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“Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite” Set For The Paley Center New York Debut

Warner Home Video has announced a February 2013 debut at the The Paley Center New York location for Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite, the upcoming direct-to-video animated feature. The animated feature, based on the acclaimed Lego videogame series, is set to hit home video and download come May 21st, 2013. Continue below for the official press release and home video package artwork.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, The Paley Center for Media Present the World Premiere of
LEGO BATMAN: THE MOVIE – DC SUPERHEROES UNITE
on Monday, February 11 in New York

TT Animation-produced film based on its Popular Video Game;
Media Invited to Red Carpet Interviews & Screening;
Limited Free Tickets Available to Fans on First Come, First Served Basis


Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and The Paley Center for Media proudly present the World Premiere of Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite, an all-new film from TT Animation based on its popular video game. The film will have its World Premiere in New York on February 11, 2013, with filmmakers and members of the voice cast in attendance for red carpet media interviews and a post-screening panel discussion.

Media interviews will begin at 5:15 p.m. and the screening will commence at 6:30 p.m. Following the screening, cast and filmmakers will discuss the movie – led by TT Animation’s award-winning director/producer Jon Burton, and renowned videogame/animation actors Troy Baker (Bioshock Infinite, Batman: Arkham City) as Batman and Travis Willingham (Avengers Assemble, The Super Hero Squad Show) as Superman. Additional panelists will be announced as confirmed.

Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite Unite provides the ultimate blend of action and humor guaranteed to entertain fanboys of all ages. The film finds Lex Luthor taking jealousy to new heights when fellow billionaire Bruce Wayne wins the Man of the Year Award. To top Wayne’s accomplishment, Lex begins a campaign for President – and to create the atmosphere for his type of fear-based politics, he recruits the Joker to perfect a Black LEGO Destructor Ray. While wreaking havoc on Gotham, Lex successfully destroys Batman’s technology – forcing the Caped Crusader to reluctantly turn to Superman for help.

Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite features the definitive voice of Lex Luthor, Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption, SpongeBob SquarePants). In addition to Baker and Willingham, the cast includes Christopher Smith (Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe) as the Joker, and Charlie Schlatter (Diagnosis Murder) in a hilarious turn as the voice of Robin.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has set May 21, 2013 as its release date for Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite on Blu-ray and DVD.

The Paley Center in New York City is located at 25 West 52nd Street. There is no attached parking, however there is ample parking in numerous structures surrounding the Paley Center.

A limited number of free tickets are available to the general public. Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the New York event on February 11 must RSVP via email to LegoBatmanTheMovie@gmail.com.

The body of all qualifying fan RSVP emails MUST include the following (please only this information):
Name of the entrant
A valid email address
The name of the media outlet/website by which the entrant learned of the screening

Example:
Bruce Wayne
Bruce@WayneCorp.com
Batman.com

Tickets to both events will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis, and fans will be notified via email.

Click here to view the trailer for Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite.

Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Superheroes Unite, the upcoming animated feature based on the acclaimed video game series, arrives on home video and for download come May 21st, 2013. Stay tuned for further updates and additional content here soon at The World’s Finest.

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Warner Bros. Consumer Products Releases New “Beware The Batman,” “Teen Titans Go!” Images

Warner Bros. Consumer Products has released new images from the upcoming animated series Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go!. The new images were released in conjunction with the launch of Toy Fair 2013, with Warner Bros. Consumer Products showing off brands and licenses for upcoming entertainment events and programs. Toy Fair is the largest toy and youth product marketplace in the Western Hemisphere, bringing together more than 1,000 exhibiting manufacturers, distributors, importers and sales agents from around the globe to showcase their toy and entertainment products. Teen Titans Go! is set to join the DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network starting April 2013, with Beware The Batman to follow Summer 2013. Additional images and content from both series are expected to premiere at Toy Fair 2013. Continue below to view the new images in high-resolution in addition to official series loglines.

Teen Titans Go!
Featuring the return of Robin, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Cyborg in all-new, comedic adventures, Teen Titans Go! will premiere in April 2013. Character-driven comedy is the order of the day as this new take on the superhero series focuses on the funny business that happens between saving the world and living together as teenagers without adult supervision. The series stars the principal voice cast from the original Teen Titans, and is produced by Warner Bros. Animation.

