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The Saban "Saturn" logo from 1984 to 1988.
The Saban "Saturn" logo from 1984 to 1988.

Saban Entertainment (also known as Saban International) was an independent/TV production company formed in 1984 by music and television producers Haim Saban and Shuki Levy. This company is known for importing, dubbing, and adapting several Japanese series (except for Kidd Video) such as Maple Town, Noozles, Samurai Pizza Cats, Kidd Video and Dragonball Z to North America and international markets for syndication, including both animation and live action shows. In doing so, the company also totally replaced the original production credits with their own. It also imported French shows, such as Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, and Mysterious Cities of Gold. Famous franchises include Digimon, Shinzo, and various toku adapts, which include Power Rangers, Beetleborgs and VR Troopers. Image File history File links Saban1. ... Image File history File links Saban1. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Haim Saban, a television and media mogul, is owner of Saban Media Group and is the former co-owner of Fox Family Worldwide. ... Shuki Levy is a music composer whose best known work is soundtrack compositions for childrens television shows of the 1980s, such as Inspector Gadget, The Mysterious Cities of Gold, M.A.S.K., Dinosaucers, Dragon Quest, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, G Force {aka Battle of... In filmmaking, dubbing refers to the recording of voices for a movie. ... Maple Town, known as Maple Town Monogatari in Japan and Gúshi de Mapletown in Taiwan, was an anime series centering on the adventures of Patty Rabbit, Bobby Bear, and their families, in a small utopian anthropomorphic city. ... Noozles ), also known as The Wonderous Koala Blinky, was a 26-episode anime that was originally released in Japan in 1984, under the title Fushigi na Koala Blinky or Fushigi na Koara Burinkii. ... Samurai Pizza Cats (SPC) is an animated series produced in 1990 in Japan by Tatsunoko Productions and Sotsu Agency under the name Kyattou Ninden Teyandē (KNT) (キャッ党忍伝てやんでえ). It was introduced to western audiences in 1991 by Saban. ... Kidd Video was a saturday morning cartoon in the 1980s that was quintessential of the decade. ... Dragon Ball Z logo (English manga). ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... The Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors logo Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors was an French/American animated TV show which first aired on September 16, 1985. ... Mysterious Cities of Gold English logo The Mysterious Cities of Gold (MCoG) is a cartoon series produced in 1982 by Studio Pierrot. ... Digimon ) (short for Digital Monster) is a very popular Japanese series of childrens merchandise, including toys, manga and anime, featuring monsters of various forms living in a Digital World. // Overview Digimon started out as a dueling digital pet similar to Tamagotchi, which was called Digital Monster and was released... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Power Rangers is an ongoing, American franchise of superhero childrens television programs. ... The Big Bad Beetleborgs Big Bad Beetleborgs (and later Beetleborgs Metallix) was a short-lived television series from Saban that featured three kids; Roland, Drew, and Jo. ... The VR Troopers VR Troopers (Virtual Reality Troopers) was a syndicated live action show from the creators of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. ...

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Early operation

Early in its life, Saban was a non-union company, meaning that many of its union-member actors operated under pseudonyms. In the mid-90s, after much bad press regarding payment and treatment of actors, the company went union. Several original animated series were produced for Marvel Comics, and the company's dubbed products began to rapidly increase as the anime boom began. Through a merger with US Fox Children's Entertainment in 1996, Fox Kids was born, although the block had actually been promoting itself officially as "Fox Kids" since 1993; prior to that, they were just simply the "Fox Kids Network", and all shows at that time had been promoted as airing "on Fox" Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Entertainment, Inc. ... Fox Kids Logo circa. ...


