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Cartoon Network marks its 20th with new shows

Cartoon Network Studios

Car­toon Net­work Studios

Hav­ing its best first quar­ter with kids in prime in five years (up 28% vs. 2011) and show­ing the most gains com­pared to the com­pe­ti­tion in the kids space, the network’s after­noon Upfront pre­sen­ta­tion held at New York’s Rose­land Ball­room paid trib­ute to the past and present with a full orches­tra play­ing clas­sic Car­toon Net­work TV theme songs and live per­for­mances from the cre­ative tal­ent behind the hit ani­mated com­edy series Adven­ture Time and Reg­u­lar Show.

Announce­ments included the world pre­miere of Dream­Works Drag­ons: The Series, based on critically-acclaimed fea­ture film How to Train Your Dragon; an orig­i­nal series based on Web sen­sa­tion Annoy­ing Orange; a brand-new ani­mated series from global fran­chise pow­er­house Ben 10: Omni­verse; and a new CG-animated series from Warner Bros. Ani­ma­tion, Beware The Bat­man.

Also, on the heels of the hugely suc­cess­ful Nin­jago launch in 2011 — cur­rently the #1 show across the first quar­ter of 2012 with all boys — a new part­ner­ship with Lego for a sec­ond series was announced by the net­work as it con­tin­ues to build on its slate of diverse content.

We are exe­cut­ing a brand vision and con­tent strat­egy that is fuel­ing tremen­dous results for Car­toon Net­work,” said Stu­art Sny­der, pres­i­dent and chief oper­at­ing offi­cer of Turner Broadcasting’s Ani­ma­tion, Young Adults and Kids Media. “Today, with a rein­vented and thriv­ing prime time, along with over­all double-digit growth in total day, we are build­ing the kind of momen­tum that is mak­ing this a great 20th anniversary.”

Rank­ing #1 in early evening prime time (7 to 9 p.m.) among boys 6 to 11 through­out the first quar­ter of this year, Car­toon Net­work also announced new upcom­ing sea­sons of its orig­i­nal hit ani­mated com­edy series Adven­ture Time, Reg­u­lar Show, The Amaz­ing World of Gum­ball, MAD and The Looney Tunes Show. A fifth sea­son of Star Wars: The Clone Wars also was announced.

New sea­sons for more than a dozen addi­tional series also will pre­miere across the 2012–13 pro­gram­ming time frame.

For 20 years, Car­toon Net­work has cul­ti­vated truly orig­i­nal voices from a diverse array of artists and pro­duc­ers, mak­ing us the great alter­na­tive to every­thing else out there,” said Rob Sor­cher, chief con­tent offi­cer for Car­toon Net­work. “Car­toon Net­work Stu­dios has grown to become the most sup­port­ive and cre­ative envi­ron­ment for a new gen­er­a­tion of creators.”

Car­toon Net­work also announced its ongo­ing com­mit­ment to its shorts pro­gram with 10 orig­i­nal seven-minute shorts to be pro­duced this year with a wholly ded­i­cated pro­duc­tion unit at Car­toon Net­work Stu­dios. With pro­duc­tion already under­way on many of these projects, this con­tin­u­ing invest­ment in diverse and unique tal­ent has resulted in many of the network’s hit ani­mated series.

Fur­ther details of Car­toon Network’s pro­gram­ming announce­ments include the following:

Car­toon Net­work New Series

 

DreamWorks Dragons: The Series

Dream­Works Drag­ons: The Series

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 they learn more about their drag­ons, they’ll also dis­cover new ones and bat­tle against ene­mies as they explore worlds they never dreamed existed. In addi­tion, 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 by Dream­Works 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

Ben 10: Omniverse

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 rematch, 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.

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

 

Beware the Batman

Beware the Batman

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

Total Drama: Revenge of the Island

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, Camp Wawanakwa 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 13 wild new play­ers. Total Drama: Revenge of the Island is pro­duced by Fresh TV and will pre­miere on Car­toon Net­work this summer.

