Cartoon Network USA San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Schedule

Cartoon Network USA San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Schedule

Cartoon Network USA San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Schedule

The internationally renowned San Diego Comic-Con will be mostly held at the San Diego Convention Center next week (Wednesday 19th July to Sunday 23rd July) and as with previous years, Cartoon Network will be hosting a series of panels featuring voice actors and show creators, autograph sessions and other special events. Thursday will mostly feature events for productions by Warner Bros. Animation that air on Cartoon Network, Friday is Cartoon Network’s main day at the convention with events for two productions by Cartoon Network Studios.

Starting off the Cartoon Network events at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, is a panel for Cartoon Network USA’s most popular show as of late – Teen Titans Go!, this will be a chance for fans to ask the show’s producers and voice actors their questions. Also at the panel, there will be an exclusive screening of an upcoming one-hour long Teen Titans Go! special!, could it be The Night Begins To Shine (aka The Day the Night Stopped Beginning to Shine and Became Dark Even Though It Was the Day) by any chance?

Following the Teen Titans Go! panel and screening, is a panel for a show that has yet to premiere on Cartoon Network called Unikitty!, which features the lovable (but at times, extremely angry) character from The Lego Movie. At the panel there will be a Q&A session and a special episode screening.

For those who prefer superheroes and action-animation, there will be a Justice League Action panel featuring a Q&A with the voice actors from the show and the with the show’s production team members, plus a screening of an all-new episode.

On Thursday evening at the convention, is the Cartoon Network Summertime Go! Screening and Costume Contest, an opportunity for Cartoon Network fans to see some exclusive premieres, also prizes are up for grabs those who take part in the Cartoon Network cartoon character costume contest. Kids aged 12 and under wearing a costume will receive a special prize. Guest judges include Ian Jones-Quartey (creator and voice of Rad for OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes), Greg Cipes (voice of Stinkfly in Ben 10 and voice of Beast Boy in Teen Titans Go!), Zach Callison (voice of Steven in Steven Universe), Deedee Magno-Hall (voice of Pearl in Steven Universe), and Michaela Dietz (voice of Amethyst in Steven Universe) and the talented voice actor who connects all four shows together – Eric Bauza!

Kicking off Friday at 10am on the convention is the OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes panel, fans will get to see exclusive content and experience the superpowered and action-packed world of Lakewood Plaza Turbo. Ian-Jones Quartey, the show’s creator and voice of Rad, Toby Jones (the show’s co-executive producer), Courtenay Taylor (voice of K.O.), Kate Flannery (voice of Carol), and Dan Vader (lead writer/designer, for the brand new OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes game at Capybara Games) will all be there. The panel will be moderated by Alanah Pearce from IGN.

Immediately after the OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes panel is the Steven Universe panel, which will include never-before-seen footage, exciting announcement and a Q&A for fans to ask questions about Cartoon Network’s cult hit. The panel will feature the show’s creator – Rebecca Sugar, Deedee Magno-Hall (the voice of Pearl), Michaela Dietz (voice of Amethyst), Estelle (voice of Garnet), and A.J. Michalka (voice of Stevonnie) with half-Gem/half-human Steven Universe Zach Callison as half-guest/half-moderator!

Last but not least on Saturday, there’s a panel for Cartoon Network’s newly revived show – Ben 10, panelists include Greg Cipes (voice of Stinkfly), John DiMaggio (voice of Four Arms), Montse Hernandez (voice of Gwen), Roger Craig Smith (voice of Diamondhead), Tara Strong (voice of Ben Tennyson), John Fang (executive producer), Joe Casey (writer/creator, Man of Action Entertainment), and moderator Eric Bauza. There will be games and giveaways too, it will be so incredible that it will be out of this world!

At the last of San Diego Comic Con 2017 (Sunday 23rd July), there will be another panel for Steven Universe but with a more relaxed and conversational tone, the panel is for the new art book – Steven Universe: Art and Origins, Rebecca Sugar will be joining with Ian Jones-Quartey and the writer of the book – Chris McDonnell, during the session they will talking about what influenced the concept of the show, the development and design of the characters and the music. There will also be a fan Q&A.

Interested to find out what else is happening at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con?, check out the schedule on the official San Diego Comic-Con website:

https://www.comic-con.org/cci/programming-schedule

Cartoon Network’s San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Schedule

Teen Titans Go!

Thursday 20th July 2017 at 10am – 11am
Room 6A

New episode! New episode! New episode! The Titans are back at it again with another fun-filled panel to kick off your Comic-Con weekend. Producers and members of the voice cast will answer your questions and premiere a Titan-sized special one-hour episode. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Teen Titans Go! airs Fridays at 6/5c on Cartoon Network.

