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.
Cartoon Network USA Cartoon Network This Week Episode 17 Cartoon Network’s Best Summer Ever
Tomorrow (Monday 4th June), marks the start of Cartoon Network USA’s Best Summer Ever and this week’s episode of CN’s YouTube show – Cartoon Network This Week has more info about what’s happening on the channel this summer.
First of all and starting from tomorrow, Cartoon Network USA will be airing over fifty new episodes from its most popular animated shows including: Unikitty, Ben 10, The Amazing World of Gumball, Teen Titans Go!, Clarence (which will end this summer), The Powerpuff Girls, Steven Universe, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes and Craig of the Creek, and finally, the anticipated premiere of the brand new Cartoon Network original series – Summer Camp Island. In this week’s episode – Greg Cipes (voice of Teen Titans Go!’s Beast Boy) tells us his seven tips for the best summer ever and Sam gets wet in the process. Rippert (formerly known as Rupert) is relaxing on the beach after getting buffed up and “ripped” (hence the name change, his voice has changed too, a lot more manly and deeper) and shows us some video clips from the CN Sayin’ app featuring kids that are excited for CN’s Best Summer Ever.
Cartoon Network Summer Challenge App
Cartoon Network has made an app for its Best Summer Ever programming stunt called Summer Challenge, which is now available to download for free on Google Play (Android) and the iTunes App Store (iOS) mobile devices. The app can listen and detect the episode the viewer is watching on Cartoon Network and then provide questions relating to the episode. Viewers can unlock trophies by answering questions correctly. The app is very similar to Cartoon Network USA’s Mighty Magiswords Magimobile app which can detect audio and give the viewer a Magisword in return, but it has more in common with Cartoon Network UK’s Gumball VIP app, which was an interactive experiment that was conducted last October, and just like the new Summer Challenge app, it also gives the viewer episode related questions, with points and trophies offered in return for answering questions correctly.
How To Play Tutorial: Cartoon Network Summer Challenge
Cartoon Network’s Best Summer Ever Programming Lineup (Info from Animation Magazine)
Monday 4th June
From 7am: Unikitty!
“Buggin’ Out” When Unikitty and the gang discover a gross bug in the castle, they desperately want it gone for good, but Unikitty refuses to allow them to squish it, no matter how icky or dangerous looking it is.
“Chair” Unikitty finds an old, beat-up recliner on the curb, but sees its inner beauty and brings it home to introduce to the gang!
“Kickflip McPuppycorn” Puppycorn wants to impress his skater friends with his sweet skills, except he has none. Hoping to boost his confidence, Unikitty and the gang put on Dr. Fox’s invisibility suits to secretly help him pull off impossible moves!
“Super Amazing Raft Adventure” While stranded on a raft together, Hawkodile sees this as an opportunity to show Unikitty that he’s prepared for anything, but all of his plans keep falling apart, while Unikitty’s approach is somehow working great!
“Tasty Heist” Richard’s prepared one of the tastiest desserts ever, but he’s locked it up tight until the friends have their boring dinner. Unikitty organizes a heist to get in, get out, and eat that tasty snack without Richard knowing.
Saturday 9th June
From 4pm: The Powerpuff Girls
“Can’t Buy Love” When Morbucks falls in love, she finds the first thing money can’t buy. “Largo” When a mysterious rain cloud plagues Townsville, Bubbles learns things aren’t what they seem.
Sunday 10th June
From 9am: Clarence
“A Sumoful Mind” When Jeff realizes Sumo’s new classes have been rubbing off on Sumo, he attempts to further foster this newfound intellectual Sumo! But will Clarence’s lowbrow antics reverse Jeff’s hard work?
“Animal Day” Clarence feels the call of the wild – and decides to live a life free of the hustle and bustle of the modern world. He sets out to find a place to live his feral life, but soon realizes he lacks some basic survival skills.
“The Tunnel” After Clarence accidentally knocks Belson’s new video game down a storm drain, Belson enters the large underground sewer tunnel to retrieve it. When Belson doesn’t return, Clarence must decide whether or not to go in after him.
“Talent Show” Clarence throws a big talent show in his yard to showcase all the fun hidden talents of his friends. But when Brady claims he’s talentless, Clarence sets out to prove that everyone has something special to share!
“RC Car” Clarence spends a day outside with his toy RC Car, which he names Carla. Eventually convinced Carla has a mind of her own, he decides to follow her to new adventures.
Monday 11th June
From 7am: Ben 10
“King Koil” Ben and Gwen spend the day volunteering at Repto Ranch and come face to face with King Koil, but need to quickly overcome their fear of snakes if they are to rescue the released critters and defeat the slithery baddie.
“The Charm Offensive” After Ben gets too much publicity for his alien-antics in Fort Knox, a jealous Gwen feels unappreciated and looks to ease her pain with ice cream.
