Cartoon Network Studios New Animated Minisodes Get ‘Em Tommy
On the run-up to Christmas, Cartoon Network USA uploaded a series of fast-paced animated minisodes and mini-mashups called “Get ‘Em Tommy”. Tommy (the titular character) puts VHS tapes into his head giving him special abilities to defeat his enemies. “Get ‘Em Tommy” was created by Victor Courtright.
Minisode: Punch Punchleton
Bob stows away on a ship with the Sneaky Lads in an effort to recover his stolen camcorder. Tommy and Fiona must find the Sneaky Lads hideout and help Bob recover his prize possession before the worst happens (like ticklies)!
Minisode: My Good Friend Ben
Tommy encounters Ben and is challenged to an amateur competition on the Big Empty Hill. Ben shows up to the challenge with his Bro Quan Doe fighting style as a defense against an “intimidating” Tommy.
Lasso And Comet Pilot From Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific Now On YouTube
Cartoon Network Southeast Asia has uploaded the pilot episode of Lasso And Comet, the pilot was developed as part of Cartoon Network’s original Australian animation programme for 2016, which was announced in November 2015. The show is about an energetic, rebellious 13-year-old boy named Lasso who wields a magical rope that can be used to catch almost anything and his flying friend named Comet, who’s a blue ball of rock and ice from outer-space who can fly faster than a jet. Together they protect their tropical island home from mysterious gigantic monsters roaming the sea.
In the pilot, Lasso and Comet help to save an island and a fruit seed spreading bird from a giant dinosaur-like sea monster. The pilot reminds me of three Cartoon Network shows both past and present: Mike, Lu and Og for its desert island theme, Steven Universe because of the main character’s special powers and Adventure Time because of the main duo pairing with potential for an expansive environment for future episodes. The same with other recent pilots such as Victor and Valentino and Infinity Train, it’s Cartoon Network decision if they wish to greenlight the show.
Lasso And Comet was written and directed by Ivan Dixon and Greg Sharp and was animated by Australian animation studio – Rubber House, known for their animation work for Cartoon Network’s Check It 3.0 rebrand collaboration project in 2013.
Another Australian animated pilot that was developed for Cartoon Network this year was The Sketchy Show. The Sketchy Show is an animated comedy series that takes real kid’s drawings and turns them into hilarious animated shorts, both Boing Spain (Cartoon Network Spain) and Cartoon Network Portugal uploaded a compilation of mini-episodes in October for their local versions of Cartoon Network’s Imagination Studios initiative.
Cartoon Network USA has uploaded another new animated pilot today (02/11/2016) onto YouTube called Infinity Train. In Infinity Train, the main protagonist, Tulip, must learn to set her personal interests aside to make her way through a mysterious train and help the king of all corgis save his people. Tulip is aided and accompanied by her robot friend – One-One. Infinity Train as the name implies is a train that goes on forever and each carriage has different world or/and theme, if this show is greenlit there’s a lot of potential for story ideas.
Judging from the short, it’s similar to the Adventure Time episode “Dungeon Train” but with the randomness and surrealness of Regular Show and has an Over The Garden Wall feel too as the main character is trapped in a strange environment.
Infinity Train is created, written and storyboarded by Regular Show’s Owen Dennis, with Over The Garden Wall’s Nick Cross working as Art Director. According to YouTube comments on the pilot’s video so far, viewers reception has been positive, but ultimately it’s Cartoon Network’s decision whether they wish to greenlight the show (same with Victor & Valentino), either as a short-form series on the Cartoon Network Anything app or as an animated series.