Warner Bros. Discovery’s recent announcement has elicited many reactions across social media, as it was revealed that Cartoon Network Studios will be merging with Warner Bros. Animation. The move comes as the parent company restructures its organizations.
As part of Warner Bros. Discovery’s “strategic realignment” Cartoon Network Studios and Warner Bros. Animation are merging, according to Collider. The news was shared company-wide in a meme as employees learned that the two studios’ animation teams would be consolidating.
Many fans were outraged when they learned HBO Max was eliminating more than 30 animated series from its library, including Infinity Train and other popular shows, in August. These programs were pulled simultaneously with production shutdowns, including Scoob: Holiday Haunt and Batgirl. According to reports, the excised titles were being eliminated as part of financial cost-cutting measures, with animation producers warning Warner Bros. Discovery about the big decision.
Warner Bros. Discovery is being sued by investors for allegedly deceiving them about the number of subscribers to HBO Max.
It now appears that the firm is merging its animation studios, but current reports indicate that the merger will have no effect on the kinds of work produced by the teams.
Cartoon Network art director David DePasquale addressed fans’ concerns and assured them that the worst-case scenario has not occurred.
The artist shared that “these are decisions that affect real people, studios, & jobs.”
“I work there. You can stand by whatever you’d like, but you sensationalizing it and guiding people to extrapolate that CNS is basically dead is really shitty, especially for those of us who still have a job there. Do better.”
What are your thoughts on this latest change behind the scenes at Cartoon Network? Is this the right move for their future, or do you think they should have gone in a different direction? Share your opinions with us in the comments below!
Timothy is a senior writer based in Atlanta, specializing in celebrity-related news. She is always ready to cover trending TV stories with an unbiased perspective and a pinch of gossip.