Guest Stars And Cultural References In Recent Episodes Of Cartoon Network Shows

Guest Stars And Cultural References In Recent Episodes Of Cartoon Network Shows

Guest Stars And Cultural References In Recent Episodes Of Cartoon Network Shows

Over the summer, a lot of new episodes have premiered on Cartoon Network USA and it has been hard keeping up, especially as there are quite a few moments in recent episodes that are definitely worth a mention. Before Clarence ended in June, Cartoon Network aired an episode called “Video Store”, in the episode Clarence, Sumo and Jeff visit the video store to rent a movie, at the store they meet Brendon Small, the main character from Adult Swim’s (also aired on Cartoon Network UK) animated series – Home Movies, who is based on and voiced by the show’s creator of the same name. Brendon was an aspiring movie director as a child, which was the premise of the Home Movies animated series, now he’s much older and working at the video store in Clarence’s hometown of Aberdale.

Elijah Wood, who also voiced Wirt in Cartoon Network’s Over The Garden Wall has returned to the recording studio to voice a new character in Cartoon Network’s latest show – Summer Camp Island. In the show, Elijah voices Saxophone the Yeti, who made his debut in the episode “Saxophone Come Home”, in the episode, Oscar befriends Saxophone, a teenage yeti who decides to stay at Oscar’s and Hedgehog’s camp home for a while.

In one of the new episodes of The Amazing World of Gumball – “The Spinoffs” which will premiere on Cartoon Network USA tomorrow (16th July), there’s a special animated action sequence parodying the intro to the popular Japanese anime series – Cowboy Bebop called “Barcode Cowboy”, the sequence features the hardest worker in Elmore – Larry Needlemayer doing what he does best, scanning items at the checkout and delivering pizzas, but in an overly dramatic and over-the-top way. Cowboy Bebop has aired on Adult Swim numerous times since 2001, and has aired on several occasions as part of Adult Swim’s dedicated anime block – Toonami since 2012.

Gumball’s Parody Version

Cowboy Bebop’s Intro

http://www.cartoonnetwork.com

Edutainment Company Bright Little Labs Makes Deal With Turner International For Equity Investment

Edutainment Company Bright Little Labs Makes Deal With Turner International For Equity Investment

Edutainment Company Bright Little Labs Makes Deal With Turner International For Equity Investment

Today (7th June), Turner International’s Digital Ventures and Innovation division has announced they have made an equity investment in Bright Little Labs (BLL), a UK based company that specialises, creates and distributes edutainment (educational entertainment) content for kids. The extra funding from Turner in exchange for equity will help with Bright Little Labs’ international expansion as well as the creation and distribution of new educational content, this includes topics covering critical thinking, computer science and computer coding.

The equity deal is also Turner’s Digital Ventures & Innovations’s first investment into the edutainment sector. The education material is also inline with the UK’s national curriculum for coding and is supported by the British Government’s Cabinet Office. BLL uses a cartoon character called Detective Dot to teach kids about coding. The character – Detective Dot is a tech-whizz who is on a dangerous mission from the Children’s Intelligence Agency (CIA). BLL is also a recipient of a EDF Stem Pulse Award (awarded in 2017) and was named ‘Top Coding Toy for Kids’ by UK national newspaper – The Independent in 2017 and by London’s Evening Standard newspaper in 2018.

As part of the agreement, BLL will be able to make use of Turner’s animation, licensing and merchandising portfolio, which includes animated properties from Cartoon Network, and it will also be possible to form collaborations with Turner’s kids channels which include Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing, Toonami and Cartoonito.

From The Turner International Press Release: Turner International and Bright Little Labs Sign Strategic Equity Investment

– Investment marks Digital Ventures & Innovation group’s first entry into the edutainment space.

– Turner provides funding and kids creative expertise to power Bright Little Labs’ international growth as innovator in the kids coding and life skills space.

Turner International’s Digital Ventures & Innovation (DV&I) group today announces an equity investment in Bright Little Labs (BLL), a UK-based early stage company which creates and distributes edutainment content for kids.

The funding will be used to fuel Bright Little Labs’ international expansion in terms of both creative development and distribution.

The investment will enhance BLL’s current offering by leveraging Turner’s expertise in the kids’ space to develop quality IP which delivers on Bright Little Labs’ vision to engage, entertain and educate kids about critical thinking, computer science and coding.

