[03/23/11 - 09:13 AM] Cartoon Network 2011 Upfront Overview A recap of the cable channel's new and returning series, complete with photos!
[via press release from Cartoon Network]
Cartoon Network 2011 Upfront Overview
The Emmy nominated Adventure Time, Cartoon Network's hit original, animated series introduces viewers to unlikely heroes Finn & Jake, buddies who traverse the mystical Land of Ooo and encounter its colorful inhabitants. The best of friends, our heroes always find themselves in the middle of heart-pounding escapades. Finn, a silly kid with an awesome hat and Jake, a brassy dog with a big kind heart, depend on each other through thick and thin.
From the mind of creator Pendleton Ward, Ooo is a land built for adventure. Teeming with imposing mountains, lush green plains, accessible forests, ubiquitous prairies and winding rivers, the cities and towns are filled with bizarre characters in need of unique assistance. Whether it's saving Princess Bubblegum, defeating zombie candy, mocking the "oxy-moronic" Ice King, or rocking out with undead music wiz Marceline the Vampire Queen, with Finn & Jake it's always Adventure Time.
Adventure Time airs Mondays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network.
The Amazing World of Gumball
The Amazing World of Gumball tells the story of an extra-ordinary suburban family who just happen to live in an ordinary town. Dad is your regular 6'4" pink rabbit who stays home while Mom works in a rainbow factory. Their kids are pretty standard too- there's Gumball, a blue cat with a giant head, Anais, a 4-year-old genius bunny and Darwin, a pet goldfish who became part of the family when he sprouted legs.
At the heart of The Amazing World of Gumball is Gumball, who faces the trials and tribulations of any 12-year-old-kid, like being chased by a rampaging T-Rex, or dressing as a cheerleader to impress the girl of his dreams.
The Amazing World of Gumball is the first UK-produced full length animation series out of Cartoon Network Development Studio Europe. The series combines 2D and 3D animation in a live-action setting and is created by Ben Bocquelet. The Amazing World of Gumball premieres Monday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network.
Bakugan: Mechtanium Surge
After defeating Emperor Barodius and the Twelve Orders on Gundalia, the Bakugan Battle Brawlers return victorious to Earth. The battles in Bakugan Interspace have exploded with popularity and the Brawlers, especially Dan; reign supreme as world class superstars until San learns that his battling directly threatens the Earth! Drago's exposure to Code Eve has infused him with incredible power and as a result Dan accidentally releases Mechtogan, a new mysterious entity that wreaks havoc whenever Drago battles!
Feeling he must regain control over Drago's evolving powers and Mechtogan, Dan leaves the Brawlers on a quest of discovery. But as he learns the truth about Drago's new powers, an insidious enemy joins the fray, building an army of "Dark Bakugan" engineered for total domination.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Building on the iconic character of Batman, this latest interpretation of the classic Batman franchise finds Batman teaming up with heroes from across the DC Comics Universe, delivering nonstop action and adventure with a touch of comic relief in this new animated series.
Light in tone, Batman: The Brave and the Bold introduces younger viewers to a famed hero while still offering plenty to excite diehard fans--the visual style of the series has been inspired by the look and feel of the work of '40s and '50s classic comic book Batman artists. Fans of all ages will cheer the caped crusader as he battles crime and injustice.
Best of all, Batman isn't going at it alone! Blue Beetle, Green Arrow, Aquaman and countless others will get a chance to uphold justice alongside him. Though still based in Gotham City, the Caped Crusader will frequently find himself outside city limits, facing situations that are both unfamiliar and exhilarating. With formidable foes around every corner, Batman will still rely on his stealth, resourcefulness and limitless supply of cool gadgets to bring justice home!
Batman: The Brave and the Bold is a 30-minute animated action/adventure series from Warner Bros. Animation and based on the DC Comics' character Batman, created by Bob Kane. The series is executive produced by Sam Register, and the producers are James Tucker and Linda M. Steiner. The series is based upon the popular DC Comics comic book characters and airs Friday nights at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network.
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien follows 16-year-old Ben Tennyson as his secret identity has been revealed to the world and he's now an international mega-star super hero, loved by kids the world over but distrusted by many adults. Armed with a mysterious new Omnitrix, Ben is able to transform into hyper-evolved versions of his aliens and will see action in places he's never been.
