Category Archives: Cartoons

Star Wars: The Bad Batch – An All-New Animated Series From Lucasfilm – To Debut On Disney+ In 2021

Disney+ ordered its next animated series from Lucasfilm, “Star Wars: The Bad Batch.” Fresh off of the critically-acclaimed series finale of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” the Disney+ original series will premiere on the streaming service in 2021.  

The series follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in “The Clone Wars”) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch – a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army — each possess a singular exceptional skill which makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew. In the post-Clone War era, they will take on daring mercenary missions as they struggle to stay afloat and find new purpose.

“Giving new and existing fans the final chapter of ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ has been our honor at Disney+, and we are overjoyed by the global response to this landmark series,” said Agnes Chu, senior vice president, Content, Disney+.  “While the Clone Wars may have come to its conclusion, our partnership with the groundbreaking storytellers and artists at Lucasfilm Animation is only beginning.  We are thrilled to bring Dave Filoni’s vision to life through the next adventures of the Bad Batch.”

“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” is executive produced by Dave Filoni (“The Mandalorian,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”), Athena Portillo (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars Rebels”), Brad Rau (“Star Wars Rebels,” “Star Wars Resistance”) and Jennifer Corbett (“Star Wars Resistance,” “NCIS”) with Carrie Beck (“The Mandalorian,” “Star Wars Rebels”) as co-executive producer and Josh Rimes as producer (“Star Wars Resistance”). Rau is also serving as supervising director with Corbett as head writer.

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Beavis And Butt-Head Returning With Two New Seasons (And Spinoffs) At Comedy Central

Comedy Central today announced an expansive deal with Emmy Award-winning Mike Judge to reimagine MTV’s seminal, Gen X-defining “Beavis and Butt-Head,” as well as additional spin-offs and specials.

Launched in 1993, “Beavis and Butt-Head” quickly became a force in pop culture and started a television revolution with its pure, unadulterated, satirical commentary on youth and adolescence.  Centered around two teenage couch potatoes, “Beavis” and “Butt-Head,” the unprecedented concept immediately became part of the vernacular in a way no other adult animated series had before.  Known for tackling social issues including teen obesity, workers’ rights and media trends, the show connected with an entire generation, laying claim as one of the most innovative series in the modern-day zeitgeist.

In this new iteration, “Beavis” and “Butt-head” are entering a whole new Gen Z world.

Comedy Central has ordered two seasons of the new series with meta-themes relatable to both new and old fans – Gen X parents and their Gen Z kids.

Judge is set to write, produce and provide voice over for both iconic characters.

“We are thrilled to be working with Mike Judge and the great team at 3 Arts again as we double down on Adult Animation at Comedy Central” says Chris McCarthy, President of Entertainment & Youth Group.  “Beavis and Butt-Head were a defining voice of a generation, and we can’t wait to watch as they navigate the treacherous waters of a world light-years from their own.”

“It seemed like the time was right to get stupid again,” said Judge.

The deal marks a homecoming for Judge after going on to create other landmark series including “Silicon Valley” and “King of the Hill,” and movies like “Office Space” and “Idiocracy” among others. “Beavis and Butt-Head” marks a return to animation as he looks to recreate a cultural dialogue for a new generation, giving familiar fans and new audiences alike the chance to experience and laugh with America’s favorite animated duo.

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Al Jaffee, The Longest Working Cartoonist Ever, Retires at 99

Mad artist Al Jaffee, who was known for his “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions” and Mad fold-in, retired this week at the age of 99. He is the longest working cartoonist in history.

Jaffee began working in comics at Timely and Atlas in the early 1940s, then moved on to Mad in 1955. Nearly 10 years later in ’64, he perfected the fold-in, a process of creating an image with a question or statement that revealed a “hidden” image and statement when the page was folded. Jaffee is known for his versatile ability to create art for everything from superheroes to funny animals.

His retirement was commemorated by Mad with a tribute issue and his final fold-in. The tribute issue will be Mad #14, featuring Jaffee’s work and original tribute content, including art by Mad vet Sergio Aragonées. The special issue is in stores on June 10, 2020.

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Watch HBO Max’s New Looney Tunes Cartoons Episode

HBO Max has released a new episode of its new series Looney Tunes Cartoons, featuring three brand-new shorts starring Tweety and Sylvester, Bugs and Elmer, and Daffy Duck.

Starring the cherished Looney Tunes characters, Looney Tunes Cartoons echoes the high production value and process of the original Looney Tunes theatrical shorts with a cartoonist-driven approach to storytelling. Marquee Looney Tunes characters will be featured in their classic pairings in simple, gag-driven, and visually vibrant stories. The new series from Warner Bros. Animation is comprised of animated shorts that vary in length and include adapted storylines for today’s audience.

Featured talent includes Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester, Tweety, Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Taz, Marvin the Martian, and Beaky Buzzard.

The series features the voices of Eric Bauza, Jeff Bergman, Bob Bergen, and Fred Tasciore. The show is executive produced by Emmy nominee Sam Register, the President of Warner Bros. Animation, along with Peter Browngardt.

Looney Tunes Cartoons will premiere on HBO Max on May 27.

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Popeye The Sailor Man Joins Forces With The SeaCleaners To Knock Out Plastic Pollution

Sailor Man. Tough guy. Fighter. Hero. Legend. That’s Popeye! An underdog with bulging forearms, a mean uppercut and a passion for legendary canned spinach, who has won the hearts of generations on the big and small screen. This star recruit has just joined the crew of The SeaCleaners.  

Through a global partnership with King Features, premier producer and distributor of the world’s most iconic intellectual properties and a leader in classic character licensing and franchise development, The SeaCleaners will now be able to associate its image with that of the famous sailor.   

