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"Cartoon Cartoon Show" Set to Return; Two New Shorts Currently in Production

Michael Ouweleen, creative director of Cartoon Network, said today that Cartoon Network Studios is in production of two new short cartoons designed to restart their original cartoon anthology series, which has been known alternately in the past as The What a Cartoon Show and The Cartoon Cartoon Show.

One of the two greenlit shorts, Welcome to Gonzo will be helmed by John McIntyre, who has previously directed episodes of diverse CN series including Grim & Evil and The PowerPuff Girls.

Attempting to describe the plot of Gonzo, Ouweleen said, “You ever see the Laurel & Hardy where he’s trying to move a refigerator? It’s a cartoon version of that meets Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

The other short in production is dubbed Chowder and will be directed by Carl Greenblatt, a storyboarder on SpongeBob SquarePants.

“The purpose of the shorts program is to be experimental again, to try things that a normal development process would not allow,” Ouweleen said. “But I’m trying to also make sure that we’re not just making shorts that will be aired once. They have to show some promise so that we can nurture that talent or nurture than short into a full-blown series.”

CN currently expects to produce twenty new shorts for the series. According to Ouweleen, the shorts will be “whatever length they need to be.”

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