Going through the main CN building on Third Street, I got to see a segment of Cartoon Network's first c.g. feature.
Firebreather: Cartoon Network’s first original all-CG animation adventure presents Duncan Rosenblatt, a rather typical, awkward high school kid, except that his dad is a fire-breathing dragon and he is destined to protect the earth. Created and co-executive-produced by Phil Hester (The Wretch), Firebreather is executive-produced by Julia Pistor (Lemony Snicket) and co-executive-produced by Andy Kuhn (Freedom Ring)—Jim Kreig (Ben 10: Alien Force) joins as writer. Peter Chung (Aeon Flux) is attached to direct.
Mr. Chung was kind enough to show me finished and unfinished work, and I was pleased to watch an action set-piece that snapped right along. The sequence didn't have a completed track, and some of the animation wasn't finalled, but it worked real well all the same. The director told me that the animation was created in South Korea on a tight budget, but I think it does the job. ComicConners will get to make up their own minds when pieces of the feature get put on display this Sunday ...
Elsewhere in the building, two new television series are moving ahead with their six-episode orders. One of the shows is Secret Mountain, Fort Awesome (the title of which makes me tingle) and another project that hasn't been announced yet.
They were clearing out cubes in anticipation of doing some in-house flash animation. I asked if this meant CN was turning away from icky reality shows. The artist said he didn't know. Back at the office, I got my answer on the intertubes.
How's this for an unexpected announcement: Cartoon Network is reviving Fox's short-lived reality show "Hole in the Wall."
The network has given a 10-episode order to the FremantleMedia series, a "human Tetris" game show where contestants contort themselves to fit through odd shapes. ... Here's a hint to producers: Ditch the lame slick bodysuits. ...