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The CN Movie
CNMovieTheatricalPoster
Theatrical release poster
Directed by James Bobin
Produced by Dan Lin
Written by James Bobin
Nicholas Stoller
John McIntyre
Starring Jeremy Shada
Thurop Van Orman
Raymond Ochoa
Linda Cardellini
Kate Micucci
Sean Giambrone
Sean Marquette
Keith Ferguson
Grey Griffin
B. D. Wong
Zachary Levi
Tina Fey
Narrated by Tom Kenny
Music by John Debney
Cinematography Don Burgess
Edited by Michel Aller
Production
companies
Cartoon Network Studios
Rideback
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date May 21, 2021
(United States)
Running time 92 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The CN Movie is a 2021 live-action/animated adventure comedy film, making this film Cartoon Network Studios' first ever live-action theatrical film. The film is directed by James Bobin with writing alongside Nicholas Stoller, and Cartoon Network veteran John McIntyre. The film will include B. D. Wong, Zachary Levi, and Tina Fey as the supporting cast, with Jeremy Shada as Finn, Thurop Van Orman as Flapjack, and Raymond Ochoa (replacing Nicky Jones) as Chowder.

The film will have a release in theaters on May 21, 2021, by Warner Bros. Pictures. This also makes it Warner Bros.' second franchise to spawn a live-action and hand-drawn animated hybrid film after Looney Tunes. The film takes place in November 2018 and the follows Finn reuniting with his old friends Flapjack and Chowder, and on the verge of getting back home after a little fiasco.

A spin-off television series, entitled The CN Show, is released on July 7, 2022.

Plot

Ever since 2010, Finn had been friends with Flapjack and Chowder. But when August came around, Chowder and Flapjack's shows were canceled, and Finn was upset that they were gone. Doing his show, he could barely take his mind off them to stay focused, but with help from his friends, he was able to stay on track. Fortunately, after eight years on the air, Finn felt glad to be part of the concluded shows. In the present day, Finn had explained his predicament to the other defunct shows in the studio, which leaves everybody in pity for him.

In Ooo, he; Jake; BMO; Bonnibel; Marceline; Simon; Phoebe; Lumpy Space Princess and Lady travel to Lady's barn to celebrate Jake and Lady's children's birthday. While there, he is less enthusiastic. After the party, Bonnibel comforts Finn and has a talk with him. Still on the fact that he and his friends were still not on speaking terms, she questions if he could just go over and meet them otherwise; giving Finn an epiphany: reunite with his old friends. As Finn sets off to reunite with his old friends, he has Marceline lie about his whereabouts until further notice.

Upon the reunion, they discuss about the two's decrease in popularity and recognition, so Finn decides to get them each a film as to re-introduce them to the public. Arriving at the Warner Bros. studio, they get thrown out by security. After many attempts of getting in, they disguise as their creators and claim that they want to pitch their idea for The CN Movie; in which works. Heading inside, they meet the receptionist to ask if they could see head executive for their request on giving Chowder and Flapjack their own movies, in which she declines due to their shows' declining qualities, followed by getting thrown out again. They sneak into the executive's office via transition flip and meet executive Dan Manson. Unfortunately, he forgoes their wish of giving them a movie despite being their biggest fan. However, he decides to give them a tour of the studio instead.

After the tour, Manson apologizes for their request but wishes them luck. Heading back, Flapjack gets distracted by a silver hood ornament on a moving taxi, and Finn and Chowder give chase. They follow the taxi all the way to Hollywood Burbank Airport. Finn reminds him that they need to get back to the studio. Before they could, Finn's backpack was taken into the cargo with the other luggage. The trio goes into the cargo hold to get his backpack, resulting in them being trapped inside along with the plane taking off. Meanwhile, back at the Cartoon Network studio, their friends are distraught and worried after discovering about the boys' absence; indicating that Marceline hadn't covered for Finn. Fortunately, they discover from Mandy that Finn, Flapjack and Chowder are aboard a plane out of the country, thanks to the Powerpuff Girls' narrator deliberately explaining the plot point. In fear of losing each other all going, they choose volunteers to go out and find them; those being Mac and Bloo, CJ, Sadie, and Jeff due to knowing each of the three. Just so they don't get sidetracked, they bring a fourth-wall breaker to interact with the narrator, which ends up being Yumi.

