Cartoon Network – ToonBarn http://www.toonbarn.com Cartoon news from Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, The Hub, Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, CG animation, anime, movies, or any kind of cartoons! Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:29:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.8 4530339 Total Drama Season 6 is now in development http://www.toonbarn.com/total-drama/total-drama-season-6-now-development/ http://www.toonbarn.com/total-drama/total-drama-season-6-now-development/#respond Wed, 31 May 2017 05:00:27 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=82094 After the conclusion of spinoff Ridonculous Race in 2015, fans have been left wondering if they’d ever see anymore from the Total Drama series. Fret not animated reality fans, Total Drama season 6 is now in development, according to a Youtube video from Fresh TV’s Christine Thompson and Chris McLean voice actor Christian Potenza. Not […]

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After the conclusion of spinoff Ridonculous Race in 2015, fans have been left wondering if they’d ever see anymore from the Total Drama series. Fret not animated reality fans, Total Drama season 6 is now in development, according to a Youtube video from Fresh TV’s Christine Thompson and Chris McLean voice actor Christian Potenza.

Not much else is known about the new season, other than some of the characters featured in the original, Total Drama Island, will get another chance.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Total Drama franchise, they’re parodies of popular reality shows like Survivor, Fear Factor and The Amazing Race. The twist is that because they’re animated, the high jinks get even goofier. It was a massive hit with viewers the world over.

The first season premiered on Teletoon in Canada back in 2007 and concluded in 2015 after five seasons, a spinoff and 146 episodes. Cartoon Network aired the series in the United States. Neither network has confirmed their involvement with the new season. The entire franchise has been created by the Canadian media company Fresh TV.

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Jakks Pacific set to make toys based on the new Mega Man series http://www.toonbarn.com/cartoon-network/jakks-pacific-set-make-toys-based-new-mega-man-series/ http://www.toonbarn.com/cartoon-network/jakks-pacific-set-make-toys-based-new-mega-man-series/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 12:00:42 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=82085 DHX has been busy making deals for their upcoming animated reboot of Capcom’s Mega Man video game franchise. Weeks after securing a US broadcast on Cartoon Network and a Canadian run on Family CHRGD, the media company has announced another major pillar: their toy partner. Jakks Pacific, perhaps currently best known for their World of […]

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DHX has been busy making deals for their upcoming animated reboot of Capcom’s Mega Man video game franchise. Weeks after securing a US broadcast on Cartoon Network and a Canadian run on Family CHRGD, the media company has announced another major pillar: their toy partner. Jakks Pacific, perhaps currently best known for their World of Nintendo line, has agreed to a multi-year deal to become the master toy licensee for the show due out in 2018.

Commenting on the partnership, Jakk’s chief operating officer, Jack McGrath, said, “I grew up with Mega Man and am a big fan, so I’m thrilled for Jakks to team up with DHX Brands and Dentsu on the new animated series.” The company will produce action figures, figurines, playsets and accessories, everyday dress-up and role-play, Halloween costumes, plush and vehicles, inspired by the new show.

Mega Man re-imagines the blue bomber as a young boy named Aki Light, a regular school boy who can transform into a super hero to take on villains. The series is being produced by DHX’s Vancouver Studio (formerly Nerd Corps) in association with Man of Action, Capcom and Dentsu.

The Mega Man franchise originally debuted on the Nintendo Entertainment System back in 1987. It immediately inspired a long line of sequels, spinoffs and even three prior animated series.

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Steven Universe Gets its Own Line of Digital Trading Cards and Stickers http://www.toonbarn.com/cartoon-network/steven-universe-gets-line-digital-trading-cards-stickers/ http://www.toonbarn.com/cartoon-network/steven-universe-gets-line-digital-trading-cards-stickers/#respond Fri, 05 May 2017 09:00:35 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=81326 Steven Universe fans who wish for more ways to enjoy and interact with their favorite cartoon series will have to thank collecting platform Quidd for launching a new line of official Steven Universe digital trading cards and iMessage stickers. The platform is avialable through iOs and Android, and will allow Steven Universe fans to purchase, […]

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Steven Universe fans who wish for more ways to enjoy and interact with their favorite cartoon series will have to thank collecting platform Quidd for launching a new line of official Steven Universe digital trading cards and iMessage stickers. The platform is avialable through iOs and Android, and will allow Steven Universe fans to purchase, collect, trade, and show off digital merchandise featuing the animated, sci-fi fantasy characters from the serie.

The Steven Universe digital goodies come as pat of a partnership between Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, which started in March and has already been responsible for the launch of digital collectibles based on fan favorite cartoon series such as Rick and Morty, the Powerpuff Girls, and Adventure Time.

“Collecting is too often misunderstood as something for older, mostly male, fan bases,” said Quidd co-founder Michael Bramlage. “With an eclectic assortment of content, an immersive digital-only experience, and fun, expressive products like stickers, Quidd is proving that the desire to collect and geek out with fellow fans is universal, Millennial, female, and cutting edge. It’s no wonder that 70% of our fans have never collected physical stickers, cards, or toys before they purchased their first digital collectible on Quidd.”

