History Creator / FourKidsEntertainment

25th Jul '16 9:07:40 PM lalalei2001
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-->--''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', '''[[https://youtu.be/Zt2h09TrN3A?t=5m40s]]'''

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-->--''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', '''[[https://youtu.be/Zt2h09TrN3A?t=5m40s]]'''
-->--''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''



In April 2011, months after the departure of CEO Alfred R. Kahn, [[http://www.screendigest.com/news/us-childrens-entertainment-company-4kids-files-for-bankruptcy/view.html the company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy]].

An auction resulted in the company being sold in pieces; {{Konami}} bought all of their ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' rights, and Creator/SabanBrands bought the rest of the company, including the Toonzai Saturday morning block and rights to ''Sonic X'' and ''Cubix''.

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In April 2011, months after the departure of CEO Alfred R. Kahn, [[http://www.screendigest.com/news/us-childrens-entertainment-company-4kids-files-for-bankruptcy/view.html the company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy]].

bankruptcy]]. An auction resulted in the company being sold in pieces; {{Konami}} bought all of their ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' rights, and Creator/SabanBrands bought the rest of the company, including the Toonzai Saturday morning block and rights to ''Sonic X'' and ''Cubix''.



Meanwhile, the subsidiary that was sold off to Konami re-branded itself as '''4K Media Inc.''' The English adaption of ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' was still running at the time of 4Kids bankruptcy and the company wanted to keep it going. After ''Zexal'' ended, they moved on to producing an English version of ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV''. While 4K Media continued the usual practices applied by 4Kids, they exist solely for production on Yu-Gi-Oh franchise for now.

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Meanwhile, the subsidiary that was sold off to Konami re-branded itself as '''4K Media Inc.''' The English adaption of ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' was still running at the time of 4Kids bankruptcy and the company wanted to keep it going. After ''Zexal'' ended, they moved on to producing an English version of ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV''. While 4K Media continued continues the usual practices applied by 4Kids, they exist solely for production on Yu-Gi-Oh franchise for now.



* {{Unperson}}: The Website/AnimeNewsNetwork refuses to acknowledge 4Kids's involvement with the ''Anime/YuGiOhTenthAnniversaryMovie'' due to a pending lawsuit filed by TV Tokyo and NAS and plays up the involvement of A&E Home Video and Creator/MangaEntertainment concerning the English dub.

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* {{Unperson}}: The Website/AnimeNewsNetwork refuses refused to acknowledge 4Kids's involvement with the ''Anime/YuGiOhTenthAnniversaryMovie'' ''Anime/YuGiOhBondsBeyondTime'' due to a pending lawsuit filed by TV Tokyo and NAS and plays up the involvement of A&E Home Video and Creator/MangaEntertainment concerning the English dub.
21st Jun '16 6:32:46 AM MarcoPolo250
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The hatred garnered from their dubs seems to have worn out as the company became significantly less prominent than it used to be. In the late 2000s, 4Kids' focus shifted away from anime to homegrown properties and acquisitions from other countries, which generally fit the company's creative philosophy much better and have obtained much more faithful treatment. What anime they still dubbed was generally well received -- or, at least, drew less ire. With Creator/KidsWB[='s=] decision to leave the network Saturday cartoon market in 2008, 4Kids became -- for better or for worse -- the last remnant of what was once an institution. [[http://www.animationmagazine.net/article/11056 It was a position they suffered for having.]] In 2009, the series and merchandising rights to ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'' were bought out by Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} as a component of their purchase of the franchise. Nick snatched up ''WinxClub'' (an Italian cartoon that 4Kids dubbed) the following year.

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The hatred garnered from their dubs seems to have would be worn out as the company became significantly less prominent than it used to be. In the late 2000s, 4Kids' focus shifted away from anime to homegrown properties and acquisitions from other countries, which generally fit the company's creative philosophy much better and have obtained much more faithful treatment. What anime they still dubbed was generally well received -- or, at least, drew less ire. With Creator/KidsWB[='s=] decision to leave the network Saturday cartoon market demise in 2008, 4Kids became -- for better or for worse -- the last remnant of what was once an institution. [[http://www.animationmagazine.net/article/11056 It was a position they suffered for having.]] In 2009, the series and merchandising rights to ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'' were bought out by Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} as a component of their purchase of the franchise. Nick snatched would also snatch up ''WinxClub'' (an Italian cartoon that 4Kids dubbed) the ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' franchise in the following year.



With the acquisition from Saban, Creator/TheCW4Kids[=/=]Creator/{{Toonzai}} ended in the fall of 2012, being replaced by a new block called Creator/{{Vortexx}}. [=CW4Kids=]' final broadcast on August 18, 2012 ended with a full marathon of one of its greatest properties, ''Yu-Gi-Oh!''. 4Kids successfully exited from bankruptcy in mid-December of 2012 as '''4Licensing Corporation''' without any notable entertainment assets. (Their Hulu [[http://www.hulu.com/companies/4kids-entertainment page]] shows that they did manage to retain some rights to some of their old programs, however.) Their main focus is on developing and licensing isoBlox, an impact-blocking surface designed for use in sports equipment. On the bright side, anime fans will no longer be enduring the company's notorious practices. On the downside, it leaves the New York talent pool of voice actors, for the most part, without regular work.

