Boomerang EMEA Announces The Happos Family Season 2

Boomerang EMEA Announces The Happos Family Season 2

Boomerang EMEA Announces The Happos Family Season 2

Turner Broadcasting System Europe, owners of the animation channel – Boomerang has announced that their first ever original series – The Happos Family has been renewed for a second season. Turner released the press release during the 2017 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas this week (23/05/2017 – 25/05/2017). The new season will feature seven-minute long episodes (episodes had a 2.5-minute runtime in season 1), longer episodes mean longer adventures with the loveable Happos characters at the safari park, each with their own personality and theme. A total of twenty-five episodes will be made for season two. Digital content will be released alongside the premiere of the new season, digital content includes the popular Boomerang Make n’ Race app which also features Boomerang favourites Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry.

Season two of The Happos Family will launch on Boomerang feeds within the Europe, Middle East and Africa region starting from January next year. The new season will also be welcoming three new Happos: Football Happo, Scientist Happo and Acrobat Happo. The show is created in partnership with Italian chocolate company Ferraro, known for Ferraro Rocher, Kinder Surprise and Happy Hippos. Season two will be animated by Cyber Group Studios in France, the studio is also co-producing another animated show with Turner – Taffy, which is due to premiere next year. Season one was animated by Spider Eye in Cornwall, England.

The show has no dialogue which means the show doesn’t require any dubbing and translating making it easier for international distribution. Apart from Boomerang’s international channels, the show has premiered on POGO in India and free-to-air channel Karusel in Russia, reaching more than 88 million. The show has a diverse range of characters such as Astro Happo who has an aspiration to fly to the moon, the daredevil Stunt Happo, Party Happo, Ballerina and Bollywood. The show is referred to having slapstick humour with lots of heart.

From The Turner EMEA Press Release: Turner EMEA Announces Second Series Greenlight Of The Happos Family: First original production for Boomerang to become latest addition to Turner EMEA Kids franchise portfolio; New series to be produced by Cyber Group Studios, with episodes extended to 7 minutes.

Turner EMEA announced today (24/05/2017) that it has greenlit a second season of its first ever Boomerang Original, The Happos Family – this time featuring longer adventures with the loveable Happos characters, as well as a raft of new digital content.

Series two, made up of 25 x 7-minute non-dialogue episodes, will launch on Boomerang channels from January 2018, and will introduce three brand-new characters to the family set-up: Football Happo, Scientist Happo and Acrobat Happo. It has been created in partnership with world-renowned Italian corporation Ferrero and will be produced by leading European animation company Cyber Group Studios (headquartered in Paris), with whom Turner recently signed a co-production deal for another new Boomerang series, Taffy.

Following a first series of 20 x 2 ½ minute shorts – which has launched on Turner Kids channel POGO (South Asia) and free-to-air channel Karusel (Russia), as well as Boomerang channels globally, reaching more than 88M viewers to date* – series two will offer kids and families the chance to become better acquainted with each of the unique and hilarious Happos and the safari park in which they live, where just about anything seems possible. Whether it’s Astro Happo longing to fly to the moon, or Stunt Happo attempting a daredevil feat, or Party Happo in a dance off with Ballerina and Bollywood, each storyline is laugh-out-loud, slapstick comedy with lots of heart.

In addition to the linear roll-out, the Happos characters will appear across a variety of interactive digital platforms, including the popular Boomerang Make n’ Race app (more than 20M downloads worldwide) alongside other Boomerang favourite characters Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry.

“The great audience reaction, channel exposure and performance of Happos to date are all positive signs that we have an exciting new franchise on our hands”, says Johanne Broadfield, VP, Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA. “We’ve seen kids actually belly-laughing while watching the content and demonstrating really strong engagement with the humour and characters. Taking the show to a new level, with longer episodes and extensive support across digital, stands us in very good stead for a successful consumer products programme – and we’re looking forward to the reaction we get from prospective partners here at Vegas.”

Pierre Sissmann, Chairman & CEO, Cyber Group Studios added: “We immediately fell in love with The Happos Family and it’s not at all surprising that the show is already resonating with kids and families around the world. We’re delighted to be partnering again with Turner and coming on board to produce the second series of Happos, this time with longer stories and great new characters.”

The Happos Family follows the lives of a family of Happos who live in an enclosure in a safari park. In the morning the park is open to human visitors who drive past the Happos, taking pictures of them wallowing in the mud, lazing by the pool, sleeping in the shade of the tree. When the last car races out of the safari park and the gates are shut to all visitors, the Happos jump up out of the mud, wake up from their snoozing and get dressed up. It’s now their time for crazy, zany, Happo adventures.

*Source: BARB, Auditel, AGB Nielsen, Kantar Media, TNS Gallup, MMS, IPSOS/KTLM, TNS TV/Index Plus, BARC Media Workstation, IBOPE, All Individuals, 10/16 – 08/05/17, All Day, Reach (1min+)

Cartoon Network UK The Powerpuff Girls New Product Licensees

Cartoon Network UK The Powerpuff Girls New Product Licensees

Cartoon Network UK The Powerpuff Girls New Product Licensees

Cartoon Network Enterprises has signed up three new product licensees for its The Powerpuff Girls property for the UK market. Cartoon Network has signed a master publishing partner deal with Hachette for a series of fiction paperback books, guidebooks and sticker activity books. ZAK holds The Powerpuff Girls license for school lunchware products and confectioner Kinnerton holds the property’s first food-related license in the UK, a line of confectionery products will launch in 2018.

