Oh, Now #BearStack Makes Sense

Cartoon Network has been airing a promo of sorts that shows three bears (white, brown, and Panda) accompanied by a catchy tune, stacked on each other traveling through various universes of the CN lineup and concludes with #BearStack.

While amusing, because I love the silly scenes and the art style of the bears, I didn’t quite get what they were going for. Was a new game coming? A new app? Some special summer event?
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From ‘Bad Seeds’ to Harvey Beaks!

A new animated series of unlikely friendship is coming to Nickelodeon March 29, and I am both curious and excited because the creator is none other than Cartoon Network’s Chowder fame, C.H. Greenblatt.

Twice I encountered promos for Harvey Beaks. After seeing characters Fee and Foo, I was reminded of Panini from Chowder. I quickly Googled to discover if Greenblatt was in fact behind it. Much to my relief that is the case. The name Harvey Beaks was a little foreign because in the past it was plugged under the name Bad Seeds, trademark issues led to this change.
I wrote a post last year bemoaning the fact that Nickelodeon had been lacking in having quality series as part of their regular programming. It seems they may have been waiting until 2015 to start changing. Being a longtime fan of Chowder, I have reasonable expectations, but will keep my mind open since it looks like the tone and desired audience is that of a younger age group than, arguably, Chowder was. I hope this show will be a catalyst in bringing something fresh to Nick’ and getting them to reconnect with their 90s selves as both innovators and promoters of animation.

For a glimpse of 24 beautiful Harvey Beaks’ backgrounds, and more info on the art department, check out the Cartoon Brew link.

Don’t forget to tune in or set your DVRs to meet Harvey Beaks 3/29 at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) (6 p.m. CT)

Will You Peek Over the Garden Wall?

A new five night animated mystery series by Patrick McHale, Over the Garden Wall, is coming to Cartoon Network on November 3.
I discovered a behind the scenes teaser before promos started appearing on CN shared via Ben Bocquelet (creator of The Amazing World of Gumball) on Twitter. I was unaware it would be a mini series, but was, and still am, very intrigued.
This is one of the first times I can recall Cartoon Network offering a series that is of the artistic quality and feel of animated film. And it seems like the team behind it has every intention of telling an engaging story.

Not only does it look fantastic, it brings to mind a classic cartoon vibe like any number of Nickelodeon’s cartoons directed at young children of the late 80s early 90s, while offering a story with more depth and a wider reach. A vibe that lately, seems reserved only for animated films or shorts (that may struggle to find an audience if independent), as cartoon centric networks evolved in relation to the artists coming through. I have no real qualms with a network’s evolution, it’s easy to see I enjoy cartoons from essentially every decade and the styles they utilized. It’s just refreshing to see there is a chance of bringing a style that incorporates more artistic range back or reinventing it for a different generation of viewers and making it readily digestible. A six minute sneak peek snippet can be viewed here.
I hope the series succeeds in viewership, and that this opens the floor to seeing more of this kind of animation mixed in with the Adventure Times and Clarences of today. Or even a showcase like Cartoon Network used to do with such programming as O’ Canada. I love cartoons, but the reality is I love animation more, and when it looks like there’s a homogeneous system of cartoons dominating, I can become disappointed because I know there are brilliant artists/creators out  there. That could make wonderful series and tell all sorts of stories, if their art style didn’t “threaten” the reigning parties.
So, if you enjoy animation and cartoons, I hope you’ll join me in taking a peek Over the Garden Wall this November.

Legend of Korra: A Grievance

I’ve been a huge fan of Nickelodeon since I was about three years old. I cherished and respected the channel. Nick’ was fun for families and added programs to their lineup that grew up with their audience. I’m sure that’s just good business, but it was something I appreciated. Alas, I see less of it now, or maybe the options have become less enticing.

It’s common to hear the best cartoons/animated series came from the 90s and early 2000s (more arguably). I concur. There were a number of quality shows then, even non-animated, but I also recognize some great stuff since 2004. One such series is Avatar: The Last Airbender. Another to a lesser degree, and followed in 2012, is The Legend of Korra. I’m not writing to dissect the show though. I was thankful to see something else in an Avatar universe, but can admit the first two seasons had short comings. I was curious as to why because I knew what the crew was capable of delivering. What I really want to know is how Nickelodeon chose and chooses to handle this series. The first season felt like *stomps* “I’M THE AVATAR!,” blink and it’s over. I guess (for some reason) the powers that be didn’t think Avatar fans would reappear to watch The Legend of Korra, clearly we did. Doing so led to the green light for a less rushed season two and season three. I’m obviously not the first to address this, but since my blog is new, and I just caught up on the three most recent episodes, I figure I could speak my piece.
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