Beware the Batman
A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogue gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a “Batman show.” Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals, Beware the Batman, based on characters from DC Comics, is coming to Cartoon Network’s DC Nation block in Summer 2013.

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Media, Descriptions For New Episodes Of “Young Justice,” “Green Lantern: The Animated Series,” DC Nation

Cartoon Network has passed along the loglines, video clips, and a collection of images from upcoming all-new episodes of Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice: Invasion, along with media from the DC Nation animated shorts.

The next all-new Young Justice: Invasion episode “Runaways” is scheduled to air at 10:30am (ET/PT) on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 as part of the DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network. Click on the thumbnails below to view the complete library of hi-res images and a Quicktime-format video clip. The official episode description is also provided below.

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Young Justice: Invasion
“Runaways”
Airs Saturday, February 2nd
10:30 a.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network

Synopsis: Nightwing tasks Blue Beetle with chasing down a group of potentially dangerous super-powered teenage runaways. But Blue Beetle is not the only one hunting them….

Young Justice Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Young Justice and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and DC Comics.

The above content is also available on the The World’s Finest Young Justice subsite.

Continuing, new media has been provided by Cartoon Network from the upcoming all-new Green Lantern: The Animated Series episode “Cold Fury.” The new Green Lantern: The Animated Series episode is scheduled to air at 10:00am (ET/PT) on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 as part of the new DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network. Click on the thumbnails below to view the complete library of hi-res images and Quicktime-format video clips. The official episode description is also provided below.

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Green Lantern: The Animated Series – “Cold Fury”
Airs Saturday, February 2nd
10:00 a.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network

Synopsis: A horde of Manhunters gives chase as our heroes’ hope runs thin. Their will is truly tested as they prepare for an inevitable face-off against the unstoppable Anti-Monitor – a battle for the lives of everyone in the galaxy.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Green Lantern: The Animated Series and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and DC Comics.

The above content is also available on the The World’s Finest Green Lantern: The Animated Series subsite.

Cartoon Network has also released media for the new animated short-form content set to debut this weekend – Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 – during the DC Nation programming block. The DC Nation shorts are animated shorts starring a host of different DC Comics characters in varying styles. Continue below to view the new content, the first a new Quicktime-format clip and the second a new hi-res image.

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Thunder & Lightning – “Lightning Under the Weather”

DC Nation continues February 2nd, 2013 at 10:00am (ET/PT) with an all-new season of episodes and animated shorts.

The DC Nation airs Saturdays at 10:00am (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, with an encore Sunday at 10:00am (ET/PT). The block kicks off with an all-new episode of Green Lantern: The Animated Series at 10:00am (ET/PT), followed with an all-new episode of Young Justice at 10:30am (ET/PT). DC Nation shorts and behind-the-scenes content air during commercial breaks of the two above-mentioned shows, and rotate and change every week.

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“Young Justice: Invasion,” “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” Episodes For February 2013

All-new episodes of both Young Justice: Invasion and Green Lantern: The Animated Series are slated to air on Cartoon Network for the month of February 2013. Both series air back-to-back as part of the hour-long DC Nation programming block, airing Saturdays at 10am (ET) on Cartoon Network, with encores on Sundays at 10am (ET/PT). New episodes of both series are airing straight through until the series finale of both come March 2013.

Young Justice: Invasion continues with all-new installments from the second season of the acclaimed animated series. Young Justice: Invasion airs Saturdays at 10:30am (ET/PT) as part of the DC Nation programming block, with encore presentations the following Sunday at 10:30am (ET/PT). Continue below for the February 2013 episode schedule details, provided by Cartoon Network.

Young Justice: Invasion
Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 at 10:30am (ET/ PT) – “Runaways”

Nightwing tasks Blue Beetle with chasing down a group of potentially dangerous super-powered teenage runaways. But Blue’s not the only one hunting them…

Young Justice: Invasion
Saturday, February 9th, 2013 at 10:30am (ET/ PT) – “War”

A conqueror from another world becomes a wild card in an intergalactic game of supremacy – placing planet Earth square in the jackpot.

Young Justice: Invasion
Saturday, February 16th, 2013 at 10:30am (ET/ PT) – “Complications”

Black Manta gives Miss Martian twenty-four hours to live, but
that may be more time than Aqualad has with Sportsmaster and Cheshire on the hunt for his head!

