Cartoon Network Preps “Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo” Animated Feature For Next Week

The 2006 direct-to-video Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo animated feature is slated to air next week in prime-time on Cartoon Network. The animated feature is scheduled to air on Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 at 8:30pm (ET) as part of the special Wednesday holiday programming on Cartoon Network. Official details on the Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo animated feature are available below.


Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo
Cartoon Network, Wednesday, November 11th, 2009, at 8:30pm (ET)

When a high-tech ninja attacks Titans Tower, Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven and Beast Boy spring into action. Robin finds out that the ninja was sent by a mysterious and menacing Japanese criminal known as Brushogun, and the Teen Titans travel to Tokyo to track the villain down.

Further details on the direct-to-video Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo animated feature can be found at the Teen Titans subsite here at The World’s Finest. The direct-to-video animated featured originally premiered on Cartoon Network in 2006 before arriving on DVD in 2007.

In further schedule news, Cartoon Network is also slated to air the a two-hour block of Teen Titans episodes from 12:00pm (ET) to 2pm (ET) on Wednesday, November 11th, 2009. The Teen Titans episodes featured in the block of episodes include “Transformation,” “Bunny Raven…or….How to Make a Titananimal Disappear,” “Episode 257-494,” and “Go.” Please note schedule details are subject to change. Stay tuned for further updates.

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Cartoon Network Schedules Marathon For “Teen Titans” Animated Series Later This Week

Cartoon Network is scheduled to air a special marathon of Teen Titans episodes on Wednesday, August 5th, 2009, beginning at 10am (ET). The eight-hour marathon will cover the first 16 episodes of the classic fan-favorite animated series. The schedule for the Teen Titans marathon is below.

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
10:00am (ET) “Divide and Conquer”
10:30am (ET) “Sisters”
11:00am (ET) “Final Exam”
11:30am (ET) “Forces of Nature”
12:00pm (ET) “Sum of His Parts”
12:30pm (ET) “Nevermore”
1:00pm (ET) “Switched”
1:30pm (ET) “Deep Six”
2:00pm (ET) “Masks”
2:30pm (ET) “Mad Mod”
3:00pm (ET) “Car Trouble”
3:30pm (ET) “The Apprentice, Part 1”
4:00pm (ET) “The Apprentice, Part 2”
4:30pm (ET) “How Long Is Forever?”
5:00pm (ET) “Every Dog has His Day”
5:30pm (ET) “Terra”

Both Cartoon Network and the spin-off specialty channel Boomerang regularly airs reruns of Teen Titans.

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Press Release For Upcoming “Teen Titans” Animated Series Memorial Day Marathon

Press Release:

Teen Titans Star in Boomerang’s Memorial Day Marathon
Twelve Action-Driven Hours of Original Animated Series Hail Start of Summer on Monday, May 25, 12 p.m.-12a.m.

Fighting for truth, justice and the last slice of pizza, the D.C. Comics Teen Titans are five super heroes who are living proof that you’re never too young to save the planet. Twenty-nine hand-selected episodes of the hit animated series will air uninterrupted over 12 hours on the commercial-free Boomerang network, Monday, May 25, starting at 12 noon and culminating at 12 a.m. (ET). Teen Titans originally premiered on Cartoon Network in 2003 to great viewer and critical acclaim, making the series an instant classic for younger generations and a TV favorite for comic book fans of all ages.

Based on the long-running DC Comics series, Teen Titans features five teenage superheroes who each exhibit special powers. The team is led by Robin, the acrobatic and daring group leader with a stocked utility belt and no fear. Beast Boy, small in stature and quick with a joke, can shift into the form of any animal, from a tiger to a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Starfire is new to Earth and nave to its ways, but when it is time for a throw-down, she fights as hard as any of the others. The spooky, deadpan Raven can control inanimate objects with her powerful mental abilities. Hulking Cyborg is half-man, half-machine and the most powerful member of the team.

But Teen Titans is not all about superpowers and bad guys. Like most teens, they love hanging out with their friends, playing video games and going to parties. And also like most adolescents, they each are trying to find their place in the world and deal with their growing pains as best as they can.

“A Teen Titans marathon is the perfect way to ring in the summer,” Said Stacy Isenhower, senior vice president of programming and scheduling for Boomerang and Cartoon Network. “Teen Titans shows us that we can be capable of great things while still having a little fun.”

