Cartoon Lagoon Studios Launches
Part puppetry, part animation, this distinctive show promises to plumb the depths of Cartoon Lagoon as characters Wet Willy Jones and Axel Rodd McGee go on an undersea quest aboard the Manta Ray, a cartoon-retrieving vessel commanded by Captain Cornelius C. Cartoon, in a search of the best and the worst cartoons ever made. The show was created by Galán and co-produced with Giles.
Watch the official trailer for Captain Cornelius Cartoon's Cartoon Lagoon:
The series will have its premiere screening at New York Comic-Con (#NYCC) in October 2012.
A portion of the show clearly pays homage to MSTK3000 as the crew searches for the best and the worst cartoons ever made, and make fun of them as they screen them. But it is also much more. Each DVD also features Captain Cartoon’s All Star Revue – a line-up of new and classic cartoons, musical guests, and interviews with leading animators, original skits and commercial parodies.
“We constructed these segments to help this show feel like it exists in an alternate reality -- like it’s from a TV Universe other than our own,” Galán says. “It’s a Saturday morning or Friday night animation lineup that never existed on TV.”
According to Galán, Captain Cornelius Cartoon's Cartoon Lagoon is a big melting pot of pop culture commentary and a nostalgic reflection on animation days gone by.
“The spirit of the show harkens back to a time when kids would wake up before their parents on a Saturday morning with a big bowl of cereal and watch cartoons because that was the only time they were on,” Galán adds. “This is our attempt to recreate what ephemeral appointment television felt like, only put it on ever-ready DVD and digital media.”
Galán and Giles know their cereal and their cartoons. They have been in the kids pop culture business for years, most recently as agency creative directors at Saatchi & Saatchi, New York creating ads for General Mills’ cereals, such as Lucky Charms, Trix, Cocoa Puffs and Honey Nut Cheerios.
Beyond that the duo has a long pedigree in animation. Giles was the art director for Disney’s Stanley series, and worked on 6 other TV shows, including Doug, and MTV’s Daria.