SOURCE: Animation Collective

January 24, 2006 09:00 ET

Cartoon Network Acquires Animation Collective's "Ellen's Acres" & "HTDT"

Double Sale for Animation Collective and Creator Larry Schwarz

LAS VEGAS, NV and NEW YORK, NY and ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 24, 2006 -- New York animation studio Animation Collective announced today Cartoon Network's acquisition of two original series, "Ellen's Acres" and "HTDT." The acquisition adds two more series produced by Animation Collective to Cartoon Network, joining "Princess Natasha" and "Wulin Warriors."

The "Ellen's Acres" deal comprises 52 eleven-minute episodes of the pre-school comedy that will premiere on the channel in fall 2006. The "HTDT" deal comprises 26 half-hour episodes of the animated action comedy for 6-11 year-olds that will also premiere in fall 2006.

"Ellen's Acres" gives kids a mirror on life; they'll see their play reflected and understand how smart, funny and fearless they are," said Alice Cahn, vice president of development and programming for Cartoon Network. "We think Animation Collective's Ellen will be one of the funniest girls on TV!"

"'HTDT' is an incredibly funny and twisted take on familiar fairy tale characters in not so familiar stories," said Terry Kalagian vice president of acquisitions and co-productions for Cartoon Network. "We're very excited to continue our relationship with the great creative team at Animation Collective."

"'Ellen's Acres' and 'HTDT' are for different age groups and are very different shows in tone, pacing and visual style. But at their hearts, they're both comedies about characters and situations that kids care about and can relate to. The addition of these shows to Cartoon Network's lineup together with our other series, 'Princess Natasha' and 'Wulin Warriors' shows our studio's range as well as highlights the core themes of our brand," said Larry Schwarz, the creator of both series and CEO of Animation Collective, the shows' producer.

"Ellen's Acres" is a pre-school comedy about a 5-year-old girl named Ellen, her feather duster, her radial tire, the hotel she owns and her amazing adventures. Actually, the hotel belongs to her parents, but the amazing adventures part is totally true. There's not a lot to do and there aren't any other kids Ellen's age at Emerald Acres Hotel, 39 miles outside Tonapah, Nevada. Ellen's only companions are her parents, the folks that work at the hotel and the guests. But Ellen's got a big imagination... Actually, it's totally enormous.

"HTDT" is an anime-inspired action comedy for 6-11 year-olds filled with familiar faces. When all the King's horses and all the King's men couldn't put Humpty Dumpty back together again, they turned to Dr. Kizami Miyazaki, the King's top bio-nuclear scientist. Combining Hydrogen, the lightest element with Bombinium, the heaviest, Dr. Miyazaki was able to construct a polymer matrix to bind Humpty's pieces back together again. A highly powerful, yet extremely unstable force field was created, infusing Humpty Dumpty with awesome superpowers. The radiation caused a realignment of Humpty Dumpty's genetic molecular structure causing him to be possessed of both extreme mass and incredible weightlessness. Now known simply as "HTDT" and with the help of Dr. Miyazaki's 10-year-old son Axel and his babysitter, the beautiful assistant librarian and teen pop star, Arisa, he battles the forces of evil that regularly threaten the kingdom of Happily Ever After.


New York City-based Animation Collective ( is a leader in creating animated children's programming for television, the Internet and home video. The studio's original series "Princess Natasha," created for the KOL service of America Online, is scheduled to begin airing on Cartoon Network. "Wulin Warriors" from Broadway Video Enterprises, GT Media and Distant Horizon, which Animation Collective developed for U.S. television and produced, is scheduled to begin airing on Cartoon Network in February 2006.


Cartoon Network, currently seen in more than 88 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s 24-hour, ad-supported cable service offering the best in animated entertainment. Drawing from the world's largest cartoon library, Cartoon Network showcases unique original ventures such as "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends," "Codename: Kids Next Door," "Teen Titans," "The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy," "The Powerpuff Girls," "Samurai Jack," "Ed, Edd n Eddy" and other "Cartoon Cartoons." Cartoon Network also features "Adult Swim," its signature late-night block of animation for grownups. Since its launch in 1992, Cartoon Network has remained one of ad-supported cable's highest-rated networks. Cartoon Network's Web site is located at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.

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