Russian animator Egor Zhgun mashed up audio from Disney’s Three Little Pigs and an Angry Birds graphic style to create Three Big Pigs, an explanation of the situation in the Middle East. It’s a testament to the iconic quality and staying power of Walt Disney’s filmmaking that, nearly eighty years after the fact, one of his shorts can be successfully remixed in a new context.
Warner Home Video (WHV) is set to release more endearing escapades of the beloved Beagle, Snoopy with Happiness isâ€¦Peanutsâ„¢: Snoopy’s Adventures, available in stores June 14, 2011. This release kicks off a new DVD collection from WHV that features themed compilations of favorite Peanuts television programs. Happiness isâ€¦Peanutsâ„¢: Snoopy’s Adventures pairs TV special Snoopy’s Getting Married, Charlie Brown with an episode from The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show on one disc. The DVD will retail for $14.97 SRP.
Is Snoopy really planning on tying the knot? In the EmmyÂ® Award nominated Snoopy’s Getting Married, Charlie Brown, everyone in the Peanuts gang pitches in, in an effort to make preparations for Snoopy’s big wedding day.
While acting as Peppermint Patty’s watchdog one night, Snoopy meets the girl of his dreams, Genevieve, a beautiful Poodle. Genevieve and Snoopy begin courting and soon after, he proposes. Snoopy asks his brother Spike to be his “best Beagle,” prompting Spike to embark on a long and arduous journey from Needles, California to participate in the event. Charlie Brown takes Snoopy to a tuxedo shop where he is fitted for proper wedding attire, which includes a cane and swanky top hat. The excitement builds as the big day draws near but Snoopy gets increasingly nervous about leaving his bachelorhood behind. Will wedding bells ring for Snoopy?
Happiness isâ€¦Peanutsâ„¢: Snoopy’s Adventures also includes an episode from The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, the Daytime EmmyÂ® Award nominated program featuring animated skits based on Peanuts comic strips created by Charles M. Schulz. The episode is comprised of the following three segments:
* Snoopy’s Foot — Snoopy tries to play baseball with his foot in a cast.
* Giant — Snoopy and Woodstock grow a beanstalk and meet up with a giant.
* Rerun — Lucy and Linus’ little brother Rerun, meets a little girl in the supermarket.
“We thought consumers would enjoy having the chance to sample an episode from The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, which hasn’t been seen on TV in a while or released on DVD before and so we paired it with a classic Peanuts special for a really fun title that centers on Snoopy as a character,” said Jeff Brown, WHV Executive Vice President and GM of Non-Theatrical Franchise. He added, “Everyone has their favorite Peanuts character and our goal with these new themed releases is to be able to showcase as many beloved characters as we can, starting with Snoopy in Snoopy’s Adventures.”
This’ll be one of the nerdiest things I’ve posted on the Brew, but if you are as big a fan of Invader ZIM as I, you’ll understand. Rikki Simons (voice of “Gir” on ZIM) got together last weekend at InvaderCon in Georgia with Richard Horvitz (ZIM), Andy Berman (Dib), Melissa Fahn (Gaz), and writer Eric Trueheart to do a live script reading of a couple of unproduced episodes. Rikki posted Mopiness of Doom here and I’ve embed Day of da Spookies below. It’s worth viewing just to watch Richard Horvitz scream…
The future is looking bright for Fry, Leela and Bender! Comedy Central and Twentieth Century Fox Television have announced today the pick-up of 26 new episodes (Seasons “7-A” and “7-B”) of Matt Groening and David X. Cohen’s brilliantly subversive animated sci-fi comedy, Futurama. The announcement was made today by Twentieth Century Fox Television Chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden, and David Bernath, Executive Vice President, program strategy and multiplatform programming for Comedy Central. The first installment of 13 new episodes will premiere in the summer of 2012, with the additional 13 new episodes to air the following summer of 2013 on Comedy Central.
