Cartoon Network’s ‘Over The Garden Wall’ Returns with November 2018 Graphic Novel

Discover the secrets of the unknown in an all-new original graphic novel in November 2018.

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BOOM! Studios, in partnership with Cartoon Network, is proud to announce OVER THE GARDEN WALL: DISTILLATORIA OGN, an all new original graphic novel set in the Emmy Award®-winning Cartoon Network mini-series arriving in stores November 2018. While exploring the Unknown, Greg and Wirt suddenly find themselves back home—only it looks like they brought Beatrice back with them?! Now, it’s up to them to help Beatrice return safely to the Unknown before anyone realizes she can talk. But it looks like something sinister might be happening in the shadows and everything might not be as it seems. It’s a mad dash filled with friendship, love, Sara, and learning that home might be a lot further away than you think.

Eisner Award-winning writer Jonathan Case (Dear Creature) and Eisner Award-winning Over the Garden Wall artist Jim Campbell present an all-new story perfect for long time fans and new readers alike in OVER THE GARDEN WALL:  DISTILLATORIA OGN.

“As a borderline-scary fan of Over the Garden Wall, I’m excited to find myself at the helm of a new adventure for Wirt, Greg, and Beatrice. Really, really excited, you guys,” said Jonathan Case. “With Distillatoria, we’ll revisit some familiar and beloved bits: the Unknown, the Wirt-poems, the rock facts…but we’ll also explore new and (I hope) surprising territory. I dearly hope this new book is a good time for all my fellow old souls and romantic weirdos. And of course, all the lovers of Greg.”

“At this point drawing Over the Garden Wall feels like home to me,” said Jim Campbell. “I love this world. I’m really excited about exploring a lot of the new, weird, and creepy imagery Jonathan has conjured up for this story. But it’s also got some of my favorite settings and characters from the show we haven’t seen in the comics yet. This is going to be a good one.”

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OVER THE GARDEN WALL: DISTILLATORIA OGN is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ critically acclaimed KaBOOM! imprint, publisher of world-class licensed series such as Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Peanuts, and Garfield, along with original series like Brave Chef Brianna by Sam Sykes and Selina Espiritu, and The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.

OVER THE GARDEN WALL: DISTILLATORIA is a fun filled adventure with Wirt and Greg having to deal with some strange twists and turns as they find themselves suddenly home after being trapped in the Unknown,” said Whitney Leopard, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Jonathan and Jim have made an insanely talented team and this is definitely going to be a story that you don’t want to miss.”

Print copies of OVER THE GARDEN WALL: DISTILLATORIA OGN will be available for sale in Fall 2018 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.comto find the nearest one), book stores or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

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Craig of the Creek Premieres on Cartoon Network App February 19

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Get a load of the new adventures with Creek – a young boy with a strong need for wilderness adventures and his friends J.P. and Kelsey. After school time for these three means it’s time to embark on new challenges and a lot of fun experiences in their ‘kid utopia’ community. While at home he is often misunderstood and put down for his need for adventure by his older brother Bernard, Craig often embraces his own weirdness and looks forward to another day at the Creek. Created by Steven Universe writers Matt Burnett and Ben Levin, Craig of the Creek will for sure seek out a new kind of adventure in this new slice-of-life comedy.

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Craig of the Creek, available on the Emmy-winning CN App and VOD beginning Monday, February 19. Craig of the Creek will debut on-air with a double premiere event on Friday, March 30 at 6:25 p.m. (ET/PT). New episodes will continue to air on Cartoon Network on Mondays and Fridays this spring. In addition, the show will be featured at Cartoon Network’s third annual SXSW family event on Monday, March. 12.

“Matt and Ben have a proven track record of artful storytelling that resonates with kids,” stated Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network. “With Craig of the Creek, they’ve managed to capture real life rendered through a child’s point of view – seeing magic in the everyday, and a world of limitless possibilities.”

Burnett and Levin added:

“We both fondly remember the times we spent at our local creeks growing up and wanted to bring the elements of exploration and mystery we felt as children to Craig and his friends. The Creek represents the many ways kids love to play and captures the excitement they experience when left to create moments of fun on their own.”

