Animation Monday: Powerpuff Girls Back, Gravity Falls S2, Phineas And Ferb Star Wars, Legend Of Korra Book 3 Trailer


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The last few days in the animation/cartoon world have featured some big stores!  So on this Animation Monday, let’s talk about some cartoons with some recent big news!

The Powerpuff Girls Are Back

Remember how popular The Powerpuff Girls were?  The popularity was almost like the amount of fans you see on My Little Pony today.  Guess what, the girls are back!  Cartoon Network announced they are bringing back the three superhero girls and chief content officer of the Cartoon Network, Rob Sorcher, said: “The original Powerpuff Girls was a franchise phenomenon for Cartoon Network, paving the way for a new generation of innovative storytellers and enthusiastic fans worldwide.  We are calling these girls back into action based upon an overwhelming demand for sugar, spice and Chemical X.”

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Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup — will return to the network in 2016.  The original series won two Emmy awards, and The Powerpuff Girls brand has achieved over $2.5 billion in retail sales.  No word on who will write and produce the series, but here is hoping the original creators will come back!

Gravity Falls Season Two Premiere

The wait is almost over!  Season two of Gravity Falls is coming to Disney Channel and DisneyXD!  Creator Alex Hirsch has confirmed a premiere date of Friday August 1st at 8 pm Central.  And he did this via Twitter.

And another episode of Gravity Falls will air on DisneyXD on Monday August 4th!  Get excited, this is one of the top cartoons currently on TV!

Phineas And Ferb: Star Wars

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Yep, Phineas And Ferb are going to a galaxy far, far away!  Disney has released photos and the special is looking good!  The special will have all of your regular characters from the popular cartoon.  The special will guest star Simon Pegg, and MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman!  Here is the official synopsis.

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In Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars, Phineas and Ferb are living just one moisture farm over from Luke Skywalker on the planet of Tatooine when R2-D2 and the Death Star plans inadvertently fall into their speeder. With the fate of the galaxy thrust upon their shoulders, they hire pilot Isabella, Han Solo’s rival, to help them return the plans to the Rebel Alliance. Complicating matters, low-ranking Stormtrooper Candace is intent on busting the Rebels and chases them across the galaxy in hopes of retrieving the Death Star plans.

Meanwhile, intergalactic chaos erupts on the Death Star when Perry the Rebelpus is trapped in carbonite while trying to stop Darthenshmirtz from using his new “Sith-inator.” The saga takes a turn for the worse when Ferb is accidentally caught in the crossfire of the “Sith-inator,” changing him into a full-fledged Sith and leading to an epic first-time battle between the brothers.

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The special will premiere on Saturday July 26th at 8 pm Central!  Look for more photos and video clips at Comic-Con!

The Legend Of Korra Season 3 Trailer

Nickelodeon released the season three trailer of the popular cartoon The Legend of Korra!  Sadly, some episodes of Book 3 have been leaked, but I am going to wait until Book 3 officially premieres this Fall.  Enjoy the trailer, it looks cool!

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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Skidmarks Mini Comic Collections


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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Derek Hunter is one of the designers for Adventure Time on Cartoon Network!  He has been drawing comics for almost as long as he can remember and what he is asking from you today is to help him collect his favorite self-published mini comics of the last 11 years into one beautiful book!  He has always carried a sketchbook with him where he spends every spare minute filling it with comics.  These sketchbook comics (which he lovingly refers to as “Skidmarks”) have a certain looseness and spontaneity that he loves; which is hard to capture in the labored, deliberate and more polished nature of the professional work that he does not only in comics but on shows like Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors.

This collection of comics not only represents him perfectly as a creator and storyteller, but represents his love of comics as a whole.  When he is not making cartoons and comics for a paycheck, he is drawing these Skidmarks for fun…because he cannot stop himself! Comics is in his blood, and there’s a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (mostly of joy) on the pages of this book.  He needs to make comics to be happy, to survive… and he wouldn’t have it any other way.  He needs $6,000 in order to cover printing, shipping, Kickstarter fees, and taxes.  And he has put together some great reward packages to help get the ball rolling, including some Kickstarter exclusives that won’t be available after this project is over!

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As of May 14th, this project has raised around $1,620 of their $6,000 goal. This project only has 29 days left to raise the $6,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $10, you will get the PDF of the Skidmarks Mini Comic Collection.  For a pledge of $20, you will get your own signed copy of the SkidMarks Mini Comic Collection!  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1798663454/skidmarks-a-mini-comic-collection

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The Evening Post: Dear Ryan Powerpuff Girls Parody


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This is a video that is certainly NSFW, because of the cuss words and the violence in it.  But the YouTube channel nigahiga did a very funny parody of the classic Cartoon Network show The Powerpuff Girls.  In the video below, you will learn why it’s hard for the girls to have no hands and fingers.  You will also learn about the creature Him, and don’t miss the shocking ending, enjoy!