Seven years after its last original episode aired on Fox, the sixth season premiere of Futurama last June led Comedy Central to its best Thursday prime ever among young men. The animated sci-fi comedy continued its out-of-this-world winning streak throughout the summer, averaging 2.5 million viewers each week, along with a 1.5 P18-49 rating, a 3.0 M18-34 rating and 3.3 M18-24 rating. In the social media realm, the Futurama Facebook fan base has grown from one million “likes” prior to its return last summer to over 11 million “likes” today, making it one of the top television sites on Facebook.
“Successfully bringing the show back last summer was gratifying enough,” said Bernath. “Now, being able to extend the series for two more years is beyond our expectations! The dedicated fans have spoken and we are excited to bring them ‘Futurama’ for the foreseeable future.”
“We’re very grateful to COMEDY CENTRAL and Twentieth Television for this show of support,” said Matt Groening and David X. Cohen. “Our entire staff will celebrate tonight by going out and getting even drunker.”
“Matt and David created one of the most brilliantly subversive animated comedies ever made in ‘Futurama’ and we consider its continued life on COMEDY CENTRAL to be a huge victory for this studio,” commented TCFTV Chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “This show is a tremendous labor of love for all concerned, from its talented voice cast to the incredible writers and animators who pour so much of themselves into every episode. And its fans are among the most loyal and passionate there are, so we’re especially pleased to be able to promise them many more original episodes to look forward to in the years ahead.”
The show’s entire original voice cast will be returning, including stars Billy West, Katey Sagal, and John DiMaggio. “It is my great honor to be back with all my friends and colleagues,” said West. “There’s nothing better.”
John DiMaggio commented, “Winner, winner, chicken dinner!”
“Futurama” was a staple of Fox’s Sunday night animation block from 1999 to 2003 before ceasing production on original episodes. In June 2006, COMEDY CENTRAL acquired the rights to the existing 72 episodes of the series, which the channel began airing in January 2008 and four recently-produced extended-length “Futurama” adventures: “Bender’s Big Score,” “The Beast with a Billion Backs,” “Bender’s Game” and “Into the Wild Green Yonder,” which enjoyed enormous success both on COMEDY CENTRAL and in DVD release. “Futurama” is only the second series in the history of the medium to go back into production based on the strength of its DVD sales and repeat airings on cable.
“Futurama” focuses on the life of Philip Fry (Billy West), a 25-year-old pizza delivery boy who accidentally freezes himself on December 31, 1999 and wakes up 1,000 years later with a fresh start at life and a “diverse” new group of friends including Leela (Katey Sagal), a tough but lovely one-eyed alien and Bender (John DiMaggio), a robot who possesses human characteristics and flaws. The series aired for five seasons on Fox (1999 to 2003) earning EmmyÂ® nominations each season while winning three times, including “Outstanding Animated Program” in 2002.
“Futurama,” created by Matt Groening and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen, is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television, with Rough Draft Studios, Inc. contributing the animation.
The 22nd Annual Dusty Film and Animation Festival kicks off Friday, May 6 and continues through Tuesday, May 10 highlighting over 100 films by students graduating from the BFA Film, Video and Animation Department at the School of Visual Arts (SVA). The program includes screenings of short films, videos and animations, and culminates in an awards ceremony with notables from the film and animation industries. This year’s Screenwriters Night is in collaboration with Susan Batson Studio featuring SVA graduating screenwriters’ selected scenes performed live by professional actors. All festival screenings, the Awards Ceremony and Screenwriters Night will take place at the SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). Many events are FREE and open to the general public. For more event information, please visit: www.sva.edu/dusty.
“We are pleased to kick off our Dusty Film and Animation FestiVal May 6,” said Reeves Lehmann, chair of the BFA Film, Video and Animation Department at SVA. “We’re proud to celebrate another great year for our filmmakers and animators with a festival that offers audiences the chance to see the works of remarkable new talent. And this year, our 22nd year, promises to be one filled with many colorful, dramatic, funny and remarkable stories-all through the amazing world of film, video and animation!”