Spin Master holds the master toy license for The Powerpuff Girls and from June this year the licensing programme will include products from Bioworld Europe, Blueprint Collection, Smith & Brooks, Poplar Linens and many more.

Cartoon Network Toys At American International Toy Fair 2017 18th To 21st February

Cartoon Network Toys At American International Toy Fair 2017 18th To 21st February

Cartoon Network Toys At American International Toy Fair 2017 18th To 21st February

Today (21/02/2017), was the final day of the 2017 North American International Toy Fair at the Javits Convention Center and the Toy Center in New York. A lot of Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation toys were showcased at the event (including Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty), so here’s a roundup of some of the new toys and games on display, also check out the previous Ben 10 toys blog post on the link below for more information.

Steven Universe Construction Sets

McFarlane Toys has unveiled a brand new Steven Universe themed construction set based on Mr. Universe Van on the show, the set was also on display at the Toy Fair. The set also includes Steven and Greg figures. McFarlane Toys has also announced that there will also be construction sets for Steven’s Bedroom Loft, the Temple Door and the Desert Fortress. The playsets will be available from August this year, with suggested retail prices from $7.99 to $34.99.

Cartoon Network Crossover Crisis: Animation Annihilation Deck-Building Game

Cryptozoic Entertainment will be releasing another edition of the Cartoon Network Crossover Crisis Deck-Building Game, but this time the game will feature The Powerpuff Girls, Uncle Grandpa, Mojo Jojo, Aunt Grandma (Uncle Grandpa’s female imposter), Fionna and Cake (gender-swapped Finn and Jake) and the Ice Queen (gender-swapped Ice King). The game will be released in the third quarter of 2017 with a recommended retail price of $40. The game is also compatible with games featuring Cryptzoic’s Cerberus Engine. Cryptozoic Entertainment has also worked with DC Comics to develop a Teen Titans Go! themed deck-building game, the game will be released in late 2017 with a recommended retail price of $25.

Looney Tunes: Space Jam Funko Pops

Also at the Toy Fair, Funko had their new Looney Tunes: Space Jam Funko Pops on display, the set includes vinyl figures of Bugs Bunny, Marvin The Martian, Taz and the movie’s main villian – Mr. Swackhammer and one of the basketball players from the Monstars – Blanko. A movie sequel to Space Jam – Space Jam 2 is currently in development at Warner Bros. and will be released in cinemas in 2019.

Rick and Morty Tabletop Games

Board games and trading cards company – Cryptozoic Entertainment have announced that they are working with Cartoon Network Enterprises to develop two new tabletop games based on two episodes of the popular animated Adult Swim show – Rick and Morty. The two new games are called “Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park Game” and “Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game”. Both games have been previewed at Cryptozoic’s booth at the Toy Fair, Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park Game is due to be released on 12th July 2017 and Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game will be released some time in the fourth quarter of 2017. Production on Rick and Morty Season 3 is now in progress.

Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park Game Description from the Cryptozoic Entertainment Press Release:

Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park Game is based on the first season episode “Anatomy Park,” in which Rick shrinks Morty and sends him into the body of Ruben, a homeless man in a Santa suit. It turns out that, in a joint venture with an eccentric and well-funded amoeba, Rick has built a microscopic amusement park inside a human body that will make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. Morty’s mission is to save the very strange park before it is overrun by the diseases that are running rampant.

The strategy game puts 2-4 players into Anatomy Park, deep inside of Ruben’s body. After choosing from six characters, players must design the best park possible by placing tiles while simultaneously avoiding and fighting Diseases, such as Tuberculosis and Hepatitis A. Certain actions (e.g., moving Ride Tiles around) shift around Ruben’s internal organs during gameplay and cause players to draw Bodily Reaction Cards, which result in unexpected effects and force players to act out embarrassing bodily functions. There are multiple game-ending conditions in which Ruben can live or die, affecting players and their final scores in various ways.

Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game Description from the Cryptozoic Press Release:

Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game is based on the Season 1 episode “Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind,” in which a group of Ricks from alternate realities arrive and accuse the show’s Rick of murdering other Ricks. After being taken to the Council of Ricks, Rick and Morty escape to track down the evil Rick who appears to be the one behind the murders and the kidnapping of numerous Mortys. However, the true motivations and identity of the villain turn out to be much more complicated.

The deck-building game uses Cryptozoic’s popular Cerberus Engine as various versions of Rick serve as both players’ oversized Hero cards and the Villainous Council of Ricks. Each player’s deck starts with the following cards: seven Genius Waves cards that give you Power, one Beth, one Jerry, and one Summer. The Beth, Jerry, and Summer cards do nothing, but can activate other cards. The “Kick” stack in other Cerberus games is now the Portal Gun stack. The Portal Gun activates the Portal deck, which transports a player’s Hero to a random Location from the episode or other popular places from the series. That player may then utilize that Location during his or her turn and has the option of paying the cost of the Location to put it into his/her deck.