Oak Brook's RC2, Muppets creator sign deal

Published: 2/16/2009 10:50 AM

The Jim Henson Co. has appointed RC2 Corp. as the global master toy licensee for the upcoming animated series Dinosaur Train.

Under the multiyear agreement, RC2 Corporation's Learning Curve Brands will feature a line of preschool products that will debut in the last half of 2010 and bring to life the rich and detailed world of the series.

Dinosaur Train, created for 3-6 year old children and currently in production for PBS Kids, features a world of dinosaurs and prehistoric lands, all connected by a colorful train line known as the Dinosaur Train. Each episode is shown through the eyes of Buddy, a preschool-aged Tyrannosaurus Rex, who, along with his adoptive family of pteranodons, goes for adventures on the Dinosaur Train to discover and visit with all kinds of dinosaurs while learning the basic concepts of natural science, natural history and paleontology.

Peter Henseler, president of Oak Brook-based RC2 Corp. said, "We're excited to work with The Jim Henson Company on the development of Dinosaur Train products. Not only does this property bring together two of kids' favorite themes, but it also delivers on dinosaurs in a more entertaining and educational way than any other dinosaur property. We look forward to bringing these exciting new products to market in 2010."

Dinosaur Train, produced by The Jim Henson Company, is co-produced with Singapore animation company BIG Communications, with the participation and assistance of the Singapore Media Development Authority.

The Jim Henson Co. has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 50 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world famous Muppets (the rights to which are now owned by The Walt Disney Company), Henson is the recipient of over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Credits include the Saturn Award-winning "Farscape" and the features "MirrorMask," "Five Children and It," "Good Boy!" and the recently released direct to DVD "Unstable Fables," which features "3 Pigs and a Baby," "Tortoise vs. Hare" and "The Goldilocks and the Three Bears Show." With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot, complete with soundstage and postproduction facilities.

RC2 Corp. is a designer, producer and marketer of innovative, high-quality toys, collectibles and infant products. RC2's infant, toddler and preschool products are marketed under its Learning Curve family of brands which includes The First Years and Lamaze brands, as well as popular and classic licensed properties such as Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder, Winnie the Pooh, John Deere, Nickelodeon and Sesame Street.