Wednesday, July 6, 2011

R.I.P. Sym-Bionic Titan, We Hardly Knew Ye (UPDATED)


Why am I always the last person to know about these things?


I just heard that Genndy Tartakovsky's latest Cartoon Network series, Sym-Bionic Titan, was cancelled last March. According to the source I've read, Sym-Bionic Titan was cancelled by Cartoon Network executives because "it didn’t have enough toys connected to it". For those of you who are keeping score: The third Transformers live action, feature-length toy commercial topped the box office last weekend and other 80s-era cartoons/toy lines such as Thundercats and Voltron are getting reboots, but Tartakovsky's big 'bot series, which was an exemplary combination of wit, action, and gorgeous hand-drawn animation, gets canned because Cartoon Network executives don't think that they can sell enough merchandise from it. Jerks.

Tartakovsky has gone on to Sony Pictures Animation since the cancellation and he's currently directing an animated film called Hotel Transylvania, a film that will feature a cast of classic monsters such as Dracula, the Wolfman, Frankenstein's Monster, and the Mummy. Regardless, I'm still hoping that he can return to Sym-Bionic Titan someday to continue (and perhaps finish) the story. Show your support for this prematurely cancelled cartoon by checking out the Help Save Sym-Bionic Titan! site and the Sym-bionic Titan Facebook page, and by picking up a complete Sym-Bionic Titan series set whenever it becomes available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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