 

Return­ing Series

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

Thailand to house first Cartoon Network waterpark

Cartoon Network Studios

Car­toon Net­work Studios

The world’s first Car­toon Net­work–themed water­park will be con­structed on Thailand’s east coast in Bang Saray, near Pat­taya, Turner Broad­cast­ing Sys­tem, Asia Pacific announced Tuesday.

Car­toon Net­work Ama­zone, expected to open in 2013, will use an Ama­zon Rain­for­est theme while “infus­ing” the park with the company’s most pop­u­lar car­toons and char­ac­ters, such as Ben 10, The Pow­er­puff Girls, Johnny Bravo and The Amaz­ing World of Gumball.

The water­park will fea­ture a num­ber of rides suit­able for every­one, from thrill-seekers to the less adven­tur­ous. Car­toon Net­work say these will include sig­na­ture rides such as a huge wave pool suit­able for fam­i­lies, an adven­ture river, speed slides, raft rac­ing and a large water-play “fortress” for kids, which will be one of the biggest in the world.

Car­toon Net­work is all about the fun and energy of the play­ground, and the addi­tion of Car­toon Net­work Ama­zone means that fam­i­lies can lit­er­ally step into our vibrant world of ani­ma­tion and vaca­tion with their favourite char­ac­ters like never before,” said Sunny Saha, senior vice-president and man­ag­ing direc­tor of Turner Broad­cast­ing Sys­tem Asia Pacific, Inc.

We are very proud to have Thai­land as the spec­tac­u­lar back­drop for the world’s first Car­toon Network-themed water­park. Thailand’s rep­u­ta­tion as the Land of Smiles and per­fect weather will ensure a mem­o­rable visit for guests of all ages.”

Car­toon Net­work Ama­zone is already into the first phase of its devel­op­ment and is being con­structed in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ama­zon Falls Co. Ltd, a lead­ing devel­oper of attrac­tions and resorts in Thailand.

It is thought that, once fin­ished, the water­park will cover 14 acres of land and will be just 15 min­utes from Pat­taya Beach City; the attrac­tion is hop­ing to attract around 800,000 guests per year when it’s fully up and running.

Thai­land has excel­lent tourism cre­den­tials, a vibrant cul­ture with a vast his­tory and also the most wel­com­ing peo­ple in the world. The addi­tion of Car­toon Net­work Ama­zone marks Thailand’s very first inter­na­tion­ally branded water theme park,” said Liakat Dhanji, chair­man of Ama­zon Falls Co. Ltd.

Car­toon Net­work is a global house­hold name, and with this strate­gic alliance, we have no doubt that by wel­com­ing our guests to meet their favorite Car­toon Net­work heroes, it will be a great draw for our park.”

Atchaka Sri­bun­ruang, secretary-general of the Thai­land Board of Invest­ment, added, “Apart from offer­ing sub­stan­tial for­eign invest­ment, Car­toon Net­work Ama­zone will cre­ate numer­ous train­ing and employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties for Thai peo­ple on all pro­fes­sional and skill lev­els and cre­ate many jobs both directly and indi­rectly for the local economy.

Our famous tourism mar­ket offers some of the most excit­ing and exotic attrac­tions in the world and we are con­fi­dent that Car­toon Net­work Ama­zone will be a pre­miere fam­ily des­ti­na­tion for all ages. The Thai­land Board of Invest­ment is very sup­port­ive of this project and will offer as much assis­tance as required.”

Bang Saray, where the water­park will be located, is a charm­ing fish­ing port just 16 kilo­me­ters from Pat­taya. The province attracts more than five mil­lion tourists per year and is one of the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions in Thailand.

Last year, Pat­taya was voted “Golf Des­ti­na­tion of the Year 2012 for Aus­trala­sia and Asia” by IAGTO.