Young Justice: Invasion
Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 at 10:30am (ET/ PT) – “The Hunt”

A band of misfits is put to the test when Lex Luthor sends them behind enemy lines… to rescue the team!

Please note schedule details are subject to change without notice. Young Justice: Invasion airs Saturdays at 10:30am (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network. The above content can also be found at the The World’s Finest Young Justice subsite.

Continuing, all-new episodes of Green Lantern: The Animated Series will air for the month of February 2013. Green Lantern: The Animated Series airs Saturdays at 10am (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network, with encores the following Sunday at 10am (ET/PT), as part of the DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network. The episode breakdowns below are spoiler-free and provided by Green Lantern: The Animated Series producer Giancarlo Volpe.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 at 10:00am (ET/PT) – “Cold Fury”

Manhunters give chase as our heroes’ hope runs thin. Their will is truly tested as they prepare for an inevitable face-off against the unstoppable Anti-Monitor.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Saturday, February 9th, 2013 at 10:00am (ET/PT) – “Babel”

Hal, Kilowog, and Razer crash land on a planet with a poisonous atmosphere. With their power rings nearly depleted, their only hope is to seek refuge in a nearby domed city, completely overrun by thieves and hooligans.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Saturday, February 16th, 2013 at 10:00am (ET/PT) – “Love is a Battlefield”

When Zamaron is invaded by Manhunters, the unsuspecting Carol Ferris is summoned to represent love in a battle against hate’s champion, Atrocitus of the Red Lantern Corps.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 at 10:00am (ET/PT) – “Larfleeze”

Hal searches the planet Okaara for the mythical orange lantern battery as a way to combat the Manhunters. The problem is, it’s guarded under the watchful, and very greedy, eyes of Larfleeze, the one and only Orange Lantern.

Please note schedule details are subject to change. Green Lantern: The Animated Series airs Saturdays at 10am (ET/PT) with encore presentations the following Sunday at 10am (ET/PT) as part of DC Nation on Cartoon Network. Continue to the The World’s Finest Green Lantern: The Animated Series subsite for more content and details from the Warner Bros. Animation production, though please note some content may include spoilers.

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Warner Home Video Releases New “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two” Video Clips, Images

New clips and a selection of images from the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two animated feature have been released by Warner Home Video. The latest film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line, now available to own on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Download, and onDemand, is the second in a two-part adaptation of the acclaimed 1980s comic series The Dark Knight Returns starring a retired Batman who dons the cape and cowl to deal with a city decaying into crime. Click on the thumbnail below to view the new clips in the High-Definition Quicktime/MP4 format.

The clip features Batman and the Joker finally putting a cap on their violent relationship in the Tunnel of Love. Michael Emerson (Lost, Person of Interest) offers the haunting voice of the Joker; Peter Weller (Robocop) is the commanding voice of Batman.

The additional clip features actor Mark Valley, who provides the voice of Superman in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two, introducing video content.

Warner Home Video has also released a selection of stills from the animated feature along with additional images from the recent Paley Center premieres of the feature. All can be viewed by clicking the thumbnails below.




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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Classic Comic Talkback (Spoilers)

Click here to read the The World’s Finest reviews of the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two animated feature and Blu-ray release. Stay tuned for additional content and coverage of this title coming soon.

Continue to the The World’s Finest Batman: The Dark Knight Returns subsite, a single destination for both installments of the two-part animated feature, for more details and content.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One animated feature is now available to own on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download.

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“Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two” Animated Feature Now Available On Home Video, Download

The all-new direct-to-video Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two animated feature from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation is now available to own on Blu-ray and DVD. The new animated feature is the conclusion to the two-part adaptation of the acclaimed Batman: The Dark Knight Returns classic comic mini-series, originally published in the 1980s. Warner Home Video distributes the direct-to-video animated feature, which is also available on Pay-Per-View, OnDemand and for legal download. The cover artwork for the separate home video releases are available below.



Please note the Two-Disc Special Edition DVD release of Batman: The Dar Knight Returns, Part Two is not slated for general wide release until March 12th, 2013, but is currently available as a Wal-Mart retail exclusive.

