Here’s the Cartoon Network schedule for Monday, May 22 to Sunday, May 28.
Let’s just talk about the thing half of the reblogs and replies will be about: WHERE’S STEVEN UNIVERSE?!?!?!?!
It’s not on this week. Ok. Before anyone thinks that CN is trying to give the show the shaft, keep this in mind. CN’s heavily, HEAVILY, airing the promo for the 4 new episodes on Memorial Day. And everyone knows that promo isn’t a generic run of the mill promo. Also you don’t see CN releasing and hyping up a soundtrack and console video game for any of these other shows on the lineup (though a Gumball soundtrack could be pretty cool).
I just wanted to say that before some Tumblr replies or YouTubers catch this schedule and think CN’s trying to give Steven Universe the boot. No way that that is the case.
Anyways, next week’s schedule looks super interesting regardless.
New episodes this week:
LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu - Mon-Fri at 5:30p
Transformers: Robots in Disguise - Saturday at 6:30a
Some Strongarms because I wanted to make some, too. I have no idea what she’s gonna be like, but damn, that design is awesome! What a lovely looking lady! I’m excited for RiD, I actually like the animation (looks like a music video or something) and I hope Strongarm is gonna be as awesome as she looks.
Aligned Soundwave’s chronological design changes are weird af
I mean he goes from Barawave during the very beginning of the Great War:
To a retro G1-like style in War for Cybertron to Fall of Cybertron (this design is also in Dark Spark but I honestly have no clue if that game is canon in the Aligned Continuity):
Lots of IDW readers should be familiar with this design since it was later reused in the 2012 ongoing series Robots in Disguise (later dropped to avoid confusion with the upcoming 2015 cartoon that had the same name)
Then finally we go to the present where Aligned Soundy has his much more debatably iconic look which also brings back his old head:
Of course don’t get me wrong at all, I do not hate ANY of these designs, in fact I love’em and personally think they are kinda cool in their own ways. But I just think it’s pretty funny that over time he goes from a beefcake, to blocky boombox/truck/lamppost, to silent Slenderman.
… and possibly back to beefcake if the RiD2015 Warriors Class toy look is going to be canon in the show (and IF he returns again):
Here’s the Cartoon Network schedule for Monday, May 8 to Sunday, May 14.
Steven Universe gets the 7pm slot for new episodes! Even better, it’s actually keeping that slot for reruns next week. Nice to see the show have a primetime rerun slot for the first time since December (when the network had 8pm). Shows that CN still has good faith in this show, despite what some random clickbait YouTube channels that post my schedules (and crop out the watermark at the bottom) might say.
And oh wow, look at that Gumball Mother’s Day marathon. It’s being promoted on TV if you were wondering. Gonna be airing a lot of Nicole Watterson centered episodes.
New episodes this week:
Ben 10- Final week of the month long bomb - Mon-Thurs at 5:00p
Steven Universe - Week long S4-ending event - Mon-Thurs at 7:00p
Transformers: Robots in Disguise - Saturday at 6:30a
Season 3 starts airing on Cartoon Network on April 29th.
Transformers: Robots In Disguise stars Mitchell Whitfield (Fixit), Khary Payton (Grimlock), Will Friedle (Bumblebee), Constance Zimmer (Strongarm), Darren Criss (Sideswipe), Stuart Allan (Russell Clay), Ted McGinley (Denny Clay), Eric Bauza (Drift), Rager Craig Smith (Jetstorm), and Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime).
The original Robots in Disguise cartoon was my introduction to the Transformers franchise. Even though RID was called “The New Generation” here, for me they were the original Transformers, to the point that I hilariously expected the 2007 movie to be directly based on it. Of course it isn’t, but I loved it anyway and became even more obsessed with the franchise, finally going after its (then) 23 years of history and eventually knowing almost everything that exists about it.
Now I consider myself a fan of the Transformers as a whole, and my collection is a mishmash of a little from all the toylines, but I never forgot the one series that presented this giant multiverse to me. And that’s why the part of my collection I am most proud of are the RID figures. On the Autobot side, I only own Optimus and the three brothers for now, but thanks to the just-released Unite Warriors Baldigus (which is Ruination from RID), my Predacon/Decepticon collection is almost complete, missing only Scourge and Galvatron.
So this picture of them all reunited means a lot to me, and I’m extremely happy to be able to take it. The same way most fans are very nostalgic with G1, I am with RID, and I will always be thankful for all the good memories this series has provided me.
