Cartoon Network’s August Gets Moving with 5-Night ‘Infinity Train’ Event

Fresh animated adventures will be chugging along on Cartoon Network throughout August, with the series premiere of Infinity Train steaming along at the fore. The highly anticipated new show will debut with a five-night event, starting Monday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.

The day before, fans can watch K.O.’s videogame dreams come true when he meets Sonic the Hedgehog in an epic crossover episode of OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes on Sunday, Aug. 4. Plus, new episodes of fan favorites including Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart, Victor and Valentino and Craig of the Creek offer even more tooned up action.

Thursday, Aug. 1
12 p.m. (ET/PT) DC Super Hero Girls “#BeastsInShow” When Babs and Kara spar over whose dog is better, they decide to settle it at the Metropolis Dog Show, where Ace the Bat-Hound and Krypto the Superdog suddenly find themselves called upon to save the day… in more ways than one.

Friday, Aug. 2
12 p.m. (ET/PT) DC Super Hero Girls “#GothamCon” A fun day for Barbara Gordon and her bestie Harleen Quinzel at Gotham City’s annual geekfest is turned on its head when the villainous Harley Quinn shows up to wreak havoc! Lucky for everyone, Batgirl just happens to be in the area…

Craig of the Creek

Craig of the Creek

Saturday, Aug. 3
9 a.m. (ET/PT) Craig of the Creek “Cousin of the Creek” Craig takes his cousin, Bryson, to the Creek and accidentally starts a water balloon war.

9:30 a.m. (ET/PT) Victor and Valentino “Go with the Flow” When Sal stays with Victor and Valentino, the boys are annoyed by him as their roommate but eventually they learn how cool and magical he is.

12:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Ninjago “The Explorer’s Club” The ninja must break into Explorer’s Club to obtain the second Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu, running afoul of the club’s manager and irate club-members.

“Vengeance Is Mine!” Aspheera arrives at the Monastery of Spinjitzu and confronts Wu, forcing one of the ninja to make a heroic sacrifice.

Sunday, Aug. 4
4:30 p.m. (ET/PT) OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes “Deep Space Vacation” When Gar lets K.O. and Enid take a vacation to outer space, they get more than they bargained for.

“Let’s Meet Sonic” When world class hero Sonic the Hedgehog visits the plaza, he teams up with K.O. to save the day.

OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes “Let’s Meet Sonic”

OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes “Let’s Meet Sonic”

Monday, Aug. 5
6 p.m. (ET/PT) Teen Titans Go! “Girls Night In Part 2” When Blackfire begins her plan to conquer Earth, the girls must pull out all the stops to defeat her.

6:10 p.m. (ET/PT) Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart “Popularity Conquest” When Mao Mao discovers that he is not as popular as Badgerclops and Adorabat, they decide to reinvent him as a kinder, cuddlier hero.

“Sick Mao” When Mao Mao won’t admit that he’s sick, he puts the town in danger.

7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Infinity Train “The Grid Car” Tulip, a headstrong 13-year-old girl, finds a mysterious train where every car contains its own universe.

“The Beach Car” Tulip strikes a deal with a cat in an attempt to get home, but is the price worth it?

Tuesday, Aug. 6
7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Infinity Train “The Corgi Car” Tulip and One-One explore a car full of Corgis and face off against a mysterious monster.

“The Crystal Car” Tulip, Atticus and One-One enter a crystal forest car and have to take part in a musical ritual.

Wednesday, Aug. 7
7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Infinity Train “The Cat’s Car” Tulip has to face her past.

“The Unfinished Car” The gang enters an unfinished train car and tries to fix it.

Thursday, Aug. 8
7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Infinity Train “The Chrome Car” The gang meets a familiar face in a mirrored car.

“The Ball Pit Car” The gang is confronted by a strange new force on a Ball Pit Car adventure.

Friday, Aug. 9
7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Infinity Train “The Past Car” Tulip takes a risk trusting an old foe. “The Engine” Tulip makes it to the front of the train and is faced with a choice.

Infinity Train

Infinity Train

Saturday, Aug. 10
9 a.m. (ET/PT) Craig of the Creek “Camper on the Run” A runaway from a summer camp ends up at the Stump, but Craig suspects her story may not be what it seems.

9:30 a.m. (ET/PT) Victor and Valentino “Aluxes” When Victor finds an ancient relic that summons a gang of mischievous creatures, he uses them to do his bidding, which has disastrous consequences.

12:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Ninjago “A Cold Goodbye” Having learned Zane is not dead, Master Wu prepares to go after him, but Lloyd and the other ninja take matters into their own hands and defy their Master.

