi (restaurant chain activation), Just Funky (drinkware and accessories), Loyal Subjects (collection of “Action Vinyls”), McFarlane Toys (ultra-articulation action figures), Party City (Halloween costumes), Pyramid (posters and stationery), Ripple Junction (apparel and accessories), Spirit Halloween (Halloween costumes), Sprayground (backpacks), Toynami (collection of statues), Trends International (posters), Traly (collection of enamel pins for Target), Uniqlo (apparel).

Latin American partnerships include: DeAgostini (partwork collections), Heredia Clothing, S.A. De CV (apparel), Rosstamp Confeccao e Estamparia Ltda AKA Piticas (apparel), Festcolor Artigos De Festas Ltda (party goods, stickers).

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Preschool Is Prime Time to Teach Healthy Lifestyle Habits

MONDAY, April 22, 2019 — Teaching preschoolers about healthy habits can reduce their risk of obesity and heart disease later in life, new research suggests.

The New York City study included 562 youngsters in 15 preschools in Harlem, which has a largely black and Hispanic population. The two groups are known to have an increased risk of heart disease.

At the study’s start, the 3- to 5-year-olds answered a questionnaire to assess their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors about diet, physical activity, emotions and how the body and heart work.

For example, they were asked to pick healthier foods from among vegetables, fruits and cheeseburgers/fries. They were also asked how often they run, jump and play.

Kids in six preschools (the control group) continued their regular classroom curriculum, which included a health education component. Kids in the other nine schools (the intervention group) were part of a special program created by cardiologists, psychologists and educators.

Over four months, the intervention group was taught about healthy eating, physical activity, how the body works and managing emotions.

In addition, parents or caregivers were asked to do 12 hours of weekend activities over four months, including shopping for fresh fruit at the grocery store and increasing physical activity.

After four months, children were given the questionnaire again. Those in the intervention group had more than doubled their improvement in knowledge and attitudes about healthy habits compared to those in the control group, 12% versus 5.5%.

Children in the intervention group with the lowest scores at the start of the study showed the biggest gains. Those who took part in at least 75% of the intervention program improved more than those who did less than half of it.

The intervention was more effective for 4-year-olds than 3-year-olds, suggesting that 4 is a good age to start the intervention because kids are more mature and better able to retain information, according to the study.

“The interventions that we applied in the school system are low-cost and easy to implement, and we hope in time they can be integrated into schools across the country to promote healthy behaviors among children to ultimately reduce their risk factors for developing heart disease throughout their lives,” said study leader Dr. Valentin Fuster. He’s director of Mount Sinai Heart in New York City.

“Results from this new study prove early intervention is effective in preschool-age children, but we believe this can also promote healthy behaviors among their caregivers and teachers and have a far-reaching impact,” Fuster added in a Mount Sinai news release.

Researchers plan to expand the program across the city’s five boroughs.

The study was published online April 22 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

More information

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers advice on healthy living for children.

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Toonz Teams with Yellow Entertainment for Preschool Projects

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P. Jayakumarar

India-base Toonz Media Group and Australia-based Yellow Entertainment announced a co-development and co-production partnership and distribution deal for multiple animated preschool series, developed by Yellow Ent.

Greg Page, co-founder of The Wiggles and President of Yellow Entertainment, will serve as Executive Producer. P. Jayakumar (CEO, Toonz) and Alec Miller (VP Creative Development, Yellow Ent.) will be producers. Yellow Ent. will handle pre-production, including IP creation, scripts, and music, while Toonz will lead all other aspects of production. Imira Entertainment, Toonz Media Group’s kids and family distribution division, will be responsible for international distribution of the IPs developed and produced as part of this alliance.

The deal unites Yellow Ent.’s strategic focus on developing and distributing preschool properties with an educational and interactive approach — such as The Wiggles, founded over 25 years ago and still touring as one of the world’s longest-running international kids’ brands — and Toonz’s state-of-the-art animation capabilities honed through successful kids and family production partnerships with Disney, Turner, Nickelodeon, Sony, Universal, BBC and Paramount.