We Bare Bears Just Got Weird in the Episode “I Am Ice Bear”

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That very moment when you expect a certain thing to eventually happen, but when it does you’re still shocked. Out of the We Bare Bears trio, I think the bear that stands out the most would have to be Ice Bear. Mainly because of his soft spoken one-liners that are all said in third person. That’s what we know him and that is what makes him likable and at most times relatable. His character presence is just plain cute, funny and makes us warm inside. Ironically, though Ice Bear’s speech may not show much emotion, the actual words that he speaks are often loving and he’s able to show support and compassion for his brothers. He’s always cooking and going along for the many adventures with his older brothers Grizzly and Panda. Along with Ice Bear being the youngest of the three, his unique characterization blends well with his other brothers.

So get this, the latest We Bare Bears episode “I Am Ice Bear” totally threw me off and I know it did for many viewers out there. This is the certain inevitable yet still shocking thing I was talking about regarding this series. The seventh episode of the fourth season aired on Friday, February 9, 2018, with a sneak peek from Cartoon Network that was uploaded prior to the airing date and time. Watching this show, there’s one major thing that I often thought about. What if Ice Bear broke character and talked in a normal, non-monotone, first person voice like the rest of his siblings? Well that’s just what went down as the brothers were celebrating Sibling Day. As they were preparing to take an epic Sibling Day photo to add to the trending hashtag, their usual bear stack ends in a disaster, and Ice Bear is out cold. Concerned for their little brother, Grizzly and Panda hover over Ice Bear until he is conscious again, only to witness  what is probably the most bizarre moment of their life. Ice Bear suffers from amnesia and no longer expresses the usual monotone, third person sentences, but rather a normal speaking voice like everyone else. What’s even more bizarre is that Ice Bear gains a high social status online and offline that has turned him into a complete monster and has even led him to abandon his brothers and move in with his popular friends. Grizz and Panda are willing to do anything to get their little bro back to the way he was, even if that means giving him an even further head injury to undo the amnesia.

A funny display at the usual “knock them on the head again so they’ll be back to normal” amnesia story line plot a lot TV shows have used, but it was nice to see it work so well on the usually introverted character on We Bare Bears. As a lover of Ice Bear, this episode was one big roller coaster of emotions. I think Ice Bear’s popularity could be used as a sort of ironic message for his real life popularity with among viewers of We Bare Bears. Though Ice Bear is seen as a fan favorite, he is the quiet, humble and caring one of the bears. It’s funny because it’s usually the total opposite of how most real life individuals deal with being popular or famous.

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What really cut deep for me in this episode was when the social-status obsessed monster version of Ice Bear or “Ice B”, insisted that Grizz and Panda weren’t his real brothers because they are three different types of bears. Attempting to chop down their family tree? He gets a pass for that one because the amnesia caused him to not even remember helping his brothers with it. But insisting that they aren’t brothers? Not only was that kind of true, but as a fan I didn’t appreciate hearing that hurtful truth. What I love about this series is that we don’t really question the biological mumbo jumbo or if there’s a chance that they are really siblings. Who cares when their bond says it all. Yes, it just got kind of sentimental in here. And besides, we can just use the magical cartoon logic, and that proves that they are biological brothers. Overall, loving the episode and the approach that the team behind it took to really shock the viewers. For a show on its fourth season, We Bare Bears is going in the right direction.

 

‘Apple & Onion’ Will Premiere on Cartoon Network February 23 (Sneak Peek)

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It’s time for new adventures and this one might just revolve around food. Within a town full of anthropomorphic food characters brings Apple & Onion –  a pair of immature, fun-loving friends who just want to make it in the city. Apple & Onion’s boyhood antics are often tested when they interact with more mature characters. In the 2015 pilot episode we saw the fruit-vegetable duo seek out adulthood and maturity when they were invited to a mature dinner party – well kind of. Their quest to leave childhood practices behind and Onion’s attempt to impress his crush French Fry may be tested when they end up in places where they are unfit to handle. Apple & Onion quickly became a minisodes favorite not too long after it was uploaded in 2016. The infamous “Wake up time” bit would catch some off guard, but instead became a memorable gag that ties well with the rest of the pilot. Cartoon Network greenlit the series in March 2017 and more adventures are soon to come for these two best friends. Apple & Onion will debut on Friday, February 23 with a double-episode premiere “A New Life” and “The Perfect Team”.

