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Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever

27 Apr

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever

As many of our readers know, I am a HUGE Aqua Teen Hunger Force fan.

After C2E2, it seems there is some sad news for fans of the show.

When talking about the new upcoming 11th season of Aqua Teen (which starts June 21 on Adult Swim and will be called ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever‘), creator Dave Willis announced that this season will be its last.

What a killer blow to my happiness right after my birthday (also this month).

Ugh.

I’ve just always felt like no matter how bad things got in life, or in general, that Aqua Teen would always be there for me. It has always brightened my day, inspired laughter with its insane absurdity, and provided a constant happy place for me in my life.

Maybe I’ve just never had a television show I’ve loved this much come to an end.

But Aqua Teen is definitely that show.

It’s one of my favorite things in the world– right up there with my lovely wife or a big juicy steak.

I do want to posit the possibility that this whole ‘final season’ thing is a joke, since the ATHF guys are always joking about stuff and screwing around (with the show’s title, characters, etc). But Aqua Teen IS Adult Swim’s longest running show (since 2001). Maybe they’ve just decided to hang it up.

More than a few people think that this cancellation/ending is happening because the unaired Aqua Teen episode “Boston” leaked onto YouTube, and Ted Turner previously vowed to cancel the show if that episode ever appeared anywhere. (Does Ted still care about that all these years later? Is he really that much of a jerk?? Maybe.)

Regardless, Turner DID just sign a multi-year contract with Hulu, which means that Aqua Teen episodes will be able to be viewed there (along with Regular Show episodes!) This is a cool development, but of little consolation to me, since it looks quite possible my favorite TV show ever is coming to an end.

A while back, the Aqua Teen guys did promise us a second full-length film (tentatively titled ‘Death Fighter‘) that was to be a sequel to the first ATHF movie (‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters‘). So… I don’t know how that’s going to play out. Maybe the intended plot of that movie was worked into this final season..?

If this is really the end, I can only hope that this final season of Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Forever) will be amazing, and let the series go out with a bang.

I’m sure it will.

In every season of Aqua Teen, there are episodes that are duds and episodes that are gems– just like any TV show, or like anything else in life.

And for the record, I have truly loved them all.

We’re psyched (and sad) for the 11th season of Aqua Teen, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever, which begins airing June 21 at midnight on Adult Swim.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever

Fall/Winter Cartoon Season — Simpsons, American Dad!, Regular Show, Gumball, Sanjay and Craig, SpongeBob, and more!

10 Oct

Yeti Krabs - Spongebob Squarepants

Instead of a constantly-updated blog post or two, we added a sweet new feature to the blog design here!

Up above and to the right (and we’re also linking them here in this post), next to the (also updated) ‘About‘ page, we made two new pages — ‘Show Statuses‘ and ‘Upcoming Episodes‘!

So, check out the new header area. And bookmark us!

We’ll leave some of the upcoming 2015/2016 show info we’ve had posted here for a while now below, but from now on, we’ll be updating all the show/episode info on those two pages!

Plus, those two pages have all kinds of sweet links and stuff.

Enjoy em!

**** 2015-2016 DATES (SOME TENTATIVE/TBA): ****

Sunday, Jan 4
The Simpsons – “The Man Who Came to Be Dinner” (FOX)

Sunday, Jan 11
The Simpsons – “The Musk Who Fell to Earth” (FOX)

Sunday, Jan 18
The Simpsons – “Bart’s New Friend” (FOX  – written by Judd Apatow!)

Feb
American Dad! – more new episodes

Friday, Feb 6
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (second SpongeBob movie, in 3D — will be released in theaters)

Aqua Teen Hunger Force (or whatever it will be titled this next season) season 11 (Adult Swim – Feb? 2015)

Bordertown (series premiere – FOX – spring 2015)

Rick and Morty season 2 (Adult Swim – summer 2015)

The Amazing World of Gumball renewed for season 4 (2015) and season 5 (2016) (Cartoon Network)

Sanjay and Craig renewed for season 3 (Nickelodeon, 2015)

SpongeBob Squarepants season 10 is confirmed (Nickelodeon, 2015?)

Brickleberry, South Park and More… Even Further Into the Fall 2014 Cartoon Season

16 Sep

Ethel! Brickleberry!We’re heading further into the fall 2014 season of cartoons, and it’s looking like it’s gonna keep being a great one!

Tonight (September 16th), season 3 of Brickleberry begins with “Obamascare” at 10:30/9:30c on Comedy Central. The season will continue on forthcoming Tuesdays.

For the next three Thursdays, new season 3 Amazing World of Gumball episodes continue airing at 6:30/5:30c on Cartoon Network. The next three to air will be “The Mothers” (September 18th), “The Password” (September 25th) and “The Procrastinators” (October 2nd).

