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: http://www.nickalive.blogspot.com
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.