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First, wow, the Animaniacs Something Something Whatever Post now has 237 comments! Kudos! Seriously, thanks for sticking around to keep juice flowing here while we’re undergo reconstruction.

That said, The A! reboot has already happened now, and it’s not really big news anymore, so I don’t think we need to connect the assorted comment post to that anymore. So I’m un-pinning the A! Blah Blah Blah Post and Pinning this one instead. Use it the same way you used the previous one. As always, the same rules for comments still apply: Keep your comments, news and announcements relevant, clean, verified and attitude-free; anything that violates those ain’t gonna be published, so don’t try it and don’t try us. OK, now have at it!

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  1. The upcoming Boss Baby sequel will now be released on July 2, and have a simultaneous release in theaters and on Peacock. I don’t particularly care for the Boss Baby franchise, but it does make me wonder if future DreamWorks movies will have a simultaneous release in theaters and on Peacock. The upcoming Spirit Untamed (loosely based on Spirit Riding Free, which itself is loosely based on the early 2000s Spirit movie) will have a release on June 4 only in theaters, but what about after that? I’m not surprised with a simultaneous release on Peacock given that whole DreamWorks/Universal/Comcast deal in 2016 (which I still don’t entirely understand) with Dreamworks pushing to put more content on Peacock (which is owned by Universal).

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  2. A Garbage Pail Kids series is being made for HBO Max. It’s produced by Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, and Josh Bycel.

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/garbage-pail-kids-animated-series-danny-mcbride-hbo-max-1234959124/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

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    • silverstar

      Really? Why? Is Garbage Pail Kids suddenly relevant again? Or have we all fallen through a time warp back to the 1980s?

      There was an earlier GPK animated series made in 1987; it was supposed to air on CBS the fall of that year alongside Hello Kitty’s Furry Tale Theater and Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures, but due to its’ controversial nature and imagery, the series was pulled from the CBS schedule before it even debuted (we had a subscription to TV Guide at the time, and I remember the ad for CBS’s Saturday Morning schedule that year, the GPK show wasn’t even listed on the lineup; a single image of a garbage can with a pair of eyes peering out from under the lid was the only evidence that the show existed), though the series did apparently air internationally, such as in Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. Garbage Pail Kids’ only other pop-culture appearance was the that live-action movie, which Doug Walker (the Nostalgia Critic) cites as one of the worst movies he’s ever seen.

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  3. Teen Titans Go has done various crossovers (Young Justice, Powerpuff Girls 2016, Raven guest starring on Crossover Nexus, Scooby Doo, Freakazoid, DC Superhero Girls 2019 twice, and Beetlejuice, just to name a few). However, Space Jam was very unexpected.

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    • OK, that was kind of funny. I wish that DC and Warner would stop having Starfire say “the” in every one of her sentences, though. That joke is beyond tired now.

      It’s interesting how on Teen Titans: TAS, Robin was usually regarded as the coolest Titan, such as in the episode “The Quest” where the other Titans (in Robin’s absence) all want to dress like Robin and be him, yet on Go, Robin is often the butt of his friends’ jokes for being the only member of the team without super powers.

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      • I think Starfire constantly saying “the” a lot is only when Hynden Walch voices her, like in the Teen Titans cartoons or the 2015 DC Superhero Girls or in Lego Justice League: Gotham City Breakout. In other projects that give her a different voice actress like Kari Wahlgren (Justice League Vs Teen Titans, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract) or Grey DeLisle Griffin (DC Superhero Girls 2019), she doesn’t constantly say “the” a lot.

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  4. Pride Month is next month. It’s interesting to have 2 preschool shows releasing content involving a Pride Parade the same week. On Thursday, Madagascar A Little Wild released an episode about an Animal Pride Parade called “Whatever Floats Your Float”, with Marty trying to find a float for Odee Eliot (who’s nonbinary) since they don’t know what species they are. The ending reveals they’re an okapi. The character is voiced by Ezra Menas, who’s also nonbinary. Yesterday, the Blue’s Clues And You youtube channel released a song about the Pride Parade. The song was performed by Nina West.

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    • silverstar

      Haters, if you were already freaking out over Kellogg’s commemorative Together With Pride cereal

      …Then June is gonna be a loooooooooong month for you.

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      • Cereal is definitely an unusual way to support Pride Month. It’ll be cool to see what other networks and companies will do to celebrate Pride Month.