This next Saturday, September 20th, season 2 of Sanjay and Craig continues with “Barfy’s Babies” and “Butts Up Club”. There will be two more episodes of S&C on September 27th — “Screamday” and “Enter Sandman”.

This upcoming Sunday, September 21st, the final American Dad! on FOX (“Blagsnarst: A Love Story”, featuring the voice of Kim Kardashian) airs at 9:30pm before it moves to TBS for its new season (starting October 20th, episodes will air at 9/8c, and will likely continue on the following Mondays). In addition, Mr. Pickles has its SERIES premiere that same Sunday on Adult Swim at midnight, followed by the Squidbillies season 8 premiere at 12:15am!

Next week on Wednesday, September 24th, season 18 of South Park premieres at 10pm on Comedy Central. The season will likely continue on forthcoming Wednesdays.

The Sunday after that, September 28th, will be the season 26 premiere of The Simpsons with episode “Clown in the Dumps” at 8/7c, followed by the one hour premiere of Family Guy, the Simpsons crossover episode “The Simpsons Guy”!

We’re also waiting for Wander Over Yonder to return. There are still 11 episodes left in its first season.

Also, all the BoJack Horseman season 1 episodes are up on Netflix — really a must-watch show. It’s so hilarious. We’re making our way through this first season, and loving every minute of it!

So, to sum up…..

TUESDAYS: Brickleberry (Comedy Central, 10:30/9:30c)

WEDNESDAYS: (Starting next week) South Park (Comedy Central, 10pm)

THURSDAYS: The Amazing World of Gumball (Cartoon Network, 6:30/5:30c)

SATURDAYS: Sanjay and Craig (Nickelodeon, usually 10/10:30am-ish)

SUNDAYS: (This week) American Dad! (FOX, 9:30/8:30c) Mr. Pickles (Midnight, Adult Swim) Squidbillies (12:15am, Adult Swim)

SUNDAYS: (The week after) The Simpsons (FOX, 8/7c) Family Guy (Simpsons crossover — FOX, 9/8c) Mr. Pickles and Squidbillies (Adult Swim, same time as previous week!)

EXTRA CREDIT: BoJack Horseman (Full first season, on Netflix!)

Adult Swim Fall 2014 Lineup: Mr. Pickles and Squidbillies

5 Sep

Since we pretty much covered a bunch of FOX’s September offerings, I felt like it would be appropriate to talk a little about what Adult Swim is offering for their fall lineup.

Firstly, we have Mr. Pickles.Mr Pickles

Mr. Pickles is a fantastic-looking show about a secretly Satanic and depraved border collie. If it sounds ridiculous, that’s because it is, and that’s exactly how I like my cartoons. Nuts, insane, just extremely over the top.

Mr. Pickles premieres on Sunday, September 21st at 12 midnight, on Adult Swim.

The art is incredible, and the humor– well, let’s just say I’m just really excited to see where this show goes and if its weird, sick humor catches on or not (I hope it does)!

Lastly, what is it about Squidbillies that makes it so amazing?!?

I can’t say for sure.

What I do know is that the squids are run by the same mastermind behind my beloved Aqua Teen, and the crude, dirty animation is just so special in my heart.

I’ve watched the show since its humble beginnings, and although this next new season that starts September 21 should be season 9, they’re calling it season 8 still (for some reason), and I suppose we’ll just let ’em. I love this stupid family of endangered mud squids that mirror Honey Boo Boo’s family way too much to care.

Squidbillies season 8 on adult swim!

All of that said, we’re fully prepared for even more Adult Swim premiere awesomeness in September — as always, more news to come!

Every Simpsons Ever on FXX August 21, Netflix-Exclusive Series Bojack Horseman August 22

21 Aug

Simpsons marathon - every Simpsons ever!

The massive The Simpsons ‘Every Episode Ever’ marathon has begun — today (Aug 21) — on FXX, and Bojack Horseman will be available tomorrow (Aug 22) on Netflix! Hope everyone has their DVRs all set up.

Let’s talk about Bojack Horseman for a minute.

It’s an interesting concept.

You take a mega-star like Will Arnett, and then make him the voice of a talking horse-man who is a washed-up former actor.

This is the kind of thing that’s made for people like us. Weird, dirty, and seemingly hilarious, this made-for-Netflix animated series looks like a win on all fronts.

There is a cool gallery of Will Arnett and Aaron Paul on set doing the voiceover work for Bojack here, and two trailers have also been released for the show’s premiere.

