Robot Chicken Skewers DC Comics (But Mostly Aquaman)

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This week Adult Swim and DC Entertainment release the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special on Blu-ray and DVD! Like a medieval jester speaking truth to power, Robot Chicken’s spoofs and irreverent humor allow them to point out the inconsistencies and flaws of the DC Universe. For instance, they bring Superman’s power to erase memories with a kiss to it’s obvious conclusion and what real nerds would do with the power of a Green Lantern ring. The show also makes several deep pulls from the DC mythology citing characters like B’dg and Mister Banjo (I had to look them up too).

While everybody gets lampooned at some point, the overarching theme of the special would be how much of a tool is Aquaman. All the hard work writer and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has done in the comics to establish robotchicken_dccover_finalAquaman as a cool character is wiped away within the first ten seconds of the show. Which is especially perplexing since Johns is also a writer and executive producer of Robot Chicken.

The Blu-ray/DVD contains over two hours of bonus features including commentaries by the cast and crew, footage of the Robot Chicken team cosplaying for the special’s premiere, and a tour of DC Entertainment’s west coast office. Fun fact: Robot Chicken co-creator has an Arashikage ninja clan tattoo on the inside of his right arm.

Press Release:

This July, the Robot Chicken television series heads back to Blu-ray™ and DVD – and this time, the DC Comics universe is at the center of its Emmy® Award-winning stop-motion lampooning. Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, in partnership with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, continues to build its repertoire of dishing out hilarious sketch comedy parodies in the all-new Adult Swim Blu-ray and DVD release, Robot Chicken DC Comics Special. The special, which boasts an all-star cast as well as characters Robot Chicken fans have grown to love, provides a unique take on some of the most iconic superheroes from the DC Comics universe – along with others whose powers can’t really be called “super.” It will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on July 9, 2013 for the suggested retail price of $19.98 and $14.98, respectively.

With more than two hours of bonus content created by the special’s producers, including deleted scenes, commentaries, outtakes and more, the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special Blu-ray and DVD is a must-own addition for fans of Robot Chicken and DC Comics alike. The special’s all-star cast includes series co-creator and executive producer Seth Green as Batman, Robin and the put-upon Aquaman; Neil Patrick Harris as Two-Face; Alfred Molina as Lex Luthor; Nathan Fillion as the Green Lantern; Megan Fox as Lois Lane; series and special writer/voice talent Breckin Meyer as Superman, plus Abe Benrubi, Alex Borstein, Clare Grant, Tara Strong, series co-creator and executive producer Matthew Senreich, series co-head writer/co-executive producer Tom Root, series director Zeb Wells and Kevin Shinick as co-producer, writer and narrator.

The list of special features included on the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special Blu-ray and DVD include:

· The Making of Robot Chicken DC Comics Special
· Robot Chicken DC Comics Special’s Aquaman Origin Story
· Chicken Nuggets
· Writers’ Commentary
· Actors’ Commentary
· DC Entertainment Tour
· Stoopid Alter Egos
· Outtakes
· Deleted Sketches
· 5.2 Questions

Executive producers for the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special include Green, Senreich, DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, Warner Bros. Animation’s Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs Sam Register, and Stoopid Buddies Stoodios’ John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner. Green directs the 23-minute special with a script by co-head writers/co-executive producers Douglas Goldstein and Root along with Robot Chicken series writers Green, Senreich, Mike Fasolo, Zeb Wells, Matthew Beans, DC Entertainment’s Johns, Men at Work and Franklin & Bash’s Meyer and MAD’s Shinick. Janet Dimon is supervising producer and Ethan Marak is co-producer.

Cartoon Network and Adult Swim Panel Schedule at SDCC 2010

Cartoon Network and Adult Swim announces a number of panels, fan events and signings at 2010 Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif., Thursday, July 22 – Sunday, July 25, 2010.  All times, dates and locations subject to change.

CARTOON NETWORK & ADULT SWIM PANELS

THURSDAY, JULY 22

ADULT SWIM: Childrens Hospital
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Room 25ABC
Talent: Jon Stern, Rob Corddry, David Wain, Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Ken Marino

Check out the Childrens Hospital panel and hear from the show’s creative team led by Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and Jon Stern (producer of The Ten and Scotland, PA). They will be joined by members of their ensemble cast of comedic heavyweights including Lake Bell (How to Make It in America, It’s Complicated), Erinn Hayes (Parenthood, Worst Week), Rob Huebel (I Love You Man, Human Giant) and Ken Marino (Party Down, Reaper). Childrens Hospital explores the emotional struggles and sexual politics of a group of doctors charged with healthy libidos. Their dedication to their personal lives is relentless, interrupted only by the occasional need to treat sick children.  The complete Childrens Hospital – including both the newly produced episodes as well as the original Webisodes – premieres Sunday, July 11 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on Adult Swim.

BBC PANEL: Look Around You
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: 6A
Talent: Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz

As their BAFTA-nominated show comes to BBC DVD, creators-stars Robert Popper (Peep Show, Hot Fuzz) and Peter Serafinowicz (Couples Retreat, Shaun of the Dead), are on stage to take questions from the fans.