Tokusatsu adaptations

During the anime boom during the 80s-early 90s, Saban decided to take a risk and introduce the Henshin Hero genre to America. In Japan, the Henshin Hero genre gained a lot of popularity led by manga writer Shotaro Ishinomori who is considered to be the "Father of Henshin Heroes." Meanwhile, in America, the only form of tokusatsu that Americans were familiar with was mainly Godzilla, Gamera, and Ultraman; all which were dubbed respectedly. USA Network did a dub parody of Dynaman for its Night Flight Theatre time slot. Shuki Levy decided to adapt a show from the Super Sentai genre, his first choices being Sun Vulcan, Bioman and Jetman which became Saban's first choice for the first season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Many thought that the idea was too extreme and absurd and would ultimately fail. All of the above sentai shows were rejected by Saban. Finally, 1992's Zyuranger was accepted and used for footage in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers' First Season. // A scene from Cowboy Bebop (1998) Anime ), which is short for the English word animation, in the western world most popularly refers to the medium of animation originating in Japan, with distinctive character and background aesthetics that visually set it apart from other forms of animation (e. ... Screen shot from Jinzo Ningen Kikaidà, a Japanese Henshin show Henshin (変身) is the Japanese phrase for transformation. ... See also henshin. ... Shotaro Ishinomori (石ノ森章太郎 Ishinomori Shôtarô), (January 25, 1938- January 28, 1998) was an influential figure in manga, anime and tokusatsu who created several long-running series such as Cyborg 009 and Kamen Rider (Japans answer to Spider-Man). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Godzilla , as portrayed during the late Heisei era (Godzilla vs. ... Gamera over the years Gamera ) is a giant, tusked, flying terrapin from a popular series of daikaiju eiga produced by Daiei Motion Picture Company in Japan. ... It has been suggested that Dorako be merged into this article or section. ... The USA Network is a popular American cable TV network with about 89 million household subscribers as of 2005. ... Scientific Squadron Dynaman (科学戦隊ダイナマン - Kagaku Sentai Dainaman) was the 7th Sentai series (and 5th Super Sentai). ... Shuki Levy is a music composer whose best known work is soundtrack compositions for childrens television shows of the 1980s, such as Inspector Gadget, The Mysterious Cities of Gold, M.A.S.K., Dinosaucers, Dragon Quest, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, G Force {aka Battle of... Costumes from the 1975 series, Himitsu Sentai Goranger, on display at the Bandai Museum in Matsudo, Chiba, Japan Super Sentai (Japanese: 戦隊, the Japanese word for task force, literally fighting squadron - Sentai was also a term used for Japanese squadrons in WWII), is most commonly used for classifying the superhero team... Taiyou Sentai San Barukan (Sun/Three Vulcan: Solar Squadron) is Toeis fifth entry to its Super Sentai series. ... Choudenshi Bioman (超電子バイオマン Chōdenshi Baioman), translated as Super Electron Bioman, was the eighth Sentai series. ... Choujin Sentai Jetman (鳥人戦隊ジェットマン Chōjin Sentai Jettoman), translated as Birdman Squadron Jetman, was the 15th entry of Sentai Series. ... Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (MMPR) was an American live-action television series, created for the American market based on the Japanese Sentai series Kyouryuu Sentai ZyuRanger. ...


Surprisingly, the risk taking worked and the series became a hit. After the success of Power Rangers, Saban would go on to introduce other genres in Tokusatsu. The Metal Hero adaptations, VR Troopers and Beetleborgs became hits as well; but both lasted two seasons each due to lack of footage. However, when it came to introducing Kamen Rider, it turned out to be a disaster and offended many fans who were familiar with Shotaro Ishinomori's work; as well as much of the Power Rangers audience despite the fact that Masked Rider is part of Power Rangers continuity. Ironically, Kamen Rider is Japan's equivalent of Batman and Spider-Man and the overall concept of the character was completely made a mockery. Shotaro Ishinomori himself was also offended by this. Many fans would later use this as a reason for Saban being held responsible for Masked Rider not returning to America; considering the fact the New Generation Rider shows have gained a female demographic along with the increasing young boys demographic. Power Rangers is an ongoing, American franchise of superhero childrens television programs. ... Space Sheriff Gavan, the first hero of the Metal Heroes franchise Metal Heroes is a series of tokusatsu superhero TV shows produced by Toei in Japan. ... The VR Troopers VR Troopers (Virtual Reality Troopers) was a syndicated live action show from the creators of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. ... The Big Bad Beetleborgs Big Bad Beetleborgs (and later Beetleborgs Metallix) was a short-lived television series from Saban that featured three kids; Roland, Drew, and Jo. ... Kamen Riders One (right) and Two (left), the heroes of the original Kamen Rider series Kamen Raidaa ) was a popular and successful Japanese tokusatsu television series created by Shotaro Ishinomori. ... Power Rangers is an ongoing, American franchise of superhero childrens television programs. ... Kamen Rider BLACK RX Masked Rider is an American adaptation of the Japanese television show Kamen Rider Black RX, one of the many sequels of the popular Kamen Rider franchise. ... Power Rangers is an ongoing, American franchise of superhero childrens television programs. ... Kamen Rider is the overall name of a Japanese series of tokusatsu superhero productions that begins with the 1971 TV series Kamen Rider (仮面ライダー). Owing to its popularity, the original show spawned many sequels and spin-offs that have since become part of its legacy. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man, and still sometimes as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional character and superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Spider-Man swinging around his hometown, New York City. ...


