What if Warner Bros. buys 4Kids?

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Just for curious What if TimeWarner acquires 4Kids Entertainment in Late 2004, and put it under Warner Bros.

After merging with Turner and now fully owned Hanna-Barbera, Warner Bros. becomes the next king of Saturday Morning in Late 90's with the newly founded Kids' WB!, even the block surpassed Fox Kids (Fox Kids was later sold to Disney in 2001). 4Kids becomes partner with Warner Bros. that they let air their dub of Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh!, both of them become a huge success.

After Warner Bros. discovered that their partner, 4Kids, got their own Saturday Morning block, Fox Box, on Fox network, which replace Fox Kids in 2002. TimeWarner acquired 4Kids in Late 2004, along with the rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the U.S. rights to Sonic X, Winx Club, One Piece, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, etc. and the Saturday Morning block, Fox Box (later become 4Kids TV, to reflect TimeWarner's ownership). Warner Bros. can still be the king of Saturday Morning in 2000's.

But Warner Bros. spin 4Kids Entertainment off in Late 2010, due to cable competition, Saturday Morning cartoons going downhill and changes at TimeWarner, courtesy of CEO, Jeff Bewkes.


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Oct 5, 2014
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If Warner Bros. ever did acquire the rights to 4kids, chances are it wouldn't lead to much of a difference with both the Saturday Morning situation and the dubbing situation either. Most likely the block would have lasted less given how WB gave out in 2008 and for the dubbing issue unless of course if Warner Bros changed 4kids dub regulations then the same events that happened for 4kids would have likely still occurred in the same fashion as they did years later.
Oct 23, 2014
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Next thing you know, the two companies would acquire a former christian cable channel to try and turn into a kids network, and then ultimately, sell the whole package to Disney when it inevitably fails. :p

In all seriousness, Warner Bros. didn't need to buy 4kids because they're Warner Bros. Even if Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! were ratings juggernauts for Kids' WB!, the network could still survive on WB's extensive library of characters like Looney Tunes and DC superheroes thanks to WB's strong TV animation division. I brought this up before, but part of the reason I feel Fox Kids lost to Kids' WB! was because Twentieth Century Fox itself had no strong TV animation unit. Fox Kids had to merge with Saban Entertainment because the parent company never had the same knowledge of animation and children's programming like Warner Bros. did.

I've said this before, and I'll say it again, Fox should've avoided the Saban deal all together and instead focus on having a strong TV animation unit for its networks.


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