In 1999, coinciding with the CBS Saturday Morning cartoon Blaster's Universe produced by Nelvana and Teletoon, the characters once again changed, probably to be more identifiable as people, with Blasternaut becoming Max Blaster, a 12-year-old boy obsessed with science and space in the 21st century, and his Galactic Commander becoming G.C., a cool 12-year-old girl who looks like an earthling but is really an alien. Together they must secretly work to save G.C.'s universe, using logic and creativity to outsmart the intergalactic outlaws. Spot, the robot companion was dropped, with a robot dog named "MEL" ("Mechanically Enhanced Lapdog") replacing him.
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List of Nelvana franchiseswith series
Blaster's Universe (1999–2000) (co-production with Knowledge Adventure). Redwall (1999–2001). Rescue Heroes (1999–2002). Taina (2001–2002; distribution in Canada). The Fairly OddParents (2001–2006; distribution in Canada). The Berenstain Bears (2003–2004) (PBS). My Life as a Teenage Robot (2003–2007; distribution in Canada). My Dad the Rock Star (2003–2005). Jacob Two-Two (September 2003–2006). Pandalian (2004–2005) (co-production with Funimation Entertainment). 6teen (2004–2010) (co-production with Fresh TV). Delta State (2004). Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends (2004–2008) – computer-animated. The Backyardigans (2004–2010) – computer-animated.
In late 1996, amid Golden Books negotiations to buy Nelvana, Hirsh went against his co-founders' advice and declined the offer. This led to the now infamous argument with the then COO of the company, Eleanor Olmstead, in which the normally mild-mannered Hirsh and Olmstead were reportedly heard "swearing up and down the hallway at one another". After remaining unaware for some time, Golden Books eventually walked out of the C$140 million deal in light of the internal discord. In 1997, Hirsh and Nelvana helped found Teletoon along with fellow Canadian children's television production company Cinar. In September 2000, Hirsh sold the Nelvana holdings to Corus Entertainment for C$540 million.
The following is a list of animated television series originating from or animated in Canada.
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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (4 episodes for Nelvana). Action Man (for DIC Productions L.P.). The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (for DreamWorks Animation and DreamWorks Classics). Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (full pre-production packages, design, layout and posing; pilot and 30 episodes for DIC Animation City). The Angry Beavers (15 11-minute episodes). Badly Drawn Roy. Beetlejuice (layouts and posing; 18 episodes for Nelvana). Blaster's Universe (13 episodes for Nelvana). Bob and Margret (design; 7 episodes for Nelvana). The Brothers Grunt (pre-production design layout and posing). Braceface (design; 11 episodes for Nelvana). CatDog (pre-production; 7 episodes).
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In July 2012, the Teletoon Canada venture (50% with Astral Media) similarly launched a Canadian version of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. In March 2013, as part of Bell Media's proposed acquisition of Astral Media, Corus reached a deal to acquire Astral's stakes in Historia, Séries+, and the Teletoon Canada group, as well as the Ottawa radio stations CJOT-FM and CKQB-FM, for $400.6 million. This aspect of the deal, intended to quell concerns from the CRTC regarding Bell's total market share after the merger, was approved by the Competition Bureau on March 18, 2013.
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6teen is a Canadian animated sitcom originally produced by Nelvana, with the final season produced by Fresh TV. It premiered on November 7, 2004 on Teletoon. In the United States, the series first premiered on Nickelodeon on December 18, 2005, and was removed from the schedule on May 13, 2006. The show later relaunched on Cartoon Network on October 23, 2008 through June 21, 2010. With the first 78 episodes and both 45-minute-long specials produced by Nelvana, 6teen ended with a total of four seasons of 95 22-minute-long episodes (including two one-hour specials). The series finale aired on February 11, 2010 and included an acoustic version of the theme song by Brian Melo.