Cartoon Network Water Park

Car­toon Net­work Water Park

DC Nation producers head to Anaheim for WonderCon

DC Nation

DC Nation

Fans can super­charge their Sat­ur­day with a spe­cial video pre­sen­ta­tion and panel ses­sion for DC Nation — the new one-hour pro­gram­ming block from Car­toon Net­work, Warner Bros. Ani­ma­tion and DC Enter­tain­ment — on March 17 at Won­der­Con, held at the Ana­heim Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Ana­heim, California,

Atten­dees will be treated to exclu­sive video con­tent filled with plenty of sneak peeks from the DC Nation block. In addi­tion, an all-star panel fea­tur­ing Young Jus­tice pro­duc­ers Bran­don Vietti (Bat­man Under the Red Hood) and Greg Weis­man (Gar­goyles), Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series pro­duc­ers Jim Krieg (Ben 10: Alien Swarm) and Gian­carlo Volpe (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), and DC ani­mated shorts pro­duc­ers Lau­ren Faust (The Pow­er­puff Girls, My Lit­tle Pony: Friend­ship Is Magic) and Ben Jones (Bat­man: The Brave and The Bold) will take the stage for a mod­er­ated Q&A.

The spe­cial video pre­sen­ta­tion and Q&A will take place in Room 204ABC. At 4 p.m., a DC Nation sign­ing will take place at DC Enter­tain­ment Booth #501.

Luke Perry’s Guide To Love (2000) — Johnny Bravo Cartoon Episode Guide

Luke Perry's Guide To Love  (2000) - Johnny Bravo Cartoon Episode Guide

Luke Perry’s Guide To Love (2000) — Johnny Bravo Car­toon Episode Guide

CotD: Today we go for the eso­teric, the cere­bral, the sub­lime. “Luke Perry’s Guide To Love” is all of that and more– watch it and see! ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/56130-Luke_Perrys_Guide_To_Love.html

Luke Perry’s Guide To Love (2000) — Johnny Bravo Car­toon Episode Guide

Johnny unknow­ingly saves the life of Luke Perry, who’s in town to per­form his one-man show, “Oh, Luke!” To repay the favor, Luke agrees to coach Johnny through one date via a hid­den micro­phone in Johnny’s ear.

Watch Luke Perry’s Guide To Love at Big Car­toon DataBase

Deal signed for live-action “Captain Planet” movie

Captain Planet

Cap­tain Planet

Car­toon Net­work has signed a devel­op­ment agree­ment with action-adventure pro­ducer Don Mur­phy and part­ner Susan Mont­ford and their com­pany Angry Film­works to develop a live-action motion pic­ture based on ground­break­ing, environment-saving ani­mated hero Cap­tain Planet And The Plan­e­teers, Stu­art Sny­der, pres­i­dent and COO of Turner Broad­cast­ing Sys­tem Inc.‘s Ani­ma­tion, Young Adults and Kids Media divi­sion, announced Tuesday.

The agree­ment gives Mur­phy and his com­pany the exclu­sive rights to develop and pack­age the prop­erty and advance it towards production.

Mur­phy and Angry Film­works are most notably cred­ited for the highly suc­cess­ful action-adventure fran­chise Trans­form­ers (2007), Trans­form­ers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Trans­form­ers: Dark of the Moon (2011). Mur­phy and Mont­ford together pro­duced the upcom­ing Hugh Jack­man film Real Steel with exec­u­tive pro­ducer Steven Spielberg.

The com­pany also is respon­si­ble for such action-oriented films as Shoot ‘Em Up (2007), The League of Extra­or­di­nary Gen­tle­men (2003), Apt Pupil (1998) and Nat­ural Born Killers (1994).

The mes­sages of Cap­tain Planet are even more rel­e­vant today,” said Sny­der. “We feel this team can bring the world’s first eco-hero to life in a pow­er­ful motion pic­ture that is not only per­ti­nent, but entertaining.”

We are extremely excited about bring­ing the good Cap­tain back to life,” said Mur­phy. “His adven­tures are known world­wide, and he is rec­og­nized across gen­er­a­tions. We expect to make a spec­tac­u­lar series of films with the amaz­ing team at Car­toon Network.”

