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Watch This! Cartoon Network Studio Shorts 2020

Cartoon Network's program of shorts are always worth keeping an eye on. They're released as one-off standalone short films, but in actuality they are better described as pilots. The shorts are used to try out a concept and then released online to test the waters. If the shorts are well recieved, they can lead to a full commission. This is how we got Infinity Train, Summer Camp Island and Adventure Time (although the latter was originally a short made in Nickelodeon's own shorts program, but the network declined to pick it up).

CN's YouTube channel has recently released a trio of new shorts. Could we be looking at one of the next big animated hit? Which (if any) are likely to go further than the pilot stage? It's tough to say, but the series has to past muster with the execs at the network as well as go down with the viewership. For every Infinity Train there's two of three shorts that never made it. But even if these creators don't get their series right now, the shorts definitely mark them as out as talent to watch in future!

Trick Moon

In a fantasy sci-fi world populated by adorable dog-people (or are they cats? who cares? they're cute!) a noble Prince guards the precious Moonstone from nefarious forces. But when the Prince is magically imprisoned in the stone, it's up to his little brother and sister Trickshot and Pocket to take over. But as the hilariously old-school theme song says "they're bad at their jobs, they just wanna play".  Geneva Hodgson's short feels very much like a fully formed show, mashing up a variety of influences (some classic Cartoon Network here, a dash of anime, some video games there...) for an incredibly enjoyable eight minutes and 20 seconds. Pocket's already our favourite.

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Beetle + Bean

From Emmy award-winning animator Nick Edwards, Beetle + Bean is definitely the most original and outright bonkers of this batch of shorts. There's a gorgeous hand-drawn look to the backgrounds, and the characters are distinctive in looks and behaviour- despite essentially being a bunch of colourful shapes. Beetle and Bean are an unlikely pair, but it's Bean's manic energy that drives this forward. Extra points for a funky theme and voice appearances for hilarious British comedian and podcaster Adam Buxton, who voices two characters..







The Wonderful Wingits 

The Wingits are a band of travelling performers who tour what appears to be a world based on Medieval Europe, only with talking animals. Tim and Iris are brother and sister bats who are the children of the troupe's leaders. Iris has a part in the play, but young Tim is left out- until circumstances intervene. Leticia Abreu Silva has created something rather special. What's wonderful about all three shorts is that they all feel stylistically and creatively distinct from each other, but would all fit in perfectly with Cartoon Network's curerent line-up. We'll be watching closely to see if any of them gets the greenlight.



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