Further information on this latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie title can be found by clicking the images above. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two animated feature and its respective Blu-ray and DVD home video releases.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
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A co-production of Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One animated feature is now available to own on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download.

Continuing, the Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two home video release also includes a look at the next DC Universe Animated Original title, Superman: Unbound. Click on the thumbnails below to view a selection of images from the “A Sneak Peek at Superman: Unbound” featurette available on all Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two home video releases. The following images are exclusive to The World’s Finest and are not to be removed without permission or credit given.







Superman: Unbound, the next direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movie release, is slated to hit Home Video and Download come Spring 2013. Stay tuned for further updates here soon at The Worlds Finest.

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Cartoon Network Comments On “Young Justice,” “Green Lantern: The Animated Series” Absence From Schedule

Representatives for Cartoon Network have provided quotes to The World’s Finest concerning the fate of Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series, two acclaimed animated shows currently airing on the network’s DC Nation programming block. Both animated series were listed as not returning to Cartoon Network for the 2013 – 2014 season in a Cartoon Network Upfront press release issued earlier today. The press release is available to view at The World’s Finest. Continue down for the quotes.

“Shows will run their courses, others will premiere – but we are not canceling anything, and those two series are still on our air.” – Cartoon Network representative

“[We] still have premieres for both those shows and are committed to excellent action programming and are very excited about ‘Beware the Batman.'” – Cartoon Network representative

Representatives will not directly confirm the status of either series.

Giancarlo Volpe, executive producer for Green Lantern: The Animated Series, confirmed for earlier today the animated series is no longer in production and will be replaced on the network schedule. Assorted members of the Young Justice production crew also confirmed the end of the show’s production earlier this year.

“This time we knew,” said Volpe. “They just didn’t want us to announce it publicly until they did.”

Multiple online news outlet have confirmed, both directly and indirectly, that Young Justice: Invasion and Green Lantern: The Animated Series are no longer in production – some citing both shows as “cancelled” – and will be replaced on the DC Nation programming block with the upcoming animated titles Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go! later in 2013.

Additionally, Warner Home Video has confirmed further home video releases for both titles are confirmed to hit shelves later this year. Expect official street date details in the coming months.

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Cartoon Network 2013-2014 Upfronts Press Release Lists New and Returning Network Shows

Cartoon Network has issued a press release overview of the network’s 2013-2014 upfront presentation, citing new programming initiatives and returning titles. The release below confirms a Summer 2013 debut for the new CGI-animated series Beware the Batman and an April 2013 debut for the new Teen Titans GO! comedy cartoon series, both additions to the weekly DC Nation programming block which airs Saturdays at 10:00am (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network. Additionally listed, current DC Nation titles Young Justice: Invasion and Green Lantern: The Animated Series are both absent from the “returning shows” list featured in the press release. Please note no production information or confirmation on status from the network on either series has been released.

Continue below for the full press release, and stay tuned for additional details.

Cartoon Network Gets In Front of the Upfront

#1 Boys Network Breaks Tradition and Takes The Show on The Road To Over 15 Cities

New and Returning Hit Series to Highlight the 2013-2014 Season
Following Cartoon Network’s Most-Watched Year Ever

Armed with record-setting ratings success as the only top kids’ network to achieve across-the-board growth in 2012 and its most-watched year in Prime in its 20-year history, Cartoon Network is jumping ahead of the customary Kids Upfront season and taking its show on the road with the CARTOON NETWORK ROAD TOUR. With more than a dozen new productions and multiple returning hit series now slated for the 2013 and early 2014 season, Cartoon Network brought its road-show presentation directly to key clients and promotional partners at their respective home bases the week of January 21 and will continue into March.

Network, ad sales, marketing and programming executives will travel to more than 15 key cities across the country to visit clients and promotional partners. Along with its presentation, the network also plans to “take over” the building at each of its visits with custom activations that will include the distribution of unique branded premiums to employees.

“As viewers continue to interact with the Cartoon Network brand and content across a variety of screens, our advertising partners look to us for more innovative and engaging opportunities that provide greater reach for their messages,” said Donna Speciale, president of Turner Entertainment and Young Adults Ad Sales. “This year, we are breaking away from a traditional upfront presentation to engage with advertisers in a series of conversations that will focus on the development of ideas that leverage our brand strength to meet the goals of our partners. As our success and momentum continue to grow across all screens, we believe it’s an ideal time for advertisers to reassess their investments and strategically increase their media budgets with Cartoon Network.”

