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PR: Chop Socky Chooks Kicks into Action March 2007 on Cartoon Network

3 Kung Fu Fighting Chickens Battle the Evil Dr. Wasabi and His Mob in Cartoon Network’s New Action Series

Chuckie Chan, KO Joe and Chick P are the mysterious Chop Socky Chooks, Kung Fu Chickens who live and work in the impossibly vast shopping mall, Wasabi World. The trio dedicates their lives to opposing Wasabi World’s owner, Doctor Wasabi, who’s set on world domination. Cartoon Network’s new action series Chop Socky Chooks, premieres Friday, March 7 at 9:00 p.m. (ET, PT).

Disguised as law-abiding mall dwellers, the philosophical Chuckie Chan, the streetwise KO Joe and the enigmatic Chick P transform into fighting mode at a moment’s notice. Raised by Monks, local Dojo owner Chuckie Chan has a very calm, centered, cautious and idealistic attitude for life. KO Joe rents the shop next door to Chuckie’s Dojo and runs a small but popular comic book emporium. Joe, orphaned at young age and raised by his grandfather, knows the Wasabi World mall like the back of his hand and has a larger-than-life attitude that is as big as his afro! Chick P, the most down-to-earth of the three, works as a mall maintenance engineer, which allows her access to the innermost workings of the mall and an unrivaled opportunity to keep tabs on the felonious Doctor Wasabi. Her personal vendetta against Wasabi stems from childhood, when the deranged Doctor bulldozed her home in order to expand his ever growing mega-mall. The Chop Socky Chooks employ a combination of martial arts, espionage and razor-sharp wits to defend the citizens of Wasabi World from Wasabi and his monstrous egomaniacal schemes, be it Bonsai Shrink Rays or deadly Karaoke Zombies.

Evil is never too far from the Chooks as Wasabi runs his empire from the high-tech confines of his gigantic fishbowl headquarters on the mall’s locked-down top level. The maniacal mutated fish is aided by his bodyguard Bubba and a gang of lethal Ninja Chimps. Wasabi’s all-consuming desire is to expand his mall and achieve global dominance.

Chop Socky Chooks utilizes a combination of CGI and 2D design. All characters are created in full 3D models, which, in addition to allowing for great range of movement, brings a whole new level of excitement to the action sequences. The setting of Wasabi World is a helter-skelter neon-lit mall which thrusts out of a sea of fog like a re-imagined, futuristic Tokyo-Vegas mall/metropolis. Its many levels, advertising hoardings and surreal details create an exciting, unique and whimsical environment in which to set the Chooks’ adventures. The action starts March 7 at 9:00 p.m. (ET, PT) on Cartoon Network.

Chop Socky Chooks is created and directed by Sergio Delfino and produced by Aardman Animations.

About Aardman Animations

Aardman Animations, based in Bristol UK, is one of the world’s leading animation studios. Founded by David Sproxton and Peter Lord in 1976, Aardman produces feature films, television commercials and television series for the global market. The studio has won over 400 international awards including four Oscars(r), one Emmy and seven BAFTAs. Aardman has a five picture output deal with Dreamworks SKG.

Aardman’s Broadcast and International Departments are responsible for the development, production and distribution of Aardman’s TV series, specials and shorts. Recent credits include Creature Comforts (ITV1), Angry Kid (BBC3) and Planet Sketch (CiTV). Current productions for 2006/7 include Chop Socky Chooks (Cartoon Network and Teletoon), Shaun The Sheep (BBC & WDR) and Creature Comforts USA for CBS.

About Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 91 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service offering the best in original, acquired and classic animated entertainment for kids and families. Overnight from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday (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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