CN Upfront: "Flapjack," "Chowder," "Re-Animated" Series Among New Shows for '07
Flapjack, Chowder, Santo, The Secret Saturdays and a series spin-off of last year’s Re-Animated movie are among the new series coming to Cartoon Network in 2007.
The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack is about a falsetto-voiced boy raised by a talking whale whose tranquil life is upended when he rescues an old pirate, Captain K’Nuckles, from a shipwreck. The pirate captain then charms Flapjack into searching for Candied Island, a magical island filled with lollipop flowers and lemonade springs. Mayhem always ensues. The series is created by Thurop Van Ormon.
Chowder is set in the “little bit Morocco, little bit Dr. Seuss” city of Marzipan, where the title character serves as a “force of chaos” as apprentice to the magical master chef Mung Dahl. As he learns his craft, Chowder must perform surreal chores like baking a flying pie or stewing up a pot of singing string beans. The show is created and produced by Carl Greenblatt, formerly of SpongeBob SquarePants and Billy and Mandy, whose blog is chock full of lovely production art, promos, doodles and more.
A spinoff of last year’s TV movie, this fall the live-action hybrid series Re-Animated follows a boy, Jimmy, who has the transplanted brain of a famous animator, which allows him to see cartoon characters no one else can. Cartoon Network’s Michael Ouweleen defended the series at the upfront, saying that kids need variety and need to be able to watch something good in prime time rather than American Idol, and said the show is about having good stories, not about doing things in live action.
Famed Mexican wrestler El Hijo del Santo (son of Santo), will work with executive producer Carlo Olivares Paganoni to develop Santo (working title), an adventure/fantasy series set in Mexico City. The series will have the brave and young Santo inheriting the silver wrestling mask from his father and then learning how to manage an array of mystical powers with the guidance of Cóatl, an ancient feathered serpent. Santo will use his new powers to defend justice and teach good values inside and outside the wrestling ring as he faces enemies ranging from everyday criminals to genetically enhanced mystical villains. Alex Soto of Ben 10 will act as supervising producer on the series. Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank is producing thirteen half-hour episodes.
Finally, in The Secret Saturdays, Doc, Drew and Jack Saturday are “part of a network of scientists protecting the world” from mysterious animals and creatures while “dealing with the usual family squabbles.” The comedy-action series from Jay Stephens will range from the Gobi Desert to the Marianas Trench as the heroes fight Indiana Jones-style against such villains as the masked madman V.V. Argost and his half-human/half-giant spider. At the Upfront presentation the creative team emphasized the “old school pulp adventure” aspects of the show, saying it takes off of the question “What would Johnny Quest look like if it were done today?” Like 24, the show will develop “the character arcs and story arcs throughout the series” so that “you have to stay with the show throughout the year to figure out what secrets will be revealed.”
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