Cartoon Network will launch SUNDAY PANTS, a new Sunday evening, 30-minute showcase of original and acquired animated shorts, starting Oct. 2, 2005, at 9:30 pm. SUNDAY PANTS will feature a variety of animation styles, from traditional hand-drawn animation to artists working on computer-based Flash and CGI, as well as both original and acquired shorts, giving Cartoon Network the opportunity to work with many different animators from around the world.
This programming approach harkens back to the "World Premiere Toons" project launched in 1995 when Cartoon Network solicited dozens of animators from across the globe to create 48 different, original cartoon shorts. Many spun off into full-fledged Cartoon Network series, including THE POWERPUFF GIRLS, DEXTER'S LABORATORY, COURAGE THE COWARDLY DOG, JOHNNY BRAVO and COW AND CHICKEN.
Each weeks shorts will reflect a common theme woven together by an original song reflecting that theme, performed by The Slacks band, which will make several appearances throughout each 30-minute episode. For example, the "Dangerous Situations" theme would feature the band singing in very treacherous situations, like a driving range as golf balls zoom by their heads. Musical legend Joey Santiago, lead guitarist for the Pixies, performs the SUNDAY PANTS theme song.
"We think that the most avid fans of animation will be thrilled with the different approach each creator takes to the weekly theme, and we'll see some really experimental storytelling," said Pola Changnon, vp of on-air promotion and exec producer of program production for Cartoon Network. "But this isn't some sort of highbrow film festival. We're putting forward the most entertaining cartoons we can find. Each episode will contain about a dozen shorts, so SUNDAY PANTS will be a fast moving, hilarious half-hour."
Cartoon Network has enlisted an eclectic list of animators for the show, from veterans to up-and-comers and even a few in-house creators. Some of the creators include Lance Taylor (Facelift Enterprises, Inc.); Lincoln Pierce (Global Mechanic); Tim McKeon and Adam Pava (Cartoon Network Studios); Andy Fielding (Red Kite Animation); and Andy Merrill, Craig "Sven" Gordon and Stuart Hill (Cartoon Network).
Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in 88 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System Inc.s ad-supported cable service offering original, acquired and classic animated entertainment for kids and families. Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34.