Cartoon Network Imagination Studios MENA Research Study

Cartoon Network Imagination Studios MENA Research Study

Cartoon Network Imagination Studios MENA Research Study

Turner Middle East and North Africa has recently conducted an Imagination Studios survey in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to find out more about children’s creative preferences and what kind of character traits they want their cartoon character creations to have. According to the research, kids in the two countries prefer writing to drawing and they think that personality is more important than the appearance of their characters. There was a need for a creative platform to encourage creativity in the region, this led to the creation of Imagination Studios in the MENA area. The research was conducted on a sample size of 1500 people, this includes children between 6 to 12 years old, their parents, as well as their teachers.

Research Statistics

23% of children in the UAE and 25% in Saudi Arabia voted that their character should be kind.

25% of respondents in the UAE agreed that their imaginary heroes should be inventive, while 22% in Saudi Arabia stated this was important.

70% of people surveyed acknowledged that humour is a trait that they would like their characters to embody, a quality they also seek in their friends.

43% of respondents preferred that their characters speak classical Arabic.

Cartoon Network Imagination Studios is a new initiative in the MENA region which had a successful rollout over Europe and Africa last year, the Imagination Studios website informs children on how Cartoon Network’s cartoons are made and teaches them in a simplified way about the various stages in animation production, ranging from storyboarding to character design. As part of the Imagination Studios initiative, there is also a competition for children to enter their storyboards, character drawings and short animations, the theme for this year is about road safety.

The Cartoon Network Arabic Imagination Studios competition is open to three categories based on age groups: 4 to 6 years old, 7 to 9 years old and 10 to 14 years old. Ten winners from each age group will be awarded Kindle 8GB Fire HD 7 Wi-Fi Tablet. The competition ends on Wednesday 30th November. To encourage participation in the Imagination Studios competition, representatives from Cartoon Network Arabic will visit schools across Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and Kuwait. Back in 2012, Cartoon Network Arabic launched a similar competition called Creative Generation, Cartoon Network Africa also had a competition of the same name before Imagination Studios was introduced.

Tarek Mounir, Vice President and General Manager of Turner for Turkey, Middle East, North Africa, Greece & Cyprus said:

“Since its introduction, the Creative Generation initiative has received tremendous response from kids, parents and schools in the region. Our recent endeavour, Imagination Studios, is an evolution of that creative concept, and is aimed at attracting a more diversified pool of young creative minds. Imagination Studios will encourage creative thinking in bright young minds, and offer a platform to showcase the talent of students across the region”

Cartoon Network UK IMG Worlds Of Adventure Ben 10 Competition

Cartoon Network UK IMG Worlds Of Adventure Ben 10 Competition

Cartoon Network UK IMG Worlds Of Adventure Ben 10 Competition

Cartoon Network UK is currently running a competition to give one lucky viewer and three family members an incredible trip to IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubai. The prize includes family return flights to Dubai, four nights at a hotel in Dubai and four tickets to the brand new IMG Worlds of Adventure theme park. A whole zone of the indoor theme park is devoted to nothing but Cartoon Network rides and attractions. At the theme park you’ll get to enjoy the Ben 10 5D Hero Time multi-sensory “5D” Cinema experience, Adventure Time’s The Ride of Ooo with Finn & Jake and The Powerpuff Girls – Mojo Jojo’s Robot Rampage!

To enter the competition, go to the competition’s webpage on the Cartoon Network UK website and answer the following question:

Which of these is not a Ben 10 alien?

1. Diamondhead
2. Heatblast
3. Gwen

To enter the competition, please follow this link:

The winner’s Parent/Guardian will need to accept his or her win on behalf of the entrant, it’s always best to ask for permission first before taking part in the competition. Competition ends Monday 7th November.

Cartoon Network News In Brief Mid September 2016

Cartoon Network News In Brief Mid September 2016

Cartoon Network News In Brief Mid September 2016

Oggy And The Cockroaches Season 5 Premiere On Cartoon Network Asia Update

According to Kidscreen, Oggy and the Cockroaches Season Five will premiere on Cartoon Network’s feeds in Asia-Pacific in Autumn 2017, the new series will see Oggy and the Cockroaches time travelling to the past and to the future, similar to Tom and Jerry, the show features slapstick comedy with no dialogue. Oggy and the Cockroaches’ animation studio – Xilam have also made a licencing agreement with Dream Theatre to represent the show’s brand in India. Furthermore, Season 6 and 7 of Oggy and the Cockroaches will premiere in 2018. News about Oggy of the Cockroaches season five were known back in December last year.

Special thanks to the Daily Nick for the update:

Turner’s Emoticon Tuzki Character To Get Animated Film

According to Cartoon Brew and Animation Digital Digest, Turner Asia Pacific has partnered up with Shanghai-based Tencent Pictures to develop a full-length feature starring Tuzki, the iconic rabbit emoticon that is used throughout Asia on social platforms including Wechat. The film, which will be a mixture of CGI and live-action is expected to begin production in 2017, and will be released in cinemas in China in 2018.

Clément Schwebig, Turner Asia-Pacific’s SVP of business development and licensing, made this statement in regards to the new Tuzki movie:

“This announcement is a huge milestone as we look to grow the Tuzki franchise and reinforces Turner’s commitment to its growing business in China, Through WeChat, Tencent is obviously very familiar with Tuzki, and everyone is excited to see him appear on the big screen. This irrepressible rabbit has already made a strong emotional connection with a generation of young Chinese, and this film will take engagement to the next level.”

Cartoon Network Central Eastern Europe Half Rebrand

Over the weekend (17/09/2016 and 18/09/2016) Cartoon Network Central Eastern Europe have started to air Next/Later bumpers stylised from the Check It 4.0 graphics package, it’s not known when a full rebrand will happen.

Cartoon Network MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Now In Cyprus

According to the TV guide on Primetel’s website, the newly launched Cartoon Network MENA (English) and Boomerang MENA (English) has replaced Cartoon Network Africa and Boomerang Africa respectively in Cyprus, also the Boomerang MENA feed is now available in Greece also replacing Boomerang Africa. The move ends Cartoon Network Africa/HQ’s role as a trans-regional pan-feed in Europe and the Middle East.

The present day Cartoon Network Africa channel originated from a pan-European/African/Middle East feed which was spun off from Cartoon Network UK in 1999 (which was the original pan-feed that launched in 1993 with several language audio tracks). As more countries and regions such as Netherlands, Portugal and Russia (with Bulgaria) started to launch their own versions of Cartoon Network, the pan-feed started to focus more on Africa, most particularly Nigeria and South Africa.