Warner Bros. Animation Releases Images From Recent “Animation Celebration” Event

WARNER BROS. ANIMATION CELEBRATES 80-YEAR LEGACY WITH ANIMATION MURAL UNVEILING AND COMMUNITY FESTIVAL
Mario Lopez Hosts Event on Historic Burbank Lot for Animation Fans




Warner Bros. Animation held a public event this evening celebrating the Studios legacy of nearly 80 years of animation and to unveil Warner Bros. Animations new cartoon billboard. Updated for the first time in 15 years, the new mural represents the Studios rich animation heritage and showcases new interpretations of DC Comics super heroes such as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, among others, as well as classic characters like Bugs Bunny and Tweety Bird. Warner Bros. Animation is home to one of the largest cartoon libraries in the world, featuring over 3,000 of the most beloved characters from Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera, DC Comics and more.

The evening festival was emceed by Extra anchor Mario Lopez and was kicked off with remarks from Warner Bros. Television President Peter Roth, who also oversees television animation for the Studio.

Open to the public, the event boasted prize giveaways, entertainment and fun for families and fans, and featured a special live performance by the Beat Freaks, the phenomenal all-girl dance team from the 2009 edition of Randy Jackson Presents Americas Best Dance Crew, Warner Horizon Televisions hit reality-competition series for MTV.

Fans arrived dressed as DC Comics super heroes and characters from Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera animated series, showing their love and enthusiasm for cartoons.

Animation icons Bruce Timm, James Tucker and Glen Murakami the Warner Bros. Animation creative producers behind many acclaimed animated series, including Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman: The Animated Series and Teen Titans, among others were on hand to share their insight on updating classic characters for todays television audiences.

Celebrity appearances included Diedrich Bader, the current voice of Batman on Batman: The Brave and The Bold (airing Fridays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network), and Julie Newmar, who portrayed Catwoman in the classic Adam Weststarring Batman live-action television series.

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0031: Julie Newmar (Catwoman from original Batman TV series) and Diedrich Bader (voice of Batman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold) pose in front of the Batmobile and help celebrate the unveiling of Warner Bros. Animations new cartoon billboard at a Tuesday, April 7, event hosted by Mario Lopez (Extra) on the Warner Bros. Studios lot. (Photo: Mitch Haddad/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment)

0035: Diedrich Bader (voice of Batman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold) poses in front of the Batmobile and helps celebrate the unveiling of Warner Bros. Animations new cartoon billboard at a Tuesday, April 7, event hosted by Mario Lopez (Extra) on the Warner Bros. Studios lot. (Photo: Mitch Haddad/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment)

0043: Extra host Mario Lopez served as master of ceremonies at the unveiling of Warner Bros. Animations new cartoon billboard during a Tuesday, April 7, event on the Warner Bros. Studios lot. (Photo: Mitch Haddad/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment)

0052: Warner Bros. Television President Peter Roth (left) and Extra host Mario Lopez pose in front of Warner Bros. Animations new cartoon billboard, unveiled at a Tuesday, April 7, event hosted by Lopez on the Warner Bros. Studios lot. (Photo: Mitch Haddad/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment)

0065: Diedrich Bader (left, voice of Batman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold) and Valerie Perez (as Wonder Woman) helped celebrate the unveiling of Warner Bros. Animations new cartoon billboard at a Tuesday, April 7, event hosted by Mario Lopez (Extra) on the Warner Bros. Studios lot. (Photo: Mitch Haddad/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment)

0073: Warner Bros. Television President Peter Roth (left), Teen Titans producer Glen Murakami, Batman: The Brave and the Bold producer James Tucker, Julie Newmar (Catwoman from original Batman TV series), legendary animation producer Bruce Timm, Diedrich Bader (voice of Batman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold) and voice director Andrea Romano pose in front of Warner Bros. Animations new cartoon billboard, unveiled at a Tuesday, April 7, event hosted by Mario Lopez on the Warner Bros. Studios lot. (Photo: Mitch Haddad/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment)

0076: Sam Register, (left, Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs, Warner Bros. Animation), Warner Bros. Television President Peter Roth, Teen Titans producer Glen Murakami, Batman: The Brave and the Bold producer James Tucker, Julie Newmar (Catwoman from original Batman TV series), legendary animation producer Bruce Timm, Diedrich Bader (voice of Batman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold) and voice director Andrea Romano (right) pose in front of Warner Bros. Animations new cartoon billboard, unveiled at a Tuesday, April 7, event hosted by Mario Lopez on the Warner Bros. Studios lot. (Photo: Mitch Haddad/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment)

0078: Sam Register, (left, Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs, Warner Bros. Animation) and Warner Bros. Television President Peter Roth pose in front of Warner Bros. Animations new cartoon billboard, unveiled at a Tuesday, April 7, event hosted by Mario Lopez on the Warner Bros. Studios lot. (Photo: Mitch Haddad/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment)

0081: Warner Bros. Television President Peter Roth (left), Sam Register (Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs, Warner Bros. Animation), voice director Andrea Romano, Teen Titans producer Glen Murakami, Batman: The Brave and the Bold producer James Tucker, Julie Newmar (Catwoman from original Batman TV series), Diedrich Bader (voice of Batman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold) and legendary animation producer Bruce Timm pose in front of Warner Bros. Animations new cartoon billboard, unveiled at a Tuesday, April 7, event hosted by Mario Lopez on the Warner Bros. Studios lot. (Photo: Mitch Haddad/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment)

0094: Warner Bros. Animation unveiled its new cartoon billboard (the first new one in 15 years) at a Tuesday, April 7, event hosted by Mario Lopez on the Warner Bros. Studios lot. (Photo: Mitch Haddad/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment)

In a related note, the next all-new Batman: The Brave and The Bold episode “Night of the Huntress!” is scheduled to air at 8:30pm (ET) on Friday, May 1st, 2009, on Cartoon Network. The episode, written by Adam Beechum and directed by Ben Jones, will feature heroes Huntress, Black Canary, and Blue Beetle and villains Calculator, Babyface, and Mrs. Manface. Huntress will be voiced by Tara Strong, Armin Shimerman will voice the Calculator, with Will Friedle returning as Blue Beetle, Tom Kenny reprising Babyface, and Ellen Greene voicing Mrs. Manface. More details will be released shortly.

Stay tuned for further Batman: The Brave and The Bold updates.

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