This isn’t the first time Netflix has offered original animated content, although it is one of the first original fully made-for-Netflix shows out there. Another example of Netflix animated TV content is the former Cartoon Network show Problem Solverz — all the previously unaired season 2 episodes (that I only just found out exist!) are also now available exclusively on Netflix!

(Now if they’d only give us more Secret Mountain Fort Awesome!!)

We’re all really looking forward to the Netflix exclusive premiere of Bojack Horseman tomorrow, and we’re also psyched for the ‘Every Simpsons Ever’ marathon event that has already begun, today, on FXX!

Bojack Horseman - August 22 on Netflix!

Goodbye, ‘The Looney Tunes Show’… Hello, ‘Wabbit’!

13 Aug

Wabbit-A Looney Tunes Production

Unfortunately, I just recently read the confirmation of The Looney Tunes Show‘s cancellation after only two seasons. It was a great show — hilarious, and a fresh take on the Looney Tunes characters as they all lived in the same neighborhood in modern times. The songs were hit and miss, but many of the show’s main segments were amazingly funny, with Daffy being even more of a self-centered narcissist (is that possible?!?) and rooming with the usually calm, responsible, and centered Bugs — both of them living near the homes of Sam, Granny, Porky, etc.

However, the good news is that a new show centering around Bugs, called Wabbit is in production and should air in 2015! This fantastic news was confirmed at the 2014 Cartoon Network upfronts.

I think Wabbit is an excellent move for Cartoon Network. While I love Daffy and occasionally some other Looney Tunes characters (VERY occasionally), Bugs is and always has been the best and funniest part of any Looney Tunes segment. I’ve always disliked Sylvester and Tweety, for example, and I always hope against hope when I see that infamous Merrie Melodies logo that a Bugs Bunny cartoon is going to follow it!

So I’m pretty psyched for Wabbit. Shown above, in this post here, is the logo for the show that Cartoon Network has provided. We will provide more information on it as it comes down the pike.

Good stuff!

Interview with Jason Barnes (animator on Squids, ATHF, Archer)!

4 Aug

For this post, we have something special for you — another exclusive interview, this time with Jason Barnes, who has worked on Aqua Teen, Squidbillies, and currently works for Archer!

Animated TV Blog: Hi, Jason. When did you start out in the TV/animation industry? Who did you first work for?

Jason Barnes: I started working in television in 2008. I was still attending art school at the Art Institute of Atlanta at the time when I got an internship at Radical Axis to work on Squidbillies (season 3 or 4?) and ATHF. The internship was unpaid, but the experience was payment enough. They basically taught me how to use Adobe Flash haha. It was fantastic and stressful all at the same time. I mean, I was just a kid. All these animators had at least 5-6 years of professional work under their belts. But they let me do everything from key animation to design work for squids. It was a dream come true since Squidbillies was a HUGE inspiration for me in college. Aside from the work experience, I made some GREAT contacts that have kept me working ever since. In fact, after my 3 month internship I went back to school to finish up my last 2 quarters at AiA, then almost immediately after graduation started working on Squidbillies again.

ATB: Had you known a long time you wanted to be in the TV/animation industry? Who or what are some of your biggest inspirations?

JB: Honestly, growing up I didn’t know you could be in TV/animation without being famous. In high school, I thought you needed to be the BEST in order to work in entertainment (not really true, but it helps to strive for the best, obviously). I had just built it up in my head that if you weren’t John K from birth, you were nobody and you’d never work anywhere. Haha. But the way I “found out” I could be in animation was talking to my mom one day (I had recently graduated high school) She straight up just told me “go to art school. You suck at business and can’t be a doctor, but you LOVE to draw. So. Do it.” And literally within a week I was applying to art school. haha.

…Which I guess leads to the next question… John K’s Ren & Stimpy molded my little child brain growing up. It was the craziest thing I had ever seen on television. I would draw the characters constantly. That show remained a huge influence on me throughout college as well. Then I discovered Adult Swim and that became my bible. Haha. ATHF and Squidbillies actually still inspire me to this day. But now, there’s a TON of things I see online and on television that inspire me. A Rick and Morty screener is currently sitting on my desk waiting to be rewatched. Comedy Central’s TripTank is my new jam. It’s a great format for animation. Pretty much a different style every 2-3 minutes haha, so I never get bored. Plus it’s all submission based content so indie animators can get stuff on air without too much producer interference. A lot of live-action stuff inspires me too. Trailer Park Boys, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, True Detective, and Fargo are very inspiring to watch, even though I’m no filmmaker. They’ll get me jazzed about certain color choices or shot layouts, hell even character design. Pretty sure Walter White or Ricky from Trailer Park Boys has made it into at least ONE character line-up I’ve done for a studio.

