Cartoon Network Africa Celebrates Girls’ Achievements With The Powerpuff Girls Awards

Cartoon Network Africa Celebrates Girls' Achievements With The Powerpuff Girls Awards

Cartoon Network Africa Celebrates Girls’ Achievements With The Powerpuff Girls Awards

Cartoon Network Africa is teaming up with charity organisation – Save The Children to launch The Powerpuff Girls Awards, which aims to empower, inspire and celebrate the achievements of young girls from all across Africa. The Powerpuff Girls Awards are aimed at girls aged between 4 and 14 and will recognise those with “superhero skills” – those who have great ideas that can change and help the world.

The awards are split into three different categories and each category is represented by the inner power and special ability of a Powerpuff Girl – Blossom, Bubbles or Buttercup. Categories include Science and Tech Inventor, Social Helper and Artistic Creator categories. To promote the awards Cartoon Network and Save the Children will be visiting schools across South Africa and Kenya.

The Buttercup Award celebrates excellence in science and technology and will be awarded to a young girl who has produced an invention or a groundbreaking idea. The Bubbles Award will be awarded to a girl who produces an imaginative and creative art piece that represents girl power. The Blossom Award will be given to an awards entrant that is intelligent, is always positive and has a strong moral compass, the entrant must of already made a remarkable difference for the greater good, is an inspiration to others and wants to develop their ideas further.

The Powerpuff Girls Awards will be accepting entries from Wednesday 15th August until Monday 15th October, rules for each category and general entry terms and conditions can be found on DStv’s website ( The winners will be announced at the end of October and will receive their award at the the PPG Awards Ceremony which will be held Johannesburg in November. Each winner from the three categories will receive $1,500 which will be used to bring their scientific, artistic or socially revolutionary ideas to life with the help of a dedicated mentor. One of the mentors will be singer-songwriter Toya Delazy, known as the voice of Bliss in The Powerpuff Girls in English speaking Africa, Toya will be the awards’ Artistic Creator mentor.

Gugu Ndebele, CEO of Save the Children South Africa made this statement in regards to The Powerpuff Girls Awards:

“Save the Children is a child rights organisation which aims to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats its children. As the African arm of this organisation, we are proud and honoured to partner with Cartoon Network on this event. We cannot think of a better way to inspire change than to partner with an organisation that celebrates young girls and their achievements. We look forward to engaging with the young girls who rock for Africa.”

Cartoon Network Africa Releases Statement In Regards Of Banned Shows In Kenya

Cartoon Network Africa Releases Statement In Regards Of Banned Shows In Kenya

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

Cartoon Network Africa And Boomerang Africa 2017 Upfront

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.”