The network’s new cartoon series, “Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time,” has been making its way through the network’s feed for a few weeks now, and with good reason.
The series, which is set in the world of Adventure Time, has already inspired two animated TV movies, “Aquaman” and “Moons: The Lost Treasure.”
However, there is one show that is more popular in the network world than any other on the streaming service: The wasp and ant series, from Cartoon Network’s longtime animator, Ken Kaneki.
The wasps, the series takes place in a fictional town called Ooo, which has a rather unusual history.
The town was built during the 18th century by the Dutch settlers, and was home to a large colony of wasps and other ant-like creatures that inhabited the area.
After the colonists left, they abandoned the town, leaving behind only the wasps.
The colonies continued to grow, and the waspers eventually became dominant in the town.
This was a major factor in the original series, and Kaneki himself made it clear that the waspie-like animals would continue to play a major role in the show’s story.
Kaneki, who worked on the series on the Cartoon network before it was shut down in the early 2020s, said that it would be a big deal for the new series to have been based on a real-world history.
“I was always aware of the wasping-like characteristics that were used in the old series, but I hadn’t thought much about it until now,” Kaneki said.
“It’s really awesome to be able to have it on the stream now, because I knew it would have been a big moment in history, because the waspy and the ant-sized insects are part of the history of Ooo.”
“Cartoons” creators Ken Kanekis and Stephen Colbert discussed their thoughts on the new “Adventure Time” show, “The World’s Finest” article Cartoon Network has had a number of high-profile cartoon series shut down due to copyright issues, including the highly-successful “The Simpsons” and the “Robot Chicken” series.
But that hasn’t stopped the network from trying something different with the “AdventureTime” universe, which takes place on a fictional planet called Oo, which was the birthplace of the original “Adventure” series, along with other characters like Finn the Human, Jake, Princess Bubblegum, and Princess Bubblewater.
The original “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” cartoon ran for seven seasons, and it also had a massive cult following, which helped launch the series’ cult following on the Adult Swim network.
“The world of ‘Aqua’ is the original ‘Adventure’ world,” Kaneki said.
But the waspe-like beasts have a much more complicated history than “The Ooo of old.”
Kaneki explained that the original cartoon had been influenced by a different universe in the “real world.”
For instance, “a lot of the characters are not exactly who we know them to be, and that was intentional.
And so, there are a lot of new and different characters that have been introduced.”
The waspy animals in “AdventureThing” were actually originally drawn by cartoonist Jim Davis, who drew the “Bubblegum” and other characters from the show, Kaneki recalled.
Davis, an African American, drew the animals with a wide range of ethnicities.
“Jim had a lot more than just a few races and ethnicities in mind,” Kanewki said.
And while Kaneki and the rest of the “Cartel” team were thrilled to be working on “Adventure Thing,” there were some concerns about the series, as well.
“They were always looking at our audience, because we were always trying to make sure that we were following that brand of storytelling,” Kanewski said, referring to the creators.
“But there were a lot things we thought we should address and that we thought were cool that weren’t actually that big of a deal.”
One of those things was the issue of “adult swim,” or “Adult Swim.”
In April 2020, the network shut down the original show, and then in February 2021, it was revealed that Adult Swim would be taking over the network.
It was a sad day for many Cartoon Network fans, but it was also a major victory for the company, which had been trying to push the series onto other platforms, like Netflix.
“We had always wanted to keep the original characters, but we were afraid that we might not be able do it on Netflix,” Kanay said.
The “Adventurething” team was not ready to abandon the series entirely.
“So, we’re really happy with what we’ve been able to do, because Adult Swim is a great place to be,” Kanays said.
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