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The Internet’s Most Interesting Theories About Popular Cartoons http://www.toonbarn.com/cartoon-network/internets-interesting-theories-popular-cartoons/ http://www.toonbarn.com/cartoon-network/internets-interesting-theories-popular-cartoons/#respond Mon, 01 May 2017 05:14:22 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=81115 Conspiracy theories have been around even before the Internet. However, the Internet’s ability to bridge communication gaps between people regardless of physical location meant that conspiracy theories have also been given ample room to proliferate. These days you can just about find any conspiracy on any subject, even cartoons that were intended for consumption by […]

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Conspiracy theories have been around even before the Internet. However, the Internet’s ability to bridge communication gaps between people regardless of physical location meant that conspiracy theories have also been given ample room to proliferate. These days you can just about find any conspiracy on any subject, even cartoons that were intended for consumption by children. Here are some of the most interesting ones we have come across:

The Rugrats Babies Are Just Figments of Angelica’s Imagination

This conspiracy theory goes that the adorable and quirky little tots that make up the cast of Rugrats are actually just figments of Angelica’s imagination, serving as coping mechanisms for the spoiled, bratty little girl. The theory posits that her cousin, Tommy Pickles, was a stillborn and that the father continues making toys for the child as a way of coping. Chuckie, on the other hand, died in a car accident with his mother, which would explain why his father is a nervous wreck. The twins Phil and Lil, on the other hand, are imagined by Angelica because the DeVille’s had an abortion and never got to know the sex of their baby.

Ed, Edd, and Eddy are Dead-y

According to this conspiracy theory, the three kids from cul-de-sac have died in different time periods and are now stuck in a purgatory of eternal childhood. Clues include the fact that they never go to school, that no adults are ever seen in the show, and that each of the kids’ tongue is in a different color, allegedly representing decaying bodies.

Dexter’s Imaginary Laboratory

It’s easy for cartoons to have premises that are outlandish, and Dexter’s Laboratory certainly fit the bill. Of course, aside from the fact that it’s fiction, the fantastic and extremely advanced technology on display in the little kid’s laboratory can also be explained by the kid’s ridiculou amounts of intelligence. But a popular conspiracy theory posits that the boy genius isn’t exactly a pint-sized mad scientist, but merely a precocious young boy who has a hyper-active imagination. His laboratory exists only in his head, which would explain why his activities are not suprising his parents and sibling, and would also explain why he is constantly mocked by Dee Dee.

Courage the Normal Dog

Courage: The Cowardly Dog is an animated comedy horror series that is notable for featuring a perpetually scared dog who lives in the middle of nowhere with its owners Muriel and Eustance, who are always oblivious to all the horrors that visit their isolated compound.

According to some Internet conspiracy theorists, Courage is not really a cowardly dog. Rather, the titular mutt is pretty average. Everything we see in the show is reality as seen through a dog’s eyes – most of the monsters and scary occurrences are just strangers and normal events that are skewed by a dog’s unique perspective. Additionally, they don’t really live in isolation. It’s just that Muriel and Eustace are too old to take Courage anywhere so the dog doesn’t know much of the world outside of their compound.

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Cartoon Network to Release Steven Universe Soundtrack in June http://www.toonbarn.com/cartoon-network/cartoon-network-release-steven-universe-soundtrack-june/ http://www.toonbarn.com/cartoon-network/cartoon-network-release-steven-universe-soundtrack-june/#respond Thu, 13 Apr 2017 06:00:25 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=80112 Cartoon Network has recently acknowledged Steven Universe fans’ call for a soundtrack release, as they have announced the digital release of “Steven Universe Soundtrack: Volume 1” worldwide on Friday, June 2. The album will consist of songs that were originally heard in Steven Universe’ 120 plus episodes, most notably its iconic theme song “We Are […]

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Cartoon Network has recently acknowledged Steven Universe fans’ call for a soundtrack release, as they have announced the digital release of “Steven Universe Soundtrack: Volume 1” worldwide on Friday, June 2. The album will consist of songs that were originally heard in Steven Universe’ 120 plus episodes, most notably its iconic theme song “We Are the Crystal Gems.”

The “Steven Universe Soundtrack: Volume 1” digital album will feature re-mastered songs handpicked by series creator Rebecca Sugar and performed by the Steven Universe voice cast, including Zach Callison (Steven), Estelle (Garnet), Deedee Magno Hall (Pearl), Michaela Dietz (Amethyst) and Tom Scharpling (Greg), as well as special performances by guest stars and Sugar herself.

“I am so excited about this album that I hardly have the words. We poured our hearts into these songs and now they’re finally collected and stunningly re-mastered by our composers Aivi & Surasshu,” said Sugar.

“I can not say enough about how much I love each of these tracks! But I can say that this is the best they’ve ever sounded! Please blast them! Please sing along! That’s what these are for! If the music of Steven Universe has been a tiny piece of the score of your life, please know that I am so honored. I hope you’ll love this album as much as we loved making it.”

Interested fans can purchase the album when it is released on digital music stores, and on all major streaming platforms. A full track list is forthcoming, so stay tuned to Cartoon Network’s social feeds to get info firsthand as it is released.