Highlights of the marathon include:

* 12 p.m. (ET): “How Long is Forever?” – A super-thief from the future called WARP travels back in time to steal a priceless antique. But when the Teen Titans show up to stop him, the villain tries to escape.

* 2:05 p.m. (ET): “Date with Destiny” – A creepy criminal known as Killer Moth threatens to destroy the city with a flying army of mutant moths unless Teen Titan Robin agrees to take Killer Moth’s spoiled-rotten teenage daughter Kitten to her junior prom!

* 3:45 p.m. (ET): “Betrayal” – After a few weeks as a Teen Titan, Terra has everything she ever wanted: a nice home, good friends, and even a little romance with Beast Boy. Everything seems perfect…but is it?

* 4:35 p.m. (ET): “Aftershock: Part One” – A long-lost friend of the Teen Titans returns with a vengeance , and Slade orders Overload, Cinderblock, and Plasmus to launch a series of sinister strikes all over the city. Can our heroes stop three monsters, Slade, and their newest enemy?

Boomerang is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s (TBS, Inc.) 24-hour cable/satellite network offering the best in classic animated entertainment. In partnership with Cartoon Network, the service boasts 75 percent unduplicated programming and is available to cable/satellite operators and their customers in Spanish. Boomerang’s official Web site is located athttp://Boomerang. CartoonNetwork.com .

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 97 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, 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. Overnight from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34.

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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“Teen Titans” Animated Series Debuts On Boomerang’s “Boomeraction” In February 2009

Press Release:

Teen Titans to Get Hero’s Welcome on Boomerang

Beloved Cartoon Network program premieres Monday, Feb. 2 at 10:30 p.m. (ET)


Fighting for truth, justice and the last slice of pizza, the D.C. Comics Teen Titans are five super heroes who are living proof that you’re never too young to save the planet. The animated series debuts in its new home Monday-Friday on the commercial-free Boomerang network starting Monday, Feb. 2 at 10:30 p.m. (ET) as part of the “Boomeraction” block which includes Justice League Unlimited at 11 p.m. (ET) and The Batman at 11:30 p.m. (ET). Teen Titans originally launched on Cartoon Network in 2003 to great viewer acclaim, making it an instant classic for younger generations and a favorite for comic book fans of all ages.

Based on the long-running DC Comics series, Teen Titans features five teenage superheroes who each exhibit special powers. The team is led by Robin, the acrobatic and daring group leader with a stocked utility belt and no fear. Beast Boy, small in stature and quick with a joke, can shift into the form of any animal, from a tiger to a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Starfire is new to Earth and nave to its ways, but when it is time for a throw-down, she fights as hard as any of the others. The spooky, deadpan Raven can control inanimate objects with her powerful mental abilities. Hulking Cyborg is half-man, half-machine and the most powerful member of the team.

But Teen Titans is not all about superpowers and bad guys. Like most teens, they love hanging out with their friends, playing video games and going to parties. Like most adolescents, they are trying to find their place in the world and deal with their growing pains as well as they can.

“Now is a great time for young people to see they can accomplish anything,” said Stacy Isenhower, senior vice president of programming and scheduling for Boomerang and Cartoon Network. “Teen Titans is a perfect fit for Boomerang as the show depicts young people accepting responsibility for their futures and the well-being of others.”

Teen Titans will air weeknights beginning with the very first episode. The first week of programming features the following episodes:

* Monday, Feb. 2: “Divide and Conquer” – Cinderblock busts into prison — and the Teen Titans show up to stop a jailbreak.

* Tuesday, Feb. 3: “Sisters” – When a mysterious alien probe shows up to haul Starfire away, sweet-natured Star has no idea why it came.

* Wednesday, Feb. 4: “Final Exam” – Before Slade will hire the new Hive Agents, he requires that they pass one ‘final exam’ — they must destroy the Teen Titans.

* Thursday, Feb. 5: “Forces of Nature” – Dark ominous clouds blow in from the East, bringing thunder and lightning with them: two forces of nature made flesh in the form of costumed super-teens.

* Friday, Feb. 6: “The Sum of His Parts” – Cyborg’s power cell is dying. And while the problem is easily fixed with a new battery, Cy is reminded of something he doesn’t like to think about: he’s not completely human.

Boomerang is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s (TBS, Inc.) 24-hour cable/satellite network offering the best in classic animated entertainment. In partnership with Cartoon Network, the service boasts 75 percent unduplicated programming and is available to cable/satellite operators and their customers in Spanish. Boomerang’s official Web site is located at http://Boomerang.CartoonNetwork.com.

