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CN Upfront: 2007 Overview
February 14th, 2007 1:08 PM by Aaron H. Bynum

Special Events

"Cartoon Network Invaded”:
The invasion begins in May when Bloo from Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends sends a message to deep space and ends up letting loose aliens on Earth and in popular Cartoon Network original series Ed, Edd, n Eddy, My Gym Partner’s a Monkey, Camp Lazlo, and The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. Every Friday in May, an alien will arrive in a new episode, culminating with an out of this world alien invasion marathon on Memorial Day.

“Props”: {Animation Insider; Official Press Release Available}
Cartoon Network has created “Props,” a multi-media event celebrating inspirational, real-world kids who demonstrate exceptional talent, commitment and accomplishment in a single area of expertise, such as a sport, a musical instrument, gaming or a hobby. Throughout the summer, Cartoon Network will profile 16 amazing kids on-air and online. Young viewers across America will determine six finalists by voting for their favorites online in a face-off challenge. The six finalists will be rewarded for their accomplishments by getting “Props,” a once-in-a-lifetime experience in their area of excellence to be filmed for television. Airing in September, this first-ever hour-long special will be an inspiring celebration of the six awesome experiences.

Ben 10 Live-Action Movie:
Life on the road with Ben, Gwen, Grandpa Max and the Omnitrix has never seemed so real. Ben 10, the popular animated series, comes to life in its first-ever live-action movie. Ben Tennyson is a normal 10-year-old boy. Except that with a flick of his wrist, he can transform into any one of 10 alien beings with amazing superpowers, like the powerful Four Arms or the slime-spitting Stinkfly. Despite his ability to change physically, Ben is still a kid at heart and has a little trouble figuring out how to act like a superhero when the pressure is really on. The movie is directed by Alex Winter (Bill in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure) and is slated to premiere in the fall.

CallToons: {Animation Insider; Official Press Release Available}
Cartoon Network New Media has created CallToons, a revolutionary new mobile application that integrates smart technology with entertainment, essentially allowing Cartoon Network characters to take over a mobile phone. Using patent pending technology, CallToons creates an unparalleled user experience that replaces ordinary mobile phone functions (such as ringtones) with entertaining voice and sound provided by the users’ favorite character, adapting the message based on real time information, such as repeat calls.

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