Friday, March 30, 2012

Cartoon Network Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Cartoon Network is celebrating 20 years of cartoony goodness. They just sent out a press release from Cartoon Network Upfront which showcases what plans for the network has in store.

I'm glad to see Adventure Time and Regular Show as retuning series, but not on the list is ThunderCats and Mystery Inc. . I'm not sure if that specifically means that the series have ended production, but it's definitely not a good sign. Most likely it means that they'll finish their runs this year. I just checked wikipedia and Mystery Inc is coming back in May, but by 2012 both shows are probably kaput.

New series coming out below all look awful except maybe Ben 10: Omniverse, might be fun. Beware The Batman all ready looks like a train wreck. That titles going to have to be changed by the time it comes out. It's childish idea of using new villain's to make it enticing seems like such a meanigless thing to base the plot on. They could just add new villains into the show with old villains too. Also CGI! WOW! CGI! Not excellent writing or directing being mentioned, but CGI!

*Nerd note the villains have been seen in animated form on Batman Brave and The Bold

press release on content

Nick Cannon Sketch Comedy Series:     The series is a live-action, half-hour, sketch comedy show rooted in     raw mischief, high energy and slapstick humor. You’ll never know     what will happen next! Some of the silliest kids you know will make up     this wild comedy troupe led by teen stars Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time), Brandon Soo Hoo (Enders Game, Tropic Thunder), Shameik     Moore (Joyful Noise), Shauna     Case (American Horror Story) and Chanelle Peloso (Level Up). Nick Cannon will bring the     funny as creator and executive producer along with executive producers Michael     Goldman and Scott Tomlinson. The     series is being produced by Cartoon Network Studios in association with     NCredible Entertainment.

Annoying Orange:     Boasting more than 1 billion YouTube online views to date, Annoying Orange is the Web sensation     transformed into a new television series that follows Orange and his buddies as they go on a     wide range of adventures that take them from the fruit stand to parts     unknown and everything in between. The television series was developed and     will be produced by The Collective. Dane Boedigheimer co-created the     television series with Tom Sheppard (Emmy Award-winning writer for Pinky and the Brain). Conrad Vernon     (director of Madagascar 3 and Monsters vs. Aliens) will serve as executive producer     for the series along with Gary Binkow and Dan Weinstein of The Collective.      The series will premiere on Cartoon Network this summer.

DreamWorks Dragons: The Series:     Picking up where the critically-acclaimed feature film, How to Train Your Dragon, left off,     this weekly animated series follows the continuing adventures of Hiccup     and his dragon Toothless on the island of Berk,     along with the band of dragon trainers, all of whom now have dragons of     their own! 

Through their training,the kids are finding out the cool things dragons can do.  Not only will theylearn more about their dragons, they’ll also discover new ones and battleagainst enemies as they explore worlds they never dreamed existed.  Inaddition, the talented cast from the feature film—Jay Baruchel (Hiccup),America Ferrera (Astrid), Christopher Mitz-Plasse (Fishlegs) and T.J. Miller(Tuffnut)—will lend their voices to the series, which is produced byDreamWorks Animation and premieres this fall.

New LEGO Project: Following the     instant ratings success of the CG-animated Ninjago, LEGO and Cartoon Network plan to expand their     partnership with an all-new series from LEGO for 2013.

Ben 10: Omniverse: In the     brand-new animated series, Ben 10:     Omniverse, Ben will have a new character design that pays     homage to his past, and he’ll have a whole new batch of aliens to     battle. Beating the bad guys is just part of the superhero gig. With     a little help from his new, by-the-book rookie partner, Ben explores the     quirkier side of things in the alien underground and discovers enemies     from his past looking for a re-match, all while a mysterious hunter is hot     on his trail! With 10 new aliens at his disposal and a brand new lease on     life, Ben 10 is back and more fun than ever!  Matt Youngberg is     supervising producer for the series, which will premiere on Cartoon     Network this fall.

Ben10 is Cartoon Network’s most successful original globalfranchise. Since the premiere ofthe original Ben 10 series,created by Man of Action Studios, in 2006, the franchise has spawnedfour animated series, one animated movie, two live-action movies, a CG movie, afeature film currently in development, a widely-popular consumer products lineand has captured the imaginations of viewers on a worldwide scale.

Beware the Batman:  A cool,     new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core     characters with a rogues gallery of new villains not previously seen in     animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal     swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld     led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. Produced     by Warner Bros. Animation, this action-packed detective thriller deftly     redefines what we have come to know as a “Batman show.” Featuring     cutting-edge CGI visuals to match the intricate twists and turns of the     narrative, Batman steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight for an     entirely new generation of fans. With WBA’s Sam Register executive     producing, and Batman Beyond’s     Glen Murakami and Scooby-Doo! Mystery     Incorporated’s Mitch Watson producing, Beware the Batman, based on characters     from DC Comics, is coming soon to Cartoon Network!

Total Drama: Revenge of the Island:     It’s back to the island where Total Drama     began with an all-new cast!  Since the series’ host Chris took the     show worldwide, CampWawanakwa has been     abandoned and turned into a toxic nuclear waste dump—the perfect     place for new and painful, cringe-inducing challenges!  Fighting for the     million dollar prize are thirteen wild new players.  Total Drama: Revenge of the Island     is produced by Fresh TV and will premiere on Cartoon Network this summer.


Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards:     Hall of Game is Cartoon     Network’s signature venture into the broadcast awards arena, created     and produced in association with IMG Media, the production arm of global     sports, entertainment and media company, IMG.  This high-energy, multi-platform     experience lets viewers decide who’s got game, by honoring their     favorite sports stars and sports moments of the year.  From the red     carpet, to the never-before-seen stunts and surprises on stage, this unconventional celebration in 2013 will be led by a celebrity     host and feature icons from television, film, music and sports, as kids     experience an evening of humor and fun at the most raucous and biggest     sports awards show ever presented on television.

Adventure Time
Regular Show
The Amazing World of Gumball
The Looney Tunes Show
Level Up
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Young Justice
Johnny Test
Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Almost Naked Animals
Casper's Scare School
Hero 108
Scaredy Squirrel