Posts Tagged "Cartoon Network"

Mike Tyson Comes to [adult swim]

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Mike Tyson MysteriesMike Tyson Comes to [adult swim] by Jerry Whitworth

 

In the world of professional boxing, few hold the prestige of Mike Tyson. The youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA, and IBF heavyweight titles and the first heavyweight boxer to hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles at the same time (the only heavyweight to also unify those titles), Tyson’s career was marred by scandals like being found guilty of rape and later biting the ear of fellow boxer Evander Holyfield during a match. Tyson saw his career and wealth crumble until it underwent a Renaissance largely born from a memorable role in the film The Hangover. Since then, he went on to tour with a one-man show and became known famously to raise and care for hundreds of pigeons (his love of the metropolitan bird going back to his youth). In May 2014, [adult swim] would announce development of an animated series starring Tyson solving mysteries.

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Vortexx and the Death of Saturday Toons

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Comic Art News | 2 comments

VortexxVortexx and the Death of Saturday Toons by Jerry Whitworth

 

News broke late May that Vortexx, the children’s programming block on the CW, would be coming to an end to make way for live action programming for a more family-orientated audience. Vortexx holds the distinction of being the last block of syndicated Saturday morning cartoons in the United States. Where channels like ABC, CBS, and NBC once dominated the market, cable channels like USA got into the act before local affiliates of Fox, Warner Bros, and more largely inherited the realm. Saturday morning cartoons came about in the 1960s when television stations wanted to sell advertising space that would appeal to children. So, animation studios that could cheaply produce series were hired and cartoons once only available in movie theaters were telecast on Saturday mornings. The experiment was a complete success. And the only place it could go was up.

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Top 10 Action Series Canceled by Cartoon Network

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in Comic Art News | 8 comments

Stu SnyderTop 10: Action Series Canceled by Cartoon Network by Jerry Whitworth

 

With the exit of Stu Snyder, manager of Cartoon Network, fans can’t help but reflect on negative advents during his seven year run at the channel. Most notable for his desire to move toward live action and reality series he championed at CN (a focus that lost the company creator Craig McCracken of The Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends), Snyder is also remembered for the cancellation of fan favorite animation block Toonami in 2008. Between mismanagement by the network in the last few years and basing series’ success on toy sales, Cartoon Network has stacked up an impressive record of canceled series, including those critically-acclaimed and cult followed. In fact, CN had lost so much of the faith of its viewers from its mismanagement, for some years the ratings threatened to kill the network. Only in recent years, with series like Adventure Time and Regular Show (not to mention DVD sales of generally cheaply produced [adult swim] series), has it managed to recoup losses (amidst major competition from Nickelodeon, The Hub, and Disney XD). Along the way, a number of shows have come and gone by the hand of the powers that be at CN that fans felt were either taken too soon or believed there was still stories left to be told. Lets examine some of the series fans have demanded the return of on the network over the years.

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The End Of Young Justice

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Comic Art News | 2 comments

The TeamThe End of Young Justice by Jerry Whitworth

 

On January 28, 2013, multiple sources have confirmed the end of the animated series Young Justice on Cartoon Network (as well as Green Lantern: The Animated Series). The show, which featured a group of young superheroes working under the Justice League of America, is the latest series from Greg Weisman to be canceled after only two seasons (his last series Spectacular Spider-Man suffering a similar fate) with some comparing the creator to Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as both generate critically acclaimed television series that do well with ratings and acquire a cult following with fervent fans but end up canceled nonetheless. Young Justice is also the latest in a series of television programs broadcast by Cartoon Network canceled when enough episodes were produced to run the show in syndication. The non-announcement of the cancellation came as CN dropped a press release of its Fall 2013 lineup which saw the series absent with rampant speculation of the series’ demise later confirmed by unnamed insiders at Warner Bros. To say the loss of the show is a disappointment is an understatement as the series not only appealed to comic book/superhero media fans but the complex stories and characters broke into the market of youth interested in anime. Lets take a look at Young Justice and why it became so beloved by its fans.

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The Return of Megas XLR?

