Artist Kenny Scharf brings his vision to Cartoon Network with a CG-animated half-hour special THE GROOVENIANS, premiering on Sunday, November 10 at 10:30 pm during Cartoon Networks ADULT SWIM animation block. A self-described "pop-surrealist," Kenny Scharf came to fame in the 1980s with art inspired by pop culture, particularly cartoons like THE JETSONS and THE FLINTSTONES. Scharf works in a variety of media, from oil paint on canvas to sculpture, and incorporates not only cartoon characters, but vivid colors, graffiti-inspired imagery, vintage advertisements and more. Based on Scharf's artistic style, THE GROOVENIANS tells the story of two misfits from a bland planet who make their escape to the Bohemian utopia of Groovenia, a planet filled with wild inhabitants from all over the universe creating art and having fun. THE GROOVENIANS was written, produced and directed by Jordan Reichek, who won the award for best pilot series or TV special with the INVADER ZIM pilot at Annecy 2000, and sports an all-star cast of voice talent, including Drena DeNiro, Paul Reubens, Dennis Hopper, Ann Magnuson, RuPaul, Debi Mazar and Vincent Gallo. THE GROOVENIANS' theme song was written and performed by the B52s and CGI animation was completed by S4 Studios in Sherman Oaks.
Saks Fifth Avenue and The New York Museum of Radio and Television are sponsoring a preview screening of THE GROOVENIANS, Thursday, August 22, 2002. For more information, visit AWN's Calendar of Events.