With the earth­quakes, tor­na­does, melt­ing ice­bergs and all the other prob­lems threat­en­ing the world right now, Earth really needs her great­est defender,” said Montford.

In an effort to inform younger view­ers about seri­ous envi­ron­men­tal issues, leg­endary cable entre­pre­neur Ted Turner part­nered with DIC Enter­prises in 1990 to cre­ate the world’s first ani­mated envi­ron­men­tal series, Cap­tain Planet and the Plan­e­teers. The series was about a group of young peo­ple who com­bine their spe­cial pow­ers (The Plan­e­teers) to sum­mon Cap­tain Planet, an envi­ron­men­tal super­hero, to bat­tle the world’s worst eco-villains.

Cap­tain Planet and the Plan­e­teers pre­miered in fall 1990, air­ing domes­ti­cally and inter­na­tion­ally in syn­di­ca­tion and on cable net­works TBS and TNT. Six full sea­sons (includ­ing Hanna-Barbera’s 1993–96 incar­na­tion The New Adven­tures of Cap­tain Planet) were pro­duced in the orig­i­nal run of the series.

The show fea­tured the voice tal­ents of mul­ti­ple guest celebri­ties, includ­ing Whoopi Gold­berg (Gaia), Meg Ryan (Dr. Blight), Mar­tin Sheen (Sly Sludge), Edward Asner (Hog­gish Greedly), James Coburn (Looten Plun­der), Dean Stock­well (Duke Nukem) and Sting (Zarm). Win­ning mul­ti­ple Envi­ron­men­tal Media Awards across its pro­duc­tion, Cap­tain Planet and the Plan­e­teers also scored sev­eral Day­time Emmy nominations.

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

Cartoon Network develops live-action Ben 10 flick

Ben 10

Ben 10

Car­toon Net­work has signed an agree­ment with acclaimed pro­ducer Joel Sil­ver and Sil­ver Pic­tures to develop a live-action motion pic­ture for its glob­ally suc­cess­ful ani­mated action-adventure prop­erty, Ben 10, Stu­art Sny­der, pres­i­dent and chief oper­at­ing offi­cer of Turner Broad­cast­ing Sys­tem Inc.‘s Ani­ma­tion, Young Adults and Kids Media divi­sion, announced Tuesday.

The movie, which will be pro­duced by Sil­ver, along with Dark Cas­tle Enter­tain­ment co-presidents Steve Richards and Andrew Rona, gives Sil­ver and his pro­duc­tion com­pany exclu­sive rights to develop and pack­age the prop­erty, and to advance it toward a the­atri­cal production.

I can­not think of any­one bet­ter suited than Joel Sil­ver to develop a the­atri­cal action-driven adven­ture based on our Ben 10 fran­chise,” said Sny­der. “As a pro­ducer of mega-hit movie fran­chises like Die Hard, Lethal Weapon and The Matrix to the suc­cesses of Sher­lock Holmes and The Book of Eli, Joel has both the pas­sion and movie-making know-how to turn Ben 10 into a spec­tac­u­lar the­atri­cal expe­ri­ence for our fans.”

In Ben 10, Car­toon Net­work has built a prop­erty that is loved across the world,” said Sil­ver. “It has a fun premise with a great lead­ing char­ac­ter that lends itself to the big screen, and I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing how we can take it to the next level.”

Cre­ated by Man of Action (Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Dun­can Rouleau, Steve Sea­gle), the series — about a boy (Ben Ten­nyson) who dis­cov­ers a strange wrist­watch that allows him to trans­forms into 10 dif­fer­ent aliens with super­pow­ers — pre­miered on Car­toon Net­work in Jan­u­ary 2006 and quickly became a global hit, reach­ing more than 165 coun­tries. With these pow­ers, Ben can play the part of a super­hero, right­ing wrongs, sav­ing the world and get­ting into some old-fashioned kid-style trouble.

A #1 hit for the net­work on Sat­ur­day morn­ings, the Ben 10 saga con­tin­ued to expand as a series, first with Ben 10: Alien Force in April 2008 and then with Ben 10: Ulti­mate Alien in spring 2010, now air­ing on Fri­day nights.

