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20 Great Animated TV Shows That We Watch and Follow

29 Nov
Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty

We wrote a list like this a few posts back, but shows are always being canceled, and new ones are always premiering. It’s the animated TV circle of life.

We took some time and gathered up a NEW list of the 20 shows that we currently love, watch, and follow. And this time, we tried our best to gather up as much detailed information as we could about the present and future of each show.

Here’s the list of cartoons – ask questions or post comments you may have below the post!

The Amazing World of Gumball (Finale episode of season 2 will air next Tuesday, December 3, on Cartoon Network. Season 3 of the show will feature a new voice actor for the voice of Gumball, and is confirmed, but its exact start date is TBA.)

American Dad! (Currently airing new episodes of season 10 on Sunday nights on FOX. Season 10 ends in February 2014. Reruns are aired on adult swim. This 10th season is the show’s last on FOX, as it is moving to TBS for its 11th season around July 2014, exact start date TBA.)

Annoying Orange (The latest new episode was shown August 2013 on Cartoon Network. I’m sure more will come.)

Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Known as Aqua TV Show Show for this last season, the show recently completed its 10th season on Cartoon Network’s adult swim. It was fantastic, as always. We are always excited for the next season. The show may have a new name next season. Who even knows at this point. I just hope they continue making this show forever. Exact details and start date for what I hope is a season 11 TBA.)

Archer (Season 5 begins January 13th 2014 on FX!)

Beavis and Butt-Head (Episodes of season 8 were aired in 2011 after a long hiatus and revival, but then there was no real further news from MTV of its status. In 2012, the manager of the ‘Save Beavis & Butt-Head 2013’ campaign discovered that the show had been cancelled on MTV. The show is now possibly seeking a new home, and Hulu has reportedly shown interest.)

Bob’s Burgers (Currently airing new episodes of season 4 on Sunday nights on FOX. Season 4 ends in February 2014, with the rest of the Animation Domination lineup. Occasional reruns are aired on adult swim.)

Brickleberry (Season 2 just ended on Comedy Central. The show has been well received, and is one of the funniest new shows we’ve seen in a long time. Season 3 has been confirmed for 2014, exact start date TBA.)

China, IL (Season 2 just ended on adult swim. The new 30-minute format works great, and we’re psyched for a season 3, which we hope will be confirmed soon!)

Family Guy (Currently airing new episodes of season 12 on Sunday nights on FOX. Season 12 ends in February 2014. Reruns are aired on adult swim. Just killed off Brian Griffin and replaced with new family dog Vinny.)

The Looney Tunes Show (Has been airing new episodes of season 2 on Cartoon Network. The latest episode was August 2013, and the air date for the next and perhaps final episode of the season, ‘SuperRabbit’, is currently TBA.)

Metalocalypse (After season 4 on adult swim, when Toki was kidnapped, the hour-long special ‘Doomstar Requiem : A Klok Opera’ aired October 2013 on adult swim. Was pretty amazingly epic. No news yet about a 5th season, but the end of the Klok Opera was a cliffhanger and hinted at more ahead.)

Regular Show (Currently showing new episodes of season 5 on Monday nights on Cartoon Network. Season 5 ends December 31, 2013 with a new years themed episode. Recently aired a half-hour Thanksgiving special episode. Season 6 has been confirmed for 2014.)

Rick and Morty (Season 1 premieres December 2nd at 10:30 on adult swim! The entire pilot can currently be seen on YouTube! From the creator of Community. This is a seriously amazing and hilarious show. You need to see this!!)

Sanjay and Craig (Season 1 on Nickelodeon just ended in November 2013, and season 2 has been confirmed, exact start date TBA. Another new, amazing and very funny show. Thuropp Van Ormann from Flapjack works on this.)

The Simpsons (Currently airing new episodes of season 25 on Sunday nights on FOX. Season 25 will likely end February 2014 with the rest of the Animation Domination lineup, although exact air dates of each episode have not yet been specified. Season 26 has been confirmed by FOX and will most likely begin September 2014 with the rest of FOX’s Animation Domination lineup.)

South Park (Currently airing new episodes of season 17 on Wednesday nights on Comedy Central. Recently engulfed in a multi-part ‘Black Friday Saga’. A deal with Comedy Central was made in 2011 to keep the series going until at least season 20, in 2016.)