Posted by on Dec 19, 2012 in Comic Art News | 4 comments

Megas XLR cast

Megas XLR cast

The Return of Megas XLR? by Jerry Whitworth

 

Created by New York’s School of Visual Arts students George Krstic and Jody Schaeffer, Megas XLR was conceived by Krstic while playing a video game with Schaeffer as a series that combines elements of cartoons, anime, comic books, video games, and more in an animated series. Using Schaeffer’s high end computer, the pair were joined by fellow SVA alumni Tony Cupo and Chris Prynoski culminating in a pilot for the series that was transferred to VHS cassette (though the computer went through many upgrades in order to support the software the group used). Krstic and Prynoski had previously collaborated with Anne D. Berstein on the Emmy-nominated animated series Downtown for MTV in 1999 that was canceled after only a single season (leading to numerous jabs against the network in the form of Pop TV on Megas XLR). Chasing down a Cartoon Network executive at San Diego Comic-Con International, the group passed over the tape and the pilot aired on the channel in 2002 as part of a contest judged by fans to decide the next Cartoon Cartoon. After winning the vote, Megas XLR went into production premiering as part of Cartoon Network’s successful Toonami afternoon animation block of action/adventure programming in 2004.

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The Downfall of Cartoon Network

Posted by on Nov 18, 2012 in Comic Art News | 6 comments

Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network

The Downfall of Cartoon Network by Jerry Whitworth

 

In the past weeks, many several websites have discussed the last minute and surprise hiatus of the DC Nation block of programming on Cartoon Network and some months ago the channel’s Toonami block returned as a virtual whisper.  These however have only been the latest in a series of missteps made by the network which has turned away much of its audience and reportedly has seen the station limp along in attempting to be relevant again. In 1992, Cartoon Network started out as an avenue to broadcast the vast library of animation owned by Turner Entertainment including that from Fleischer Studios, Hanna-Barbera, and much of the Looney Tunes/Merry Melodies as well as Tom and Jerry (the station’s role in this capacity would later largely filled by sister station Boomerang). The network would slowly dip its toe into new content including the late night series Space Ghost: Coast to Coast before the formation of Cartoon Network Studios in 1994 which largely took the creators from Hanna-Barbera (as well as others including from rival network Nickelodeon) and allowed them to begin developing what would eventually be known as the Cartoon Cartoons (examples include Dexter’s Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Powerpuff Girls, and Samurai Jack). Headed by Jim Samples, the new content proved to be popular with viewers and the network began to set itself apart from the likes of Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. In 1996, Turner would merge with Time Warner generating arguably the largest library of animated content in the United States. This meant DC Comics, home to international icons like Superman and Batman (who in some years prior were provided a fan favorite animated universe largely from the mind of artist Bruce Timm), could now be showcased on the channel culminating in the wildly popular Justice League animated series. What more, Japanese animated series licensed by Warner could air on the station which would eventually end up on the afternoon animation block Toonami that started in 1997 and would prove to be yet another hit. Though, the network’s next programming block would revolutionize the channel and sustain them even today.

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Review – Green Lantern: TAS Season One

Posted by on Jun 8, 2012 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Green Lantern TAS main cast

Green Lantern TAS main cast

Review – Green Lantern: TAS Season One by Jerry Whitworth

Recently, Green Lantern: The Animated Series‘ first season came to a close as part of Cartoon Network’s DC Nation programming block. Loosely based on the more recent stories of the Green Lantern franchise, most of the season was dedicated to the Red Lantern Corps. As the season also set up the Star Sapphire and Blue Lantern Corps, the Sinestro Corps was notably absent (likely due to its rights tied into the film franchise) though the presence of some mysterious yellow rock that interferes with the Green Lanterns’ power acted as a placeholder for it should there be a second season. Should there be a second season, it would be likely to feature some adaptation of the War of Lights saga from the comic book franchise (only having to incorporate the Sinestro Corps, Larfleeze, and the Indigo Tribe).

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Toonami’s Back… But Will it Last?

Posted by on Jun 4, 2012 in Comic Art News | 3 comments

Toonami

Toonami

Toonami’s Back… But Will it Last? by Jerry Whitworth

 

Toonami (a programming block featuring action series, often anime) made a return to airwaves April 1st on Cartoon Network as an April Fool’s Day prank but it generated a lot of buzz as people were excited to see it back. This generated so much attention, in fact, that the channel decided to try bringing the concept back and it premiered May 26th. New anime shows Deadman Wonderland and Casshern Sins led past shows CN already televised in Bleach, Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Cowboy Bebop with the end result being a 14% rise in viewership since last year at the timeslot, with the new shows having good showings as Casshern was the #1 watched show at that time by men age 18 to 34. However, Jason DeMarco, co-creator of Toonami and vice president of strategic marketing and promotions for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, has commented while doing well, it has to do significantly better to warrant what was invested to bring Toonami back with new shows. How do fans feel? Reaction has been mixed. Many are excited at just the prospect of the return of Toonami, but as much of this excitement derives from nostalgia, some have described a preference for the popular programming of yesteryear, dropping new content mostly altogether. And yet, as the first week has demonstrated, the two new shows are what people generally tuned in for. Where does Toonami go from here?

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