Monday, August 14, 2006

[ADULT SWIM] PADDLES YOUR WAY!

For those animation lovers who are in the Vancouver area, this week's Animation Night will be lead by Katie and will be an introduction to the world of Cartoon Network's [adult swim]

Adult Swim is a programming block on Cartoon Network that is geared toward the 19-24 age group. It debuted on Sunday night, September 2, 2001. The programming included cheap looking animated shorts that relied on absurd humour and innuendo. To everyone's surprise it was a big enough hit that Adult Swim was split apart from Cartoon Network so that Nielsen Media Research could monitor separate ratings.

The original shows consisted of old Hanna Barbera characters that were given new personalities and it reused animation from the old shows to create new situations with new dialogue. This concept was made popular in 1994 with Space Ghost Coast-To-Coast in which retired superhero Space Ghost (from the 1966 show Space Ghost and Dino Boy) had his own talk show and would interview celebrities.

This show and its spinoff Aqua Teen Hunger Force became the mascots for the Adult Swim as it added more shows to its line up including Sealab 2021 (taken from 1972's Sealab 2020), Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law (taken from 1967's Birdman and the Galaxy Trio) and another Space Ghost spinoff, The Brak Show. It also incorporated non-original shows like Family Guy and Futurama and many different anime series such as Cowboy Bebop and InuYasha.

It now runs Monday-Thursday at 10:30pm, has an anime block on Saturdays at 10pm and all new episodes every Sunday night at 11pm. New shows include Robot Chicken, Moral Orel, Squidbillies, 12 oz Mouse, Boondocks and American Dad.

Update: Thanks to all who came out last night! See you in two weeks!

Last night's program:

Space Ghost Coast-To-Coast - Batmantis
Aqua Teen Hunger Force - The Cloning
Sealab 2021 - Stimutacs
The Brak Show - Mother, Did You Move My Chair?
Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law - SPF
Robot Chicken - Vegetable Funfest

7 comments:

Katie said...

I wouldn't mind if you gave away the evening... then I'd know what the heck I'm presenting. That would really help me out. :P

coolshades said...

Have fun with your presentation, Katie :D

coolshades said...

Hey I should watch the one about the lawyer...didn't even know it existed...

J said...

I would really love to see more Harvey Birdman.

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