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CN’s “Adventure Time” comes to San Diego Comic-Con

Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network will transport fans attending San Diego Comic-Con International to the unpredictable and exciting world of Adventure Time.

The Land of Ooo comes to Comic Con and to the streets of San Diego with an Adventure Time-themed booth, pizzeria and the first-ever Adventure Time Parade.

Based on the hit show, Cartoon Network’s booth will feature a massive one-of-a-kind inflatable of series star Jake, with Finn and Lady Rainicorn along for the ride. Fans will be able to take photos set in the Land of Ooo with Adventure Time characters, collect five exclusive Adventure Time buttons, participate in an open casting call to audition as their favorite Adventure Time character, and attend a star-studded panel filled with live readings, giveaways and more.

Cartoon Network once again goes beyond the San Diego Convention Center with an even bigger presence, this time based around Adventure Time.

Visit the Cartoon Network Pizzeria (Ciro’s Pizzeria, 536 Market Street, between 5th and 6th in the Gaslamp Quarter) from Wednesday, July 20 and Sunday, July 24 for a unique, fully immersive takeover. The restaurant brings you into the world of Adventure Time with floor-to-ceiling decor, episodes and clips, and a custom Jake plush free with purchase throughout the entire convention (while supplies last). Also, brand ambassadors throughout the Gaslamp District will distribute coupons for special Happy Hour free food and drink each day.

Every day during the convention, an Adventure Time parade featuring Finn, Jake, Ice King, Princess Bubblegum, Lumpy Space Princess, and Lady Rainicorn will wind its way through the Gaslamp District.

Other Cartoon Network series will be showcased at San Diego Comic-Con International, with talent and giveaways at convention panels including the action of Ben 10, Generator Rex, Young Justice, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, ThunderCats and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the antics of comedy hits like Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, The Problem Solverz and The Looney Tunes Show.

Fans can also tune into Cartoon Network for “Cartoon Network’s Big Fan Weekend,” featuring Andrew W.K. (host, Destroy Build Destroy) interviewing popular Cartoon Network show creators and talent live from the convention floor. All weekend long viewers, tuning in to CN will get first looks at upcoming new movies and series, as well as exclusives and sneak peeks of their favorite returning series.

Below is a schedule of Cartoon Network series panels, fan events and signings at 2011 Comic-Con International. All times, dates and locations are subject to change.

Thursday, July 21

4:45 to 5:45 p.m.
Lucas Panel: The Clone Wars Season Four Preview
Room 6BCF
The epic conflict of Star Wars: The Clone Wars intensifies in the upcoming season as new battle lines are drawn, new threats arise and old enemies resurface. Take an unparalleled first look into this fall’s action, drama and adventure as the creators of hit series from Lucasfilm preview some of what will astound Star Wars fans in Season Four. Featuring supervising director Dave Filoni, CG lighting and FX supervisor Joel Aron, and other talents from behind the scenes at Lucasfilm Animation. Hosted by Pablo Hidalgo.

Friday, July 22

10 to 11 a.m.
WB Panel: MAD Screening and Q&A
Room 25ABC
Often imitated but never duplicated, MAD is more than just the country’s best-selling humor magazine — it’s also the inspiration for the outrageous animated series from Warner Bros. Animation. Featuring short animated parodies, crazy commercials, pretend promos and classic gags inspired by the iconic magazine, MAD is currently one of the highest-rated series on Cartoon Network… and back at Comic-Con to share more laughs and explore the world of MAD. Join MAD Magazine editor John Ficarra, art director Sam Viviano and “Spy vs. Spy” artist Peter Kuper, along with MAD series producers Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek, for a sizzle reel of laughs from season one, a sneak peek at season two and a wise-cracking Q&A that’s bound to be, well, MAD. MAD airs at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT Mondays on Cartoon Network.

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Cartoon Network: Regular Show/The Problem Solverz + More!
Room 6A
Johnny Test! The Amazing World of Gumball! Adventure Time! Regular Show! MAD! The Problem Solverz! Cartoon Network is dominating Monday nights with the funniest night on television, and it’s bringing the inside scoop to Comic Con! Join creators and talent from Regular Show and The Problem Solverz as they talk about how these two comedy hits came to life, perform unique live readings, and show exclusive clips from upcoming episodes! The panel features Regular Show creator J.G. Quintel (Mordecai), Bill Salyers (Rigby), Sam Marin (Pops, Benson, Muscle Man), Janie Hadad (Margaret) and Mike Roth (creative director). The Problem Solverz talent includes acclaimed artist and show creator Ben Jones (Alfe and Roba) and Kyle Kaplan (Horace).