“Double Hex” While bird watching at Pinnacles National Park, Gwen and Ben get into a competition of who can spot more birds first, but once a forest fire interrupts their fun, Team Tennyson must hurry if they are to save the bird population.
“Ye Olde Laser Duel” As team Tennyson admires the modern train station, Ben sniffs out one of Steam Smythe’s robots holding up the line. Once the fed up villain tricks Ben into accepting a duel, the fate of the Omnitrix hangs in the balance.
“Ben Again and Again” After Billy Billions’ efforts to carve his face onto Mount Rushmore with a laser are thwarted by Ben, the billionaire brat turns his focus on removing Ben from the Omnitrix.
Saturday 16th June
From 4pm: The Powerpuff Girls
“Blundercup” Buttercup is knocked off-kilter by a mysterious force. “Ragnarock and Roll” When an ancient prophecy spells doom for Townsville, the girls must race to stop it.
Sunday 17th June
From 9am: Clarence
“Dog King Clarence” When Clarence’s neighbor Gale recruits him to dog sit for her, he knows it will be a breeze. However, Gale’s dog proves to be a little more challenging than he expects!
“Trampoline” Mary buys a new trampoline for the family, but an accident lands her on the couch for a while. Determined to fight the boredom of being stuck indoors, she discovers her neighbor may be hiding something exciting.
“Clarence the Movie” When Clarence starts to play around with his home video camera, he becomes drawn into the world of filmmaking. From talking toys, to real actors, to documentary subjects, Clarence is determined to find the right style to tell his story!
“Belson Gets a Girlfriend” Clarence is in disbelief when he learns his best friend Belson has a new girlfriend named Pipi. But when he observes their less than romantic behavior, he decides that he needs to teach them the ways of love to help keep their fling afloat!
“Brains TV” After a marathon of classic sitcom episodes, Clarence becomes stuck as alter-ego “Clarry,” an obnoxiously overacting sitcom version of himself. It’s up to his friends and family to help him snap out of it, or face life with a new Clarence.
Monday 18th June
From 7am: The Amazing World of Gumball
“The Brain” The family has to stop doing stupid things to prevent Anais from falling into a coma from face palming too much.
“The Parents” Nicole reconciles with her parents.
“The Founder” Dad creates chaos in the Chanax building when he is mistaken for the long lost CEO. Mom and a disgruntled employee must save everyone from Richards dangerous ideas.
“The Schooling” Gumball and Darwin take on Larry’s jobs for 5 minutes and realize how bad it is.
“The Intelligence” Technology reaches human intelligence then becomes dysfunctional as it picks up human flaws.
Sunday 24th June
From 9am: Clarence
“Clarence Digital Shorts 3″ Clarence is an original animated series about a lighthearted, enthusiastic 9-year-old boy, who sees the good in everything and everyone and wants to try it all because everything is amazing!
“Etiquette Clarence” Clarence submits a short story into a writing contest. He’s overjoyed when he learns he’s accepted as a finalist! When Jeff finds out Clarence has to attend a formal dinner, he fixates on transforming the messy Clarence into a gentleman.
“Video Store” Clarence, Jeff, and Sumo visit their local video store to rent a movie, but discover it’s all rented out! Each of them have a different idea of what tape to bring home, and must enlist the help of a tie breaker to figure it out.
“Anywhere But Sumo” When Clarence realizes Sumo has made a new group of friends at his new school, he becomes jealous and confused. Will Clarence accept a school life void of Sumo, or scheme his way into making their friendship work?
Monday 25th June
From 7am: Teen Titans Go!
“Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems” The Titans make Robin give them a tour of Wayne Manor and discover how fun it is to be rich.
“TV Knight 3″ Batman is more interested in watching TV than participating in his birthday party.
“The Scoop” The Titans find it odd when Starfire becomes friends with an ice cream scoop.
“Chicken in the Cradle” Beast Boy neglects his responsibilities, leaving the other Titans to raise his baby chick.
Monday 2nd July
From 7am: OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes
“Special Delivery” Enid and Rad go on a road trip to deliver a package.
“Wisdom, Strength And Charisma” When Enid goes to a new school, K.O. sets out to make sure she fits in.
“Bittersweet Rivals” Enid is forced to confront lingering issues from a past friendship.
“Are You Ready for Some Megafootball?!” Lakewood’s Megafootball team takes on their rival in a big game.
“Mystery Sleepover” K.O., Enid and Rad attempt to solve a mystery.
Monday 9th July
From 7am: Craig of the Creek
7 AM Craig of the Creek X5 “Under the Overpass” Craig and his friends travel to find honeysuckle in the creek but discover a whole new part of the creek.
“The Invitation” Craig and his friends are invited to an exclusive tea party with delicious desserts, if they can last to the end of the party…
“Vulture’s Nest” Craig and his friends start a band, but Craig is haunted by a frightening nightmare.