FRIDAY, JULY 23

WB PANEL: Batman: The Brave And The Bold
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: 6A
Talent: Diedrich Bader, James Tucker, Michael Jelenic and Andrea Romano
Moderator: Sam Register

The Caped Crusader swings back into San Diego as Batman: The Brave and the Bold returns to Comic-Con for its third consecutive year with an advance screening of an upcoming episode, as well as a lively discussion with voice of Batman Diedrich Bader (Surf’s Up), executive producer Sam Register (Teen Titans), producers James Tucker (Justice League Unlimited) and Michael Jelenic (The Batman), and voice director Andrea Romano (Superman Doomsday). As a special bonus for fans, the panel will also screen the world-premiere trailer for the upcoming and highly anticipated Cartoon Network/Warner Bros. Animation series Young Justice. Don’t miss this Comic-Con exclusive.  From Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: The Brave and the Bold airs Fridays at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network, and Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Season 1, Part 1 will be released on DVD August 17. Become a fan of the show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/batmanbraveandbold.

CARTOON NETWORK: Comedy Animation: Adventure Time and Regular Show
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: 6A
Talent: Pendleton Ward, Pat McHale, Jeremy Shada, John Dimaggio, Tom Kenny, J.G. Quintel

Come join us for a panel celebrating our latest comedies from Cartoon Network Studios. What time is it? It’s Adventure Time with special guests Pendleton Ward (creator), Jeremy Shada (voice of Finn), John DiMaggio (voice of Jake) and Tom Kenny (voice of Ice King).  Adventure Time airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network. Fans will also get an exclusive look at what’s coming this Fall including a sneak peak at Regular Show with creator J.G. Quintel.

LUCAS PANEL: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 7AB
Talent: Dave Filoni, Joel Aron, Kilian Plunkett

ADULT SWIM: Robot Chicken, Venture Bros, Metalocalypse, and Mongo Wrestling
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: 6BCF
Talent: Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Tom Root, Jackson Publick, Doc Hammer and Brendon Small
Moderator: Keith Crofford, vice president of production, Adult Swim

Adult Swim panel featuring show creators from Robot Chicken, Venture Bros and Metalocalypse—show creators Seth Green (Robot Chicken), Matt Senreich (Robot Chicken), Tom Root (Robot Chicken), Jackson Publick (Venture Bros), Doc Hammer (Venture Bros), and Brendon Small (Metalocalypse) will discuss their original series, screen sneak peeks, and answer questions.
SATURDAY, JULY 24

DC PANEL: Mad about MAD Magazine!
10:00 –  11:00 a.m.
Location:  7AB
Talent: John Ficarra, Sam Viviano, Sergio Aragones, Tom Richmond, Kevin Shinick
Moderator: Peter Girardi

MAD Magazine has established itself as the original and most imitated and influential satirical publication across generations.  This fall, MAD Magazine returns to TV screens with a new show for the next generation!  Come join MAD Magazine editor John Ficarra, MAD Magazine Art Director Sam Viviano, legendary MAD Magazine artist Sergio Aragones, contemporary MAD artist Tom Richmond, MAD Story Editor/Producer Kevin Shinick and your host, MAD Creative Exec Peter Girardi, for a light-hearted look at the future of an American institution. MAD Magazine will premiere on Cartoon Network September 2010.

AS PANEL: The Venture Bros.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Indigo Ballroom at the Bayfront Hilton (across from the convention center)
Talent: Jackson Publick, Doc Hammer, Patrick Warburton and James Urbaniak

Creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer host a laissez-faire chat about – what else? – The Venture Bros. They’ll be joined by Patrick Warburton (voice of Brock Samson) and James Urbaniak (voice of Dr. Venture) as they screen sneak preview clips from the upcoming season, shamelessly plug their new DVD and line of action figures, and take questions from the audience.

CARTOON NETWORK: Action-Adventure Animation: Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Generator Rex and Sym-Bionic Titan
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Location: 6DE
Talent: Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Steven T. Seagle, Glen Murakami, Dwayne McDuffie, Yuri Lowenthal, Greg Cipes, John Fang, Rob Hoegee, Daryl Sabara, Wally Kurth, Genndy Tartakovsky
Moderator: Tramm Wigzell, vice president, original series, action adventure for Cartoon Network

Come meet the creators, producers and voice actors behind some of Cartoon Network’s biggest boy heroes Ben 10 and Generator Rex. From Man of Action meet Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau, and Steven T. Seagle along with the Ben 10: Ultimate Alien team members Glenn Murakami (supervising producer), Dwayne McDuffie (co-producer/story editor), Yuri Lowenthal (voice of Ben) and Greg Cipes (voice of Kevin). Generator Rex panelists include John Fang (supervising producer), Rob Hoegee (story editor), Daryl Sabara (voice of Rex) and Wally Kurth (voice of Six).  Also make sure not to miss a first look at Sym-Bionic Titan with Genndy Tartakovsky.