Unikitty! New Episode Premiere and Q&A

Thursday 20th July 2017 at 11:15am – 12.15pm
Room 6A

Your favorite character from The LEGO Movie now has her own show! Journey to a joyous kingdom full of sparkle matter, happy thoughts, and the occasional rage-out in Unikitty!, an all-new animated series. As ruler of the kingdom, Unikitty has busy days full of royal responsibilities. Unikitty is most interested in making sure everyone is happy and ridding the kingdom of negativity, but don’t misunderstand her optimism-she is one kitty not to be crossed. While she may be full of boundless energy and creativity, Unikitty is a force to be reckoned with if anyone gets in the way of spreading her positive vibes, especially if anyone makes her little brother and best friend, Puppycorn, sad. Also living in the castle are Dr. Fox, the resident scientist, and Unikitty’s trusty bodyguard, Hawkodile. Producers and members of the voice cast will give a sneak peek at this new series and explain how Unikitty and her friends will make sure that every day is the happiest and most creative ever! Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Unikitty! is coming soon to Cartoon Network.

Justice League Action Video Presentation and Q&A

Thursday 20th July 2017 at 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Room 6A

Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman lead the DC Comics superheroes against their most infamous foes in adventures packed with relentless thrills, fun, and action in Justice League Action. Whether defending the Earth, facing invaders from space, or battling bizarre forces of magic, the always-rotating team of Justice League heroes are up to any challenge. Producers and members of the voice cast will be on hand to screen an all-new episode as well as participate in a Q&A. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Justice League Action airs Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network.

Cartoon Network Summertime Go! Screening and Costume Contest

Thursday 20th July 2017 at 8pm – 9pm
Room 7AB

Tell your cousin, sister, papa, and your mom that new episodes are a go at the con! Cartoon Network is new all summer and they’re ready to go with exclusive sneak peeks of your favorites, along with peeks at their newest shows. Dress as your favorite CN character and walk the runway for a chance to win incredible loot! Psst – kids 12 and under who show up in costume will receive a special prize. Guest judges include Ian Jones-Quartey (creator and voice of Rad for OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes), Greg Cipes (voice of Stinkfly for Ben 10 and voice of Beast Boy for Teen Titans Go!), Zach Callison (voice of Steven for Steven Universe), Deedee Magno-Hall (voice of Pearl for Steven Universe), and Michaela Dietz (voice of Amethyst for Steven Universe), led by the guy who has a voice in all of their shows, Eric Bauza. And that’s how summertime goes!

Cartoon Network: OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes

Friday 21st July 2017 at 10am – 11am
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Get ready to witness the power of a true hero in training. Cartoon Network is excited to bring you their newest series, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes ! Be the first to see exclusive content, dive into the superpowered world of Lakewood Plaza Turbo, and get to know the ever-enthusiastic K.O.! Get all your hero tips from Ian-Jones Quartey (creator and voice of Rad), Toby Jones (co-executive producer), Courtenay Taylor (voice of K.O.), Kate Flannery (voice of Carol), and Dan Vader (lead writer/designer, Capybara Games). Moderated by Alanah Pearce (IGN).

Cartoon Network: Steven Universe

Friday 21st July 2017 at 11am – 12pm
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Hang out with Rebecca Sugar, Steven, and the Gems and be the first to hear the latest updates from Beach City. That’s right, CN is bringing your favorite Steven Universe characters back to the ballroom! They’ve got never-before-seen footage, exciting announcements, and answers to all your burning questions! Okay . . . maybe not all of them. Join Rebecca Sugar (creator), Deedee Magno-Hall (voice of Pearl), Michaela Dietz (voice of Amethyst), Estelle (voice of Garnet), and A.J. Michalka (voice of Stevonnie) with half-Gem/half-human Steven Universe – Zach Callison serving as half-guest/half-moderator.

Cartoon Network: Ben 10

Saturday 22nd July 2017 at 10.50am – 11.50am
Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

The Rustbucket has traveled far and wide to deliver Ben and his trusty alien heroes to sunny San Diego! CN has so much to share about what’s new, new, new, new with the show, the app, and the toys. They’ll have a lot of fun along the way with games and giveaways, so set your Omnitrix to hero time! Panelists include Greg Cipes (voice of Stinkfly), John DiMaggio (voice of Four Arms), Montse Hernandez (voice of Gwen), Roger Craig Smith (voice of Diamondhead), Tara Strong (voice of Ben Tennyson), John Fang (executive producer), Joe Casey (writer/creator, Man of Action Entertainment), and moderator Eric Bauza.

