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With a popular, long-running character such as Batman, it’s always possible to reinvent and reinterpret him in various ways — from a campy crusader to a grim protector; from a straight-up hero to a conflicted, nuanced avenger; and everything in between. Several of these variations seem to have been combined in the new animated series Beware the Batman, premiering July 13 on Cartoon Network as part of its Saturday morning “DC Nation” block. Given its time slot and apparent aim toward a more youthful audience, Beware the Batman does not get overly bleak and scary, at least from what I’ve … Continue reading
Many actors can consider themselves part of the Star Wars universe, but it’s doubtful many enjoy it as much as Ashley Eckstein. The Star Wars: The Clone Wars actress, who is in her fifth season giving voice to Anakin Skywalker’s feisty Padawan Ahsoka Tano, says she’s a lifelong fan of George Lucas’ seminal space saga, and her job on the Cartoon Network series is one she considers a privilege and a great responsibility. She’s parlayed her relationship with Lucasfilm into a clothing company aimed specifically at the underserved female sci fi fan. Her Universe has licenses for Star Wars, Star … Continue reading
The rough journey Ahsoka Tano has taken as a Padawan learner may pale in comparison to the road she’s traveled to fan acceptance. “I know that a lot of people did not like her in the movie and then in Season 1,” says Ashley Eckstein, who has given voice to the Star Wars: The Clone Wars character since her first appearance in the 2008 feature film, and in now five seasons on Cartoon Network. “She was very snippy, she was very sassy, kind of a know-it-all. But I think now she’s comfortable in her own skin. She’s learned so much from Anakin, … Continue reading
Cartoon Network’s late-night Adult Swim block goes into lulls where it seems to bide its time between cool new ‘toons, over-hyped one-season wonders and new seasons of its stately franchises (still waiting on Season 5 of One of the Best Things on TV, The Venture Brothers), often filling the gap with live-action Dadaist crap by some guy who knows the Tim & Eric Awesome Show yayhoos. I’m not sure what category Black Dynamite, the animated adaptation of Scott Sanders, Michael Jai White and Byron Minns’ over-the-top 2009 blaxploitation-spoofing feature film, will fit into just yet — other than it is … Continue reading
What started out as just another web video for Dane Boedigheimer back in 2009 has built him a mini-empire, which will soon include a half-hour series on Cartoon Network. The Annoying Orange, which debuts at 8:30pm June 11, will showcase the verbose fruit who delights in tormenting his fellow foodstuffs with his intrusive high-pitched greetings like “Hey! Hey, Apple!” It’s all profoundly silly, and Boedigheimer — better known by his online handle Daneboe — knows it. Expanding the quickie shorts into episodes that will consist of two 11-minute segments has been a surprisingly smooth process so far, he says. It … Continue reading
The Annoying Orange soon will be making the leap from YouTube to the boob tube. Cartoon Network is airing a sneak peek of its series version of the animated foodstuff this Memorial Day at 8:30pm ET.
Cartoon Network is partying like it’s 1995-99 by bringing back one of its signature shows in a new setting. Cartoon Planet, which was an offshoot of the lovably bizarre Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, has been revived for Friday nights for an hourlong block during which it will introduce a selection of other Cartoon Network favorites. “You could get a Dexter’s Laboratory, you could get a Powerpuff Girls, plus a Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, plus a Dial M for Monkey,” says Stacy Isenhower, senior vice president of programming and scheduling for Cartoon Network (a.k.a. the lady in charge of … Continue reading
Cartoon Network is usually a place for kids to escape from the real world, letting them catch up with their favorite characters and fantastical adventures. But a new documentary airing this weekend takes on a tough issue many of them have to deal with every day — bullying. Speak Up, premiering commercial-free at 5:30pm Sunday with an encore at 8pm, features several kids talking about their time being bullied and some who are still going through it. They list all the names they have heard — fat, stupid, ugly, dumb, etc. — and one little girl mentions how she would … Continue reading
After soaring onto movie screens this past summer, DC Comics superhero Green Lantern is preparing to defend another realm of entertainment when Green Lantern: The Animated Series premieres at 7pm Friday on Cartoon Network. Executive producer Bruce Timm, who was a major creative force behind both Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series, returns to helm these largely outer space-set tales following the adventures of Hal Jordan (Josh Keaton) and his fellow band of galactic defenders. His main companion is Kilowog, his old Lantern Corps drill sergeant, portrayed by voice-over stud Kevin Michael Richardson. Tom Kenny, best known … Continue reading
One of the reasons we had to wait until the Star Wars prequels before we saw any underwater denizens of George Lucas’ universe on their home, um, terrain — aside from story considerations — may likely have been that the special effects technology simply didn’t exist during the original trilogy to effectively present such a world to viewers. And even when we finally did see one of these societies in the form of Jar-Jar Binks and his fellow Gungans in Episode I, it was for a few minutes. But the two-part Season 4 premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars … Continue reading