Cartoon Network will announce an impressive line-up of new original and acquired programming that began last Thursday, Jan. 24, with the premiere of Incredible Crew, a half-hour live-action sketch comedy show from entertainer Nick Cannon. Additionally, Cartoon Network Studios will produce three new original animated comedy series—Steven Universe, Uncle Grandpa and Clarence—each developed from its vibrant and prolific shorts program. Also from Cartoon Network Studios, two new original animated specials based on the #1 network series hits Adventure Time and Regular Show, plus a brand new, redesigned and re-imagined CG-animated special starring three of Cartoon Network’s earliest stars, The Powerpuff Girls—which also includes an original song performed by Beatles legend Ringo Starr—will premiere later this year.

Partnering with powerhouse producers, Cartoon Network will introduce two new action-adventure half-hour series based on popular heroes from DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, Teen Titans Go! and Beware The Batman; a new animated series from LEGO, Legends of Chima; a new animated musical-comedy series, Grojband, from FremantleMedia Ltd.; an all-new series iteration of the world’s most famous cat-and-mouse duo, The Tom and Jerry Show, produced by Warner Bros. Animation; a new season of the hit animated Total Drama “reality” series from CAKE Distribution, Total Drama All Stars; and also from LEGO, three quarterly installment specials of The Yoda Chronicles, a new CG-animated foray into the “Original Saga” world of Star Wars.

“Building upon the success we achieved last year, we have secured even more new programming plus all-new episodes of current hit series that continue to define the global brand vision for Cartoon Network,” said Stuart Snyder, president and chief operating officer, Turner Broadcasting’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media (AYAKM). “With our network branding and content strategy in place and working, we couldn’t see any reason to wait to share it with our partners. So we’re taking our message directly to them to help set the stage for optimum growth into the 2013-14 season.”

Among the network’s returning series, the Monday night line-up (7-9 p.m.) of original animated comedies that has ranked #1 on all television throughout 2012 among boys will return this year with all-new seasons, including the pop-culture phenomenon Adventure Time, the Primetime Emmy® Award-winning Regular Show, and additional new episodes of the Web-originated sensation Annoying Orange. Also returning with new seasons/episodes are Cartoon Network’s exclusive animated hit comedies The Amazing World of Gumball, The Looney Tunes Show, MAD, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc. and Johnny Test.

On the action-adventure front, dramatic new seasons of key hit series have been slated, including the action-comedy series DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk, based on the critically-acclaimed feature film, How to Train Your Dragon; and Ben 10 Omniverse, from the global franchise powerhouse Ben 10.

In addition, Cartoon Network announced that its successful and innovative shorts program will continue at Cartoon Network Studios, producing a new slate of original shorts in 2013 via its dedicated production unit.
“Our unique approach to animation development has paid off in the form of many successful returning series, each with a giant fan base behind them,” said Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network. “These new animated series forge diverse, new ground, and stem from our Cartoon Network Studios pipeline, which continues to cultivate the most talented minds working in TV animation today.”

Further details of Cartoon Network’s programming announcements include the following:

CARTOON NETWORK NEW SERIES

Incredible Crew: Incredible Crew, is a live-action, half-hour, sketch comedy series from producer and entertainer Nick Cannon. Every episode of this high-energy, fast-paced show delivers hilarious comedy bits, outrageous hidden camera pranks, original music videos and commercial parodies all with a distinct attitude—a contemporary blend of internet sensibility mixed with kid imagination. Incredible Crew showcases six up-and-coming young comedy stars featured in diverse roles in every genre Shauna Case (American Horror Story), Shameik Moore (Joyful Noise), Tristan Pasterick, Chanelle Peloso (Level Up), Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time) and Brandon Soo Hoo (Enders Game, Tropic Thunder). Nick Cannon serves as executive producer of Incredible Crew along with Michael Goldman and Scott Tomlinson. The series is produced by Cartoon Network Studios in association with NCredible Entertainment.

