Ypulse Essentials: Nicktoons Turns 20,'Breaking Dawn' Stills, KidZui Creates A Children's Search Enginge

Happy Birthday, Nicktoons! (Twenty years ago, Nickelodeon debuted “Doug,” “Rugrats,” and “Ren & Stimpy” – the very first Nicktoons, which revolutionized children’s TV! Thankfully “Doug” is currently part of the network’s The 90s Are All That block, but we miss the other beloved programs! Animation has changed a lot over the years and you can expect it to continue to adapt thanks to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research. They’ve teamed up to build 3D face models, which will give characters improved facial expressions) (Nickandmore) (Kidscreen)

- Twihards rejoice! (New stills from “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1” are here and trust us, you’ll want to see them. We can hardly wait for the movie to come out this fall! Speaking of excitement, we’re even more eager for “The Hunger Games” after seeing a new still of Gale at The Reaping. And in other entertainment news, two new characters have been cast for “Glee” Season 3...“Friday Night Lights”‘s LaMarcus Tinker will play Mercedes’s boyfriend and Vanessa Lengies of “American Dreams” will play Sugar, a mean girl who can’t carry a tune) (Entertainment Weekly) (MTV) (JustJaredJr)

- Kids are taking over the digital space (which is why KidZui launched a kid-friendly search engine called Zui.com. The site features a user-friendly design and age-appropriate YouTube videos, games, images, and suggestions for similar search terms. Zui.com is also Facebook-compatible so kids can share content with their parents if they’re on the social network. Apparently babies need tablets too, which is why tech company Vinci is releasing a device for children zero to four years old. It includes games, story books, and music videos that are designed to teach kids basic language, cognition,…

 
 

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“As a graphic designer, without the arts being available to me in school I would have been lost as a child and where to take my career path. The fact that schools are cutting art programs is heartbreaking.”—Female, 24, NJ

Applebee’s is putting down the sriracha and giving up on trying to appeal to Millennials. The brand has decided their newer menu items—like a “triple pork bonanza” sandwich—and attempt at a “modern bar and grill” reinvention has “alienate[d]” Boomers and Gen Xers. They’re shutting down more than 130 restaurants and bringing back initiatives from before their attempted “pendulum swing towards millennials,” all-you-can-eat specials and 2-for-$20 deals. Other brands are creating new spin off chains to appeal to fast-casual lovingMillennials, that “[lack] the associated baggage of the old.” (Inc, NPR)

Adults-only ball pits, bouncy houses, and giant slides are sweeping the U.K. Millennials seeking a break from adulthood are flocking to places like Wacky World’s “massive bouncy-castle obstacle course,” which started out as a children’s event. The founder received so many requests that now every event has an 18-and-over slot, and has expanded to 19 cities. This “trend for arrested development activities” is caused by nostalgia, but the influx of marketing and branding leveraging the emotion could be popularizing these playgrounds for adults. (The Guardian)

Facebook is responding to the trend of asking for birthday charitable donations by integrating it right into the platform. Users in the U.S. can now trade in all the “HBD”s they get on Facebook for donations to the cause of their choice: well-wishers will be notified of the birthday along with the selected non-profit, and get the chance to donate. Facebook will ask users which charity they wish to dedicate their day to two weeks in advance, allowing them to choose from 750,000 organizations. (TNW)

Appear Here is the Airbnb of pop-up shops, giving brands their perfect temporary store for the new era of retail. The company finds short term retail space, and has worked with big-name brands like Nike and Net-a-Porter to open “experimental activations” or “test new products.” As brick-and-mortar continues to suffer and long-term stores close, Appear Here says physical retail is still needed, but to “tell a story.” The pop-up industry was valued at $50 billion in 2015, and provides a more low-risk, flexible option to avoid the retail wasteland. (Glossy)

Millennials & Gen Z are turning a profit online and on mobile by re-selling their retail. Thredup, Poshmark, and Depop are just a few of the most popular brands cashing in on the resale economy’s $18 billion market, and some shoppers say they are making $300 a week on the platforms. Some are also using social to sell, often in conjunction with apps or sites, including Snapchat, Facebook Groups, and Instagram. College students on a budget are reportedly especially drawn to resale, thanks to convenience, value, and access to luxury at a lower price. (FN)

“Adult means being entirely independent. I pay my own bills, make all decisions in my life, and feel very in control.”—Male, 20, NY

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