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Animation News from the 2009 Cartoon Network Upfront (UPDATED 12:57 PM with images)

by on March 25, 2009

The Cartoon Network 2009 Upfront is finished! Check below for news about all the new and returning shows, with images (click any image to enlarge), or click here to read the Cartoon Network press release for this year’s upfront.

Returning series include Star Wars: Clone Wars, Chowder, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, The Secret Saturdays and Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

The PR mentions a total of 164 new half-hour episodes of returning comedy and action-adventure series.

New Chowder and Flapjack episodes will come this summer. Ben 10: Evolutions will come in 2010. League of Super-Evil looks pretty cool, as does Adventure Time. Other returning series that have been announced previously: Marvel Superhero Squad, Bakugan, Hot Wheels Battle Force 5, Pokémon.

Live-action coverage omitted.

Scooby-Doo – Mystery, Inc.
A sleepy little village, Crystal Cove, boasts a long history of ghost sightings, poltergeists, demon possession, phantoms and other paranormal occurrences. The renowned sleuthing team of Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo arrive to prove all of this simply isn’t real — but they don’t realize the locals don’t welcome their help. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Animation.

Animated Original Movies

Cartoon Network’s first all-CG animation adventure presents Duncan Rosenblatt, a rather typical, awkward high school kid, except that his dad is a fire-breathing dragon and he is destined to protect the Earth. Created and executive-produced by Phil Hester (The Wretch), Firebreather is executive-produced by Julia Pistor (Lemony Snicket) and co-executive produced by Andy Kuhn (Freedom Ring) — Jim Kreig (Ben 10: Alien Force) joins as writer. Peter Chung (Aeon Flux) is attached to direct.


The Sym-Bionic Titan unit fights one of General Modula’s horrific space monsters in Sym-Bionic Titan. The Manus and Corus armor systems protect Lance and Ilana and are components of the Sym-Bionic Titan in Sym-Bionic Titan.

Sym-Bionic Titan
From creator Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack) comes an exciting hybrid of high school drama and giant robot battles. Sym-Bionic Titan follows the adventures of three beings from planet Galauna who crash-land on Earth while attempting to escape their war-torn world.

Rex gets ready for battle as Bobo Haha and Agent Six back him up in Generator Rex.

Generator Rex
Infected by microscopic molecular-altering nanites, 15-year-old Rex has the ability to grow incredible machines out of his body. Recruited by an organization called Providence, Rex travels the world investigating a host of biological mutations that were created by the same nanites that gave Rex his powers. Generator Rex is from Man of Action, creators of Ben 10. John Fang of Cartoon Network Studios serves a supervising director.

More Generator Rex images below:

Rex rides the lightrider, a motorcycle with laser-light tires as other members of Providence, Bobo Haha, Agent Six and Noah go after the evil Evos in Generator Rex. Rex uses his “smackhands” to battle a mutant created by nanites with the help of his sidekick Bobo Haha in Generator Rex.


Total Drama Action premiering 2009 on Cartoon Network.

Total Drama Action
Showcasing all of the elements of favorite reality TV shows — romances and friendships; scheming and sabotage; death-defying stunts and stomach curdling challenges within larger-than-life elimination competition. Total Drama Action succeeds Cartoon Network’s #1 show of 2008, Total Drama Island, from Cake Distribution and Fresh Animation. Fourteen contestants face thrilling challenges on an abandoned film studio back-lot, all inspired by the movies.

Ben 10: Alien Force – New season
Ben 10: Evolutions (working title – new series commissioned)
An all-new animated series follows 16-year-old Ben Tennyson as his secret identity has been revealed to the world and now he’s an international mega-star super hero, loved by kids the world over but distrusted by many adults. Armed with a mysterious new Omnitrix, Ben will see action in places he’s never been. From Cartoon Network Studios, Glen Murakami (Teen Titans) serves as Supervising Producer and Dwayne McDuffie serves as Story Editor.

New comedy and action-adventure animated series launching across 2009-2010 season

Finn and Jake share a laugh as Princess Bubblegum and Lady the Rainicorn smile in the background and the evil Ice King looks on.

Adventure Time with Finn and Jake
Finn, the human boy with the awesome hat, and Jake, the wise dog, are close friends and partners in strange adventures in the land of Ooo. The 30-minute series is from Cartoon Network Studios, created by Pendleton Ward and executive produced by Fred Seibert and Derek Drymon.

Six teenaged groms (young surfers) come together for 12 weeks over the summer to work and surf at the world renowned Surfer’s Paradise Resort on the legendary Sunset Island, home of the most epic surf break in the country. From Cake Distribution and Fresh Animation, Stoked is created by Jennifer Pertsch and Tom McGillis (Total Drama Island).
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