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  5. July 4 will see the release of We The People on Netflix, a series of 10 music videos that are 3 minutes long. Each music video will have a different director and animation style, and will focus on civic rights amongst other topics. The show comes from Chris Nee and the Obama family.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/chrisdocnee/status/1400135242967486464

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/obamas-chris-nee-netflix-we-the-people-1234961873/

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  6. “A Haunt Of A Thousand Voices” is probably one of the best episodes of Scooby Doo And Guess Who. This video that shows the various introductions of the Scooby Doo gang meeting the voice actors really sells it.

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  7. Tom Anschiem talked about My Adventures With Superman in this article. A few things of note:

    1. While still an action show, it’s also a romantic comedy.

    2. Clark, Lois, and Jimmy are all college graduates who are in their early 20s.

    https://worldscreen.com/tvkids/keynote-warnermedias-tom-ascheim/

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    • silverstar

      Eh, not a fan of romantic comedies, but I’m still planning to give this show a shake, I’m just glad to see WB finally paying Superman some attention instead of just ramming Batman down our collective throats. I’d like to get a ‘definitive’ Superman series like the one WB’s giving Batman, (only bright, shiny and futuristic as opposed to dark and film noir-ish) but as a Superman fan I’ll take what I can get.

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  8. https://www.anniedebrock.com/biography

    The website of editor Annie DeBrock says that there’s an upcoming Scooby Doo DVD movie that will involving the Scooby Doo gang teaming up with Krypto The Super Dog. It’s most likely meant to tie in promotion for the theatrical Super Pets movie coming out next year starring Krypto. If nothing else, I think this can turn out pretty well given how both Scooby and Krypto are happy, optimistic dogs. The director is Cecelia Aranovich Hamilton (a director for DC Superhero Girls 2015) and the producer is Rick Morales (who’s worked on plenty of DC and Scooby Doo projects). There’s nothing else known at the moment. This is mentioned on her resume, which is a PDF, so you have to specifically go to the page.

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    • Why not? Scooby Doo has teamed up with just about every other franchise under the sun at this point. Also, Warner Brothers produced a Krypto the Superdog animated series for Cartoon Network back in 2005. That series was developed by Allen Burnett and Paul Dini, who of course previously worked on Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series.

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  9. Here’s another Space Jam 2 trailer.

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  10. Here’s the trailer for Monsters At Work.

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  11. Most of us have undoubtedly seen by this point the latest trailer for Warner Brothers Space Jam: A New Legacy (which is set to debut on July 16). This one is a parody of ESPN’s award winning 30 for 30 documentary series.

    Let’s now take a moment to savor the irony of a Warner Brothers feature film being heavily promoted on the Disney owned ESPN.

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  12. Insider has collected a wide database of queer characters in children’s animation dating all the way back to the 1980s.
    https://www.insider.com/lgbtq-cartoon-characters-kids-database-2021-06?page=see-the-data

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  13. There’s an upcoming Nickelodeon show called Middlemost Post. It’s created by John Trabbic III, a storyboard artist on the recent seasons of Spongebob SquarePants. The show centers on the adventures of Parker J. Cloud (a rain cloud), Angus (a human), and Russell (a seal) as they deliver mail all over their hometown Somewhere. Some clips from the show (which I assume are shorts) are on YouTube. The creator also confirmed that Parker is non-binary due to saying “It’s not a boy or a girl. It’s a cloud.” even though he describes the character with masculine pronouns.

    https://youtu.be/3v-PSe7Z3Fw (17:10)

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    • I’m no expert on this, like at all, but if the creator describes the character with masculine pronouns, then he’s not non-binary; he’s a male. He’s a male cloud. You can’t be non-binary and be identified by one gender. That’s like being a vegetarian who likes to eat meat.

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    • silverstar

      I’ve heard and read about Middlemost Post starting around last year. You can’t judge a book by its’ cover obviously, but on the surface, it appears to be one of those “weird for the sake of being weird” shows, like Pig Goat Banana Cricket, which leave a bad taste in my mouth. ‘Weird’ of course is a relative term in animation, but even the best absurdist comedy cartoons have an established set of rules within its’ own universe and work well when they abide by said rules. This on the other hand just seems like the creators just threw a bunch of crazy stuff at the screen and made a show about what stuck. There’s no reason for the main character to be a cloud, he just is. There’s no mythos attached to his being a cloud, he’s just a cloud who delivers mail along with a non-anthropomorphic seal and a mustachioed man and they all live on a boat on top of a mountain because weird = funny. Hilarious.