This alliance is based on a foundation of strong common values shared by The SeaCleaners and Popeye: integrity, perseverance, fighting injustice, and a determination to rise to any challenge without ever being discouraged. And, of course, an unconditional love for the seas and a fierce determination to protect them against all threats and dangers.  

Despite his 90th birthday, celebrated in 2019, Popeye remains today one of the most recognizable timeless icons of global pop culture. With Popeye’s support, The SeaCleaners will expand its public awareness and education efforts and encourage the general public to take action to end the scourge of plastic pollution.  

The partnership was brokered by King Features’ French agent, M.J.A. Licensing, who will also work to secure multiple co-branded Popeye x The SeaCleaners deals for apparel, accessories, home goods and more. A portion of those proceeds will then benefit The SeaCleaners organization and their efforts.

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The Simpsons’ Animated Short Film Maggie Simpson In Playdate With Destiny Streams Tomorrow on Disney+

Today Disney+ set a playdate with the Simpsons announcing the animated short film “Maggie Simpson in ‘Playdate with Destiny’” will stream globally on the service beginning tomorrow, Friday, April 10. “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening shared a special handwritten note on social media revealing the news with fans around the world:

The film begins on a day that seemed like just another day at the park for Maggie Simpson. But when Maggie faces playground peril, a heroic young baby whisks her from danger — and steals her heart. After a blissful first playdate, Maggie can’t wait to see her new baby beau again the following day, but things don’t go exactly as planned.  Will fate (or Homer) get in her way? 

Originally released in theatres before Disney and Pixar’s “Onward,” “Maggie Simpson in ‘Playdate with Destiny’” builds on the success of the franchise’s 2012 Academy Award-nominated film, “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare,’” which will also begin streaming on Disney+ later this month. Both films join the service’s impressive “The Simpsons” collection including “The Simpsons Movie” and 30 seasons of the Emmy Award-winning television series.

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At Home With Olaf: Disney Launches New Animated Digital Series

Following Frozen 2‘s successful run at the worldwide box office last year with a gross of over $1 billion, Walt Disney Animation Studios has officially announced a brand new digital spinoff series titled At Home With Olaf, which will center on one of the animated franchise’s most beloved characters. 

The series is created by Disney animator Hyrum Osman with Josh Gad once again set to reprise his role as the titular kind-hearted snowman. The episodes will be released for free starting this week on Disney’s social media accounts. 

Check out the first episode of At Home With Olaf below!

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Mondo Steamboat Willie Poster by JJ Harrison

Steamboat Willie, the 1928 debut of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, remains one of Disney’s most enduring and iconic short films, even today. Finding an original take nearly a century later can be difficult. Mondo brought in artist, JJ Harrison, and he pulled off the feat magnificently, giving new life to a legendarily familiar scene. Beautifully presented in full color as well as black and white.

Steamboat Willie by JJ Harrison will go on sale Thursday January 30th at a random time at mondotees.com.

Steamboat Willie
By JJ Harrison
18″ x 24” Screenprinted Poster
Hand Numbered
Edition of 225
$50

Steamboat Willie (Variant)
By JJ Harrison
18″ x 24″ Screenprinted Poster
Hand numbered
Edition of 125
$65

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Gary Larson’s The Far Side Is Now Online!

If social sharing had been measured during the fifteen year run of The Far Side, Gary Larson’s creation would rank as the “most shared” of all time. From science labs to dorm rooms, mail rooms to executive suites, The Far Side worked its way into our lives and invited us into a whole new world: brilliant, bold, and bizarre. The iconic comic panel has never been authorized to be available online. Until now. TheFarSide.com, the only official website, can be viewed HERE. 

To the delight of legions of fans, TheFarSide.com celebrates Larson’s twisted, irreverent genius as never before. The digital destination site debuts today, December 17, 2019.

An unparalleled comic masterpiece, The Far Side revolutionized conventional considerations of humor in general, and of comics in particular. Its impact and influence cannot be overestimated; the panel has been revered by fans from all walks of life and every corner of the world. At the time of Larson’s retirement from daily syndication, The Far Side appeared in nearly two thousand newspapers; over the years, more than forty million books and seventy-seven million calendars have been sold, and it has been translated into more than seventeen languages. 

The Far Side is without peer — no need for a reboot, remake, or sequel — just a new way to discover and enjoy. Highlights of the new site will include:

-The Daily Dose, an ever-changing, random selection of cartoons from The Far Side
-A weekly themed comic collection
-Sketches and doodles from Larson’s sketchbooks
-Periodic unveiling of new work by Larson

Passionate throngs of established fans will be thrilled, but so will an entirely new generation of soon-to-be devotees. The Far Side has been a cross-generational and cross-demographic favorite since its origin, and TheFarSide.com will fuel its appeal to an even broader enthusiastic audience.

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Pringles Pickle Rick Flavor

For the 2020 Super Bowl, Pringles is returning for the third year in a row, but this time in partnership with the biggest pop culture hit around, Adult Swim’s award-winning series Rick and Morty.

Known for its bold flavors, playful nature and endless stacking possibilities, Pringles will this year test the limits with Rick and Morty, in a humorous, mind-bending animated spot. And because of the intense fandom around Rick and Morty, the partnership will feature a  flavor of their very own. 

To pay homage to the viral hit episode “Pickle Rick”—in which mad scientist Rick Sanchez turns himself into a pickle to avoid family therapy—Pringles is launching a special edition, collectable Pickle Rick flavor inspired from the award-winning series. These crisps hit shelves coast to coast timed around the Big Game, but only in our universe. Pick up Pringles Pickle Rick crisps in the snack aisle of grocery stores nationwide beginning in early February and don’t miss the Pringles Big Game ad in the second quarter.

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