ADULT SWIM: Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job! and Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Location:  6DE
Talent: Dave Willis, Jim Fortier, Matt Maiellaro, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim and Dino Stamatopoulos
Moderator: Keith Crofford, vice president of production, Adult Swim

Adult Swim panel featuring show creators from Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies, Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job! and Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole—show creators Dave Willis (Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies), Jim Fortier (Squidbillies), Matt Maiellaro (Aqua Teen Hunger Force), Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!), Eric Wareheim (Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!) and Dino Stamatopoulos (Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole) will discuss their original series, screen sneak peeks, and answer questions. Keith Crofford, vice president of production at Adult Swim will moderate.

SUNDAY, JULY 25

CARTOON NETWORK: Live-Action/ CG: Tower Prep and Firebreather
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Location: 6DE
Talent: Paul Dini, Drew Van Acker, Elise Gatien, Ryan Pinkston, Dyana Liu, Phil Hester, Andy Kuhn and Peter Chung
Moderator: Harry Knowles

Join executive producer and series creator Paul Dini (Lost, Batman Beyond) as he offers fans an exclusive first look at Cartoon Network’s newest live action mystery series Tower Prep. Meet the series stars Drew Van Acker (The Lake), Elise Gatien (Bionic Woman), Ryan Pinkston (Punk’d) and Dyana Liu (Parenthood). Fans will also get an exclusive look at Firebreather, Cartoon Network’s first world premiere original CGI movie event based on the comic book series with creator and co-executive producer Phil Hester (The Wretch), co-executive producer Andy Kuhn (Freedom Ring) and writer/director Peter Chung (Aeon Flux).

WB PANEL: Unnatural History Episode Screening and Q&A
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Room 6BCF
Talent: Kevin G. Schmidt, Jordan Gavaris, Italia Ricci, Mike Werb
Moderator: Rich Sands

Join the adventure!  Cartoon Network’s first live-action mystery series, Unnatural History, journeys to San Diego for its Comic-Con debut. Unnatural History chronicles the adventures of Henry Griffin, a teenager with extraordinary skills acquired while traveling the world with his anthropologist parents. His unique abilities come in handy when he moves to Washington D.C. – and begins exploring the mysteries of a charter high school within the National Museum Complex. Fans will be treated to a premiere screening of a never-before-seen episode, as well as a Q&A with series stars Kevin G. Schmidt (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel), Jordan Gavaris (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Italia Ricci (Greek) and Martin Donovan (Weeds) as well as creator/executive producer Mike Werb (The Mask, Face/Off).  From Warner Horizon Television, Unnatural History airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network. Become a fan of the show at  www.facebook.com/UnnaturalHistory.

WB PANEL: Scooby-Doo Screening and Q&A
2:15 –  3:15 p.m.
Location: 6BCF
Talent: Spike Brandt, Tony Cervone, Mitch Watson, Dan Krall, Matthew Lillard

Those meddling teens are at it again!  Find out what Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma and, of course, Scooby-Doo are up to with a sneak peek at upcoming titles from this beloved family franchise. Join supervising producers Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (both Duck Dodgers), producer Mitch Watson (Ben 10: Race Against Time) and art director Dan Krall (Coraline) as they screen a never-before-seen episode of the new Cartoon Network/Warner Bros. Animation series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (airing Mondays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network) and take fan questions. Additionally, they will unveil the trailer to Warner Home Video’s upcoming all-new original animated movie Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare (release date: September 14) and will provide fans with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s forthcoming Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Swamp videogame, coming September 14. Panel attendees will be served a full course of all things Scooby-Doo, as they will also hear about additional upcoming Scooby-related projects from Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

ADULT SWIM SIGNINGS

Thursday, July 22

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Look Around You Signing
BBC America Booth #3629
Talent: Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Childrens Hospital Signing
WB Booth #4545
Talent: Jon Stern, Rob Corddry, Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Ken Marino

Friday, July 23

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Venture Bros Signing
Adult Swim Booth #3351
Talent: Doc Hammer, Jackson Publick

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Robot Chicken Signing
Adult Swim Booth #3351
Talent: Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Tom Root

Saturday, July 24

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Metalocalypse Signing
Adult Swim Booth #3351
Talent: Brendon Small, Tommy Blacha

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force & Squidbillies Signing
Adult Swim Booth #3351
Talent: Dave Willis, Jim Fortier, Matt Maiellaro

ADULT SWIM FAN EVENTS
TIM AND ERIC AWESOME-CON 2010
Saturday, July 24, 12 – 3 p.m.
Location: Embarcadero Marina Park North

Picnic in the park hosted by Tim and Eric and other characters from the show with fan challenges (costume contest, karaoke contest, etc).

ADULT SWIM ICE CREAM TRUCKS
The Adult Swim ice cream trucks will be cruising around San Diego, keeping fans cool by rewarding them with free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.  Adult Swim show talent will be along for the ride to pass out ice cream, interact with fans, and sign autographs.  Follow www.twitter.com/AdultSwim as we live-tweet our locations.