Criticism

Predictably, such adaptations from Saban often receive strong criticism from fans of the original material. Although censorship for violent content is considered a necessary, albeit semi-tolerated evil, many considered certain edits excessive or unnecessary. Examples range from the avoidance of any mention of death among characters, to things that (to this day) were never really explained. In their American dub of the popular anime series Dragon Ball Z for example, a scene where a child is crying is edited so that tears are not streaming down his face. Dragon Ball Z is the long-running sequel to the anime Dragon Ball. ...


Other complaints included dialogue revisions in the scripts, which were modified in an attempt to 'localize' the programs for an American audience. Nevertheless, viewed with an unbiased eye, of the assorted companies producing dubs specifically for television at the time, Saban was probably top of the pile. While many agree that nowadays 4Kids Entertainment is much worse than Saban was, some still to this day hate the company. The American adapted version of Kamen Rider into Masked Rider reportedly offended the original creator, Shotaro Ishinomori, as it went against all the principles of what his trademark character stood for. Saban has also received some criticism from people who mistakenly believe that they attempted to create an American version of Sailor Moon. A clip of a live-action animation hybrid version of this series has circulated on the internet mistakenly attributed to Saban, in this clip certain characters were also changed around; in particular, Sailor Jupiter was to be disabled and use a wheelchair both as an average citizen and as a Sailor. However this clip was not created by Saban but by Toon Makers and Renaissance Atlantic.[1] 4Kids Entertainment (NYSE: KDE) is an American company specializing in the acquisition, production and licensing of childrens entertainment around the world. ... Kamen Rider is the overall name of a Japanese series of tokusatsu superhero productions that begins with the 1971 TV series Kamen Rider (仮面ライダー). Owing to its popularity, the original show spawned many sequels and spin-offs that have since become part of its legacy. ... Kamen Rider BLACK RX Masked Rider is an American adaptation of the Japanese television show Kamen Rider Black RX, one of the many sequels of the popular Kamen Rider franchise. ... Shotaro Ishinomori (石ノ森章太郎 Ishinomori Shôtarô), (January 25, 1938- January 28, 1998) was an influential figure in manga, anime and tokusatsu who created several long-running series such as Cyborg 009 and Kamen Rider (Japans answer to Spider-Man). ... This article or section needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed on the talk page. ...

The Saban "Gold Plate" logo from 1988 to 1996.
The Saban "Gold Plate" logo from 1988 to 1996.

Image File history File links Saban2. ... Image File history File links Saban2. ...

Renaming

In October 2001, the group was sold to Disney, and renamed BVS Entertainment. Concurrently, Fox Kids was replaced with the Fox Box (now known as 4Kids TV), featuring a line of shows from 4Kids Entertainment. Disney gained ownership of all Saban's products, and began to air many of them on ABC Family in a programming block called Jetix. The European Fox Kids channel continued to run under that name until the beginning of 2005, when it was also rebranded as "Jetix", as is the former Fox Kids channel in Latin America. The Walt Disney Company (most commonly known as Disney) (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... 4Kids current logo 4Kids TV (formerly Fox Box) is a Saturday morning television programming block on the Fox network. ... 4Kids Entertainment (NYSE: KDE) is an American company specializing in the acquisition, production and licensing of childrens entertainment around the world. ... ABC Family is an American cable television network currently owned by Disney/ABC. // History The network was founded by Pat Robertson in April 1977 as CBN Cable, an arm of his Christian Broadcasting Network. ... This article is about a brand Jetix. ...


Meanwhile, the fates of the company's two most popular shows were somewhat ignominious. The entire production of Power Rangers was shut down, and moved to New Zealand for reasons of cost. The resultant series, Power Rangers: Ninja Storm and Power Rangers: Dino Thunder aired on ABC Family and Toon Disney in the USA and on the various Jetix channels around the world. Meanwhile Digimon's fourth season was produced and voiced by the same crew (under the banner of Sensation Animation, but farmed out to UPN as part of a deal between them and Disney for the 2002-2003 programming year. On this less-than-accessible channel, the show was subjected to a shifting timeslot and a saturation of re-runs that hurt it considerably. With its conclusion, and the breaking of the UPN/Disney deal, Digimon joined its brother and sister shows on ABC Family and Toon Disney. The fourth season as well as the previous seasons also aired on the Canadian station YTV. Power Rangers: Ninja Storm is the eleventh incarnation of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series. ... Power Rangers: Dino Thunder are the twelfth generation of Power Rangers. ... Sensation Animation is a subsidiary group of the Walt Disney Company. ...


