Boomerang USA’s Streaming App Announces Its Upfront For Its Second Year, New Scooby-Doo Series – Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? And New Flintstones Spinoff – Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs!

Boomerang USA 2018/2019

Boomerang USA’s Streaming App Announces Its Upfront For Its Second Year, New Scooby-Doo Series – Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? And New Flintstones Spinoff – Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs!

Today (23/05/2018), the Boomerang USA streaming service (owned by Turner and Warner Bros.) has released an upfront for new shows and features coming soon to the service. Today, Boomerang has announced two new shows based on two classic Hanna-Barbera animated franchises – Scooby-Doo and The Flintstones. The brand new Scooby-Doo series is called Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? and the new Flintstones series is a spinoff called Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs!. The Boomerang streaming service launched in the United States in April 2017 and is now in its second year. The service now has a huge animation library with classic programming from Hanna-Barbera, Cartoon Network Studios, MGM and Warner Bros. Animation. The app also features new animated productions from Warner Bros. Animation. Boomerang users now have access to over 2,000 titles for streaming or download-to-go instantly. Throughout 2018 and beyond, Boomerang will continue to increase its content library.

New Original Series

Scooby Doo And Guess Who?

Scooby Doo And Guess Who?

In the new Scooby-Doo series, Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, the Mystery Inc. gang will be welcoming new members as they’re faced with some of their toughest mysteries to date. Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo will be having some of the biggest names in celebrity and pop culture on their team, past and present, fictional and real. Celebrities that will be helping Scooby and the gang on their mysteries include NBA superstar Chris Paul, recording artists Halsey and Sia, Ricky Gervais, Kenan Thompson, Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Mark Hamill, Steve Urkel (voiced by Jaleel White) Batman, Sherlock Holmes, The Flash, Wonder Woman and many more! Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Chris Bailey (Kim Possible) serves as producer with Warner Bros. Animation president – Sam Register as executive producer. The series will premiere on the Boomerang app in the United States in 2019.

Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs

Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs!

Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm are back in The Flintstones spin-off series – Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs!. Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble are two best friends growing up in prehistoric times back when dinosaurs roamed the earth. But Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm live in Bedrock, a peaceful and quiet town that is a stone-aged version of modern society, Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm and Dino want to go on an adventure outside Bedrock and head to the open wilderness that’s inhabited by dinosaurs and giant beasts. In the open wilderness, they meet and help new friends, meet and fight new enemies and learn lessons about life while going on crazy adventures. Meanwhile, Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty still live in Bedrock and don’t know much about what Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm are getting up to. The brand new show is a quarter-hour comedy series produced by Mark Marek (MAD) and Marly Halpern-Graser (Right Now Kapow) with Sam Register as executive producer, the new show will premiere on the Boomerang app in the United States in 2019.

Acquisitions

Boomerang USA Wind In The Willows

In October 2017, Boomerang announced that it has acquired a new animated show that will be joining the streaming service – Wind in the Willows, based on the book of the same name written by British author – Kenneth Grahame. The new show will follow the riverside adventures of Mole, Rat and Toad. The new show was acquired from UK distributor HoHo Rights will be available exclusively in the U.S. on the Boomerang streaming service in 2019.

Returning Original Shows

Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. will continue their mystery solving adventures in Be Cool Scooby-Doo! with new episodes from season two during 2018. The supernatural vegetarian rabbit – Bunnicula will continue to have new episodes, new episodes from season two are currently being added to the Boomerang streaming service, season three will premiere in 2019. New episodes of the Tom and Jerry Show from season two will continue to premiere through 2018, season three has been greenlit and will come to Boomerang in 2019. Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz will start its second season with a Memorial Day movie special, season two episodes will continue to premiere into 2019. New Looney Tunes season two premiered earlier this year and new episodes will continue to be added to the service through 2019. Wacky Races has been renewed for a second season and will premiere later in 2018.