      One of the few shows which could make that work was Uncle Grandpa, and even that show set some parameters, albeit loosely, plus that show was genuinely funny and cleverly written.

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      • At 15:25 in video, John Trabbic talks about some of his animation influences. He mentions Fleischer shorts and Danger Mouse as some of his influences. When he was creating Middlemost Post, he said that Parker is a cloud who used to rain on people’s days, but now wants to brighten their days. Parker is a metaphorical reflection of John himself, who became more compassionate over the years. It’s a show about optimism. Also, in addition to SpongeBob, he also worked on Pig Goat Banana Cricket.

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    • silverstar

      Fair enough. Optimism and compassion are definitely things we could use more of right now. While Middlemost Post doesn’t look like anything I’d personally make plans to watch, I wish Mr. Trabbic luck. Don’t let my crankiness dissuade you or anyone else from checking this show out if it tickles your fancy. Keep in mind that I’m light years away from Nick’s target audience, so my opinion of Nick’s shows doesn’t carry the weight of a moonbeam.

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  14. So, two things of note:

    1. So, remember when I posted that article about My Adventures With Superman? Well, at 8:15 in this video, Tom Anschiem mentioned how the Christopher Reeves Superman movies are a large inspiration for this series.

    https://worldscreenevents.com/festivals/keynote-warnermedias-tom-ascheim/

    2. Middlemost Post premieres in July. As for voice actors, we have Parker voiced by Becky Robinson (she’s mainly done anime, but also did voice work on Doug Unplugs) while Angus is voiced by John DiMaggio.

    https://www.awn.com/animationworld/middlemost-post-all-smiles-nicks-first-original-series-5-years

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  15. Coming July 30 is a musical Netflix series called Centaurworld. It’s created by Megan Nicole Dang (who worked on How To Train Your Dragon 3 and Pinky Malinky) and is a 20 episode series.

    “Centaurworld”  follows a war horse who is transported from her embattled world to a strange land inhabited by silly, singing centaurs of all species, shapes, and sizes.

    “According to the creator the story was inspired by her experience of growing up in an Asian American household in Southern California with serious academic aspirations, only to be thrown into a high school show choir by some quirk of her high school’s lesson scheduling.”

    The voice cast includes

    Kimiko Glenn as Horse

    Megan Hilty as Wammawink

    Jessie Mueller as Rider

    Josh Radnor as Durpleton

    Parvesh Cheena as Zulius

    Chris Diamantopoulos is CHED

    Megan Nicole Dong as Glendale

    The show is animated by Mercury Filmworks, whose other works include Wander Over Yonder (season 1 only), Mickey Mouse 2013, The Lion Guard, Hilda, and Kid Cosmic, among many other projects.

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/netflix-orders-centaurworld-animated-series-1235591/?__twitter_impression=true

    https://variety.com/2021/film/festivals/netflix-shares-centaurworld-trailer-stills-to-karmas-world-back-to-the-outback-and-lin-mirandas-vivo-exclu-1234995707/

    https://mobile.twitter.com/sketchshark/status/1404123430891393026

    https://mobile.twitter.com/sketchshark/status/1404149509072986113

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    • silverstar

      “Cocaine is a hell of a drug.”

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  16. Spidey And His Amazing Friends marks the first preschool Marvel cartoon, coming out August 6. We have Benjamin Valic as Peter Parker, Lily Sanfelippo as Gwen Stacy, and Jakari Fraser as Miles Morales. A few things of note:

    1. The theme song and music for the series done by Patrick Stump. This is the first Spiderman show since Spectacular Spiderman, as well as the first Marvel show since Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, to have a theme song.

    2. The series is animated by Atomic Cartoons, whose other works include Legend Of The Three Caballeros, Molly Of Denali, and various Lego Star Wars and Lego Jurassic World projects.

    3. Some of the people attached to the series are Ashley Mendoza (who’s worked on various Disney Junior shows like Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Jake And The Neverland Pirates), Chris Moreno (art director and co-producer on Muppet Babies 2018), and Chris Gilligan (supervising director on Goldie And Bear and TOTS).