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 97 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic animated entertainment for kids and families. Overnight from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34.

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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Update On “Batman: Gotham Knight,” “Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo” Soundtracks

The soundtrack, originally released on July 22nd, 2008, hit multiple snags during production, including an extended period of legal clearances for artwork and copyright trademarks before finally nailing down each respective release. However, despite the original release date, most businesses and consumers did not receive copies of either soundtracks until the second week of August 2008. The soundtracks, now having been officially released for nearly a month, is now readily available to purchase both at local stores and online.

The World’s Finest has reviews of both of the soundtrack releases, which you can read by clicking the thumbnails below.

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Updates and Press Releases For “Gotham Knight,” “Trouble In Tokyo” Soundtracks

Before getting to the press releases, La-La-Land Records has informed us on the status of these soundtracks, which fans have stated difficulty in both finding and ordering. The soundtracks for Batman: Gotham Knight and Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo were officially released yesterday, however, La-La-Land Records tells The World’s Finest that both products will see a slight delay, and may not ship to most outlets until the end of the week. However, some outlets will start getting product as early as today. The product is also readily available to order on the official La-La-Land Records website.

Stay tuned for any further updates on this situation. La-La-Land Records has passed along the press release for both releases, as seen below.

TEEN TITANS: TROUBLE IN TOKYO ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
TO BE RELEASED BY LA-LA LAND RECORDS

La-La Land Records will be releasing the soundtrack for Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo. Cartoon Networks Teen Titans series airs around the world. Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo was a direct-to-video film released on DVD in 2007. The music was composed by the Emmy winning team Dynamic Music Partners.

Dynamic Music Partners are a three-person team of composers Michael McCuistion, Lolita Ritmanis, and Kristopher Carter.

Lolita Ritmanis is a nine time Emmy Award-nominated composer, having won in 2002 for her work on the animated series Batman Beyond. She is currently working on The Spectacular Spider-Man and Ben 10: Alien Force. Lolita has worked as an orchestrator for composers Michael Kamen, Basil Poledouris, Mark Snow and Shirley Walker, on over 100 films, mini-series and television programs, including Lethal Weapon 4, The X-Files Movie, Swimfan, Robin Hood-Prince of Thieves, Final Destination and The West Wing.

Michael McCuistion is an Emmy Award-winning composer who has been working in film and television for over 15 years. Nominated for nine Emmy Awards and two Annie Awards, he has also composed and conducted the music for the Oscar-winning short film My Mother Dreams The Satans Disciples In New York, Activisions Spider-Man: The Movie Game and Spider-Man 2: The Game which were released simultaneously with both blockbuster motion pictures. McCuistion is currently composing for The Spectacular Spider-Man and Ben 10: Alien Force.

Kristopher Carter began his career as one of the youngest composers to work for Warner Bros. He received an Emmy Award for Batman Beyond, as well as six other Emmy nominations. His fifteen independent feature films have screened at many prestigious international festivals. He made his Hollywood Bowl debut in 2001 with a commission from John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. In the record world he has collaborated with the Wallflower’s Rami Jaffee and blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

When a high-tech ninja from the Far East attacks Titans Tower, Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven, and Beast Boy spring into action and bring him down. But when Robin finds out the ninja was sent by a mysterious and menacing Japanese criminal known as Brushogun … our heroes realize that the action isn’t over — it’s just getting started. So the Titans pack their bags, hop in the T-Ship, and take off for Tokyo on a mission to track down Brushogun — and bring him to justice. But can our teenage heroes stay out of trouble in the City That Never Blinks? And can Robin solve the mystery of Brushogun before our villain takes down the Titans — and destroys everything Robin is?

The composers commented, Since this journey would be grander in scope than the weekly series, we knew our score would need to reflect that. Watching the characters explore their new surroundings, experience an unfamiliar culture and learn things about each other along the way (with occasional tributes to Japanese monster movies!) all provided a wonderful environment for musical inspiration.

Lolita, Kris and Michael did such an amazing job creating and crafting such original music for such a wonderful score. Without them the pictures would seem very lifeless and dull, said producer Glen Murakami.

The Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available in stores or from www.lalalandrecords.com.

BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
TO BE RELEASED BY LA-LA LAND RECORDS

Composers Robert J. Kral, Kevin Manthei and Christopher Drake Join Forces With The Caped Crusader


La-La Land Records will be releasing the soundtrack for Batman: Gotham Knight. The animated feature will be released on DVD on July 8, prior to the release of the new film in the Batman series The Dark Knight. Composers Kevin Manthei (Justice League: The New Frontier), Robert J. Kral (Superman: Doomsday) and Christopher Drake (Hellboy Animated).

Batman: Gotham Knightis a fresh and exciting new entry into the Batman mythos, spinning out of a 40-year history in animation including the Emmy winning Batman: The Animated Series, widely considered a pivotal point in American animation. Six interlocking stories reveal Bruce Waynes earliest adventures as Batman and the steps he took to become the grim avenger of Gotham City. Three different DVD packages will be released, a single DVD, a 2-disc collectors edition, and the 2-disc collectors edition on Blu-Ray DVD

To tell the six different stories, the executive producer turned to 3 composers: Kevin Manthei, Robert J. Kral and Christopher Drake. Our producer, Bruce Timms idea was to have the music be as unique and different as the visual style of each segment, Drake describes. The three of us were sequestered from each other, allowing each of us complete creative freedom.

Christopher Drake was selected by Academy Award nominated film director Guillermo del Toro to compose the music for two animated films Hellboy: Sword of Storms and Hellboy: Blood and Iron. Drake also scored the upcoming game Hellboy: The Science of Evil. Based on his work on the Hellboy movies producer Bruce Timm hired Drake to score two of the six Batman: Gotham Knight segments.

Drakes segments include Have I Got A Story for You, and In Darkness Dwells, which was written by David Goyer, who co-wrote the screenplays for Batman Begins and the upcoming film The Dark Knight.

In addition to Drake, Timm turned to two composers with whom he had previously worked Kevin Manthei (Justice League: The New Frontier, soundtrack available on La-La Land Records) and Robert J. Kral (Superman: Doomsday, soundtrack available on La-La Land Records).

Kevin Manthei has been working in the film, television and game arena for over 15 years. He has worked as the series composer on five animated TV shows including Invader Zim, Xiaolin Showdown, and Johnny Test representing over 130 half hour episodes, composed over 50 game soundtracks, including the recent releases of Marvel Universe Online & Kung Fu Panda, has made a mark composing music for animated features, independent films, as well as contributing additional music on many well-known feature films.

Manthei scored the segments Crossfire and Working Through Pain. His two segments are completely different from each other the former an east-meets-west score and the latter telling an emotional story as Wayne went on a soul-searching trip to India. Manthei describes, The angularity and oddness of the animation [in Crossfire] gave me freedom to go further than I usually dare to go. With this episode I really felt it needed to be organically electronic and that is should have some sort of repeating loop like electronic pulse that just forwards on the dread and unease of the episode. For Working Through Pain, Manthei incorporated Indian instruments into his score.

Robert J. Kral is no stranger to writing themes for characters battling evil. For five seasons, Kral contributed the score for the TV series Angel. The Australian film and TV composer also composed the scores for the TV series The Dresden Files, Jake 2.0 and Miracles. He earned an Annie Award for Best Music in an Animated Television Production for his work on Duck Dodgers.

Field Test and Deadshot were both scored by Kral. Field Test was more of a traditional superhero story and Kral created a score with a more recognizable feel. Deadshot is the segment that ties the others together. I realized, he said, one of the things that makes this project so unusual, so unique, is that each segment deals with the same hero, but with a different approach, so in the end, I really wanted to score it with new music, with different themes and motifs.

Warner Bros. Video presents Batman: Gotham Knight available on DVD and Blu Ray on July 8th. The Batman: Gotham Knight – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available in stores or from www.lalalandrecords.com.

Also included below is the composer-specific tracks for the soundtrack to Batman: Gotham Knight.

Batman: Gotham Knight.

