|B&H Kids' Bibleman gets reboot|
|Written by Taylor Berglund|
|Monday, 21 March 2016 11:42 AM America/New_York|
B&H Kids is promoting the fall release of Bibleman: The Animated Adventures by revealing an all-new logo, initial character images and the first products in the series. The reboot was announced last summer at ComicCon.
Ultimately, B&H plans to release multiple products, including DVDs, books, building block sets, mini-figures and Bibleman’s sword. The first wave of products will be published Oct. 15, and in late summer, the new website, bibleman.com, will re-launch with previews of the animated series.
The Bibleman brand began in 1995 from Pamplin Entertainment and was primarily a series comprised of live-action videos with other branded books and toys. The brand was later sold to Thomas Nelson, which produced additional live-action videos, and the brand was then acquired by B&H Kids in fall 2013.
B&H Kids Publisher Dan Lynch explained the approach to the reboot.
“The characters pay homage to the original live-action characters, yet have a fresh appeal for old and new fans alike,” Lynch said. “The Bibleman brand has been around for more than two decades. Willie Aames, Robert T. Schlipp (who played the role of Bibleman in the live-action videos) and the many others who built the brand and reached millions of kids. We're excited to be bringing it back with a new animated series and style for a new generation of kids and to reach millions more.”
B&H Publishing Group partnered on the new project with P23 Entertainment Inc. to produce 26 episodes of Bibleman: The Animated Adventures. P23 Entertainment President Cliff McDowell said producing Bibleman was a longtime desire.
P23 Entertainment President Cliff McDowell said producing Bibleman was a longtime desire.
“We are very excited about the rebranding the iconic franchise,” McDowell said. “This is something that I wanted to produce for over 8 years. Taking it into the animation world only made the best creative sense, and the ministry impact will last for generations to come as animation is timeless.”
Lynch reflected on the advances in animation that will impact the Bibleman franchise.
“Kids love action heroes, and there's no action hero who reaches kids with the gospel message like Bibleman,” Lynch said. “We can do so much more with animation than we ever could in live action. New sets, new vehicles, surprises and, of course, both old and new villains. We know the kids who grew up with Bibleman will love introducing their children to this popular character.”