Animated Music Video Mankind By Methods Animated By Daniel Crew
The following post has little to do with Cartoon Network, but I’m doing this for a friend, and I’m supportive of the animation industry as a whole. My friend and work colleague – Daniel Crew has animated a music video all on his own for a local indie band called “Methods”, he’s a big fan of Steven Universe which is reflective in his artwork, he owns a copy of the Steven Universe art book and even met Zach Callison (voice of Steven) and Grace Rolek (voice of Connie) at MCM Comic Con in London and MCM Comic Con Birmingham respectively.
I’ve invited Dan to Cartoon Network UK’s 25th Anniversary screening back in September, he really wanted to go, but unfortunately he couldn’t make it as he was busy making this music video, which is why he deserves this blog post. We often talk about animated shows now and again and he has been working on this music video during his free time, even during lunch breaks at work. He encouraged me to carry on with the CN news blog, while I was suffering through bouts of depression, I felt I couldn’t do it anymore and sidelined everything I enjoyed, thankfully those days are over and I hope it will never come back.
The music video takes place during the Cold War era, where nuclear proliferation was an ongoing fear and because of the fear, it was rather psychological, and someone needed the courage to “press the button” which would lead to the complete annihilation of Earth. Which is why there was a lot of experimentation on people in the military on whether they could make such a ridiculously tough decision that no-one ever hopes to do. The music video has a lot of visual effects and looks amazing considering that only one person worked on it. The music video was screened at the Lighthouse Cinema in Wolverhampton on Saturday 24th November, followed by a live performance by the band.
Prudence Foundation And Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific Team Up With Kid Influencers For A New Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Music Video
Prudence Foundation, the community investment division of Prudential Corporation Asia and Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific have been on a talent search for kids to rap in a brand new music video based around its long-running financial literacy programme – Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids. For the music video, both Cartoon Network and Prudence Foundation searched for the most talented kids on television, on the internet and social media, six kids were then chosen to perform in a rap song called “10 Things” which is now airing on Cartoon Network Southeast Asia from today (Wednesday 15th August).
The song was recorded in Singapore in May and is now on Cartoon Network’s on-air, online and social channels reaching kids and families, and it will reach tens of millions of households over the next few weeks. The six kids that were chosen are: Marcus Cabais from the Philippines, Gisele Chiam from Singapore, Gia Khiêm (aka Henry) from Vietnam, Zara Leola from Indonesia, Charmaine Chia from Malaysia, and Siri Chaikul (aka Mac) from Thailand. All six kids also performed a choreographed dance which was then animated for the music video.
Cha-Ching is a non-commercial and educational community programme, the kids did not receive a performance fee. Instead they donated their time and used their talent and influence to help reach children across Asia. In addition to its airing on Cartoon Network, “10 Things” as well as related content will also be uploaded onto a number of Cha-Ching platforms, including the Cha-Ching YouTube page, website and Facebook page, over the next five weeks.
The Cha-Ching 10 Things Music Video (Thai and Chinese subtitled versions are also available on the Cha-Ching YouTube channel):
From The Prudence Foundation and Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific Press Release: Prudence Foundation & Cartoon Network Team Up With Kid Influencers to Connect With Young Audience
Prudence Foundation, the community investment arm of Prudential Corporation Asia, and Turner’s Cartoon Network have turned to the next generation of Asian kids to provide inspiration for a new music video of Cha-ChingTM Money Smart Kids (“Cha-Ching”), the globally recognised and award-winning financial literacy programme that’s now in its eighth year.
Following a regional search for the most talented kids on TV, online and social media, six young individuals were identified to lend their voices to a rap song called “10 Things”, which will begin airing on Cartoon Network on 15 August. The young talents performed a choreographed dance which was then animated and fused with the audio to create a catchy and engaging music video.
Marc Fancy, Executive Director, Prudence Foundation, said, “We are delighted to bring together this group of influential young talent from around Asia to jointly develop a new Cha-Ching music video. They all lend their unique personalities to the initiative, allowing us to create a great new video to help children learn more about financial literacy. During the many years of this partnership, we’ve focused on the four fundamental money management concepts of earn, save, spend and donate. This song aims to tie together those principals with 10 relatable and easy to understand things for kids to remember in their daily lives, both now and in the future.”
The song was recorded in Singapore in May and will be aired on Cartoon Network’s on-air, online and social channels reaching kids and families in tens of millions of households over the next few weeks. It features: Marcus Cabais from the Philippines, Gisele Chiam from Singapore, Gia Khiêm (aka Henry) from Vietnam, Zara Leola from Indonesia, Charmaine Chia from Malaysia, and Siri Chaikul (aka Mac) from Thailand.
Vishal Dembla, General Manager of Turner in Southeast Asia, added, “Kids and the plurals generation are famously difficult to engage. Not only do you need to talk to them with an authentic voice to secure their attention, you also need to win the support of a key gatekeeper – their parents. The group of young talent in “10 Things” will help us achieve this. Together with Prudence Foundation, Cartoon Network has continually developed award-winning animation, apps, games, songs and websites that have to manage to reach families in a fun, 360 way.”
