Toonami fansite – ToonamiFaithful.com has announced some sad news via a statement from Turner Asia-Pacific, the Toonami Asia television channel, along with its on-demand services will be closing at the end of this month.
Toonami Asia mostly airs child-friendly western action animation from both Warner Bros. Animation’s and Cartoon Network’s animation libraries, this includes shows such as Justice League Action, Teen Titans, Ben 10 and Generator Rex, acquired programming such as Transformers: Robots in Disguise and Xiaolin Chronicles and also the occasional Japanese anime such as Dragonball Super. This contrasts with the U.S. version which mostly focuses on mature audiences and predominately airs anime. Since the launch of Toonami Asia in 2012, Turner expanded the Toonami channel brand to other parts of the world including India, France and Africa.
The statement from Turner Asia-Pacific said:
“The Toonami Channel and its on-demand services in Southeast Asia will cease transmission at the end of March. Thank you to all our fans for watching and all of your amazing support. Check out Cartoon Network and Boomerang for more great kids entertainment.”
The good news is that Turner can now focus more on its core kids’ brands – Cartoon Network and Boomerang and offer animated shows that are more appealing to Asia-Pacific audiences.
Cartoon Network Wave Cruise Ship To Set Sail In Asia Late 2018
Today (15/01/2018) Turner Asia-Pacific and Singapore-based luxury cruise line management company – Oceanic Group have announced that they have partnered up to offer the world’s first ever Cartoon Network-themed cruise ship – Cartoon Network Wave. For the first time ever, some of the world’s most famous cartoon characters will be setting sail on their very own cruise ship. The ship will set off on its maiden voyage from its home port of Singapore in late 2018.
Cartoon Network Wave will have 11 guest-decks, with an on-board capacity of around 2,000 guests and will feature the world’s first triplex cabins on a cruise ship. the ship will be an enjoyable experience for families with young children and cartoon fans everywhere, offering the feeling of an ocean voyage adventure with their favourite characters. Different sections of the ship will be themed after a wide selection of the channel’s most iconic shows, including Adventure Time, Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls and We Bare Bears. During a cruise on Cartoon Network Wave, guests will get to enjoy a wide choice of entertainment (outdoor deck party area and Toonix Play and Learn area), recreational activities and themed retail and restaurant areas. The ship will have a character filled livery with Adventure Time’s Jake covering the ship’s bow.
Cartoon Network Wave will be sailing to thirteen popular destinations in the Asia-Pacific region, including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia and Japan. Dates and itineraries for the ship’s routes will be announced later this year. Online booking will be available on the newly launched Cartoon Network Wave website (http://www.cartoonnetworkwave.com) very soon.
Previously, Cartoon Network has licensed out its branding to other forms of transportation, this includes working with airlines such as Thai Smile to promote the Cartoon Network Amazone waterpark in Thailand, with Azul Airlines in Brazil for Powerpuff Girls themed planes and also CN themed trains in Taiwan.
From The Turner Asia-Pacific Press Release: Cartoon Network-branded Cruise Ship to Set Sail in Late 2018: Turner and Singapore-based Oceanic Group announce Cartoon Network Wave – a fully-themed cruise ship – as part of a historic collaboration
For the first time, some of the world’s most famous cartoon characters will set sail on their very own cruise liner, Cartoon Network Wave. This fully-branded ship is the result of a partnership between Oceanic Group, Asia-Pacific’s leading cruise management company and Turner, the global media giant behind Cartoon Network.
Set to make its maiden voyage from its home port of Singapore in late 2018, the 11 guest-deck, 2,000-guest Cartoon Network Wave will be one vast haven for toon-loving travellers. With the ocean as a backdrop, families will enjoy the world’s first immersive Toon vacation at sea, and an adventure with their favourite Cartoon Network stars.
While there are many existing projects by Turner’s location-based entertainment team including Cartoon Network-branded restaurants, theme parks, waterparks around the world – and even planes and trains – this is the first time anywhere that a cruise liner has undergone a full Cartoon Network transformation.