2 to 3 p.m.
WB Panel: Green Lantern: The Animated Series Video Presentation and Q&A
Room 6BCF
Warner Bros. Animation brings the Green Lantern to television in an all-new CG animated action series for Cartoon Network from world-renowned producer, artist and animator Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series). Based upon the DC Comics super hero, Green Lantern: The Animated Series centers on Hal Jordan and his partner Kilowog, who find themselves alone on the edge of the Guardian Frontier fighting off an invasion by the deadly Red Lantern Corps. Timm will headline a panel — moderated by Warner Bros. Animation’s Sam Register (Teen Titans) — which will also feature producer Giancarlo Volpe (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and producer/story editor Jim Krieg (Ben 10: Alien Swarm). In addition to the Q&A, fans in attendance will be treated to footage of this highly anticipated new series prepared exclusively for Comic-Con.

3 to 4 p.m.
Lucas Panel: Rendering the Galaxy Far, Far Away – The Digital Art and Light of The Clone Wars
Room 7AB
What does it take to being The Clone Wars to the screen? How is the feature film-quality animation produced on a weekly television schedule? These secrets are kept by the artists at Lucasfilm Animation, and they are here to peer behind-the-scenes of the hit animated series, offering insight into the creative and technical process of continuing the epic sweep and visual grandeur of the Star Wars saga. Featuring supervising director Dave Filoni, CG lighting & FX supervisor Joel Aron, and other talents from behind-the-scenes at Lucasfilm Animation. Hosted by Pablo Hidalgo.

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
WB Panel: ThunderCats Premiere Episode Screening and Q&A
Room 6A
Comic-Con, Ho! From the moment this series was announced, fans have answered the call — now, the wait is finally over as Warner Bros. Animation is proud to bring the fans at Comic-Con the world premiere of this all-new reimagining of the beloved ’80s franchise. Lion-O, Tygra, Panthro, Cheetara, Wily Kit, Wily Kat and Snarf are back! After the screening, producers Michael Jelenic (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) and Ethan Spaulding (Avatar: The Last Airbender), art director Dan Norton (G.I. Joe: Resolute) and members of the voice cast will discuss what viewers can expect in the first season of this new series. ThunderCats premieres in a special one-hour episode on Friday, July 29 at 8/7c on Cartoon Network. Become a fan of ThunderCats on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thundercats.

Saturday, July 23

3 to 4 p.m.
Cartoon Network: Adventure Time
Room 6A
What time is it?! It’s Adventure Time… Comic-Con style! See what’s in store for Finn, Jake and all their friends from the mystical Land of Ooo as Cartoon Network’s break-out hit comes to you live with a star-studded panel of talent, including show creator Pendleton Ward, Jeremy Shada (Finn), Hynden Walch (Princess Bubblegum), Olivia Olson (Marceline the Vampire Queen) and Kent Osborne (storyboard artist). If you want to see sneak peaks of upcoming episodes, and be the first to learn about upcoming special events (don’t deny it!) and want to get your hands on some algebraic Adventure Time gear (Hammacow!), then you do not want to miss this totally out-of-this-world panel!

Sunday, July 24

10 to 11 a.m.
WB Panel: Young Justice Screening and Q&A
Room 7AB
Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Miss Martian, Red Arrow and Superboy — these aren’t your average sidekicks, and this isn’t your average cartoon. In a short amount of time, and with just a small number of episodes, fans have embraced this new action-adventure series as Warner Bros. Animation has brought some of its favorite DC heroes to life. Following a special screening, producers Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood) and Greg Weisman (Gargoyles), lead character designer Phil Bourassa (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths) and additional members of the creative team will be on hand to answer your burning questions on what the future holds for “the team.” Young Justice Season 1, Part 1 is available on DVD now.

1 to 2 p.m.
WB Panel: Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Screening and Q&A
Room 6A
The gang from Crystal Cove is packing up its best traps and bringing them to San Diego, and it’s no mystery as to why fans have embraced this most recent take on Scooby-Doo from Warner Bros. Animation. Join supervising producers Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (both Duck Dodgers) and producer Mitch Watson (Ben 10: Race Against Time) for a special screening of the first season finale and a lively panel on the adventures that await Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma in season two. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated airs Tuesdays at 7:30/6:30c on Cartoon Network, and the original movie Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur will be released on DVD September 13. Become a fan of Scooby-Doo on Facebook at www.facebook.com/scoobydoo.

2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
WB Panel: The Looney Tunes Show Screening and Q&A
Room 6A
Comic-Con can be a crazy place, but it’s about to get Looney. After an extended break from the limelight, animation’s favorite mismatched duo Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck (along with all your other favorite Looney Tunes characters) return in The Looney Tunes Show, an all-new animated half-hour comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation. Following a special screening, the laughs continue when supervising producers Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (both Duck Dodgers), story editor Hugh Davidson, writer Rachel Ramras and other members of the creative team will take the stage to answer your questions. Just don’t ask them, “Eh, what’s up, Doc?” From Warner Bros. Animation, The Looney Tunes Show airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on Cartoon Network. Become a fan of The Looney Tunes Show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/looneytunes.