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Samurai Jack is Back, with Beard http://www.toonbarn.com/cartoon-network/samurai-jack-back-beard/ http://www.toonbarn.com/cartoon-network/samurai-jack-back-beard/#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 10:00:07 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=78831 One of the lost gems of our childhood, and considered as one of the shining gems of Cartoon Network’s glory days, Samurai Jack is finally returning via Adult Swim’s Toonami block on March 11 at 11 PM ET. It has been a long time since the original series’ open-ended conclusion – it took 12 and […]

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One of the lost gems of our childhood, and considered as one of the shining gems of Cartoon Network’s glory days, Samurai Jack is finally returning via Adult Swim’s Toonami block on March 11 at 11 PM ET. It has been a long time since the original series’ open-ended conclusion – it took 12 and a half years before the time-traveling samurai managed to return to the small screens. And as the trailer below shows, Jack is looking worse for the wear during this long period, having grown a full beard in the process.

Phil LaMarr will be returning to voice Jack, and the story is set some 50 years after the events of the original series. Jack has not aged during the 5 decades in between shows, and he is now struggling with his identity, while at the same time facing against a new set of villains under the shapeshifting demon Aku’s command.

Genndy Tartakovsky will once again helm the project, and it is said that the season will form a cohesive story that will finally provide some much-needed answers to the franchise’s long-enduring mysteries.

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Justice League Action Clip – Zombie King http://www.toonbarn.com/dc-nation/justice-league-action-clip-zombie-king/ http://www.toonbarn.com/dc-nation/justice-league-action-clip-zombie-king/#respond Wed, 01 Feb 2017 12:37:14 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=78765 Warner Bros. Animation is currently in the process of teasing fans of Justice League Action, which is done by releasing a bunch of new stills and a video clip for the latest episode, titled “Zombie King.” The episode is written by Paul Dini and will air this coming Saturday, February 4, at 7:30 AM on […]

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Warner Bros. Animation is currently in the process of teasing fans of Justice League Action, which is done by releasing a bunch of new stills and a video clip for the latest episode, titled “Zombie King.” The episode is written by Paul Dini and will air this coming Saturday, February 4, at 7:30 AM on Cartoon Network.

The curiously titled “Zombie King” episode focuses on the zombie supervillain Solomon Grundy, who managed to escape his Louisiana prison intent on raising an army of the dead from the graves, using a magical crystal that just so happened to give him the ability to do so. The only ones who stand in his way are Batman and the Swamp Thing.

Fans of BTAS should do well to watch this episode, as Swamp Thing is voiced by Mark Hamill, who voiced the Joker in BTAS, and of course, is well known for being Mr Luke Skywalker on the Star Wars franchise (not to mention C*ckKnocker in Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back, noich!.)

If the video isn’t enough of a teaser for you, you can go ahead and take a gander at the high quality image stills. It’s full of pictures of Grundy, Batman, and Swamp Thing. I think I also saw Zatanna and Constantine in there somewhere – we all love Constantine, right? Even though we all did nothing when the live action series got cancelled (as opposed to, I dunno – hurling a few hexes or sending a few techdemons to the network responsible for the cancellation.)

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Is Teen Titans GO! Awful or Are You Just Jaded? http://www.toonbarn.com/cartoon-network/teen-titans-go-awful-just-jaded/ http://www.toonbarn.com/cartoon-network/teen-titans-go-awful-just-jaded/#respond Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:45:00 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=78749 It’s no secret that a lot of people hate Teen Titans GO!, judging by some of the comments that crop up on Toonbarn posts about the show. Or It doesn’t even need to come from Toonbarn – just do a search and you’ll find many complaints about the show. However, the show is very popular […]

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It’s no secret that a lot of people hate Teen Titans GO!, judging by some of the comments that crop up on Toonbarn posts about the show. Or It doesn’t even need to come from Toonbarn – just do a search and you’ll find many complaints about the show.

However, the show is very popular and very profitable – it is one of the highest ranking shows on CN right now and it’s got merchandise up the wazoo. Of course, popularity and sales isn’t always an objective measure for quality, but it is very effective in showing that there are a lot of people who like it, and a perfect indicator that the producers are doing something right.

Kids love it, that’s for sure. It is being marathoned in timeslots meant for kids, and to its credit, it manages to incorporate adult subject matter, without relying on it exclusively. That way, even viewers who fail to spot the subtle allusion to mature topics (such as discrimination and peer pressure) will not feel like they’re missing out on anything. They could focus on the slapstick and the bug-eyed, heavily caricatured art style.

So, if you’re part of the group of people who hate the show, Toonbarn would like to know why?

Do you hate the show because the art style looks immature?

Do you hate the show because you think the jokes are lame and shallow?

Do you hate the show because you’re an adult and you think you’re not supposed to like kid’s shows?

Or do you hate it because it’s what Warner and CN gave you when they could have continued Teen Titans?

We are genuinely interested. Sound off in the comments below.