So, yeah…I was going to watch a recording of the new Steven Universe episode, Too Far, but instead of that, I got a rerun of Teen Titans Go. <sigh> You know, ever since Cartoon Network got a new CEO, things have been pretty bad for the channel and the studio itself. Regular Show and Adventure Time are going through seasonal rot, Clarence doesn’t get enough attention as it did last year (because apart from introducing LGBT characters in a kids show, it’s a pretty average show), The Amazing World of Gumball and Uncle Grandpa are good to an extent (that extent being the writing), Transformers: Robots In Disguise and Sonic Boom aren’t advertised well (same can be said about the rest of the Saturday morning line up), Ninjago is just for the fans (I haven’t seen the show myself so I don’t know if it’s good or not), and while Wabbit exceeded my expectations, Be Cool, Scooby Doo and We Bare Bears shitted all over them with only very few redeeming qualities. Then only show that has been getting better and better over time is Steven Universe and it’s one of the most talked shows on CN; the other of course being Teen Titans Go. Now, I tolerated TTG ever since the first promo was released; I don’t hate it as much as everyone else does, but even I have my limits on how much of this show I should watch. I draw the line at swapping out Steven Universe with a rerun of TTG; you know you’re doing a terrible job at running your channel when you swap a good show with a lackluster one. Just when I was starting to get over the “Omegle incident” all I wanted was to watch the latest episode of my favorite show on Cartoon Network currently airing; but instead of that, I’m given a rerun of a show that’s clearly inferior to the original. You know, it’s one thing to air reruns of Teen Titans Go, it’s a completely different thing to swap shows with Teen Titans Go. I mean, sure SpongeBob’s on Nickelodeon alot, but I’ve yet to see Nick swap shows with it. If this is how you’re running your channel, you might as well have brought a shovel because you’re running it into the grown. Animation is a medium, not a genre; Steven Universe respects that, Teen Titans Go (to put it politely) doesn’t. This is a knew low for Cartoon Network, and the year’s not even over yet.
Here’s the Cartoon Network schedule for Monday, April 24 to Sunday, April 30.
Good week, actually. Variety’s improving and more shows are back (even if they’re unadvertised and airing at terrible morning slots). TTG could be toned down a little bit on the weekends, but this is a welcome start.
Steven Universe reruns are back every day of the week. Y’all happy?
NEWThe Powerpuff Girls getting shafted to 8am on Sundays is hilarious to me.
Decent selection of movies, with only two airing more than once.
New episodes this week:
Ben 10 - Mon-Thurs at 5:00p
We Bare Bears - Mon-Thurs at 7:00p
Adventure Time - Elements miniseries - Two new parts Mon-Thurs at 7:30p
Teen Titans Go! - Friday at 6:00p
Transformers: Robots in Disguise - Two-episode season premiere, Saturday at 6:30a
Hasbro Studios Powers Up for Second Season of
Transformers: Robots in Disguise
Autobots and Decepticons ‘Roll Out’ on Cartoon Network in First Quarter of 2016
BURBANK, C.A. – January 13, 2015 – Hasbro Studios,
the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:
HAS), announced today that the popular kids television series
Transformers: Robots in Disguise will return for a second season
on Cartoon Network in the U.S., which consistently ranks as a top-rated
network in Total Day for kids ages 6-11. The latest installment in the
global TRANSFORMERS franchise will debut its
second season in the first quarter of 2016.
“Transformers: Robots in Disguise continues to be a
massive hit with kids across the country, launching with an outstanding
debut season on Cartoon Network,” said Hasbro’s Executive Vice
President and Chief Content Officer Stephen Davis.
“Season two will bring back Bumblebee and his Autobots team for all new
action-packed battles, fun-filled adventures and other humorous new
characters with vibrant personalities that made season one a hit with
kids. We continue to listen to our viewers’ feedback
and are bringing back many fan-favorite characters, as well as some
great surprises we know kids of all ages are going to love.”
Set years after “Transformers: Prime,” Robots in Disguise
stars the lovable Bumblebee character, summoned by Optimus Prime to
lead in a fight to save Earth from a new faction of escaped Decepticon
prisoners by assembling a
rogue team of unlikely Autobot heroes to capture their new enemies.
Season two will see the return of a more confident, battle-tested
Bumblebee as the leader of the Autobots, including his teammates
Grimlock, Sideswipe, Strongarm, Fixit, Windblade and Drift.
Protecting Earth becomes a mighty task as the team prepares to battle
against menacing pairs of Cyclone Mini-Cons, who partner with Deployers
to unleash the most powerful attacks and wreak even more destruction
than ever. Our hero Bumblebee and his team prepare
for battle with new power-ups and mini-con allies of their own, as they
maintain their mission to protect the planet as robots in disguise.
The series will continue to celebrate the continuous underlying themes
of teamwork, companionship and the importance
of standing up to wrongdoers.
The highly innovative TRANSFORMERS franchise is one
of the largest global brands, spanning across television, film,
consumer products and digital entertainment properties including gaming,
apps, publishing, transmedia events, toys and licensing.
I know its probably an old post by now but what on earth does a "female transformer" look like and how can they have body diversity.. i only know michael bay + some cartoon ones and they all looked like the same built
Well, alright, this is gonna take a bit of typing but I’m gonna try to keep it brief.
Transformers is, historically, a “boy’s toy” series, meaning that the cast of the original 1984 show was largely male-dominated. The show was, after all, all about robots, cars, trucks, jetplanes, guns, and construction vehicles. In a marketer’s eyes, this is the PERFECT boy’s toy. Series writers wanted to include a few female characters, but the idea was shot down by the higher-ups because Transformers are “boys toys.”
The franchise went on for another two years before the first female transformer was introduced: Arcee.
