(September 30, 2002 – Atlanta, GA and Burbank, CA) - Daffy Duck is back and better than ever as he suits up to play Duck Dodgers in an all-new action/comedy half-hour animated series for Cartoon Network. “DUCK DODGERS” showcases classic Looney Tunes characters Daffy Duck and Porky Pig in the 24th ½ century as they attempt to protect the planet Earth from its enemies. Cartoon Network will premiere the original series from Warner Bros. Animation in 2004. Each half-hour episode of “DUCK DODGERS” will feature two 11-minute episodes. “'DUCK DODGERS’ is a perfect show for Cartoon Network,” said Jim Samples, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Cartoon Network. “It honors a few of our favorite classic Looney Tunes characters with a fantastic series involving exciting adventures and clever comedy with a modern sensibility.” Duck Dodgers (Daffy Duck) is a hapless soul who was accidentally frozen in a spacecraft in the 21st. century and thawed out 351 years later. Through his scheming and lies, Duck has convinced the Earth’s Defensive Protectorate that he is a hero from the 21st. century and has been given a starship and a crew in the form of an adoring and eager young Space Cadet (Porky Pig). Together they form a “galactic force” that must team up against Earth’s major foe, Mars, and its Martian Commander X-2 (played by Marvin the Martian). Each episode will revolve around Duck Dodgers’ adventures, blundering successes and “day-saving” defeats. He’s the least likely hero who somehow always manages to come out on top. "This series embraces the timelessness of the classic Looney Tunes characters," said Sander Schwartz, President, Warner Bros. Animation. "We're really paying homage to the original Chuck Jones shorts by building upon the unique intergalactic setting he created and letting these great characters save the day --and the Earth--week in and week out." “DUCK DODGERS” is created, written and directed by Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone with Paul Dini and Tom Minton serving as producers and writers. Cartoon Network, currently seen in 81.1 million U.S. homes and 145 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 also showcases unique original ventures such as “The Powerpuff Girls,” “Dexter’s Laboratory,” “Samurai Jack,” “Justice League,” “Courage the Cowardly Dog,” “Ed, Edd n Eddy” and other “Cartoon Cartoons.” 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 http://CartoonNetwork.com (AOL Keyword: Cartoon Network). Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., an AOL 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. Warner Bros. Animation has been producing award-winning original programming since 1930, when it released its first cartoon, “Sinking in the Bathtub.” Since then, Warner Bros.’ animated characters have set the standard for inventive, quality animation. Providing programming for network, syndication and cable television as well as theatrical, home video and online product, Warner Bros. Animation is highly respected for its creative and technical excellence, as well as for maintaining the studio's rich cartoon heritage. The most honored animation studio ever, Warner Bros. Animation has garnered 30 Emmys, the highly coveted George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, the Parent's Choice Award, the Prism Award and numerous Annie Awards, which honor excellence in animation.
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