Emmy Award-winning Primal returns for a new season that leads Spear and Fang on bigger, more brutal adventures than ever before. Season 2 of Primal premieres July 21 on [adult swim] & the 22 on HBO Max. Primal is an American adult animated action adventure television series created and directed by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network’s late night programming block Adult Swim. Primal draws in elements of fantasy, horror, action, and adventure. The first episode premiered on Adult Swim on October 8, 2019.
Genndy Tartakovsky is a Russian-American animator, director, producer, screenwriter, voice actor, storyboard artist, comic book writer and artist. He is best known as the creator of various animated television series on Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, including Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Sym-Bionic Titan, and Primal.
Tales of Metropolis is a series of animated shorts from DC Nation on Cartoon Network. The series stars a different character every episode and follows the every day adventures of Superman’s fellow Metropolis citizens such as Bizarro, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olsen.
Return of the King is the ninth episode of the first season of the animated television series The Boondocks. It originally aired in the United States on Cartoon Network’s late-night programming block Adult Swim on January 15, 2006. The episode’s name was taken from The Lord of the Rings volume The Return of the King. It won a Peabody Award in 2006.
“I want young men and young women who are not alive today to know and see that these new privileges and opportunities did not come without somebody suffering and sacrificing for them.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Return of the King was the most controversial episode of The Boondocks’s first season. The episode received criticism from Al Sharpton for depicting Martin Luther King Jr. using the term “nigga.” He demanded an apology from Aaron McGruder and Cartoon Network, stating “Cartoon Network must apologize and also commit to pulling episodes that desecrate black historic figures. We are totally offended by the continuous use of the n-word in McGruder’s show.”
Cartoon Network replied by releasing a statement saying, “We think Aaron McGruder came up with a thought-provoking way of not only showing Dr. King’s bravery but also of reminding us of what he stood and fought for, and why even today, it is important for all of us to remember that and to continue to take action.” McGruder himself responded to Sharpton’s criticism in The Boondocks comic strip, by having the characters ridicule the activist’s choice to attack a cartoon over other, more relevant issues. The characters in the strip never specify the cartoon to which they’re alluding. The incident was also referenced on the show, in the episode The Block is Hot. While Huey listens to an internet radio station, the broadcaster mentions Sharpton: “Folks, this heat will not let up, it is hot! Speaking about hot, Al Sharpton is hot right now. Havin’ a big ole protest. Seems his anger again has something to do with — I think it’s a cartoon this time.”
Written and created by Aaron McGruder.
Let us remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today and all he worked for as we continue the fight for voting rights across America in the year of our Lord 2022.
Congo Jazz is a Looney Tunes cartoon starring Warner Bros.’ first cartoon star, Bosko. The cartoon was released in September 1930. It was distributed by Warner Bros. and The Vitaphone Corporation. Congo Jazz was the first cartoon to feature Bosko’s falsetto voice that he would use for the bulk of the series’ run. It has the earliest instance of a “trombone gobble” in animation.
In 1927, Harman and Ising were still working for the Walt Disney Studios on a series of live-action/animated short subjects known as the Alice Comedies. The two animators created Bosko in 1927 to capitalize on the new “talkie” craze that was sweeping the motion picture industry. They began thinking about making a sound cartoon with Bosko in 1927, before even leaving Walt Disney. Hugh Harman made drawings of the new character and registered it with the copyright office on 3 January 1928.
After leaving Walt Disney in early 1928, Harman and Ising went to work for Charles Mintz on Universal’s second-season Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons. April 1929 found them moving on again, leaving Universal to market their new cartoon character. In May 1929, they produced a short pilot cartoon, similar to Max Fleischer’s Out of the Inkwell cartoons, Bosko, the Talk-Ink Kid that showcased their ability to animate soundtrack-synchronized speech and dancing. The short, plotless cartoon opens with live action footage of Ising at a drafting table. After he draws Bosko on the page, the character springs to life, talks, sings, and dances. Ising returns Bosko to the inkwell, and the short ends. This short is a landmark in animation history as being the first cartoon to predominantly feature synchronized speech, though Fleischer Studios’ Song Car-Tune My Old Kentucky Home was the first cartoon to contain animated dialogue a few years earlier. This cartoon set Harman and Ising “apart from early Disney sound cartoons because it emphasized not music but dialogue.” The short was marketed to various people by Harman and Ising until Leon Schlesinger offered them a contract to produce a series of cartoons for the Warner Bros. It would not be seen by a wide audience until 71 years later, in 2000, as part of Cartoon Network’s special Toonheads: The Lost Cartoons, a compilation special of rare material from the WB/Turner archives.
In his book, Of Mice and Magic, Leonard Maltin states that this early version of Bosko:
“was in fact a cartoonized version of a young black boy… he spoke in a Southern Negro dialect… in subsequent films this characterization was eschewed, or perhaps forgotten. This could be called sloppiness on the part of Harman and Ising, but it also indicates the uncertain nature of the character itself.”
While crash-landing Rick’s ship in the ocean, Morty unexpectedly talks Jessica into a date. Unfortunately, landing in the ocean provokes Rick’s hitherto unmentioned nemesis, Mr. Nimbus, King of the Ocean, and controller of the police. Morty attempts to have a normal date at his home with Jessica while also helping Rick host a dinner party to placate Mr. Nimbus. In the process, he accidentally meddles with the affairs of an alternate dimension where time passes differently, coming to be seen as a legendary figure of doom there and complicating his date further. Eventually, Rick and Mr. Nimbus resolve their differences and help Morty and Jessica escape the futuristic overlords. Mr. Nimbus controls police to arrest Rick after discovering he had sent Summer to destroy a shell that increases his physical strength, and Jessica decides to stay friends with Morty after her outlook on life changed significantly from being imprisoned for hundreds of years by the alien society. Meanwhile, Beth and Jerry brag unconvincingly that their relationship has become more sex positive.
Rick and Morty is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for Cartoon Network’s nighttime Adult Swim programming block. The series follows the misadventures of cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his good-hearted but fretful grandson Morty Smith, who split their time between domestic life and interdimensional adventures.
This June, Cartoon Network is celebrating Pride Month, recognizing amazing youth and families in the LGBTQIA+ community and the ways they express themselves fully and authentically through various forms of personal self-expression!
Our world is changing every day and it’s the courage of individuals that bring forth progress. While the world continues to push for equality, Cartoon Network and Hobo Moon Cartoons celebrates the people and families within the LGBTQIA+ community, all month long and all year round. Much more to come!