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In 2013, after Corus Entertainment completed their acquisition of the TELETOON Canada Inc. networks, YTV began airing reruns of select Teletoon programming, including original and acquired series. In turn, some programs that aired on YTV (such as Pokémon, the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, Oh No! It's an Alien Invasion, and Power Rangers) were moved to Teletoon. On October 6, 2014, the channel underwent a brand refresh, with new graphics and bumps created by Eloisa Iturbe Studio. In addition, the channel updated its logo by having it face upwards to the left instead of directly to the audience. In its early years, YTV filled its schedule with obscure acquired programs.
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Nelvana Limited produced the English-language version and premiered the series on the Canadian network Teletoon in July 2007 and then on Cartoon Network on February 24, 2008. An alternative English dub produced by Odex with all the character names kept in Japanese premiered on Cartoon Network Singapore. In March 2009, TMS and Nelvana Entertainment companies announced that a follow-up series, Bakugan Battle Brawlers: New Vestroia, consisting of 26 episodes was in production. The series began airing on April 12, 2009 on Teletoon in Canada, followed by Cartoon Network in the U.S on May 9, 2009.
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Nelvana writer Peter Sauder was the head writer for season 1, which was co-produced by DiC. As Nelvana was no longer part of the production by season 2, the show was written by the DIC studio employees Eleanor Burian-Mohr, Mike O'Mahony, Glen Egbert, and Jack Hanrahan. Hanrahan and Burian-Mohr would later write the Christmas special Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas as well as many episodes of the Gadget Boy spinoff series, and Burian-Mohr additionally wrote dialogue for the educational show Inspector Gadget's Field Trip.
Patrick Loubert (born 1947 in Toronto, Ontario) was one of the founders of the Canadian animation studio, Nelvana Limited, along with Clive A. Smith and Michael Hirsh. He has produced, and executive-produced, much of the company's most memorable fare. At the beginning of his career, Loubert published The Great Canadian Comic Books, a 1971 book focusing on the early days of local comic lore, with partner Hirsh. With Don Haig, he scripted and directed 125 Rooms of Comfort, another live-action project, in 1974.
Smith (often credited as Clive Smith) is a British expatriate director and animator who, with Michael Hirsh and Patrick Loubert, founded Canadian animation studio Nelvana in 1971. Smith worked on some of his studio's first TV specials, including A Cosmic Christmas (1977), which was broadcast on CBC Television in Canada and syndicated in the United States proving to be Nelvana's breakthrough production. He also helmed the studio's next special, The Devil and Daniel Mouse, in 1978. He worked as director of Nelvana's first feature film, 1983's Rock and Rule, and its 1997 animated version of the Pippi Longstocking saga.
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The first of these outsourced blocks was the CBS Kidshow, which ran until 2000 and featured programming from Canadian studio Nelvana (such as Anatole, Mythic Warriors, Rescue Heroes and Flying Rhino Junior High). After its agreement with Nelvana ended, the network then entered into a deal with Nickelodeon (which by the time of the deal was a corporate sister to CBS, through the latter's then parent company Viacom, as a result of its 2000 merger with CBS Corporation) to air programming from its Nick Jr. block beginning in September 2000 under the banner Nick Jr. on CBS.
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On February 2, 2012, Corus Entertainment and Astral Media, owners of Teletoon, announced they would launch a Canadian version of Cartoon Network that also includes a version of the U.S. network's Adult Swim nighttime block. The channel launched on July 4, 2012. The following month, March 2012, Cartoon Network aired its first documentary, Speak Up, an anti-bullying campaign featuring a special appearance by President Barack Obama. On October 1, 2012, Cartoon Network celebrated its 20th anniversary, airing birthday and party-themed reruns of its shows for several days.
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In March 2004, Cinar was purchased for more than CA$190 million by a group led by Nelvana founder Michael Hirsh, and former Nelvana president Toper Taylor. The company was subsequently renamed Cookie Jar. On June 20, 2008, Cookie Jar Group announced a deal to acquire DIC Entertainment. On July 23, 2008, the acquisition was completed, and eventually DIC was folded into Cookie Jar's entertainment division. When Cookie Jar acquired DIC Entertainment, Cookie Jar also acquired Copyright Promotions Licensing Group and a one-third interest in international children's television channel, KidsCo.