2011 premieres of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien consistently show double- and triple-digit delivery gains among key target demos over the same time period last year.
In the consumer products space, the Ben 10 franchise continues to be a dominant global boys action brand, with the Ben 10 Ultimate Alien having multi-category success led by a strong toyline from Bandai America and interactive franchise from D3Publisher.
Ben 10 has been one of Cartoon Network's most successful original series since first premiering on the network in January 2006. The franchise has since spawned four animated series, one animated movie, two live-action movies, a widely-popular consumer product line and has captured the imaginations of viewers on a global scale.
Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards
Cartoon Network HALL OF GAME Awards 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 onstage, this unconventional celebration in 2012 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.
The inaugural Cartoon Network HALL OF GAME Awards was held on Feb. 21, 2011 in Santa Monica, Calif., and featured icons from television, film, music and sports, including Kobe Bryant, Drew Brees, Venus Williams, Landon Donovan and Carl Edwards. Hosted by skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, the 2011 Hall of Game Awards also featured a special taped appearance by the First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Michelle Obama as part of the Let's Move! initiative. The telecast earned significant double-digit ratings gains ranging between 29% and 76% for kids and boys ages 6-11, 9-14 and 12-17.
Casper's Scare School
For werewolves, vampires, zombies and ghouls, pretty much anything goes... except making friends with humans! When Casper, the world's friendliest ghost, befriends a local boy, his uncles send him to the only place that can cure his friendliness once and for all?Scare School!
In this chilling academy, where studying comes second to spooking, students have been perfecting the art of haunting humans for over 10,000 years.
Scare School is back in session. In Season Two, get ready to meet giant dragons, aliens, killer rubber ducks and even hunchbacked monsters in pink tutus. Check your closets and look under your bed!
Destroy Build Destroy
Host Andrew W.K. moderates the mayhem in Destroy Build Destroy where two teams compete, with the guidance and assistance of professionals, to destroy a large object, rebuild it into something different and then destroy it again. Each week new teams face new challenges to build from the debris, with strategy, wits and teamwork determining which team's creation out-performs the other-and whose hard work goes up in smoke.
Destroy Build Destroy was created by Dan Taberski and produced by Idiot Box & Mess Media. Dan Taberski and Scott Messick are executive producers for the series. The series airs Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network.
Dude, What Would Happen
Dude, What Would Happen, asks such ridiculously thought provoking questions as, "Dude, what would happen if we tried to surf to class? Or, if we tried to bowl in zero G's? Or, dude what would happen if we tried to do laundry in a car wash?" Armed with an insatiable thirst for answers and with unlimited access to anything and everything, CJ Manigo, Ali Sepasyar and Jackson Rogow ask these kinds of questions each week. The sky's the limit for these three!
Dude, What Would Happen is produced by Ping Pong Productions with Brad Kuhlman and Casey Brumels as executive producers. The series airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network.
The Garfield Show
Everyone's favorite lasagna-eating cat is back! Join Garfield, Odie and Jon for hilarious, new misadventures.
Rex is 15, and like most 15-year-old boys, he likes cars, girls, music and sports. But unlike most 15-year-old boys, he can make fists the size of boulders, sprout a jet pack out of his back and turn his legs into a lightning-fast motorcycle. These talents are extremely useful to Providence, a global organization chartered to fight mutant creatures known as E.V.O.s (Exponentially Variegated Organism). Rex is under their care and is their ultimate weapon.
Generator Rex takes place in the aftermath of a global accident, where microscopic machines known as nanites have merged with every living thing. For a select few, the nanites mutate their hosts into monstrous E.V.O.s. Rex is one such E.V.O., but unlike the monsters he and Providence battle, Rex has control over his nanites, allowing him to create amazing mechanical limbs and gadgets that aid him in battle and heal E.V.O.s of their mutation. Rex is joined by a team of characters including his sidekick, a highly intelligent monkey named Bobo Haha, his mentor Agent Six, the brilliant Dr. Holiday and Noah, a regular kid and Rex's friend.