Steven Universe: Slated to debut in 2013, Steven Universe is a coming-of-age story told from the perspective of Steven, the youngest member of a team of magical Guardians of the Universe. The animated series was conceived as part of the shorts development initiative at Cartoon Network Studios, and is created by Emmy® and Annie Award-nominated writer and storyboard artist Rebecca Sugar (Adventure Time). Sugar is Cartoon Network’s first solo female show creator.

Uncle Grandpa: Also slated for 2013, Uncle Grandpa is based upon the Emmy®-nominated short of the same name and follows the exploits of Uncle Grandpa—everyone in the world’s “magical” uncle and grandpa. Created and executive produced by Pete Browngardt (creator of Cartoon Network’s Emmy®, Annie and Annecy Cristal Award-winning Secret Mountain Fort Awesome), Uncle Grandpa was conceived as part of the shorts development program at Cartoon Network Studios.

Clarence: From creator Skyler Page, Clarence is a new original animated series about an optimistic boy who wants to do everything. Because everything is amazing! Clarence was conceived as part of the shorts development program at Cartoon Network Studios.

Teen Titans Go!: Featuring the return of Robin, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Cyborg in all-new, comedic adventures, Teen Titans Go! will premiere in April 2013. Character-driven comedy is the order of the day as this new take on the superhero series focuses on the funny business that happens between saving the world and living together as teenagers without adult supervision. The series stars the principal voice cast from the original Teen Titans, and is produced by Warner Bros. Animation.

Beware the Batman: A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogue gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a “Batman show.” Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals, Beware the Batman, based on characters from DC Comics, is coming to Cartoon Network’s DC Nation block in Summer 2013.

Legends of Chima: In the mystical land of CHIMA, Laval the Lion and Cragger the Crocodile are the best of friends. An innocent escapade results in Cragger getting his first experience with the CHI, a powerful and sacred resource important to the delicate balance of CHIMA. The CHI gives awesome power to the user but needs to be managed carefully and certainly not by young adventurous animals. From LEGO, creator of Cartoon Network’s powerhouse action-adventure series Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, Legends of Chima will premiere in Summer 2013.

Grojband: 12-year-old Corey is the front man for a rockin’ garage band. There’s just one problem: Corey’s lyrics stink. He just can’t think of anything cool to write about, until…he finds his sister’s diary that’s full of “teen angst and junk” and decides to use each diary entry as inspiration for crowd pleasing, heart stopping, foot stomping hit songs. Grojband is distributed by FremantleMedia Ltd. and produced by Fresh TV, creator of the hit animated reality franchise Total Drama Island.

The Tom and Jerry Show: The iconic cat and mouse rivals are back in The Tom and Jerry Show, a fresh take on the classic series. Preserving the look, characters and sensibility of the original, the all-new series shines a brightly colored, high-definition lens on the madcap slapstick and never-ending battle that has made Tom and Jerry two of the most beloved characters of all time. The Tom and Jerry Show is produced by Warner Bros. Animation.

Total Drama All Stars: Total Drama is back, but this time the team at Fresh TV have assembled the best loved and most hated contestants from seasons past to compete – Heroes vs. Villains style! Total Drama Island is produced by Fresh TV and distributed by CAKE Distribution.

SPECIALS AND MOVIES

Adventure Time Special: Highly-regarded comedic actors Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and Donald Glover (Community) will be featured in a special episode of Cartoon Network’s hit animated series Adventure Time. The episode, “Bad Little Boy,” is slated to premiere February 18 as part of the series’ fifth and current season. Reprising his role as Prince Gumball from season three’s much-loved gender switch episode “Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake,” Neil Patrick Harris will join Donald Glover, as Marshall Lee, the musical male counterpart to fan favorite Marceline the Vampire Queen in this second installment of the Fionna and Cake (derived from Finn and Jake) saga. In this special episode, the princesses are sick and tired of Ice King’s crazy Fionna and Cake stories, so Marceline stops by the Ice Kingdom to show him how it’s done.

Regular Show Special: Regular Show, Cartoon Network’s Emmy® Award-winning animated comedy featuring best friends Mordecai, a six-foot-tall blue jay and Rigby, a hyperactive raccoon, is slated for a 30-minute Thanksgiving special, Regular Show style. Mordecai and Rigby accidentally ruin Thanksgiving and must find a way to save it before their families arrive for dinner. The gang pulls together to help make it the best Thanksgiving ever! Regular Show, currently in its’ fourth season, has become an instant hit continually ranking #1 in its time period among all key boy demos across all of television according to Nielsen Media Research.