Awards are presented to students from the BFA Film, Video and Animation Department at the School of Visual Arts who are recognized for outstanding thesis work. The 2011 Dusty Film and Animation Festival and Awards are produced by film producer and SVA faculty member Annie Flocco, with co-producer Meredith Engstrom.
Past Dusty Awards presenters have included SVA alumni, industry notables and award-winners such as Patricia Clarkson, James Gandolfini, Phil Donahue, John D. Dilworth, Chris Newman, Stephen Rotter, Nancy Schreiber, James C. Strouse, Danny Aiello, Ellen Burstyn, Sean Combs, Wes Craven, Griffin Dunne, Harvey Keitel, Kevin Kline, David Koepp, Mira Nair, Bill Plympton, John Patrick Shanley, Bryan Singer, Treat Williams and more. The 2011 presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. Screenwriters Night, Saturday, May 7, 2011, is presented in collaboration with Susan Batson Studio. Five-minute scenes by SVA’s screenwriting thesis students are set to be performed live on stage. Screenwriters Night will be directed by Susan Batson, founder of Susan Batson Studio, and produced by film producer and SVA faculty member Annie Flocco. “I am thrilled to be collaborating with Susan Batson on Screenwriters Night this year,” said Flocco. “And excited to see Susan and her actors bring to life the words of our talented screenwriters.”
Susan Batson has been called a “technician of the spirit” by The New Yorker. She has enjoyed the privilege of working with Nicole Kidman, Juliette Binoche, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Sean Combs, Liv Tyler, Jennifer Connelly, and countless others. Susan Batson is the author of the book Truth: Personas, Needs, and Flaws In The Art of Building Actors and Creating Characters and has been profiled in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and Backstage.
Over its more than two-decade history, the Dustys has introduced many graduates of the BFA Film, Video and Animation Department who have gone on to earn national and international recognition. Alumnus and Los Angeles-based film producer Randall Emmett (BFA 1994 Film and Video) has teamed up with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson to shoot a series of films in West Michigan. Among the accomplishments of last year’s graduates of the BFA Film, Video and Animation Department, Joe Minasi (BFA 2010 Film and Video) and Rob Kolodny (BFA 2010 Film and Video) have been awarded prizes for their thesis films. Minasi’s film In the Key of D was winner of the Best Student Film in the Silk City Flick Festival; Best Picture and Best Cinematography in the NYC Filmmakers Film Festival; as well as Best Picture of the Audience Choice award in the East End Film Festival. Kolodny was also awarded Best Set Design and Best Cinematography in the Manalapan Film Festival for his film Shelter, and his film, Land of Nod was screened at NYC’s Anthology Film Archives. Dot, a short comedy directed and produced by 2010 NYWIFT Next Wave scholarship recipient Bennett Elliott (BFA 2010 Film and Video), kicks off the Garden State Film Festival this year. Also at the same festival, Kyle Mumford (BFA 2010 Film and Video) will have a special sneak screening of his first feature film, His Naked Mind. Alumnus William Wedig’s (BFA 2006 Film and Video) film Forged was named the Best Domestic Feature at the 2010 New York International Latino Film Festival. Another Dusty Film and Animation Award recipient making headlines is Jake Armstrong (BFA 2009 Animation). His animation The Terrible Thing of Alpha 9! was featured on the website Cartoon Brew. Notable alumni of the BFA Film, Video and Animation Department at SVA also includes Michael Giacchino (BFA 1990 Film and Video), who won a 2010 Academy Award for his score for Up.
Promising trailer for A Morning Stroll by Grant Orchard, whose brilliant timing and shrewd minimalism have made him a long-time favorite of mine. The short was produced by Studio AKA which also reps Orchard for commercial work. Here’s a bit more about his latest, which will premiere at Annecy in June:
‘When a New Yorker walks past a chicken on his morning stroll, we’re left to wonder which one is the real city slicker…’ Based loosely on a real life event recounted in Paul Auster’s brilliant book True Tales of American Life, Grant Orchard’s A Morning Stroll tells the story of one New Yorker’s early morning encounter with a chicken, an event that plays out over 100 years.
