Artwork for the new Cartoon Networks website, Imagination Studios

In order to continue their search for the next generation of talent, Cartoon Network has announced a brand-new initiative – Cartoon Network Imagination Studios – a specially-created online destination to inspire and celebrate the imagination and creativity of children, available right on our doorstep from November 2015.

Cartoon Network Imagination Studios will provide a sneak-peek behind the scenes of the “real” Cartoon Network Studios, giving children insight into the making of their favourite cartoons and encouraging them to let their imaginations run wild.

The channel’s own artists and creators, such as Ben Bocquelet (The Amazing World of Gumball), Rebecca Sugar (Steven Universe) and many more will accompany the children on their journey through the site, with tips and guidance on how to create their own characters, animate and tell stories. The children will then be able to enjoy the wide range of activities featured on the site, including drawing, colouring, storyboarding, music, special effects, voiceover, movement and animation, leaving them well-equipped to begin working on their very own character creations.But the fun doesn’t end there!

Cartoon Network fans can look forward to an amazing Cartoon Network Imagination Studios competition, launching through this website for all of Africa by 2016. Countries across the continent will be offering children, aged six to 12 years, the opportunity to enter their original creations – be it a new character drawing, storyboard or animation – to the Cartoon Network Imagination Studios Awards and a chance to see their creations brought to life on air, on Cartoon Network on channel 301.

“Cartoon Network Imagination Studios is a place where children can learn, gain inspiration, have fun and, ultimately, be themselves; it promotes the value of being different and, in turn, of creating something unique. The launch of Cartoon Network Imagination Studios marks an important milestone in the network’s commitment to helping children learn and develop their skills – using the channel’s affinity with young audiences to do so,” says Pierre Branco, Vice President Southern Europe and Africa for Turner.