Teen Titans Press Kit: “The Kids Are All Fight”
The Kids Are All Fight:
Teen Titans to Debut July 19 on Cartoon Network
New High-Adventure Series from Warner Bros. Animation Debuts on Saturday, July 19, at 9 p.m. (ET, PT)
A new young breed of superheroes comes to life on Cartoon Network as famed Robin leads fellow young teens Cyborg, Beast Boy, Starfire and Raven in the all-new high-adventure series Teen Titans. Slated to debut on Cartoon Network on Saturday, July 19, at 9 p.m. (ET, PT), this action-packed half-hour animated series is being produced by Warner Bros. Animation under the guidance of Emmy Award-winner Glen Murakami.
Teen Titans features five teen superheroes each with special powers. Led by Robin, this group unites to form a force to protect their teeming, sun-baked city from a new generation of villains while coping with the challenges of adolescence. When they work together as a team, their powers are formidable. As superheroes, the Teen Titans are fully-developed. But they struggle with the same challenges every teen would – things like sibling rivalry, taking responsibility, jealousy and fitting in with the group.
The Teen Titans live together in a high-tech command center that is also the ultimate hangout. They play video games, squabble and leave dirty dishes around. They get on each other’s nerves… a lot. But ultimately the Teen Titans have to put their super-insecurities and super-gripes aside and save the world from a next generation of bad guys.
Teen Titans is based on the popular DC Comics comic book characters and will air in 2004 on Kids’ WB!
“With Teen Titans, we wanted to create a new take on the animated superhero series. Teen Titans will be more about what the characters are experiencing and feeling right now, as opposed to being wrapped up in backstory,” said Glen Murakami, producer of Teen Titans. “These superheroes don’t have alter egos or secret identities. The show is lighthearted and fun, with new villains, a bold look and exciting action sequences. We think it will have broad appeal – not just to fans of the comic books but also to kids who don’t know who the Teen Titans are.”
“Cartoon Network has experienced great success with Justice League, so we know we have a loyal audience ready to embrace this exciting new show,” said Jim Samples, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Cartoon Network. “These DC Comics characters have incredible powers, but struggle with how to use them. Teen Titans will mesh perfectly with our other action-adventure programming and thrill our viewers.”
“We are very excited about bringing Teen Titans to life with stunning animation,” said Sander Schwartz, President, Warner Bros. Animation. “The opportunity to explore Robin, the classic sidekick of Batman, as well as the other teenage characters of the DC Universe provides a great setting for action-adventure tales for a new generation.
“The New Teen Titans was a groundbreaking comic book as Mary Wolfman and George Pérez delved into the extraordinary challenges of living as a superhero teenager,” said Paul Levitz, DC Comics President and Publisher. “With the animated series being brought to life by Glen Murakami’s great team, we look forward to new worlds of creative magic.”
Teen Titans made their comic book debut in 1964 and soon grew into their own Teen Titans monthly comic book series that ran for seven years. The basis for the animated television series, however, is the wildly successful revamped version of the original junior superhero formula. The New Teen Titans debuted in 1980 and was DC’s most popular comic book of the decade that followed. The adolescent angst and emotional depth of The New Teen Titans made the series an instant classic with a whole new generation of comic book readers.
Cartoon Network, currently seen in 82.5 million U.S. homes and 145 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Ôs 24-hour, ad-supported cable service offering the best in animated entertainment. Drawing from the world’s largest cartoon library, Cartoon Network also showcases unique original ventures such as The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Justice League, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Ed, Edd n Eddy and other Cartoon Cartoons. Since its launch in 1992, Cartoon Network has remained one of ad-supported cable’s highest-rated networks. Cartoon Network’s Web site is located at http://CartoonNetwork.com (AOL Keyword: Cartoon Network).
Warner Bros. Animation has been producing award-winning original programming since 1930, when it released its first cartoon, Sinking in the Bathtub. Since then, Warner Bros.’ animated characters have set the standard for inventive, quality animation. Providing programming for network, syndication and cable television as well as theatrical, home video and online product, Warner Bros. Animation is highly respected for its creative and technical excellence, as well as for maintaining the studio’s rich cartoon heritage. The most honored animation studio ever, Warner Bros. Animation has garnered 30 Emmys, the highly coveted George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, the Parent’s Choice Award, the Prism Award and numerous Annie Awards, which honor excellence in animation.
DC Comics, a division of Warner Bros., is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman. These DC superheroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics’ Web site is located at www.dccomics.com.
Cartoon Network, Kids WB!, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Comics are all AOL Time Warner Companies.
(Source: Cartoon Network official press kit)
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