Generator Rex is an original animated series produced at Cartoon Network Studios and created by Man of Action (Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau, Steve Seagle), with John Fang as supervising producer. The series airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network.
Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Based upon the DC Comics super hero, Green Lantern: The Animated Series is an all-new CG animated action series from Warner Bros Animation and overseen by world-renowned producer, artist and animator Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, Teen Titans, Batman Beyond, DC Universe original animated movies).
As Earth's Green Lantern, Hal Jordan is used to being in dangerous situations - but he's never faced anything like this! Set at the farthest reaches of deep space, Green Lantern: The Animated Series finds Hal on the Guardian Frontier, where he must face down an invasion from by the Red Lantern Corps. Powered by pure rage, the evil Red Lanterns have sworn to destroy the Green Lantern Corps and everything they stand for. Dispatched with his friend and former drill sergeant - the gruff, hulking alien Kilowog - on the experimental spacecraft The Interceptor, Hal is soon joined by an all-new group of heroes on a mission to protect Guardian Space - and the Green Lantern Corps itself!
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall, hosted by Teck Holmes (The Real World: Hawaii) is a "twisted" half-hour game show featuring two teams of families in competition as they face down a series of moving walls with ever-changing cut-out shapes. In Hole in the Wall, contortion is key as competitors must position their bodies in any way possible to clear the walls and avoid being thrust into a pool of water - all before a live-audience. As they successfully face down each wall, the patterns become more and more challenging. Who will be the last family standing to take home the coveted Hole in the Wall trophy and get the opportunity to conquer the nearly impossible "Impossiwall?"
Hole in the Wall, the global game show phenomenon and online sensation, is produced by FremantleMedia North America with Scott St. John as executive producer. The series airs Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network.
Hot Wheels Battle Force 5
Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5 tells the epic adventures of a team of teen drivers, protecting the earth against aliens and robots in amazing interdimensional battlezones.
The Earth is under attack by two vastly different evil alien forces, intent on crossing through the firewall of the dimensions and unleashing their conquering armies onto our unprotected world. The enemies must pass from their world to ours through rips in the universe (Stormshock portals), but to get to the Earth they must win the place between worlds. A buffer zone.
How to Train Your Dragon
DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon is an adventure-comedy about a young Viking and his unlikely friendship with a dragon. Based on the book by Cressida Cowell, How to Train Your Dragon rolls fire-breathing action, epic adventure and laughs into a captivating and original story. Hiccup is a young Viking who defies tradition when he befriends one of his deadliest foes-a ferocious dragon he calls Toothless. Together, the unlikely heroes must fight against all odds to save both of their worlds. In the How to Train Your Dragon television series, premiering on Cartoon Network in 2012, the characters and worlds originally created for the big screen will be explored and further developed in a number of exciting ways that will be revealed over time. Picking up where the hit movie left off, television audiences will be taken on original, new adventures with Hiccup and Toothless every week.
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.
After a time of peace in Ninjago, our four Ninja heroes are about to face a new dangerous enemy. Lloyd Garmadon, son of their archenemy Lord Garmadon, has unleashed a new evil with unique powers. Soon his ambition to follow in his father's footsteps has put all of Ninjago in jeopardy.
Level Up (formerly Lords of Bad Axe), a Cartoon Network original movie, is a fantastical comedy for the video game age. When three high school gamers, Wyatt (Gaelan Connell), Lyle (Jessie T. Usher) and Dante (Connor del Rio) unwittingly open a portal from an online game into the real world, the trio must put aside their social differences and join forces with classmate Angie (Aimee Carrero) in order to play the game for real and defeat evil. Level Up is created and written by Derek Guiley and David Schneiderman (both credited for Chasing Liberty) and the movie is directed by Peter Lauer (Sons of Tucson, Chuck). The 90-minute movie will premiere on Cartoon Network in fall 2011.
Picking up after the events of the movie, the cast will return in a new half-hour series Level Up, which premieres in spring 2012. The series will be executive produced by Peter Murrieta (Wizards of Waverly Place, Hope and Faith).
