Cartoonito UK Acquires Pip Ahoy! Broadcast Rights

Pip Ahoy

It was announced today, that Turner Broadcasting System Europe brought the broadcast rights for Pip Ahoy! for their Cartoonito channel in the UK, the show is already airing as part of the pre-school Milkshake block on Channel 5.

The animated show follows the adventures of a puppy named Pip and his friend, a kitten named Alba, who live in Salty Cove. Voice acting talent includes Teresa Gallagher (Penny and Nicole Watterson from The Amazing World of Gumball, Dashi from The Octonauts) and Sir David Jason (Count Duckula and DangerMouse).

Pip Ahoy! is made by CHF Entertainment (Cosgrove-Hall Fitzpatrick), the successor studio to the original Cosgrove-Hall that made famous animated shows such as Count Duckula and DangerMouse. The Pip Ahoy!/Cartoonito deal was made with Monster Entertainment, whom is in charge of brand management for the animated show.

Cartoonito is a pre-school sister channel to Cartoon Network in the UK, the Cartoonito channel is also available in Italy and as programming blocks on multiple versions of Boomerang across the EMEA area.

Clarence Promo On Cartoon Network UK

This week, Cartoon Network UK has started airing a promo for a new show called Clarence, which is about an optimistic young boy and his two friends, it’s a slice of life themed show, which is a slight change of direction from the surrealist shows Cartoon Network has aired in recent years.

Clarence will premiere in the UK in November.

Transformers: Robots In Disguise To Air On Cartoon Network USA In Spring 2015

Yesterday (07/10/2014), it was announced that a new Transformers series called “Transformers: Robots In Disguise” will air on Cartoon Network USA in Spring 2015.

Transformers: Robots in Disguise will feature voice actors such as Darren Criss from Glee, Constance Zimmer from House of Cards, Mitchell Whitfield from TMNT and Ted McGinley from Married with Children. Unlike prior Transformers series, this version will be more colourful and cartoon looking than realistic, also with added humour.

In Robots In Disguise, Bumblebee must step up to be leader in the years after we left the Autobots in the most recent Transformers series, Transformers Prime. Summoned by Optimus Prime to save Earth from a new faction of Decepticons, Bumblebee puts his light-hearted mettle to the test after assembling a rogue team of young Autobots action heroes.

The new series was originally going to air on The Hub, but as Discovery wanted more control over the channel, renaming it as Discovery Family and is more girl and family orientated, Hasbro decided to partner up with Cartoon Network instead. Hasbro also co-produced Transformers: Animated with Cartoon Network Studios. Cartoon Network is already popular with boys aged between 6-14 and as Cartoon Network already partnered with Hasbro in the past, so it makes it a suitable home for the new Transformers series.

Stephen Davis, president of Hasbro Studios and global entertainment & licensing for Hasbro, Inc made this statement regarding the Transformers deal with Cartoon Network.

“We felt it was incumbent on us to take advantage of the opportunity to put it on a top rated network that performed well with boys. We have spent a lot of time listening to what kids like about Transformers and they haven’t been shy about giving us their opinions, and we have listened. ‘Robots in Disguise’ is reflective all that we have learned in our conversations with kids.”

Trailer of the upcoming new series: