CineSite joins John Williams to create new animated features; Beware The Batman and Sym-Bionic Titan write off causes Toonami to revise schedule



Welcome to the animated merger edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!


Animated movies got robbed last summer to comedy, action, and sci-fi thanks to Guardians of the Galaxy which dominated the season overall. Now there’s help to bring them back in top form. What’s the good news in animation Jim?



Jim Fish (via The Hollywood Reporter)- British digital visual effects company Cinesite is getting into the CG feature animation business.

The London-based firm is opening a feature animation division in Montreal with a deal to make family animated films for 3QU Media, newly launched by Shrek franchise producer John Williams, as its first gig.

Williams recently pacted with Henry Skelsy, managing partner of Fulton Capital Management LLC, to launch 3QU Media. The first movie from Cinesite’s animated feature slate is Charming, a comedy produced by Williams and directed by Ross Venokur (Animal Crackerz).

Charming finds the iconic princesses Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty all engaged to the same Prince Charming. “We believe Charming can be a big commercial success, and we hope this will be the beginning of a longtime feature animation association between 3QU and Cinesite’s super talented artists, technicians, and production team,” Williams said in a statement on Tuesday.

The effects company earlier launched a Canadian VFX facility in Montreal to complete work on Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and X-Men: Days of Future Past.


Toonami’s been busy since they announced to manipulate the manual concerning its schedule just a month ago. The last change took out Inuyasha and put Cowboy Bebop back in. Now 2 of their newest shows have put them out of commission. Which 2 shows are airing their last episodes Dan?


Dan Barry (via Nick and More)- The Toonami Tumblr has announced today that at a very last minute notice to them, Cartoon Network has “written off” two series and the network will no longer be able to air them.

Beware the Batman and Sym-Bionic Titan “are being “written off,” financially, as of now.”. Beware has been airing its unaired episodes on Toonami since the summer. Titan has been off the block for a little while now.

To make sure they air all the episodes, Toonami will marathon the last seven episodes of Beware the Batman this late-Saturday night, September 27 from 2:30-6am (ET/PT).

Therefore, this weekend, Toonami’s recent addition Hellsing Ultimate will be pre-empted and so will the 4-6am shows. Starting October 4, Hellsing will move up to 2am with an encore of Space Dandy episodes at 3am. Cowboy Bebop moves to 3:30am.


Besides the surprising news, there have been many adjustments to the Toonami schedule since Adult Swim first launched their Saturday schedule back in May 2012. Which shows will be rearranged once Sym-Bionic Titan and Beware the Batman leave the schedule Dan?


Dan Barry (via Nick and More) (continued)- Some unexpected news has recently occurred on Toonami, causing massive changes to the schedule. Due to this and the other changes made before this event occurred, a Toonami roundup is in order.

First off, a Toonami Tumblr post declared that the legal department over at [adult swim] told the Toonami crew that two Toonami staples are being written-off, Beware the Batman and Sym-Bionic Titan. This, unfortunately, means Toonami will no longer be able to broadcast either show on their block after September 27th. However, do not fret Batman fans! Toonami has made an unexpected schedule change to show ALL of the remaining unaired episodes of the show this Saturday, September 27th from 2:30am ET – 6am ET. Toonami regulars Hellsing Ultimate, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Cowboy Bebop, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Samurai Jack will be pre-empted for that night.

Unfortunately due to this unexpected change, Star Wars: The Clone Wars run on Toonami has been cut short. The show was originally expected to end its Toonami run on September 27th. However, this will no longer happen due to the Beware the Batman marathon.

Also, Space Dandy’s 2nd season first-run is ending on September 27th. The show was planned to leave the block temporarily after that date. However, re-runs of Space Dandy will now begin airing the week after (October 4th) at 3am ET. It is currently unknown whether or not the second run will start at season two or start from the beginning (season one). An interesting fact is that both Space Dandy and Cowboy Bebop will run back-to-back (both are shows created by Shinichiro Watanabe).

Two other previously announced schedule changes have also been affected. The Big O (Season 2) was scheduled to begin on October 4th, with Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG joining on October 11th. Now, BOTH shows will begin on October 4th at 4:30am ET for the latter and 5am ET for the former.

Here is the schedule for Toonami for the dates September 27th and October 4th, provided by Toonami’s Tumblr page:

September 27th, 2014:

11:30p – Attack on Titan
12:00a – Bleach
12:30a – Space Dandy
01:00a – Naruto: Shippuden
01:30a – One Piece
02:00a – Gurren Lagann
02:30a – Beware the Batman
03:00a – Beware the Batman
03:30a – Beware the Batman
04:00a – Beware the Batman
04:30a – Beware the Batman
05:00a – Beware the Batman
05:30a – Beware the Batman

October 4th, 2014:

11:30p – Attack on Titan
12:00a – Bleach
12:30a – Naruto: Shippuden
01:00a – One Piece
01:30a – Gurren Lagann
02:00a – Hellsing Ultimate
03:00a – Space Dandy (begins re-running)
03:30a – Cowboy Bebop
04:00a – Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
04:30a – Ghost in the Shell 2nd Gig
05:00a – Big O (Season 2)
05:30a – Samurai Jack


Checking the Penguins tally, 2,064 fans sign in as Team Skipper’s promise to plan to unveil their backstory will be in their flippers of their fans coming this Thanksgiving weekend.



The cool down has finally arrived as breeze through September right through October. What spooky surprises await the toon world next month? Find out on the next edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report.

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