“Have I got a Story for You” – Christopher Drake
1. Main Titles / Intro / Interlude / Punk Skater / Trouble At The Dock (2:28)
2. Living Shadow / Living Shadow Finale (1:45)
3. Skater Girl / Trouble In the City (0:50)
4. Batmonster Appears / Batmonster Do-Over / Batmonster Finale (2:18)
5. Rooftop Robbery / Robobat (1:44)
6. Have I Got A Story For You Finale (1:35)

“Crossfire” – Kevin Manthei
7. Crossfire (4:49)
8. Inferno (5:48)

“Field Test” – Robert J. Kral
9. New Device (1:22)
10. Trigger A Device / As Good As Your Drive (1:10)
11. A Russian In His Grave / It Works Too Well (3:53)

“In Darkness Dwells” – Christopher Drake
12. In Darkness Dwells Intro (1:00)
13. Gordonʼs Cannibal / Ghost Station (3:00)
14. Epidermolytic Hyperkeratosis (0:43)
15. Killer Croc / Hallucinations / Scarecrow Interrupted (3:19)
16. Escape And End (1:45)

“Working Through Pain” – Kevin Manthei
17. Working Through Pain / The Fall (1:46)
18. Bazaar (0:26)
19. There Is Another / Training (2:46)
20. Rejected And Despised (1:30)
21. Painless Fight/ I Canʼt (3:23)

“Deadshot” – Robert J. Kral
22. Parents Killed (0:54)
23. Gun Attraction / Park Killing (1:26)
24. Gordon / Batman / The Train (6:14)
25. His Life’s Quest (0:56)

26. Batman: Gotham Knight End Credits Suite (5:02)

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Batman: Gotham Knight Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
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Tracklist for “Batman: Gotham Knight, Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo” Soundtracks

Below is the complete tracklist for both soundtracks, both hitting shelves on July 22nd, 2008.

Batman: Gotham Knight
1. Main Titles / Intro / Interlude / Punk Skater / Trouble At The Dock (2:28)
2. Living Shadow / Living Shadow Finale (1:45)
3. Skater Girl / Trouble In the City (0:50)
4. Batmonster Appears / Batmonster Do-Over / Batmonster Finale (2:18)
5. Rooftop Robbery / Robobat (1:44)
6. Have I Got A Story For You Finale (1:35)
7. Crossfire (4:49)
8. Inferno (5:48)
9. New Device (1:22)
10. Trigger A Device / As Good As Your Drive (1:10)
11. A Russian In His Grave / It Works Too Well (3:53)
12. In Darkness Dwells Intro (1:00)
13. Gordon’s Cannibal / Ghost Station (3:00)
14. Epidermolytic Hyperkeratosis (0:43)
15. Killer Croc / Hallucinations / Scarecrow Interrupted (3:19)
16. Escape And End (1:45)
17. Working Through Pain / The Fall (1:46)
18. Bazaar (0:26)
19. There Is Another / Training (2:46)
20. Rejected And Despised (1:30)
21. Painless Fight/ I Can?t (3:23)
22. Parents Killed (0:54)
23. Gun Attraction / Park Killing (1:26)
24. Gordon / Batman / The Train (6:14)
25. His Life’s Quest (0:56)
26. Batman: Gotham Knight End Credits Suite (5:02)
Total Running Time (63:10)

Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo
1. Meet Saico Tek ( 5:18 )
2. Interrogation ( 1:23 )
3. Main Title ( 2:36 )
4. Tokyo Arrival ( 1:28 )
5. Monster Attack ( 4:36 )
6. Troopers Tour + Robins Disappointment ( 1:46 )
7. Titans Watched ( 1:52 )
8. Starfire Videogame ( 1:18 )
9. Moment Lost ( 2:39 )
10. Tokyo Skyline + Robin Blots Out Saico Tek ( 4:11 )
11. All You Can Eat/Boy Troubles ( 2:01 )
12. Titans Attack ( 1:51 )
13. The Note (:51)
14. The Fight Continues ( 2:43 )
15. Raven Finds Books/Robin Goes Underground ( 1:19 )
16. Play It Louder (:55)
17. Bar Fight ( 1:18 )
18. Motorcycle Chase ( 1:57 )
19. Brushogun Origin ( 2:17 )
20. Chasing Titans ( 1:58 )
21. Meet Brushogun ( 3:48 )
22. Villians Makin Copies ( 2:16 )
23. Final Battle ( 4:20 )
24. The Kiss (:55)
25. Tokyo s Newest Heroes ( 1:58 )
26. End Credits ( 1:59 )
Total Time (53:33)

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The Batman: The Complete Fifth Season and Teen Titans: The Complete Fifth Seasons will hit shelves on July 8th, 2008.

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Sales Numbers For May 2008-Shipping Animated Comics

Below are the total estimated sales numbers for the animated comics that shipped in May 2008.

Justice League Unlimited #45 – 8,139

Teen Titans Go! #55 – 7,385

The Batman Strikes! #45 – 6,611

Legion of Super Heroes In The 31st Century #14 – 6,203

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