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Best friends Apple and Onion, the eponymous characters of Cartoon Network’s comedy Apple & Onion, make their debut with a special double premiere on Friday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. (ET/PT). The fun new series, which stems from the global Artists Program, will introduce besties Apple and Onion who have decided to leave their hometowns to experience big city living. With Apple’s uncontainable enthusiasm and Onion’s outlandish imagination, the two pals embark on hilarious misadventures, often bringing fresh and unexpected insights into today’s modern life. Apple & Onion is created by George Gendi and executive produced by Cartoon Network Studios.

With a special limited run, fans can splurge on back-to-back new episodes every Friday at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) through March 23. For those who want to get a first look, catch the first two new episodes of Apple & Onion beginning Friday, Feb. 16 on the Emmy-winning Cartoon Network App and VOD. In the debut episode “A New Life,” the series introduces how Apple and Onion meet one another for the very first time. Then, in the “The Perfect Team,” a stray cat causes Onion to worry his relationship with Apple is in jeopardy.

Born in Egypt and raised in England, Gendi found inspiration for the whimsical comedy in a children’s story written by his older brother. Like Emmy-winning, critically acclaimed miniseries Over the Garden Wall and Long Live the Royals, the Apple & Onion short was greenlit as part of Cartoon Network’s Artists Program and developed into a limited series to include a colorful zany foodiverse allowing for comedic situations featuring the two quirky friends with playful personalities and infectious musical beats to match.

Apple and Onion are new to the city and the city is new to them. They find it unfamiliar and confusing, but with an unstoppable enthusiasm they discover their own special and often insightful path through the journey called life. Joined by an eclectic lively mix of anthropomorphic food friends that include Hotdog, Lemon Drop, Pancake and countless others, the can-do and optimistic Apple and Onion encounter adventures on every avenue, take on the challenges of big city living and bring cheer and goodness to wherever they go.

‘Apple & Onion’ Pilot Review

In early 2017 it was reported that a new show was greenlit and set to emerge on Cartoon Network sometime in 2018. It’s finally a new year and that means a new opportunity to see what will take place in the cartoon world. Apple & Onion takes place in a world of anthropomorphic food with human emotions and struggles. Though the synopsis seems humorous enough, there are some lessons to be learned from this community of food. A literal food for thought.

In a New York or Chicago-esque big city setting, there’s a pair of produce pals who have a lot to learn about growing up. Though they seem to have everything set by having their own place and all, Apple & Onion are two kids at heart and are often failing at attempts to do adult things. The pilot begins with ‘Wake Up Time’, a song made by Apple that apparently helps the two get into the swing of things in the morning. “♫ Wake up time. 5:49. Feeling fine ’cause it’s wake up time. ♫” It was a funny bit that turned into a slight dilemma for the two when they realize they could’ve woke up at a more realistic 8:49, because it fit with the song as well, and the two ended up oversleeping into the afternoon. When Apple & Onion were awaken by the blaring sound of a notification from their computer, they find out that they were invited to a party by Hotdog and Burger. Not realizing that they were invited on accident, Apple & Onion are thrilled and immediately prints out the information to the party. Onion is even more stoked when he notices his crush French Fry on the guest list. As they practice their dance moves on the sidewalk while wearing a number of flashy toy items, they run into Burger and French Fry. Burger, almost pointing out that Apple & Onion were invited to the party on accident, backtracks and tells them the party is a simple, grown-up dinner party. Apple & Onion are slightly discouraged and realize that they have to grow up. The two go on a crazy journey of adulthood that may take them places where they didn’t expect to go.

Apple & Onion was created by George Gendi, who was a former storyboard artist for The Amazing World of Gumball and Sanjay and Craig. Gendi is also the voice of 1/2 of the main characters, Apple. This pilot was originally screened at the Annecy Festival in 2015. It was eventually uploaded online in May 2016. I applaud Cartoon Network for keeping their mini-sodes releases going, as it shows the evergrowing creativity in the animation industry and gives creators solid platforms where their work could possibly be greenlit onto the big network. It’s great that Apple & Onion is getting a chance to premiere as a full series and there’s no doubt that this show is bound to be some sort of success for the network. It’s slice-of-life humor and unique characterizations is already drawing in a positive impression. I’m working up an appetite for these characters. I mean, the appetite of learning more about their backgrounds and development of course. Also, I have a little prediction about some events that may take place in the series. So French Fry is Onion’s crush, but she was seen walking from the store with Burger when they ran into Apple & Onion. They could be just friends… or something more. What usually goes good with a Burger? That’s right. Now we know things went well for Onion and French Fry at the end of the pilot, but if he goofs off and messes things up, Burger and French Fry just might become the pair that they’re expected to be. Looks like we have the first fan theory.