Victor and Valentino

Victor and Valentino

Sunday, Aug. 11
4:30 p.m. (ET/PT) OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes “Big Reveal” K.O. finds out who his father is.

“Radical Rescue” Rad is forced to reconsider his identity when K.O. starts taking on some of his traits.

6:10 p.m. (ET/PT) Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart “Thumb War” The gang decide to compete in the annual Thumb War competition, but a surprise forces Mao Mao to deal with the unthinkable… losing.

“All By Mao Self” Mao Mao’s desire to be a legend drives him to keep topping himself. But how much is enough?

Monday, Aug. 12
6 p.m. (ET/PT) Teen Titans Go! “The Great Disaster” Robin gets amnesia and starts thinking that Hawkman is his mother.

Saturday, Aug. 17
9 a.m. (ET/PT) Craig of the Creek “Stink Bomb” An accidental stink bomb explosion causes the kids to evacuate the Creek, but Craig takes it upon himself to rescue those left behind in the stench.

9:30 a.m. (ET/PT) Victor and Valentino “Guillermo’s Gathering” When Victor and Valentino are forced to go to Guillermo’s boring birthday party, they devise a scheme to leave early, but end up discovering that the party is way cooler than they thought.

Sunday, Aug. 18
4:30 p.m. (ET/PT) OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes “Let’s Get Shadowy” K.O. teams up with an unlikely ally to take on an old foe.

“You’re a Good Friend, KO” K.O. brings Dendy along for a hero mission in order to cheer her up.

Monday, Aug. 19
6 p.m. (ET/PT) Teen Titans Go! “The Viewers Decide” It’s Titans West vs Titans East as the two teams compete for who gets Bumblebee.

6:10 p.m. (ET/PT) Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart “He’s the Sheriff” The gang struggles to get rid of the King when he joins them as their new deputy-for-a-day!

“Bobo Chan” Badgerclops adopts an abandoned monster, but some things are better left in the wild.

Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart

Mao Mao, Heroes of Pure Heart

Saturday, Aug. 24
9 a.m. (ET/PT) Craig of the Creek “The Evolution of Craig” Craig rescues a tadpole and decides to raise him into a level 100 frog!

9:30 a.m. (ET/PT) Victor and Valentino “Balloon Boys” Victor and Valentino go on a hot air balloon trip with Sal and compete to be his favorite, but things go awry when they try to use the magical Nazca Lines to their advantage.

Sunday, Aug. 25
4:30 p.m. (ET/PT) OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes “Red Action 3: Grudgement Day” K.O. and Enid attempt to prevent a mysterious power battle between Rad and Red Action.

“Carl” A pleasant weekend goes awry when a monster attacks.

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Cartoon Network’s ‘Infinity Train’ Debarks with August 5 Premiere

Cartoon Network will debut its newest, mysterious animated series Infinity Train with a special five-night event beginning Monday, Aug. 5, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

Created by Owen Dennis, Infinity Train is a wild adventure filled with puzzles and peril at every twisty turn of events. Developed through Cartoon Network’s award-winning Global Artists program, the original short spurred immediateate attention — gaining over five million views on YouTube since launch.

Infinity Train follows Tulip (voiced by Ashley Johnson), a headstrong 12-year-old girl, who must use her wits to uncover the train’s many secrets – and hopefully return home. Tulip’s mind-bending journey will find her forging friendships with One-One (voiced by Jeremy Crutchley), a robot with dueling personalities, and Atticus (voiced by Ernie Hudson), the canine king of Corginia. But with new surprises awaiting in every car, will Tulip ever find a way off the train?

Later this month, Infinity Train will make its official San Comic-Con International: San Diego debut with a star-studded cast appearance on Saturday, July 20.

Executive produced by Cartoon Network Studios as the latest addition to the network’s growing global slate of original animated series, Infinity Train will also be available on the CN App and VOD.

Infinity Train

Infinity Train

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‘Lamput’ Bounces to Third Season Pickup by Cartoon Network Asia

A popular orange gooey substance just got a third season pickup by Cartoon Network Asia. Lamput, the dialogue-free, animated comedy produced by Mumbai-based Vaibhav Studios, has been picked up by Cartoon Nework in Asia Pacific and Latin America and on Boomerange in EMEA. The show, originally started as a 15-second and two-minute shorts, but the new season will be a mixture of 21×5’ and 21×2’ episodes, and will debut in early 2020.

The show follows the adventures of Lamput, a gooey orange substance that escaped from a secret laboratory. Two scientists, Specs Doc and Skinny Doc, are trying their best to catch him. But always a master of disguise, he escapes from right under their noses.

