A mobile app based on the Monster Factory toy brand is heading into production following a second round of funding from the Canada Media Fund’s Experimental Stream. Toronto, Canada-based 9 Story Entertainment, which acquired a 50% interest in Monster Factory in late 2011, plans to launch the Monsters Everywhere app later this fall.
Sales at US Toys ‘R’ Us stores declined 4.7 % over last year during the 2013 nine-week holiday period. However, overall December sales were still up slightly for the retailer.
DreamWorks Animation in partnership with Palo Alto-based start-up Plumzi has released VeggieTales Appisode: 3 Builders, a brand new appisode for iOS devices based on the popular VeggieTales TV episode “The Little House that Stood.”
Stan Lee’s Mighty 7, the first SLAM 7 animated movie in a new film trilogy from Stan Lee Comics, is set to debut on The Hub on February 1. Kidscreen talks to legendary superhero comics creator Stan Lee about his inspiration for the new property and his assessment of Stan Lee, the actor.
Zodiak Kids has secured a worldwide deal with LeapFrog Enterprises, excluding Australia and New Zealand, that will see the first 52 eps of Tickety Toc made available on the LeapPad family of tablets including LeapPad Ultra and LeapPad2 Power plus gaming system LeapsterGS.
Gaming brand Plants vs. Zombies, which is represented in Europe by Bulldog Licensing, is boosting its retail program with the additional of two new UK licensees. The news comes as Character Options readies its own spring toy collection for the Electronic Arts IP in the territory.
Europe’s biggest visitor attraction operator Merlin Entertainments has joined forces with Finland’s Rovio Entertainment to launch the first-ever Angry Birds 4D experience, which is set to debut at Merlin’s Thorpe Park Resort in Surrey, England this May.
Scholastic Media has announced a collaboration with computing giant Intel Corporation to design interactive gaming content for kids that will feature Intel’s RealSense technology, which enables voice and gesture interaction, that will feature two of Scholastic’s most well-known IPs – Clifford the Big Red Dog and I Spy.