The original 2003-2006 Teen Titans animated series ran for 65 episodes, but for whatever reason, it never got around to a holiday episode (the closest it came was with a story in its tie-in comic book). That all changes tonight on Cartoon Network, though, as the Teen Titans Go! crew hatches a scheme to double up on holiday fun in the new “Second Christmas” episode at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. Robin, Cyborg, Raven, Beast Boy and Starfire have so much fun this Christmas that it’s hard to get back to the humdrum of winter. Inspiration strikes, however, when Starfire’s otherworldly naiveté about Earth’s holiday seasons inspires her friends to create a Second Christmas — complete with a Second Santa — in a bid to get her to deck the halls for them all over again. Get into the second holiday spirit with new clips — including one exclusive to CA — as well as stills from tonight’s episode of Teen Titans Go! after the cut.
It’s a big month for anniversaries. Doctor Who has turned 50. Mystery Science Theater 3000 is 25. One anniversary that doesn’t seem to be getting as much attention is the one that might make all of us feel the oldest. The Powerpuff Girls have officially been around for 15 years, debuting on Cartoon Network on November 18, 1998. If fans count creator Craig McCracken’s original “Whoopass Girls” concept that he created while in college at CalArts and debuted in 1992 as “Whoopass Stew!,” though, the team is old enough to drink.
Cartoon Network has pulled Beware the Batman off the air, even though it’s only been part of its Saturday morning schedule since mid-July. The next episode, which was scheduled for this Saturday, won’t be running.
Fans can hold out a little hope, though: Anthony Ruivivar, the actor who voices Batman on the show, Tweeted that it may return in January.
By Chris Sims
As Ray Croc famously said before a 10-cent hamburger crashed through his window and sent him on the path of vengeance against expensive hamburgers, “Children are a hungry, easily distracted lot.” That’s why the McDonald’s restaurant made the decision to include toys with its kid-friendly Happy Meals — and now, they’re taking cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets back to their darker, more brutal roots with toys based on Cartoon Network’s Beware the Batman!
Following in the footsteps of their Cartoon Network (and Boom! Studios) compatriots from Adventure Time, the Regular Show crew are set to receive the Funko Pop Vinyl figure treatment this fall. Mordecai, Rigby, Muscle Man, Skips and Benson are the first characters from the park getting figures.
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Famed turntablist and DJ Mix Master Mike is known for his solo work, his long career as a contributing member of the Beastie Boys and collaborator with musicians like Travis Barker… to most teens and adults. To younger kids? Well, he may just wind up being known as the musician who made Puffy AmiYumi’s 2002-2006 Teen Titans theme song a little easier to dance to for Cartoon Network’s new Teen Titans Go! animated series on DC Nation. Taking the stage during the show’s Sunday morning panel at Comic-Con last weekend, Mix Master Mike performed the show’s new jam while on stage with producer Aaron Horvath and voice actors Scott Menville (Robin), Greg Cipes (Beast Boy), Tara Strong (Raven) and Khary Payton (Cyborg). As the moderator of the panel, CA’s own Andy Khouri was on stage to capture Mix Master Mike’s performance up close and catch the audience’s enjoyment as the cast danced in celebration.
By Chris Sims
On the off chance that you aren’t already aware of it through our near-constant coverage, Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time is one of our favorite things in the entire universe. The show’s unique combination of action, comedy and surprisingly dark content has won over a legion of fans, and raised plenty of questions. Fortunately, San Diego brought us the chance to sit down with John DiMaggio, Olivia Olson, Jeremy Shada and Tom Kinney to talk about their roles, their interaction with fans, and how they feel about fans mashing up their songs with the work of Jay-Z.
If you’ve cocked an eyebrow at the preview material that’s been floating around the Internet in advance of Beware the Batman's premiere this Saturday at 10 a.m. ET on Cartoon Network, thinking it doesn't match your conception of what a Batman cartoon typically looks like, then Warner Bros. Animation producers Glen Murakami and Mitch Watson have got you right where they want you. The look, the music, the fact that very few villains who have appeared on Batman TV shows before now, it’s all intentional.
With that in mind, ComicsAlliance spent some time talking with the two producers over the phone about how they conceived the show, their influences, and what the benefits are to taking some big risks.
It’s been a long wait since DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation officially announced the new animated series Beware the Batman back in March 2012, but the show is finally debuting July 13 at 10 a.m., and Cartoon Network has released a slew of promotional material to coincide with the premiere.
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By Chris Sims
This year’s San Diego Comic-Con International is almost upon us, and that means it’s time once again for that harrowing social experiment where retailers put a limited number of items in a gigantic room with 150,000 fans and sit back to watch the chaos. It’s basically the kind of thing that the Joker does, but on the upside, somebody’s going to walk away with some pretty cool stuff.
Case in point: Entertainment Earth's SDCC 2013 exclusive Regular Show and Adventure Time Lunchboxes, based on the Cartoon Network shows (and the awesome Boom! Studios comics). Check ‘em out (as well as some suggested uses) after the jump.