Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (commonly known as Warner Bros.) is an American mass media and entertainment company, headquartered in Burbank, California. The company was founded on April 4, 1923 by Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack Warner and is now a division of AT&T's WarnerMedia.
- Main article: Pokémon in the United States → Kids' WB
Kids' WB (sometimes styled as Kids WB!) was an American children's television programming block and brand owned by Warner Bros. Television that first aired on September 9, 1995, on The WB Television Network. On January 24, 2006 it was announced The WB and CBS Corporation's UPN would merge to create The CW. When The WB closed on September 17 that year, the block moved to the new channel and it ran there from September 23, 2006 to May 17, 2008, at which time The CW4Kids was launched to replace it. Kids' WB lived on as the name of a streaming service, until a rebranding on May 17, 2015.
The Pokémon anime began airing on Kids' WB on February 13, 1999, part way through season one, after initially having aired in syndication. The show proved to be a hit, and the block aired every (non-banned) episode of the anime until the end of season eight. In 2006 it was announced that Kids WB would no longer be airing non-Warner Bros. shows. The Pokémon anime was moved to Cartoon Network (then owned by Turner Broadcasting System, a separate and now defunct division of parent company WarnerMedia) and began airing there on September 8, 2006.
Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures is the film production and distribution arm of Warner Bros. Starting in 1999, Warner Bros. Pictures licenced the first three Pokémon movies from 4Kids Entertainment, and released them in cinemas via their Warner Bros. Family Entertainment subsidiary.
In the United States, they released Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back as Kids WB! Presents "Pokémon The First Movie" on November 10, 1999, Pokémon the Movie 2000: The Power of One as Kids WB! Presents "Pokémon the Movie 2000" on July 21, 2000, and Pokémon 3: The Movie - Spell of the Unown: Entei as Kids WB! Presents "Pokémon 3 The Movie" on April 6, 2001. Warner Bros. Pictures also released these movies in cinemas in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and through their subsidiary Warner Sogefilms in Spain. Following this, the distribution rights for future Pokémon movies moved to Miramax.
On July 25, 2018 it was announced that Warner Bros. would be taking over international distribution of Pokémon Detective Pikachu from Universal Pictures, covering all regions outside of Japan and China. The movie was released in cinemas around the world, beginning May 8, 2019.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
- Main article: Pokémon anime home video releases
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (formerly Warner Home Video) is the home video distribution division for Warner Bros. as well as other WarnerMedia companies, including New Line Cinema, DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera and HBO.
Warner Home Video released Pokémon: The First Movie on DVD and VHS in North America on March 21, 2000, followed by Brazil, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom later in 2000, Germany in 2001 and the Netherlands in 2002. Pokémon the Movie 2000 was released in North America on DVD and VHS on November 14, 2000, and in Brazil the same year. This was followed by Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom in 2001 and the Netherlands in 2002. Pokémon 3: The Movie was released on DVD and VHS in North America on August 21, 2001, and in Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom the same year. As with the theatrical releases, home video distribution rights then moved to Miramax for subsequent films.
On December 17, 2008, it was announced that VIZ Media and Warner Home Video had struck a deal, whereby Warner would distribute future DVDs (and later Blu-rays) published by VIZ in the United States and Mexico, which included releases of the Pokémon anime and movies.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released Pokémon Detective Pikachu on DVD, Blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray starting August 6, 2019.
Cartoon Network is an American children's television network that was launched on October 1, 1992 after Turner Broadcasting System purchased Hanna-Barbera. Since its establishment, international variants of the channel have launched around the world. On March 4, 2019 parent company AT&T announced that Cartoon Network would become part of Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics, a new division of Warner Bros.
In the United States, Cartoon Network aired Pokémon Chronicles from June 3 to November 25, 2006, during its Toonami block. Season nine of the Pokémon anime premiered on the channel on September 8, 2006, after the series was dropped by Kids' WB. Re-runs of the show aired on sister channel Boomerang, and were available on Toonami Jetstream, an ad-supported video streaming service run as a partnership between Cartoon Network and VIZ Media. After Toonami Jeststream closed on January 31, 2009, the anime moved to the Cartoon Network Video streaming service, starting May 15, 2009. The show stayed with the network until season 19, and on December 5, 2016 moved to rival Disney XD.
In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the Toonami channel (later rebranded as Cartoon Network Too) held the world premiere of Pokémon Chronicles from May 11 to October 5, 2005. The channel would go on to air seasons eight, nine and ten of the anime in tandem with terrestrial broadcaster ITV, after gaining the rights from rival Sky One. From season 11, new episodes began to premiere on rival Jetix (later rebranded as Disney XD), however, Cartoon Network Too continued to show re-runs of old episodes until late 2010.
In Spanish speaking Latin America, Cartoon Network has broadcast every season of the anime since September 6, 1999. Beginning on January 1, 2010, the first season also began to air on Tooncast, a sister channel of Cartoon Network. In Brazil, Cartoon Network has broadcast the anime since 1999, dubbed in Brazilian Portuguese. In the Philippines, Cartoon Network aired the English dub of the anime from season one until the end of season 17, when the show moved to the Disney Channel.
On the Indian subcontinent, season one of the anime began airing on Cartoon Network (India) on May 12, 2003. On April 2, 2004 a separate Cartoon Network channel for Pakistan and Bangladesh was created, and the anime began airing there as well. Cartoon Network in India continued to broadcast the series until the end of season 11, when the show moved to sister channel Pogo starting from season 12, while in Pakistan and Bangladesh the show remained on the main channel. From season 14 the Pokémon anime returned to the main Cartoon Network channel in India. The anime has also aired on Cartoon Network in Australia and New Zealand.
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