CARTOON NETWORK SIGNINGS

Friday, July 23

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold Signing
WB Booth #4545
Talent: Diedrich Bader, James Tucker, Michael Jelenic and Andrea Romano

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Adventure Time & Regular Show Signing
Autograph Alley
Talent: Pen Ward, Pat McHale, Jeremy Shada (Finn) John DiMaggio (Jake),
Tom Kenny (Ice King), JG Quintel

Saturday, July 24

11:15 a.m. –  12:15p.m.
Mad about MAD Magazine!
DC Booth
Talent: John Ficarra, Sam Viviano, Sergio Aragones, Tom Richmond, Kevin Shinick

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Generator Rex Signing
Autograph Alley
Man of Action: Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Steven T. Seagle
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien: Glen Murakami, Dwayne McDuffie, Yuri Lowenthal (Ben)  Greg Cipes (Kevin)
Generator Rex: John Fang, Rob Hoegee, Daryl Sabara (Rex), Wally Kurth (Six)

Sunday, July 25

11:45  – 12:30 p.m.
WB: Scooby Doo Mystery Inc Signing
WB Booth #4545
Talent: Spike Brandt, Tony Cervone, Mitch Watson, Dan Krall, Matthew Lillard

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Firebreather Signing
Autograph Alley
Talent: Peter Chung, Phil Hester, Andy Kuhn

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
WB: Unnatural History Signing
WB Booth #4545
Talent: Kevin G. Schmidt, Jordan Gavaris, Italia Ricci, Mike Web
CARTOON NETWORK -  THE CARTOON NETWORK PIZZERIA at CIRO’S
(Ciro’s Pizzeria, 536 Market Street, Between 5th and 6th in the Gaslamp Quarter)

Cartoon Network goes beyond the San Diego Convention Center this year with a fully immersive restaurant take-over!  Come visit the The Cartoon Network Pizzeria from Wednesday, July 21 – Sunday, July 25 and experience Cartoon Network in way you’ve never seen before at the con. The Cartoon Network Pizzeria will feature sneak previews of new and returning Cartoon Network shows, opportunities for special Happy Hour free food and drink and free Cartoon Network cup  with purchase throughout the entire convention (while supplies last).
Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 97 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families.  Nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults 18-34.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

Comic-Con International Programming: Wed/Thurs

The wait is over! Comic-Con International has announced the programming for Preview Night, Wednesday, July 22nd, and Thursday, July 23rd.

Where else can you see Dave Gibbons, Robert Zemeckis, Tim Burton, Stan Lee, James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Terry Gilliam, and Nicholas Cage in the same day?

Everyone will be picking it apart and naming their favorites in the days to come, but here are a few things that caught my eye already:

10:15-11:15 Summit Entertainment: Astro Boy A superhero origin story set in a futuristic world, Astro Boy is an all-new CG-animated feature film based on the classic manga about a young robot with incredible powers and his adventure-filled journey in search of his identity and destiny. Director David Bowers, producer Maryanne Grager, and stars Freddie Highmore (Astro) and Kristen Bell (Cora) debut footage exclusive to Comic-Con 2009 and answer your questions about bringing this beloved hero to the big screen. Room 6BCF

10:30-11:30 Motion Comics: Graphic Novels in The Digital Age— Warner Premiere is one of the pioneers in the production of Motion Comics, which include Watchmen, Peanuts, Batman: Black and White, and many others. Motion Comics are short-form videos that use subtle movements, voice-overs, sweeping music scores, and stunning comic book artwork to bring an engaging visual experience to life. Moderated by Gregory Noveck (DC Comics), with panelists Paul Levitz, (DC Comics, Batman: Black and White), Dave Gibbons (Watchmen, Batman: Black and White), Paul Dini (Batman: Black and White, Mad Love), Lydia Antonini (Warner Premiere), Dylan Coburn (Karactaz, Superman: Red Son), and Stephen Fedasz (Perpetual Notions), who discuss graphic novel storytelling and production in the digital age. Attendees will also see the debut of two DC Motion Comic series during this panel. Room 6DE

11:00-12:30 Disney: 3D Panel— Walt Disney Pictures presents key filmmakers, select cast members and previously unseen footage from its upcoming slate, including Disney’s A Christmas Carol, Alice In Wonderland and Tron. Special guests include Robert Zemeckis, Tim Burton, Sean Bailey, Steve Lisberger, and moderator Patton Oswalt. Hall H

11:15-12:15 The Middleman Cast Reunion and Lost Episode Table Read— Creator Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost) and the complete cast—including Matt Keeslar, Natalie Morales, Brit Morgan, Mary Pat Gleason, Jake Smollett, Mark Sheppard, Brendan Hines, Sarah Watson, Jordan Rosenberg, Margaret Dunlap, and Andy Reaser—reunite to celebrate the DVD release of The Middleman: The Complete Series from Shout! Factory, with an exclusive table read of the lost 13th episode, The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse, which was never produced for television but is now available as a graphic novel from Viper Comics. Room 6A