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Corus, in the same year, acquired Nelvana, another company who own a stake of Télétoon. Corus sold the channel to Astral Media in 2001. Through various acquisitions over the years, Cinar Films came to own a 20% stake, and Astral Media and Corus Entertainment each owned a 40% stake. In 2006, Cinar sold 10% of its stake of Teletoon to each of Astral and Corus, leading the two companies to each own 50% in Télétoon. On March 4, 2013, Corus Entertainment announced that it would acquire Astral Media's 50% ownership interest in Teletoon Canada (owner of Teletoon, Télétoon, Teletoon Retro, Télétoon Rétro and Cartoon Network). The purchase was in relation to Bell Media's pending takeover of Astral.
Jim Henson's Dog City
Dog City is an American/Canadian television series that was produced by Nelvana Limited and Jim Henson Productions in association with Channel 4, Global Television Network, FORTA and Canal+ Spain and aired on FOX from September 26, 1992 to November 26, 1994 and in Canada on Teletoon until 2000. The show contained both animation by Nelvana, and puppetry by Jim Henson Productions. Dog City was originally an hour-long live-action TV movie, broadcast on May 5, 1989 as an episode of The Jim Henson Hour, featuring the characters as puppets.
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Ned's Newt is a Canadian/German animated series created by Andy Knight, creator of the Jetix series Get Ed, and Mike Burgess, and is co-produced by Nelvana and TMO Film GmbH in conjunction with Studio B Productions. The series aired on Teletoon from 1997 to 1999. In the United States, the program aired on Fox Kids from 1998. Teletoon Retro aired reruns of all 39 half-hour episodes on September 5, 2011. The series begins with Ned finally scraping up enough money to buy a pet. However, upon reaching the pet store, the only thing he can actually afford is a newt. Dubbing his new pet "Newton", Ned quickly tires of it, since Newton just lies on the rock in his bowl.
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Nelvana licensed the TV series and first film for North America under the English title Cardcaptors, which first aired on Kids' WB from June 2000 to December 2001. All 70 episodes were dubbed; while other English-speaking territories received the full run, the version aired on American television was heavily edited into 39 episodes. Cardcaptors also aired on Cartoon Network, Teletoon and Nickelodeon. The TV series and films were sub-licensed by Geneon, which released them unedited with English subtitles. The TV series was also released by Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand. Cardcaptor Sakura was critically well-received.
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A joint Swedish-German-Canadian venture produced by Svensk Filmindustri, IdunaFilm, TFC Trickompany and Nelvana, the film features the voices of Melissa Altro, Catherine O'Hara, Gordon Pinsent, Dave Thomas, Wayne Robson and Carole Pope. For its releases in both the United States and Canada, the film was distributed theatrically by Legacy Releasing, and on VHS and DVD by Warner Home Video. It was also served as a pilot of a spin-off television series, which premiered on Teletoon in Canada, and then aired on HBO.
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It first aired in France on September 4, 1996 during a block called La Planète de Donkey Kong translated as The Planet of Donkey Kong, and aired on Teletoon in Canada in 1997. In the United States, it was one of the first series to be shown on Fox Family, in which the series was broadcast in its entirety from August 15, 1998 (the same day Fox Family was launched) until 2000. It was also seen on Fox Kids from 1998-1999 for a very short time airing two episodes as specials on December 19 of 1998 and aired a few more episodes during the summer of 1999 before being taken off.
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Detentionaire is a Canadian animated series produced by Nelvana and aired on Teletoon. It was created by Daniel Bryan Franklin and Charles Johnston and produced by Tracey Dodokin. The show features a total of 53 episodes, spanning across 4 seasons. The story revolves around high school student Lee Ping, who on his first day of 10th grade was framed for a major prank and was punished with a full year of detention. Every day with the help of his friends, Lee sneaks out of detention to try to expose who was really behind the prank all while trying to avoid being caught by the school's principal Barrage.
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