SpongeBob Squarepants (Currently sporadically airing new episodes from the show’s current season, season 9. And season 9 has been airing since 2012! The show is so popular, it can basically air episodes whenever it wants on Nickelodeon, and it generally does so. The most recent episode was earlier this month, and the next episode, “Brainless”, has no specified air date yet. Season 10 may begin in 2014. A second SpongeBob movie is also in the works. It was announced that filming is starting in Georgia. The movie will star Antonio Banderas, and will perhaps have a 2015 release date. See article on both of these recent developments here.)

Squidbillies (Recently completed season 8 on adult swim. It was fantastic as always, and we are psyched for what we hope is another season, exact start date TBA!)

Superjail (Season 4 will consist of 6 episodes, and will air on adult swim in 2014.)

Transformers: Prime (This is admittedly the 21st animated TV show in a list of 20 currently-airing shows, and the only non-comedy entry. This is because the third and final season of TF: Prime aired this year, but there was a Predacons movie in October. Perhaps there will be more of these types of specials in the future. TF: Prime is and was such an excellent show.)

You should really watch the whole pilot of Rick and Morty right here. Seriously.

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Futurama Canceled. Again. Along With Ugly Americans and The Cleveland Show.

27 Apr

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Ugh. Comedy Central did it again. I’m sure most people know by now, but Futurama is canceled. Again. By Comedy Central.

So is Ugly Americans.

But luckily, Brickleberry (which we liked) is still around.

Some great Animation Domination lately, despite The Cleveland Show also being canceled.

Bob’s Burgers is GOLD. Simpsons has been great as always. The winning combo of Faimly Guy and American Dad!… all on FOX.

Killer Regular Show and Annoying Orange episodes on Cartoon Network.

Who knows when or if we’ll see new Beavis and Butthead episodes on MTV. I hope we will.

They’re airing the final 13 Futurama episodes in June.

But who knows. Maybe another network will revive it again! Hah.

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Superjail! New Season Beginning, Animation Domination, Regular Show Special

29 Sep

Brickleberry!Ah, cartoon seasons end and cartoon seasons begin…

A lot of great stuff happening this month!

Great cartoon series that had their season finales:

Metalocalypse (new Dethklok III album out Oct 16!)
Aqua Something You Know Whatever
Squidbillies
Futurama (mid-season finale)
Regular Show (mid-season finale – starts again this Monday, October 1, with a HALF HOUR special – see below!)

Cartoon seasons already begun/beginning:

The Amazing World of Gumball (already started – new most Tuesdays, Cartoon Network)
Brickleberry – started Sept 25, Comedy Central (continues on Tuesdays)
South Park – started Sept 26, Comedy Central (continues on Wednesdays)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Sept 29, Nickelodeon (Will it be good?)
The Simpsons – Sept 30, FOX
Bob’s Burgers – Sept 30, FOX
The Cleveland Show – Sept 30, FOX
Family Guy – Sept 30, FOX
American Dad! – Sept 30, FOX (all five of the previously mentioned shows air most Sundays starting around 7!)
Superjail! – Sept 30, adult swim (Cartoon Network, continues every Sunday)
Regular Show – Oct 1, Cartoon Network (should continue most Mondays)

Superjail! has a new tumblr blog! And the new season starts tomorrow – Sunday night – along with all the Animation Domination shows on FOX!

Straight from Brad Neely, new episodes of China, IL are being finished up, probably for a summer premiere – and they will be HALF HOUR episodes!

There’s a new Spongebob rock and roll special airing on Nickelodeon soon, and there is a 4D Spongebob movie announced for Spring – probably in theaters..?

There have been no official announcments as to whether Ugly Americans has been renewed for a new season (we hope!) but MTV’s Unsupervised is coming back.

Hey MTV, I want more Beavis and Butt-Head episodes!

Great new cartoon-based toys came out for Regular Show and also now for T.U.F.F. Puppy! Now where are my American Dad! action figures, Seth?!?

Finally, Futurama and Regular Show won Emmys!!! Congrats to Maurice Lamarche, J.G. Quintel, and everyone else! We love ya!

As always, check out the links over on the right hand side for ALL the official websites of our favorite shows, and follow us on Twitter.

20 Awesome Cartoons That Currently Produce and Air New Episodes

11 Sep

We’ll edit this list/post whenever things change (if shows are canceled/added, etc.)Dan Halen

These are all the ones we currently track, watch and love!

American Dad!
Annoying Orange
Aqua Something You Know Whatever
Beavis and Butt-Head
Bob’s Burgers
China, IL
Family Guy
Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole
Futurama
The Amazing World of Gumball
Metalocalypse
Regular Show
South Park
SpongeBob Squarepants
Squidbillies
Superjail!
The Cleveland Show
The Simpsons
T.U.F.F. Puppy
Ugly Americans

In addition, we’re looking forward to checking out Brickleberry in a few days here and the Seth MacFarlane reboot of The Flintstones, supposedly (hopefully!) coming in 2013.