Bright Little Labs’ existing edutainment IP centres around Detective Dot from the Children’s Intelligence Agency, a hi-tech spy agency which incorporates the official UK coding curriculum and allows kids to learn in a fun and engaging way.

The agreement will also lay the foundation for further leverage across Turner’s wider animation and licensing and merchandising portfolio.

The investment means that Turner becomes Bright Little Labs’ main strategic investor and signals its commitment to developing a presence in edutainment. Christopher Sodergren VP Digital Ventures, DV&I for Turner will take a seat on Bright Little Labs’ board of directors.

“Partnering with relevant start-ups is a core part of our strategy to compete and lead in today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape,” said Aksel van der Wal, Executive Vice President, Digital Ventures & Innovation for Turner. “We saw in Bright Little Labs the opportunity to expand a great concept into an international multiplatform D2C offering, in a way that fully embraces and utilises our expertise in kids, speaks to our desire to create new fan-centric experiences and aligns us with a like-minded partner. It also serves as a great platform for our ambitions to do more in the kids D2C space.”

Sophie Deen, CEO, Bright Little Labs, said: “We’re beyond excited to be partnering with Turner in the next phase of our journey. In a world of post-truth, job-automation and internet enabled teddy bears that could be snooping on you, digital literacy and critical thinking are key. It’s imperative that all children, regardless of their background, have access to these 21st century skills and we’ve seen first-hand that a hi-tech spy agency with empowering role models like Detective Dot is a great way to achieve this. We’re working to scale our transmedia platform, reaching kids wherever they are, so we can deliver rich, personalised experiences directly to our users. Not only does Turner share our vision, working with Turner means we can leverage their expertise in creating the very best kids content and reach new audiences globally.”

Patricia Hidalgo, Chief Content Officer EMEA & International Kids Strategy for Turner, said: “Turner shares with Bright Little Labs a passion for engaging kids in a way which is original and immersive. We see multiple opportunities to leverage our kids’ expertise to further develop BLL’s existing business and engage kids in a way that while putting entertainment first also equips them for the skills they need for today’s 21st century world.”

Turner’s kids’ portfolio includes the Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing, Toonami and Cartoonito channels, websites and YouTube channels as well as extensive content production and licensing and merchandising operations.

The investment in BLL follows DV&I’s stake in Copa90 in February 2017. DV&I has also launched gaming service Gloud and movie streaming service FilmStruck internationally since forming just under 18 months ago to focus on D2C opportunities executed through innovation, in-house development or acquisition.

About Digital Ventures & Innovation

Digital Ventures & Innovation (DV&I), is part of Turner International. Turner International operates versions of Turner brands including CNN, TNT and Cartoon Network across the world, whilst also focusing on digital-only brands. DV&I drives innovation, develops new revenue streams and is responsible for managing and growing Turner’s existing multi-platform suite of international products and services on the web, for smart phones, games, apps and OTT. It is responsible for Turner International’s Data strategy and it develops new digital direct-to-consumer businesses and consumer-centric products. These include the recent UK launch of FilmStruck, a new premium movie streaming service expertly curated by film lovers for film lovers, and GLOUD, a cloud-based gaming service available in Latin America. The group is also charged with identifying new opportunities for Turner through technological product innovation and acquisitions. Technology and operations (T&O) for Turner International is also part of DV&I.

About Bright Little Labs

Bright Little Labs is building a kids media giant for the 21st century. They make interactive stories to promote critical thinking, computer science and equality for kids aged 5+. Their flagship story is about Detective Dot, a tech-whizz who is on a dangerous mission from the Children’s Intelligence Agency (CIA). The company provides a lo-fi and accessible route into coding, with kids joining the CIA to complete STEM-focused ‘missions’ on and offline which complement the UK Computing Curriculum. Starting on Kickstarter in 2016, Bright Little Labs was part of the Cabinet Office backed, tech-for-good accelerator Bethnal Green Ventures. They now have users in over 30 countries and are widely recognised for their story-led approach to 21st Century skills (recipient of EDF Stem Pulse Award 2017, named ‘Top Coding Toy for Kids’ by The Independent in 2017 and the Evening Standard in 2018). Their founder and CEO, Sophie Deen, is an active advocate for diversity in kids’ media and in the tech industry. She has been named one of Computer Weekly’s ‘Most influential women in UK IT’ 2017, Barclays/Everywoman ‘Startup Founder of the Year’ 2017, the British Interactive Media Association’s ‘Innovator’ in 2017 and London Tech Week ‘Changemaker’ in 2018 for her work to inspire children into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

http://www.turner.com/pressroom/turner-international-and-bright-little-labs-sign-strategic-equity-investment