New Streaming Service Features

In addition to the three brand new shows coming to Boomerang as well as returning original shows, the Boomerang app will be having some new features. Starting from this Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday 26th to Monday 28th May), the Boomerang app will be fully localised in the Spanish language. Also coming soon to the streaming service are profiles and personalisation, families and individuals will have the ability to personalise their Boomerang account by the use of avatar creation and show discovery functionality. Users will also be able to create and share playlists featuring their favourite cartoons, the app will also have some new interactivity features, allowing users to interact with Boomerang’s infamous animated characters.

Starting from tomorrow (Thursday 24th May) on Roku, Amazon and Apple devices is Universal Search, which will allow Boomerang subscribers to find their favourite animated shows and characters a lot easier. Universal Search on Google will be available later this summer. Starting from this Memorial Day Weekend, the Boomerang app will be available on Android TV, with more platforms to come by the end of this year.

From The Turner USA Press Release (published on TimeWarner.com): Boomerang Streams into Year Two with New Content, Product Features and More New Scooby-Doo Celebrity Team-Up Series and New Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Series Among Announcements. Renewed Original Series, Full Spanish Language and New Platforms Premiere This Memorial Day Weekend

As Boomerang streams into its second year, the premium video subscription service is revealing some of its new, 2018 offerings for kids, families and animation fans. Launched April 2017 with a renowned animation library of over 5,000 titles including the Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes franchises alongside original series, today the service unveiled multiple new and renewed original series, additional platform partners, and enhanced product features, including a fully translated Spanish experience premiering this Memorial Day Weekend, to expand its overall consumer experience.

Boomerang users now have access to over 2,000 titles for streaming or download-to-go instantly. Throughout 2018 and beyond, Boomerang will continue to increase its content offering with new and original titles, premiere episodes and more fan-favorite series to the service:

New Original Series:

Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?

The Mystery Inc. gang welcomes new members in the all-new series, Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?. From Warner Bros. Animation, Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? follows the grand tradition of Scooby-Doo team ups and takes the idea to hilarious new heights.

Faced with some of their toughest mysteries yet, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo will join forces with some of the biggest names in celebrity and pop culture including NBA superstar Chris Paul, recording artists Halsey and Sia, Ricky Gervais, Kenan Thompson, Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Mark Hamill, Steve Urkel (voiced by Jaleel White reprising his iconic role) Batman, Sherlock Holmes, The Flash, Wonder Woman and many more!

Jump into the Mystery Machine for all-new comedic mystery-solving adventures where the biggest mystery will be who’s teaming up with those “meddling kids” this week!

Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Chris Bailey (Kim Possible) serves as producer with Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) as executive producer. The series premieres in 2019.

Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs!

Yabba-Dabba-Doo! Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm are back in this quarter-hour animated comedy series, Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs! Warner Bros. Animation takes you beyond Bedrock to The Crags, a vast land that is as dangerous and wild as the dinosaurs that inhabit it.

Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble are two best friends, growing up in the prehistoric time when dinosaurs and giant beasts still walked the earth. But as exciting as that sounds, they live in peaceful, quiet old Bedrock, a modern domestic civilization similar to our own (but with stone cars that run on leg-power). That’s why whenever they get the chance, Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm and Dino head to the open wilderness, helping new friends, fighting new enemies and learning about life through their endless crazy adventures. Back in Bedrock, Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty still enjoy all the familiar quirks and trappings of life as a modern Stone Age family not knowing all the trouble (and fun!) their kids are getting themselves into.

Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs! is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Mark Marek (MAD) and Marly Halpern-Graser (Right Now Kapow) serve as producer with Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) as executive producer. The series premieres in 2019.

Returning Original Series:

Be Cool Scooby-Doo!
Boomerang will continue to premiere new season two episodes through 2018.

With high school over and one last summer to live it up, Shaggy, Scooby-Doo, Velma, Daphne and Fred decide to travel during what could be their last summer break together. The gang hits the road in the Mystery Machine, chasing fun and adventure. However, danger and trouble are never too far behind as Scooby and the gang encounter new mysteries that may end up spoiling their fun.

Be Cool Scooby-Doo! is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Jeff Mednikow (Teen Titans Go!) and Mark Marek (MAD) serve as producers, Michael Jelenic (Teen Titans Go!) as supervising producer with Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) as executive producer.