“It’s great to know that the crazy adventures of Lamput will continue,” says Vaibhav Kumaresh, creator of Lamput and founder of Vaibhav Studios. “It’s completely heartening to see the amazing viewership the show has received so far across the globe! Big thanks to everyone at Cartoon Network for all the support.”

Lamput has a huge a following on YouTube, where its clips have amassed 300 million views, as well as an additional 250 million views on Cartoon Network, POGO and the Cartoon Network Watch and Play app in Asia Pacific. It has also scored several awards including the 2018 Asian Academy Creative Awards for Best 2D Animation and the Best Animated FICCI Frames Awards in 2017 and 2018.

Leslie Lee, VP of Cartoon Network, Boomerang and POGO in Asia Pacific, added: “From their studio in Mumbai, Vaibhav and his team pour enormous amounts of energy into this creation and it’s awesome to see the results. It’s an excellent achievement for Lamput – a homegrown Indian series – to reach a global audience.”

In Asia Pacific, Cartoon Network adopts a virtual studio model for its original animation projects, identifying creators, artists and studios from right around the region for global audiences. Other series in production include Monster Beach, which will debut in late 2019.

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Reallusion Launches Cartoon Animator 4, Facial Mocap Plug-in

Reallusion has launched Cartoon Animator 4 (formerly CrazyTalk Animator), the complete professional 2D character system, and it’s new Facial Mocap Plug-in (Motion LIVE 2D), which allows users to animate characters with their own facial expression in real time. In the last decade, Cartoon Animator has been widely used by million-subscriber YouTube channels to online businesses, graphic designers, marketers and award-winning directors.

“Cartoon Animator 4 is one of the most accessible 2D character design and animation tools in the current market for both entry and professional users.” said John C. Martin, VP of Product Marketing, Reallusion. “CTA 4 is a complete 2D character system with tools to design and animate in a new way with a unique motion UI and the industry-breakthrough 2D, 360 degree head creator. Indie, pros and first time animators can apply speed to creativity with a new approach to 2D animation.”

Cartoon Animator 4 is a total 2D animation toolbox that can turn images into animated characters, generate lip-sync animation from audio, accomplish 3D parallax scenes, produce 2D visual effects, access content resources, and wield a comprehensive Photoshop pipeline to rapidly customize and create characters.

With Cartoon Animator’s Facial Mocap Plug-in, anyone can animate character with their facial performances via webcams or an iPhone TrueDepth camera to track expressions with head and eyes movements, and natural body animations driven by head position. This solution is designed for virtual production, performance capture, live TV shows and streaming web broadcasting. Key features include:

  • Real-time Face Tracking via Webcam and/or iPhone Users can utilize any webcam or iPhone X to capture real-time face tracking via Facial Mocap Plug-in, the facial expressions will instantly project onto virtual characters in Cartoon Animator.
  • Head Driven Body Movement During facial mocap, users can also add upper body motions by capturing head movements, blending values, and adjusting arm or forearm rotation that can be directly blended during live performances.
  • Real-time Lip Sync and Audio Recording The Timeline editor can edit motion clips, alter speeds, blend and refine captured phoneme expressions. Turn on the PC microphone for simultaneous audio recording for complete control over talking lip shapes.

The 360 Head Creator streamlines the workflow for head creation and expression setup, while directly applying it to the animation core through face key editing, puppeteering and the timeline system. It transforms static 2D art into 3D-styled characters with up to 360 degrees of motion for deeply rich performances. Artists can also use the Photoshop round trip in/out integration for editing multi-angle characters.

The Smart IK (Inverse Kinematic) Animation’s simple and functional design sets Cartoon Animator apart from other 2D applications, as the intuitive IK/FK system auto-switches for a fluid, and logical workflow. Smart Motion Retargeting correctly applies any motion files to different body shapes, while automatically aligning new characters to the original motion pose.

Cartoon Animator 4 is available for $ 199 (Pipeline edition) or $ 99 (PRO edition). PC/Mac webcam facial tracker is a separate module along with Motion LIVE 2D plug-in ($ 199). More information at www.reallusion.com/cartoon-animator.


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Cartoon Network Enterprises Teams with Nandita Mahtani, PUCK HCKY

Cartoon Network Enterprises has partnered with well-known Indian fashion designer Nandita Mahtani to launch a stellar collection inspired by the network’s iconic 1990s toons. The harder edge of CNE’s brand portfolio is also coming out to play with a collection from hockey apparel brand PUCK HCKY inspired by Adult Swim toon Mr. Pickles.

