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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!)

More Info and Updates. Gumball. Wander Over Yonder. LEGO Simpsons.

3 May

The Wattersons.

Amazing World of Gumball – the 40-episode season 3 is currently airing Thursdays at 6:30pm on Cartoon Network. It is the first season that Gumball will be voiced by voice actor Jacob Hopkins.

American Dad! is moving to TBS for a 15-episode 11th season to premiere July 2014. Things on the show are said to be staying the same, despite the departure of Mike Barker from the series in November 2013 over creative differences.

Aqua TV Show Show – season 11 begins 2015 on Adult Swim.

Bojack Horseman – season 1 premieres August 22nd 2014 on Netflix.

Brickleberry – season 3 begins September 16th 2014 on Comedy Central.

China IL – season 3 begins ..? TBA on Adult Swim, but currently in production. (Sundays fall 2014?)

Metalocalypse – ..?

Mr. Pickles – season 1 premiere confirmed for fall 2014 on adult swim.

Regular Show – season 5 currently continues to air on Cartoon Network.

Rick and Morty – season 1 ended in April. The 10-episode season 2 is currently in production, with at least the first episode already written. It’s slated to air late 2014 or early 2015.

Sanjay and Craig – renewed for two more seasons, the first slated to air later in 2014, and the third in 2015.

The Simpsons – season 26 continues later in 2014, and FXX will marathon all 500+ episodes of The Simpsons back to back in August, marking the longest marathon in TV history.

South Park – season 18 begins September 2014 on Comedy Central (probably on Thursdays)

SpongeBob Squarepants – season 9 continues, next likely confirmed episode to air is is “Yeti Krabs”, TBA 2014 on Nickelodeon. The Nickelodeon episodes probably haven’t been getting much attention due to the current ongoing production of the second Spongebob movie.

Squidbillies – season 9 begins ..? TBA on Cartoon Network (Sundays fall 2014?)

Superjail! – season is currently airing at 11:45pm on Adult Swim on Sundays.

Wander Over Yonder – season 1 continues on Disney 😄 only, and the series is currently deep into a 39-episode season. March 31st 2014 marked the first WOY episode to air exclusively on Disney XD, and not on Disney Channel first.

SO….Perhaps we’ll see the start of Mr. Pickles on Adult Swim soon, and maybe Nickelodeon will grace us with one or more new SpongeBob episode(s)!

Wander Over Yonder

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.

Family Guy Kills Off Major Character — and Why We’re Glad (If It’s Real)

28 Nov

I don’t really know if we need to put a spoiler alert on this, but if you don’t know who died on Family Guy and don’t want to know yet, stop reading.

Otherwise, here are our thoughts on this development.

As most people know, on last Sunday’s episode of Family Guy entitled “Life of Brian”, family dog Brian Griffin got hit by a car and died. He was replaced with new family dog Vinny, voiced by Tony Sirico from The Sopranos.

Shortly after this happened, people on Twitter freaked out, and now there is a petition to bring him back, with thousands of signatures.

The producers had been intending to have a character die (namely Brian) since the beginning of this season, as is evident in this interview with Family Guy producer Steve Callaghan. Some people even think that the move was a deliberate act of sabotage.

Many fans were upset with this development, but I and several other people I know are relieved by this. Over time, we have witnessed Brian’s progression as a character, and how he has become increasingly pretentious, self-righteous and generally awful throughout the show’s seasons.

After all, the death of a character isn’t new for Family Guy, they’ve killed off news anchors and bosses. The Simpsons plans to kill another character as well (in addition to Maude Flanders, and the inevitable demise of Edna Krabappel’s character), as referenced here. Apparently even the cast don’t know which character it will be. I think the death of a character can create good changes in a TV show. After all, things in real life are always changing.

Family Guy vomiting

I’ve watched the show since its’ humble beginnings, and have always loved it. I’ve seen every episode. I think that’s why I’ve been noticing Brian’s flaws surfacing, and it has annoyed me greatly. He has easily become my least favorite character on the show.

I think Brian’s flaws really began to surface in the season 6 episode “Movin’ Out (Brian’s Song)”, as his shallowness towards women began to show. Then, season 6’s episode “Play It Again, Brian” really shows Brian’s intense desire for Lois, and how he thinks his best friend Peter isn’t good enough for her. Also in season 6, in the episode “The Former Life of Brian”, we meet Brian’s son — but this is the first and last time we see him. Deadbeat father, anyone?

Further evidence of Brian’s shallowness towards women is seen in the season 8 episode “Brian’s Got a Brand New Bag”, where he dates an older woman, but becomes obsessed with her age and cheats with a younger woman. Three episodes later in season 8, in the episode “Jerome is the New Black”, Brian and Quagmire have dinner, and Quagmire proceeds to go on a long rant about everything he hates about Brian. The rant’s attack is intense, but after hearing everything Quagmire has to say, I seriously agreed that pretty much everything he says is true.

To read bits of Quagmire’s rant, check out this article.

After season 8’s developments, I think the season that really hit it home (for me) about how awful of a character Brian is was season 9. In “Excellence in Broadcasting”, one of my least favorite episodes of Family Guy ever, you see Brian’s preconceived notions of politics backfire on him, and he eventually completely changes his political position completely. But then, by the end of the episode, he reverts totally back to his original stance! In season 9’s “Brian Writes a Bestseller”, Brian fully shows his terrible true colors. Stewie and Brian have always had such a great connection on the show. In this episode, Stewie tries to help Brian with his phony self-help book by becoming his publicist. But despite that, Brian becomes a total jerk, constantly berating and eventually firing Stewie! This was another episode I pretty much hated. Finally, season 9’s “Tiegs for Two” continues to portray Brian as a shallow, ridiculous character, and he has his second major on-screen feud with Quagmire.

Remember this?

Remember this?

Perhaps ironically, in season 10, Brian tells Peter how the Tea Party is a “tool of big business”. And then in Family Guy‘s 11th season, “Brian’s Play” again features success going to Brian’s head despite his lack of writing talent.

All of these arguments, despite the fantastic episodes with Stewie and Brian as a comedic team, are the reasons why I am glad Family Guy‘s writers decided to kill off Brian. I think Vinny will be an interesting development in the show.

At first, I thought the whole thing was a gag only to have Brian reappear, or that Vinny would have secretly bad intentions (as ‘New Brian’ did, and was quickly killed in season 7’s “The Man with Two Brians”). However, by the end of the episode, you see a bond with new chemistry form between Stewie and Vinny.

This death of a character and addition of a new character may actually end up helping the freshness of the series. After all, Seth MacFarlane himself has said he thought the show should have already ended.

We also need to consider the possibility that they are intending to bring Brian back. People are even making hoax sites such as this one, of which the Family Guy producers deny any involvement.

If Brian truly is dead, here is TMZ’s “Remembering Brian Griffin” feature in his memory. I do have respect for his longevity (if he really is gone). Many people say they will no longer watch the show without Brian, but I know I will, and I will be happy about doing so.

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

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!