Cartoon Network Africa Releases Statement In Regards Of Banned Shows In Kenya
This Thursday (22/06/2017), the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has banned several cartoons including content offered by Turner Southern Europe and Africa (Cartoon Network) and Viacom International Media Networks Southern Europe, Middle-East and Africa (Nickelodeon) including Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe, Clarence and Adventure Time and Nickelodeon’s The Loud House on the basis of “promoting” homosexuality. Turner has released a statement regarding the issue and has ensured viewers that programming is checked to make sure it’s suitable for children, culturally acceptable and always to complies to the laws of each country where the Cartoon Network Africa pan-feed is received.
Internationally, Turner uses market research to make sure its content is suitable for children in every country where Cartoon Network is received. Adventure Time was banned due to the past relationship between Princess Bubblegum and Marceline (as revealed by Adventure Time’s creator – Pendleton Ward to Marceline’s voice actress – Olivia Olson) and Steven Universe was banned mostly due to the relationship between Ruby and Sapphire and the past relationship with Pearl and Rose Quartz, which are ongoing storylines in the show, though all gems have a “female” appearance, they are technically genderless. Clarence was banned because of the relationship between Jeff’s parents.
The statement from Turner:
“With respect to the issues raised by customers, we ensure our channels and programming are suitable for children and do not contain the content and messages unsuitable. In Africa, as in all markets, we always seek to be respectful of local laws, cultures and sensitivities and, in some instances, this means we do show amended versions of US original series. We constantly review feedback from our audiences to ensure that this is the case and this is a responsibility that we take extremely seriously.”
Viacom responded by suspending the affected shows on Nickelodeon Africa and Nicktoons Africa: The Loud House, Hey Arnold! and the Legend of Korra, Multichoice (owners of DStv, one of the largest satellite pay-TV companies in Africa) has contacted Turner, Viacom and Disney to make sure they comply in the markets where DStv operates.
Cartoon Network Africa And Boomerang Africa 2017 Upfront
Today (23/03/2017) Turner Africa has announced their Cartoon Network and Boomerang upfront for this year and beyond. In 2018, Cartoon Network Africa will premiere a brand new Cartoon Network original – Summer Camp Island. Summer Camp Island is a highly imaginative cartoon created by British animator and illustrator – Julia Pott. The show follows Oscar and his best friend Hedgehog during their first time at summer camp. But this isn’t any ordinary summer camp, where else can you swim with a talking shark, go to a different universe by going under your bed or make friends with the moon?. Summer Camp Island will premiere on Cartoon Network Africa (and the rest of EMEA) sometime in 2018.
This year, Turner’s second animation flagship channel, Boomerang will premiere a whole bunch of new shows, including Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: The Animated Series, which is based upon Sony Pictures Animation’s animated film (and sequel) of the same name. The events that happen in the new show takes place before the first movie and features a younger Flint Lockwood and Sam Sparks. The show follows Flint and Sam who try to save the world, one invention at a time. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: The Animated Series will premiere on Boomerang Africa (and the rest of EMEA) in 2017.
Boomerang will premiere another show called Pat the Dog, the animated series is based on popular French mobile game – Paf le Chien. The new show combines action and comedy, Pat is only a small dog but he is very brave. Pat the Dog will premiere on Boomerang Africa (and the rest of EMEA) in 2017.
Boomerang Africa will also premiere two new animated shows from sister animation studio – Warner Bros. Animation, Dorothy & the Wizard of Oz and a reboot of the classic 1960’s Hanna-Barbara cartoon – Wacky Racers. Both Dorothy & the Wizard of Oz and Wacky Racers will premiere on Boomerang Africa from October 2017.
Dorothy & the Wizard of Oz is an inspirational magical fantasy based on the classic series of books by L. Frank Baum, which sees Dorothy and her friends embark on a journey to defeat the Wicked Witch of the West. Following the original story, Queen Ozma appoints Dorothy as the Princess of Emerald City, a role she was destined for. Dorothy embraces her position and tackles her royal duties with enthusiasm, bravery and feistiness.
Wacky Racers is a rebooted version of the late-1960’s Hanna-Barbara animated comedy classic, featuring reworked versions of Penelope Pitstop, Peter Perfect, the Ant Hill Mob, the Gruesome Twosome and antagonists Dick Dastardly and Muttley who plot to stop the competition but their dastardly plans always backfire. The new series will also feature a bunch of new racers. Wacky Racers isn’t just any ordinary racing show, each race car has a different theme and has unique race winning abilities.
From The Turner Africa/Burson-Marsteller Press Release: Turner’s kid-focused channels are BOOMING with new content!
With 348 hours of fresh content, 10 new family-focused series’ and an estimation of 1,323 new episodes, Turner, the leading expert in family entertainment, is pleased to unveil its line-up of hot, new content that promises to have viewers on the edge of their seats.
On Cartoon Network, DStv channel 301, viewers can look forward to a number of steamy new shows including Summer Camp Island.
