The characters in "Viva Pinata" are animals inspired by Latin American papier-mache figures, called pinatas, which are stuffed with candy and baubles and then broken by blindfolded, bat-wielding children.
The Saturday-morning animated "Viva Pinata" television series is set for a fall U.S. premier on Fox's 4Kids TV, the producer of television shows such as "Pokemon," "Yu-Gi-Oh!" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."
Microsoft's Rare is responsible for the concept and the video game, which will be available exclusively on itsin time for the year-end holidays. Rare's other video games include "Perfect Dark Zero," a mature-rated shooting game for the Xbox 360.
Under its deal with Microsoft, 4Kids has an exclusive agreement covering worldwide broadcast, home video, music and merchandise licensing rights for the "Viva Pinata" property.