Waking up, the boys get out and they find themselves in London, England. Unfamiliar with the country, they go around town to get help to get back to Burbank. However, they come across the arrival of Queen Elizabeth and notice the Queen's Guards, to which they harass, until angering one that chases after them. The trio hijacks one of the horses from the Queen's carriage to allude the Guard. After their escape, they travel through various traveling tactics via travel montage. Mac, Bloo, CJ, Sadie, and Jeff arrive in London, only to lose them. Yumi gets word from the narrator that they had left one hour ago and back to America, so the group ventures out to follow them.

The boys, after realizing they had went the wrong way, find themselves in Madrid, Spain. They walk around the city in the meantime. Meanwhile, the other six CN characters arrive in Madrid, through guidance by the narrator. Asking about the trio's whereabouts, they discover that they have went into the Las Ventas area. Not long after, Flapjack gets chased by a bull that noticed the red stripes on his shirt. As the six arrive and find the three, Sadie, after being chosen, reluctantly goes down and distracts the bull in order for the trio to escape. After reuniting with their respective friends, the six explain that the others are worried about where they are, so they must return to Burbank as soon as they can. The CN characters go to the airport on the next flight to Burbank, but after pooling their money together, they only have $384 for a ticket to New York City, so they take their flight there.

Upon their arrival in New York, they take a transit bus, but they lose Flapjack as a passing shiny car gets his attention, so Finn, Chowder, CJ, Sadie, Yumi and Jeff go to get him back. After chasing him around the city, they miss their transit bus, much to their dismay. Fortunately, Mac and Bloo have gotten a helicopter. Arriving to the studio, they find everyone outside and relieved that they have returned. Suddenly, Manson arrives after discovering the group in the helicopter. Manson came to tell them he was planning to call their studio for a one-year deal for a prime-time television series; to which they all accept. The characters rejoice and throw a celebratory dance party, with Marceline singing "Ultimate" by Lindsay Lohan.

In a mid-credits scene, All the cancelled/concluded show characters are back in the studio interacting with the current running show characters, as Finn calls it "under one roof".

In a post-credits scene taking place in a white void, Marceline dances to Ke$ha's "Boogie Feet" and flies briefly during the song. The trio arrives and dances along with her, along with the other Cartoon Network characters joining in.

Cast

  • Jeremy Shada as Finn, the main character of Adventure Time.
  • Thurop Van Orman as Flapjack, the titular character of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack.
  • Raymond Ochoa as Chowder, the titular character of Chowder.
    • Chowder's original voice actor, Nicky Jones, makes a cameo as his original voice as to compare his current voice and regular voice to Finn and Flapjack. This is Jones' first time reprising his role as Chowder after 11 years prior to Chowder's cancellation, and his first role to out of retirement in 2012.
  • Linda Cardellini as CJ, a supporting character of Regular Show after her debut in its third season.
  • Kate Micucci as Sadie Miller, a supporting character of Steven Universe.
  • Sean Giambrone as Jeff Randell, the tritagonist of Clarence.
  • Sean Marquette as Mac, the main protagonist of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
  • Keith Ferguson as Bloo, the deutragonist of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
  • Grey Griffin as Yumi Yoshimura, the secondary titular character of Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi.
    • The actual Yumi Yoshimura of PUFFY provides her singing voice.
    • Griffin also provides the voices of Mandy from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, and Frankie Foster from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
  • Tom Kenny as the narrator of The Powerpuff Girls, who narrates throughout the film, with Chowder being the only one throughout said film who can hear him.
    • Kenny also provides the voice of the Mayor from The Powerpuff Girls, Eduardo from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Simon Petrikov from Adventure Time, and Sumo Sumouski from Clarence.