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Cartoon Network Acquires Global Rights to My Knight and Me http://www.toonbarn.com/cartoon-network/cartoon-network-acquires-global-rights-knight/ http://www.toonbarn.com/cartoon-network/cartoon-network-acquires-global-rights-knight/#respond Mon, 19 Dec 2016 06:00:39 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=78256 Cartoon Network has recently announced their global acquisition of the CG animated medieval comedy series My Knight and Me, which is distributed by leading international kids’ entertainment outfit CAKE. Crated by renowned French producer TeamTO and Belgian producer Thuristar, My Knight and Me tells the ongoing story of a trio of knights in shining armor. […]

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Cartoon Network has recently announced their global acquisition of the CG animated medieval comedy series My Knight and Me, which is distributed by leading international kids’ entertainment outfit CAKE. Crated by renowned French producer TeamTO and Belgian producer Thuristar, My Knight and Me tells the ongoing story of a trio of knights in shining armor. The series already enjoys a great audience built through its debut in the UK earlier this year via Turner’s Boomerang, and has continued to premiere in additional markets in EMEA, APAC, and LATAM throughout 2017.

My Knight and Me revolves around the loyal but street-smart Jimmy the Squire, the fun and daring Cat the Princess, and the charmingly inept but chivalrous knight Henri of Orange. Together, the knightly trio try to make the dark ages a little bit bright and a whole lot more fun.

Readers who want to check it out should get the Cartoon Network app, as a sneak peek of an episode titled “The Cat and the Swan” will be made available through the app all throughout December. The episode is designed to celebrate Dragon New Year, with Bad Jack attempting to throw Henri and Jimmy into a bottomless pit only for his plan to be thwarted by the queen – who goes ahead and accompanies Cat in her rescue mission while dressed in the outfit of her childhood role model, “The Swan.”

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Why The AT&T/Time Warner merger, means a massive change in US Dubbing (and isnt a good thing) http://www.toonbarn.com/cartoon-network/atttime-warner-merger-means-massive-change-us-dubbing-isnt-good-thing/ http://www.toonbarn.com/cartoon-network/atttime-warner-merger-means-massive-change-us-dubbing-isnt-good-thing/#respond Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:49:48 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=77798 Note: The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily the views of Toon Barn or its affiliates For a few years, I have been talking about Crunchyroll and its effects on the US Dubbing of anime and the way anime has been marketed in the states for some time. It has also been an […]

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Note: The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily the views of Toon Barn or its affiliates

For a few years, I have been talking about Crunchyroll and its effects on the US Dubbing of anime and the way anime has been marketed in the states for some time. It has also been an issue with how licensing has been done, with certain artists (western artists like LeShawn Thomas who has worked in the industry before) bringing their work over to Crunchyroll instead of Toonami. Given the fact that Toonami has limited space but has done well in the ratings, the opinion of this essayist remains firm. Toonami makes anime a part of the wider animation community, while Crunchyroll creates a ghetto for the genre in this country. To say otherwise is the promotion of political, social and physical piracy. 

Now, why do i mention the deal with AT&T and Time Warner.

For this, you must look at a company named CA Media. CA Media is a collaboration between AT&T and Chernin Group. This same group, Bought the Pirating firm, Crunchyroll back in December of 2013 for about 100 Million dollars. AT&T and CA Media partnered later in 2014. This was one of the reasons why Crunchroll got a influx of money. They were bankrolled by the now regrowing MaBell, and the former Leader of both Fox Network (and yes, Fox Kids – with Haim Saban back in the 90’s).

Now with the deal about a year away – There are small, but significant rumblings inside the house of Piracy. They know that they will have SOME say in Toonami’s handling, because AT&T now has the distribution arm (Direct TV), the networks (part of The CW, which they sponsor half of the shows, and the turner networks) and with CA Media – the online platform.

The question is, where does this all lead?

The immediate answer would be a wait and see approach. But we have seen with Comcast, they didnt wait too long after the merger to lock NBC down after the 2012 Olympics. AT&T will do the same (if they can raise the money with the banks, and who has 40 Billion to spend to see Bugs Bunny sell cell phones?)

But the biggest concern, has to be how the handle Toonami. I felt that the block has found its place in the world. But Crunchyroll, the pirates that they are will spoil the fun. You see, their culture and Toonami’s culture may be politically similar(last i checked, Chernin is a DNC supporter), but socially not similar. Toonami started as an Idea, Crunchyroll started as a rebellion of sorts (but really, Piracy) dealing with the editing practices of 4kids during their run of One Piece. Toonami’s culture is one of understanding ones individuality, while Crunchyrolls is the continuation of a type of authoritarian collective (which also explains all the strange messages against Toonami concerning music videos, many of these contrarians are fans of at the very least subscribers or paid by Crunchyroll to antagonize Mr Demarco and others working for him, and we also see that in recent articles going after Adult Swim by Polygon and others).

Will AT&T force Toonami to work with this monstrosity, Crunchyroll that has hurt their chances of bringing even better work to the fore? Or better yet – what if this gets Crunchyroll Into the North American animation business using Toonami as a vector?

What does it also mean for the two pirate sites, Kiss Anime and Toonami Aftermath? Do they make a deal with say – Verizon and or Cox for streaming? Does AT&T blocks them?

The bigger question for you is – who do you trust if Toonami gets taken over by someone not fitting of what the block represents?

All this does is prove to others that wish to Pirate – you will be rewarded in the end. That our government sadly is selective in who they punish with law. Thats both scary and sobering.

In a better world, This Merger signals the end of Crunchroll and all its stands for. Toonami takes the whole joint over, all of the executives of Crunchyroll leave with nothing, and Toonami Jetstream will return as a secondary part of the much larger Toonami entity, which will bring artists, shows and videos together, and they finally have the networks (the CW along with AS. and the other turner networks) to do so.