Adult Swim USA To Promote The Return Of The Anime Series FLCL With A Six-City Tour With Japanese Alternative Rock Band – The Pillows

Adult Swim USA To Promote The Return Of The Anime Series FLCL With A Six-City Tour With Japanese Alternative Rock Band - The Pillows

Adult Swim USA To Promote The Return Of The Anime Series FLCL With A Six-City Tour With Japanese Alternative Rock Band – The Pillows

Today (30th May), Adult Swim USA has announced a special six-city concert tour featuring Japanese alternative rock band – The Pillows to celebrate the highly-anticipated return of the short anime series – FLCL with the brand new season – FLCL Progressive. The new limited concert tour will be called “Adult Swim Presents The Pillows Featuring FLCL Mono Me You Sun Tour”, the concert tour will also have special guests including former Smith Westerns frontman, Cullen Omori and Japanese girl rock band – Noodles. Cullen Omori will be releasing a brand new album this year and Noodles will be making their first U.S. tour in eight years. The tour will start in Boston, Massachusetts on Tuesday 10th July.

Tour dates and locations are listed below, for more information and to buy tickets, please visit: https://www.adultswim.com/presents/pillows-tour.

Tuesday 10th July: Boston, MA The Sinclair
Thursday 12th July: New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
Sunday 15th July: Seattle, WA Neptune
Monday 16th July: Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
Wednesday 18th July: San Francisco, CA August Hall
Thursday 19th July: Los Angeles, CA The Regent

The Pillows was the rock band behind many of the songs in the original FLCL series, during the tour, the band will performing new songs that feature in the new series including “Spikey Seeds” and “Star Overhead”. The brand new season will air on Adult Swim in June as part of Adult Swim’s anime block – Toonami, the new show will air as part of the block on Saturday nights at midnight ET/PT. An additional season of FLCL – FLCL Alternative will premiere in August.

FLCL: Progressive tells the story of 14-year-old Hidomi, her classmate Ide, and two otherworldly beings, “Jinyu” and “Haruha Raharu,” who are determined to unlock their hidden potential. Mixed up in this is an all-powerful force known as “ATOMSK,” a gorgeous vintage car… and a certain Vespa Scooter.

More information about FLCL Progressive and FLCL Alternative on the link below:

https://www.regularcapital.com/2018/03/two-new-seasons-of-flcl-flcl-progressive-and-flcl-alternative-coming-soon-to-adult-swim-usa/

From The Turner USA Press Release: Adult Swim Promotes Season Premiere of Anime Hit Series FLCL With Concert Tour: Fans Head West For Six-City Tour Featuring Japanese Alternative Rock Band, The Pillows

To coincide with the highly-anticipated return of cult-anime hit FLCL this Saturday at Midnight, Adult Swim is having a limited six-city concert tour. Adult Swim Presents The Pillows Featuring FLCL Mono Me You Sun Tour with Special Guests Noodles and Cullen Omori, starting July 10th in Boston, MA.

Airing during Adult Swim’s popular anime block, Toonami at Midnight (EST), FLCL: Progressive tells the story of 14-year-old Hidomi, her classmate Ide, and two otherworldly beings, “Jinyu” and “Haruha Raharu,” who are determined to unlock their hidden potential. Mixed up in this is an all-powerful force known as “ATOMSK,” a gorgeous vintage car… and a certain Vespa Scooter.

Fans of The Pillows and FLCL will enjoy original music from the Japanese alternative rock band and can expect to hear new songs from the anime series, “Spikey Seeds” and “Star Overhead,” among others. Opening up will be former Smith Westerns frontman, Cullen Omori, who will be releasing a new album this year on the Sub Pop label. The evening’s special guest also includes Japan’s best all-girl rock ensemble, Noodles, a crowd favorite especially after the indie rock band’s 8-year performance drought in the U.S.

Tour dates and locations listed below. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.adultswim.com/presents/pillows-tour.

July 10 Boston, MA The Sinclair
July 12 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
July 15 Seattle, WA Neptune
July 16 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
July 18 San Francisco, CA August Hall
July 19 Los Angeles, CA The Regent

https://www.turner.com/pressroom/adult-swim-promotes-season-premiere-anime-hit-series-flcl-concert-tour