“Partnering with Yellow Entertainment presents Toonz with one of those rare opportunities to collaborate with a like-minded entity to create quality preschool content for the global market,” said Jayakumar. “This is an exciting venture we are embarking on together that will surely bring awe-inspiring and enriching content for young audiences worldwide.”

Page added, “I’m ecstatic about the partnership that we have forged with Toonz Media Group, one of the world’s leading animation studios. The preschool content that we are developing and producing with Toonz will engage children in a way that connects with children based on child psychology, child development and extensive experience in the industry of preschool entertainment. Be on the lookout for follow-up announcements about the IP very soon!”

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P. Jayakumarar

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Greg Page

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eOne Launches Preschool Hit ‘Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom’ in China

Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom

Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom

Entertainment One has secured a major partnership with iQiyi which will see Emmy- and BAFTA-winning preschool property Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom launch in China on one of the nation’s largest internet video streaming service — and at retail — in 2018.

Season 1 of the charming animated series (from the creators of Peppa Pig) will be available on iQiyi beginning in early May. iQiyi will also manage licensing rights for the property in the region, with a program spearheaded by a publishing launch in summer/fall 2018 to be followed by a hard launch spanning multiple categories later this year.

“We’re extremely excited to be bringing Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom to audiences across China in 2018,” said Claire Ellis, VP Licensing – Asia at eOne Family & Brands said. “The growing expansion of Peppa Pig in China is testament to the huge potential this territory represents and we look forward to harnessing the local expertise of the team at iQIYI to make this property a success throughout the region.”

Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom is a critically acclaimed 2D animated series created by Astley Baker Davies and aimed at children aged 3-6 years. The show won an International Emmy Award in 2014 for best preschool series and follows the adventures of Princess Holly and her best friend Ben Elf in the magical Little Kingdom. The show currently airs in over 130 countries with licensing programs established in the UK, the US and Canada, Brazil and Mexico.

Wu Gang, Vice President at iQIYI Sales Department added: “We’re thrilled to be bringing Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom to families across China. This critically acclaimed series is a great example of the high quality children’s programming that is embraced by Chinese audiences and we look forward to finding licensing partners that can create opportunities for fans to interact with the brand beyond the TV show.”

Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom

Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom

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Nick to Launch Interactive Videos on Preschool Noggin App

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Top kids’ entertainment brand Nickelodeon is introducing a sparkling new collection of interactive, curriculum-driven preschool content to its NOGGIN ad-free subscription service starting June 1, launching on iOS platforms. These play-along videos were created by an in-house team using a proprietary authoring tool which enables simultaneous creation of interactive digital content alongside linear TV production.

“The introduction of our play-along videos mark the evolution of preschool interactivity that Nickelodeon initiated with Blue’s Clues and Dora the Explorer,” said Matthew Evans, Executive Vice President, Digital and New Business, Nickelodeon Group. “We can now transform our linear production capabilities through an authoring tool of our own design that allows us to create complementary interactive, digital video that truly lets kids participate in, and learn from the story.”

More than 30 videos will be introduced at launch, giving preschoolers the opportunity to tap, touch, swipe and speak to navigate their way through educational experiences featuring their favorite characters from Blaze and the Monster Machines, Bubble Guppies, Team Umizoomi, and short-form content starring Moose and Zee. Curriculum and research consultants collaborated with Nick to create play-along videos that promote science, technology, engineering, math and social-emotional skills.

The new authoring tool puts interactive content creation in the hands of Nickelodeon’s show creators, producers and animators. It supports real-time scene editing and a live preview that lets the teams layer in interactive elements to create play-along moments within any episode. Interactive writers and producers can be integrated into a show’s creative team, opening up the production of story-driven interactive video from the start of TV production and allowing simultaneous linear and play-along content delivery for each episode. The play-along video player can also be integrated into Nick’s existing video apps.

