Cartoon Network Studios New Minisodes OK K.O.!

Cartoon Network Studios New Minisodes OK K.O.!

Cartoon Network Studios New Minisodes OK K.O.!

During December 2016, Cartoon Network USA uploaded three more minisodes of OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes. The minisodes are based on Ian Jones-Quartey’s Lakewood Plaza Turbo pilot which was originally developed in 2013 as part of Cartoon Network’s Summer Shorts project. A mobile game based on the series was released in June 2016.

Minisode: Carol

KO makes a documentary of a day in the life of his karate master mom, Carol.

Minisode: Enid’s Bad Day

When annoying customers overrun Enid, she unleashes a soul-sucking vortex.

Minisode: Barrels and Crates

KO uses his fighting skills to open every barrel and crate in the warehouse.

Cartoon Network’s First Ever Animation Jam

Cartoon Network's First Ever Animation Jam

Cartoon Network’s First Ever Animation Jam

Cartoon Network USA will be hosting their first ever “Animation Jam” at Cartoon Network’s studios in Burbank, California, USA, which will take place on 9th-11th July. The Animation Jam is a get together of university undergraduate and interns from across the United States, these university students will have the opportunity to produce a 15-second animation short based upon Ian Jones-Quartey’s creation “O.K. KO! Let’s Be Heroes”.

The animation jam will give students an opportunity to work as a full-time artist, Cartoon Network Studios will give students and interns production tools and a team of animation mentors to help them with Ian Jones-Quartey himself offering guidance and assistance.

The animation jam follows the successful Game Jam Cartoon Network hosted back in February this year in Portland, Oregon, where 200 independent game developers produced games based on Lakewood Plaza Turbo.

Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network made this statement regarding the new animation jam initiative:

“Building on our ‘Game Jam’s’ creative energy, we are expanding into new forums for storytelling with the launch of the first animation jam. We want to give students an opportunity to experience the world-building process that is unique to O.K. KO!”

Students and interns will be selected from the following universities: University of Southern California; School of Visual Arts; California State University, Fullerton; Laguna College of Art and Design; California Institute of the Arts; San Jose State University; Maryland Institute College of Art, Rhode Island School of Design; Savannah College of Art and Design; and Exceptional Minds, the first American computer animation studio and non-profit digital arts school for young adults on the autism spectrum.

Turner Upfront 2016 Cartoon Network And Boomerang

Turner Upfront 2016 Cartoon Network And Boomerang

Turner Upfront 2016 Cartoon Network And Boomerang

Today (18/05/2016) the 2016 Turner Upfront event was held in New York City. At the event, Turner revealed its plans for their television channels for the next 12 months, including Cartoon Network and Boomerang.

The event didn’t really reveal much in terms of extra plans for Cartoon Network and Boomerang but rather reaffirmed what Turner has publically confirmed as of late, such as the new Peanuts animated shorts now airing on Boomerang USA and the renewal of animated shows on Cartoon Network. According to the upfront, Cartoon Network USA will air a new Adventure Time and a new Regular Show special this Autumn.

However, there was one special animated moment during the Cartoon Network segment of the upfront. The animated moment featured a debate with the Powerpuff Girls and with CNN news anchor Jake Tapper voice acting a parodied version of himself named “Drake Dapper”.

From The Turner USA Upfront Press Release

Cartoon Network

Continuing its 2015 momentum as basic cable’s #1 network with kids 6-11, Cartoon Network started off 2016 with cultural buzz around the highly anticipated global launch of The Powerpuff Girls, which became a #1 Facebook and Twitter trending topic when over 15 million fans participated in the #PowerpuffYourself avatar. Since its launch, The Powerpuff Girls has remained #1 in its timeslot. The return of hit series Teen Titans Go!, We Bare Bears, Steven Universe and The Amazing World of Gumball contributed to Cartoon Network becoming the #1 cable network in VOD for 23 consecutive months.

Cartoon Network’s innovative approach to content development through convergence of creativity and technology came to life at its first-ever Game Jam for the new game OK KO! Lakewood Plaza, with over 200 independent game developers coming together in Portland, Oregon. Further, underscoring a strong commitment to engage children in creative coding, Cartoon Network’s STEM platform involves newly announced collaborations with Scratch, a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab; and the White House’s Computer Science for All initiative to empower young people to generate skills in the digital world, featured Cartoon Network characters from shows including Powerpuff Girls and We Bare Bears.

Looking forward, multiple high profile digital launches include the first mobile game from the network’s top-rated series Teen Titans Go!: Teeny Titans, with other games around fan favorite properties to be announced later in the summer. In addition, exciting new specials will air later this fall from the hit series Adventure Time and Regular Show.


Following a successful global launch in 2015, where Boomerang aligned across 13 international feeds, the 24-hour animation network for kids and families grew year-over-year by +30% among kids 2-11 and +25% among kids 6-11. The network’s first-ever original hits include Wabbit and What’s New Scooby-Doo, along with timeless cartoons from the Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Cartoon Network libraries.

In 2016, Boomerang will keep its tradition of showcasing classic animation for fans of all generations with the launch of new exclusive acquisitions and original productions. The network recently announced the new series Peanuts, where the print comic strips come to life using watercolor art style, textured backgrounds and framing in vignettes filled with humor and heart.