OUR Picks For THE TOP 20 AMERICAN ANIMATED TV SERIES/CARTOONS OF ALL TIME!

2 Jun
MASTER SHAKE

THE TOP 20

After reading (sub-par) lists like “20 Essential Animated TV Series” and “All Time Top 50 Cartoon Shows”  (BOTH of which I found severely underwhelming/severely lacking), I made my OWN list of top 20 AMERICAN (because these lists really only cover American cartoons) TV series of ALL TIME!

Check it out. No particular order. You may disagree. You may have additions. Comment! These are my picks:

The Flintstones
The Jetsons
Looney Tunes
Futurama
The Simpsons
Family Guy
American Dad!
Bob’s Burgers
Regular Show
South Park
The Ren & Stimpy Show
Beavis & Butt-head
Spongebob Squarepants
Aqua Teen Hunger Force/Patrol Unit/Something Whatever
Chowder
The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack
Woody Woodpecker
Eek! the Cat
Animaniacs
Tiny Toons

What do you think? Check out the other 2 lists.. I guarantee you, MINE IS BEST. Haha.

Until next time (soon)!

A Year In Cartoons – 2011 To 2012 – A Rundown

30 May
Regular Show

Realistic Mordecai & Rigby

It’s been almost a year since I’ve posted!

To be fair, I moved (probably several times), lost several jobs, and I’m raising a 5 year old.

But he loves cartoons too!

For all of you on Twitter, many of you know that I’m on there constantly, of course – (twitter.com/animatedtvblog).

I’m changing the name of the blog here to “Animated TV Blog” like I use over on Twitter.

This year had a ton of great shows – Animation Domination, of course, with The MacFarlane Trinity: Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show.

We saw the rise in popularity of the amazing Bob’s Burgers, the cancellation of Napoleon Dynamite and Allen Gregory (thankfully!) and of course, my lifelong love, The Simpsons is still on the air and going strong (phooey to those who bitch about it!)

I’ve gathered together for the next post or two some interesting tidbits.

Futurama, as many know, is back in full force, and on Comedy Central starting in June 20th (check out the countdown here!) This last season of South Park and Ugly Americans were both pretty excellent – they had their hits and misses, all all series do (NONE of the series I’m mentioning are exempt from this rule!)

Aqua Something You Know Whatever starts in June as well on Cartoon Network’s adult swim – the 24th – and Squidbillies begins its new season soon also. Metalocalypse is well underway for this season too. There’s still a ton of great cartoons on adult swim!

The days on Cartoon Network are full of Regular Show and Adventure Time on most Mondays, sometimes The Amazing World of Gumball.

REALLY sad to see Secret Mountain Fort Awesome and Problem Solverz get cancelled.

And we never got our Cheyenne Cinnamon or Soul Quest Overdrive! Argh.

MTV did bring back Beavis and Butt-head, which honestly, I LOVED.

FX has Archer and Unsupervised (which I liked, hopefully it stays on air – it’s been renewed for a second season!)

Even SpongeBob Squarepants on Nick has been having great episodes lately! Some misses, but mostly hits.

I believe that’s mostly it for the moment.

In an upcoming post, I was inspired to write a “20 Essential American Cartoons” list, based on another one I found online – and mine is a VAST improvement!

So, here I am. I’m back.

Exclusive Interview : Chris Prynoski from Titmouse Inc.

5 Jun

Chris Prynoski of Titmouse

Here is an interview I did with Chris Prynoski (CP) of Titmouse Studios (Metalocalypse, Superjail, Freaknik, etc). My questions are preceded by “ATVS“.

ATVS: Hi Chris!

Firstly, thanks so much for agreeing to do this interview! I’m truly honored, as I’ve been a huge fan of what your studio has released (Metalocalypse, Freaknik, etc.)

I read that you worked in New York and at MTV with Daria and other shows right after college, and that you’ve always doodled in classes. Have you always had a passion for animation/cartoons/art, even when very young?

CP: Yep. I love cartoons. I think the doodling in classes and whatnot is common to every single person I’ve worked with in animation. There are so many post it sketches after every meeting we have at Titmouse, I don’t know what to do with them. Sometimes I fight the post its with my bare fists. Sometimes I have to use lasers.