Rio de Janeiro-based animator Rodrigo Leme directed and animated these spots while working in-house at Globosat TV in Brazil. The top piece promoted the airing of the four Indiana Jones films, while the bottom was a promo for a block of horror films.
“Indiana Jones Rock Song Promo”
Art Direction/Animation: RodrigoLeme
Writer/Lyrics: Alex Mendes
Music: Eduardo Miguens
“Fear Club” Promo”
Art Direction/3D/Animation: RodrigoLeme
Sound: Flavio Biniou
Just released on Warner Archive’s on-demand line of DVDs is Gene Kelly’s ambitious ballet film Invitation to the Dance. The film’s third segment, “Sinbad the Sailor,” is a half-hour combination of live-action and animation, the latter directed by MGM’s team of Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera. The film has never been on DVD before, and if not necessarily a classic, the combination of Kelly, Hanna and Barbera makes for some fun moments.
The delightfully grouchy Ed Benedict, who I interviewed in 2002 for Animation Blast #8, spoke about his involvement in the film and why he disliked it:
“That was a miserable project. I was at home…[Fred] Quimby called and briefly described this project that he wanted me to come over and work on. I got the impression that I would be designing this so I was excited. I was quite enthusiastic about it and felt challenged. I went over and started fumbling around, making scribbles, trying to find a style. But they weren’t the designs that I originally did. I just turned my back away from the whole thing as much as I could. I got Don Driscoll, a friend of mine who worked at Paul Fennell’s, to paint the backgrounds. He had the ability but he wasn’t the painter. Anybody could have painted the backgrounds because they didn’t have anything on them.
“Invitation to the Dance was a farce and I was shocked because if you look at a lot of the old MGM musicals, they used Lautrec, Cezanne and a lot of different styles of backgrounds, just great stuff. Gene Kelly is running the show more or less on those type of decisions and he’s over there making the approvals on this stuff. There’s samples coming from the art department on the main lot, others besides myself were handing in ideas, and nothing took place.”
See some of Ed’s development art from the film HERE.
Lo and behold, twenty-six days later there’s the release of the viral hit Dogboarding created by the LA-based duo Daniels (aka Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan).
If the Daniels had somehow built on the idea and turned it into something else, it would be less irritating. But they took a one-note gag, redid the exact same thing using a different technique without adding a single idea of their own, and regurgitated it onto the unsuspecting public. At least that’s how I see it. What’s your take?
UPDATE: Daniel Kwan of the Daniels wrote a lengthy comment that says they came up with the idea of dog-boarding in December 2010 and finished the project last December:
I can 100% understand how crazy this sounds, but this is in fact an insane coincidence that we, the amigo unit and ourselves, as two separate entities came up with the same idea at the same time (the internet-influenced collective consciousness is causing us all to come to similar ideas and conclusions? who knows!). We actually finished this project in Dec, but due to some setbacks and misunderstandings weren’t able to release it until now. So seeing as the amigo unit’s video hadn’t come out until a month ago, it would be pretty impossible for us to have copied them.
I don’t want to have to be a stickler about all of this, but we have documents and emails dating back to early december of last year discussing this project. We even have a treatment that says 2010 on it :p. We shot test footage and did effects test, which we uploaded to vimeo as a private link on Dec 13th. We have meta data on our footage that shows that we shot the entire video on location in LA mid december, and even had a rough cut done by the end of dec that we uploaded a private link up onto vimeo to share with people (and we still have that cut up online, still private, but with the text “3 months ago” on it, as in, this video was uploaded 3 months ago :] ).
You can read Kwan’s entire comment below.