2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
Cartoon Network Action: Ben 10/Generator Rex
Room 6BCF
Two of action animation’s biggest stars collide in one explosive panel! Join the voice talent and creators behind Ben 10 and Generator Rex as they give fans a sneak peak into the future of these two series, including an exclusive first look at the upcoming Ben 10/Generator Rex: Heroes United Crossover Special Event! Yuri Lowenthal (Ben) is on hand for some fun surprises, as well as series creators and writers for the inside scoop on two of Cartoon Network’s biggest Friday Night Action hits! Plus: Ben 10 Fans won’t want to miss the exclusive world premiere unveiling of footage from the new Ben 10 CGI movie!

Cartoon Network Signings

Friday, July 22
12 noon to 1 p.m.
Regular Show/The Problem Solverz + More!
Location: AA8

Saturday, July 23
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Adventure Time
Location: AA8

Sunday, July 24
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Ben 10/Generator Rex
Location: AA2

Gake No Ue No Ponyo (2008) – Feature Length Theatrical

CotD: A lot of choices available today, but we shall go with “Gake No Ue No Ponyo” (Ponyo On The Cliff)- Miyazaki’s last feature film ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/92865-Gake_No_Ue_No_Ponyo.html

Gake No Ue No Ponyo (2008

Gake No Ue No Ponyo (2008

Gake No Ue No Ponyo (2008) – Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film

A small town by the sea. Five-year-old Sosuke lives high on a cliff overlooking the Inland Sea. One morning, while playing on the rocky beach below his house, he discovers a goldfish named Ponyo with her head stuck fast in a jam jar. Sosuke rescues her and keeps her in a green plastic pail.

Ponyo is fascinated by Sosuke and Sosuke feels the same about Ponyo. He tells her: “Don’t worry, I’ll protect you and take care of you.” But Ponyo’s father Fujimoto- once human, now a sorcerer who lives deep under the sea- forces her to return with him into the ocean depths. “I want to be human!”, Ponyo declares.

Determined to become a little girl and make her way back to Sosuke, Ponyo escapes. But before she does it, she empties the Water of Life, Fujimoto’s precious store of magical elixir, into the ocean. The sea waters rise.

Ponyo’s sisters are transformed into enormous fish-shaped tidal waves that climb as high as Sosuke’s house on the cliff. The chaos of the ocean world envelops Sosuke’s little town, making it sink beneath the waves.

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Looking for “Pooh”? Find it way down in 6th place

Winnie The Pooh

Winnie The Pooh

Oh bother! “Potter” positively pulverized “Pooh” at the box office over the weekend, with Disney’s latest incarnation of the “hunny”-loving bear opening in sixth place.

Winnie The Pooh made only $8 million in North America. Even though it’s a month old, Cars 2 was a rung higher at No. 5. The Pixar-Disney sequel collected $8.3 million — $12.4 million internationally.

A family film, Winnie the Pooh marked a return to the hand-drawn animation that accompanied earlier adaptations of A.A. Milne’s storybook characters.

The overwhelming winner at the box office was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, estimated by Warner Bros. to have collected $168.6 million domestically between Friday and Sunday. Setting a record both domestically and internationally for a movie opening, the Harry Potter finale beat the $158.4 million made by the 2008 Batman tale The Dark Knight — also a Warner Bros. picture.

With $15.5 million, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 set a record for best domestic opening in huge-screen IMAX theaters, overtaking the $12.2 million for last year’s Disney motion-capture film Alice In Wonderland.

According to box-office tracker Hollywood.com, domestic revenue for the weekend added up to $263 million. Ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at United States and Canadian theaters were released by Hollywood.com. Final domestic figures are scheduled for release Monday.

I Love To Singa (1936) – Merrie Melodies Theatrical

CotD: Another of the most popular cartoons at BCDB, “I Love To Singa” is a great Tex Avery shoe… watch it again today! ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/492-I_Love_To_Singa.html

I Love To Singa

I Love To Singa

I Love To Singa (1936) – Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

Owls are happy with their three classically musical kids but dismayed at their fourth one, who won’t stop singing jazz. So they kick him out. He goes on Jack Bunny’s radio show (billing himself as Owl Jolson), and the family is reunited.

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Petete Y Trapito (1975) – Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film

CotD: Here’s one form off the beaten path! “Petete Y Trapito” was a big hit in Argentina- give it a look! ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/62788-Petete_Y_Trapito.html

Petete Y Trapito (1975)

Petete Y Trapito (1975)

Petete Y Trapito (1975) – Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film

Trapito (Little Cloth) is a scarecrow with life itself, and a singular emotional sadness. One stormy night, he saves the life of a cute sparrow, Salapín. Apparently, the sadness of Trapito is because he was missing something. Finally, Salapín leads him to the house of the Patriarch of the Birds, an old bird who knows a lot about life in the forest and its inhabitants.