Bunnicula

Premiere episodes of this series have been available on the service since Boomerang’s launch and season two will continue through 2018 with a newly greenlit season three following in 2019.

The Monroe family homestead and its two resident pets, droll dog Harold and hyperactive feline Chester, are thrown into a tizzy by the arrival of a new creature, Bunnicula – a vampire rabbit with a taste for carrot juice – that drags them into a variety of paranormal adventures.

Bunnicula is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Jessica Borutski (The Looney Tunes Show) serves as producer, James Howe (Bunnicula book series) serves as consulting producer and Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) is executive producer.

Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz

This new and original series had its worldwide premiere on Boomerang last June and will kick off season two with a Memorial Day movie special. Season two premiere episodes will continue into 2019.

After the Wicked Witch of the West’s defeat, Queen Ozma has appointed Dorothy the Princess of Emerald City. With her feet firmly grounded in her ruby slippers, Dorothy tackles her royal duties with enthusiasm, bravery and farm girl feistiness. And whether it’s magic, munchkins, flying monkeys or her arch-nemesis Wilhelmina, the wicked witch in training and niece of the Wicked Witch of the West, Dorothy is ready to track down and put a stop to any problem that comes Oz’s way.

Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Jeff DeGrandis serves as producer (Dinotrux) with Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) as executive producer.

New Looney Tunes

Boomerang premiered season two earlier this year and new episodes will continue to be added to the service through 2019.

The hilarious, heroic and mischievous Bugs Bunny you love is back! Follow Bugs as he stars in a new series consisting of slapstick comedic shorts that find the iconic, carrot-loving rabbit matching his wits against classic characters, such as Theodore “Tasmanian” Devil, Wile E. Coyote and Yosemite Sam.

New Looney Tunes is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Matt Craig (Saturday Night Live) and Gary Hartle (Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters) serve as producers with Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) as executive producer.

The Tom and Jerry Show

As season two premiere episodes continue through 2018, season three has been greenlit and will come to Boomerang in 2019.

The iconic cat and mouse rivals are back and up to their old antics in a new setting that puts a fresh spin on the classic series. Follow Tom and Jerry as they explore fantastic new places, including a witch’s cabin and a mad scientist’s lab, in The Tom and Jerry Show.

Preserving the look, characters and sensibility of the original, this series shines a brightly colored, high-definition lens on the madcap slapstick and never-ending battle that has made Tom and Jerry two of the most beloved characters of all time.

The Tom & Jerry Show is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Ashley Postlewaite (Funny Face) and Darrell Van Citters (The Mr. Men Show) serve as producers with Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) as executive producer.

Wacky Races

Premiering on Boomerang last summer, this new and reimagined series has received a Season two pick-up and will premiere later in 2018.

When the engines start, the laughter roars in this animated comedy series featuring the return of your favorite racers and, of course, their wacky cars! Penelope Pitstop in the Compact Pussycat is the sassy Southern bell whose charm and intelligence make her a formidable racer but most of the time she’s taking a detour to save the other racers. Penelope’s best friend, Peter Perfect in the Turbo Terrific, has a big heart and an even bigger ego, which fuels his super positive can-do attitude. Meanwhile, in the Mean Machine, Dick Dastardly and his accomplice, Muttley, stop at nothing to win the race by any means necessary. And if it’s bizarre, creepy, slimy or just plain weird, The Gruesome Twosome, Tiny and Bella, are either related to it or keep it in their monster truck, the Doombuggy.

Wacky Races is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Mike Disa (Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon) serves as supervising producer with Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) as executive producer.

Acquisitions:

Wind in the Willows

Based on the classic novel, this new, original animated series from UK distributor HoHo Rights will be available exclusively in the U.S. on Boomerang in 2019.

Part of Britain’s great literary heritage, Wind in the Willows was first published in 1908 and the riverside adventures of Mole, Rat and Toad have been enchanting children ever since. Harking back to a gentler era of altruism, good manners, community and citizenship, the values in The Wind in the Willows continue to endure.