11:45-12:45 DC: Superman: Two Worlds— Torn between New Krypton and Earth, the Man of Steel has only just begun his latest adventure. You’ve seen the stories: a new planet of Kryptonians; scores of super-powered beings. The people behind Superman’s future are here to face the most trying times in his life. Meet the talented folks behind Superman as they give you a glimpse of what is in store for our favorite Super-family. Featuring Superman group editor Matt Idelson, writers Geoff Johns (Adventure Comics, Superman: Secret Origins), Greg Rucka (Action Comics), James Robinson (Superman), Sterling Gates (Supergirl), Renato Guedes (Superman), and more! Room 6DE

12:45-1:45 Disney: Stan Lee’s Time Jumper Don’t miss Stan Lee and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment as they present a special sneak peek of their new digital motion comic series Time Jumper. Comic book legend Stan Lee is joined by Natasha Henstridge (one of the character voices in Time Jumper), Omar Ponce (writer), and Anthony Diecidue (artist) for a Q&A session. Room 6BCF

12:45-2:00 20th Century Fox and James Cameron present Avatar In this first public screening of footage in 3D from his much-anticipated action/adventure/fantasy, James Cameron, producer Jon Landau, and cast members take you to a spectacular new world beyond imagination. Conceived 14 years ago and over four years in the making, Avatar breaks new ground in delivering a fully immersive, emotional story and reinvents the movie-going experience. Hall H

2:00-3:00 Sony Pictures Animation: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs In 2009, Columbia Pictures’ and Sony Pictures Animation’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs will be the most delicious event since macaroni met cheese. Inspired by the classic children’s book, the film focuses on a town where food begins to fall from the sky like rain. Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian) is the voice of Flint Lockwood, a young inventor who dreams of creating something that will improve everyone’s life. Anna Faris (The House Bunny) takes on the role of Sam Sparks, a weathergirl covering the phenomenon who hides her intelligence behind a perky exterior. James Caan plays Tim Lockwood, Flint’s technophobic father. SNL‘s Andy Samberg plays Brent, the town bully who has plagued Flint since childhood. Bruce Campbell plays Mayor Shelbourne, who figures out that Flint’s invention can put the town, and more importantly himself, on the map, and Mr. T plays the by-the-rules town cop, Earl Devereaux. Bobb’e J. Thompson (Role Models) is Carl Devereaux, Earl’s son. Appearing in person: Anna Faris, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Bobb’e J. Thompson, and directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord. Room 6BCF

2:15-3:15 Summit Entertainment— Summit Entertainment presents a sneak peek of exclusive footage of some of its upcoming major film releases!

Astro boyA classic superhero origin story set in a futuristic world, Astro Boy is an all-new CG-animated feature film about a young robot with incredible powers and his adventure-filled journey in search of his identity and destiny. Join Freddie Highmore and Kristen Bell as they premiere the final trailer for Astro Boy before it’s in theaters.

Sorority Row—When five sorority girls inadvertently cause the murder of one of their sisters in a prank gone wrong, they agree to keep the matter to themselves and never speak of it again, so they can get on with their lives. This proves easier said than done, when after graduation a mysterious killer goes after the five of them and anyone who knows their secret. Join the cast of Sorority Row as they debut footage from the film exclusive to Comic-Con 2009.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon—Summit Entertainment is proud to present the panel for The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the highly anticipated sequel to last year’s box office smash Twilight. Surprise members of the cast will answer your questions about the second film in the series and debut never-before-seen footage from the new film.

Hall H

3:00-4:00 Robot Chicken with Titan Maximum Seth Green (co-creator, Robot Chicken and Titan Maximum), Matthew Senreich (co-creator, Robot Chicken and Titan Maximum), Tom Root (head writer, Robot Chicken/co-creator, Titan Maximum) and Doug Goldstein (head writer, Robot Chicken) with Chris McKay, Breckin Meyer, Kevin Shinick, Mike Fasolo, and Dan Milano discuss the popular Adult Swim series Robot Chicken. They will also discuss the upcoming new stop-motion animated series Titan Maximum, slated to premiere on Adult Swim this fall. Join this meet-up of show creators, writers and voice actors for a Q&A, moderated by Keith Crofford, vice president of Adult Swim production. Room 6A

3:00-4:00 Masters of the Web— For the third year in a row the most popular genre and movie websites are coming together to discuss how new media have affected moviemaking, what it takes to run a popular site, and much more in a panel discussion and Q&A session. Participants include Robert Sanchez (IESB.net), Ryan Rotten (Shocktilyoudrop.com), Mike Sampson (Joblo.com), Jeremy Smith (Aintitcoolnews.com), Brad Miska (Bloody-Disgusting.com), Drew McWeeny (Hitfix.com), Devin Faraci (CHUD.com), Paul Christensen (Movieweb.com), Wilson Morales (Blackfilm.com/AOL Black Voices), Vic Holtreman (Screenrant.com), and George Roush (Latinoreview.com). Director Kevin Munroe (TMNT, Dead of Night) moderates, with Brandon Routh and Sam Huntington on hand to preview an exclusive sneak peek of their new film Dead of Night, based on the Dylan Dog comic books. Room 32AB

