Over The Garden Wall (Italian title: Over The Garden Wall: Avventura nella Foresta dei Misteri) will air on Cartoon Network Italy from 1st April to 5th April at 7.30pm, but remember to watch carefully as there are clues needed to work out a mystery for your chance to win one of two iPad Minis!
Turner Broadcasting System Asia-Pacific and Thailand’s Channel 3 have made a deal to air a two-hour POGO block. The new block was launched today and has a mixture of animated and live-action original content from POGO. The new programming block airs in the Thai language and is broadcast between 4pm to 6pm on weekdays and 7am to 9am on weekends. Its programming includes first-run and exclusive content with live-action shows such as MAD, FAQ and Chhota Bheem, one of the most popular animated shows in India. There is also the possibility of locally made co-productions sometime in the future.
Phil Nelson, the senior VP and managing director for North Asia and Southeast Asia Pacific at Turner Asia Pacific made this statement:
“For more than a decade, kids in India have loved POGO and we are confident that its content will also work well in Thailand. It’s yet another example of how Turner is creating engaging local viewing solutions and we’re looking forward to working closely with Channel 3.”
Surin Krittiyaphongphu executive VP for Channel 3 also made this statement regarding the new POGO block:
“We are excited to bring the POGO brand to Thailand for the first time and local audiences are going to love it. The deal is a result of a great partnership — Channel 3 is one of the country’s most watched channels and Turner is a world leader in curating and creating content, with an impressive track record in delivering viewers in Thailand. We’re also looking forward to seeing how the brand evolves and develops in the coming months.”
POGO is a secondary sister channel brand name operated by Cartoon Network in India, this is the first time the brand name has expanded to another geographic area within the Asia-Pacific region. Turner Asia-Pacific already has a joint venture in Thailand with Major Kantana Group to operate both Boomerang Thailand and Toonami Thailand, Cartoon Network Southeast Asia is also available on TrueVisions in Thailand as a premium channel.
Yesterday (28/03/2015), I attended the UK premiere screening of Over The Garden Wall at the Ham Yard Hotel in London, it was an amazing and memorable experience. I was invited by Cartoon Network as they were looking for press to cover the event, when I found out that I was invited I was really excited. I already watched parts of the Over The Garden Wall prior to the screening in order to find out about more about the show.
The mini-series features two main characters, Wirt and Greg, who are trying to leave a mysterious land called the Unknown and go back home, with help from an elderly woodsman and a talking bluebird named Beatrice. I won’t be writing any more spoilers because I want you to watch it! :). However I can guarantee you, if you’re a fan of Adventure Time and like the surreal nature of Regular Show, you’ll like Over The Garden Wall.
Elijah Wood, the voice of Wirt, was also there taking pictures with fans and signing autographs both before the screening and during the intermission. At the start of the screening, Sean Gorman, the Director of Cartoon Network UK & Ireland introduced the mini-series, which was then followed by a Q&A session with Elijah Wood hosted by author and journalist Danny Wallace, however only the kids in the audience were allowed to ask Elijah Wood questions. 😀
At the end of screening, there was a camera crew asking people who attended on what they thought about the mini-series, also everyone got an Over The Garden Wall goodie bag. I even got to meet Elijah Wood and he signed my screening programme, he’s a nice and genuine person and even stayed until the end of the premiere.
Over The Garden Wall will broadcast on Cartoon Network UK & Ireland from Monday 6th April (during the Easter holidays), two segments will be aired each day for five days at 6pm until the finale on Friday 10th April. Here’s the promo as a reminder:
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