- Jan 5, 2014
Creator Rebecca Sugar wants to give the characters privacy
When it comes to TV movies, there's a trend with Cartoon Network to not have the movie be a series finale. Granted, that can apply to most networks that have TV movies, but since Cartoon Network releases a ton of them, it's very noticeable. Last year, when Rebecca Sugar talked about the ending to Steven Universe with the miniseries Steven Universe Future, she said how she fought to get more episodes and a movie to finish the story she wanted to tell. She was then also greenlit for the 20 episode miniseries, flat out being told that "there was no point to a movie unless it existed to promote more show". That's quite interesting.
Think about the number of Cartoon Network shows that got TV movies. How many of them ended with a TV movie? The answer is that there's only two of them, Ed Edd N Eddy and We Bare Bears. Yeah, we're getting We Baby Bears, but for the main series, this is the finale. Maybe you could count the Ben 10 reboot since it did end with long form content (3 specials) that were about 44 minutes each. When you think of other Cartoon Network shows that got TV movies like with Dexter's Laboratory, Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, Ben 10 (2005), Steven Universe, and more, the movies are never really the end even if they feel epic enough to warrant it. A show like The Grim Adventures Of Billy And Mandy is interesting in how the Underfist: Halloween Bash movie is technically the series finale due to it being the last Billy And Mandy project produced, but it was meant to launch a spinoff that never got off the ground, so it's rather debatable.
What do you think though?