Looney Tunes Show, The
Life just got a little more animated! Screen icons Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are back, starring in The Looney Tunes Show, an all-new modern comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation featuring all of your favorite Looney Tunes characters. Fresh designs coupled with a vivid, contemporary animation style enhance the timeless wit and charm that make these classic characters so beloved around the world.
Bugs and Daffy haven't changed - but their living situation has. Bugs is as brazen, sarcastic and ahead-of-the-game as ever, and Daffy, despite his narcissistic, sociopathic and paranoid tendencies, is Bugs' best friend and seemingly permanent houseguest.
No longer confined to seven-minute shorts, their larger-than-life personalities (and egos) offer an irreverent, comical take on our modern world and introduce a whole new realm of possibilities. Now Bugs and Daffy can wreak as much havoc at the grocery store or the DMV as they once did in the forest.
Rounding out the cast are the eternally optimistic Porky Pig, the quick and quick-witted Speedy Gonzales, the insane but lovable Lola, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, the Tasmanian Devil, Marvin the Martian, Tweety, Sylvester, Granny, Gossamer and the newest character of the bunch, Daffy's no-nonsense girlfriend, Tina.
The series also features Merrie Melodies - animated music videos of original songs spotlighting everyone from Elmer Fudd to Pepe Le Pew, plus all new adventures with the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote in stunning CG. All this together in one half-hour comedy, The Looney Tunes Show delivers fresh, sophisticated humor, heartwarming moments and something Looney for everyone.
The Looney Tunes Show premieres Tuesday, May 3 at 8 p.m. ET/ PT on Cartoon Network.
From the very first issue of the magazine in 1952, MAD has satirized and parodied the pop cultural landscape. Its irreverent heart still beats strong. In this new MAD original animated series, this same sense of the ridiculous is delivered with fresh relevance. The show is the magazine brought to animated life, from spoof mash-ups like CSiCarly to Avaturds to The Fantastic Megan Fox to commercial parodies like Toys4Brats. MAD cuts a wide swath throughout the world of pop culture. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and inspired by the iconic MAD magazine, published by DC Comics, MAD airs Mondays at 8:15 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network.
Pokémon: Black & White
A new land, new rivals, new challenges, and all-new Pokémon make the 14th season of the Pokémon animated series one of the most exciting ones yet! When Ash and his mother accompany Professor Oak to the distant Unova region, Ash discovers Pokémon that he's never seen before... and that he can't wait to catch! He may have Pikachu at his side together with new friends Iris and Cilan, but he'll still need plenty of new Pokémon on his team if he wants to challenge Unova's expert Gym Leaders. His quest to become a Pokémon Master just got even tougher!
The Problem Solverz
A new animated original series from Cartoon Network, The Problem Solverz is about three crazy young dudes -- Horace, Roba and Alfe -- who run an unorthodox detective agency dedicated to solving the mysteries of the universe, one case at a time. Here, no case is too trivial or too weird, whether it's a lost cat matching wits with a rogue giant rollerblade or simply collecting clues to decipher mystical riddles, The Problem Solverz are up to the challenge! A quarter-hour animated comedy series The Problem Solverz, created by acclaimed artist Ben Jones, displays a fresh and distinctive visual style and tone that is as entertaining as it is intriguing. The series will premiere Monday, April 4 at 8:45 pm ET/PT on Cartoon Network.
An original animated comedy from Cartoon Network, Regular Show features best friends Mordecai (a six-foot-tall blue jay) and Rigby (a hyperactive raccoon). The two are groundskeepers at a park owned by Pops, a humanoid-looking lollipop who has spent his entire life there. The job is so deadly dull that the two friends will do anything they can to avoid it. This doesn't go over well with their boss Benson (an anthropomorphic gumball machine) - but their efforts often result in insane escapades that delight Pops. Regular Show airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network.
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and their talking dog Scooby-Doo are back, solving mysteries in the spooky town of Crystal Cove, a sleepy coastal village that boasts a long history of ghostly sightings, werewolves and glowing deep sea divers. Because of all the mystery, Crystal Cove has become a tourist hotspot, taking in major profits, and the people of Crystal Cove don't appreciate the meddling of the renowned sleuthing team.
In Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, the curious gang investigates every circumstance with a questioning mindset. Ghosts and monsters may exist, but extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, and the gang will stop at nothing to learn the truth of Crystal Cove. Plus, the drama won't be limited to paranormal activities - the gang will be portrayed as real teens with real problems, dealing with situations that arise in their families and personal relationships within the group.
From Warner Bros. Animation, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated features the voices of Frank Welker (What's New, Scooby-Doo?) as Fred/Scooby-Doo, Mindy Cohn (The Facts of Life) as Velma, Grey DeLisle (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) as Daphne and Matthew Lillard (the Scooby-Doo films) as Shaggy. Sam Register (Teen Titans, Ben 10, Batman: The Brave and the Bold) is the executive producer. Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (both Duck Dodgers, Back at the Barnyard, Space Jam) are the supervising producers.
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated returns with new episodes Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m. ET/ PT on Cartoon Network.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Produced by Lucasfilm Animation, Star Wars: The Clone Wars continues to explore thrilling, new Star Wars adventures, brought to life by the legendary storytelling of Lucasfilm and an eye-popping, signature animation style.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars combines the expansive scope of the Star Wars Saga with state-of-the-art computer-generated animation. Each week, viewers will see a thrilling, 30-minute "mini-movie" unlike anything else on television. Fans young and old will revisit favorite characters - including Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda - as they continue their intergalactic battle against the encroaching forces of darkness. Stakes are high, and the fate of the Star Wars universe rests in the hands of the daring Jedi Knights. Their exploits lead to the action-packed battles and astonishing new revelations that fill Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
With a new story each week, Star Wars: The Clone Wars continues the tradition of thrilling stories, astonishing visuals and extraordinary music that have always been the hallmarks of the Star Wars Saga.
The one-hour season finale for Star Wars: The Clone Wars airs on Friday, April 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
An epic, all new reimagining of the classic 1980s animated series, ThunderCats tells the story of a hero's journey to fulfill his ultimate destiny. On Third Earth, the kingdom of Thundera is being threatened by the evil sorcerer Mumm-Ra, and Lion-O, the young heir to the throne, embarks on a great quest to take his rightful place as king. The unlikely champion must work with his faithful comrades Tygra, Cheetara, Panthro, WilyKit, WilyKat, and his loyal pet, Snarf - who join him on his journey - to save their world from darkness.
ThunderCats is a new animated series from Warner Bros. Animation (WBA), premiering exclusively on Cartoon Network, and is executive produced by Sam Register (Teen Titans, Ben 10, Batman: The Brave and the Bold), with Michael Jelenic (Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Wonder Woman) and Ethan Spaulding (Avatar: The Last Airbender) producing.
Total Drama: Revenge of the Island
We're going back to the island where Total Drama began, for an all-new season with an all-new cast! Since Chris took the show worldwide, Camp Wawanakwa has been abandoned and turned into a toxic nuclear waste dump - the perfect place for a new season of painful, cringe-inducing challenges!
Fighting for the million dollar prize are thirteen all-new players. Athletic overachiever Lightning, wide-eyed bubble-boy Cameron, multiple personality disorder Mike, take-no-prisoners jock-ette Jo, devious Scott, famemonger Dakota, indie chick Zoey, compulsive liar Staci, strong silent genius B, Jersey Shore reject Ann Maria, moonchild Dawn, nice-guy gamer Sam, and cadet Brick.
In Young Justice, being a teenager means proving yourself over and over - to peers, parents, teachers, mentors and, ultimately, to yourself. But what if you're not just a normal teenager? What if you're a teenage super hero? How much harder will it be to prove yourself in a world of super powers, super villains and super secrets? Are you ready to come of age in such a world? Are you ready for life or death rites of passage? Are you ready to join the ranks of the great heroes and prove you're worthy of the Justice League? That's exactly what the members of Young Justice - Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis - will find out and whether they have what it takes to be a proven hero.
Young Justice is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and based upon characters from DC Comics. Sam Register (Teen Titans, Ben 10, Batman: The Brave and the Bold) serves as the executive producer. Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood, Superman Doomsday, The Batman) and Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, The Spectacular Spider-Man, W.I.T.C.H.) are the producers.
Young Justice airs Fridays at 7 p.m. ET/PT.