As Cha-Ching is a non-commercial and educational community programme, the kids did not receive a talent fee. Instead they donated their time, talent and influence to help reach kids children across Asia, in line with one of Cha-Ching’s donate principle.
In addition to its airing on Cartoon Network, “10 Things” as well as its related content will also be uploaded onto a number of Cha-Ching platforms, including its YouTube page, website and Facebook page, over the next five weeks.
About Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids
Cha-Ching is an initiative of the Prudence Foundation, the charitable platform of Prudential Corporation Asia. Produced in co-operation with the Cartoon Network, the leading children’s channel in Asia Pacific, and with the backing of Dr. Alice Wilder, an expert in educational and child psychology, Cha-Ching takes an engaging and age-appropriate musical narrative approach to teach children about four key fundamental money management concepts – Earn, Save, Spend and Donate.
It rolled out in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines in 2011, and then in Cambodia in 2015, Taiwan and UK in 2016. In 2017, the programme arrived in the US. Cha-Ching is currently available in English, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Cantonese, Mandarin, Thai, Vietnamese, Khmer and Burmese.
Cha-Ching is a series of three-minute animated television music videos for children aged 7 to 12 that were produced by and aired on Turner’s Cartoon Network. Other elements of the programme include a website (http://www.cha-ching.com) with games and applications featuring real-life money management scenarios, online resources and activity plans for kids, parents and teachers. The Cha-Ching School Contact Programme was implemented across Asia since 2012 and has reached more than 400,000 children directly. A new Cha-Ching curriculum with structured lessons plan for teachers was launched in schools in the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia in 2016, and reached more than 100,000 students in 2017. The Curriculum is expanding to Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia in 2018.
About Prudence Foundation
Prudence Foundation is the community investment arm of Prudential in Asia*. Its mission is to secure the future of communities by enhancing education, health and safety. The Foundation runs regional programmes as well as local programmes in partnership with NGOs, governments and the private sector in order to maximise the impact of its efforts. Prudence Foundation leverages Prudential’s long-term mindset and geographical scale to make communities safer, more secure and more resilient. The Foundation is a Hong Kong registered charitable entity.
*Prudential Corporation Asia is a business unit of Prudential plc of the United Kingdom. Neither Prudential Corporation Asia nor Prudential plc are affiliated in any manner with Prudential Financial, Inc., a company whose principal place of business is in the United States of America. In Taiwan and Korea, Prudential Corporation Asia trades under the PCA name for its insurance business. Its asset management business in Asia operates under the name Eastspring Investments.
Gangreen Gang Leader And Villain – Ace From The Powerpuff Girls Joins The Gorillaz
The British animated band – Gorillaz has announced a new band member, and its someone very familiar, somewhat random and unexpected. According to the band’s fictional narrative, the band’s bassist – Murdoc Niccals is in prison, and the band had no choice but to replace him, well at least for the time being so they can continue as a band. Speculation sparked off when the main artist for the Gorillaz – Jamie Hewlett posted a couple of pictures on Instagram depicting someone resembling the leader of the Gangreen Gang from Cartoon Network’s The Powerpuff Girls – Ace. Although Ace and his gang are technically antagonists in the show, The Powerpuff Girls only see them as teenage delinquents and dismiss them as nothing but a “nuisance”. In the first picture, Ace was with fellow band member – Noodle at the Kentucky Derby, in the second picture, it shows Ace (without his face in full view), but wearing a purple jacket with a “Ace” playing card attached to it. Ace also appeared on Gorillaz’s summer tour poster.
All speculation was laid to rest when the band sent out a new newsletter which contained some details about the new band member and when the band’s main musician and creative music lead – Damon Albarn was interviewed by UK national radio station BBC Radio 6. According to Damon, Ace was chosen as the new band member, because of the similarities he has with Murdoc. Cartoon Network has given the band permission to use Ace as a character.
On Thursday 31st May, Gorillaz released their latest music video entitled “Humility” starring actor/musician/comedian Jack Black, in the video Ace is his usual troublemaking self and just like the original Powerpuff Girls, he bursts a basketball with a knife and ruins the fun for everyone. Ace appears to be older too, he’s going slightly bald. Surprisingly, The Powerpuff Girls isn’t the only Cartoon Network show the music video is connected to, its also loosely connected to The Amazing World of Gumball, former compositing supervisor and show writer – Guillaume Cassuto helped out with compositing in the music video, as the music video featured animation layered on a live-action video backdrop which is similar to Gumball’s mixed-media art style. Also creative agency – Blinkink helped out with the music video’s production, their sister division – Blink Industries collaborated with Cartoon Network to produce the Gumball episode “The Puppets” and also the short side-series “Waiting for Gumball”.
Gorillaz’s newest album – “The Now Now” is set to be released on Friday 29th June.
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