Tooning in the 1998 Fall Season
"Batman, Batman, everywhere!" This should be Kid's WB's new slogan. First there is The New Batman/Superman Adventures which will air Saturdays from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. and Monday through Friday from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.. The Caped Crusader will be featured in all new adventures for the Saturday morning show but will rotate repeats of Batman: The Animated Series and The Adventures of Batman & Robin for the weekday version. The characters in the new Batman have a distinct look in order to differentiate the show from the series' two previous incarnations in an attempt to make it clear that each of these three series is set in a different time frame. The Superman half of the show follows the legendary "man of steel" in all-new episodes set in present-day Metropolis.
But hold on to your batbelts! There's even more "caped confusion" with an entirely separate Batman series set in the early part of the 21st century. Batman Beyond is an all-new futuristic chapter in the world-renowned legend of Batman. The new millennium has dawned and Gotham City has embraced the future, becoming an enormous megalopolis etched in neon with sleek futuristic vehicles and behemoth people movers. It's a city molded by corporate master plans, corporate wealth, and occasionally, corporate greed. In an environment such as this, corruption lurks just below the surface of order, waiting for the opportunity to break through and get a toehold from which to flourish.
Monday through Friday at 3:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 11:00 a.m., WB presents Warner Bros.' Histeria! which presents historical subject matter in an amusing way while trying to fulfill the FCC educational programming requirement. Crazy characters such as Father Time, Big Fat Baby, Loud Kid, Mr. Smartypants, and Lydia Karaoke visit with such figures from the past as Joan of Arc, William Shakespeare, or Abraham Lincoln. Brats of The Lost Nebula is a new sci-fi adventure series from The Jim Henson Company and combines puppetry and computer-generated imagery supposedly in a way never before done for television. It's yet another show about good versus evil, as if there weren't enough of those on the air already. Brats will air Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.
Columbia TriStar's "aliens live among us" comic adventure Men In Black: The Series (based on the hit movie) begins its second season, airing Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. Warner Bros. classic characters, Sylvester and Tweety, return for all-new escapades of The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries (Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.).
Just as Disney is compelled to slap its moniker on nearly every cartoon show it owns, so does Steven Spielberg. What name value the great director of Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan brings to children's cartoon shows is a mystery. Some "Steven Spielberg Presents" shows have come and gone (Freakazoid, for example) but Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs continues to air Monday through Friday at 7:30 a.m. and Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky & The Brain, Monday through Friday at 3:00 p.m. Now WB adds Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky, Elmyra & The Brain (Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.). After ACME labs is destroyed Pinky and The Brain seek refuge in a pet store where they are bought by the overzealous pet-lover Elmyra, of Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures fame. It's kind of sad that the perfect duo formula of Pinky and the Brain will be spoiled by this loud-mouthed, rehashed character.
The WB Network (prime-time) will also try out a pilot based on the syndicated comic strip Baby Blues during the `98 holiday season, testing it out for a possible series.
After taking home an Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Animated Program, Arthur kicks off the series' third season on PBS, with 15 new programs and 50 encore broadcasts of favorite episodes from previous seasons. The daily, animated half-hour programs are based on Marc Brown's popular children's books about an aardvark. Arthur is brought to public television by WGBH Boston and CINAR Films and will premiere Monday, November 16, 1998.
Ed, Edd n' Eddy premieres November 16 at 8:00 p.m. The half-hour series tells the story of three best friends who band together to tackle life's most daunting challenge--puberty. Ed, Edd n' Eddy was created by Danny Antonucci, creator of Lupo the Butcher and director of a.k.a. CARTOON inc., located in Vancouver, Canada. The Powerpuff Girls, premiering November 18 at 8:00 p.m., is based on animator Craig McCracken's two original cartoon shorts produced for Cartoon Network and Hanna-Barbera's World Premiere Toons project. The series is produced by the same animation team behind Dexter's Laboratory.