Interesting fact: Eugene Mirman is the voice of Gene Belcher from Bob’s Burgers. Now he’s voicing the character Burger in Apple & Onion.

Cartoon Network’s Unikitty Is ‘Cute but Deadly’

It looks like Cartoon Network may have a good thing going with their newest series Unikitty. Based on The Lego Movie, developed by Ed Skudder and Lynn Wang, this Unicorn-Kitty hybrid character just sticks to the brain with her cheery optimism and uplifting personality. She was as cute as can be, with a occasional dash of rage in The Lego Movie – directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and it’s lead to her having her very own series.

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The adventures start in Princess Unikitty’s kingdom, where she has a posse of sorts. Her brother Prince Puppycorn, a Dog-Unicorn hybrid, is just as enthusiastic and full of energy as she is. Dr. Fox is the kingdom’s scientist, who works in a lab underneath Unikitty’s castle. I like to think of Dr. Fox being obviously the most logical member of the squad, and sort of being the voice of reason when she sees the rest of the characters getting into something that could lead to trouble. Hawkodile is – you guessed it. A hawk-crocodile hybrid who just happens to be Unikitty’s bodyguard. He’s the muscle of the group, but his crush on Dr. Fox makes him appear soft. The character who’s the most interesting but just happens to have a dull monotone voice at the same time is Richard. He is Unikitty’s royal advisor and the caretaker of the castle. Unlike all of the rest of the characters, Richard has a normal name and is not a hybrid of any animals. He is just a plain grey Lego brick, which could be a nudge at his personality. Richard is very dedicated to keeping the castle in order and doing his job.

Unikitty has just officially premiered this year on January 1, 2018. Lately there has been emotions of mistrust that happens when a new cartoon comes to light, but I think it could be different with Unikitty. This series features characters will unlikely animal hybrids and names, and it could give some the impression of being silly or even ridiculous. So much that they could forget to actually give the show a chance. Unikitty is not just some pretty, colorful fantasy. Like every fantasy series with a castle full of protagonists, there are bound to be evil antagonists as well. Master Frown is the villain who stirs up trouble with Unikitty and the gang, along with his sidekick Brock. Princess Unikitty has a dark side when people cross her, and it’s pretty hilarious. As seen in The Lego Movie, she turns bright red and full of rage. I think that when it comes to running gags and humorous one-liners, Unikitty is pretty much killing it.

The voices behind the characters are the work of many great and memorable stars. The voice cast is led by Tara Strong (Teen Titans Go!) and Grey Griffin (Be Cool Scooby-Doo!) along with Kate Micucci (Be Cool Scooby-Doo!), Roger Craig Smith (Regular Show), Eric Bauza (The Adventures of Puss in Boots) and H. Michael Croner. (press)

Unikitty has been stamped with the seal of approval here at Cartoon Buzz. I think it gives off a humorous message of a “cute but deadly” princess and her friends who have her back when it’s time to kick some villainous butt.

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies To “End All Superhero Movies

From Cartoon Network to the theaters. Teen Titans Go! To The Movies is set to take their superhero adventures to an even bigger screen this Summer.

The trailer pokes fun at the show’s apparent inability to please everyone, especially their haters. The Teen Titans are destined to create a movie that depicted them as superheroes that everyone actually likes (i.e. Wonder Woman). “The super hero movie to end all super hero movies. Hopefully.” Wishful thinking I guess. It’s a fun take on the other DC Universe characters since we’re on the theme of superheroes, I’ll give them that. Oh and there’s most definitely a fart joke. Warner Bros summed up the movie best:

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When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big! Teen Titans GO! to the Movies finds our egocentric, wildly satirical Super Heroes in their first feature film extravaganza—a fresh, gleefully clever, kid-appropriately crass and tongue-in-cheek play on the superhero genre, complete with musical numbers.

It seems to the Teens that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own movies—everyone but the Teen Titans, that is! But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream. But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously Super-Villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line!