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Team Umizoomi

Moose and Zee

Moose and Zee

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Nickelodeon Ramps Up Preschool Offerings

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Nickelodeon is doubling its preschool-targeted programming with its latest series and specials slate, which will begin to debut on-air this summer, as part of the network’s multiyear plan to build its pre-k credentials (Nick is currently No. 1 for Kids 2-5 in Q1 2016 and year-to-date in full-day).

Nickelodeon currently has 15 preschool properties in development, including 10 shows in production and six set for premieres in 2018. According to Hollywood Reporter, Nick has ordered four new series, now in production: Nella the Princess Knight, Top Wing, Abby Hatcher and Butterbean’s Cafe.

Nella the Princess Knight, Nick’s first co-production with U.K.’s Channel 5, follows an unconventional heroine who goes on incredible quests and redefines traditional roles. The show is created by Blaze and the Monster Machines and Team Umizoomi curriculum consultant Christine Ricci, and features a social-emotional curriculum highlighting relationship development and positive messaging.

Top Wing, co-produced with 9 Story, is about a team of young birds who flock together to help their community and strive to become fully-fledged rescuers. The action-adventure series teaches teamwork and models problem solving skills, and is created by Matthew Fernandes and exec produced by Scott Kraft (PAW Patrol).

Abby Hatcher, from Spin Master Entertainment, is about a top-notch monster-catcher who helps friends and monsters solve their problems.

Butterbean’s Cafe takes place in a neighborhood eatery run by a fairy and her friends. The series incorporates creative cooking, farm-to-table philosophy and social-emotional curriculum focused on leadership skills. Produced by Brown Bag Films, the show is created by Bubble Guppies duo Jonny Belt and Robert Scull.

This summer, Nick Jr. will launch two previously announced new series (Rusty Rivets on August 22, Sunny Day TBA) and the new version of Teletubbies (May 30). Audiences can also expect two new Blaze and the Monster Machines specials and a PAW Patrol special this summer. The Blaze adventures sees the monster machine transform into a race car and visiting VelocityVille, and guest stars NASCAR drivers Danica Patrick, Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott and Kasey Kahne (May 30 & June 2). The two-part PAW Patrol: All Star Pups/Pups Save a Sports Day special premieres August 22 on Nickelodeon.

Blaze and the Monster Machines

Blaze and the Monster Machines

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Netflix Adding Three Original Preschool Toons

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Netflix is expanding its programming offerings through its Internet TV streaming service by adding three new animated series to its slate of original preschool content. On the heels of this month’s earlier announcement of the preschool originals Cirque du Soleil – Luna Petunia and Puffin Rock, Netflix reveals the next couple years will see Word Party, Kazoops! and True & the Rainbow Kingdom join the fun.

Word Party (26 x 11; worldwide launch 2016) is a vocabulary building show from The Jim Henson Company that follows four adorable baby animals who love to sing, dance and play. The show invites young viewers to help teach the baby animals new words and learn them themselves, celebrating new acquisitions with a Word Party. The show is created using Henson Digital Puppetry Studio.

Kazoops! (13 episode launch international 2016, U.K. & Aus. to follow) centers on imaginative Monty,who has a great sense of adventure and is always asking the question “Why?” Accompanied by his best friend Jimmy Jones and the family pet pig, Monty challenges everyday preconceptions about life through the power of his imagination. Produced by Cheeky Little in partnership with ABC and BBC; CG animation influenced by claymation and 2D graphic art.

True & the Rainbow Kingdom (10 x 22; international launch 2017, Canada to follow) is a comedy adventure series based on artwork created by the Friends With You collective and its positive messages of Magic, Luck and Friendship. True is a bright and resilient girl who serves as the guardian of the magical Rainbow Kingdom. With her best friend Bartleby the cat, she uses ingenuity and creative thinking to solve problems and bring harmony to the land. Produced by Guru Studio, Home Plate Ent. and i am OTHER.

