Friday, August 12, 2016

Why They Keep Making The Cartoons


Cartoon Network Enterprises announced the addition of new apparel and accessories partners for Rick and Morty, Adult Swim’s animated series. Joining current apparel and accessories partners Ripple Junction and Zen Monkey, Underboss, Bioworld, Hot Properties Merchandising, Daylight Curfew, Hyp and Surreal Entertainment have all signed on to create ranges of products based on the popular original series. ...

Bioworld (Booth #25099) will introduce an assortment of new Rick and Morty accessories including bags, wallets, belts, headwear, wristbands and more, which will be available at specialty stores nationwide this fall.

Hot Properties Merchandising is set to debut key chains, magnets, patches, buttons and stickers this fall at specialty stores nationwide.

Adding to their existing offering of Rick and Morty t-shirts and sweatshirts for men and women, Ripple Junction (Booth #26019) introduced enamel pins earlier this year.

Daylight Curfew introduced limited edition, co-branded apparel, including t-shirts and sweatshirts, as well as a collaboration with Run The Jewels this May. The collection is available on ...

And so on and so forth.

It was a challenge getting Rick and Morty under contract. Cartoon Network/Turner treats its Adult Swim content as edgy/experimental/ lower budget fare. And the policy of the suits in the executive suites is to have a lot of AS series ... including R & M ... be non-signator.

Of course, a lot of this "lower budget" product, where the crews work for sub-par wages and benefits. reaps enormous profits for the fine, entertainment conglomerates that own the shows. A lot of those profits come from the t-shirts, jackets, bandanas, leather straps, video games, action figures, and apps for your favorite mobile devices that (let's face the reality squarely) rake in large amounts of currency. This enables the corporations (plus profit participants, if any) to make out like freebooters sailing the South Seas.

Free enterprise, fck yeah!


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