Wednesday, July 11, 2012

From The Archives: Sym-Bionic Titan Must Not Fail!

(originally posted on March 28, 2011)

Few animators have ever had both the acclaim and the vision of Genndy Tartakovsky. He created Dexter's Laboratory and served as the Executive Producer on The Powerpuff Girls where his talent and energy proved to be nearly inexhaustible.

From there Mr. Tartakovsky went on to create the Emmy Award Winning series Samurai Jack and the much lauded Star Wars: The Clone Wars mini-series (arguably the only good thing to come out of George Lucas' new trilogy). And after that ... he disappeared or at least that's how it seemed. Mr. Tartakovsky actually struck a deal to create a feature animation studio which lingered but never really finished anything due to funding issues. For a time he was attached to direct to the Jim Henson fantasy film The Power of the Dark Crystal, but bowed out of that for reasons that are unknown (at least to this blogger), and while he did storyboard some of the fight scenes for Iron Man 2 his actual directorial output seemed nonexistent.
Finally it was announced that Genndy was coming home! He was returning to Cartoon Network with a brand new series that spoke of his sci-fi/comic book/anime roots. This was Sym-Bionic Titan!

A labor of love which has so far produced 20 stellar episodes that have delivered great competitive ratings which is why Cartoon Network has decided to reward one of the main men involved in its early success by ... canceling the show?

Yeah ... that was my reaction too. Nothing is confirmed, though one quote over at did offer an interesting and somewhat disturbing suggestion for the series' abrupt end. And on the plus side a facebook page has been started to petition the network to renew the show, and this Lone Fan is solidly behind it! Now get on over there and let's put that guy from The Social Network's Frankenstein brainchild to a good geeky use for once and save that show!


UPDATE:  Since the posting of this article a little more than a year ago, the status of the series has not changed.  Despite the efforts of fans online (of which I am one) Cartoon Network has failed to renew Sym-Bonic Titan and Mr. Tartakovsky has moved on to Sony Pictures Animation where he is currently directing an animated feature entitled Hotel Transylvannia.

You can watch the trailer for it below:

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