The Cartoon Network x Nandita Mahtani capsule collection is inspired by The Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, Dexter’s Laboratory, Courage the Cowardly Dog and Samurai Jack. Each of the silhouettes celebrates fan-favorite characters with playful elements and details such as intricate hand embroidery, sequins, beads and embellishments in vibrant colors. The collection comprises slip dresses, skirts, bomber, denim jackets, sweat-shirts and more. A kids’ capsule is also in the works.

Nandita Mahtani held an exclusive preview at Sancho’s, Mumbai, on April 5, to unveil the collection, which will launch at retail and online in the second half of 2019.

Vikram Sharma, Vice President, Cartoon Network Enterprises – Asia Pacific, said, “This collection allows our fans to wear a piece of their childhood and look great at the same time. The range of clothes really brings out the best of our classic cartoon characters and will appeal to anyone who likes to wear great fashion with a great sense of humor.”

Designer Nandita Mahtani said, “I have always been a huge fan of cartoons and the journey of celebrating fashion through this collection has been fun and inspiring. I have tried to add my interpretation to give Cartoon Network a chic and standout fashion ensemble with a sense of fun!”

The Mr. Pickles x PUCK HCKY apparel and hat collection is now available for purchase at PUCKHCKY.com.

Launched in 2015, PUCK HCKY has gained the reputation as the go-to hockey apparel brand with a unique knack for meshing various elements of popular culture with the great sport of hockey. The collaboration with Adult Swim, the top destination with millennials for more than a decade, represents a perfect, first such venture into television for PUCK HCKY.

“The first time I watched an episode of Mr. Pickles, I knew he was our kind of guy. He’s definitely edgy and even likes the same music we like!” said CEO, Matt Marini. “Now our ‘goal’ is to get Brooke Shields (the voice of Beverly Goodman on the show) in a Mr. Pickles hockey jersey!”


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Cartoon Network Turns the Action up to 11 with ‘Ben 10’ Season 4

Cartoon Network has given the greenlight to a fourth season of global hit Ben 10, promising to take “hero time” to all-new levels. Season 4 is expect to premiere worldwide in 2020.

In the new season, Ben, his cousin Gwen and Grandpa Max will venture to some of the world’s most popular destinations including Italy, Japan and Mexico — with plenty of new alien transformations, action-packed battles with villains and more along the way. Ben will also discover a special key that upgrades his beloved Omnitrix to add “Omni-Kix” armor enhancements to his aliens so he can power up during the action.

Ben 10 is currently in its third season, with new episodes returning later this month in EMEA, with the U.S. and Latin America following in February and Asia Pacific in March. The new episodes will feature new aliens, vehicles and villains, including a new character named Kevin 11, who serves as Ben’s 11 year-old-nemesis and the inventor of the “Anti-trix,” a custom version of Ben’s Omnitrix which he can activate to produce alternative versions of Ben’s heroic aliens. Fans can also join Ben on expeditions around the world as he and his family board the new Omni-Copter to fly overseas to Asia, Europe and South America.

Ben 10 was watched by 182M individuals with 56M kids tuning in to watch it in Q3 of 2018 worldwide. The show is produced by Cartoon Network Studios and created and executive produced by Man of Action Entertainment (Big Hero 6, Generator Rex), with John Fang (Mixels, Generator Rex) as executive producer.

Ben 10

Ben 10

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CBS Releasing ‘Our Cartoon President’ S1 on December 18

Take an animated tour of White House shenanigans this month when CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution release Our Cartoon President: Season One with World Class Amenities on DVD, out December 18.

Executive produced by Emmy Award winner Stephen Colbert, his The Late Show with Stephen Colbert colleague Chris Licht and showrunner R.J. Fried (Triumph’s Election Watch 2016), the set includes all 18 episodes from the acclaimed Showtime original series, including “Election Special 2018.”

Our Cartoon President follows the truish misadventures of the 45th President of the United States as he faces natural disasters, the Russian collusion investigation and the temptation to nuke anyone who suggests he should eat a salad. In this parallel cartoon universe, the Commander-in-Chief opens the White House doors for an “all access” look at his day-to-day life. The satirical series examines the quintessentially Trumpian details of the presidency and those in his presidential circle, from wildly out of touch Democrats and members of the media to his puppy-brained sons Don Jr. and Eric. When you’re finished screaming, laugh about what America has become in the era of Our Cartoon President.

The series is produced by CBS Television Studios, with Tim Luecke — co-creator of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert version of the animated Trump — as lead animator and co-executive producer, and Matt Lappin as consulting producer.