    4. Some of the other confirmed voice actors include Nicolas Roye as the Spider computer, Kelly Ohanian as Doc Ock, Sandra Saad as Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel (who she voiced in the Avengers video game from last year), and Justin Shenkarow (though it’s not known who he’s playing).

    5. It seems like the only other prominent heroes in the show are Ms. Marvel, Hulk, and Black Panther, and mainly as recurring characters.

    https://insidethemagic.net/2019/08/disney-junior-announces-new-spidey-tv-show-kc1/

    https://www.cbr.com/disney-junior-spidey-amazing-friends-mickey-mouse-funhouse-premiere-dates/

    https://www.licenseglobal.com/streaming-and-tv/exclusive-marvel-licensing-talks-marvels-spidey-and-his-amazing-friends-series

    https://www.dgepress.com/disneyjunior/pressrelease/grammy-award-nominated-musician-patrick-stump-performs-theme-song-for-marvels-spidey-and-his-amazing-friends-premiering-this-summer-on-disney-junior/

    https://mobile.twitter.com/sandraramzysaad/status/1402761034562097153

    https://mobile.twitter.com/justinshenkarow/status/1404943340685066247

    https://mobile.twitter.com/TheNicolasRoye/status/1402406676683128833

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  17. I found this Muppet Babies tweet from Tom Warburton from back in April. Why I only discovered it now is a mystery. In any case, the show didn’t win the Annie Awards for preschool programming, but here’s the acceptance speech for what would have happened if the show did win.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/misterwarburton/status/1384312520232497153

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  18. There’s a new show coming to Disney Channel in 2023. It’s called Kiff, and comes from South African creators Lucy Heavens and Nic Small. Kent Osborne is co-producer and story editor.

    The series follows Kiff, an optimistic squirrel whose best intentions often lead to complete chaos, and her best friend Barry, a sweet and mellow bunny. Set in the bustling mountains, where animals and magical creatures live together in harmony, the series features the duo, who take the town by storm with their endless adventures and zest for life. Each half-hour episode, comprised of two 11-minute stories, will include a new original song. Kiff is actually a slang word for cool in South Africa.

    The show is produced by Disney Television Animation in collaboration with Titmouse.

    https://deadline.com/2021/06/kiff-disney-channel-greenlights-lucy-heavens-nic-smal-1234776492/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

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  19. The news just keeps coming in. In any case, we have a date of July 9. The Patrick Star Show is at 7:00pm with Middlemost Post at 7:30pm. This continues the trend where the early part of the decade will have at least 2 Nicktoons premiere on the same day. August 11, 1991 had Rugrats, Ren And Stimpy, and Doug. March 30, 2001 had Invader Zim and The Fairly Odd Parents. October 2, 2010 had TUFF Puppy and Planet Sheen. Now this trend continues with The Patrick Star Show and Middlemost Post both coming out July 9.

    https://deadline.com/video/nickelodeon-trailers-spongebob-squarepants-spinoff-the-patrick-star-show-middleman-post/

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  20. Looney Tunes Cartoons is coming to Cartoon Network on July 5!

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    • silverstar

      Sofiablythe2014 already mentioned this, but thanks. 🙂

      Anyways, to Goldstar’s point: I’m guessing that CN is banking on this being summer vacation, that the bigger kids who are currently home will flock to LTC as an alternative to preschool programming. If school were in session, then yeah, an afternoon or evening time slot would be preferable. The show’s been airing on HBO Max for a while now, so it’s not exactly like it’s dependent on TV ratings; this is more than likely just a summer thing.

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  21. https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/scooby-doo-courage-the-cowardly-dog-trailer

    The crossover movie between Scooby Doo And Courage The Cowardly Dog comes out September 14.

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    • silverstar

      Eh, Scooby-Doo’s crossed over with just about everybody at this point, so why not Courage?

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      • 1. There was those crossover commercials that aired in the late 1990s/early 2000s, like this one. The fact that this eventually resulted in a crossover movie is pretty cool.

        2. On another note, the article says Jeff Bergman is voicing Eustace. This isn’t the first time he voiced him.

        3. This is probably the first time since the Johnny Bravo crossover that Scooby Doo crossed over with a Cartoon Network original (and not something like another WB property or a real life group of people like WWE or KISS).

        https://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/voice-compare/Courage-the-Cowardly-Dog/Eustace-Bagge/

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