3:30-5:00 Golden and Silver Age of Comics— A Comic-Con tradition: the yearly gathering and discussion of the clan of some of the finest comic book creators ever to put pen or typewriter to paper! This year’s panel—moderated by Mark Evanier—includes Comic-Con special guests Murphy Anderson (Hawkman), Gene Colan (Tomb of Dracula), Ramona Fradon (Aquaman), Russ Heath (The Haunted Tank), Jack Katz (The First Kingdom), Jerry Robinson (Batman), and Leonard Starr (Mary Perkins On Stage). Both Katz and Starr, known best for their underground comix and comic strip work, respectively, also worked in comics in the Golden and Silver Ages. The stories these people can tell are the stuff of legend…be a part of the yearly magic of this panel. Room 8

3:45-4:45 Entertainment Weekly: Wonder Women: Female Power Icons in Pop Culture— EW will moderate a conversation with Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost), Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), and other stars about the actresses who have redefined the rules and the female characters that have shattered the glass ceiling for all women. Basically: a discussion with women who kick ass. Ballroom 20

4:45-5:15 Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of both Comic-Con and Monty Python, we welcome the sole American Python, the great animator and director Terry Gilliam (Time Bandits, Brazil, 12 Monkeys) to introduce you to his new film starring Christopher Plummer, Johnny Depp, Heath Ledger, Colin Farrell, Jude Law, Verne Troyer, Tom Waits, and Lily Cole. Dr. Parnassus is a fabulous anachronism, touring the streets of modern-day London in a horse-drawn carnival wagon accompanied by his beautiful daughter, devoted dwarf, and neophyte barker. On stage Parnassus plays a holy man whose Imaginarium can realize the innermost fantasies of all who dare to enter. Backstage, he is a drunkard, a gambler who centuries ago lost a wager with the Devil and must now pony up with his daughter once she turns sixteen. Tomorrow. Yet, there may still be hope for the Doctor and Valentina in the person of Tony, a well-dressed amnesic they rescue from a perilous fate and invite into their world of unrelenting magic and possibility. Hall H

5:00-6:00 Showtime: Dexter Calling all Dexter fans! If you’re a Dexter fanatic and can’t wait for the new season, you don’t want to miss this killer panel! Moderator Ralph Garman (KROQ Entertainment Reporter) presides over a revealing interview and Q&A session with the stars and executive producers of Dexter. Plus, get an exclusive first look at clips from the new season! Featured panelists include series star/executive producer Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Julie Benz (Rita), Jennifer Carpenter (Deb), and executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Clyde Phillips, and Melissa Rosenberg. The new season premieres September 27 at 9:00 PM EST/PST only on Showtime! Ballroom 20

5:45-6:45 Kick-Ass World premiere footage from Kick-Ass, based on Mark Millar’s bestselling comic, is presented by director Matthew Vaughn (Stardust, Layercake). Joining him on the panel are Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad), and comic co-creator John Romita Jr., among others, including a surprise guest. You don’t want to miss the chance to be the first to experience this gritty, brash, and funny actioner. Hall H

9:30-12:00 Halloween Comes Early: Trick ‘r Treat Screening— Be among the first to see writer/director Michael Dougherty’s (Superman Returns, X2) creepy, darkly comic celebration of the scariest night of the year. Trick ‘r Treat takes the Creepshow/Tales from the Crypt approach to nefarious new depths with four interwoven tales set on Halloween night: a high school principal who moonlights as a vicious serial killer; a young virgin whose quest for that special someone takes a gruesome turn; a group of teens who carry out a cruel prank with disastrous consequences; and a cantankerous old man who battles a mischievous trick-or-treating demon. Prior to the screening, Ain’t It Cool News mogul Harry Knowles will moderate a panel featuring Michael Dougherty and members of the cast, including Anna Paquin (True Blood, X-Men), Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica, Dollhouse), and Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity, X2). A collection of creepy stories that mixes fun with fear, candy with poison, and laughter with screams, the critically acclaimed Trick ‘r Treat will be released on Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD and On Demand by Warner Home Video in October. Ballroom 20

Cartoon Network & Adult Swim Events at SDCC 2009

Cartoon Network and Adult Swim announce a number of panels, fan events, and signings at 2009 Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif., Thursday, July 23 – Sunday, July 26, 2009. All times, dates and locations subject to change.