I did work in New York after I graduated in the mid-nineties. Mostly at MTV. I started on Beavis and Butt-Head during the 4th season in the storyboard department, and eventually directed the hallucination sequence in Beavis and Butt-Head do America. I also worked on 2 season of The Head and directed on the first season of Daria. I created a show called Downtown and moved to LA after the first season was finished. It took me a year before I realized I lived in LA and wasn’t just on vacation.

ATVS: How and when was Titmouse started?

CP: I was directing cartoons for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network and I thought it would be fun to start a t-shirt company on the side. My wife Shannon and I started a company, made some shirts, and set up a website to sell them. Titmouse sounded like a good, stupid name for a t-shirt shop.

When I got freelance gig doing the animation for the movie Freddy Got Fingered, they asked me the name of my production company. I said a was just a dude. They said they couldn’t hire a dude, so I showed them the paperwork for Titmouse and it checked out. After that we ran all my freelance through that company and we eventually grew into a real animation studio. We now have over 200 employees making cartoons! Besides forcing me to start an animation studio, the best thing that happened to me on that movie was Rip Torn jamming my drawings up his asshole. True story!

ATVS: From the Titmouse portfolio, it looks like you do a pretty good mix of commercial work, music videos, and the TV shows too. What are the main shows/projects that are currently being produced?

CP: Right now we’re in production on seven TV series, a bunch of pilots, some video game content, commercials and shorts. I can’t talk about all of them. Here’s a little cross section: Metalocalypse season 4, Superjail! season 2, Venture Bros season 5. New shows include Black Dynamite and China, IL. Besides the Adult Swim stuff we are also currently in production on gigs for Disney, MTV, Sesame Street, various video game companies and we just finished a Cocoa Puffs commercial. I also just finished eating a bowl of Cocoa Puffs.

ATVS: Everything is done in-house there? Even voice-over work, etc.?

CP: It varies from show to show. We have a studio in Los Angeles and one in New York. In LA we have a full sound booth and post production facility. In New York we work with other folks. On all of our shows we do writing through animatic internally – including design, color, storyboard, etc. Then some projects we animate in house and others we ship to studios in Korea, Canada, Ireland and Nepal. Then we do editing and post. We usually do the final sound mix at an outside facility. We do most of the voice over work in LA at our studio. Tommy Blacha developed the voice for Murderface by doing a scene where he was supposed to be eating baked beans in the second episode. We all realized that was IT! THAT was the character! So we went back and re-recorded his voice in the first episode. It’s harder to do that stuff when you don’t have a booth in house.

ATVS: About how long does it take to make an TV episode, start to finish?

CP: Every show is different. It depends on the style, the budget and when the network needs it to be finished. Also, sometimes you get an order of six 11 minute episodes and sometimes you get an order of fifty two 11 minute episodes. Usually it’s somewhere between 6-9 months to produce an episode, but many are being made at the same time. The fastest season we produced was 20 half hours of DJ and the Fro for MTV. We started writing in February and had aired all 20 episodes by June. I don’t recommend that kind of schedule.

ATVS: What show is the most fun to make?

CP: They’re all fun in their own way. Recently, Freaknik and Superjail have been great because we had the freedom to go really batty with them. Adult Swim is great because they really let us go insane.

ATVS: What is your personal favorite TV show to watch that is currently on the air – cartoon or otherwise?

CP: Wow! I like a lot of shows. I play a lot of video games too. It’s tough to nail it down to a favorite. I like to watch are Adventure Time, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and I have to say I actually watch our current season of Superjail! I’m really proud of our animators for making that show so crazy you can watch it twelve times in a row and always see something new.

ATVS: What is your personal favorite TV show of ALL TIME?

CP: Man, that’s tough. Maybe Chris Elliot’s Get A Life. It has the surreal tone of a cartoon, even though it’s a live action show. It was way ahead of it’s time. Actually, my studio’s name was influenced by an episode of Get A Life. It’s the one where Chris eats toxic waste and gets really smart and starts entering spelling bees. When he is asked to spell the word “titmouse” he can’t stop giggling.

ATVS: What would you be doing if not making cartoons?

CP: I’d probably be doing wiring diagrams. In the early days, before we could afford to hire tech folks, I was the network engineer and admin at Titmouse in addition to my creative duties. I kind of dig it. Either that or a homeless guy, drawing pictures in my sketchbook for money.

ATVS: Any advice for aspiring animators/show creators?

CP: Do what YOU want to do, not what you think will sell. If you are doing what you love, it will come through on screen. That’s what separates the good shows from the great shows.

ATVS: Thanks again for taking the time, GREAT interview!

(Chris can be found on Twitter and the official Titmouse site is Titmouse.net.)

-Jake, Animated TV Shows