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List of television shows & films

1960s

Acquired from New World Communications. Originally produced by Grantray-Lawrence Animation. New World Communications was a major television production company and television station owner in the United States from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s. ... Grantray-Lawrence Animation was a Canadian animation studio active from 1954 to 1967 and founded by Grant Simmons, Ray Patterson, and Robert Lawrence. ...

It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Marvel Super Heroes (TV series). ... Namor the Sub-Mariner is a fictional character featured in Marvel Comics, and one of the oldest superhero characters. ... Thor (often called The Mighty Thor) is a Marvel Comics superhero, based on the thunder god of Norse mythology. ... Iron Man (Anthony Edward Tony Stark) is a fictional superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. ... It has been suggested that Planet Hulk be merged into this article or section. ... Captain America, the alter ego of Steve Rogers (in some accounts Steven Grant Rogers), is a fictional superhero in the Marvel Comics Universe. ...

1970s

Acquired from New World Communications. Originally produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises. New World Communications was a major television production company and television station owner in the United States from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s. ... DePatie-Freleng Enterprises (sometimes abbreviated to DFE) was a Hollywood-based animation production company, active from 1963 to 1981. ...

Fantastic Four is an animated series produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises (who would ironically become known as Marvel Productions, Ltd. ... Jessica Drew, Spider-Woman, is a superheroine, a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. ...

1980s

The Marvel Comics based series were acquired from New World Communications. They were originally produced by Marvel Productions. Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Entertainment, Inc. ... New World Communications was a major television production company and television station owner in the United States from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s. ... First production logo used after Marvel acquired DePatie-Freleng Enterprises. ...

The children of The Littl Bits, from left to right: Willibit, Lillabit, Snagglebit, Chip, Browniebit The Littl Bits is an anime cartoon series with 26 episodes produced in 1980 by Tatsunoko Productions in Japan. ... Spider-Man is the name of a syndicated short-lived animated TV series based on the popular Marvel Comics character of the same name. ... Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends is an animated series produced by Marvel Productions Ltd. ... Dungeons & Dragons is an American animated television series that was a co production of Marvel Comics and TSR, and made in the United States during the 1980s. ... Kidd Video was a saturday morning cartoon in the 1980s that was quintessential of the decade. ... Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea is the English title of the French animated series Les Mondes Engloutis (The Engulfed Worlds). The series consists of altogether 52 episodes, each between 20 and 25 minutes in length, divided into two, 26 episode seasons. ... Maple Town, known as Maple Town Monogatari in Japan and Gúshi de Mapletown in Taiwan, was an anime series centering on the adventures of Patty Rabbit, Bobby Bear, and their families, in a small utopian anthropomorphic city. ... The New Archies was a syndicated childrens television cartoon, based upon the long-running Archie comic books and characters. ... Adventures of the Little Koala was a Korean cartoon show that aired on Nickelodeon dubbed in English from 1987 to 1993. ... AlfTales was an animated American series that ran on the NBC television network on Saturdays from August 1988 to December 1989. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Noozles ), also known as The Wonderous Koala Blinky, was a 26-episode anime that was originally released in Japan in 1984, under the title Fushigi na Koala Blinky or Fushigi na Koara Burinkii. ... Grimms Kinder- und Hausmärchen - Erster Theil (1812) Cover Art The world famous collection of German (and French) fairy tales Kinder- und Hausmärchen (KHM; English: Childrens and Household Tales), commonly known as Grimms Fairy Tales, was published by Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm and Wilhelm Karl Grimm... Various television shows based on Super Mario Bros. ... The Legend of Zelda is an American animated television series based on the popular Legend of Zelda video games created by Shigeru Miyamoto. ... Captain N: The Game Master is a cartoon series that aired on U.S. and United Kingdom television from 1989 to 1992. ...