In addition to the multiple new premiere series coming to Boomerang in 2018, the service will also continue to enhance the consumer experience through various new product offerings.

Product / New Platforms:

Spanish language: Coming this Memorial Day Weekend, Boomerang will launch a full Spanish language experience for its users.

Profiles & Personalization: Giving families and individual fans the ability to personalize their Boomerang experience through avatar creation and show discovery.

User Created Playlists and Interactivity: Users will have the ability to create and share playlists featuring their personal cartoon favorites along with other features under development aimed at elevating interaction with Boomerang’s beloved characters.

Universal Search: Available on Thursday May 24th across Roku, Amazon and Apple, Universal Search will easily allow animation fans to find Boomerang content when searching their favorite animated series and characters. Universal Search on Google will be available later in the Summer.

New Platforms: Boomerang will be available via Android TV starting Memorial Day Weekend, with additional platforms to come by the end of the year.

http://www.timewarner.com/newsroom/press-releases/2018/05/23/boomerang-streams-into-year-two-with-new-content-product-features

DC Super Hero Girls Animated Series Character Designs Released New Show Coming To Cartoon Network USA This Year

DC Super Hero Girls Animated Series Character Designs Released New Show Coming To Cartoon Network USA This Year

In May 2017, Cartoon Network USA, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation announced a new animated series called DC Super Hero Girls, today (22nd May 2018), DC Comics has released a image featuring the show’s main characters along with the show’s logo. The new animated series is due to premiere on Cartoon Network USA later this year. The brand new animated show originated from a YouTube short animation series which started in 2015 and is also based on the DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High special.

According to the newly released artwork, the new show will be having a completely different look compared to the animated shorts and the Super Hero High special that came before it, with a different art style and new character designs, this is because Emmy award–winning producer Lauren Faust is working on the show as a producer and character designer, she’s known for her work on Cartoon Network’s Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends and most recently Hasbro’s and DHX Media’s animated series – My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Sam Register – the president of Warner Bros’ Animation and creator of Cartoon Network’s Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi will be working on the show’s production team as executive producer.

The new series follows not-so-typical teenagers Diana, Kara and Barbara better known by their superhero names Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl who attend a school for superheroes. While not at school, they’re protecting the city of Metropolis from some of the most fearsome school-aged supervillians of the DC Comics Universe. However, being a young superhero isn’t easy, especially as they have to balance their time between a social life, their families, their studies and saving the city. Apart from the fact the characters are superheroes, they’re still typical teenagers. Other characters from the DC Comics universe featured in the show include Bumblebee, Zatanna, Jessica Cruz (Green Lantern), Katana and Harley Quinn.

https://www.regularcapital.com/2017/05/dc-super-hero-girls-series-premieres-cartoon-network-usa-2018/

https://www.dccomics.com/blog/2018/05/21/first-look-lauren-faust-brings-dc-super-hero-girls-to-cartoon-network

Turner’s Adult Swim Buys Big Pixel Studios: The Game Developer Of The Rick And Morty Themed Mobile Game – Pocket Mortys

Turner's Adult Swim Buys Big Pixel Studios: The Game Developer Of The Rick And Morty Themed Mobile Game - Pocket Mortys

Turner’s Adult Swim Buys Big Pixel Studios: The Game Developer Of The Rick And Morty Themed Mobile Game – Pocket Mortys

Today (21st May), Turner’s young adult entertainment brand – Adult Swim has announced that they’ve acquired the game studio behind the highly successful Rick and Morty mobile game – Pocket Mortys. The game studio that developed Pocket Mortys is UK-based game developer – Big Pixel Studios, located in the Shoreditch area of London and not far from Turner’s brand new European headquarters which will open next year. Adult Swim bought the studio as part of their gaming and digital expansion plan, and to continue their commitment to create more multi-platform content based on the popular animated sci-fi comedy show. Adult Swim Games has already gained respect in the indie gaming industry as a game publisher and wants to expand upon its success. Since the game’s release, Big Pixel Studios has always been adding new features to game to keep players interested and there’s more features coming soon.