The company isn't ''completely'' gone. In 2012, a subsidiary that was sold off to Konami re-branded itself as ''4K Media Inc.'' largely because at the time ''Zexal'' was still running at the time of 4Kids bankruptcy and the company wanted to keep it going. Likewise, they produced a dub for ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' once the ''Zexal'' dub ended. While this continued the usual practices of changing the music, cheesy dialogue and what not. This is strictly only for the Yu-Gi-Oh dubs for the foreseable future.

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With the acquisition from Saban, Creator/TheCW4Kids[=/=]Creator/{{Toonzai}} ended in the fall of 2012, being replaced by a new block called Creator/{{Vortexx}}. [=CW4Kids=]' final broadcast on August 18, 2012 ended with a full marathon of one of its greatest properties, ''Yu-Gi-Oh!''. 4Kids successfully exited from bankruptcy in mid-December of 2012 as '''4Licensing Corporation''' without any notable entertainment assets. (Their Hulu [[http://www.hulu.com/companies/4kids-entertainment page]] shows that they did manage to retain some rights to some of their old programs, however.) Their main focus is on developing and licensing isoBlox, an impact-blocking surface designed for use in sports equipment. On the bright side, anime fans will no longer be enduring the company's notorious practices. On the downside, it leaves the New York talent pool of voice actors, for the most part, without regular work.

The company isn't ''completely'' gone. In 2012, a Meanwhile, the subsidiary that was sold off to Konami re-branded itself as ''4K '''4K Media Inc.'' largely because at the time ''Zexal'' ''' The English adaption of ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' was still running at the time of 4Kids bankruptcy and the company wanted to keep it going. Likewise, they produced a dub for ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' once the After ''Zexal'' dub ended. ended, they moved on to producing an English version of ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV''. While this 4K Media continued the usual practices of changing the music, cheesy dialogue and what not. This is strictly only applied by 4Kids, they exist solely for the production on Yu-Gi-Oh dubs franchise for the foreseable future.
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: After years and years of fans complaining about 4Kids dubbing ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' and its spinoffs, people weren't too happy about 4kids suddenly losing the rights to the show... since now the latter seasons of 5D's would not be dubbed at all, and the subtitled episodes of GX and 5D's would be pulled down. Fortunately, Konami picked up the rights, and while they restored the GX, 5D's, and Zexal subtitled streams, and the show is on home video again, both GX and 5D's dubs weren't able to cover their final episodes.

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: After years and years of fans complaining about 4Kids dubbing ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' and its spinoffs, people weren't too happy about 4kids suddenly losing the rights to the show... since now the latter seasons of GX and 5D's would not be dubbed at all, and the subtitled episodes of GX and 5D's would be pulled down. Fortunately, Konami picked up the rights, and while they restored the GX, 5D's, and Zexal subtitled streams, and the show is on home video again, both GX and 5D's dubs weren't able to cover their final episodes.again.
29th May '16 11:33:19 AM themaniacinthemailbox
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** Also true for the ''Anime/ShamanKing'' opening.
27th May '16 5:20:41 PM rjd1922
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*** While their dub of ''One Piece'' tried to censor out everything having to do with cleavage and nudity in general, their dub of ''Anime/UltimateMuscle'' actually ''added'' a [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar talking ass]] to act as MrExposition ''at the beginning of every episode''.
27th May '16 5:11:39 PM rjd1922
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*** They didn't even have a problem with Misty holding up a cross to a ghost Pokemon in an early episode of the show, and have her saying, "You see this? It's a CROSS!" Never mind that crosses were one of the notorious things 4Kids censored in ''OnePiece''. This even included medical crosses.
*** While their dub of ''Manga/OnePiece'' tried to censor out everything having to do with cleavage and nudity in general, their dub of UltimateMuscle actually ''added'' a [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar talking ass]] to act as MrExposition ''at the beginning of every episode''.
*** [[Anime/TokyoMewMew Mew Mew Power]] was infamous for this. 4Kids added the idea that Pudding (renamed Kiki) was living in a shelter. Then a dozen episodes later we SEE HER HOUSE. They had Mint (renamed Corina) "correct" this by saying she only THOUGHT Kiki lived in a shelter.

