Genius Brands Animated Series ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten’ to Stream in China

Genius Brands International has announced the launch of season one of its flagship animated children’s series, “Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten,”  on Alibaba Group’s video streaming platform Youku starting March 2022.

Youku is one of the top three streaming platforms in the mainland China territory, according to Genius. 

Additionally, the  series will be available via the Tudou and Kumiao apps.

“Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten,” executive produced by and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, focuses on the adventures of six unique kids who are learning to master their super skills, along with their ABCs, with the help of their teacher Arnold Armstrong (aka the superhero Captain Fantastic).

“I have always loved bringing my latest projects to my Chinese fans, because they’re some of the most passionate fans in the world, so I can’t wait for them to see ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten,’” said Schwarzenegger in a statement.

“Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten” premiered on April 23, 2021, on Genius Brands’ Kartoon Channel! in the United States and Canada and has since garnered more than 75 million views, according to Genius.  The company will continue to launch the series in key territories around the world in 2022.

“Alibaba’s Youku is one of the most far-reaching media platforms for kids in the world, and we are excited to make ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten’ available to millions of kids across China,” said Andy Heyward, chairman and CEO of Genius Brands, in a statement. “This unique action-packed series delivers all the elements that resonate with kids today, along with positive messaging and Arnold’s star power.”

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“Genius Brands has done a tremendous job of creating a truly unique series that kids and their families can enjoy together,” said Aaron Liao, GM of Youku Kids, in a statement. “With Arnold Schwarzenegger driving ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten’ and the creative storylines and compelling characters, we have no doubt that we will be able to create an impressive fan base in China, building on the success of the series in the U.S. and Canada.”

The series, voice-directed by John Landis and featuring head writer Steven Banks (“SpongeBob SquarePants”), is produced by Genius Brands and Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment in association with Schwarzenegger’s Oak Productions. Gill Champion, CEO of Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment; Heyward; Schwarzenegger; and Paul Wachter of Main Street Advisors serve as executive producers.

Holiday-Themed Programs Hitting PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in November

Holiday-themed programs will be curated in a special section of the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in November.

The festive season kicks off with a Thanksgiving special from “Arthur” and Christmas movies from “Nature Cat” and “Wild Kratts.” Compilations featuring PBS Kids characters will also be available in the collection, including stories about winter fun, Hannukah traditions, and Christmas celebrations in Spanish.

The subscription rate for the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel is $4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

Nature Cat: A Nature Carol is available Nov. 19. Viewers join Nature Cat and his pals for an hour-long Christmas movie. In this homage to A Christmas Carol, Nature Cat is bursting with what he thinks is “Christmas Spirit,” and wants to celebrate with lots of presents for himself, and by decorating the woods with bright lights and loud festive music for everyone. Daisy, Hal and Squeeks are upset, because Nature Cat’s desire to celebrate Christmas in a big way is causing problems with their friendship, as well as bothering all of the animals in the woods. It’s not until Nature Cat is visited by three Christmas Spirits that he finally sees the true meaning of Christmas.

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Also due Nov. 19 is Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas. In this one-hour special, it’s Christmas time and the Wild Kratts are taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. They are just beginning to open their presents when the Wild Kratts Alarm sounds. The villains Zach Varmitech, Gaston Gourmand and Donita Donata are kidnapping all the baby animals to turn them into Christmas ornaments. Christmas will have to wait as the Wild Kratts spring into action to save their friends and get them home for Christmas.

Also on Nov. 19 comes the four-episode PBS Kids: Celebrate Hanukkah. When Albert Einstein has Peg and Cat over on Hanukkah, he shows them how to make a 2D piece of paper into a dreidel in “Flat Woman Problem/The Hanukkah Problem.” Then, Francine’s sharp-tongued grandma Bubba is the star of an “Arthur” episode all about family traditions in “Is That Kosher?/Never Never Never.” Finally, jump into a “Super Why!” story with the Super Readers to learn more about the holiday in “Judith’s Happy Chanukah!”