Steven Universe: Art & Origins

Sunday 23rd July 2017 at 10am – 11am
Room 29AB

Join Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar for her first San Diego Comic-Con intimate conversation as she discusses the making of the official behind-the-scenes art book, Steven Universe: Art & Origins, for the Emmy Award-nominated TV series. Accompanied by Ian Jones-Quartey and the book’s author, Chris McDonnell, she will lead a conversation covering a wide range of topics, including influences; the process in developing the characters, design, and music for Steven Universe; and art from the new book, plus a fan Q&A.

San Diego Comic Con 2017 Cartoon Network Exclusive Products

San Diego Comic Con 2017 Cartoon Network Exclusive Products

San Diego Comic Con 2017 Cartoon Network Exclusive Products

San Diego Comic-Con is coming up later this month (19th July to 23rd July), and according to Entertainment Weekly, there will be range of exclusive Cartoon Network items that will only be available to buy at the convention. Exclusive items include Adventure Time Uglydolls, the Uglydoll characters Ox and Jeero will feature an unique Finn the Human and Jake the Dog design. Titan Merchandise will be releasing two exclusive Steven Universe vinyl collectable toys featuring the eponymous character, dressed in a tuxedo and one in pyjamas. Each copy of the new Steven Universe art book – Steven Universe: Art & Origins (with an introduction by Genndy Tartakovsky, foreword by Rebecca Sugar and written by Chris McDonnell) will feature an exclusive slip, the show’s creator – Rebecca Sugar will also be hosting a panel at San Diego Comic Con on Sunday 23rd July where she will discuss the making of the book. Steven Universe: Art & Origins will be available in book stores and internet retailers from tomorrow (11th July).

In terms of T-shirts, there will be exclusive Adventure Time, Steven Universe and Over The Garden Wall T-shirts, the Adventure Time will feature a Flame Princess design, the Steven Universe T-shirt will have a Peridot design and the Over The Garden Wall T-shirt will feature a silhouette of Wirt and Greg. At the convention, there will be exclusive signing sheets for Cartoon Network Studios’ brand new show – OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes and also for Ben 10 too, both shows will have panels at the convention, along with commentary and previews with the show’s voice actors and creators.

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Happy 60th Birthday Hanna-Barbera

Happy 60th Birthday Hanna-Barbera

Happy 60th Birthday Hanna-Barbera: The Animation Studio That Started It All And Entertained Kids (And Adults) For Six Decades

Today, 60 years ago on 7th July 1957, the creators of Tom and Jerry – William Hanna and Joseph Barbera opened their very own animation studio. The new studio known as Hanna-Barbera (a combination of the founder’s surnames) was groundbreaking as it was one of the few animation studios that specifically made animated TV shows at the time, before Hanna-Barbera, most animation that aired on television were theatrical shorts. Hanna and Barbera were pioneers in the animation industry (and the media industry as a whole) and created cartoons that were both high-quality and affordable for television broadcasters. On 14th December 1957, Hanna-Barbera’s first ever production – The Ruff and Reddy Show aired on NBC in the United States, an animated show about two friends, a cat named Ruff and a dog named Reddy. It only took two months to get a studio running after the closure of the animation unit at Tom and Jerry’s animation studio – MGM and with the help of a director named George Sydney, a friend of Hanna and Barbera, they were able to reach a deal with Screen Gems (a part of Columbia Pictures), the deal laid a solid foundation for the new studio.

The Huckleberry Hound Show was the studio’s first big hit which premiered in 1958, Yogi Bear soon followed with his own show in 1961, also Top Cat debuted in 1961. The most important milestone (pun intended) for Hanna-Barbera was The Flintstones, based on the sitcom – The Honeymooners but in a stone age setting, the show was the studio’s biggest primetime hit and made Fred Flintstone and Hanna-Barbera a household name. Before Fox’s The Simpsons broke the record – The Flintstones was the longest running animated sitcom in the world, and aired between 1960 to 1966, quite an achievement considering this was still the early days of television animation. In 1962, came The Jetsons, which followed a similar formula to The Flintstones but this time in a futuristic setting.

In 1963, Hanna-Barbera Studios moved to their new state-of-the-art studios at 3400 Cahuenga Boulevard West in Hollywood, Los Angeles, after the studio’s opening, the science-fiction adventure show Jonny Quest and The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show soon followed, along with Wacky Races (which has been rebooted by Warner Bros. Animation) and its spinoff series’ The Perils of Penelope Pitstop and Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines in the late 1960’s.