That would be a much better fate for North American animation and Anime in this country as a whole in this new age.

But i know these sly pirate scumbags and degenerates from Crunchyroll will not go without a fight.

Im with Toonami.

I come for a fight Mr Gao. I hope your ready. You will not win, not this time.

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The Voice of Moltar (On Space Ghost Coast to Coast and the first few seasons of Toonami) has Passed away http://www.toonbarn.com/cartoon-network/voice-moltar-space-ghost-coast-coast-first-seasons-toonami-passed-away/ http://www.toonbarn.com/cartoon-network/voice-moltar-space-ghost-coast-coast-first-seasons-toonami-passed-away/#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:08:34 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=77529 On September 18th, news broke over twitter and facebook, that C. Martin Croker – the first voice of Toonami, passed away at the age of 54. One of the more underrated voice actors in his time, his work made Space Ghost Coast to Coast a cult classic. He also did Zorak for the series. But […]

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On September 18th, news broke over twitter and facebook, that C. Martin Croker – the first voice of Toonami, passed away at the age of 54. One of the more underrated voice actors in his time, his work made Space Ghost Coast to Coast a cult classic. He also did Zorak for the series. But his work on toonami’s early years will stand as one of his great accomplishments.

Toonami later did a very, very emotinal tribute to him Last week:

Truly, Mr Croker will never be forgotten for what he did to make this great block, the gold standard.

May he truly rest in peace:

Source: Twitter, Toonami Faithful

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The Battle Between Respect and Fanbases (Whats Going on with Steven Universe and Sausage Party?) http://www.toonbarn.com/cartoon-network/battle-respect-fanbases-whats-going-steven-universe-sausage-party/ http://www.toonbarn.com/cartoon-network/battle-respect-fanbases-whats-going-steven-universe-sausage-party/#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:27:44 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=77193 Note: The Opinions in this essay are not necessarily are the views of Toon Barn and its affiliates  There are more black marks in animation these days than most. But right now, these black marks are turning into an abyss. In the last several days, we have seen what a marketplace based on a “entities” […]

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There are more black marks in animation these days than most.

But right now, these black marks are turning into an abyss.

In the last several days, we have seen what a marketplace based on a “entities” biases towards content does to the producers of these works.

For years, Steven Universe has been used as symbol for progressive politics. In some ways – many in those same circles have called it the biggest series in recent memory.

But the fan base, mostly from the LBGT+ community, and some from other progressive movements – have bared their fangs on not only a fan artist Zamii – but as well one of the main artists of the show Lauren Zuke. Lauren left twitter after the shippers went on a war path.

The fan-base pretty much don’t care, as they continued on tumblr like nothing has happened.

Now over at the Movie Sausage Party, a interview with Nitrogen Studio’s Conrad Vernon and Greg Tieraian became more than just an interview – in the comments section (so much for getting rid of comments huh folks). Stories abound about bad plannings, nobody getting credits in the movie, lack of overtime pay and all the rest.

Those in power dont care, as long the headlines goes their way – and with Sony Pictures – it has happened  yet again with this summer movie season.

I have mentioned these issues before with issues with fanbases, and issues with workers rights in animation. But never it has become apparent that not only the small studios/and fan-bases which large corporations like Time-WarnerTurner promote to – are now doing the worse type of behavior to artists.

Until now.

No longer a Industry- with customers, employees, employers, infrastructure, concept of make goods, times when the big guns fade and the little guys win for a while, trade, discovery and of most import a keen eye for style… has been replaced by a market place, full of investors, trade-busting, disruption, pirating acceptance, questions about who censors who, a hatred for those who respected the past, a unwillingness to see the market it as is, and a acceptance of a culture who never cared about animation until it became acceptable to their identities and life markers. While there was a time were many shows that showed other experiences from many minority cultures – those shows were hindered by a political idea of uplift and saving children all based on faulty metrics and full on lies – they were good on their own merits and didn’t necessary need other things to push it forward. Today, that is no longer the case.

So what do we see? Artists have no control, no final say in their work. Those artists that have already sold out to those who propagandize on the new web-channels, snapchat, Instagram, and tumblr – selling products of lower quality, lower metrics – and everybody wonders why everything is not doing as well.

It has become a horrendous joke. VFX artists traveling from place to place looking for a steady job,  While the market place makes money from the subsidies hand over fist, the VFX houses die out. Meanwhile – artists are being censored left and right for the sell out artists who are given and allowed to do anything as long as they say the “keywords”, and allowed to do all sorts of things that other artists arn’t allowed to in other mediums. And the fans making the fan art are with more in cahoots with the media corporations than they care to admit. Saying “Damn Capitalism” on one hand but using a iPhone with Instagram (the iPhone is around $660-$2,300 plus tax a year), promoting shipping that sounds like some sort of Sanskrit script unreadable, untouchable to normal human minds and eyes. And its good for the business of the new Capitalism, not based on work, or leadership – but on a concept of disruption, change agents, Venture Capitalist Unicorn finds, and pretty much – social censorship, not unlike the BSnP censorship – and now they work in tandem because of the political connections the sell out artists, many of the executives and the advertisers all follow and vote for (and in some cases they don’t have to vote for the same people or believe in the same things, but they have to have some aspect of the similar view of human beings as blank slates that haven’t heard “the good news”)

Years ago, John K mentioned the audience as Troglodytes when mentioning the concept of attitude and its overuse in the 1990’s. I say it today when it comes to these issues we see now. The audience has now accepted this form of entertainment – a myriad of tricks, metrics, fraud, piracy, political correctness, and political incorrectness as a form of communication and a form of separation and balkinazation of the animation audience in the west and in particular North America. Truly John K was a couple years too early.