DVD special features include:

  • Introduction from Stephen Colbert
  • Two different commentaries and video introduction to episode one, “State of the Union,” by directors Tim Luecke, Steve Conner, Mack Williams and Kirill Yeretsky
  • Commentary and video introduction to ep. 15, “The Wall,” by writers/performers Jennifer F. Jackson, Gabriel Gundacker, Eliana Kwartler and Bob Powers
  • Commentary and video introduction to ep. 18, “Election Special 2018,” by R.J. Fried, Zach Smilovitz and Mike Leech
  • A look at the animation process in “The Evolution of Fear” introduced on-camera by the animation directors
  • Table read with cast, producers and department heads for ep. 11, “Russia Investigation.”
  • “2016 Election Special” clip, including video intro from co-creators Matt Lappin and Tim Luecke
  • “Cartoon Trump” clip from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert with video intro by the voice of Cartoon Trump, Jeff Bergman
  • “White House Correspondents’ Dinner” clip, including a video intro from exec producers Chris Licht and R.J. Fried
  • Image gallery
Our Cartoon President

Our Cartoon President

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Cartoon Network & Black Women Animate Launch Burbank Boot Camp

Cartoon Network has partnered with Black Women Animate to host its first-ever Boot Camp Training Day on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, Calif. The intensive training day will provide BWA’s collective members and extended community the opportunity to develop and enhance their animation skills through a series of master classes and panels with industry leaders.

The event will kick off with a conversation featuring the team behind Cartoon Network’s hit series Craig of the Creek. The groundbreaking show has connected with viewers through its relatable characters and universal storylines and has been celebrated for its attention to inclusion and positive representation of minorities.

“Cartoon Network Studios recognizes the value that Black Women Animate and its members contribute to the larger animation community,” said Rob Sorcher, chief content officer, Cartoon Network. “This partnership is designed to inspire conversation and creativity and is another step in our ongoing drive to be the inspirational home base for diverse talent.”

Black Women Animate founder and CEO Taylor K. Shaw will moderate a roundtable conversation titled “The Power of Our Roots” with other trailblazing women in animation. Attendees will participate in in-depth sessions focused on storyboarding, character design, writing and other topics. In addition, BWA managing partner JLove Calderón will moderate a panel discussion on how to be an ally to women of color.

Artists can also submit an animated short five-minutes or less for competition. A panel of esteemed judges from various animation studios will select the winning short and it will be screened at the event.

“We are so happy to partner with Cartoon Network on this revolutionary event. Sponsoring our Boot Camp demonstrates their commitment to building the future of animation,” said Shaw. “Black Women Animate is committed to shifting culture through meaningful diversity and inclusion efforts. This Boot Camp is just the beginning of us giving our base the support they need to soar.”

Cartoon Network Studios is committed to supporting diverse and emerging talent by providing education and inspiring creativity. Most recently, the studio launched CNS Academy to provide resources and tools to a growing animation community to help discover and develop their professional and personal skills.

For more information about the Black Women Animate Boot Camp Training Day, visit: www.bwabootcamp.com.

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Original ‘Bee and PuppyCat’ Goes Global on Cartoon Hangover

Get your favorite PJ pants on and hunker down for winter with the complete 2014 Bee and PuppyCat series, coming to Frederator Network’s Cartoon Hangover YouTube channel globally and free to view! The first four episodes of Natasha Allegri’s fan-favorite series are up now, with the rest of the 10 installments rolling out every Friday at 3 p.m. ET through November 9.

The launch will give international fans the chance to see the toon in its entirety. All of Bee and PuppyCat is also available on Ellation’s VRV platform, currently limited to viewers in the U.S.

Allegri’s vividly relatable heroine and her mysterious pet quickly won over online audiences from the first. More than 40 million minutes of the original Bee and PuppyCat two-part pilot have been watched on YouTube, and more than 18,000 fans contributed to a Kickstarter for the series in 2014, making it the most-backed animation project in Kickstarter history. Over the years, Bee and PuppyCat has continued to grow into a pop culture phenomenon, spurring a line of cookbooks, plush toys and more.

A new series, Bee and PuppyCat: Lazy in Space, will debut in 2019 exclusively on VRV within the Cartoon Hangover Select channel. Fans will encounter a world even more expansive (and possibly in danger) as the pair combat problems big, small, and totally weird, all while trying to make rent in time. Lazy in Space will feature longer, half-hour episodes, along with an extended season. Tokyo-based OLM, Inc. (Pokémon animated franchise), with support from its subsidiary in L.A., Sprite Animation, will be co-producing with Frederator Studios (Castlevania, Adventure Time, The Fairly OddParents), with Allegri as showrunner.

In addition to creating the break-out series, Allegri has worked on hits like Over the Garden Wall and Adventure Time, for which she created the hugely popular gender-flipped concept of “Fionna and Cake,” also writing and illustrating a comic series based on the spin-off. She is also director of The Summoning and a writer on Netflix’s Cannon Busters.