At the start of the 1970’s, Hanna-Barbera controlled 80% of the children’s programming in the United States, by this point it was the biggest animation company in the world, Disney may of ruled the theatrical animation business (and arguably still does), but Hanna-Barbera ruled children’s television, the very form of audiovisual media that kids were most exposed to in their own homes.

In 1970’s the studio was in full-production, with Josie and the Pussycats, Help!… It’s the Hair Bear Bunch!, Hong Kong Phooey, Captain Caveman being produced, but the most influential cartoon that was produced at Hanna-Barbera (and still being produced today with several re-versions and movies) is Scooby-Doo!, created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears in 1969, the series remains to be one of Boomerang’s biggest hits (alongside Tom and Jerry). Scooby-Doo! centres on four teenagers and the eponymous talking Great Dane who go solving spooky supernatural mysteries.

In the 1980’s, the studio started to decline, but it wasn’t all doom and gloom though, aside the odd spinoff and prequel such as The Flintstone Kids and The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show, there was one hit that stood out – The Smurfs, an animated show about small blue human-like creatures that live in a forest, the show’s concept wasn’t created by Hanna-Barbera but rather by the Belgian cartoonist Peyo (real name Pierre Culliford).

The studio changed ownership a few times, but it wasn’t until 1991 that will completely change the course of the studio’s history and it’s so important that if it didn’t happen I wouldn’t be writing this blog today – Turner Broadcasting System brought 50% of the studio (as well as the all important archive) with the Apollo Investment Fund, at the time, Turner already owned the MGM catalogue which includes Tom and Jerry and for the first time the studio’s IP’s and Tom and Jerry are united under one company. In 1994, Turner fully owned the studio.

Both, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera carried on at the studio as creative consultants. The studio hired new animators, most notably – Craig McCracken (The Powerpuff Girls), Donovan Cook (2 Stupid Dogs), Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory), David Feiss (Cow and Chicken), Seth MacFarlane (worked on multiple productions as well as his What A Cartoon! animated short – Larry and Steve which was the prototype for his later creation – Family Guy), Van Partible (creator of Johnny Bravo) and Butch Hartman (worked on several shows at Hanna-Barbera, later created The Fairly OddParents for Frederator and Nickelodeon).

Turner Broadcasting System hired Fred Seibert as the president of Hanna-Barbera and to oversee its What A Cartoon! animated short development programme, Seibert later founded Frederator Studios, the co-producer of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time. During this time Cartoon Network Studios was only a brand name used by Hanna-Barbera.

People were originally sceptical of Ted Turner’s 24-hour news network CNN (Cable News Network) before it launched, but he proved the critics wrong, and he was about to prove them wrong yet again, Turner Broadcasting System Inc. or TBS for short decided to make use of its newly acquired catalogue of animated shows from Hanna-Barbera and MGM as well as new productions from the new studio, finally in the United States on 1st October 1992, the newest network from TBS – Cartoon Network launched, the world’s first ever 24-hour channel dedicated to nothing but cartoons. Cartoon Network quickly spread internationally with a focus on distribution as opposed to full-localisation, with the Latin American version launching in April 1993, the European launch in September 1993 from TBS’s base in London and the Asian feed launching in 1994.

Luckily, Cartoon Network already had a large library of cartoons to keep the channel going during its formative years while production on new shows such as Dexter’s Laboratory and Cow and Chicken were on-going. The 1996 merger between TBS and Time Warner was also important, especially as Cartoon Network now has full access to one of the biggest movie studios in Hollywood – Warner Bros. as well as content from Warner’s post-1948 animation library (Turner already owned the pre-1948 library). By 2001, Hanna-Barbera ceased to exist in its own right within the media conglomerate, with Warner Bros. Animation owning the Hanna-Barbera name and archive. Warner Bros. Animation is now responsible for modern remakes of its animated classics such as Be Cool, Scooby-Doo.

Sadly, William Hanna died in 2001, Joseph Barbera remained at Warner Bros. Animation as an executive producer and director until his death in 2006. William Hanna’s and Joseph Barbera’s studio and their legacy continues to this very day, the studio itself was renamed Cartoon Network Studios and continues to produce many of your favourite cartoons. There is so much to write about the history of Hanna-Barbera and Cartoon Network, so I’m leaving part two for the channel’s 25th Anniversary on 1st October this year. Hanna-Barbera has produced some of the most loved cartoon characters, its influence is still present today and it will carry on well into the future.

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