Arcee was described by her designer, Floro Dery, as as being “a giant naked robot princess Leia.” She was relegated to “eye candy,” “love interest,” and “mother figure to the human characters.” Not exactly a good start for all female transformers.
Oh, also? Arcee never got a toy in the original toyline. Her first toy didn’t come until 2001, and it was just a recolored version of an already existing toy of a later female transformer.
Later female transformers were relegated to similar roles. Blackarachnia in Beast Wars was the show’s sexy femme fatale, with her character model actually based off of a stripper the animators at Mainframe saw while they were out partying. Minerva from Japan’s Headmasters cartoon was a sort of moe schoolgirl type robot. T-AI from Robots in Disguise 2001 was straight up just a hologram of an anime girl. Thunderblast from the Cybertron anime was really horny for Megatron and had fully modeled anime tiddies hidden under mechanical chest detail that would sneak out sometimes.
In short, it wasn’t great for a while. A long while.
I’d say the worst part was when IDW Comics hired Transformers writing veteran Simon Furman to write for the modern-day Transformers comic reboot.
Furman, who often threw in-comic tantrums when he was forced to include female characters in the past (including a comic where Arcee was built to appease an angry mob of psycho feminist humans), decided that in this reboot, Transformers were all male. Well, no, he decided that they were “gender neutral,” but all looked and sounded masculine and referred to each other with male pronouns.
Until very recently, like “within the last five years” recently, was just accepted to be the case. Transformers were all male except for Arcee, who was forcibly converted to be female by a mad scientist “just to see what would happen,” in Furman’s words. Some writers and artists protested this by drawing female transformers in to crowd scenes, but Furman’s seniority ruled.
Fast forward to when Transformers: More than Meets the Eye started. James Roberts, the writer for the miniseries, was less than pleased with the restrictions Furman put on the universe, and decided to turn them on their head. If all Transformers were male, and they were eternally living sentient beings, then it stands to reason that they’d fall in love, right? So, basically, James Roberts spat in Furman’s face by making his Perfect Male Race all gay.
MTMTE went on to become IDW Comics most successful comic, winning several awards and drawing in tons of new readers that would have never considered reading anything about Transformers otherwise. This included a lot of female readers who began to wonder why the comics had no female characters in them.
IDW responded by launching a campaign to clean up Furman’s mess by introducing a bunch of new female characters through long-lost “colony worlds.” Basically, transformers all went off of their home planet and populated new ones entirely separate from the main war between the Autobots and the Decepticons, and on those worlds female transformers just kinda happened. An intentionally vague explanation meant to spit in Simon Furman’s sexist stupid face and to introduce a bunch of new female cast members that could also act as audience surrogates so that new readers could have their questions answered in the comics.
Alex Milne, lead artist and character designer for MTMTE, wanted to design the female cast as subtly as possible, making the only REAL indication that these transformers were female being the pronouns used to refer to them. IDW shot that down, sadly, because they wanted female characters to be easily recognized by new readers. Transformers had a wide variety of female characters, but they all looked like naked, skinny supermodels with lipstick and makeup on. Two steps forward, one step back depending on your perspective.
Milne later went on to design a bunch of female characters with greater body diversity. A really hulky, buff robot called Roadmaster, a very gender-neutrally designed boxy robot named Proxima, a more alien one named Javelin, and so on. Unfortunately the only one that got to join the main cast was Velocity, whose body was a bit less supermodely but was still the most “recognizably female” to a man in a suit with a fat wad of cash.
It’s been getting slightly better recently, though. Nickel, a short, broad-shouldered robot joined MTMTE’s “B-Cast” of Decepticons. A new all-female team of combining robots called the Torchbearers all have pretty non-supermodely designs and are featuring prominently in the non-mtmte transformers comics, and recently in the 2015 Robots in Disguise cartoon we got Strongarm, a buff autobot cop, and a whole smattering of animalistic female decepticons. Most of the female decepticons didn’t get toys, unfortunately, but one did! Her name is Scatterspike and she’s a weird, squat dragon lady with a rough-and-tumble cowboy type personality. Her design is modified from a previously used male decepticon, but the design is different enough to look unique on its own! Unfortunately nobody seems to have noticed that she got a toy or even showed up in the cartoon at all, which sucks. Toys of female decepticons are already rare enough because Hasbro is afraid of releasing toys of evil girls for some reason, but Scatterspike is an evil girl that also doesn’t look like a robot supermodel! I’m really disappointed that everyone slept on the toy’s release!
In short, body diversity in female transformers is pretty important. For three decades, “female transformer” meant “naked robot supermodel that was a male robot’s love interest.” Only within the last five years did it start to mean something else. Hasbro is probably testing the waters for female decepticons with Scatterspike’s toy release, which is why I’m really disappointed to see nobody really paying any mind to it. Everyone’s too damn busy drawing Windblade and Chromia making out.
This is the cover I did for the Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0 (the new TF cartoon), which will be a Free Comic Book Day issue. AND GUESS WHAT?? I’ll be doing the interior art as well! Seriously, this is insane!