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Animation Monday: Eight Kids Cartoons Adults Watch Infographic


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On this Animation Monday, on a Tuesday, I am presenting a new Geek Alabama infographic that all animation fans should love!  These days, not watching a kid’s cartoon because it’s for kids is long gone!  Today, most kids cartoons are made not only for kids, but for adults as well!  So in this infographic, we will explore eight kids cartoons on four cable networks that adults watch!  Adults are not ashamed in watching kids cartoons anymore, and you should not be ashamed as well!

The infographic lists the top two kids cartoons from each of the four main kid/family orientated networks (Hub Network, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon) that you see adults watching and talking about, it took a lot of work making this special infographic, I hope you enjoy it!

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Animation Monday: Clarence / Mixels On Cartoon Network


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On this Animation Monday, I am talking about two shows on Cartoon Network.  One show has shown a sneak peek and will premiere in April.  While the other cartoon is a short series airing on the channel.

Clarence

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Last week, Cartoon Network aired the pilot for Clarence.  While the series will not premiere until April, everyone got a chance to see a sneak peek of the series.  Clarence is an animated series created by Skyler Page for Cartoon Network.  Page, a former storyboard artist for the Cartoon Network series Adventure Time and Secret Mountain Fort Awesome, developed the series at Cartoon Network Studios in 2012 as part of their animated short development initiative.  The series revolves around a young boy named Clarence, who is optimistic about everything.

And yes, Clarence is very optimistic about his life.  In the eyes of Clarence, the world is full of possibility and wonder.  In the pilot, Clarence is the new kid in school and tries to invite his classmates to a slumber party while at school, Clarence does not get much response and one classmate even throws the invitation back to Clarence.  When Clarence gets home from school, his mother is making some food, but goes out to a Tupperware party.  You know how it feels when you are the new kid at school, trying to make friends is always a tough thing!

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Luckily, two boys, named Jeff and Sumo comes to Clarence’s slumber party.  Jeff has a square head and I would consider him the geek/nerd of the three boys.  In the pilot, Jeff is always getting answers right on a TV quiz show and he does not like doing things he normally does not do.  I believe Clarence will change that!  The other friend, named Sumo, had all of his hair cut off by Clarence in the pilot, this is something I would never do.  Sumo is a party person and likes to take some risks, like releasing bees from a pinata, indoors.

Clarence’s mom is more relaxed and judging by the pilot, will let Clarence do whatever he wants.  The mom does have a boyfriend, named Chad, who looks like he is lazy.  Yep, he wears his underwear in the house, and drinks milk right out of the carton.  So after watching the pilot, I thought the storytelling was good, as Clarence and his friends will do many things real boys and girls might never even think of doing.  I would consider Clarence as a more grown up version of the classic cartoon Rugrats.  The animation is flash computerized, as most cartoons are animated that way today.  The characters animation is more basic.  The character’s teeth are very basic!

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Yep, I think Clarence will do well for Cartoon Network, and their boy demographic.  The only thing I do not like seeing Cartoon Network doing, is starting Adult Swim even earlier at 7 pm Central at the end of March.  For those without DVR’s, the new cartoons will start even earlier, and it will force those folks to not see the new cartoons or go online.  Yeah, showing adult cartoons even earlier has some parents upset.  Learn more about Clarence at: http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/

Mixels

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Mixels is a 2014 short form comedy animated television series currently airing on Cartoon Network and Boomerang.  The LEGO Group and Cartoon Network produced the series together with the help of world-class animators, voice actors, and toy designers.  The series revolves around the Mixels, small creatures that can mix and combine with one another in creative and unpredictable storylines.  Here is one short episode featuring the Mixels.

LEGO is hoping that the Mixels brand takes off globally.  A mobile app will be released for the series, as well as a website where everyone can learn about the Mixels, and three series of collectible Lego building toys based on the characters.  I wonder why we did not see any Mixels during The Lego Movie, I am willing to bet we will see some Mixels when The Lego Movie 2 comes out.  The animation in the short Mixels videos is not CGI animation, its traditional animation!  Something you don’t see too much anymore.

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Mixels involves nine different, fun-loving tribes who inhabit a fantasy land of adventure and wonder.  They can mix (combining Mixels of different tribes), max (combining Mixels of the same tribe), and murp (when a mix goes horribly wrong) in all kind of situations, using the mysterious cubits.  All that stands in their way are the small, evil Nixels.  As you know, most cartoons are only created so toys can be sold.  And in Mixels, this is no exception! The LEGO Group will be handling all toy merchandise for the Mixels franchise, and Cartoon Network will handle all non-toy merchandising.

It looks like that Mixels is one of those several short series Cartoon Network is developing for online when Adult Swim expands at the end of March.  Yes, more people have computers and internet access, but Mixels should get some more air time on TV.  So far, the episodes released are not making me rush out to buy some toys, and Cartoon Network and LEGO Group needs to make Mixels a full-time 30 minute series.  That is, if they want to take Mixels seriously.  Learn more about Mixels at: http://www.mixels.com/

Videos and images copyright from Cartoon Network

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