True & the Rainbow Kingdom

True & the Rainbow Kingdom

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Big Bad Boo Starts on Preschool Mini ‘Lilli & Lola’

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Big Bad Boo Studios has begun production on an animated preschool mini-series titled Lili & Lola.

The show follows the adventures of two sisters who live in a small apartment in a big city. Along with their parents and their lazy cat, Kensington, they love to giggle, laugh and just be silly. Situated on a quiet little street, their building is filled with interesting people from all over. The show celebrates cultural diversity by showcasing holidays like the Chinese New Year, Norooz and Diwali, introducing cultural nuances to a young audience.

Producing five seven-minute episodes and a series of apps and games to support a literacy curriculum, Big Bad Boo will launch the project in Persian, English and French in 2015.

Partially funded by the Canada Media Fund in the Diverse Language Category, the show is the first Persian show to secure funding in that category.

Lili and Lola will be the fourth original program coming from Big Bad Boo Studios. The company has produced shows like Mixed Nutz and 1001 Nights, which air in more than 80 countries via broadcasters such as Teletoon, Disney, CBC, Al Jazeera Children’s Channel, Discovery Kids, PBS and Globo TV.

Lili & Lola

Lili & Lola

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Virginia preschool teacher accused of biting toddler is arrested

(Reuters) – A Virginia preschool teacher has been arrested and charged with assault and battery after she allegedly punished a 13-month-old boy by biting his shoulder, police said on Monday.

Theresa Brown, 24, is accused of biting the toddler on Sept. 11 at The Goddard School in Woodbridge, Virginia, a private school about 22 miles (35 km) southwest of Washington, according to Prince William County police.

Brown bit the child who was enrolled at the school, leaving a visible mark, as punishment after he had bitten another teacher, police said.

A witness reported the incident to the school’s 24-year-old co-owner, Nadia Choudhry. Choudhry did not report the incident and was charged with failing to report the offense to authorities, which state law requires, police said.

Officials at the school, described on its website as serving infants to school-age children, declined to comment.

As of Monday, Brown was no longer listed online as a member of Goddard faculty.

(Reporting by John Clarke; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Sandra Maler)


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Nick Greenlights New ‘Lalaloopsy’ Preschool Toon

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MGA’s Lalaloopsy rag dolls are getting their own animated Nickelodeon series. Nick announced today that it has ordered 52 episodes of the animated preschool series, Lalaloopsy, set to premiere in spring 2013.  Based on the best-selling line, the half-hour series celebrates diversity, friendship and teamwork and stars the Lalaloopsy rag dolls—Mittens Fluff ‘n Stuff, Bea Spells-a-Lot, Rosy Bumps ‘N’ Bruises, Jewel Sparkles, Peanut Big Top, Spot Splatter Splash, Crumbs Sugar Cookie, Dot Starlight and their group of friends.

The Lalaloopsy characters magically came to life when their last stitch was sewn and each have a unique personality based on the fabrics that were used to make them and a special pet. They come together for daily adventures in a whimsical world of silly surprises called Lalaloopsy Land. Lalaloopsy is co-produced with MGA and Moonscoop Productions.

“Kids adore the Lalaloopsy line and will now be able to engage with these characters in a whole new way when we bring them to life on TV for the first time,” said Teri Weiss, exec VP of production and development, Nickelodeon Preschool. “The Lalaloopsy world is filled with magic and surprises that will delight preschoolers while teaching important lessons about teamwork and friendship.”

“We are delighted to partner up with Nickelodeon, the greatest kids’ TV brand in the U.S. to air this outstanding series based on an award-winning brand,” said Isaac Larian, CEO of L.A.-based MGA Entertainment, the company behind the controversial Bratz Dolls, Moxie Girlz and Little Tykes. “The series is certain to fuel the brand to new heights.”

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Lalaloopsy

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