Sil­ver is cred­ited with prac­ti­cally rein­vent­ing the action film genre in the 1980s. In 1985, he formed Sil­ver Pic­tures and con­tin­ued pro­duc­ing hit action films such as Com­mando (1985), the Lethal Weapon fran­chise, the first two films of the Die Hard fran­chise and The Matrix tril­ogy. Recent projects include Sher­lock Holmes (2009), and the upcom­ing films Project X and Logan’s Run.

Ben 10 has also spawned a highly suc­cess­ful and award win­ning global mer­chan­dise line, includ­ing the recent Toy of the Year at the annual BTHA Awards in Lon­don and two live-action movies for tele­vi­sion, which set new rat­ings records for Car­toon Net­work. Ben 10 is the #1 brand for all of Car­toon Net­work in elec­tronic sell-through, which includes iTunes, Xbox, PlaySta­tion and Com­cast on Demand.

Online, the Ben 10 Alien Force Game Cre­ator lets kids build their own Web games and share them with the world. To date, users have posted more than 790 mil­lion game­plays since launch, with more than 6.6 mil­lion games cre­ated by fans. Game Cre­ator recently won the Cable­FAX Best of the Web award in the Games cat­e­gory, and has achieved more than a mil­lion Face­book page fans/likes.

CN bringing more “Johnny Test” this summer

Johnny Test

Johnny Test

Return­ing with all-new episodes, Johnny Test fea­tures the intre­pid Johnny, his genet­i­cally altered super-dog Dukey and his super genius twin sis­ters. Whether it’s a ques­tion­able sci­ence exper­i­ment or things blow­ing up, as long as Dukey can come along, Johnny gives it a go.

New episodes begin at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Mon­day, June 13 and join the Mon­day night ani­mated com­edy lineup of net­work hits includ­ing The Amaz­ing World Of Gum­ball, Adven­ture Time With Finn & Jake, MAD and Reg­u­lar Show.

Johnny Test chron­i­cles the adven­tures of a fear­less 11-year-old boy, his genet­i­cally engi­neered super dog Dukey, and his 13-year-old super genius brainiac twin sis­ters who use Johnny as their guinea pig for their out-of-this-world sci­en­tific exper­i­ments. Johnny is the ulti­mate test pilot where no mis­sion is too unbe­liev­able, no chal­lenge is too great, no vil­lain is too men­ac­ing — and no sister-created con­coc­tion is too wild.

Johnny Test is cre­ated and pro­duced by Cookie Jar Entertainment.

Adult Swim announces programming slate for 2011-12

Adult Swim

Adult Swim

Adult Swim cel­e­brated a new slate of pro­gram­ming for the 2011-12 sea­son Wednes­day night dur­ing its star-studded annual Upfront event in New York City.

New orig­i­nal series and spe­cials include:

The Ven­ture Bros. Spe­cial — From the Ladle to the Grave: The Story of Shal­low Gravy
See the Ven­ture Fam­ily as you’ve never seen them before: in a 15-minute documentary-style ani­mated spe­cial. Fol­low the mete­oric rise, the equally mete­oric fall and the decid­edly un-meteor-like sec­ond com­ing of the most impor­tant band Hank Ven­ture, Der­mott Fitc­tel and H.E.L.P.eR. robot have ever been in: Shal­low Gravy. If you’re hun­gry for rock, then open wide, because here comes a ladle of heavy metal fire and metaphoric meat drip­pings. Launched on Adult Swim in August 2004, The Ven­ture Bros. is an inspired spoof of such 1960s action car­toon shows as Jonny Quest. Cre­ated by Jack­son Pub­lick III (King of the Hill, The Tick), the 30-minute ani­mated series fol­lows the bizarre mis­ad­ven­tures of the Ven­ture fam­ily. Pre­mieres July 24.

