Cartoon Network And Boomerang Village Italy Beach Tour

Cartoon Network And Boomerang Village Italy Beach Tour

Cartoon Network And Boomerang Village Italy Beach Tour

Between Friday 21st July and Saturday 29th July, Turner’s kids channels – Cartoon Network and Boomerang (in-collaboration with Sky Italia) will be having a beach resort tour around Italy called “Cartoon Network and Boomerang Village”. The tour will be stopping at the popular beach resorts of Cattolica, Fano, Tortoreto and Follonica. the event will be filled with cartoon themed activities, games and entertainment. In the Boomerang section of the village, there will be fun and games featuring Scooby-Doo, Tom and Jerry and Grizzy and The Lemmings and there will be prizes up for grabs too.

The Cartoon Network section of the village will feature a Powerpuff Girls “Powerpuff Yourself” avatar-maker, there will also be an opportunity to print your own T-shirt with your very own avatar design. There will also be a giant Ben 10 Omnitrix, where fans can “transform” into an alien from the popular action show and take a picture of themselves.

Cartoon Network Italy’s and Boomerang Italy’s Village Tour Itinerary, events at all locations start at 5.30pm:

Friday 21st July: Cattolica: Acquario di Cattolica
Sunday 23rd July: Fano: Lungomare Simonetti
Tuesday 25th July: Tortoreto: Largo Marconi
Thursday 27th July: Sabaudia: Piazza Del Comune
Saturday 29th July: Follonica: Piazza Sivieri

http://www.latinatoday.it/eventi/cartoon-network-boomerang-village.html

https://www.facebook.com/events/488553384819250/

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.

http://www.cartoonnetworkstudios.com
http://www.warnerbros.com
http://www.timewarner.com

Toonami India Reformulates Schedule Becomes Classic Animation Channel

Toonami India Reformulates Schedule Becomes Classic Animation Channel

Toonami India Reformulates Schedule Becomes Classic Animation Channel

From today (01/07/2017), Toonami India has a completely new reformulated schedule, Turner International India Pvt Ltd has completely re-purposed the channel from an action-animation channel to a classic animation channel much like the original United States Boomerang channel format or Tooncast in Latin America. The channel’s schedule drastically changed at 6am IST this morning, starting the day with an episode of The Jetsons. Some of the channel’s former programming is currently airing on Cartoon Network India.

Rather than airing anime such as Dragon Ball Super or action-animation from DC Comics, the channel is now airing classics from the Warner Bros. Animation, Hanna-Barbera and Cartoon Network Studios libraries including Scooby-Doo!, Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Looney Tunes, The Flintstones, The Jetsons and many more. According to the schedule, Toonami India is still airing a couple of Dragon Ball Z movies – Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly and Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound at least for this weekend, but from Monday, they will no longer be in the schedule. Re-purposing channels has happened before in different countries, for instance, Toonami became TNT (Turner Network Television) in Thailand, the channel switched to a schedule focusing on general entertainment but has allocated schedule space for cartoons and anime on the channel. Despite the changes, TNT Thailand still has a programming block called Toonami Movies.

This is also a similar story to how the Latin American version of Boomerang started off as a classic animation channel, then became a live-action channel for teenagers and then transformed back into an animation channel.

UPDATE: After looking at later schedules which I didn’t have access to as of writing, some action programming will remain in the schedule, although it’s no longer the main focus of the channel.

Previously mentioned on the blog, Cartoon Network India is still planning to launch a High Definition feed:

https://www.regularcapital.com/2017/04/cartoon-network-india-hd-broadcast-licence-has-been-granted/

http://www.tatasky.com/wps/portal/TataSky/channels/tvguide

https://dthforum.com/threads/turner-plans-to-rebrand-toonami-tomorrow-also-many-surprise-soon.42398/

https://dreamdth.com/threads/toonami-revamped-with-new-program-contents.98534/page-2