Finally on Nov. 19 comes the four-episode PBS Kids: Felices Fiestas!. Viewers join Daniel, Peg and her sidekick Cat, alien Jet Propulsion, and superhero WordGirl as they celebrate the holidays. Daniel and his friends go sledding, Jet searches to define the spirit of Christmas, and more.

Arthur: An Arthur Thanksgiving is available Nov. 26. In the five-episode collection, Arthur and his family are getting ready for Thanksgiving. But, when Pal disappears to go on his own adventure, Arthur puts his plans on hold to search for him. Meanwhile, D.W. starts to think that Aunt Minnie might be more of an Aunt “Meanie.” Can family, friends and the rest of Elwood City get Pal home and help D.W. and Aunt Minnie celebrate the best Thanksgiving yet?

Also due Nov. 26 is the five-episode PBS Kids: More Snowy Stories with characters from “Elinor Wonders Why,” “Hero Elementary,” “Molly of Denali,” “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” and “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum.” Pinkalicious and her brother Peter build a pink-mazing gingerbread house that attracts a holiday fairy in “Gingerbread House/Christmas Tree Trouble.” Elinor and her pals build a giant snow friend in “Leave it to Ari/Snow Friend.”

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Other titles coming to the holiday carousel are Arthur’s Perfect Christmas, Caillou: Let’s Go Sledding!, Let’s Go Luna: Christmas Around the World, PBS Kids: Happy Holidays, PBS Kids: Snowy Stories and PBS Kids: Winter Wonderland.

‘Jimmy Neutron’ Complete Series Available on DVD Oct. 26

Shout! Factory on Oct. 26 will release The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius: The Complete Series, a 10-DVD boxed set featuring all three seasons from the Nickelodeon animated series.

Jimmy is a genius boy who invents gadgets to improve his daily life situations with his robot dog Goddard by his side. The inventions almost always go awry leading to various mishaps for Jimmy and his best friends Carl and Sheen.

Based on the 2001 film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, the series aired on Nickelodeon from 2002 to 2006.

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The show’s voice cast includes Debi Derryberry (Toy Story, “F Is for Family”), Rob Paulsen (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Animaniacs”) and Jeffrey Garcia (Rio, Happy Feet), with guest appearances from Tim Curry, Tom Kenny, Jim Belushi, Christian Slate, Michael Clarke Duncan, Dan Castellaneta, Mel Brooks, Ving Rhames and Jay Leno.

The release features numerous bonus features, including the crossover specials with “The Fairly OddParents,” the “Jimmy Neutron” pilot episode, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and storyboards for select episodes.

Episodes of ‘Arthur,’ ‘Hero Elementary’ and ‘Wild Kratts’ Headed to PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in July

PBS Distribution will be adding new volumes of “Arthur” and “Hero Elementary,” along with a “Wild Kratts” special, to the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in July.

The subscription rate for the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel is $4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

Due July 2 is Arthur Vol. 24. In one episode, George creates a piece of art for the country-wide art show with the help of guest artist, Kevin Sampson. Also, Arthur must learn how to control his temper after getting angry over a pair of sneakers in “George Scraps His Sculpture/Arthur’s Big Meltdown.” Then, in “The Great MacGrady,” Arthur and his friends find out that Mrs. MacGrady is diagnosed with cancer. The kids must learn how to come together to support each other.

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Starting to stream July 16 is Hero Elementary Vol. 8. In the two-part “Heroes in Space,” Sara is excited to celebrate the full moon viewing with her pals, but they notice that half the moon seems to be gone. Sparks’ Crew flies to the moon to investigate where the other half went. In “Squeak to Me/Team’s Song Theme Song,” Sparks’ Crew wants to make their own theme song. Then, when Sparks’ Crew is looking for their classmates in “Search and Rescue/Secret Lives of Teachers,” the kids are shocked to see their teacher on the weekend outside of school. What happens when a toy train display featuring a model replica of City Town is ruined is explored in “Back on Track/Switcheroo-er.”

Coming July 13 is Wild Kratts: Cats and Dogs. In the special, while on the African savanna, Chris Kratt and Martin Kratt observe lots of wild cats and dogs interacting with each other. Soon, Wild Kratts kids are calling in from all over to ask about these wild animals and whether they’re like their own pets. Zach, who has been secretly listening to all the questions, comes up with a scheme to capture and sell these creatures as “special” pets. The brothers, plus Aviva, Koki, and Jimmy, race to save the wild cats and dogs and protect them so they can live free and in the wild.

Also coming to the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in July are Let’s Go Luna Vol. 8 and Nature Cat: Ocean Commotion.

‘Dinosaur Train’ and ‘Molly of Denali’ Specials, New Episodes of ‘Elinor Wonders Why’ Coming to PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in June

PBS Distribution in June is adding a Father’s Day-themed “Dinosaur Train” special, a “Molly of Denali” special, and a sixth volume of “Elinor Wonders Why” to the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel.

The subscription rate for the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel is $4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

The Pteranodon family celebrates Father’s Day in Troodon Town in the two-part special Dinosaur Train: Father’s Day, debuting June 11. The Conductor sees Mr. Pteranodon’s celebration and is compelled to ask his mother what happened to his father. She decides he’s ready to learn the truth, so she tells him the story about how his father was the bravest Conductor of them all and dared to build an experimental Drill Train to tunnel into the future — she believes to the Cenozoic Era, which no dinosaur had ever seen. Unfortunately, the Conductor’s father never returned, and is apparently lost. The Conductor decides to take the new Drill Train and tunnel into the future to rescue his missing father.

“Elinor Wonders Why Vol. 6” debuts June 11. The kids are smelling flowers, but Ari has a cold and his nose is stuffed up, so he can’t smell anything. This makes Elinor wonder why we need to smell at all. Then, Ari’s attempts at making the world’s tallest toy block tower fail, as the tower keeps falling over, so he tries to get some inspiration from a special field trip to the forest. Plus, it’s Elinor’s father’s birthday and he’s excited to go camping.

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The one-hour special Molly of Denali: Molly and the Great One starts streaming June 8. When 10-year-old Alaska Native Molly Mabray learns about Grandpa Nat’s dream to reach the top of Denali, North America’s highest mountain, she helps him and her father prepare for the expedition. Meanwhile, her friend Trini Mumford is busy getting ready for her mother’s first visit to Qyah.

‘Sonic Boom’ Season One Available on Blu-ray From NCircle and Mill Creek

In time for the Sonic the Hedgehog 30th anniversary, Sonic Boom: The Complete Season 1 is available on Blu-ray Disc from Mill Creek Entertainment and NCircle Entertainment.

In the TV series, the anthropomorphic blue hedgehog Sonic (along with friends Tails, Knuckles and Sticks, as well as frenemy Doctor Eggman and Buster, a slime-belching robot dog) boosts, spins and peels out through a dystopian future.

The series, based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game that debuted 23 years earlier, aired from 2014 to 2017.

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‘Rugrats: The Complete Series’ Due on DVD May 18

Rugrats: The Complete Series will arrive on DVD May 18 from Nickelodeon and Paramount Home Entertainment.

All nine seasons (more than 67 hours, airing from 1991 to 2006) from the Emmy Award-winning show, including special episodes “Runaway Reptar” and “All Growed Up,” will be available on one 26-disc collection. Other extras include “Babies in Toyland,” “Tales From the Crib: Snow White” and “Tales From the Crib: Three Jacks & a Beanstalk.”

“Rugrats” follows the secret life of babies Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Kimi, and Dil, plus toddlers Angelica and Susie, as they embark on misguided adventures (in reality and their vivid imaginations) right under the noses of their unsuspecting parents and grandparents.

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The series features the voice talents of E. G. Daily (“The Powerpuff Girls”) as Tommy, Tara Strong (“The Fairly Odd Parents”) as Dil, Nancy Cartwright (“The Simpsons”) as Chuckie, Kath Soucie (“Danny Phantom”) as Phil and Lil, Cree Summer (“Robot Chicken”) as Susie, and Cheryl Chase (“All Grown Up!”) as Angelica.

PBS Kids Channel Available on Samsung TV Plus

The PBS Kids channel has been added to Samsung TV Plus and is available for free on tens of millions of Samsung smart TVs across the country.