I talked to a few folks on the other social media platforms. They ask simply to support Adult Animation and not give up on it. However, that isn’t really a solution. The audience doesn’t want “adult” animation – they want animation to talk about issues of the identity of themselves and how to relate to the world. The sad truth is that these audiences are erasing not only animation’s history on a nearly daily basis, they are placing themselves as the show runners of the newer franchises, and the major corporations – as long as the advertisers are happy are glad to throw artists who don’t want to play ball under the bus, and then send a twitter message calming the only groups of people blindly buying their products because it protects there identity from being challenged.

That is the audience. That is what these companies now aim for. And if you are shocked, stunned and surprised on the looks of these shows, and what their audience acts towards those that don’t fit their identity narrative, like they did with Zamii and now with a storyboard artist Lauren Zuke, they are thrown away and lumped with what they preserve with the fascists they say they fight against on a daily basis.

In a way, this is the result of the E/I laws that were passed in the 1990’s and its continuation in to the mid 2000’s. It was meant to limit ads, and promote social this that and the other, and education. It didn’t do any one of these things. It instead promoted even darker aspects of advertising – propaganda by government and certain social, regardless of which party, censorship of the highest order (at one point NBC censored Veggietales which was … outrageous) and what could be the biggest issue of the matter – is bankrupting the major networks (none of the Litton shows on three networks get anywhere near a 0.1, and despite all of the credits given to PBS over the last 25 years since the E/I was passed, Sesame Street is no longer in the hands of PBS – recently sold its TV rights to Time Warner’s HBO, and Time Warner fired 3 of the original cast members.), and caused the mass exodus of the audience to cable, and this would have GROWN larger…if it wasn’t for the 2008 crisis which screwed everybody over – but the audiences you now see existing now, who were born from conservative parents, still use their political truisms (truthiness = intersectinality theory) but are rebelling using concepts from the LBGT+ community to forms that the community never asked them to use and has been used to bait actual LGBT+ people in a form of a political purity test! The Old Soviet Union couldn’t come up with a perfect propaganda scheme.

So maybe we have to take some sort of action against these particular issues. Maybe if not Union, a Trade Organization? Maybe a education of consumer rights for not only artists but fans and how to treat people with respect, and artists to handle criticism in a fair manner? To give enough separation between customer and corporation, with government as the arbiter and not the supporter of either side unless something was done egregious to the customer/citizen.

Because while we have semblances of a republic, with rule of law and ideals, and reason… we have become a bit autocratic in our social interactions and our appeal to emotion, is leading us to ruin.

Its causing us to lose connection to our imagination.

And causing those who do have the skills, to leave us behind, over these “troglodytes” based on identity – when they have neither that identity or a soul.

 

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We Bare Bears and Powerpuff Girls Panels Debut on San Diego Comic-Con http://www.toonbarn.com/cartoon-network/bare-bears-powerpuff-girls-panels-debut-san-diego-comic-con/ http://www.toonbarn.com/cartoon-network/bare-bears-powerpuff-girls-panels-debut-san-diego-comic-con/#respond Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:00:11 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=71100 Last Saturday, CN presented a back-to-back panel show featuring 2 of its famous cartoon franchises, The Powerpuff Girls and We Bare Bears. Both are going to be having their San Diego Comic-Con debuts with their first proper panels. Behind the scenes insights and never before seen footage were shown to the audiences in the Indigo […]

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Last Saturday, CN presented a back-to-back panel show featuring 2 of its famous cartoon franchises, The Powerpuff Girls and We Bare Bears. Both are going to be having their San Diego Comic-Con debuts with their first proper panels. Behind the scenes insights and never before seen footage were shown to the audiences in the Indigo Ballroom.

Series creator and Annie Award winner Daniel Chong represented We Bare Bears together with Lauren Sassen (storyboard artist), Mikey Heller (series writer), Manny Hernandez (director) and voice actors Bobby Moynihan (Panda), Eric Edelstein (Grizzly) and Demetri Martin (Ice Bear). Lauren Sassen performed a live illustration and an Icy Nights sneak peek was also shown to the fans.

The Powerpuff Girls panel features Nick Jennings, executive producer and Bob Boyle, co-executive producer. It also includes writer Jake Goldman and Haley Mancini (voice of Princess Morbucks) together with voice actors Kristen Li (Bubbles), Amanda Leighton (Blossom), Natalie Palamides (Buttercup) and Tom Kenny (The Narrator, The Mayor). A sneak peek of The Big Sleep episode was also shown.