CARTOON NETWORK AND ADULT SWIM PANELS

THURSDAY, JULY 23

ADULT SWIM: Robot Chicken w/ Titan Maximum
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: 6A
Moderator: Keith Crofford, vice president of production Adult Swim

Seth Green (co-creator, Robot Chicken and Titan Maximum), Matthew Senreich (co-creator, Robot Chicken and Titan Maximum), Tom Root (head writer, Robot Chicken/co-creator, Titan Maximum) and Doug Goldstein (head writer, Robot Chicken) with Chris McKay, Breckin Meyer, Kevin Shinick, Mike Fasolo and Dan Milano discuss the popular Adult Swim series Robot Chicken. They also discuss the upcoming new stop-motion animated series Titan Maximum, slated to premiere on Adult Swim this fall.

CARTOON NETWORK COMEDY – ORIGINAL ANIMATION
4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Location: 6A
Moderator: Brian Miller, senior vice president and general manager Cartoon Network Studios

Come join us for a panel celebrating three of the best comedies from Cartoon Network Studios. First up is a sweet treat with Chowder, including special guests C.H. Greenblatt (creator), Tara Strong (voice of Truffles) and Dana Snyder (voice of Gazpacho). Then set sail with The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack and creator Thurop Van Orman (voice of Flapjack) and Steve Little (writer, voice of fan favorite Dr. Barber). Finally, hold on to your seats for a sneak peak of the new series, Adventure Time with Finn and Jake, with creator Pendelton Ward.

FRIDAY, JULY 24

WB PANEL: BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: 6B
Moderator: Sam Register, executive producer

Gotham takes over San Diego as Diedrich Bader (Surf’s Up), the voice of Batman, returns to headline a panel alongside John DiMaggio (Futurama), the voice of Aquaman, executive producer Sam Register (Teen Titans), producer James Tucker (Justice League Unlimited), producer and story editor Michael Jelenic (The Batman) and voice director Andrea Romano (Superman Doomsday). Fans will enjoy a discussion and lively Q&A as this dynamic and creative team look back upon the show’s incredible first season and provide an exclusive look at what season two holds for the Caped Crusader. From Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: The Brave and the Bold airs on Cartoon Network.

LUCASFILM PANEL: Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Building the Universe
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: 7 AB

The Clone Wars expanded the scope of Star Wars beyond anything seen in the feature films – but Season One was just the beginning. Get a rare glimpse into the epic scale of the ongoing galactic conflict with supervising director Dave Filoni and key production staff from the series. Find out insider secrets about building the Star Wars galaxy, making the first season of the groundbreaking series and what’s to come in Season Two!

LUCASFILM PANEL: Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Behind the mic
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: 7 AB

Season Two of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is coming in hot, and you can believe that the talented voice cast has something to say about it! Join supervising director Dave Filoni as he talks with the actors behind your favorite Clone Wars characters, and get an intimate look at the animated antics inside the recording studio – as well as some unique and exclusive insights into what’s coming this Fall!

The BBC PANEL: THE MIGHTY BOOSH
4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
Location: 6A

Cult comedy favorite and BAFTA-nominated, The Mighty Boosh, comes to Comic-Con for the first time to celebrate the airing of all three seasons on Adult Swim, and the BBC’s DVD release, just two days before the convention begins. Inspired by the Perrier Comedy Award-winning live comedy show, creators-stars Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding, along with actors Michael Fielding, Rich Fulcher and Dave Brown. The hit UK comedy series follows crazy zookeepers Howard Moon and Vince Noir and was described by The San Jose Mercury News as “an acid-trip fantasy-comedy [that] is seriously deranged and seriously funny.”

LUCASFILM PANEL: The Star Wars Spectacular
5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Location: Hall H

Get all the latest news from the Star Wars universe – including some of Lucasfilm’s most tightly-guarded secrets! Join our galaxy of guests from The Clone Wars and beyond, including supervising director Dave Filoni, voice talent from the show and more!

SATURDAY, JULY 25

CARTOON NETWORK ACTION ADVENTURE ANIMATION: BEN 10
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: 6DE
Moderator: Tramm Wigzell director of development, original series Cartoon Network

It’s all about Ben 10 at this panel featuring director Alex Winter and cast members Ryan Kelley (Ben), Galadriel Stineman (Gwen), Nathan Keyes (Kevin) and Alyssa Diaz (Elena) from the live-action movie Ben 10: Alien Swarm coming this fall on Cartoon Network. Also appearing are Ben 10 Alien Force producer Glenn Murakami, story editor Dwayne McDuffie and Yuri Lowenthal (voice of Ben). Make sure not to miss an exclusive look at what’s coming next with a sneak peak of Generator Rex and the first images from the upcoming series, Sym-Bionic Titan, by creator Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack, Dexter’s Laboratory).

ADULT SWIM: Series Development and The Venture Bros.
6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
Location: 6DE
Moderator: Keith Crofford, vice president of production Adult Swim

Fans will get the chance to hear from the Adult Swim development team and get a first look at upcoming Adult Swim programming. Nick Weidenfeld, director of development for Adult Swim and Matt Harrigan, executive producer/series writer for Adult Swim will give highlights of what’s in the tube for fall 2009. Then, Jackson Publick (co-creator), Doc Hammer (co-creator), Jon Schnepp (co-director), James Urbaniak (voice of Dr. Venture) and Mike Sinterniklaas (voice of Dean Venture) discuss the hit animated Adult Swim series The Venture Bros. and give fans insight into the future of the series.

