EMERYVILLE, Calif., Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: LF), the leader in educational entertainment, and Cartoon Network Enterprises, the global licensing and merchandising arm of the television network, today announced a partnership to bring two of Cartoon Network's most popular shows to LeapFrog's award-winning learning platforms. Episodes of the groundbreaking series "The Amazing World of Gumball" are now available for purchase in the "Just for Fun" section of the LeapFrog App Center for the #1 kids' learning tablets, LeapPad1™ and LeapPad2™, and best learning video game systems, Leapster Explorer™ and LeapsterGS™. Episodes of the classic, enduring series "The Powerpuff Girls" will be available in early 2013 for purchase through the LeapFrog App Center.
"We are very excited to expand our entertainment programming with a world-class partner like Cartoon Network," said Greg Ahearn, chief marketing officer at LeapFrog. "LeapFrog is committed to providing safe and age-appropriate entertainment solutions for children. Our educational and child development experts worked closely with Cartoon Network to select their best content that will provide children with hours of fun on our platforms."
"The Amazing World of Gumball" Volumes 1 and 2 now available include four episodes per volume with more available in the LeapFrog App Center later this year. Reviewed and approved by LeapFrog's highly experienced team of educational experts, the new Cartoon Network videos will join the LeapFrog App Center library of hundreds of learning games, eBooks, videos, music and more. Episodes from "The Powerpuff Girls" series will be available in early 2013.
"This partnership with LeapFrog provides us with a great opportunity to showcase the outstanding content of two fan-favorite brands, The Amazing World of Gumball and The Powerpuff Girls," said Pete Yoder, vice president, consumer products, North America for Cartoon Network Enterprises. "With a groundbreaking comedy for today's kids and a timeless, iconic classic being released in the LeapFrog App Center, we are thrilled to offer young fans another platform through which they can interact with their favorite characters."
"The Amazing World of Gumball" is an animated sit-com following the misadventures of Gumball and his family in the weird and wonderful town of Elmore. It is a visually groundbreaking comedy series from Cartoon Network Europe that mixes 2D and 3D animation with a live action world. Set in a recognizable small town setting, the cast of colorful characters includes a banana, a T-Rex and a cheerleading peanut. The comedy series has garnered an impressive roster of awards including BAFTA, Annecy and ASIFA Hollywood Annie awards among others.
"The Powerpuff Girls" follows the adventures of three super-powered sisters—Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup—who frequently ask to be excused from school so they can save the world. Created accidentally through an experiment by the benevolent Professor Utonium, the sugar-coated superheroes are united in their life missions which typically alternates between delivering justice to all bad guys and skipping rope. Honored with four Primetime Emmy nominations for "Outstanding Animated Program (One Hour or Less)," "The Powerpuff Girls" also received two Juried Primetime Emmy Awards for art direction and individual achievement in animation.
"The Adventures of Gumball" episodes are now available for purchase (MSRP $5.00, for children 7 years and up) in the LeapFrog App Center. The LeapFrog App Center can be accessed through the LeapFrog Connect Application for LeapPad1, LeapPad2, Leapster Explorer and LeapsterGS.
LeapPad1 (MSRP $79.99, for children ages 4-9), LeapPad2 (MSRP $99.99, for children ages 3-9), Leapster Explorer (MSRP $59.99, for children ages 4-9) and LeapsterGS (MSRP $69.99, for children ages 4-9) are currently available at major retail locations and at www.leapfrog.com.
For more information on LeapPad1, LeapPad2, Leapster Explorer, LeapsterGS and other LeapFrog products, visit www.leapfrog.com.
LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. is the leader in educational entertainment for children. LeapFrog's award-winning product portfolio helps millions of children achieve their potential by delivering best-in-class curriculum through engaging content, fun multimedia learning platforms and toys. The Learning Path, LeapFrog's proprietary online destination for parents and extended family, provides personalized feedback on a child's learning progress and offers product recommendations to enhance each child's learning experience. Through the power of play, LeapFrog's products and curriculum help children of all ages prepare for school and life success. LeapFrog's products are available in more than 45 countries and have been used by teachers in more than 100,000 U.S. classrooms. LeapFrog is based in Emeryville, California, and was founded in 1995 by a father who revolutionized technology-based learning solutions to help his child learn how to read. Come see the learning at www.leapfrog.com.
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About Cartoon Network Enterprises
Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) is responsible for building consumer products and merchandising programs for a wide range of brands by securing and supporting long-term licensing partnerships across all categories. As the global branding and merchandising arm of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, the division manages the consumer product programs for the networks' award-winning original programming, brands and characters including Ben 10, Generator Rex, Chowder, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Adventure Time, Adult Swim and more. CNE also serves as the exclusive global licensing agent for the full portfolio of brands from Spin Master Ltd., as well as Nelvana Enterprises and Spin Master for the award-winning Bakugan brand and the PGA of America for the youth marketplace.
Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com) is the #1 U.S. television network among boys 6-11. Currently seen in 99 million U.S. homes and 168 countries around the world, Cartoon Network is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for kids and families. In addition to Emmy-winning original programming and industry-leading digital apps and online games, Cartoon Network embraces key social issues affecting families with solution-oriented initiatives such as Stop Bullying: Speak Up and the Move It Movement.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
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