Genndy Tartakovsky has yet another project headed our way: Unicorn: Warriors Eternal. The animated series follows “a team of ancient teen heroes as they work together to protect the world from an unforeseen omen,” and will feature “themes of the supernatural weaved with adventure,” and all of that sounds pretty great, honestly. More info on Unicorn: Warriors Eternal awaits you below, along with a poster. Print it out and hang it on your wall! Or don’t, I’m not your boss.
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The Animaniacs are coming back to Hulu in November, and now another beloved Warner Bros. cartoon executive produced by Steven Spielberg in the 1990s is making a comeback thanks to HBO Max and Cartoon Network.
Tiny Toons Adventures followed a group of young students not entirely dissimilar from the likes of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and the rest of the Looney Tunes as they learned how to be funny from the legendary cartoon characters themselves at Acme Looniversity. Now the series will be revived as a new animated series called Tiny Toons Looniversity on the HBO Max streaming service. Read More »
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The Series: Over the Garden Wall
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max, Hulu
The Pitch: Brothers Wirt and Greg get lost in the Unknown, a mysterious forest adrift in time where animals talk, ancient creatures lead lost souls astray, and sentient pumpkins engage in creepy cultish rituals. The two try to find their way back home, encountering all kinds of strange and fantastical things on their journey.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Over the Garden Wall is a singular animated fantasy adventure series that manages to achieve one of the things that few shows geared toward kids have been able to do: be genuinely unsettling. Created by Patrick McHale as a 10-episode miniseries in 2014, Over the Garden Wall takes inspiration from folk art and classic Grisaillesque illustrations, making you feel like you’re stepping into a storybook, but the kind of storybook that you find hidden in an attic, covered in dust. With its autumnal setting and ominous undertones, Over the Garden Wall has established itself as a fall-time ritual of its own — one that you can settle back and watch with a cup of cocoa to be transported to a strange, far-off place.
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The fun never ends with Adventure Time, thanks to the new series of HBO Max animated specials focusing on several beloved characters of the Cartoon Network series. It’s a welcome return to the Land of Oo, with creator Pendleton Ward and executive producer Adam Muto behind the Adventure Time: Distant Lands specials, which will center around the characters of BMO, Marceline and Princess Bubblegum, Peppermint Butler, and of course, Finn and Jake.
To give us a sneak peek of the four Adventure Time: Distant Lands special — the first of which, BMO, hits HBO Max this weekend — are Muto and cast members Glory Curda (Y5), Olivia Olson (Marceline), and Niki Yang (BMO) speaking in a Comic-Con at Home panel, teasing details and giving us a snippet of Marceline’s newest heartbreaking song.
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Before The Clone Wars was a hit computer animated Star Wars series that ended too soon and came back to life for one final season, there was a 2D animated adaptation of the throwaway line of dialogue from Star Wars: A New Hope. Filling in some of the gap between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, we follow the Jedi and endless laser-blasting Clone Troopers as they charge into a barrage of droid armies over and over again, all with the cloaks dramatically blowing in the wind. Read More »
Samurai Jack changed the game when it debuted on Cartoon Network in 2001, paving the way for experimental, auteur-driven animated series on a network mostly known for kiddie fare. Following the story of a samurai (voiced by (Phil LaMarr) who is flung forward in time against an evil overlord (Mako Iwamatsu for seasons 1-4, Greg Baldwin in the final season), Samurai Jack is still beloved for creator Genndy Tartakovsky‘s striking animation and surprisingly mature storytelling. Now, you can watch the entire epic saga from the beginning online for free.
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Growing up for Steven Universe (Zach Callison) is no picnic. What happens in “Snow Day” is minuscule but momentous, yet another idyllic day-in-the-life without punching antagonists. 16-year-old Steven is so frazzled and focused on the Little Homeworld school that his childlike spirit has been siphoned away. He is no longer partaking in the child relics of Steven Universe. He rebuffs Pearl’s (Deedee Magno) attempt to dress him, the Gems whipping up the infamous Together Breakfast, Garnet’s (Estelle) offer of pepperoni pizza (Steven is now vegetarian), and the Crystal Gems’ insistence to play tag. Read More »
Here we are in the future. Rebecca Sugar’s Steven Universe is back, not with a new season, but an epilogue limited series, Steven Universe Future, set two years after the first series.
The half-Gem, half-human boy Steven Universe (Zach Callison) has defended his beloved Earth while being raised lovingly by his three Gem guardians, Garnet (Estelle), Pearl (Deedee Magno Hall), and Amethyst (Michaela Dietz). He has finally established peace across the stars and reformed the three other Diamond Authorities, who can essentially be considered his Gem aunts, into disbanding their tyrannical and colonizing ways to improve Gem life on the Gem Homeworld and Earth for “Era 3.” Last we left off in The Steven Universe Movie, Steven realizes he still got a lot of Gem work to do, despite the relative peace on Earth since his complicated Gem mother, Rose Quartz, left plenty of centuries-old loose ends he is still cleaning up. And he creates new messes as well.
The first four episodes of Future intensely explores the idyllic and intense aftermath.
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After a long wait that felt as excruciating as existence does for a Mr. Meeseeks, Rick and Morty is finally back. If you were worried that the story would get old, or that the toxic, riot-causing fanbase would affect the quality of the episodes in any way, you can put those worries to rest. The season 4 premiere is as smart and funny as anything the show has done before, and it paves the way for a confident future – even if it’s just basically more of the same.
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