The theming and entire onboard experience of Cartoon Network Wave is inspired by Cartoon Network’s universe of well-loved characters from iconic shows such as Adventure Time, Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls and We Bare Bears. This includes a variety of diverse entertainment, activity and recreation features, as well as retail and food and beverage options.
Cartoon Network Wave will be docked at the Singapore Cruise Centre and will sail to 13 popular destinations in the Asia Pacific region including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia and Japan. Dates and itineraries for its routes around Asia Pacific will be announced in the coming months.
Bringing to life the world’s first Cartoon-Network themed cruise
Oceanic Group formalised its partnership with Turner in a signing ceremony this morning in Singapore, marking the official launch of Cartoon Network Wave, the world’s first Cartoon Network-themed cruise and Singapore’s first homegrown contemporary cruise product.
Oceanic Group’s Chief Executive Mr Daniel Chui said the partnership represents the company’s commitment to capitalise on Asia’s growing cruise travel market. “A homegrown cruise project, Cartoon Network Wave heralds the start of a new vacation experience for cruise-goers in Asia where cruise travel meets personalised journeys through experiential story-telling. With Singapore’s position as a cruise hub in Asia, we believe it is only fitting that we dive right in and ride the surging tide of this passenger cruise wave.”
“Cartoon Network Wave will revolutionise cruise travel in the Asia-Pacific region and create and curate new cruise experiences for holiday makers, cruise goers and generations of pop culture fans,” added Mr Chui.
“Turner is always looking at new ways to bring our characters to life – and Cartoon Network Wave will be their home on the high seas. The ship has remarkable potential to offer our existing fans a truly unique immersive experience, as well as create new ones. We couldn’t be more excited by the partnership with Oceanic Group in jointly creating a world first,” said Mr Ricky Ow, President of Turner Asia Pacific.
“The debut of Cartoon Network Wave as a new homegrown cruise product is testament to the vitality of Singapore as Southeast Asia’s leading cruise hub. It will also augment Singapore’s appeal as a top family destination by adding to the diversity of Singapore’s line-up of offerings. We look forward to more family visitors coming from the region with Cartoon Network Wave’s exciting deployment here,” said Mr Yap Chin Siang, Assistant Chief Executive (Policy & Planning Group), Singapore Tourism Board.
Online bookings for Cartoon Network Wave will start later in the year. More details on the booking dates and itineraries will be released on the Cartoon Network Wave website (http://www.cartoonnetworkwave.com). Fans can also subscribe to Cartoon Network Wave’s soon-to-be launched Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.
About Oceanic Group
A leader in the Asia Pacific cruise and leisure industry, Oceanic Group was established in 2009 with a mission to provide vacationers with unrivalled cruise and leisure experiences. Backed by a wealth of management and consulting experiences for cruise projects as well as floating homes and residential communities across Asia Pacific, Oceanic Group prides itself on its trademark ingenuity to provide specialised and innovative products and services.
Oceanic Group recently expanded its portfolio to include lifestyle thematic cruise projects that appeal to all generations of travellers. Adults and children alike will find themselves immersed in an onboard experience where each and every detail of the cruise is inspired by their favourite cartoon characters. With much to see, do and enjoy onboard, passengers are promised a cruising experience of a lifetime.
Oceanic Group is a member of the Singapore Compact and a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact.
Cartoon Network Watch And Play And Cartoon Network Anything Apps Now Available In The Philippines
Turner Asia-Pacific has made a deal with Philippines-based telecom company Globe Telecom to provide the Cartoon Network Watch and Play mobile streaming service to their mobile subscribers. The Cartoon Network Watch and Play mobile app is already available in Australia, the app features a livestream of Cartoon Network and different minigames the viewer can play while watching the channel on their mobile device. The other app that has launched in the Philipines is Cartoon Network Anything. Cartoon Network Anything is a randomised micro-formatted media app, featuring minigames, video clips, quizzes and even exclusive content.
Both Cartoon Network Watch and Play and Cartoon Network Anything are available for iOS and Android.
Phil Nelson, Turner MD for Southeast Asia also commented on the launch of the two mobile apps:
“These products provide a convenient avenue for Filipinos to enjoy the most popular kids’ content wherever they are and in a safe and flexible way”