Additional voices include John DiMaggio as Jake and Schnitzel; Hynden Walch as Bonnibel Bubblegum; Olivia Olson as Marceline Abadeer; Jessica DiCicco as Phoebe; Pendleton Ward as Lumpy Space Princess; Dee Bradley Baker as Cinnamon Bun; Niki Yang as Lady and BMO; Brian Doyle-Murray as Captain K'nuckles; Roz Ryan as Bubbie; Jeff Bennett as Peppermint Larry and Johnny Bravo; Jackie Buscarino as Sally Syrup and Susan Strong; Dwight Schultz as Mung Daal; Tara Strong as Truffles, Ben Tennyson, and Bubbles; Liliana Mumy as Panini; J. G. Quintel as Mordecai; William Salyers as Rigby; Sam Marin as Benson and Muscle Man; Mark Hamill as Skips; Janie Haddad Tompkins as Margaret Smith; Minty Lewis as Eileen Roberts; Zach Callison as Steven Quartz Universe; Estelle as Garnet; Deedee Magno-Hall as Pearl; Tom Scharpling as Greg Universe; Shelby Rabara as Peridot; Jennifer Paz as Lapis Lazuli; Spencer Rothbell as Clarence Wendle; Katie Crown as Mary Wendle and Ms. Baker; Eric Edelstein as Chad Caswell and Griz; Candi Milo as Dexter, Coco and Madame Foster; Phil LaMarr as Wilt and Samurai Jack; Janice Kawaye as Ami Onuki, with the real Ami Onuki providing her singing voice; Roger Craig Smith as Thomas and Belson Noles, and Courtenay Taylor as K.O.

Cameos include Alex Walsh, Mumy, John Omohundro, Ian Jones-Quartey and Sam Lavagnino as the Bravest Warriors characters.

Live-action cast

  • B. D. Wong as Dan Manson, a Warner Bros. executive who has been a fan of Chowder, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack and Adventure Time ever since.
  • Zachary Levi as Andrew "Andy" Neilly, Warner Bros. vice-president and assistant to Manson.
  • Tina Fey as Sandra Alexander, receptionist at Warner Bros. Studios.
  • Dave Boat as Smith, Manson's bodyguard.
  • Ben Schwartz as Winston, Manson's other bodyguard.
  • Tom Cavanagh as a security guard at the Warner Bros. Studios' front gate.

Cameos consists of Ron Perlman as the director of Friends with Benefits; Kathleen Turner, Timothy Dalton, Randy Quaid, and Wayne Knight as the Friends with Benefits cast; Bryce Dallas Howard as a woman carrying luggage; Jason Bateman and Kristen Wiig as Walter and Jane Williams, the couple that gives the trio a lift to Warner Bros. Studios; Dennis Haysbert as a news reporter; John Oliver as a cruise ship captain. C. H. Greenblatt, Thurop Van Orman and Pendleton Ward also cameo as themselves as the trio's disguises.

Gavin Free and Dan Gruchy, of The Slo Mo Guys fame, were meant to cameo as two friends in London who help the trio get back to Burbank and Will Arnett was originally going to appear as a California police chief.

Production

The film was supposed to have Thurop Van Orman (voice of Flapjack) as director before James Bobin was chosen. Don Burgess, who has collaborated with Bobin before, is hired as the cinematographer, replacing Matthew F. Leonetti. Steven Rasch was previously chosen to edit the film until being replaced by Michel Aller. The locations featured in the film are filmed in Burbank, California and in London, United Kingdom.

The animation for the Cartoon Network characters is done by Hong Ying Animation, Saerom Animation, and Rough Draft Studios. Live-action objects the characters had to interact with in the film are animated by Sony Pictures Imageworks, rather than strings or robotic arms to hold actual props.

The show characters chosen to be in the film are the ones only produced by Cartoon Network Studios, excluding of Ed, Edd n Eddy; as the show was produced by a.k.a. Cartoon, Cow and Chicken and I Am Weasel; as they were produced by Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, the Lego shows produced by Wil Film ApS and The Lego Group, as well as any one of the shows produced by Warner Bros. Animation; Hanna-Barbera; and DC Entertainment, along with any other acquired programing.

