It’s getting harder and harder to tell the difference between YouTube cartoons dreamt up by teens in their bedrooms and big-budget TV studio productions created by professionally-trained artists. Today, Disney Television Animation announced the beginning of production on “Pickle & Peanut,” a “buddy comedy series about two unlikely friends—an emotional pickle and a freewheeling peanut…two underdogs who dream up plans to be anything but ordinary.”
Television execs seems to be stuck in a neverending nostalgia loop. In just the past week, reboots or spinoffs have been announced for “The Lion King,” “The Magic School Bus,” “The Powerpuff Girls”…and now, “Danger Mouse.” The iconic U.K. cartoon series, which was produced by British studio Cosgrove Hall from 1981 to 1992, is returning to the small screen next year with 52 eleven-minute episodes.
Cartoon Network is reviving “The Powerpuff Girls” as a regular series, the network announced on Monday.
In a sign of changing times, animated programming produced for both Netflix and YouTube has begun to earn a significant number of Emmy Award nominations, competing alongside traditional broadcast and cable series.
“It’s kind of like “The Lion King” meets “The Avengers,” says Nancy Kanter, general manager of Disney Junior, when describing their upcoming preschool series “The Lion Guard.”
Nickelodeon has picked up a new series: “The Loud House” by animation veteran Chris Savino. The series is inspired by Savino’s own “chaotic life growing up in a huge household,” and follows a boy named Lincoln who lives at home with his 10 sisters. The concept received a 13-episode greenlight based on the following pilot from the studio’s 2013 Animated Shorts Program.
Tonight, Cartoon Network quietly released two new pilots that were produced in 2013: “AJ’s Infinite Summer” created by Toby Jones and “Long Live the Royals” by Sean Szeles. Both Jones and Szeles work on “Regular Show”—Jones as a writer/storyboard artist and Szeles as a supervising director/writer/storyboard artist.
While Fox’s Sunday night lineup was dubbed Animation Domination in May 2005, it did not officially become all-animated until 2010. Now, the announcement of their fall 2014 schedule reveals that the cartoons will be ceding some of their Sunday night territory to live-action comedies “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Mulaney,” which will be taking over the 8:30 and 9:30 time slots, respectively.
Fox’s experiment with late-night animation didn’t go as well as they had anticipated. The network will end its Saturday late-night animation block ADHD (Animation Domination High-Def) in June, less than a year after it began. It was originally created as a replacement for the cancelled sketch comedy show “MADtv.”
Following Sylvain Chomet’s first-class “Simpsons” opening, I didn’t expect any animator to top it creatively—and certainly not so soon after. I’ve never been happier to be wrong.