WarnerMedia Kids & Family Launches New Family Destination, “ACME Night,” Sundays on Cartoon Network Starting Sept. 19 and HBO Max Next Year
New Greenlights Include Original Animated Features Merry Little Batman, Did I Do That to the Holidays? A Steve Urkel Story and an Untitled Looney Tunes Cartoons Movie
Also Joining ACME Night will be the Harry Potter Wizarding World Competition Event Series, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai and More
Sept. 1, 2021 – Burbank, CA – WarnerMedia Kids & Family announced today the launch of ACME Night, an ultimate entertainment destination for families every Sunday starting Sept. 19 at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network. The newest programming block, named after the fictional corporation made famous by the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote cartoons, kicks off with the premiere of the Warner Bros. hit DC superhero feature film, Shazam. ACME Night will start off every week with family friendly blockbusters that include Man of Steel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sherlock Gnomes, Detective Pikachu, Scoob! and more. As part of the WarnerMedia Kids & Family content commitment to appeal to everyone in the household, ACME Night will be reserved for families to sit down together every Sunday beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT for a lineup of library favorites and upcoming new originals. ACME Night programming will also be available on HBO Max starting next year.
“In the world of ACME anything, and I do mean anything, is possible,” said Tom Ascheim, President of Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics. “We know families want to spend time together, so we’ve created a destination for multigenerational stories that pull families together through the power of imagination.”
Alongside a lineup of previously announced series and specials that include a Harry Potter Wizarding World Competition Event Series, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, Unicorn: Warriors Eternal and others, WarnerMedia Kids & Family has also greenlit a slate of original animated movies from Warner Bros. Animation that will add to ACME Night’s family programming roster.
New Animated Movie Greenlights are:
Merry Little Batman
An animated family action comedy destined to join the rogue’s gallery of classic holiday movies. When a six-year-old Damian Wayne finds himself alone in Wayne Manor, he must transform into “Little Batman” in order to defend his home and Gotham City from the crooks and super-villains intent on destroying Christmas. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and based on characters from DC, Merry Little Batman is Executive Produced and directed by Mike Roth (Regular Show) from a screenplay by Morgan Evans (Earth to Ned).
Did I Do That to the Holidays? A Steve Urkel Story
From executive producer Wyatt Cenac, Did I Do That to the Holidays? A Steve Urkel Story brings back one of the most iconic sitcom characters of all time for an animated movie musical event. The holiday season has arrived, and brilliant but accident-prone Steve Urkel has already ruined his local celebration by publicly humiliating a shopping mall Santa. In his attempt to make things right and score some nice points with the big guy in the North Pole, Steve creates an invention that only makes things worse. Using his big brain and even bigger heart, Steve must find the real Santa to see if together they can help the city rediscover the holiday spirit. Jaleel White serves as producer and will also reprise his iconic performance by voicing the beloved super genius. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Did I Do That to the Holidays? A Steve Urkel Story is written by Wyatt Cenac. Bryan Newton (Rick and Morty) serves as supervising director.
Untitled Looney Tunes Cartoons Movie
Planet Earth faces the threat of an alien invasion and humanity’s only hope lies with Porky Pig and Daffy Duck! Starring the classic animated odd couple, this sci-fi buddy action comedy turns Porky and Daffy into unlikely heroes when their antics at the local bubble gum factory uncover a secret alien mind control plot. Against all odds, the two are determined to save their town (and the world!)…that is if they don’t drive each other crazy in the process. Created in the same world and style as the hit HBO Max original series, Looney Tunes Cartoons, the family movie is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Pete Browngardt (Looney Tunes Cartoons) serves as executive producer. Alex Kirwan (Looney Tunes Cartoons) is supervising producer and Kevin Costello serves as the writer.
Previously Announced Series & Specials Joining ACME Night are:
Aquaman: King of Atlantis
The three-part animated mini-series event begins with Aquaman’s first day on the job as king of Atlantis and he’s got a LOT of catching up to do. Luckily, he has his two royal advisors to back him up – Vulko, the scholar, and Mera, the water controlling warrior-princess. Between dealing with unscrupulous surface dwellers, elder evils from beyond time and his own half-brother who wants to overthrow him, Aquaman is going to have to rise to the challenge and prove to his subjects, and to himself, that he’s the right man for the trident! Based on the DC characters, Aquaman: King of Atlantis is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and executive produced by James Wan (Aquaman and the upcoming Malignant), Atomic Monster’s Michael Clear (Annabelle Comes Home) and Rob Hackett (Swamp Thing), and Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!). Victor Courtright (ThunderCats Roar!) and Marly Halpern-Graser (Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) serve as showrunners and co-executive producers.
Batman: Caped Crusader
This all-new animated series and reimagining of the Batman mythology comes to life through the visionary lens of executive producers Bruce Timm, J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves. Based on the DC characters, and produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Bad Robot Productions and 6th & Idaho, this powerful creative partnership will once again reinvent Batman and his iconic rogue’s gallery with sophisticated storytelling, nuanced characters and intense action sequences all set in a visually striking world.
Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai
In the animated television adaptation, we travel back to 1920s Shanghai to reveal the story of how 10-year-old Sam Wing (future shop owner Mr. Wing in the 1984 movie) met the young Mogwai called Gizmo. Along with a teenage street thief named Elle, Sam and Gizmo take a perilous journey through the Chinese countryside, encountering, and sometimes battling, colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore. On their quest to return Gizmo to his family and uncover a legendary treasure, they are pursued by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil Gremlins. Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai is produced by Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Animation.
Harry Potter Wizarding World Competition Event Series
To commemorate the 20th anniversary later this year of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, this new upcoming limited event special will help to find some of the biggest self-proclaimed Harry Potter fans to celebrate and test their Wizarding World knowledge. Produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon, the limited series will include four one-hour quiz challenges and premiere later this year.
Unicorn: Warriors Eternal
From Emmy Award-winning creator Genndy Tartakovsky, Unicorn: Warriors Eternal follows a team of ancient heroes protecting the world from an ominous force. Throughout history, unicorns have symbolized the virtuous, appearing to ensure that goodness reigns. When the reawakening of our heroes comes too early, they find themselves in the bodies of teenagers. Damaged as a result, their memories of who they are and the history of the unicorn over the centuries have been lost, with some of their magical abilities weakened and fragmented. Not only do they have to protect the world against the prevailing darkness, they have to do it while navigating the unexpected laughs and humor that come with teen angst and emotions.
ABOUT WARNERMEDIA KIDS & FAMILY
WarnerMedia Kids & Family is the united group within the WarnerMedia enterprise that offers an expansive content slate on HBO Max and Cartoon Network. As the umbrella brand for all kids and family content, Cartoon Network reenergized its brand promise through its new tagline Redraw Your World, which empowers individuality and aims to be the place where kids are free to be themselves whomever they are. With hundreds of hours of original series, specials and acquisitions, the WarnerMedia Kids & Family portfolio features its Cartoonito preschool programming block, and a roster of upcoming animation and live-action originals that appeal to kids of all ages girls and their families with shows that include Batman: Caped Crusader, Gremlins, My Adventures with Superman, Unicorn: Warriors Eternal, and more. A marquee collection of powerhouse brands and expertise marks WarnerMedia Kids & Family as a global leader wherever its brands live and engage with audiences all over the world.