Posts Tagged ‘CN’

The following is a guest post by TRSP friend Nexonius, over on Twitter.

They win when we say they win...

{Walks on stage}

{clears throat 3x}

Me: “Is this mic on?” “Testing…1,2,3. Testing….okay, everything’s on. Gather your seats kids, because we’re gonna talk about sports tonight.”

Kid: “On ESPN or Fox Sports Net?”

Me: “Neither.”

Kid: “Disney XD?”

Me: “How about Cartoon Network?”

Kid: “Uh……no. When’s the Kids Choice Awards again?”

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Hello Scratch Pad readers, I’m starting a new segment on the The Scratch Pad I like to call You Should Be Watching! This new segment will highlight animated series currently broadcasting on US television or available for streaming legally in the US. They’re basically mini-reviews giving reasons why I feel any animation fan should be watching this particular animated series. For my first entry in this new segment let me introduce you to the new Batman in town as I highlight Warner Bros. Animation’s Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
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I’m a New Yorker at heart: I love this crazy city with its beat-boxing subway conductors, parks to make-up for the large amount of concrete, and unusual amount of stray cats. But I’m also an animation lover, and beyond a crap-load of independent films, this large city has a small voice in the animation community. Very few animated series and films are produced in NYC, so whenever I hear that a new animation project is underway in the Big Apple, I become ecstatic and try to do all I can to help promote it. That is part of the reason for the following interview.

You may know of  Michael Buckley for his bestselling children books — he’s the creator of the book series The Sisters Grimm and N.E.R.D.S. But he is also the co-creator of the upcoming Cartoon Network series Robotomy, which is about two teenage robots (Thrasher and Blastus) who attend high school on the ultra-violent planet of Insanus. Directed by Christy Karacas, co-creator of the hit [adult swim] series Superjail!, Robotomy is being produced at New York’s own World Leaders Entertainment. In response to an amazing trailer (above) and the lack of network promotion, I decided to sit down with Mr. Buckley and discover just what makes this show tick. Interview after the jump.
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Hey guys, it’s me: Dragonpiece. You may know me from Twitter, Facebook, Toonzone or many other forums and sites around the web. Anime, regardless if you have heard the word or not, you know about it. You have watched Pokémon as a kid, you have played your fair share of Yu-Gi-Oh! duels, and you remember when Tai and the others first witnessed the creatures known as Digimon. Everyone has had their experiences with it, and it has been embedded into their hearts as childhood nostalgia. But is that all it will ever be in America? (more…)

So, I think you people remember that in Cartoon Network’s Codename: Kids Next Door pilot, kids weren’t even allowed to even touch the water during the adult’s swim time. But come 2011, kids might be able to even swim in the water, because Adult Swim will be starting as early as 9PM eastern time and 8PM central time. Adult Swim would be expanding to that time period for 7 days a week. I think it’s wrong to let a kid watch the programming block at 8PM on a school night.
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In the pilot episode of Cartoon Network’s popular series Codename: Kids Next Door, the KND crew catch wind of an extended adult swim time and proceed to free the pool of it’s dictators in order to restore the natural order of the pool. How ironic that in 2011 Cartoon Network will tell the kids to get out of the pool as early as 9PM eastern and pacific time and 8PM in central and mountain time zones. Their highly successful adult targeted segment Adult Swim will expand another hour into Cartoon Network’s precious prime time hours. Where are the Kids Next Door when you need them?
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I don’t need to tell you that Cartoon Network has gone through a lot of changes in its short history as a network. From only showing classic animation in the early 90s, to creating original animated programming beginning 1995, to even the embracing of live-action in the mid-2000s: Toon has been through quite a bit. But if one thing has stayed constant, it is the channel’s inability to surpass their fellow networks in the ratings. No matter how original the concept, no matter how funny or action-packed one of their shows might be, and no matter the timeslot, Cartoon Network is rarely able to catch more than a second’s worth of glory. Time to take a look at the reasons why.

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