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Updates, Fall Premieres, The Simpsons/Family Guy Crossover “The Simpsons Guy”, Brickleberry, South Park, American Dad! and the Simpsons/Futurama Crossover

23 Jul

The Simpsons Family Guy 1 Hour Crossover Special Event "The Simpsons Guy" Coming Sunday September 28 to FOX

UPDATED!

DATES TO REMEMBER, 2014:

Friday, Aug 22
-Series premiere of Bojack Horseman on Netflix. The entire series will be immediately available for your binge-watching pleasure.

Sunday, Sept 14
-Premiere of micro-season of American Dad! on FOX. A one hour block of two new unaired episodes (“Roger Passes the Bar” and “From Russia With Love”) back to back at 9:30pm.

Tuesday, Sept 16
-Premiere of Brickleberry season 3 at 10:30pm on Comedy Central.

Sunday, Sept 21
-Final episode of American Dad! on FOX (“Blagsnarst: A Love Story”) at 9:30pm, before the show moves to TBS in October (see below for date).
Mr. Pickles series premiere at 12:00 midnight on Adult Swim.
Squidbillies season 8 (but really 9?) premiere at 12:15am on Adult Swim. (Why is it not season 9?)

Wednesday, Sept 24
-Premiere of South Park season 18 at 10pm on Comedy Central.

Sunday, Sept 28
-Premiere of The Simpsons season 26 on FOX (“Clown in the Dumps”, 8/7c)
-Premiere of Family Guy season 13 – the one hour Family Guy/Simpsons crossover event, (“The Simpsons Guy”, 9/8c)

Thursday, Oct 30
-Premiere of American Dad! on TBS (despite reports it will air on Mondays)

Sunday, Nov 9
The Simpsons/Futurama crossover “Simpsorama” slated to air on FOX

TBA..?
SpongeBob season 9 began in 2012, and there is still one unaired episode (in the USA), “Yeti Krabs”.

2015-2016 DATES (TENTATIVE/TBA):

Friday, Feb 6
-‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’ (the second SpongeBob movie, in 3D, in theaters)

Bordertown series premiere on FOX (spring 2015)

Regular Show renewed for season 6 on Cartoon Network (2015)

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

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

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

SpongeBob season 10 is confirmed for Nickelodeon (2015?)

There you have it – more soon!

Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin from upcoming Simpsons/Family Guy crossover episode "The Simpsons Guy" in September on FOX

Dream Futurama Merch, or… “Why Are There No Scruffy Toys?!?”

6 Feb
Scruffy

Scruffy.

On Twitter, @GotFuturama asked the question “What one piece of Futurama merchandise doesn’t exist that you really wish did?” and it got me thinking.

I quickly realized that instead of trying to cram my answer into the usual ‘140-minus-original-tweet’ characters, that I would need to elaborate on the topic of ‘dream Futurama merchandise’ in a new post, here!

Futurama is easily one of my favorite animated shows. I began thinking about the different TYPES of merch that I know exist, or that I would potentially wish existed. I’m sure there are all kinds of Futurama shirts out there, even though I’ve never really looked (Not sure why I haven’t! I have MANY ATHF shirts!) Really, though, any design of shirt could be easily designed and printed off.

So naturally, next, my mind went to toys.

Most people know that I collect a few toys here and there that interest me. Futurama has SO MANY great characters for potential toys, just like its sister show, The Simpsons, and a good number have definitely been produced – at least all the more main characters.

I own a few of these Futurama toys — the KidRobot ones, the tall-ish Leela figure with moon base — I even had a tin Nibbler (that I sold! Argh!)

Other Futurama toys that were produced (but I don’t [yet] own) include the 2002-2003 Horrible Gelatinous Blob and brain slug toys made by Dark Horse and the excellent Toynami figures made from 2007-2009. Toynami produced a great selection of character figures, even including such one-off characters as Nudar and Nixon’s head in a jar. I also saw a picture of The Don from the Robot Mafia, although it may have been a comic-con exclusive or a prototype.

So, some toys exist.

But Simpsons toys feature pretty much EVERY character you can think of, (for good reason – it’s a more popular show and has been on the air forever) and recently even had a LEGO set produced. Hell, even Family Guy toys are expansive now with their selection of characters! Again, another TV show that is still actively producing new episodes.

Futurama has been canceled twice, from two different networks, but it has a SOLIDLY cool, weird science fiction foundation. That’s why I feel like the Futurama toys that have been produced are missing all kinds of cool possibilities and elements that would be really great to see in a piece. I was surprised at how many toy ideas I was able to generate by simply skimming through the list of Futurama episodes. After that, I of course researched to try and find (what I feel are ‘missing’) toy ideas that are already in existence somewhere. But I couldn’t find evidence that the below character figures or playsets had been produced or even prototyped as of now, ANYWHERE!

Here are MULTIPLE ideas for Futurama toys I’d love to see:

– Scruffy!!!! (Sal has a KidRobot figure! Why is there no Scruffy?!?!)

– Slurms McKenzie figure w/ Slurm Factory playset (+ huge Wormulon mom-slug?!?)

– A full set/pack of robot figures (I saw one, but it only had 4 figures, and was missing a potential Robot Santa, Robot Mafia bots [Clamps!], Calculon, Flexo, or Hedonism Bot.. plus many more… Tinny Tim? Others from All My Circuits?)

