Cartoon Network Teams With NBA for “Teen Titans Go!” Special
[via press release]
WarnerMedia Kids & Family Teams Up with the NBA and Turner Sports For Cartoon Network Special Edition: NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest Presented by Nike, a Superpowered Teen Titans Go! Rendition of the
NBA All-Star 2022 AT&T Slam Dunk
The Half-Hour, Commercial-Free Special Premieres
Sunday, Feb. 20 on Cartoon Network
Feb. 8, 2022—Burbank, CA— They have gone head-to-head against the toughest Super-Villains of the DC Universe. Now, the Teen Titans are taking on the highflyers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) during NBA All-Star 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio, with a one-of-a-kind basketball special, Cartoon Network Special Edition: NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest Presented by Nike. WarnerMedia Kids & Family announced today that the hit Teen Titans Go! series from Warner Bros. Animation will team up with the NBA and Turner Sports for a half-hour, commercial-free special featuring highlights from the NBA All-Star 2022 AT&T Slam Dunk. The special will be hosted by the Teen Titans who will provide their comedic brand of sports analysis direct from TNT’s Inside the NBA studios Sunday, Feb. 20 at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network, less than 24 hours after the original, full-length AT&T Slam Dunk airs on TNT.
“We had to think about what the Teen Titans have not accomplished yet. They’ve sung waffle songs, eaten burritos, starred in their own feature film, watched Space Jam, and now they get to take part in one of the most iconic sporting events,” said Tricia Melton, Chief Marketing Officer, Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics. “As their popularity continues to skyrocket, this groundbreaking partnership with the NBA and Turner Sports allows us another fun and innovative storytelling opportunity to bring our Super Heroes back into the real world.”
Ahead of the 2022 NBA All-Star Game presented by Kia, Cartoon Network Special Edition: NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest Presented by Nike will offer a comical mashup of basketball and Super Heroes as the Teen Titans put their unique spin on this year’s AT&T Slam Dunk. Robin, Raven, Beast Boy, Cyborg and Starfire will host this special airing of the contest from Inside the NBA headquarters, sharing their colorful commentary, “professional” insights, and outlandish “Redraw Replays” that enhance the slam dunks with wildly animated overlays, crazy sound effects and surprise appearances by some of the world’s biggest cartoon stars from Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios. The night’s judges will include an all-star panel of Justice League team members who have honed their judging superpowers at past Teen Titans Go! “Dance-off” contests.
Fans can catch the original, full-length AT&T Slam Dunk during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET on TNT. The NBA All-Star Game presented by Kia will air Sunday, Feb. 20 at 8:00 p.m. ET exclusively on TNT.
Additionally, fans can tune in to Cartoon Network all weekend-long Feb. 19-21 for Teen Titans Go! marathons leading into and following the Cartoon Network Special Edition: NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest Presented by Nike. The Super Hero weekend will culminate with a new episode of Teen Titans Go! titled, “The Drip,” premiering Monday, Feb. 21 at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT.
About Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network is the central Kids & Family brand within WarnerMedia and the #1 global animated series network. Combined with a rich legacy of characters and a deep roster of creatives with unique brands of storytelling, Cartoon Network showcases original content from across Cartoon Network Studios, Warner Bros. Animation and beyond that includes such hits as Ben 10, Craig of the Creek, Steven Universe, Teen Titans Go! and more. Under its Redraw Your World tagline, Cartoon Network’s expansive content commitment appeals to the complete spectrum of kids and families including preschoolers, all kids ages 6-11, and family co-viewing. Upcoming new series such as Gremlins, Jade Armor, Total Drama Island, Unicorn: Warriors Eternal, as well as a live-action slate are set to comprise an inclusive Kids & Family programming lineup on Cartoon Network and HBO Max offering more than 300 hours of original content. Seen in more than 185 countries and in 33 languages, Cartoon Network’s historic library can also be streamed on HBO Max.
About Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBA’s current series include Animaniacs for Hulu, Green Eggs and Ham and Wings of Fire for Netflix, Aquaman: King of Atlantis, Batman: Caped Crusader, Batwheels, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, Harley Quinn, Jellystone!, Little Ellen, Looney Tunes Cartoons, My Adventures with Superman, Tiny Toons Looniversity, Tom and Jerry in New York, Velma and Young Justice for HBO Max, DC Super Hero Girls, Teen Titans Go!, ThunderCats Roar for Cartoon Network, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who?, The Tom and Jerry Show and Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs! for Boomerang. WBA is also in production on a series of animated longform movie specials for ACME Night, WarnerMedia Kids & Family’s family programming block on Cartoon Network and HBO Max. Programs include Did I Do that to the Holidays? A Steve Urkel Story, Merry Little Batman and an Untitled Looney Tunes Cartoons movie. The studio is currently in production with New Line Cinema on the upcoming original anime feature film, The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim. WBA’s full-length theatrical film, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies, was released in summer 2018. As home to the iconic animated characters from the DC, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Movies — for DVD, Blu-ray® and digital media. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 40 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, a BAFTA Children’s Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 21 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).
DC is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics and graphic novels in the world and home to some of the most iconic and recognizable characters ever created. As a creative unit of WarnerMedia, DC is charged with strategically integrating its stories and characters across film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, interactive games, and the DC UNIVERSE INFINITE digital subscription service and community engagement portal. For more information visit dccomics.com and dcuniverseinfinite.com.
About NBA All-Star 2022
NBA All-Star 2022 in Cleveland will bring together the most talented and passionate players for a global celebration of the game as the league celebrates its 75th Anniversary Season. The 71st NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 20 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 59 languages. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for the 20th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 37th year of NBA All-Star coverage. Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse will also host Clorox Rising Stars on Friday, Feb. 18 and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 19. The Ruffles NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Feb. 18 and the NBA All-Star Practice and NBA HBCU Classic, both presented by AT&T, on Feb. 19 will take place at the Wolstein Center.
About Turner Sports
Turner Sports, a division of WarnerMedia, is an industry leader in the delivery of premium sports content across all platforms, widely recognized for its expansive partnerships with the NBA, Major League Baseball, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and the National Hockey League. The Turner Sports portfolio also includes Bleacher Report, the #1 digital destination for young sports fans driving engagement and video views across all social platforms and the B/R app, with premier brands including House of Highlights, B/R Football, B/R Gridiron, B/R Kicks, B/R Betting, B/R Open Ice, B/R Walk-Off, and B/R Gaming. Turner Sports co-manages NBA Digital – comprised of NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE Pass, the NBA App and NBAGLEAGUE.com – as well as NCAA.com and the NCAA March Madness Live suite of products. Visit the Turner Sports online pressroom for additional press materials; follow Turner Sports on Twitter at @TurnerSportsPR.