Thus, after weigh Trapito in the balance of life, he discovers that the reason for his sadness was due to lacking of illusions. From there, the Patriarch of the Birds entrusted to Salapín with the mission of being the guardian of the illusions of Trapito. That is how begins an inseparable friendship and they living a story filled with danger, adventure, laughter, but also very emotional moments with many friends as Larguirucho (Lanky) and Espumita (Little Foam), the Brave Seahorse but also evil enemies as the Pirate Mala Pata (Bad luck / Bad leg) and the Cruel Octopus.

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Little Cheeser (1936) – Happy Harmonies Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: A minor character from MGM, “Little Cheeser” was also pretty popular; Did you like him? ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/3092-Little_Cheeser.html

Little Cheeser (1936) - Happy Harmonies

Little Cheeser (1936) - Happy Harmonies

Little Cheeser (1936) – Happy Harmonies Theatrical Cartoon Series

Cheeser the mouse doesn’t want to go bed. In a fitful sleep, he has good and bad “angels” to help him decide right from wrong. The “good angel” (on one shoulder) teaches Cheeser to smoke and drink, while the “bad angel” (on the other shoulder) tries to prevent this. Cheeser attempts to smoke a pipe, look at girlie magazines and do other bad things before realizing that good overpowers evil.

When the good angel intervenes, a war of the spirits ensues. After being chased by a cat, Cheeser is finally exhausted by his journey into the terrifying world of free will. He runs back to bed, says his prayers, and falls to sleep like a good little mouse.

Watch Little Cheeser at Big Cartoon DataBase

Cool World (1951) – Feature Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: A blend of live action & animation, “Cool World” was Ralph Bakshi’s answer to “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/23338-Cool_World.html

Cool World (1951) - Feature Theatrical

Cool World (1951) - Feature Theatrical

Cool World (1951) – Feature Theatrical Cartoon

Burnt-out cartoonist Jack Dweebs withdraws into his cartoon creations, the Cool World, where sexy “doodle” Holli Would uses him to become human. The story follows two humans who encounter Cool World- a parallel universe where cartoons actually exist- and tangle with the seductive Holli, an ambitious animated bombshell determined to escape into three-dimensional reality.

Deebs created and then is seduced by Holli. Frank Harris is the Cool World cop out to make sure that humans don’t have sex with cartoon characters, since that act can rupture the fabric between the two universes. Of course, the rupturing occurs, and all sorts of freewheeling animated hell breaks loose as cartoon misfits of all shapes and sizes invade the city of Las Vegas.

With a thumping techno score that includes tracks from Moby and David Bowie and such goofy touches as Holli singing “Let’s Make Love” with Frank Sinatra Jr., Cool World is definitely a freaky place to visit.

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8 Ball Bunny (1951) – Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: The little penguin made his second appearance in 1950’s “8 Ball Bunny” Do you remember his first film? ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/4528-8_Ball_Bunny.html

8 Ball Bunny (1951) - Looney Tunes

8 Ball Bunny (1951) - Looney Tunes

8 Ball Bunny (1951) – Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

To take home a wayward penguin, Bugs brings him to New Orleans, Martinique, the Panama Canal and even the South Pole (where there’s an actual red-striped pole with a sign reading “South Pole.” The silent penguin finally hands the exasperated Bugs a note indicating that he’s the only penguin born in Hoboken.

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His Mouse Friday (1951) – Tom and Jerry Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: Tom goes for a tropical holiday in 1951’s “His Mouse Friday” Do you like this Tom & Jerry short? ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/3121-His_Mouse_Friday.html

His Mouse Friday (1951) - Tom and Jerry

His Mouse Friday (1951) - Tom and Jerry

His Mouse Friday (1951) – Tom and Jerry Theatrical Cartoon Series

Shipwrecked on a desert island, Tom meets a “Robinson Crusoe” mouse who disguises himself as a cannibal, but the real cannibals arrive.

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What’s Opera, Doc? (1957) – Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: Probably one of the highest regarded animated films of all time, “What’s Opera, Doc?” Do you like this Chuck Jones short? ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/5289-Whats_Opera_Doc.html

What's Opera, Doc? (1957) - Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon

What's Opera, Doc? (1957) - Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon

What’s Opera, Doc? (1957) – Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

Bugs and Elmer match forces in an epic tale of Wagnerian proportions.

Wow… that is a pretty lame synopsis… Think you can do better? If you have a better synopsis for this film, Submit your it here. We will publish the best one, and credit you with writing it.

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