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LA Comic-Con 2021: Eras of Animated Batman featuring Kevin Conroy, Will Friedle, and John Glover!

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For nearly 30 years our televisions screens have been graced with the mind-bending animation and storytelling of Batman: The Animated Series and all the subsequent DC Animated spinoffs that followed. At Los Angeles Comic-Con, original series stars Kevin Conroy (Bruce Wayne/Batman) and John Glover (The Riddler) along with Batman Beyond’s Will Friedle (Terry McGuinness/Batman) took to the Main Stage to share their experiences bringing these iconic characters to life.

Moderated by Londyn Jackson (“History of the Batman”), the panel kicked off with the question of how each of the stars came into their roles. Conroy shared that auditioning for Batman: The Animated Series was the first animated series he had ever auditioned for. Prior to landing the part he would be most identified with he had been primarily a theatre actor in New York City. He had initially assumed it would be a humorous Saturday morning cartoon akin to the 1966 television incarnation of Batman famously played by Adam West. It wasn’t until Conroy met series creator Bruce Timm that he learned that this wasn’t a “cartoon”, it was an “animated series”. While it had to be kid-friendly, it wasn’t necessarily made for kids. Conroy went on to note that their largest demographic turned out to be young adults in college.

Friedle shared a similar sentiment, also having Batman Beyond be his first animated series audition. Friedle was on the popular sitcom “Boy Meets World” at the time and said he felt less intimidated because he didn’t necessarily have shoes to fill. Friedle starred in Batman Beyond as Terry McGuinness, a 17-year-old orphan trained by an older, retired Bruce Wayne to be the next Dark Knight. Friedle also humorously noted that he is “the best Terry McGuinness ever” being that he is the only actor thus far to have ever played the part. Friedle also expressed his gratitude for the brilliance of creator Bruce Timm and voice director Andrea Romano for sticking to their guns and not allowing studio executives to condescend to the audience. Arguably, “Batman Beyond” is a much darker show than the original series.

Glover shared that it wasn’t until he started attending comic conventions that he realized the impact the animated series had on people. He had gotten the role of The Riddler after having previously been a guest voice on “Pinky and the Brain” (another Romano-directed work). Glover had only recorded three episodes and went on with his career without having really sat down to watch the series. After a chance encounter with a fan, however, he sat down to watch his episodes. “I delighted myself with how much fun I was having,” shared Glover.

While the panel did take note of the upcoming animated revival series “Batman: Caped Crusader”, no new information could yet be shared. However, it’s sure to excite many generations of fans as it hits HBO Max in 2022.

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Apple TV+ announces season two for delightful kids and family series “Camp Snoopy

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Today, Apple TV+ announced a season two for acclaimed kids and family series “Camp Snoopy,” based on the classic Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz and directed by Rob Boutilier (“The Snoopy Show,” “Snoopy in Space”). The complete  first season of “Camp Snoopy” is now streaming globally on Apple TV+.

After discovering their troop is in danger of disbanding, Snoopy and the Beagle Scouts set off to immerse themselves in nature and the Great Outdoors, with the Beagle Scout Manual as their guide. Meanwhile, Charlie Brown and friends enjoy their summer at Camp Spring Lake, crossing paths with Snoopy as they experience hiking, swimming, sitting around campfires and everything summer camp and the outdoors have to offer. 

Produced for Apple TV+ by Peanuts and WildBrain, “Camp Snoopy” is based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz and is directed by Rob Boutilier (“The Snoopy Show,” “Snoopy in Space”). Executive producers are Craig Schulz, Paige Braddock, Boutilier, Josh Scherba, Stephanie Betts and Logan McPherson.

“Camp Snoopy” joined an exciting slate of new offerings for kids and families on Apple TV+ this summer featuring the second season of beloved animated series “Frog and Toad,” based on the Caldecott and Newbery Honor-winning books; animated adventure trilogy “WondLa,” based on the New York Times bestselling book series “The Search for WondLa” by Tony DiTerlizzi; highly anticipated kids and family series “Yo Gabba GabbaLand!,” inspired by the hit, Emmy Award-nominated cultural phenomenon “Yo Gabba Gabba!”; “Me,” an elevated cinematic coming-of-age story from Barry L. Levy; and, the first-ever television adaptation of the cult classic film, “Time Bandits,” starring Lisa Kudrow.

Award-winning all-age offerings now streaming globally on Apple TV+ include celebrated live action animated hybrid special, “The Velveteen Rabbit”; the Academy Award and BAFTA Award-winning animated short film “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse”; Oscar-nominated and BAFTA Award-winning animated film “Wolfwalkers”; the BAFTA Award and Humanitas Prize-winning “El Deafo,” BAFTA Award-winning “Lovely Little Farm,” “Duck & Goose,” “Get Rolling With Otis,” Spin Master Entertainment’s “Sago Mini Friends,” GLAAD Media Award-nominated “Pinecone & Pony,” “Frog and Toad,” The Jim Henson Company’s Emmy Award-winning “Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock,” “Harriet the Spy” and “Slumberkins,” Sesame Workshop’s “Helpsters,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt, HITRECORD and Bento Box Entertainment’s “Wolfboy and the Everything Factory,” Jack McBrayer and Angela C. Santomero’s Emmy Award-nominated “Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show,” Peanuts and WildBrain’s Emmy Award-nominated “Snoopy in Space,” “The Snoopy Show,” Scholastic’s “Eva the Owlet” and Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series “Stillwater.” Live-action offerings include Bonnie Hunt’s DGA and WGA Award-nominated “Amber Brown,” DGA Award-winning “Best Foot Forward,” “Surfside Girls,” WGA Award-winning “Life By Ella,” Sesame Workshop and Sinking Ship’s Emmy Award-winning “Ghostwriter,” Emmy Award and Environmental Media Association Award winning “Jane,” and Scholastic’s “Puppy Place.”

Also included are “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth,” the Emmy Award-winning television event based on the New York Times bestselling book and TIME Best Book of the Year by Oliver Jeffers, and specials from Peanuts and WildBrain including Emmy Award-nominated “Snoopy Presents: It’s the Small Things, Charlie Brown,” “Snoopy Presents: Lucy’s School,” Humanitas and Emmy Award-nominated “Snoopy Presents: To Mom (and Dad), With Love,” “Snoopy Presents: One-of-a-Kind Marcie,” “Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin,” Emmy Award-winning “Snoopy Presents: Who Are You, Charlie Brown?” and “Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne.”

Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all of a user’s favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service in its debut. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries and series have earned 499 wins and 2,262 award nominations and counting, including multi-Emmy Award-winning comedy “Ted Lasso” and historic Oscar Best Picture winner “CODA.”

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