Cartoon Network is about to drop the beat with a new series inspired by hip-hop and ballet. The new show, which will be called Battu, will be about two dancers who learn to find a new home in a new dance genre.
The series will be directed by Matthew A. Cherry, who has worked on projects like Hair Love and Chaz Bottoms. For more about this new project, check out the press release.
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Check out the press release below:
Battu Celebrates Creative Arts Culture of Chicago
Burbank, CA (July 14, 2021) – Cartoon Network Studios (CNS), Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry (Hair Love) and award-winning director, animator, and writer Chaz Bottoms (Dear John: Legendary Love Letters) have begun development on Battu, a coming-of-age musical comedy series about a young group of misfit dreamers who move to their own beat.
From the French ballet term meaning beat, Battu follows teenagers Otis and Jada – two gifted dancers in Chicago whose free-spirit and individuality often leave them as outsiders in the rigid world of mainstream dance. Together they find a home at a struggling hiplet (a style of dance combining hip-hop and ballet) studio and a family among the studio’s troupe of dancers and instructors. Embracing the vibrant Chicago music scene, the soundtrack of the series will feature original music and punctuate the stories of our characters which will explore themes such as courage, self-empowerment, inclusiveness, perseverance, and the power of friendship. The project is based on Bottoms’ animated short film Battu: An Animated Musical that is currently in production.
Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios said: “Battu is unlike anything we have ever tried at the studio. This ambitious project brings together and celebrates two of our greatest storytelling mediums—animation and music. Matthew and Chaz are our perfect dance partners as we strive to tell authentic stories that both empower and entertain.”
Matthew A. Cherry said: “Chaz is one of the most exciting young voices in animation and we are thrilled to be working with Sam Register, Nicole Rivera and the rest of the Cartoon Network Studios team to develop Battu.”
Chaz Bottoms said: “I grew up on a healthy diet of Cartoon Network shows and to be working with them on Battu is a dream come true! This project is my love letter to the city of Chicago, animation, and musicals.”
Battu will be produced by Cartoon Network Studios. Sam Register, Matthew A. Cherry, Chaz Bottoms and Monica A. Young (Hair Love) serve as executive producers.
Chaz Bottoms is represented by Monica A. Young at Blue Key Management, Ava Greenfield of ICM Partners and Attorney Gregg Gellman of Morris Yorn.
It sounds like this new series will be a exciting and new cartoon series for the channel. It will be a nice addition to the channel’s lineup. What do you think of this new series? Will you be tuning in to Battu? make sure you comment below and on our social media channels and make sure you limber up with The Illuminerdi for more news and contents.
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