Tight Bros
Tight Bros is a new ani­mated com­edy that fol­lows two moronic “cler­gy­bros” who are on a quest for fat beats, hot chicks and tricked-out cell phones. Vince and Aaron were called by God to spread a holy mes­sage: one of peace, love and tearin’ up the club. By day, the two sell reli­gious kitsch at a kiosk in Viceroy Del Sol mall. By night, they hunt for babes, but only with mega tans and super smooth waxes in place. Pre­mier­ing in the spring of 2012, Tight Bros is cre­ated and writ­ten and exec­u­tive pro­duced by Sam John­son and Chris Marcil.

Black Dyna­mite
Based on 2009’s critically-acclaimed fea­ture film Black Dyna­mite, the new 30-minute ani­mated series will pre­miere in the spring of 2012. The Black Dyna­mite ani­mated series fur­ther chron­i­cles the exploits of the cen­tral char­ac­ter, Black Dyna­mite, and his crew. Under the direc­tion of Carl Jones (The Boon­docks), the series fea­tures the voice tal­ent of Michael Jai White, Tommy David­son, Kym Whit­ley and Byron Minns, all of whom starred in the fea­ture film. The fea­ture film is an out­ra­geous action comedy-spoof that fol­lows ex-CIA agent and full-time ladies man Black Dyna­mite, who’s out to avenge the death of his brother against kung-fu mas­ters, drug-dealing pimps and The Man. Black Dyna­mite, the ani­mated series, is being pro­duced by Ars Nova Enter­tain­ment. Jones is exec­u­tive pro­ducer. Jon Stein­gart and Jil­lian Apfel­baum also serve as exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers. Brian Ash is co-executive pro­ducer. Scott Sanders, White and Minns are pro­duc­ers. Black Dyna­mite is being ani­mated by Tit­mouse, Inc.

Return­ing series:

Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1
The series for­merly known as Aqua Teen Hunger Force is one of the most pop­u­lar and longest-running orig­i­nal series on Adult Swim and has been retooled for glory and renamed Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1. Show cre­ators Dave Willis and Matt Maiel­laro felt that after 100+ episodes, they really didn’t like the name. Now Fry­lock, Mas­ter Shake, Meat­wad and their smelly neigh­bor Carl appears under a new ban­ner and new theme song, which was writ­ten, com­posed and per­formed by Joshua Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and Alain Johannes. The clos­ing theme shred gui­tar per­for­mance is by co-creator Maiel­laro. The cast also does a lot of the things they’ve done over the past 10 years: look for a new place to put their stuff, pay rent, make gut-wrenching deci­sions and talk about life while sip­ping herbal tea. Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1 pre­miered May 8 and con­tin­ues at 11:45 p.m. (ET/PT) every Sunday.

Mary Shelley’s Franken­hole
Moral Orel cre­ator Dino Stam­atopou­los returns to Adult Swim in the spring of 2012 with sea­son 2 of the stop-motion ani­mated series Mary Shelley’s Franken­hole. This is the true story of Vic­tor Franken­stein — the world’s most nar­cis­sis­tic genius — and his var­i­ous attempts to become rec­og­nized as the great creator/scientist that he believes him­self to be.

Met­alo­ca­lypse
From cre­ators Bren­don Small and Tommy Blacha, the fourth sea­son of the ani­mated series Met­alo­ca­lypse pre­mieres in the spring of 2012. The series chron­i­cles Dethklok’s cru­sades into dark­ness and their exploita­tion as the world’s most pop­u­lar metal band and most sig­nif­i­cant cul­tural force.

Mongo Wrestling Alliance
The Wrestler meets Met­alo­ca­lypse in this story of the once great Kle­berkuh Clan. Back-stabbing smok­ing ring sluts, vil­lain­ous mutants and pile-drivers from the top of great big lad­ders — it’s all in a day’s work for young Rusty Kle­berkuh, who is deter­mined to restore his family’s name in the treach­er­ous and deviant world of pro­fes­sional wrestling. Cre­ated by Tommy Blacha (Met­alo­ca­lypse co-creator), Mongo Wrestling Alliance pre­miered sea­son 1 part 1 in Jan­u­ary. Sea­son 1 part 2 pre­mieres at mid­night (ET, PT) Sun­day, June 19.