To paraphrase Patrick Henry, Give me squash and stretch or give me death. As an outsider to the CG animation production process, I’m struck by how inefficient industry-standard software seems to be in accomplishing basic animation principles like squash and stretch (or squish and squash, as some enlightened animation execs like to call it). From what I’ve read and seen, Matthieu Fiorilli’s fStretch, his Maya plug-in for Windows and Linux which just came out with a 2.0 version, appears to be a decent solution to tedious blend shapes and allows riggers and animators to achieve squash and stretch more intuitively:
Its unique work flow allows one to precisely control effects such as stretch and squash, wrinkles and fat deformations to name a few. At one end, it lets one create cartoony rig with stunning stretch and squash while at the other end, it will allow another to create very realistic fat deformations.
If you have experience with fStretch or just want to talk about CG squash and stretch, share your thoughts in the comments. An fStretch demo vid is below. Go HERE for a detailed ‘making of’ for the fun Albert Einstein facial animation at the beginning of that demo. (Don’t worry, I didn’t know it was supposed to be Einstein either until after I read the making of.) To learn more about the plug-in or download a demo, visit CGAddict.com.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and Hopi Hari, the leading Latin American theme park company, announced today an unprecedented licensing agreement to grant Hopi Hari the rights to bring some of the world’s biggest franchises to the famed Latin American entertainment destination.Â This long-term partnership will mark WBCP’s entrance into the amusement park market in Brazil and bring the Looney Tunes, the DC Universe and Penelope Pitstop to fans of all ages with themed environments and entertaining activities, as well as all-new products and merchandise inspired by these characters.
“Through this unique collaboration with some of the world’s most desirable entertainment properties, we are excited to have the opportunity to ignite the imaginations of each and every visitor who enters through our gates,” said Armando Pereira Filho, Hopi Hari president.Â “Warner Bros. is an entertainment powerhouse and we are delighted to immerse these rich Looney Tunes, DC Universe and Penelope Pitstop characters into our Hopi Hari culture.”
In support of the alliance, Hopi Hari will make a total investment of more than R$100 million (USD$60 million) in a combination of capital investment, marketing, promotion, advertising and sales support that will be allocated to the park throughout the term of this agreement.Â This dedicated investment will allow Hopi Hari to build on the myriad of rides and attractions currently in operation, while offering even more entertainment and thrills for families.Â The scope of this agreement makes Hopi Hari WBCP’s largest partner in the region.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Hopi Hari to bring the humor of the Looney Tunes, the heroic powers of the DC Universe and the popularity of Penelope Pitstop to a vibrant, Latin American market,” said Jeffrey Whalen, senior vice president & general manager, LATAM, ASIAPAC for Warner Bros. Consumer Products.Â “Fans of our most beloved franchises will now have the chance to experience their favorite characters in an immersive setting perfect for the entire family.”
“Hopi Hari is a truly powerful entertainment destination and the addition of Looney Tunes, the DC Universe and Penelope Pitstop only serves to enhance the overall experience and increase the thrill factor for fans of all ages,” says Marcos Bandeira de Mello, general manager of Warner Bros. Consumer Products operations in Brazil.
Expected to be completed by January 2012 and encompassing two of Hopi Hari’s five themed areas, the exhilarating environment will feature state-of-the-art attractions as well as experiential shops and restaurants that will engage guests with some of Warner Bros.’ most treasured characters.Â This partnership is an extensive, long-term licensing agreement granting Hopi Hari brand licensing rights to the names, likenesses and logos for Warner Bros.’ intellectual properties.
The area called “Infantasia” will be themed after the family-friendly Looney Tunes characters including Bugs Bunny, Taz, Tweety, Sylvester and Daffy Duck.Â Hopi Hari’s adrenaline-driven centerpiece “Aribabiba” will target the teen audience and feature super heroes from the DC Universe, such as Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and the Flash.Â The agreement also includes Penelope Pitstop, in an entirely new themed environment for guests.