Frederator Networks is a WOW! Unlimited Media company.

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News Bytes: Where Do Yeti Come From?, ‘MHA’ Is Box Office Hero, Cartoon Controversies & More!

’Portlandia’s Jonathan Krisel to Direct ‘Sesame Street’ Movie at Warner Bros.
Deadline confirms the news that the three-time Emmy nominee will be helming the new live-action, big-screen adventure for Big Bird and co.

’Star Wars Resistance’ Actor Faces Furious Backlash for Mocking Dr. Blasey Ford
Voice actress and impressionist Rachel Butera, who stands in for the late great Carrie Fisher as the voice of General Leia Organa in the new series, posted a (now deleted) video of herself on social media mocking the voice of Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault and testified in front of Congress in an intense, closely-watched hearing Thursday. In a development which surprised no one (except Butera, apparently), many folks were seriously unimpressed.

Anika Noni

Anika Noni

Anika Noni Rose Posts Statement on Tiana Color Controversy
The voice actress who brought Disney’s first black princess to life (and had a big influence on Tiana’s original design) opened up on her Instagram about meeting with Disney to discuss fan reaction to the character’s seemingly Europeanized look in Wreck-It Ralph 2. Disney is now re-doing Tiana for the movie, out Nov. 21.

REGISTER NOW! Breaking the Glass Frame Oct. 5-7
Don’t miss this LA symposium on “Women & Animation Past, Present, Future” presented by Women in Animation, USC, UCLA and CalArts. The impressive roster of speakers is headlined by keynotes Brenda Chapman (Brave) and Brown Johnson (Sesame Workshop).

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes

‘My Hero Academia: Two Heros’ Is a Box Office Hero for Funimation Films
The highly anticipated theatrical release is outpacing any other top 10 film in per screen revenue totals by almost $ 1,200 for the first day and by over $ 1,400 on the second day in its five-day run in over 500 theaters across the U.S. and Canada. The first ever feature film based on the hit global franchise from Toho Co. Ltd. hit an estimated $ 2.57M on Thursday, according to Box Office Mojo.

“We were convinced that moviegoers would come out for My Hero Academia: Two Heroes’ based on the incredible responses we received to the franchise at our San Diego Comic Con panel and our sold-out world premiere during Anime Expo,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO & President of Funimation. “The box office success to date is extremely gratifying and we are already working with exhibitors to add additional theater locations and showtimes to keep up with the tremendous demand from audiences.”

WATCH: Channing Tatum Reveals How Yeti Are Born
Kid on cool toons beat Lindalee Rose hit the press junket for Warner Animation Group’s Smallfoot to talk to the talented voice cast about their lovable characters, including stars Tatum, Common and Zendaya. The movie is in theaters today!

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Cartoon Forum: Squeeze Reveals ‘Jax’

Squeeze Studio, the Quebec-based creators of hit shortform comedy Cracked, have unveiled their latest animated creation at Cartoon Forum in Toulouse, France: JAX. The studio presented the first images from the new, stylish 3D CG series for industry players from across Europe and around the world.

Aimed at audiences aged 6-12 (core target 8-12), the 26 x 22’ series will be full of action, suspense and plot twists, punctuated throughout by humor. Squeeze intends to kick off production in 2019 for a 2020 launch.

“Since founding Squeeze, we have always pushed the envelope by creating work that leaves an impression,” said Denis Doré, studio co-founder and series co-creator. “JAX is no different. This large-scale 3D animation action-adventure series carries our signature: the story is complex and compelling, and our characters each have that special something that makes them truly unforgettable.”

JAX was presented last year at Cartoon Connection, where it caused a stir with European broadcasters and was named one of the most promising series at the event, which opened the doors for the Canadian studio to enter the 2018 Cartoon Forum.

“The Cartoon Forum is an extraordinary platform for independent creators like us,” Doré noted. “It’s a full week chock-full of encounters and discussions with a wide range of partners from the animation industry, including broadcasters, distributors and investors. It’s the perfect time to share the first images of our new original work.”

Learn more at whoisjax.com.

JAX

JAX

JAX

JAX

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Cartoon Saloon’s ‘Wolfwalkers’ Joins Apple VOD Pack

It’s official: Ahead of TIFF, Apple’s Worldwide Video Programming division has snapped up rights to Wolfwalkers — the new animated feature project from the studios that brought Song of the Sea and The Breadwinner to theaters, Cartoon Saloon (Ireland) and Melusine Productions (Luxembourg). A potential deal was reported back in June, initially by Bloomberg.