Robot Chicken
Robot Chicken uses stop-motion ani­ma­tion to bring pop-culture par­o­dies to life in a mod­ern take on the variety/sketch show for­mat. The Emmy Award-winning series began air­ing in Feb­ru­ary 2005 and remains the top-rated orig­i­nal series on Adult Swim. Robot Chicken is cre­ated and exec­u­tive pro­duced by Seth Green and Matthew Sen­re­ich under their Stoopid Mon­key Pro­duc­tions, in con­junc­tion with Alex Bulk­ley and Corey Campodonico’s Shad­ow­Ma­chine Films. Green and Sen­re­ich also exec­u­tive pro­duce, write and, with Chris McKay, direct the series, with Green pro­vid­ing many of the voices. Sea­son 5 part 2 pre­mieres this fall.

Squid­bil­lies
The inbred squid-things of Dou­gal County return for a fifth sea­son of hill­billy shenani­gans in the spring of 2012. The squids won’t dis­ap­pointify you, as long as you like bank rob­bing, drug traf­fick­ing, unskinny bop­ping, and guest appear­ances by bona-fide famous peo­ple. Squid­bil­lies pre­miered on Adult Swim in Octo­ber 2006 and is from cre­ators Dave Willis (Aqua Teen Hunger Force) and Jim Fortier (The Brak Show), both Geor­gia natives. Willis and Fortier worked as writ­ers and pro­duc­ers on Space Ghost Coast to Coast.

Super­jail!
In April, the hit series Super­jail! slammed back in gen­eral pop­u­la­tion for a sec­ond sea­son of destruc­tion and con­tin­ues to pre­miere at mid­night (ET, PT) Sun­days on Adult Swim. Dou­ble the insan­ity. Dou­ble the crazy. Dou­ble the pain of being kicked in the guts really hard. Super­jail! returns to Adult Swim with ten new episodes pro­duced at Tit­mouse Stu­dios in N.Y. Series cre­ators and exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers Christy Kara­cas (Car­toon Sushi, Robot­omy) and Stephen War­brick (Beavis and Butthead, Daria) teamed up again to take this over-the-top ani­mated series to the next level. Chris McCul­loch (The Ven­ture Bros.) returned as a con­sult­ing pro­ducer this sea­son and lent his tal­ents with story edit­ing and voiceovers.

Pilots cur­rently in devel­op­ment include:

The Dum­miez; Nick Can­non project
Unti­tled project with Major Lazer
Unti­tled project with Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All
Rolling with Dad; 30-minute ani­mated sit­com cre­ated by Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzen­berg
Unti­tled project by Dan Har­mon and Justin Roiland

Return­ing acquisitions:

Amer­i­can Dad!
Bleach
Fam­ily Guy
Full Metal Alchemist: Broth­er­hood
King of the Hill

Pilot (2010) — Regular Show Cartoon

CotD: The first show in the Reg­u­lar Show series on Car­toon Net­work– “Pilot” first aired one year ago today ~

Pilot (2010) - Regular Show Cartoon

Pilot (2010) — Reg­u­lar Show Cartoon

Pilot (2010) — Reg­u­lar Show Car­toon Episode Guide

Two groundskeep­ers, Morde­cai (a six-foot-tall blue jay) and Rigby (a hyper­ac­tive rac­coon), are best friends who spend their days try­ing to enter­tain them­selves by any means nec­es­sary, much to the dis­plea­sure of Ben­son (their boss, who is a gum­ball machine) and to the delight of Pops (an older, lollipop-headed gentleman).

Their every­day pur­suits often lead to things spi­ral­ing out of con­trol and into the sur­real: they open por­tals to other dimen­sions, sum­mon demons via an ‘80s arcade game and acci­den­tally use chore­o­graphed dance moves to send co-workers to the moon. All in a typ­i­cal day’s work on Reg­u­lar Show.

Watch Pilot at Big Car­toon DataBase