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Joe Alaskey, The Second Man To ever Voice The Looney Toons Characters – Has Passed. http://www.toonbarn.com/cartoon-network/joe-alaskey-second-man-ever-voice-looney-toons-characters-passed/ http://www.toonbarn.com/cartoon-network/joe-alaskey-second-man-ever-voice-looney-toons-characters-passed/#respond Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:59:36 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=58071 Emmy Award Winning Voice Actor, Joe Alaskey passed away late last night of complications due to cancer, he was 63 years old. His many works as Bugs and Daffy (of the latter he would win the aforementioned Oscar for the animated series Duck Dodgers), as well as the Rugrats’s Grandpa Lou Pickles. He also did […]

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Emmy Award Winning Voice Actor, Joe Alaskey passed away late last night of complications due to cancer, he was 63 years old.

His many works as Bugs and Daffy (of the latter he would win the aforementioned Oscar for the animated series Duck Dodgers), as well as the Rugrats’s Grandpa Lou Pickles. He also did Plucky Duck in Tiny Toon Adventures. He did two live action works (a movie and a TV show) and was the Narrator of Murder Comes to Town on Discovery.

(From Mark Evander via Jerry Beck)

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Its Saturday Morning – And The Room Is Empty. http://www.toonbarn.com/nickelodeon/saturday-morning-room-empty/ http://www.toonbarn.com/nickelodeon/saturday-morning-room-empty/#respond Sun, 20 Dec 2015 12:47:43 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=57589 Or: How Thundercats (2011) was the end of the North American animation/Kids Business (in a way) Note: The Opinions shown on this essay does not reflect the views of Toon Barn and its affiliates. Its Saturday – winter is only a few days away and after that – Christmas on Friday and then – Saturday […]

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Or: How Thundercats (2011) was the end of the North American animation/Kids Business (in a way)

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Its Saturday – winter is only a few days away and after that – Christmas on Friday and then – Saturday rolls around again, the next Friday is 2016 and then the first day of the new year – Saturday rolls around again.

But the room is empty.

Children are sleep – or trying to go into lessons of music, art or sport in a what has become a rarity in this late 2015 – frost. Not much snow, not much of a winter. And some on twitter worry that its a bad omen…even those that dont believe in a creator.

Its strange to hear that – those who are my friends on twitter usually are headstrong, racing against those with differing opinions – sometimes in a passive aggressive way, other times for legit reasons, still others to talk in jest, tact etc.

But some say the spirit of Christmas overrides these worries.

They may have been right in a past time – before things changed – some for the better – and some for the worse.

But all changes effect us in many ways.

This year – the Christmas spirit seems to be tempered by the Star Wars machine. And as the new engine of the creation of a “Corporate Safe Space” start in earnest, three films before 2020, many TV series – other animated spots – video games, toys and other trinkets; its more of a cynical promotion of the greatest and most secretive fan fiction ever created.

In any other time – it would have been just one of the many major blockbusters – didn’t effect next weeks numbers or so on. We would have other things to pass the time. But the concept of the “Corporate Safe Space” is much more insidious – it promotes the other products from other companies it competes with as the literal manifestation of evil, and their own product – as the good work – the holy work – the one you turn to when all is lost.

Made simple and plain by this post on twitter:

to people who complain about some movies being too long: do you realize your own garbage life goes on like forever

make good movies last as long as possible. 3 hours, 100 years, forever. put us out of our misery

And Misery loves Company. Its the end as entertainment as a way to relax, and at times to wonder about our human condition, or even to have fun. It now has become a cradle to grave mantra of endless content creation for the content men who via their advertising agencies promote a existence that doesn’t exist in reality.

I could tell other stories. How, why and for what reason things arnt the way it seems anymore. But more often than not – its because people, companies, multi-nationals, educators and even those who were meant to represent us dont. They turn out to be more of a maguffin. A sad fate of madding ideals mixed with the most banal pragmatism.

I just want to focus on us. The fans of animation.

Its hard to deal with but – just because a show has some merit doesn’t mean its good.

We have seen with My Little Pony (and Equestria Girls), Steven Universe – and even the weaker shows such as Regular Show and Gumball – the sense is that they talking above the adults and the children are just asking questions about things that are in the show and they just become so lost. Their fanbases are taken over not just by adults who just love the show by its own merits, but by those who feel the show creates a space where everything else feels lost to them. They didnt develop strength and character even when the show was dark – now as the animated series promote a light hearted fare – it becomes a way to promote all sorts of dank memes and even more politically charged language, and using the concept of sexuality as a way to  ease a man or a womens shadow natures into quiet repose. In the west and most western animation Its a sad, banal attempt to extend ones love of a work of fiction or genre. The east handles this better – and sees it as it is – integration, fashion, technique and embracing the work as is and nothing more or less.

We talk about what happened to Zamii, and the media has done so in many ways. But what people dont realized is that when the creators backed down from comments made by those who wished Zamii dead, it proved to me that nobody knows when to stand their ground and say – enough. It started from the day the Thundercats got canned, to the day that they made the move for Korra, to the issues with Steven Universe and the issues with their fanbase. The Internet given voice, the voice given form and now it has power even over the creators of these shows.

Its because the executives and the fans are from the same economic structure. The creators not only have to cowtow to said executives when it comes to content – which always been a problem for years, now have to deal with the views that has the money. The advertising agencies may aim for most viewers, but we seen now, even despite advertising laws made in order to make sure that children dont become mindless consumers, it just made things worse for all involved.