SUNDAY, JULY 26

MATTEL PANEL: Hot Wheels Battle Force 5
12:00-1:00
Location: 7AB

Hot Wheels Battle Force 5: World Premiere! – Be the first to see an episode of the all new CG-animated series, Hot Wheels Battle Force 5! The series starts this August on Cartoon Network and tells the story of a group of teen drivers and their 5 ultra-cool, ultra-fast vehicles. Their mission is to protect the Earth from The Sark, an army of evil robots, and The Vandals, a species of super-predators. After the screening, join producer Audu Paden (Spider-Man: The New Animated Series), director Johnny Darrell (Storm Hawks) and real-life Hot Wheels car designers for a behind-the-scenes peek at how the series was created. There will also be plenty of fun activities, trivia, and lots and lots of great prizes!

WB PANEL: Zoinks! Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: 6DE
Moderator: TBA

Come join everyone’s favorite Great Dane as Warner Premiere & Cartoon Network present Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins. The all-new, live-action/CGI film reveals the origins of the Mystery Inc. gang on their first mission together. Be the first to witness the film, then stay for a fun-filled panel featuring director Brian Levant (Beethoven, Snow Dogs), producer Brian Gilbert (Wrong Turn, Skinwalkers) and introducing the all-new live-action cast: Robbie Amell (Life With Derek, True Jackson VP) as Fred, Kate Melton as Daphne, Hayley Kiyoko as Velma and Nick Palatas as Shaggy. Also expected to attend is Frank Welker, a member of the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! voice-cast, who provides the voice of Scooby-Doo for Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins – which will premiere on Cartoon Network and be distributed by Warner Home Video in Fall 2009.
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ADULT SWIM SIGNINGS
Adult Swim Booth: 3351

Friday, July 24
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. The Mighty Boosh Signing – Adult Swim Booth #3351
Noel Fielding, Julian Barrett, Michael Fielding, Dave Brown, Richard Fulcher

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Robot Chicken Signing – Adult Swim Booth #3351
Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Breckin Meyer, Chris McKay

Saturday, July 25
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Robot Chicken Signing – Adult Swim Booth #3351
Seth Green, Matt Senreich, Doug Goldstein, Tom Root

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. The Venture Bros. Signing – Adult Swim Booth #3351
Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer

ADULT SWIM FAN EVENTS

TIM & ERIC AWESOME SHOW PERFORMANCE
Friday, July 24, 7 p.m.
Location: 4th and B, 345 B Street

Enjoy a live performance featuring Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. Much like the television series on Adult Swim, the live show is a fast-paced, variety show, complete with short films, parodies, pranks and musical numbers.

The BBC AND ADULT SWIM PRESENT: THE MIGHTY BOOSH BASH (A full cast DJ Set)
Friday, July 24, 11 p.m.
Location: 4th and B, 345 B Street

A multi-media DJ set house party featuring the full cast of The Mighty Boosh, including Noel Fielding and Julian Barrett. The cast will spin records and perform bits. For more information, go to www.themightyboosh.co.uk

TIM AND ERIC AWESOME-CON 2009
Saturday, July 25, 12 -3 p.m.
Location: Embarcadero Marina Park North

Picnic in the park hosted by Tim and Eric and other characters from the show with fan challenges (costume contest, karaoke contest, etc).

ROBOT CHICKEN FAN EVENT
Saturday, July 25, 8 – 11p.m.
Location: Skate San Diego, 700 East 24th Street, National City, CA 91950

Join Robot Chicken creators and executive producers Seth Green and Matt Senreich for a special preview party – Comic Con Style – kicking off their two week roller skating tour to promote the release of the Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II DVD. The free, all ages party is open to the public and will feature a guest DJ, special Robot Chicken guests, including the show’s writers and producers, celebrity guest stars, Robot Chicken-themed activities and games, and exclusive Adult Swim merchandise.

CARTOON NETWORK SIGNINGS

Thursday, July 23
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Chowder & The Misadventures of Flapjack Signing – Autograph Alley
Chowder: C.H. Greenblatt, Tara Strong, Dana Snyder
The Misadventures of Flapjack: Thurop Van Orman, Steve Little

Saturday, July 25
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Ben 10 Alien Force Signing – Autograph Alley
Glen Murakami, Yuri Lowenthal, Dwight McDuffie

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Ben 10: Alien Swarm Cast Signing – Autograph Alley
Ryan Kelley (Ben), Galadriel Stineman (Gwen), Nathan Keyes (Kevin)
Alyssa Diaz (Elena)
Sunday, July 26
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Scooby Doo! The Mystery Begins Signing – WB Booth
Robbie Amell (Fred), Kate Melton (Daphne), Hayley Kiyoko (Velma),
Nick Palatas (Shaggy)

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