Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific Acquires Broadcasting Rights For New Mr Magoo Animated Series
Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific has acquired the broadcasting rights for the brand new Mr Magoo animated series. Mr. Magoo will air on Cartoon Network feeds in Southeast Asia, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Australia and India in 2018. The new series follows the adventures of Mister Magoo, a friendly elderly man who often gets into all-sorts of mishaps due to his poor eyesight and mistakes what he sees. A disaster is waiting to happen every time he loses his glasses, although he’s oblivious to what’s actually happening, he often escapes unharmed. The classic cartoon character already had several TV series and specials and even a live-action comedy movie which was released in 1997. The brand new series is made by French animation studio – Xilam, known for producing animated series such as Oggy and the Cockroaches and Zig & Sharko.
Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific will air a total of 78 episodes each with a runtime of seven minutes. Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific has already acquired the broadcasting rights for seasons six and seven of Oggy and the Cockroaches which will also air on Cartoon Network in the Asia-Pacific region next year.
Oggy And The Cockroaches Season 5 Premiere On Cartoon Network Asia Update
According to Kidscreen, Oggy and the Cockroaches Season Five will premiere on Cartoon Network’s feeds in Asia-Pacific in Autumn 2017, the new series will see Oggy and the Cockroaches time travelling to the past and to the future, similar to Tom and Jerry, the show features slapstick comedy with no dialogue. Oggy and the Cockroaches’ animation studio – Xilam have also made a licencing agreement with Dream Theatre to represent the show’s brand in India. Furthermore, Season 6 and 7 of Oggy and the Cockroaches will premiere in 2018. News about Oggy of the Cockroaches season five were known back in December last year.
Turner’s Emoticon Tuzki Character To Get Animated Film
According to Cartoon Brew and Animation Digital Digest, Turner Asia Pacific has partnered up with Shanghai-based Tencent Pictures to develop a full-length feature starring Tuzki, the iconic rabbit emoticon that is used throughout Asia on social platforms including Wechat. The film, which will be a mixture of CGI and live-action is expected to begin production in 2017, and will be released in cinemas in China in 2018.
Clément Schwebig, Turner Asia-Pacific’s SVP of business development and licensing, made this statement in regards to the new Tuzki movie:
“This announcement is a huge milestone as we look to grow the Tuzki franchise and reinforces Turner’s commitment to its growing business in China, Through WeChat, Tencent is obviously very familiar with Tuzki, and everyone is excited to see him appear on the big screen. This irrepressible rabbit has already made a strong emotional connection with a generation of young Chinese, and this film will take engagement to the next level.”
Cartoon Network Central Eastern Europe Half Rebrand
Over the weekend (17/09/2016 and 18/09/2016) Cartoon Network Central Eastern Europe have started to air Next/Later bumpers stylised from the Check It 4.0 graphics package, it’s not known when a full rebrand will happen.
Cartoon Network MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Now In Cyprus
According to the TV guide on Primetel’s website, the newly launched Cartoon Network MENA (English) and Boomerang MENA (English) has replaced Cartoon Network Africa and Boomerang Africa respectively in Cyprus, also the Boomerang MENA feed is now available in Greece also replacing Boomerang Africa. The move ends Cartoon Network Africa/HQ’s role as a trans-regional pan-feed in Europe and the Middle East.
The present day Cartoon Network Africa channel originated from a pan-European/African/Middle East feed which was spun off from Cartoon Network UK in 1999 (which was the original pan-feed that launched in 1993 with several language audio tracks). As more countries and regions such as Netherlands, Portugal and Russia (with Bulgaria) started to launch their own versions of Cartoon Network, the pan-feed started to focus more on Africa, most particularly Nigeria and South Africa.
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