In addition to “Infantasia” and “Aribabiba,” fans will be able to engage with the characters during meet and greets, live shows and parades.Â Merchandise will also have a presence across multiple categories, including: apparel and accessories, toys, games, gifts and novelties.Â Hopi Hari stores will sell licensed character products, many of which will be developed exclusively for the park.
Mercury Filmworks is pleased to announce the promotion of Sandra Green from Director of Finance to Vice President, Finance. In her new position Green will report directly to Mercury President Clint Eland and oversee all aspects of the company’s production and corporate finances. Green, a 15 year veteran of the Canadian entertainment industry, joined Mercury Filmworks in 2004 as a corporate controller after working at several Ottawa production companies including MTR Entertainment and Lacewood Productions. Green started her career in public accounting after receiving an Economics degree from The University of Western Ontario in 1989.
Mercury Filmworks is one of Canada’s most prolific independent studios and widely recognized as a leader in the 2D animation production industry for its benchmarks in quality, reliability, and innovation. It has helped bring to life many of the most memorable modern animated television and film properties including Jake & the Neverland Pirates, Fish Hooks, Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil, Stella & Sam, Jimmy Two Shoes, Toot & Puddle, Ruby Gloom, Grossology, Harry & His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs, 6Teen, Gerald McBoing Boing, Curious George: The Movie, Fat Albert, and Looney Tunes: Back In Action. Mercury is proud to be associated with partners such as Disney, Warner Bros., Universal, Cartoon Network Studios, Nickelodeon, CBC, Teletoon, YTV, Family Channel, and Treehouse.
The Big Screen Project is happy to celebrate a month-long celebration of original animation from celebrated names in the New York animation field such as John Dilworth, Bill Plympton, Jeff Scher, Dan Meth and Elliot Cowan, showcases from Too Art 4 TV and Animation Block Party, and a special Girl’s Night Out celebrating contributions from women in animation (Emily Hubley, Nina Paley, and Debra Solomon). In addition to the premiers, the Big Screen Project will also be showing blocks of animation that are already in our general programming.
ABOUT THE BIG SCREEN PROJECT:
General: The Big Screen Project is an innovative venue for video, film, live and interactive content that will set a new standard for the urban, cinematic experience. It consists of a large 30 x 16.5 ft. HD Format LED screen located at the 10,000 sq. ft. public plaza behind a new 54-story multi-use building on Sixth Avenue between 29th and 30th Street in New York City.
Content: The content shown is eclectic ranging from the best in the arts, cinema, and new media to highlights in sports and video gaming. Our team of curators collects the best of global cultures in participation with strategic content partners such as art institutions, film festivals, ecologically and humanitarian minded not-for-profits etc. The programming will be at least 10 hours a day.
* No RSVP is needed, all of our events are free and open to the public *
Opening reception / indoor viewing at the the Food Parc and Public Plaza
John Dilworth: a special retrospective screening
Friday, April 1 Â· 6:50pm – 8:00pm
ANIMATOR WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE
Emily Hubley: a retrospective of animated shorts
Monday, April 11 Â· 7:00pm – 8:00pm
ANIMATOR WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE
Jeff Scher: a retrospective of animated shorts
Wednesday, April 13 Â· 7:00pm – 8:00pm
(Unfortunately due to a scheduling conflict, Jeff Scher is not able to be in attendance.)
