HBO Max revealed a new collection of kids and family programming on Tuesday night, pulled from Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios. The slate includes a long list of favorites from yesteryear, and several new projects. The video subscription service is launching new “Looney Tunes Cartoons,” and a new “Jellystone” series featuring Hanna-Barbera characters, which will go along great with the new “Adventure Time” series that were previously announced. HBO Max is also premiering a new animated series “The Fungies!” and a “Tig N’ Seek” show from Cartoon Network. “Tooned Out” is another new series, and it will be a hybrid live-action and animated comedy from Academy Award winner Robert Zemeckis. In addition, a collection of classics from the libraries of Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies and Hanna-Barbera have been secured for HBO Max.
“As we build and expand our kids and family programming slate, we’re re-introducing some of the most cherished and iconic characters and creating new animated friends to fall in love with,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer, HBO Max and president, TBS, TNT and truTV. “These new series from the talented teams at Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios are sure to become instant classics.”
The new Looney Tunes Cartoons will feature everyone’s favorite Looney Tunes characters. Popular characters will be featured in their classic pairings, with 80 eleven-minute episodes, each comprised of animated shorts that vary in length and include adapted storylines for today’s audience. Fans can also look forward to holiday-themed specials as well.
“Jellystone” is where all the Hanna-Barbera characters live, and where tiny viewers will find their favorite characters. The animated series will include Yogi Bear, Boo-Boo, Augie Doggie, Doggie Daddy, Ruff, Yakky Doodle, Shag Rugg, Jabberjaw, El Kabong, Top Cat, Captain Caveman, Cindy Bear, Mildew Wolf, Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks, Peter Potamus, Snagglepuss, Magilla Gorilla and more. The series is executive produced by C.H. Greenblatt (Chowder) and Sam Register.
The new show, “The Fungies!,” is a prehistoric comedy from Stephen Neary and produced by Cartoon Network Studios. The show explores Fungietown through the quests of Seth, a young student at Fungietown Elementary. According to the network, “Seth loves science and sharing his exciting discoveries with all his Fungie friends. But in his search for the ultimate scientific adventure, Seth often stirs up trouble for Fungietown’s colorful inhabitants leading to hilarious and heartwarming surprises.” HBO Max also outlined “Tig N’ Seek,” and that series follows 8-year-old Tiggy and his gadget-building cat, Gweeseek, as they search for the lost items of Wee Gee City. The official decription reads, “With Tiggy’s cheerful attitude and Gweeseek’s exceptional inventing capabilities, the duo humorously navigate day-to-day dilemmas at the Department of Lost and Found.”
Academy Award winner Robert Zemeckis is behind “Tooned Out,” along with executive producer and writer Jared Stern. The show is a half-hour, hybrid live-action and animated comedy. HBO Max described the show adding, “Things get a little cartoony for Mac when he starts seeing iconic cartoon characters, but they’re not just there for laughs, they’re helping him get through a very rough patch in his life.”
The Hanna-Barbera properties include the full catalog of “The Flintstones” and “The Jetsons,” as well as “Josie and the Pussycats,” “Popeye,” “Scooby and Scrappy Doo” and “Yogi Bear.”
“We are stewards for some of the greatest animated characters of all time” said Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation. “And for every new series with these characters, our starting point is to always focus on what made these characters so beloved in the first place. With Looney Tunes Cartoons and Jellystone, our artists have captured the timeless charm of these characters to create cartoons we know that kids and parents will love watching together.”
“Our artist and creator-driven approach to content has always been at the heart of what we do best,” said Rob Sorcher, Chief Content Officer, Cartoon Network Studios. “It has been a natural evolution to expand our studio lens and bring a wider array of animation talent to this exciting new platform.”
HBO Max is expected to launch in May of 2020, and will cost $14.99 per month. At launch, AT&T will immediately offer HBO Max to the roughly 10M HBO subscribers on AT&T distribution platforms, at no additional charge. HBO Now direct-billed users who subscribe directly through HBONow.com will also have access to Warner Media’s HBO Max. AT&T customers on premium video, mobile and broadband services will be offered bundles with HBO Max included at no additional charge.
The other projects announced tonight include a new Gina Rodriguez movie, and the network also confirmed that “Rick and Morty” episodes will be available to subscribers. The company also outlined new shows from Elizabeth Banks and Mindy Kaling. HBO Max is also the new home to Ridley Scott’s “Raised by Wolves” sci-fi series, and will be the future home to the DC Comic series “Strange Adventures” and “Green Lantern.”
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