It has been mentioned before about education and the E/I. I also mentioned about the scandal concerning the lowering of wages and collusion in the theatrical animation sector. Did you know that Ed Catmull  bought a 12 million dollar house? This is after the trial finds out that the Disney board knew about these issues.

Welcome to Poof Poof, Glitter Boots, the force is with us. Netflix is about to spend five Billion dollars on “content creation” while Netflix is overvalued in the stock market by a value of 400X its price. Its the time of complaints of how a animated character looks via the eyes of a fan. Its the time when ratings “dont matter”, its audience share, that # social network outreach, insta connections and all the rest. In a world when ignorance is awarded, all those who run entertainment – and in animation, “create”and manufacture the look and feeling of a inglorious look. Not for satire, not even to make fun of the world – but to create safe spaces that don’t challenge the characters, nor the setting – and most important the viewers.

Increasingly, the Holiday classics take more importance. Years ago, they were apart of a extended program of network kids shows and which many popular shows joined in specials during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Today these holiday specials stand as the guard of a time long  past. For the shows now air on Cartoon Network/ Nick and Disney XD  are now run by feckless creators, some who feel that kowtowing to powers and those that perceive they have power, only hurts the show in the end of the day. They are not creators, they are PR men, propaganda for either a education mandate that doesn’t work, a form of social uplifting of the misfits of the world that doesn’t uplift anything but Pateron accounts and Kickstarter Funds, and content that all dines in the mesh and morrass of pesudo-scarlet letter trigger warnings, slights of political gotcha checks, and all and all out purriance. Its the wonderful world of dung emoji and it been that way since that’s all what the “Corporate Safe Space” will give us.

And in one of the sad ironies of the time, Toys has lost wonder – even Lego uses Japanese culture tropes to sell product. You usually have team ups with diffrent shows in many of a Japanese product – but it doesnt happen in the states…unless you Lego and have more clout than most other franchiser in the kids business.

It even reaches Toonami in a sense. After the announcement that they were bringing back Samurai Jack, Mr Demarco stated he wanted one of the newer Lupin series, Yukyo Mine. Not the best of the Lupin works. But even he was told by the censors he couldn’t. Its strange. Lupin hasnt been apart of American culture – so it becomes to most hardest of sells to even put it on Toonami. Of course he would get Wakfu, but then they are on Netflix.

The fact that a dude who makes Adult Swim money over fist – gets denied a show – while the Creators of the Steven Universe are allowed to get away with everything – and the creators bows down to pressure from people who wish other fans of their show dead, is sad to me. Mine(And Lupin for that matter) isn’t going to cause your network problems, the show you promote next  to the 5th iteration of legendary Looney Toons characters has become more problematic and the fact they don’t see this tells me all i need to know.

They have given up on us. The American people – the American audience. who they feel are too lost in their “common sense” to talk to. We got so many was to view the content – they think its OK to delay shows for months on end. They will watch it again and again, old episodes – six, seven times a week. It will be greater than everything we have done before.

Then the holiday classics come on. The humanity. Coming from puppets, from animation, from the voice overs, the backgrounds. They stood, even when things were being built for children around, and torn down by government edict. Yes, animation is for all.

But at times, the little ones are to be reminded there are things beyond numbers, letters, and such things we as people need to be in the world. They need the journey of the heroes, the power of belief and the joy of overcoming life’s grand trials. And these folks who would easily falter to the hands of those willing to kill don’t understand and never did truly loved the work. They loved the fame, and sold their souls to the oligarchic power structures they trying to fight against and say they are against, but in reality work for them and are in tandem with them.

They are nothing more than the Grinch.

He could be redeemed, but I doubt they can.

Can anybody be redeemed?

Not so.

Thats why these specials, are truly are. They show us were we have fallen – the simple reasons why – and putting complications on it – and excusing it only causes us to lose the plot.

“Baby stuff”, Charlotte said to Virgina there is no Santa.

“Baby stuff”, when those demons said to Zamii when they said to her kill herself – “You know how she looks LIKE!”

But its that spirit of Christmas, that these specials represent show the best of ourselves, the hope in a manger. The hope in a child born in poverty gets the only thing that can get him out of it, a football. The hope in a woman who is homeless – to get 100 bucks from a man, not for favor, but out of his heart and his own reasons. The hope of a man, who after being told after he comes back from war, that the people he fought for calls him names, cishet, warmongerer, etc. That he – suffering from a lost hand, and lost heart and mind, can find a home, an honest job, and finally a smile from a grateful nation.

But for 345 days of the year, America is “We The Spiteful”. It feels more like pity.

We don’t know what we had until its gone.

And these holiday specials remind us every year of what we truly lost, the sense that good will truly win, and hope never truly dies.

They used to be apart of a place children could go.

Now these shows, these specials that only come one time a year, are now the gold standard of the industry.

Its not a popular opinion.

But in the end, the facts remain.

Maybe we adults can never be redeemed.

But Tomorrow isnt not the far away…

And the young must find that tomorrow.

Even if time runs short.

This Saturday and for the foreseeable future of every Saturday, the rooms of the American living room is quiet like the grave…

But its never silent.

Yes, Virgina there is a Santa Claus…

If only they just believe…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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