Too Art 4 TV: Best of Show retrospective
Thursday, April 14 Â· 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Celebration of Stop-Motion Animation: a special group screening
Friday, April 15 Â· 7:00pm – 7:30pm
Dustin Grella, Christi Bertelsen, Alisa Stern, Peter Ahern, Jen Oxley in ATTENDANCE
Peter Ahern and others
Friday, April 15 Â· 7:30pm – 8:00pm
ANIMATOR WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE
Dan Meth: a 15 minute Meth Minute
Friday, April 15 Â· 7:30pm – 8:00pm
ANIMATOR WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE
Elliot Cowan: a retrospective of animated shorts
Monday, April 18 Â· 7:00pm – 8:00pm
ANIMATOR WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE
Premiere! (One Night Only)
Girls Night Out: Emily Hubley, Nina Paley & Debra Solomon
Thursday, April 21 Â· 7:00pm – 8:00pm
ANIMATORS WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE
Bill Plympton: a retrospective of animated shorts
Monday, April 25 Â· 7:00pm — 8:00pm
ANIMATOR WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE
Animation Block Party: Special Best of Show Screening
Thursday, April 28 Â· 7:00pm – 8:00pm
A music competition for kids, family game shows based on iconic, beloved brands, and an animated Warren Buffett are among the nine new original programs that will join ten returning popular series with new episodes in the 2011-2012 program lineup on The Hub television network, a destination for kids and their families. Announcement of the network’s continued ambitious strategy of original programming – which includes 425 half-hours of new production, on a single network in one television season — was made by Margaret Loesch, President and CEO, The Hub, in advance of the network’s upfront meeting with advertisers in New York Thursday evening.
The Hub, a joint venture of Discovery Communications and Hasbro, Inc., was re-branded on October 10, 2010, and is available to 60 million U.S. cable and satellite households.
“In the short period of time we’ve been a newly branded network, we’ve seen that our strategy of providing quality, engaging entertainment to kids and their families – in an environment where they can watch and enjoy programs together — is exactly the right space for us,” said Ms. Loesch. “We have a tremendous advantage with strong, proven brands, and we are working with some of the best creative minds to bring those brands to life across multiple platforms and also to create new properties that will become future brands. The programs that we are announcing today will add strength, dimension and excitement to a schedule that is already resonating with viewers and building an extremely loyal audience.”
The Hub’s lineup of new series and returning series with new episodes — live-action and animated — will join a schedule that will also feature a wide range of acquired series and popular family movies, all targeting children 6-11 and providing opportunities for children to watch programs together with their families.
New, original series on The Hub for 2011-2012: [Editor's Note: Edited to only show new animated shows in the line-up. - Chris A.]
The Aquabats Super Show (Hub Original Series)
From the creators of Yo Gabba Gabba comes this quirky comedy adventure show featuring the popular rock band The Aquabats. A hybrid of concert footage, live-action skits and animation, the Aquabats battle evil with music and superhero powers unlike any seen before. The Aquabats are a touring band with five albums currently released. Produced by FremantleMedia Enterprises and The Magic Store.
Blythe Loves The Littlest Pet Shop (Hub Original Series, working title)
Inspired by the beloved Littlest Pet Shop brand, Blythe moves to the city and discovers that her new apartment is where her neighbors’ pets come to play when their owners are away. In this animated series, Blythe befriends the pets and introduces them to a world of adventures just outside their door. Produced by Hasbro Studios.
Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters (Hub Original Series, working title)
In this animated series inspired by the wildly popular trading card game, Duel Masters, a 14-year-old boy discovers a secret world in which mind-blowing creatures rule! These creatures harness special powers that if unleashed, could destroy the world as we know it. It is up to the boy to master his abilities in the ancient art of Kaijudo to protect their world and his own. Produced by Hasbro Studios.
Rescue Bots (Hub Original Series, working title)
Inspired by the iconic Transformers brand, a group of Autobots, too young to protect humanity alongside Optimus Prime and his team, are partnered with a close-knit human family of first responders. Together, they learn teamwork and heroism alongside their new human friends in this animated series produced by Hasbro Studios.
“Secret Millionaire’s Club (Hub Original Series of Specials)
The Hub will air four half-hour specials of Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaire’s Club, a new animated series created by one of the most successful investors in the world. Warren Buffett is a secret advisor to a group of kids who learn about business and how the world around them works. Through a series of adventures, kids learn basic business principles, and discover that the most valuable investment they can make is an investment in themselves. Created in partnership with and voiced by Mr. Buffett himself. Produced by A Squared Entertainment and Andy Heyward, former CEO of DIC Entertainment.