Rick and Morty was the number one comedy show across all U.S. television in 2017, and has recently been renewed for seventy episodes as part of a long-term deal. Pocket Mortys is inspired by popular role-playing monster collecting and battling video game franchises such as Pokémon but with a Rick and Morty twist. In the show, each dimension has a unique Rick and Morty who often meet at the Citadel of Ricks which is also the main center-point of the game. In the game, there’s over 150 different Mortys to collect, all weird in their own way. Also, you’ll have to train and combine Mortys to level them up, go to different dimensions and challenge other Ricks for a Morty battle. The ultimate goal is to defeat every member of the Council of Ricks and to collect every Morty in the game.

The game also features other well known characters from the series including Mr. Meeseeks, Bird Person and Jerry and also side-missions, tournaments and also crafting. The game introduced multiplayer battling last summer, and during the premiere of Rick and Morty season three, there was a weekly release of all-new avatars for fans to collect including: Commander Rick, Judge Morty, Summer, Tinkles, Scary Terry, Ants in My Eyes Johnson, and many more. To date, there’s more than 250 Mortys and 100 avatar to collect and there’s more to come too!

Pocket Mortys launched in January 2016 and became one of Adult Swim’s most downloaded mobile games to date. Pocket Mortys can be downloaded for free on Google Play for Android devices and the iTunes App Store for iOS devices.

From The Turner USA Press Release (via Turner UK) Adult Swim Expands Gaming Universe With Acquisition of Game Studio Big Pixel

Turner’s Adult Swim announced today the acquisition of UK-based game developer Big Pixel Studios. This acquisition is part of the network’s increased investment in gaming and overall commitment to creating more multi-platform content with Adult Swim’s popular IP.

Along with other mobile titles for the network, Big Pixel developed the highly successful game Pocket Mortys based off characters from Adult Swim’s hit animated series Rick and Morty, the #1 comedy across all of television in 2017, that was recently picked up for an additional 70 episodes. The studio is continuing to add more elements to Pocket Mortys for fans to explore.

After more than eight years of rolling out highly original and addictive titles like Amateur Surgeon and Robot Unicorn Attack, Adult Swim Games has built a respected reputation in the industry as a top indie publisher and now looks to take its success to the next level.

“We’re thrilled to have Dave and the team at Big Pixel join Adult Swim Games,” said vice president of Adult Swim Games, Jeff Olsen. “Having such a talented creative team in-house will allow us to build much deeper and more immersive games for fans.”

This past summer Pocket Mortys introduced multiplayer capability and launched a weekly release of all-new avatars timed to season three episodes of Rick and Morty for fans to collect including: Commander Rick, Judge Morty, Summer, Tinkles, Scary Terry, Ants in My Eyes Johnson, and many more. In total, fans can currently collect more than 250 Mortys and over 100 avatars in the game, with even more new content and characters being introduced in 2018.

“We are extremely proud of the relationship between Big Pixel Studios and Adult Swim Games resulting in the success of Pocket Mortys,” said David Burpitt, managing director of Big Pixel Studios. “I hope our players are as excited as we are knowing that this new chapter puts us in a fantastic position to develop existing and new titles for them to enjoy.”

Pocket Mortys lets players assemble the best team of Mortys to train and battle each other in the delight of the Council of Ricks. With multiplayer, fans can battle each other across new dimensions putting their Morty training skills to the ultimate test while collecting dozens of new Mortys and avatars.

Since its launch in January 2016, Pocket Mortys is one of Adult Swim’s most downloaded mobile games to date. Pocket Mortys is available now for free on Google Play and the App Store.

About Big Pixel Studios

Founded in 2009 by three veterans of the games industry, Big Pixel Studios has gained a reputation by releasing a collection of exciting and original IP with innovative gameplay and unmistakable character. The studio has become a trusted go-to by returning clients to enhance high-profile IP for their brands.

https://www.bigpixelstudios.co.uk/

http://www.turner.com/pressroom/adult-swim-expands-gaming-universe-acquisition-game-studio-big-pixel