– Bender as a were-car (how cool would this be?!?!)

– Nibbler in his spaceship.

– The giant space-whale from “Mobius Dick”.

– Any figures of any of the sewer mutants.

– More heads in jars!! The possibilities for these are nearly limitless.

– Amazon women jungle/temple playset, with Fem-puter.

– Anything with all the characters as fish from “Naturama”.

– Mr. Peppy the bone vampire.

– Fry on the Scooty-Puff Jr. surrounded by giant brains in space!

So, there are the Futurama toys I wish existed. My thoughts on “one” piece of Futurama merch that I wished existed turned into an entire collection, but I stand behind all these decisions. I also happen to know that there are some extremely talented toy customizers out there who could probably produce these (for example, my friend made a large scale Mr. Peppy!) Hell, I have a lot of ideas for MY fledgling toy company after thinking about this!

🙂

Bender as a were-car

Bender as a were-car

REFERENCE MATERIAL:

http://thetoybox1138.blogspot.com/2012/07/futurama-toynami.html
http://www.tmnttoys.com/reviews/misc/futurama8/review.html

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.

THE FUTURAMA AND AQUA SOMETHING YOU KNOW WHATEVER SEASON PREMIERE UPRISING BEGINS NEXT WEEK!

13 Jun

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Whoa!

Futurama AND Aqua Something You Know Whatever, both having their season premieres in ONE BEAUTIFUL WEEK?!?

Yes.

I’m so glad I have a DVR now because who knows what’ll go on next Wednesday and Sunday.

But I’m going to TRY to catch them.

Check out the full compilation of ALL CURRENTLY RELEASED OFFICIAL IMAGES from this next season of Futurama (7A) on Facebook.

Looks like it’ll be an amazing season, as always.

For me, being as Aqua Teen Hunger Force (briefly Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1, now known as Aqua Something You Know Whatever) is my FAVORITE cartoon, nay, TELEVISION SHOW of ALL TIME, you can guess that I’m pretty psyched about next week.

Sci-fi and absurdism! Wednesday and Sunday!

So, Futurama next week on Comedy Central, 10/9c.

You can follow Comedy Central’s own countdown to its air HERE.

As for Aqua Something, next Sunday at midnightish on adult swim (on Cartoon Network).

And HOLY CRAP THEY HAVE A TUMBLR BLOG COUNDOWN THING FOR IT.

Yeah, I’ll be following that.

HOW WAS I NOT?!?

ARE YOU PSYCHED?!?

YOU SHOULD BE!!

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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.

Upcoming Chris Prynoski (Titmouse Studios) Interview, Season Finales/Premieres

28 May

We’re thrilled to report Chris Prynoski of Titmouse Studios has agreed to do an interview with us!

Really psyched about that. I will have that up soon.

In other news, all the FOX shows had their season finales (The Simpsons, American Dad!, Family Guy/Cleveland Show, and Bob’s Burgers), just as South Park (Comedy Central, Wednesdays), Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1, Superjail, (Sundays, adult swim) Regular Show, Adventure Time and The Amazing World of Gumball (Cartoon Network, all on Mondays) seasons are running strong!

Also SERIOUSLY looking forward to the new season of Futurama and Ugly Americans starting Thursday, June 23rd on Comedy Central!

The Simpsons of course ended with the Edna Krabappel/Ned Flanders romance (“NEDNA”) and you can vote on whether or not that should continue here (http://thesimpsons.com/nedna).

Another poll of note is for the #1 “best animated series of all time” being done amongst a “25 Greatest Animated TV Shows” feature by Entertainment Weekly here — I feel they omit a lot of shows, but major shows are included. Vote!

And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/AnimatedTVShows).

More soon! Thanks for reading.

AQUA UNIT PATROL SQUAD 1! And more.

26 Apr

As many people know, Aqua Teen Hunger Force is and has been my favorite cartoon for many years now.

The absurdity, the weirdness, and all-out ability to take every 11-minute episode ANYWHERE has always been one of its’ greatest traits.

Yesterday during the also-excellent new episode of Superjail! (titled “Hotchick”) and later during Aqua Teen itself, a promo for the new re-imagining of Aqua Teen was shown.

According to creator Dave Willis, they’re calling it Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1, and the art looks really great. Looks like they’re taking Frylock, Shake and Meatwad back to their detective roots.

See the press release by Meatwad embedded in this article about it.

As soon as someone puts the killer trailer/teaser for it online, I’ll post it here, and at our Twitter.

New episodes of Aqua WHATEVER start May 8th.

As for other upcoming premieres, the new South Park is this Wednesday, called “HUMANCENTiPad” – also looks amazing.

They’re able to pull off the greatest commentary on recent events because they can make episodes so quickly!

Also on Mother’s Day weekend, there are new MacFarlane vehicles (Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show), and probably new Simpsons/Bob’s Burgers too (which I’ve grown to love a lot.)

Saw a great new Simpsons the other day I hadn’t seen, the one where Homer becomes Chunk to accompany Chong! Great ep.

Something else to be excited about, Comedy Central announced last month Futurama will be renewed for two more years at least! Looking forward to those episodes as well. Read about that here.

Until next time, keep watching, and thanks for reading!