It joins eight other free kids’ channels on Samsung TV Plus.

PBS Kids includes such shows as “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Wild Kratts” and “Odd Squad.”

Other family friendly channels on Samsung TV Plus include The Lego Channel, Moonbug Kids and KiDoodle.TV. The Samsung TV Plus platform includes more than 160 free channels of movies, news, sports and more.

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New Series ‘Donkey Hodie’ Headed to PBS Kids Prime Video Channel May 3

PBS Distribution May 3 will add the new series “Donkey Hodie” to the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel.

The subscription rate for the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel is $4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

Following the adventures of Donkey Hodie, granddaughter of the original Donkey Hodie character from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” (now known as “Grampy Hodie”), the new preschool puppet series arrives with three volumes. Children follow Donkey and her pals as they go on music-filled adventures while learning valuable lessons about resilience, persistence and problem solving.

The series is produced by Fred Rogers Productions (“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”) and Spiffy Pictures (“Nature Cat”) and features original music along with reimagined versions of Rogers’ songs.

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In volume one, Donkey Hodie must wait until all her pals are together to open a present. She uses her imagination to help pass the time. Then, Harriett Elizabeth Cow wants Donkey and her pals to try her new invention, the Bounce-a-Rino, and they must decide who bounces first. Also, a scary monster appears during Donkey and Panda’s sleepover.

In volume two, Donkey gives her new flower too much water, and it grows so big that it disrupts her garden and her pals’ fun. Then, when the wind ruins Donkey and Panda’s Camp Buddy Buddy plan, they must change the plan. Plus, Donkey and Panda host King Friday for the day, but they don’t know what kings like to do.

In volume three, Donkey and Panda lose Bob Dog’s favorite ball in Spooky Shadow Swamp, and they must find their inner bravery to get it back. Then, a noisy penguin interrupts Donkey and Panda’s band practice. Plus, Donkey creates a sculpture for the Someplace Else art show, makes mistakes and feels ready to give up.

Also coming to the channel in May are volume 10 of “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” and volume 17 of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.”

‘Dinosaur Train’ Movie, New Volumes of ‘Hero Elementary’ and ‘Xavier Riddle’ Streaming on PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in April

PBS Distribution is adding another “Dinosaur Train” movie, along with new volumes of “Hero Elementary” and “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum” to the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in April.

The subscription rate for the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel is $4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

The Pteranodon family takes the Dinosaur Train to Adventure Island, a new theme park on a volcanic island, in Dinosaur Train: Adventure Island, streaming beginning April 13. The Conductor’s archrival Thurston is in charge and he proudly shows off the park’s amazing steam-powered robot dinosaurs. When an earthquake causes the pressure to get too high, the malfunctioning robots go rogue. It’s then up to Buddy and his siblings (Tiny, Shiny and Don) to navigate safely across the island in order to reunite with their parents.

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Volume seven of “Hero Elementary” streams beginning April 2. In this volume, when the team heads to Citytown Hero Con, they need to find the real Jetman Jones in the crowd. AJ’s autism is key to saving the day in “AJ’s Extra Superpower (parts one and two). Then, when a hailstorm causes damage around Citytown, Sparks’ Crew calls upon a famous hero to understand more about hail in “Hail Caesar/Picture Perfect.” Plus, Sparks’ crew searches for a self-flying cape after it escapes from a store in “Looking Super/Schmubble Trouble.” They discover a mysterious creature in Super Superior Lake in “Sara Loses Her Snap/A Soupie Mystery.”

Volume eight of “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum” starts streaming April 9. Viewers join Xavier, Brad and Yadina as they travel back in time again to learn more valuable lessons from historical heroes. In “I Am Albert Einstein/I Am Carol Burnett,” Albert Einstein helps Xavier figure out what to do when he’s really curious ─ starting with asking questions. Then in “I Am Abraham Lincoln/I Am Jane Jacobs,” Abraham Lincoln helps Yadina realize what she needs to do when she accidently loses her friend’s toy. Plus, Celia Cruz helps Yadina prepare for a special birthday performance in “I Am Edmund Hillary/I Am Celia Cruz.”