Today (18/05/2016) the 2016 Turner Upfront event was held in New York City. At the event, Turner revealed its plans for their television channels for the next 12 months, including Cartoon Network and Boomerang.
The event didn’t really reveal much in terms of extra plans for Cartoon Network and Boomerang but rather reaffirmed what Turner has publically confirmed as of late, such as the new Peanuts animated shorts now airing on Boomerang USA and the renewal of animated shows on Cartoon Network. According to the upfront, Cartoon Network USA will air a new Adventure Time and a new Regular Show special this Autumn.
However, there was one special animated moment during the Cartoon Network segment of the upfront. The animated moment featured a debate with the Powerpuff Girls and with CNN news anchor Jake Tapper voice acting a parodied version of himself named “Drake Dapper”.
Continuing its 2015 momentum as basic cable’s #1 network with kids 6-11, Cartoon Network started off 2016 with cultural buzz around the highly anticipated global launch of The Powerpuff Girls, which became a #1 Facebook and Twitter trending topic when over 15 million fans participated in the #PowerpuffYourself avatar. Since its launch, The Powerpuff Girls has remained #1 in its timeslot. The return of hit series Teen Titans Go!, We Bare Bears, Steven Universe and The Amazing World of Gumball contributed to Cartoon Network becoming the #1 cable network in VOD for 23 consecutive months.
Cartoon Network’s innovative approach to content development through convergence of creativity and technology came to life at its first-ever Game Jam for the new game OK KO! Lakewood Plaza, with over 200 independent game developers coming together in Portland, Oregon. Further, underscoring a strong commitment to engage children in creative coding, Cartoon Network’s STEM platform involves newly announced collaborations with Scratch, a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab; and the White House’s Computer Science for All initiative to empower young people to generate skills in the digital world, featured Cartoon Network characters from shows including Powerpuff Girls and We Bare Bears.
Looking forward, multiple high profile digital launches include the first mobile game from the network’s top-rated series Teen Titans Go!: Teeny Titans, with other games around fan favorite properties to be announced later in the summer. In addition, exciting new specials will air later this fall from the hit series Adventure Time and Regular Show.
Following a successful global launch in 2015, where Boomerang aligned across 13 international feeds, the 24-hour animation network for kids and families grew year-over-year by +30% among kids 2-11 and +25% among kids 6-11. The network’s first-ever original hits include Wabbit and What’s New Scooby-Doo, along with timeless cartoons from the Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Cartoon Network libraries.
In 2016, Boomerang will keep its tradition of showcasing classic animation for fans of all generations with the launch of new exclusive acquisitions and original productions. The network recently announced the new series Peanuts, where the print comic strips come to life using watercolor art style, textured backgrounds and framing in vignettes filled with humor and heart.
Scooby-Doo To Return To The Big Screen In 2018: But This Time It’s Animated
Yesterday (17/08/2015), it was announced that Scooby-Doo is returning to cinemas for a brand new animated feature length film. Created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and originally produced by their company Hanna-Barbera productions, Scooby-Doo remains to this day, one of the most popular classic cartoon series and has regular daily airings on Boomerang feeds worldwide. The movie will be produced Charles Roven and Richard Suckle who also produced both live-action theatrical Scooby-Doo films. Allison Abbate, producer of Warner Bros.’ The Iron Giant has joined as a producer for the new movie. The movie will be directed by Emmy Award nominee Tony Cervone, director of Space Jam. Family Guy animator and Phineas and Ferb show co-creator, Dan Povenmire will also be involved as executive producer, with the screenplay written by Matt Lieberman.
There’s currently no news of a plot for the movie, but without a doubt, the storyline will follow the typical rules of a Scooby-Doo episode, Scooby, Shaggy and the rest of Mystery Inc. try to solve a mystery behind supernatural happenings and try to investigate who’s the person behind it all, with jokes and laughs thrown in to the lighten the mood.
Warner Bros. president of worldwide marketing and distribution Sue Kroll made this statement regarding the new Scooby-Doo movie:
“It’s wonderful to be working with this talented and inspired team of filmmakers. We couldn’t ask for better producers than Charles Roven, Richard Suckle and Allison Abbate, who have such affection and respect for this property and know the Hanna-Barbera universe so well.”
The movie is scheduled to be released in cinemas in the USA on Friday 21st September 2018 and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures (The owner of Hanna-Barbera animated properties). A new animated series called Be Cool Scooby-Doo will also be coming to Boomerang USA later this year.