ATLANTA, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Cartoon Network announces the addition
of the immensely popular Pokemon series to its programming line-up. The
iconic animated TV show premieres its brand-new ninth season, Pokemon:
Battle Frontier, in the U.S. this fall and viewers will be able to watch
all-new episodes of the popular series exclusively on Cartoon Network. The
series features the tale of Ash Ketchum, Pikachu, and their friends as they
face some of their biggest adventures yet.
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Pokemon: Battle Frontier takes Ash and Pikachu back to the Kanto region
to complete the Battle Frontier, seven ultimate tests that will challenge
Ash's skills as a Pokemon Trainer. Ash's friend May must also face some
stiff competition as she seeks to win Kanto's Pokemon Contests and become a
top Pokemon Coordinator. Together, these two Trainers and their friends
will recruit more Pokemon, battle powerful opponents, and make new friends,
all in this climactic ninth season of Pokemon. In addition, Pokemon
Chronicles, never before seen in the U.S., premiered June 3, at 7:00 p.m.
(ET, PT) during Toonami. The series stars old friends plus unsung heroes
and villains from the hit animated series.
"We're thrilled to be the new home of Pokemon in the U.S. and to be
bringing first-run, never-before-seen episodes of this tremendous series to
our audience," said Bob Higgins, senior vice president or programming and
original animation for Cartoon Network. "We're looking forward to working
with Pokemon USA to grow Battle Frontier into a top television destination
for boys and girls of all ages."
"We are immensely proud to be partnering with Cartoon Network and look
forward to an exciting future based on a mutual goal -- providing the best
animation for children," says Akira Chiba, president and CEO, Pokemon USA,
Inc. "For us, Cartoon Network is a perfect fit because we want to be where
the kids are and to give our fans what they want, which is Pokemon
throughout the week."
Pokemon is a global pop culture phenomenon celebrating its 10th
worldwide anniversary this year. Throughout 2006, Pokemon is providing fans
with a variety of different initiatives to celebrate the milestone
including a 24-city mall tour -- The Pokemon Journey Across America --
which features local video game competitions culminating in the Pokemon
10th Anniversary Party and Video Game National Championships in August in
New York City. The property has major staying power across multiple
categories including video games, the Pokemon Trading Card Game, movies and
About Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 89
million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner
Broadcasting System, Inc.'s ad-supported cable service offering the best in
original, acquired and classic animated entertainment for kids and
families. Overnight from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. (ET, PT) Sunday-Thursday, Cartoon
Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination
showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major
producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading
provider of programming for the basic cable industry.
Pokemon USA, Inc., a subsidiary of The Pokemon Company in Japan,
manages the property outside of Asia which includes licensing, marketing,
the Pokemon Trading Card Game, an animated TV series, home entertainment,
the official Pokemon website, and online retail center
http://www.pokemoncenter.com . Celebrating its 10th worldwide anniversary
in 2006, Pokemon was launched in Japan in 1996 for play on Nintendo's Game
Boy(R) and has since evolved into a global cultural phenomenon. Pokemon was
introduced in North America in September 1998 and today is one of the most
popular toy and entertainment properties in the world. For more
information, visit http://www.pokemon.com .
SOURCE Cartoon Network