1990s

Sabans Adventures of the Little Mermaid was an animated series produced by Saban in the early 1990s, probably to cash in the success of the Disney movie adaptation of the same Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. ... Die Biene Maja und ihre Abenteuer book cover The Adventures of Maya the Bee (in German Die Biene Maja und ihre Abenteuer) is a book written by Waldemar Bonsels and first published in 1912. ... Heidi is a story focusing on events in the life of the title character, a young orphan girl, in Switzerland. ... Samurai Pizza Cats (SPC) is an animated series produced in 1990 in Japan by Tatsunoko Productions and Sotsu Agency under the name Kyattou Ninden Teyandē (KNT) (キャッ党忍伝てやんでえ). It was introduced to western audiences in 1991 by Saban. ... Based on the Dragon Quest series of video games, Dragon Quest the television show was aired in 1990 by Yuji Horii and Akira Toriyama. ... Sugar and Spice is a 2001 comedy film about cheerleaders who become bank robbers. ... Gulliver Exhibited to the Brobdingnag Farmer by Richard Redgrave Gullivers Travels (1726, amended 1735) is a novel by Jonathan Swift that is both a satire on human nature and a parody of the travellers tales literary sub-genre. ... Scorch is a web browser plugin created by the Sibelius company to allow users to view, play, and print music over the internet. ... Til Death Us Do Part (also known as Till Death Us do Part)1 was a BBC television sitcom series written by Johnny Speight that ran from 1964 until 1974. ... Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (MMPR) was an American live-action television series, created for the American market based on the Japanese Sentai series Kyouryuu Sentai ZyuRanger. ... X-Men, an animated series, debuted on October 31, 1992 (the 1992–1993 season) on the Fox Network as part of Fox’s “Fox Kids” Saturday morning lineup, which featured cartoons such as X-Men, Bobby’s World and Life with Louie and live-action programming such as Mighty Morphin... It has been suggested that Wildcats v2 be merged into this article or section. ... The VR Troopers VR Troopers (Virtual Reality Troopers) was a syndicated live action show from the creators of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. ... Masked Rider may refer to: Masked Rider: One of the mascots of Texas Tech University, a masked and caped rider mounted on a black horse. ... Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie was produced by 20th Century Fox in Summer of 1995. ... Iron Man and War Machine in a 1995 episode of the Iron Man animated series. ... Creepy Crawlers were made by the Mattel company and were a variation on the toy Incredible Edibles in which a plastic like gel was squeezed from a tube onto a metal form. ... Fantastic Four is an animated series based on Marvels comic book series Fantastic Four. ... It has been suggested that Sweet Valley be merged into this article or section. ... Dragon Ball Z is the long-running sequel to the anime Dragon Ball. ... Battle of the Planets (1978) is an animated television cartoon from Sandy Frank Entertainment originally produced in Japan in 1972 under the name Kagaku ninja tai Gatchaman (lit. ... Power Rangers: Zeo (often abbreviated as PRZ) is a continuation of the television series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. ... The Big Bad Beetleborgs Big Bad Beetleborgs (and later Beetleborgs Metallix) was a short-lived television series from Saban that featured three kids; Roland, Drew, and Jo. ... Flint the Time Detective, known as Space-Time Detective Genshi-kun (時空探偵ゲンシクン Jikū Tantei Genshi-kun) in Japan, animated Japanese television series, directed by Hiroshi Fukutomi. ... Diabolik portrayed on a newspaper announcing his radio adaptation Diabolik is a fictional character, an anti-hero featured in Italian comics. ... Bad Dog is a short-lived animated cartoon that aired on ABC and Teletoon during 1998. ... Power Rangers in Space is a television show, the sixth generation of Power Rangers. ... The Why Why Family (also known as Sabans The Why Why Family) is a French cartoon television series for children, which originally aired in 1996, written by Annabelle Perrichon and François-Emmanuel Porché and produced by Saban Entertainment. ... The Secret Files of the Spy Dogs are childrens animated series made in 1998 to 1999 that aired on Fox Kids whenever it was cancelled. ... Digimon ) (short for Digital Monster) is a very popular Japanese series of childrens merchandise, including toys, manga and anime, featuring monsters of various forms living in a Digital World. // Overview Digimon started out as a dueling digital pet similar to Tamagotchi, which was called Digital Monster and was released... The Incredible Hulk-- as seen in the Animated Series In 1996, UPN brought Marvel Comics Hulk back to animated form (his last animated series was in 1982 for NBC). ... Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy is a Power Rangers television series, the seventh to air, and features many familiar elements from previous incarnations. ... Title Sequence. ... Tenko and the Guardians of the Magic is an all-but-forgotten cartoon from the 1990s featuring a female Japanese magician named Tenko. ...

2000s

Dinozaurs Logo Dinozaurs (AKA Prehistoric Warriors) (DinoZone in Japan) is the name of a show which is a combination of Japanese Anime and Computer Animation. ... Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue is the eighth incarnation of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series, based on the Super Sentai series Kyukyu Sentai GoGo V (Super Rescue Task Force Go Go V). ... Power Rangers: Time Force is the ninth incarnation of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series, based on the Super Sentai series Mirai Sentai TimeRanger, running for 40 half-hour episodes from February to November of 2001. ... Power Rangers: Wild Force is considered to be the tenth incarnation of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series, despite the fact that it is only the ninth unique incarnation (The original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers ran for three seasons, while Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers is widely considered to be part... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

References

  1. ^ Animefringe: Features: Sailor Moon à la Saban: Debunked - An Interview with Rocky Solotoff - Adam "Omega" Arnold.

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