The Powerpuff Girls Special: “Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice…plus a dash of mysterious Chemical X” were the essential ingredients that created Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup—also known as The Powerpuff Girls. This groundbreaking and Emmy®-winning series, created by Craig McCracken, ran on Cartoon Network from 1998-2005 and will soar again as a brand-new, redesigned and re-imagined CG special coming in 2013 where the trio of pint-sized super heroines will be called upon to rescue not just the city of Townsville, but the USA and the world! Featuring an original song “I Wish I Was A Powerpuff Girl” performed by Beatles legend Ringo Starr, who also portrays Townsville’s most famous flamboyant mathematician, “Fibonacci Sequins,” this all-new original special comes from a powerhouse creative team featuring animation talent from around the globe including acclaimed director Dave Smith and award-winning art director Kevin Dart and is produced by Cartoon Network Studios in association with UK’s Passion Pictures. The special also features the original voice cast reprising their iconic roles and will premiere later this year.

The Yoda Chronicles: LEGO Star Wars returns in epic style with THE YODA CHRONICLES, a thrilling, funny and action-packed new LEGO Star Wars story told in three animated TV specials! Set in the “Prequel” Star Wars timeline, THE YODA CHRONICLES stars the one and only Yoda—the Jedi Master who has seen it all, done it all, and taught generations of Jedi Knights—in an all-new adventure. With the help of a fresh class of Padawans, Yoda leads the Jedi in a desperate fight to stop Darth Sidious and his minions from creating a new super-weapon that could crush the Republic and win the war for the forces of Evil.

RETURNING SERIES/SPECIALS
• Adventure Time
• Regular Show
• Annoying Orange
• MAD
• The Amazing World of Gumball
• The Looney Tunes Show
• Ben 10 Omniverse
• Dreamworks Dragons: Riders of Berk
• Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc.
• Johnny Test
• Pokémon Black & White: Adventures in Unova
• Beyblade Metal Fury
• Almost Naked Animals
• Scaredy Squirrel

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com) is the #1 U.S. television network among boys 6-11. Currently seen in 99 million U.S. homes and 194 countries around the world, Cartoon Network is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for kids and families. In addition to Emmy-winning original programming and industry-leading digital apps and online games, Cartoon Network embraces key social issues affecting families with solution-oriented initiatives such as Stop Bullying: Speak Up and the Move It Movement.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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“Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two” New Interview Clips, Images Available

Warner Home Video has released new interview clips and a selection of stills from the upcoming Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two animated feature. The latest film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line, arriving on January 29th, 2012 to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Download, and onDemand, is the second in a two-part adaptation of the acclaimed 1980s comic series The Dark Knight Returns starring a retired Batman who dons the cape and cowl to deal with a city decaying into crime.

The interview clips below feature Michael Emerson (Person of Interest, Lost) discussing his work as the voice of The Joker in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two. Also included below is an image of eight-time Emmy Award-winning dialogue director Andrea Romano conducting the first-ever DC Animated-specific recording session via SKYPE with Michael Emerson, the photo courtesy of Gary Miereanu. Click on the thumbnails below to view the new stills and interview clips in the High-Definition Quicktime/MP4 format. Please note some interview clips are very large in size, and may require time to completely load.

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A co-production of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two animated feature – the first DC Universe Animated Original Movie for 2013 – arrives January 29th, 2013 on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download.

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Warner Home Video has released new interview clips and a still from the upcoming Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two animated feature. The latest film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line, arriving on January 29th, 2012 to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Download, and onDemand, is the second in a two-part adaptation of the acclaimed 1980s comic series The Dark Knight Returns starring a retired Batman who dons the cape and cowl to deal with a city decaying into crime.

The interview clips below feature Peter Weller discussing his work as the voice of the title character in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two. Click on the thumbnails below to view the new still and interview clips in the High-Definition Quicktime/MP4 format. Please note some interview clips are large in size, and may require time to completely load.

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A co-production of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part Two animated feature – the first DC Universe Animated Original Movie for 2013 – arrives January 29th, 2013 on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download.

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