Cultural references

  • The Warner Bros. Pictures logo customized for this film pays homage to the Warner Bros. Family Entertainment logo, as Bubbles steps out of the shield (in place of Bugs Bunny) and eats a cookie.
  • One scene has Bubbles blasting a poster of the 2016 series of The Powerpuff Girls, a nod to fans' dislike on the reboot.
  • The security guard character portrayed by Tom Cavanagh in the film is reminiscent of Michael Maltese's character in the Looney Tunes short You Ought To Be in Pictures.
  • The film includes a cameo with Timothy Dalton, Kathleen Turner, Wayne Knight, and Randy Quaid together on the set as the cast of Friends with Benefits; making this their second time in a live-action/animated hybrid film.
  • At the beginning of the chase scene as Chowder, Finn and Flapjack drive back to the Cartoon Network studio, they crash through a billboard promoting Teen Titans Go!; serving as a jab at the show's backlash. They also crash through one of the pillars holding the Warner Bros. water tower, leading to one of the workers saying "Not again!"; referencing the end of the studio lot sequence in Looney Tunes: Back in Action, another live-action/animation hybrid film.

Music

The CN Movie:
The Score
CNMovieScore
Film score by John Debney

Released

May 18, 2021

Recorded

April 11, 2021

Studio

WaterTower Music

Genre

Film score

Length

56:29

Label

WaterTower Music

The CN Movie: The Score

The film's score is composed by John Debney. The music of the film consists with guitar, drums, reggae organ, and orchestral instruments, such as violins; piano and trumpets.

No. Title Length
1 "Present Day" 2:58
2 "Pups' Birthday" 5:39
3 "Finn and Bonnibel" 2:32
4 "Back Together Again" 4:46
5 "Warner Bros. Studios" 7:03
6 "Big Fan" 3:11
7 "Little Did They Know" 5:20
8 "Lost in London" 4:19
9 "From UK and Back" 1:51
10 "Around the Studio Lot" 2:13
11 "Back to CN Studios" 8:51
12 "Free Cheers" 0:56
13 "Credits Suite" 6:50
The CN Movie:
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
CNMovieSoundrackCover
Soundtrack album by various artists

Released

May 21, 2021

Genre

Various

Length

18:43

Label

WaterTower Music

The CN Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The soundtrack is released on the same day as the film, consisting of songs featured from the film. The only exception is "My Generation" by The Who (which was only used in the second trailer), "Hooray for Hollywood" by John Williams and "Rule Britannia" by Theodore Shapiro.

No. Title Artist Length
1 "Under Pressure" Queen feat. David Bowie 4:04
2 "Sk8er Boi" Avril Lavigne 3:25
3 "Ultimate" Olivia Olson feat. Puffy AmiYumi 3:07
4 "Happy Together" The Turtles 2:56
5 "Boogie Feet" Ke$ha 2:54
6 "Tasty Marvelous Adventure" Jeremy Shada, Thurop Van Orman, and Raymond Ochoa 2:17

Release

The film will release in the United Kingdom on April 23, 2021, followed by releasing in Canada on May 7, and on its general release on May 21 in North America.

Marketing

The film's teaser is released on December 8, 2020 on the Warner Bros. Pictures YouTube channel, along with the second/final trailer revealed on March 17, 2021.

On January 13, three individual teaser trailers are released in theaters; with Chowder in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Finn in the Hogwarts Quiddich competition of Harry Potter, and Flapjack with Aquaman of the DC Extended Universe.

On February 7, the film is first promoted on television with a tie-in with Super Bowl Sunday, featuring characters from Chowder; The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack; Adventure Time; Regular Show; Steven Universe; Clarence; The Powerpuff Girls; Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends; Dexter's Laboratory; and OK K.O! Let's Be Heroes in a stadium seeing the football game. Cinemark promotes the film with a phone policy announcement on April 16; On May 1, Cartoon Planet gets revived for the film's promotion, broadcasting a line of shows consisting of shows produced by Cartoon Network Studios. McDonald's releases a line a six Happy Meal toys on May 3; and Cartoon Network shows promotional tie-ins on its network on May 16, consisting of bumpers with Finn, Flapjack and Chowder in a movie theater announcing the film. In addition, they host the entire line-up during intermissions between commercial breaks.