“Kelsey Quest” Kelsey accepts a quest from the Elders of the Creek, but is she ready for her terrifying opponent?
“JPony” JP decides to follow his heart and tries to join the Horse Girls.
Monday 16th July
From 7am: The Amazing World of Gumball
“The Potion” Hector is unhappy with his height, so the kids try to use Mrs. Jotunheims’ potions to shrink him but it goes terribly wrong.
“The Spinoffs” A sketch show about what the amazing world of Gumball would be if one replaced Gumball with someone else. The title sequence plays but the name Gumball is barred. We have a channel changing graphic effect between the types of show.
“The Transformation” Penny’s family argues about being in or out of their shells. Gumball unwillingly tells vague stories to help them settle their dispute.
“The Understanding” There’s a new kid at school but nobody can understand a thing he is saying. GB and DWN try different ways to figure out what’s going on.
“The Ad” The family turns their house into a BnB in an attempt to raise some extra cash.
Monday 23rd July
From 7am: Unikitty!
“Brawl Bot” Dr. Fox is proud to unveil her new ultimate combat machine and take it into an underground scientist fighting ring. But Hawkodile’s jealous of Dr. Fox’s fighting bot and declares he can beat anything it can.
“Beach Daze” Unikitty and the gang gear up for a fun day at the beach, but when Master Frown shows up to spoil their plans, Unikitty and the gang embark on a beach quest to find the legendary Perfect Spot, far away from Frown’s tyrannical rule.
“Big Pup, Little Problem” After a mishap in the lab, everyone in the castle- except for Puppycorn- is shrunk to tiny size! Puppycorn thinks it’s cool. His friends are like living action figures! So he begins playing with them in imaginary adventures. Unikitty and the others think being miniature and playing with Puppycorn is surprisingly fun, but PC has a habit of accidentally breaking his toys, and it’s soon clear the gang will have to make a daring, tiny escape back to the lab before Puppycorn loves them to pieces!
“Tragic Magic” After Richard puts on an amateur magic show, Dr. Fox becomes obsessed figuring out how his science-defying tricks are done. But as she sets about using all of her genius intellect finding experimental ways to pull off the little pup’s party tricks, will she accidentally ruin the wonder of magic?
“Dancer Danger” Unikingdom’s throwing a kingdom-wide dance, a fun event where everyone dresses up and busts a move. Everyone’s excited… except for Richard, who’s terrified to let loose and feel his inner groove. Unikitty knows Rick needs to express himself but can she and the others convince him to break out of his shell with some minor robotic body enhancements?
Monday 30th July
From 7am: Ben 10
“That’s The Stuff” While touring a space museum, Ben’s excitement multiplies when he learns that recently discovered space stuff is being examined inside the museum’s lab. Once the stuff comes to life and the shape-shifting goo replicates our hero, Ben must look within if he is to stop the case of mistaken identity.
“The Sound And The Fury” As Team Tennyson leaves the Frozen Man Festival, Lord Decibel takes center stage to threaten the festival-goers, creating an avalanche if his ransom isn’t paid. An overmatched Ben must step out of his comfort zone to save the festival from his noisy nemesis!
“Vote Zombozo” When the Rustbucket must tune-up in the same town as Zombozo’s latest campaign trail stop, Ben soon discovers the clown is using his speeches to hypnotize then rob the town, and Team Tennyson must stop the baddie from winning the election.
“Reststop Roustabout” With the Rustbucket stopped on the Midwest roadside, Ben locks himself inside with his tablet as Max and Gwen enjoy the great outdoors, until Team Tennyson is pulled into a wild Jack-a-Lope chase.
“The Feels” While Max and Gwen revel in the holiday spirit of Winter Wonderland, Ben couldn’t be more unamused and focused on the toys, but once the Weatherheads set their sights on Winter Wonderland as their next target, our hero must become one with his emotion if he is to save the town.
Special This Is The Powerpuff Girls Magazine Issue Now Out In The UK
Monthly children’s magazine – This Is, a magazine that has a different theme each month and focuses on the top trends among kids has released a issue for Cartoon Network’s The Powerpuff Girls, the magazine is now available at all good newsagents across the UK. The magazine is published by DC Thomson, the same company behind children’s publications such as The Beano, Epic Magazine and Sweet Magazine.
From the This Is The Powerpuff Girls issue description:
Join Blossom, Buttercup, Bubbles and more of your favourite characters in this 100% official magazine packed with puzzles, prizes, fun makes and things to do! Fuel your imagination, save Townsville from its baddies, and even create your own Powerpuff Girl! Go on… unlock your superpower today!
The issue also includes the following free gifts: Sparkly laces, compact mirror, nail stickers and a keyring.
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