Directed by two-time Oscar nominee Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea) and Ross Stewart (art director, The Secret of Kells), the original story (by Moore and Song of the Sea scribe Will Collins) is set in “a time of superstition and magic” and centers on a girl named Robyn who comes to Ireland with her father, who is training her to be a wolfhunter. There, she befriends a wild native girl named Mebh, who reveals to her the world of the Wolfwalkers — and transforms Robyn into the very thing her father seeks to destroy.

Apple has been ramping up its original content slate in advance of the launch of its new streaming video service in 2019. These include Central Park, the new animated comedy series from Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard; and a multi-series deal with leading kids’ content house Sesame Workshop.

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Xilam’s ‘Tiny Bad Wolf’ Takes a Bite out of Cartoon Forum

Award-winning French studio Xilam Animation is taking a new preschool animated TV project Tiny Bad Wolf for a promenade in front of potential industry partners at this year’s Cartoon Forum in Toulouse (Sept. 10-13).

Aimed at children aged 3-6, Tiny Bad Wolf (52 x 11’) follows a young wolf named Lupin who dreams of being a fairy tale hero. He’s fed up with wolves always being the baddies! So, he sneaks into fairy tales and takes on the heroes’ identities, convinced that he can do things just as well. The problem is that he’s still an impulsive little kid who insists on doing things HIS way, and creates a terrible mess. But, Lupin is always willing to fix his mistakes and come up with a happy ending. He may not be a fantastic hero, but by learning from his errors he will one day grow up to be a Big Friendly Wolf.

Learn more about Xilams at xilam.com.

Tiny Bad Wolf

Tiny Bad Wolf

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Cartoon Network, Pixelatl Announce Girl Power Finalists

Cartoon Network Latin America and Pixelatl have announced the ten finalists from Mexico, Peru and Argentina for the “Girl Power: Pitch Me The Future” pitching competition. The pitching competition is an opportunity for female animators and creators from Latin America to pitch their original show ideas to Cartoon Network. The finalists (selected from 289 original ideas) will have the chance to pitch their ideas to Cartoon Network executives at the Pixelatl festival which will take place in Cuernavaca, México between Tuesday, September 4th and Saturday, September 8th.

This year’s Girl Power finalists are:

  • Romy Little Apple and Dr Broccoli by Karen Acosta from Hidalgo, Mexico
  • El Circo de los Hermanos (The Circus of the Twin Brothers) by Jesica Yamile Aran from Argentina
  • Lisa Estufas (Smooth Stoves) by Daniela and Mariana Delgado from Mexico City, Mexico
  • Witchlike by Mirelle Ortega Molina from Veracruz, Mexico
  • Escuadrón Basura (Garbage Squad) by Jimena Montañez Arica from Peru
  • Cuatro Caminos (Four Roads) by Karen Acosta and Ross Marisin from Hidalgo, Mexico
  • Useless by Colectivo Xixo from Mexico
  • El Bosque Olvidado (The Forgotten Forest) by Madelein Treviño from Nuevo León, Mexico
  • Garrido Legacy by Florencia “Ootoro” Torres from Hidalgo, Mexico
  • Baddie and Maddie by Julieta Colás from Nuevo León, Mexico

The show creators will have the chance to pitch their projects to industry veterans Hernán La Grega (Cartoon Network Latin America), Jaime Jiménez (Cartoon Network Mexico) along with Burbank Studio’s artists Kat Morris (Steven Universe) and Hillary Florido (Regular Show), who will also participate in Pixelatl’s giving a panel to talk about creating universe’s for animated shows.

Axur Eneas, the creator of Toontorials” and winner of Pixelatl’s and Cartoon Network’s Pitch Me Evolution 2017 competition has been invited as a special guest at this year’s Pixelatl festival to showcase some of the art of the original show that will be released in the future. Other speakers include Alan Ituriel (Villainous) and Ivanobich Verdusco (Viking Tales) who have been developing shows for Cartoon Network Latin America.

El Festival Pixelatl is the main event linking Latin American artists with the global industries of animation, comics and video games. For five days, the festival brings together executives, professionals, students, and amateurs from all areas of the audiovisual work. For more info, visit https://www.elfestival.mx/2018/en-US

Witchlike

Witchlike

Useless

Useless

Romy Little Apple and Dr Broccoli

Romy Little Apple and Dr Broccoli

Lisa Estufas

Lisa Estufas

Garrido Legacy

Garrido Legacy

Escuadron Basura

Escuadron Basura

El Circo de los Hermanos Twin

El Circo de los Hermanos Twin

El Bosque Olvidado

El Bosque Olvidado

Cuatro Caminos

Cuatro Caminos

Baddie and Maddie

Baddie and Maddie

Animation Magazine

Animated People: The Dynamic Trio of ‘Our Cartoon President’

Our Cartoon President

Our Cartoon President

Showtime’s adult satirical show Our Cartoon President has had the tough challenge of presenting an animated version of the goings-on of the White House at a time when the real world is often more surreal and outrageous than anything fiction writers can come up. We had the chance to chat with the show’s co-creator/co-exec producer Tim Luecke, and animation directors Steve Conner and Mack Williams about the challenges of making such a topical animated show about real-life characters.

