Minorities in cartoons: “Mission Hill”

Mission Hill

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Mission Hill,” an animated series that aired on The WB from 1999-2000, and Adult Swim in 2002. Background The series focuses on the lives of a group of roommates (siblings Andy and Kevin; Jim; Posey; and Andy’s dog, Stogie). The series is set in a neighborhood named “Mission … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Sealab 2020”

Sealab 2020

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Sealab 2020,” a Hanna-Barbera animated series that aired from 1972 to 1973 on NBC. Background The series focused on the 250 residents of an undersea scientific research facility in the then-far-off year 2020; said facility was headed by Captain Michael Murphy. Plots usually revolved around underwater threats and challenges, including dealing … Read more

2014 Primetime Emmy Award nominees in animation

Mickey Mouse Disney Channel shorts

This year’s nominees for the primetime Emmy Awards have been announced. A full list (in PDF format) of the nominees is available here. The nominees on the animation side of things include: Outstanding Animated Program “Archer” “Bob’s Burgers” “Futurama” “South Park” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program “Adventure Time” “Mickey Mouse” “Phineas and Ferb” … Read more

Cartoon Network president Stuart Snyder resigns

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Yesterday came big news for the home of “Johnny Test,” “Annoying Orange,” “Adult Swim” and live-action family films: Cartoon Network president (and Turner Animation head) Stuart Snyder abruptly announced his resignation, effective at the end of the month. Snyder’s been the head of Cartoon Network for the past six years, and his tenure’s had a … Read more

Adult Swim to start at 8 PM ET, plus big news for Boomerang

MacBook Air on a table

Turner Broadcasting today announced some big changes for Cartoon Network and Boomerang, its sister channel. Basically: Adult Swim will move up its start time to 8 PM ET/7 PM CT, starting March 31, 2014. Cartoon Network’s website will gain more original animated content to try to reach their “target demographic” of boys ages 6-11, who’re dwindling … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “The Boondocks”

"The Boondocks"

This week’s entry is Aaron McGruder’s 1990s-2000s comic strip-turned-TV series “The Boondocks.” The strip (as well as the later TV series) is political in tone, commenting on African-American culture and politics. Background The strip focuses on the Freeman family: “Granddad” (as the grandkids call him) and his two grandchildren, Huey and Riley, who’ve relocated from … Read more