Will Arnett (The LEGO® Batman Movie) and Kristen Bell (Frozen) lend their voices to the first-ever big-screen version of DC Entertainment and Cartoon Network’s animated TV show, which also stars Greg Cipes (TV’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as Beast Boy, Scott Menville (TV’s Spider-Man) as Robin, Khary Payton (The Walking Dead) as Cyborg, Tara Strong (the My Little Pony franchise) as Raven, and Hynden Walch (TV’s Adventure Time with Finn & Jake) as Starfire, reprising their roles from the series.

The film is being directed by Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail, from a screenplay by Michael Jelenic and Horvath, based on characters from DC. Michail, Will Arnett and Peggy Regan are producing, with Sam Register, Jelenic and Horvath serving as executive producers. Apart from Arnett, all are Teen Titans GO! series contributors.

Set to release on July 27, 2018, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Cartoon Network’s New Series ‘Craig of the Creek’ Takes You on a New Adventure

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2018 is here and it’s bound to introduce us to some new faces in animation. In early December 2017, Cartoon Network released the pilot of their upcoming series Craig of the Creek and it is on our list for the must-watch shows in 2018.

Craig of the Creek is a new Slice-of-life comedy that surrounds the adventures of a boy who loves his quests, Craig. He’s accompanied by his two best friends Kelsey and J.P. Kelsey is obviously extremely invested and dedicated to their creek adventures, while J.P. seems to be along for the ride and just happy to be spending time with his friends. Their adventures take place in a “kid utopia” set up in a creek of tree forts and imagination. They call themselves the “Creek Kids”.

“The Creek is a place where we could all be whatever we want. We could be the hero of a book that doesn’t exist. Or just a really misunderstood guy.”

Craig is definitely a kid who is adventurous and doesn’t mind getting dirty or smelly in the process. A memorable scene from the pilot and trailer is the exchange between Craig and his older brother Bernard, a typical teenager who constantly has his face in his phone. Bernard tells Craig that he smells weird. Craig simply replies without a care in the world “I am weird.” Bernard seems to be always putting Craig down for his love of adventures. Earlier in the pilot, when Craig is on his way to the creek, Bernard makes fun of him and his excitement for imagination, unlike his girlfriend Alexis, who is very sweet. A typical older teenage brother who likes to tease his little brother may seem innocent and a norm, but it’s shown to be detrimental to Craig’s creativity when he accidentally drops his trusty staff down the sewer. It all goes in the theme of kids expressing themselves through adventure and joying their childhood while it’s still here. With social media being the center of the attention for the “Musical.ly generation” aka kids who are obsessed with phones, hopefully a show like Craig of the Creek will give them a strong message that it’s okay to put down the technology and go live.

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I’m really looking forward to have more insight on the other characters. To see the other creek kids have such a passion and determination to play in the creek everyday, we can only wonder what their home life is like. Think about when you were about 7-11 years old. How boring was it to just sit at home and watch TV day after day? Your mind was going through the imagination stage and you were ready to explore. Maybe that is why these kids created the creek. Or… could there be a deeper meaning? We’ll see. Craig’s home life seems peachy keen, especially in the final scene where he comes home from the creek. Craig’s mother is sitting at the end of the table listening to Craig’s little sister being adorable and telling her how she put all of her things away when she got home from school. Craig’s dad is seen making dinner in the kitchen. Can we just applaud the show’s creators for a second? For throwing gender norms out of the window and creating a cartoon with a black main character. I said this before and I’ll say it a thousand more times – representation is so important. We will be tuning into Craig of the Creek this year!

By the way, if you’re noticing that Craig of the Creek has a similar animation style to Steven Universe, that’s because the series was created by Matt Burnett and Ben Levin, who had previously worked on Steven Universe. In fact, Steven made a surprise cameo in the pilot. Well, not quite, but his plush doll did when the crew discovered a mountain of toys that fell down in the sewer.

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Craig of the Creek is set to be released sometime this year. An exact release date is yet to be released.

The Top 10 Cartoons That Made a Wave in 2017

Whether it was a positive or negative wave of reactions, a wave is a wave. 2017 introduced us to some new faces, season premieres that went viral, and some familiar faces that were revived in animation. Some cartoons seemed to have a extreme cult following, others are just getting started. We’ll also be saying goodbye to one of these shows very soon, and it just hurts my soul to know that. No matter what reaction they had, they are the cartoons that will impact the future of animated television if they haven’t already. These are the top ten cartoons that had everyone talking, ranting, crying, analyzing, or all of the above in 2017.