Animation Magazine: OK, so let’s start from the beginning. Take us back to the origins of the show.
Tim Luecke: In the spring of 2016, we began doing live animated conversations with then-candidate Donald Trump on The Late Show. We thought it would be a flash-in-the-pan segment that would go away as soon as Donald Trump did. Unfortunately, during our 2016 live Election Night special (which featured an animated Trump origin story) … we found ourselves in a world where Donald Trump had become president. So, Stephen Colbert, Late Show executive producer Chris Licht, Late Show writer/producer Matt Lappin and I developed a pitch for an series that would go behind-the-scenes of history’s most cartoonish White House.

What attracted you to this project?
Tim: I felt like it was the best way to serve my country in these unprecedented times.
Steve Conner: It’s done in New York and it pokes fun at the current administration. Building a show from the ground up is the most fun and challenging part of the process.
Mack Williams: Getting to know a new show and being in the pipeline of a new program.

How do you keep the humor topical and timely, given how amazingly fast news breaks and the political landscape changes these days?
Tim: We knew our pipeline had to be nimble, so we created an Adobe Character Animator digital puppet library that allows us to turn around topical cold open segments just days before each episode airs.
Mack: Using Character Animator lets us crank out things quickly. Luckily we haven’t had a dire emergency where someone [in the Trump Administration] got fired before one of the episodes has aired.

What do you like/dislike about that software?
Tim: As with any new software, there is a learning curve to figure out the most efficient way to use it. Because we were on such an accelerated schedule, we had to do a lot of that learning on the job.
Steve: Rigging a puppet and making sure it works properly is a hump, but once you’ve gotten over it you can animate very quickly. That helps us keep on schedule. Revisions can be a little tricky, but the pace we can achieve a first pass is excellent.
Mack: It’s built for live performance —you’re able to reuse your characters and actions.

What other animation technology do you use?
Tim: After the success of the The Late Show segments, we set out to build a pipeline that allows us to produce at a very accelerated pace. In addition to using Character Animator to plow through dialogue-heavy scenes, we rely on traditional hand drawn and After Effects puppet animation.
Mack: Most of the drawn animation is done in Photoshop — sometimes roughs are done in Flash.
Steve: Character Animator handles the bulk of the workload, but for trickier shots we lean on After Effects.

What is the ballpark cost of the production per episode?
Tim: The emotional cost of having to think about Donald Trump and his administration every day has been high.

How long does it take to make an episode?
Tim: It takes about 14 weeks from completed script to delivery.

What would you say is the biggest challenge involved in making the animated series?
Tim: We had to assemble a team, build a studio, and execute 10 episodes in a whirlwind nine months. We went from one animator to a production team of 100. I’d like to think we did a better job of staffing up than the current White House has done.
Steve: The fast production pace and dealing with news cycles are the biggest challenges.
Mack: Figuring out how to turn a segment into a 30 minute show. And using software that’s never been used this way before.

Where do you see the future of animation in five or 10 years even?
Tim: Hopefully there won’t need to be a cartoon show about Donald Trump.
Mack: Streaming services, websites and cable are racing to produce more content. There will be more opportunities to fill that demand.

Some say that the reality of this presidency is funnier and more surreal than anything fiction or animation can come up… What is your take on it?
Tim: I’m just happy that President Trump is bringing animation jobs back to America.

What’s your favorite thing about the show?
Tim: Knowing that Ted Cruz has probably watched every episode.
Mack: I love all the talented voice actors.

What makes this show unique in terms of content and process?
Tim: We’re making a full-blown animated series about actual people who are impacting our country each day. It’s like trying to animate the first draft of history. This means we’re never done tweaking until an episode is delivered. We may be a scripted animated series, but there’s still a lot of late-night talk show DNA in our process.

Check out the show’s take on the Trump-Putin summit here.

You can watch all 12 episodes of the first season of Our Cartoon President on the sho.com page.

Our Cartoon President

Our Cartoon President

Our Cartoon President

Our Cartoon President

Tim Luecke, Steve Conner, and Mack Williams

Tim Luecke, Steve Conner, and Mack Williams

Animation Magazine