It’s toon time and then some at Cartoon Network. Sticking to its mission in a big way, the kid-friendly network has announced its largest slate of content ever for the upcoming 2018-2019 season, which includes the rollout of five new series, the return of some classics like The Powerpuff Girls, and a serious expansion of its digital offerings, including new podcasts and VR and AR experiences.
Among the notable shows making their debut are two that were incubated in the Cartoon Net’s worldwide Artists Program, a development lab for new series. Those include Owen Dennis’ Infinity Train, which will premiere in 2019 and is based on his popular short about a young girl named Tulip who must find her way home on a train full of infinite worlds; and Apple & Onion, a buddy comedy from George Gendi following — you guessed it — an anthropomorphic apple and an onion who set out for the big city.
Sparking kids’ imagination is Craig of the Creek, which follows the titular youngster and his two best friends as they embark on exciting expeditions at their neighborhood creek. There’s Summer Camp Island, about the adventures of Oscar and his hedgehog at a magical summer camp. And last but not least, Victor and Valentino is a supernatural comedy from Diego Molano featuring two half-brothers who spend a summer with their grandmother in Monte Macabre, a fantastical town where Latin American folklore comes to life.
Returning to the Turner-owned network’s schedule are stalwarts The Powerpuff Girls, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year; The Amazing World of Gumball; We Bare Bears, following the escapades of three bear brothers, now entering its fourth season; and Ben 10, which in its upcoming third season will introduce a new alien, named Shock Rock, aiming to take over Ben’s world. They’ll be joined by new seasons of Steven Universe, Adventure Time, Unikitty!, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes, and Teen Titans Go!, which is also getting the big-screen treatment this summer, along with new episodes of Mighty Magiswords and Clarence.
On the digital side, the Cartoon Network braintrust unveiled a host of programming targeting the mobile and gaming space to get kids interacting on a deeper level with their favorite ‘toons. Those include the Bloons Adventure Time TD app, due out this summer from Ninja Kiwi, in which players can interact with Adventure Time characters; the Ben 10 Alien Experience, a free, ad-supported augmented reality game debuting on mobile this August; and the Steven Universe Podcast, which will give an inside look at the animated show’s characters and other cool tidbits.