Cartoon Network‘s new Saturday morning cartoon programming, DC Nation seems to have been a success and it’s at least partially because of the new and inventive shorts they’ve been creating especially for the morning block. These funny shorts have featured a variety of characters from Plastic Man to Catwoman to Wonder Girl and they’ve been handled by a variety of creators like Aardman Animation and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic‘s Lauren Faust.
Check out two new clips from this coming weekend’s DC Nation. The first features Animal Man and it’s quite different from what you’ve been reading in his monthly comics, that’s for sure. The second one is another clip from a new Super Best Friends Forever and this one’s all about Batgirl.
Super Best Friends Forever has easily been the most eagerly anticipated of DC Nation‘s shorts. This has a little to do with it being from the creative mind of Lauren Faust, the lady responsible for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic as well as being a part of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends and The Powerpuff Girls. So, it’s safe to say she knows what makes an awesome ‘toon.
Faust is bringing us Supergirl, Batgirl and Wonder Girl like we’ve never seen them before, as the teenagers they’re meant to be! She’s described Super Best Friends Forever as, “taking a teenage experience but putting a super-hero spin on it,” and this clip shows just that.
How fun does Supergirl sound to hang out with? She’s obviously the cool trouble-maker and Wonder Girl’s the stuffy one who plays by the rules. And Batgirl, well, she doesn’t get much exposure here but Faust has described her before as the ultimate fangirl.
Last Saturday morning DC Nation premiered on Cartoon Network and as far as I know it was a success. I don’t have cable so I’ve had to uh, y’know, watch the ‘toons through other means. Along with new episodes of Green Lantern: The Animates Series and Young Justice the programming block also included new animated shorts. They showed a Plastic Man short and a Batman short from Aardman Animation which we’ve previewed before. Did you catch DC Nation? What did you think?
To promote the other new shorts DC released these behind-the-scenes videos to USA Today featuring the creative teams behind Super Best Friends Forever and Thunder and Lightning. We’ve already shared some info as well as character designs for Super Best Friends Forever, and Lauren Faust‘s cartoon about supergirls kickin’ butt is easily the most anticipated of the shorts so of course we want to learn more. Also in these videos is director/writer/producer Lynell Forestall discussing Thunder and Lightning, which will follow Black Lightning raising his two super-powered daughters.
Sadly, neither of these video show us any footage, but I still enjoyed hearing what they had to say. Here’s hoping one of these shorts premieres this weekend!
Cartoon Network is only weeks away from rolling out their new Saturday morning line-up of toons, DC Nation. The block will include new episodes of Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice, as well as a slew of animated shorts all featuring DC characters. Thanks to the new Nerdist Channel we’ve got our first sneak peak at a short starring Plastic Man,
Voiced by Tom Kenny, who a few years back was part of the Plastic Man series that never happened, Plas will be starring in all new animated shorts. In addition to Plastic Man, there will shorts starring the Doom Patrol, Teen Titans, and Batman shorts animated by Aardman Productions. Y’know, the guys behind Wallace and Gromit!!
The one show I’m most excited about in the new DC Nation block is Super Best Friends Forever from Lauren Faust. She’s the ultra cool lady who played part in creating My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Powerpuff Girls, and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Now she’ll be bringing her genius to Supergirl, Batgirl and Wonder Girl! Needless to say, I’m stoked. Thanks to TV Guide we’ve got our first look at the girls,
This bit from the article explains the show,
A humorous tone runs through all the shorts, including S.B.F.F. (short for Super Best Friends Forever), which stars Batgirl, Supergirl and Wonder Girl and “has plenty of action and fighting, but is really much more focused on comedy and laughs and how much fun it is to be a superhero,” says producer Lauren Faust. ”It’s like taking a teenage experience but putting a superhero spin on it, in one episode, Supergirl and Batgirl try to convince Wonder Girl to sneak out in Wonder Woman’s invisible jet to go for a joyride.” Guess even supergirls just wanna have fun.
What a great reason to wake up early on Saturday mornings!
DC Nation starts on Cartoon Network March 3rd at 10a (ET/PT).