Cartoon Network is busy presenting their upcoming roster of shows for advertisers and we’ve seen some interesting developments. For one, there’s an all-new Powerpuff Girls special making its way to the network but Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, and Young Justice are notably absent. Could this mean what we think it means? It sure can considering two new DC shows are premiering soon.
While Clone Wars wasn’t mentioned, Cartoon Network did tout a special, The Yoda Chronicles, a LEGO Star Wars adventure set in the prequel timeline. Everyone knew Clone Wars’ time was short once the Disney/LucasFilm merger went through. Hopefully it will find it’s way to Disney XD without missing a beat. But what’s up with the Powerpuff Girls?
This groundbreaking and Emmy®-winning series, created by Craig McCracken, ran on Cartoon Network from 1998-2005 and will soar again as a brand-new, redesigned and re-imagined CG special coming in 2013 where the trio of pint-sized super heroines will be called upon to rescue not just the city of Townsville, but the USA and the world! Featuring an original song “I Wish I Was A Powerpuff Girl” performed by Beatles legend Ringo Starr, who also portrays Townsville’s most famous flamboyant mathematician, “Fibonacci Sequins,” this all-new original special comes from a powerhouse creative team featuring animation talent from around the globe including acclaimed director Dave Smith and award-winning art director Kevin Dart and is produced by Cartoon Network Studios in association with UK’s Passion Pictures. The special also features the original voice cast reprising their iconic roles and will premiere later this year.
Bleeding Cool believes the above image is the new design for the Girls but I haven’t seen it anywhere else and there’s no source listed. McCracken and Lauren Faust seemingly have no involvement in the special.
As far as Cartoon Network’s DC Nation programming block goes, it appears Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice are done for. They aren’t listed in returning series but two new DC animated shows we previously knew about were given a push. Teen Titans Go! will feature Robin, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Cyborg and premiere in April 2013 and Beware the Batman will feature “backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana” plus villains Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie and premiere in the summer. God knows how they’re going to make Grant Morrison’s Professor Pyg kid-friendly. We can only hope parents have enough sense not to buy their children the comics with him in it.
The list of returning series or specials is as follows: Adventure Time, Regular Show, Annoying Orange, MAD, The Amazing World of Gumball, The Looney Tunes Show, Ben 10 Omniverse, Dreamworks Dragons: Riders of Berk, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc., Johnny Test, Pokémon Black & White: Adventures in Unova, Beyblade Metal Fury, Almost Naked Animals, and Scaredy Squirrel.