Cartoon Network USA NBA All Star Code Your Story Mini Camp

Cartoon Network USA NBA All Star Code Your Story Mini Camp

Cartoon Network USA NBA All Star Code Your Story Mini Camp

To celebrate the 2017 NBA (National Basketball Association) All-Star Game, Cartoon Network USA, NBA Cares (the social responsibility division of the NBA) and 826National (a charity that helps young people with their creative writing skills) and Big Class (a New Orleans young writers non-profit organisation) teamed up to host a storywriting and coding 3-day mini-camp for 17 students (third, fourth and fifth graders) titled “Code Your Story”. The 3-day event has held at Sylvanie Williams College Prep (SWCP) in Central City, New Orleans, Louisiana.

At the mini-camp, kids got to create and animate their story by using the Scratch Programming Language, a simplified school-approved programming language that teaches kids the basics of computer programming. The students who took part in mini-camp received one-on-one tuition and support. Cartoon Network has offered graphical assets to the Scratch Foundation, which includes characters and backdrops from We Bare Bears and The Powerpuff Girls, by using these assets, kids can create their own stories by using their favourite cartoon characters.

Special guests that attended the coding event include basketball players Tim Frazier (New Orleans Pelicans), Ruth Riley (San Antonio Stars), voice actor Greg Cipes (Beast Boy from Teen Titans Go! and the original Teen Titans series) as well as executives from Cartoon Network and the NBA. Cartoon Network and the NBA teamed up to empower kids’ creativity with the use of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). Cartoon Network assembled a STEAM Board of Advisors last December which includes experts from MIT Media Lab, Lego, X and DIY Co. Cartoon Network has also donated $30 million towards President Obama’s Computer Science for All initiative, teamed up MIT Media Lab’s Scratch Foundation (where Cartoon Network president – Christina Miller serves as a board member), worked with DIY Co. and got involved with Google’s Made with Code initiative.

https://www.regularcapital.com/2016/12/cartoon-network-usa-assembles-science-steam-team/

http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Cartoon-Network-NBA-Inspire-Kids-to-Code-Their-Story-for-NBA-All-Star-Weekend-20170217

https://www.scratchfoundation.org/

http://826national.org/

http://cares.nba.com/

Cartoon Network Screening At SXSW 2017

Cartoon Network Screening At SXSW 2017

Cartoon Network Screening At SXSW 2017

Cartoon Network USA will be hosting a special screening during the SXSW 2017 (South by Southwest) media event in Austin, Texas on Monday 13th March at 8pm at the Long Center for Performing Arts. The screening will feature never before seen episodes of The Amazing World of Gumball, We Bare Bears, Ben 10 and Teen Titans Go! and apparently there’s a big surprise too. A SXSW badge will be required for access to the screening.

SXSW is a major annual media event and is an amalgamation of film, interactive media and music festivals. At last year’s SXSW event, Cartoon Network USA hosted the world premiere of The Powerpuff Girls 2016 reboot as well as a pre-premiere party. Last year, Cartoon Network also hosted a creativity panel with Ian Jones-Quartey (creator of OK K.O.!: Let’s Be Heroes and former supervising director for Steven Universe), Julia Pott (Creator of Summer Camp Island), Kyle Carrozza (Creator of Mighty Magiswords), Pete Browngardt (Creator of Uncle Grandpa and Secret Mountain Fort Awesome) and Rob Sorcher (Chief Content Officer at Cartoon Network). Cartoon Network also hosted a joint panel with Lego about their on-going content collaboration with shows such as Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu and Nexo Knights.

http://2017.do512.com/events/2017/3/13/cartoon-network-screening-official

Blog posts about last year’s SXSW Cartoon Network events:

https://www.regularcapital.com/2016/03/sxsw-festival-powerpuff-girls-reboot-world-premiere-tonight/

https://www.regularcapital.com/2016/03/other-cartoon-network-events-happened-at-sxsw-this-week/

New We Bare Bears And Rick And Morty Merchandise

New We Bare Bears And Rick And Morty Merchandise

New We Bare Bears And Rick And Morty Merchandise

Recently, a lot of new Cartoon Network and Adult Swim merchandise has been released or announced, so here’s a roundup of some of the new merchandise.

Nom Nom We Bare Bears Plush

Japanese toy company – Banpresto, has released a soft plush of Nom Nom the Koala from We Bare Bears, now everyone can own this lovable jerk along with Grizz, Ice Bear and Panda. Craneking has also released smaller keychain versions of Grizz, Ice Bear, Panda and Nom Nom.

http://www.bpnavi.jp/toru/item/36816

As previously mentioned on the blog, Stackable plushes of Grizz, Ice Bear and Panda are also now available to pre-order at the Cartoon Network Shop:

https://www.regularcapital.com/2017/01/we-bare-bears-stackable-plush-toys-preorder-now-at-the-cartoon-network-shop/

http://www.cartoonnetworkshop.com/product/we+bare+bears+panda+12%22+plush+set+wbbguplushset.do?green=3AAE6F2E-819E-5091-960B-E5488B881F5C&AID=10280984&PID=4003003&ref=CJP

We Bare Bears Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream In South Korea

Cartoon Network South Korea has partnered with international ice-cream chain – Baskin-Robbins to sell We Bare Bears themed frozen dessert in the country. In the pilot episode, the Bears wanted to eat ice cream cake and one of the bears is named Ice Bear, so the association with ice cream is very appropriate.

http://www.baskinrobbins.co.kr/

New Rick And Morty Construction Sets

Entertainment Weekly has reported that McFarlane Toys will be releasing building playsets based on scenes in Adult Swim’s hit animated sci-fi sitcom – Rick and Morty. One of the sets will be based on the Smith Family’s Garage (or otherwise known as Rick’s Lab as it’s where he conducts his experiments). Other scenes from the show which will be made into sets include: Scary Terry’s Boiler Room and the Gromflam Base Science Lab. The playsets will be available in stores in the United States from August this year.

http://ew.com/tv/2017/02/15/rick-and-morty-mcfarlane-toys/

New Rick and Morty Funko Pops

Funko will also be expanding its range of Rick and Morty merchandise, including more Funko Pops vinyl toy figurines of Weaponized Rick, Weaponized Morty, Mr. Meeseeks, Mr. Poopy Butthole, Bird Person, Squanchy and Snowball. The new additions to the expanded range will be available from April this year. Funko will also be releasing a range of Rick and Morty Pocket Pop! Keychains, 5” Action Figures and Galactic Plushies in April. Rick and Morty licencing is handled by Cartoon Network Enterprises and Funko holds the master toy licence for Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty. Rick and Morty season three is currently in development and will air on Adult Swim in the US and elsewhere very soon.

http://www.animationmagazine.net/licensing/cartoon-network-names-funko-master-toy-for-rick-and-morty/