Home media

The CN Movie will have a digital release on August 24, 2021; and on DVD and Blu-ray on September 7, by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The Blu-ray release includes a short film entitled Around the World in Five Minutes, which centers around CJ, Sadie, Jeff, Mac, Bloo and Yumi traveling around the globe searching for Finn, Flapjack, and Chowder. This takes place during the film.

The DVD release includes a CD entitled "Marcy's Track List", which consists of songs such as:

  • Avril Lavigne's "Sk8er Boi"
  • Lillix's "What I Like About You"
  • Bon Jovi's "Raise Your Hands"
  • Green Day's "Holliday"
  • P!nk's "So What"
  • Aerosmith's "Dream On"

Reception

Critical response

Critical response aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 59% based on 84 reviews. The critical consensus reads: "Even though it has clever writing and great animation, and succeeds on returning our favorite characters from our childhood, The CN Movie fails on a first impression by going on the Roger Rabbit and Muppets rout." Metacritic gives the film scored a 51/100, indicating "mixed-or-average reviews". CinemaScore's review on the film is a "B" on its A+ to F scale.

Commercial reaction

Despite the mixed reviews, the film becomes a commercial success, which brings Cartoon Network to make shorts and specials of their defunct shows.

Video game

An endless running app game, titled CN Rush!, is where you can play as Chowder, Flapjack and Finn to run around various locations of classic and modern Cartoon Network shows such as The Powerpuff Girls, Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, Chowder, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Steven Universe, Clarence.

The game is developed by Grumpyface Studios and released on iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows 8 on April 21, 2021.

Follow-ups

Main article: CN (franchise)

Television

Television series

Main article: The CN Show

The series was brought up after one of the co-writers had gotten inspiration from a MAD segment. Its genre was chosen as a mockumentary sitcom with Finn, Flapjack and Chowder as the main characters. The series is executive produced by Brian A. Miller and Rob Sorcher, executive producers of this film. The CN Show is released on July 7, 2022 on TBS.

Television special

Main article: CN Halloween

This 21-minute television special set shortly after the events of The CN Show centers around Finn, Flapjack, Chowder, Jeff, Mac and Bloo spending the night in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery telling scary stories in favor of Trick-or-Treating. The special is premiered on TBS on Thursday, October 31, 2024.

Cancelled sequel

The sequel titled CN World Tour, was to have Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly directing, with Nicholas Stoller returning as writer alongside Mike Cerrone as co-writer, including the score composed by Christophe Beck. The film was set to release on December 13, 2024.

Its cast was going to be Walt Dohrn as Thaddeus "Thad" Peterson, a Cartoon Network aficionado who gets hired as the characters' manager and to overlook their routines and acts; Tembi Locke as Amanda Westmen, Thaddeus' assistant who is in charge of taking notes; Antonio Banderas as Pedro Raphael, leader of the world's most wanted crime team; Los Three Diables; Rob Riggle as Chuck Jameson, weapons specialist and superhacker in Pedro's team; and Tiffany Haddish as Abby Howard-Ester, Pedro's master-of-disguise and Chuck's lover; with cameos consisting of Zachary Levi reprising his role as Andrew Neilly from the first film; Danny Trejo as Finn, Flapjack and Chowder's cellmate; and Rebel Wilson as herself in the New York broadway finale near the end of the film.

In the film, the Cartoon Network characters go around the world to preform certain acts on stage as a way to reintroduce the characters from the original shows on their behalf. Meanwhile, its subplot focuses on a team that is on the run from the law. Its protagonists were supposed to be Yumi Yoshimura from Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, Jeff Randell from Clarence, Lapis Lazuli from Steven Universe, CJ from Regular Show, and Mac and Bloo from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.

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