1) Rick and Morty

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Wow. What a year that Rick and Morty has had. If one word could be used to describe 2017 for Rick and Morty, that word would be “viral”. I mean this show really went there. First of all, the season 3 premiere was a total surprise, and ended up making the series Adult Swim’s most watched series ever. History was made my friend. The terms Pickle Rick and Szechuan Sauce had to have been googled at least 10 million times this year. AT LEAST. Rick and Morty pretty much won 2017.

Rick and Morty is the story of insane and sometimes hostile adventures of Morty Smith and his grandfather Rick Sanchez. Sometimes accompanied by the rest of the Smiths mom and dad Jerry & Beth, and daughter Summer, the action-filled journeys to other dimensions never end.

2) Big Mouth

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A tale of crazy and embarrassing puberty stories told through animation. Netflix has really done it with this one. As raunchy and vulgar Big Mouth is, it really portrayed puberty and hormones as the monsters that they truly are. No seriously, Big Mouth surrounds a group of pre-teens who are followed by a Hormone Monster and Monstress, who are constantly harassing them and pressuring them to act inappropriately. Puberty is a confusing burden that everyone deals with, so this show can definitely relate to anyone.

3) Hey Arnold

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We thought we said goodbye to Hey Arnold in 2004, but the story was not over yet. This year came the adventures of Arnold, Gerald, and the rest of the gang and their quest to help find Arnold’s parents. The P.S. 118 class won a trip to San Lorenzo, where the secrets that were held onto so long in this series finally came to the light. Romances were ignited, closure was given, and Arnold found the answer that he was looking for. Plus, Brainy is the character that you wouldn’t have thought would save the day, but that’s another amazing twist that the movie had. The Jungle Movie was a sort of, sigh of relief, and only the beginning of the revival of classic Nickelodeon shows.

4) OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes

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Cartoon Network introduced us to another action packed show in 2017. Although it was introduced as a short pilot “Lakewood Plaza Turbo”, at least we got to see it become a full series. OK K.O. follows a character in a futuristic setting who is destined to be the world’s greatest hero. With the constant theme of video games and references to other shows that came before it, I think this series could have a nice future ahead. It has gained a fair amount of praise, followed by a blossoming fandom.

5) Adventure Time

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All good adventures come to an end. In 2016, it was confirmed that Adventure Time will not be renewed for anymore seasons and that season 10 will be the last time that we’ll see Finn the dog and Jake the human going on a number of quests with additional characters Princess Bubblegum, BMO, Lumpy Space Princess, and more. I feel like the news brought fans closer together and made them appreciate the show while it was still here. Adventure Time’s final episode will be titled “Come Along With Me” and is set to be released in 2018.

Adventure Time was a passion project for the people on the crew who poured their heart into the art and stories. We tried to put into every episode something genuine and telling from our lives and make a show that was personal to us and that had jokes, too! I’m really happy that it connected with an audience for so long. It’s a special thing, I think.” – Pendleton Ward, Creator

6) South Park

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South Park just never seems to stop getting good. Their constant pop culture references tied in with a ridiculously funny story line makes almost every episode worth watching. This year was the premiere of season 21 and the writers didn’t hesitate to take a jab at the uprising of electronic personal assistants, the increase of home makeover shows, political outrage, and the country stylings of popular hip hop songs. The remaining episodes touched even more references to humorous and ridiculous political statements such as “fake news”. It was just South Park being South Park and we loved every minute of it.

7) Steven Universe

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Steven Universe continued to be the top Cartoon Network series and one of the most popular cartoons on television today. It’s never ending adventures for the “Crystal Gems”, or the magic beings – Steven, Pearl, Garnet, and Amethyst who use their powers to protect the earth. The show separates itself from many other cartoons today in sense of representing LGBTQ+ characters, gender fluidity, and tackling abusive relationships.

