Saturday, November 3, 2012

Cartoon Network’s 20th Birthday - part 4 of 4

What would happen if Tuff-Girl and Wichita found themselves transported to the Land of Ooo of Adventure Time?

Digital color over cleaned scan of India Ink

Original animation in the last five years of the network’s first 20 years (2007-2012) were marked by 2 things.

The first is investing in the action show. Besides the three (so far) spin-off Ben 10 series, three new action shows premiered: Secret Saturdays, Generator Rex and Sym-Bionic Titan. This far out paces the first fifteen years which only saw two original action shows premiere. And where these three may have failed to win big audiences, partnerships with Lucas Films Animation and DC Comic/ Warner Brothers Animation helped to satisfy viewers’ craving for a good, fantastic battle with the likes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008-present), Young Justice (2010-present) and Green Lantern: The Animated Series (2011-present).

The second, arguably, is the ironic or non-sequitur comedy of a post-Simpsons world. Chowder (2007) and The Marvelous World of Flapjack (2008) were the first to hit with their unique worlds of characters and their ever more outrageous comic adventures. The two series which had quickly to dialed in on the right mix of funny and weirdness are Adventure Time (2010-present) and Regular Show (2010-present).

Happy 20th birthday, Cartoon Network.

I think that not only would Tuff-Girl and Finn get along well, a young woman who loves bashing a baddie and a boy whose life seems to be an endless if reckless adventure, but Finn would probably have a crush on the power-house in red.

Wichita, by contrast, would be absolutely freaked out by Jake’s stretching abilities.

Eagle One and Ice King would initially find common ground in mayhem and destruction and shared admiration of the ladies of the land. But the buds would inevitably parts ways with Ice King’s jealousy of Eagle One’s successful flirtations with a few princesses, and Eagle One’s growing suspicions that the King is kind of a weirdo.

I have worked as a staff artist for Cartoon Network since 2001.

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