ATB: Not much is known to the public about Radical Axis (animation company), even though they animated two of our (and many other folks’) favorite cartoons, Aqua Teen and Squidbillies. What was it like working for them? Were there good perks to the job?

JB: Radical was great. They gave me the contacts and experience I needed to get comfortable with the industry. They were small and pretty laid back compared to the larger studios out West, and it was the perfect environment for young, budding artists to learn to perform pretty much any task in the animation pipeline. For most of my time there, the crew was only about 12-15 people; usually 4-5 animators, 2-4 compositors, an editor, and a few producers. At one point, there were a little over 100 people working there when Archer (Floyd County Productions) was just starting production on season 1 and needed studio space (So they merged with Radical for a season). It was kinda nuts, Suddenly we were filled to the brim with brilliant artists working on a show that we had NO idea was going to be so successful, let alone EMMY-NOMINATED one day. Haha. As far as job perks go, I got to work with my best friends all day. Pretty perky if you ask me. But yeah, we’d get lots of Adult Swim swag all the time, anything from Early Cuyler trucker hats with “Breathe If You’re Horny” on ’em to Meatwad beanbag chairs. We’d also get movie screening passes occasionally, and once we even got free passes to Dragon Con which was AWESOME. But I digress. Radical eventually dissolved, and people scattered around the country. Awesome Incorporated took over Squids and ATHF almost immediately. Luckily, some animators transferred over to help out.

ATB: You work for Archer today — how does working there differ from working at Radical Axis? For example, what were/are the production times/deadlines for different shows, ATHF, Squidbillies, Archer etc — how does that work?

JB: Well, Archer is kinda insane compared to Squidbillies. You’re talking a 6 artist crew for Squids and an 80+ artist crew for Archer. The switch was overwhelming. The biggest difference between the two is expectation. Archer requires a level of artistry unparalleled in the industry, while Squids is a beautifully loose and dirty show. I wish there was a happy medium between the two, but I’ve yet to find it. Another thing that separates the two shows is obviously budget; Archer can afford to draw out an episode’s production to as long as a couple months, while Squids is pretty much done in 4-5 weeks, for as cheap as possible.

ATB: I see on your IMDb entry (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3439363) that you even worked on an episode of Unsupervised! – another great show – and Out There, which I haven’t even had a chance to see yet. I also know you have a pretty excellent tumblr (thebarnes.tumblr.com) with some great images of your art — do you have a demo reel of your animation available online anywhere?

JB: Haha- IMDB is a little outdated, currently it’s only about 50% of the work I’ve done. I actually worked on all 13 of Unsupervised (RIP) and about half of Out There. Both shows were so much fun to work on. An absolute shame they didn’t make it to second seasons. Unsupervised was expected to not make it; just clashed too hard with FX’s line-up. But Out There was a perfect show; funny, smart, and visually engaging there’s no reason it shouldn’t have been renewed. It was the perfect animated flagship for IFC. The way she goes, I guess…

As far as a CURRENT demo reel… I do not have one. BUT you can find my old college stuff and some shitty internship work from Radical Axis over at TheBarnesVault.com haha. My tumblr is the best way to follow my current work.

ATB: Wow, I agree on Unsupervised being extremely underrated. Do you watch cartoons now, or maybe you have for years..? This may be similar to your answer in the second question above, but what are some of your favorite cartoons?

JB: I’m constantly watching new cartoons, mainly animator’s personal projects on youtube or vimeo. See above. Haha.

ATB: Any advice for aspiring animators?

JB: First off, get comfortable and connected with your creativity. Sit with a stack of post-it notes and just draw if you’re not comfortable with your own style yet. I find the post-it note format keeps things fast, simple, and small; there’s little room for details and overwhelming pressure (especially if you doodle with a Sharpie, that’s my fav). Another thing that’s helped me get comfortable and connected with my creativity over the years is “There are no rules, just tools.” At least when it comes to my own work, I constantly remind myself that there is no one watching over my shoulder telling me how things should look. It calms me down (I’m kind of an anxious person in that respect haha). If there’s one thing I’ve learned about art, it’s that you’ve gotta stay loose and relaxed. Otherwise you tighten up and your work gets strangled and stiff. Feel the flow, as they say. You also gotta FEED the flow, too! Get a tumblr account and start following artists, and then follow the artists that those artists follow/reblog. That’s the quickest way to get connected with other artists and stay fresh on current trends and techniques. Not to mention it’s an endless feed of inspiration. Some truly brilliant artists floating out there in the blogosphere that you won’t find in any production art book or art history book unfortunately.

ATB: We want to thank Jason for doing this interview, and for imparting such great advice to our readers! Thanks again, Jason!