Summer Camp Island is a wildly imaginative series based on the original short created by British animator and illustrator, Julia Pott, whose credits include Adventure Time and was named one of three animators to watch by Creative Review in 2013. The show, now extended into a series, follows Oscar and his best friend Hedgehog, who have just been dropped off at their very first summer camp. Not all camps offer the opportunity to swim with a talking shark in the swimming pool, crawl under the bed into a different universe, or make friends with the moon, but on Summer Camp Island, anything can happen. Premieres: 2018.
On Boomerang, DStv channel 302, viewers can look forward to carefully selected content that will reiterate that Tom & Jerry is not the only cool show to watch on the channel.
One of these new shows includes Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a juicy, mouthwatering new series based on Sony Pictures Animation’s Critically-Acclaimed Blockbuster Film with the same name and its 2013 sequel. The series, set to premiere on Boomerang, follows a much younger teenage version of Flint Lockwood and Sam Sparks, in a time before food begins to rain down on Swallow Falls. The adventure follows the two teenage kids trying to save the world one invention at a time. Premieres: 2017.
Another epic new show airing on Turner’s second flagship kids’ channel, Boomerang, is Pat the Dog – an adaption of the successful game for tablets and smartphones across the globe. Currently, the video game has over 27 million players in the world, more than two million games played per day and has over 1.5 million active players per month. Soon to launch on Boomerang, this series follows the famous digital pooch on an adventure filled with breath-taking action and comedy. Despite Pat’s tiny size and playful attitude, it soon becomes clear that behind every ‘zero’ there is indeed a hero! Premieres: 2017.
“We live in an age where kids are spoiled for choice when it comes to consuming content,” says Pierre Branco, Vice President and General Manager of Southern Europe and Africa. “At Turner, we feel that it is crucial to attract new fans in order to build on to our strong, loyal fan base through the investment of attractive new content that can be enjoyed on multiple platforms that stretch beyond the television screens.”
Cartoon Network Africa The Powerpuff Girls Special Weekend 28th And 29th January
Cartoon Network Africa will be having a special Powerpuff Girls weekend, airing from 10.40am CAT on Saturday 28th January and 4.30pm CAT on Sunday 29th January on DStv channel 301. The two day stunt that’s filled with Sugar, Spice and everything nice will feature brand new episodes highlighting the special abilities of the three Powerpuff Girls – Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup. The special weekend follows on from the launch of Cartoon Network’s Powfactor campaign which has gone global since its launch last year.
Cartoon Network updated the Powerpuff Yourself avatar maker last November to include a Powfactor personality quiz along with additional avatar customisation features. People who complete the Powfactor quiz can find out their “secret ingredient” which makes them heroic and unique. Since its launch last April, the Powerpuff Yourself avatar maker has been a success on social media with a total of over 12 million Powerpuff-style avatars created.
Cartoon Network has also launched a brand new Powerpuff Girls YouTube channel which features video clips, comedy moments, music, games and exclusive content. The Powerpuff Girls YouTube channel can be accessed via the link below.
The Powerpuff Girls are back just in time to save the weekend! Cartoon Network brings you a Powerpuff Girls weekend special from Saturday 28th to Sunday 29th of January: From The Official Turner Africa/Burson-Marsteller Press Release
Cartoon Network is excited to announce that they are adding lots of sugar, spice and all things nice to DStv this weekend with a Powerpuff Girls weekend special. Following the global launch of the #POWFACTOR campaign at the end of 2016, which celebrates the “special ingredient” inside everyone, Cartoon Network will be jam-packed with a two-day special stunt starring our favourite little girls in special The Powerpuff Girl episodes. The all-new episodes will showcase their inner power and special abilities.
“Just like Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, all kids have their own #POWFACTOR, a special ingredient which makes them heroes,” says Pierre Branco, Vice President and General Manager of Southern Europe and Africa for Turner Africa. “The weekend special episodes embody a message of positivity, individuality and confidence and we hope that this encourages kids across Africa to embrace their unique power as an individual to have a positive impact on the world around them.”
So what is your special #POWFACTOR ingredient? Here is your opportunity to find out by PPG’ing Yourself. Cartoon Network’s updated Powerpuff Yourself app allows you to create your very own personalised avatar and then take a personality quiz to find out what your #POWFACTOR power is! Click here to start your transformation now and reveal your unique #POWFACTOR, for free!
The original Powerpuff Yourself web game debuted in April last year during the premiere of the reimagined The Powerpuff Girls animated series on Cartoon Network. It quickly hit the pop culture scene dominating social media with over 12 million fans globally creating Powerpuff avatars in their likeness.
In-between fighting crime and finding your special #POWFACTOR ingredient, if you happen to miss the weekend special, don’t worry because Powerpuff Girls fans have the opportunity to get online exclusive content by visiting the PPG YouTube channel. Recently launched, the PPG YouTube channel is packed with PPG’s favourite video clips, hilarious comedy moments, music, games and air-play. It’s the perfect place to be for everything Powerpuff.