“In large part it’s based on my experience as a bisexual woman. I think that there are a lot of ways that I — how to I put this? These themes have so much to do with who you are. There is an idea that these are themes that should not be shared with kids but everyone shares stories about love and attraction with kids. So many stories for kids are about love. It really makes a difference to hear stories about how someone like you can be loved. And if you don’t hear those stories, it will change who you are. It’s very important to me that we speak to kids about consent. That we speak to kids about identity. There’s so much I have to say about this. I want to feel like I exist and I want everyone else who wants to feel that way to feel that way too.” – Rebecca Sugar answering what inspired her to include those themes in Steven Universe, San Diego Comic-Con 2016

8) Family Guy

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The first family of adult cartoons started off strong with their season 16 premiere. In Emmy Winning Episode, the Griffins were doing whatever it takes to become an Emmy winning show, even if it means acting as the shows that seem to always win. Shows such as Modern Family, Girls, Breaking Bad, and The Big Bang Theory were parodied. Another major turning point for Family Guy was Brian’s exit. It was such a twist that we didn’t see coming. What was thought to be episode ending resolution turned into a dark reality. This year really proved that Family Guy is still going strong 18 years later.

9) BoJack Horseman

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Netflix has only five animated series on its platform, but this one has stood out the most. BoJack Horseman has won over the hearts of many being the first ever original animated series on Netflix that premiered on August 22, 2014. With their memorable one-liners, it was bound to be a success. It all takes place in the life of a Humanoid horse who was once a 90s sitcom star, but following the cancellation of his show led to him being a washed up actor, hoping to find his place in the modernized industry once again. The show takes on serious issues of mental illness and addiction with a satirical take on events in the real world. Season 4 was released on September 8, 2017 and received a positive reception overall.

10) The Jellies

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This year Tyler the Creator and Lionel Boyce’s show The Jellies really had us impressed. After finding out he’s adopted, even though he’s clearly a human male and his parents and younger sister are jelly fish, 16-year-old Cornell Jelly attempts to find himself a number of ridiculous ways. The Jellies was originally an exclusive on Tyler’s app Golf Media, and main character Cornell was a different race. Tyler explains why the change of race in the best way possible at San Diego Comic-Con:

“How many f–king black cartoon characters is it on TV right now? Name five I’ll give you time. It is none. They cancelled static shock, nobody remember Fillmore, we don’t got sh-t…”

I, for one, absolutely remember Fillmore. Click here to watch the rest of Tyler’s response.

BOOM! Studios Set to Release New Adventure Time Comic ‘BMO Bonanza’ March 2018

Our favorite handheld device BMO is the star of the new Adventure Time comic book ‘BMO Bonanza’, debuting in March 2018. The one-shot comic centers around a sort of day in the life of BMO and what they do when they aren’t keeping Finn and Jake out of trouble.  You can find the full press release below:

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LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (December 12, 2017) – BOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network Enterprises announce ADVENTURE TIME: BMO BONANZA, a one-shot comic book special debuting March 2018 that peeks into BMO’s springtime adventures in the land of Ooo. Ever wondered what BMO is up to when they’re not trying to keep Finn and Jake out of trouble? In this collection of short stories, creators Cynthia Cheng (College Humor Comics), Laura Langston (Adventure Time), Nicole Mannino (This is Not Fiction, Adventure Time), Boya Sun (5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior), Ian Moore, and Shirley Chan follow the multi-skilled console on their very own adventure time.

“BMO is really excited to see the rare Spring Flower bloom and asked Jake and Finn to join on her adventure,” explained Boya Sun, talking about their story. “After a crazy trip, they finally reached the destination, but the flower was not what they had expected…”

“I love how earnest BMO is!” said Nicole Mannino. “They put their heart into everything they do and always takes their work very seriously, despite how silly it seems. Plus, they’re always so cute about it!”

ADVENTURE TIME: BMO BONANZA is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ critically acclaimed KaBOOM! imprint, publisher of world-class licensed series such as Steven Universe, Over the Garden Wall, Peanuts, and Garfield, along with original series like Brave Chef Brianna by Sam Sykes and Selina Espiritu, and The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer. KaBOOM! has been the home for Adventure Time comics since 2012 and has expanded into several limited series, original graphic novels, and a second ongoing series.

“Everyone loves BMO, as they should, and we’re thrilled to finally BMO their own dedicated special,” said Whitney Leopard, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “We’ve assembled a great roster of creators who will each give BMO the starring role they rightfully deserve!”

Print copies of ADVENTURE TIME: BMO BONANZA will be available for sale March 2018 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers like comiXology, iBooks, Google Play,  and the BOOM! Studios app.

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