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*** They didn't even have a problem with Misty holding up a cross to a ghost Pokemon in an early episode of the show, and have her saying, "You see this? It's a CROSS!" Never mind that crosses were one of the notorious things 4Kids censored in ''OnePiece''.''Manga/OnePiece''. This even included medical crosses.
*** While their dub of ''Manga/OnePiece'' ''One Piece'' tried to censor out everything having to do with cleavage and nudity in general, their dub of UltimateMuscle ''Anime/UltimateMuscle'' actually ''added'' a [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar talking ass]] to act as MrExposition ''at the beginning of every episode''.
*** [[Anime/TokyoMewMew ''[[Anime/TokyoMewMew Mew Mew Power]] Power]]'' was infamous for this. 4Kids added the idea that Pudding (renamed Kiki) was living in a shelter. Then a dozen episodes later we SEE HER HOUSE. They had Mint (renamed Corina) "correct" this by saying she only THOUGHT Kiki lived in a shelter.
17th May '16 3:40:49 PM Forenperser
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* {{Eagleland}}: To a ridiculous extent. They have a habit of changing every single foreign sounding name into a generic american one, as well as changing the setting to America and even going so far as to refer to obvious rice balls as ''donuts''. On the 4th of July they even made anime characters sing the american national anthem.
2nd May '16 8:50:34 AM rjd1922
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* ''Anime/UltimateMuscle'' (did remarkably well, since the goofy voice acting and {{hurricane of puns}} fit the tone of the show ''perfectly''; 4Kids even paid to have new episodes made. Though ironically enough it was one of the shows they never rerun on other blocks outside of Fox Box.)

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* ''Anime/UltimateMuscle'' (did remarkably well, since the goofy voice acting and {{hurricane of puns}} fit the tone of the show ''perfectly''; 4Kids even paid to have new episodes made. Though ironically enough it was one of the shows they never rerun on other blocks outside of Fox Box.[=FoxBox=].)
2nd May '16 8:49:27 AM rjd1922
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Some of the biggest shows listed above were involved in a [[MassivelyMultiplayerCrossover TV crossover]] called "TheFightForTheFoxBox."

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Some of the biggest shows listed above were involved in a [[MassivelyMultiplayerCrossover TV crossover]] called "TheFightForTheFoxBox."WesternAnimation/TheFightForTheFoxBox."



* HostileShowTakeover: During the "[=FoxBox=]" block, when the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Shredder]] threatens to drain the color of all its animated shows, like ''SonicX'' and ''[[Anime/KirbyOfTheStars Kirby: Right Back At Ya!]]'', kicking off the [=FoxBox=] Color Drain Sweepstakes, and the 4KidsTV Saturday Morning block, in which [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeSigma6 Cobra Commander]] takes over the block, renaming the block into ''Cobra TV'', kicking off the Cobra Domination Station Sweepstakes. This was also the premise of ''TheFightForTheFoxBox''.
* {{Hurricane of|Puns}} {{Incredibly Lame Pun}}s: '''''Mew'''''tamorphosis? Half of all ''Pokémon'' episode titles? ''Manga/OnePiece'' probably got the brunt of this. It didn't even start that way at first, but later on, it seemed like every line the characters spoke were nothing but puns.

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* HostileShowTakeover: During the "[=FoxBox=]" block, when the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Shredder]] threatens to drain the color of all its animated shows, like ''SonicX'' and ''[[Anime/KirbyOfTheStars Kirby: Right Back At Ya!]]'', kicking off the [=FoxBox=] Color Drain Sweepstakes, and the 4KidsTV Saturday Morning block, in which [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeSigma6 Cobra Commander]] takes over the block, renaming the block into ''Cobra TV'', kicking off the Cobra Domination Station Sweepstakes. This was also the premise of ''TheFightForTheFoxBox''.
''The Fight for the [=FoxBox=]''.
* {{Hurricane of|Puns}} {{Incredibly Lame Pun}}s: HurricaneOfPuns: '''''Mew'''''tamorphosis? Half of all ''Pokémon'' episode titles? ''Manga/OnePiece'' probably got the brunt of this. It didn't even start that way at first, but later on, it seemed like every line the characters spoke were nothing but puns.
13th Mar '16 1:45:16 AM chaokiwi
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* ''Anime/SonicX'' (2003-2012; proved popular enough in America that new episodes were produced even after the show's cancellation in Japan; license was transferred to Saban Brands, but is now currently owned by TMS Entertainment)

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* ''Anime/SonicX'' (2003-2012; (2003-2006; proved popular enough in America that new episodes were produced even after the show's cancellation in Japan; license was transferred to Saban Brands, but is now currently owned by TMS Entertainment)
13th Mar '16 1:34:12 AM chaokiwi
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Its infamy came to a head with the bizarre localization and edit of ''Manga/OnePiece'', which managed to combine all of the company's practices into one show: [[{{Bowdlerize}} numerous content edits]], the replacement of ''all'' of the original music, the removal of a large number of episodes (that turned out to be important later on -- although they couldn't have known at the time), and widespread changes to the original script and plot even in the ''unedited'' parts. All of this solidified fandom hatred of the company, and it remains the darkest mark on its reputation.

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Its infamy came to a head with the bizarre localization and edit of ''Manga/OnePiece'', which managed to combine all of the company's (in)famous practices into one show: [[{{Bowdlerize}} numerous content edits]], the replacement of ''all'' of the original music, the removal of a large number of episodes (that turned out to be important later on -- although they couldn't have known at the time), and widespread changes to the original script and plot even in the ''unedited'' parts. All of this solidified fandom hatred of the company, and it remains the darkest mark on its reputation.
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