A handful offans were taken by surprise Tuesday morning when Cartoon Network's regularlyscheduled episode of The Flintstones was preempted by WelcomeTo Eltingville. Comics2Film checked with sources at CartoonNetwork to find out why Evan Dorkin's animated pilot made an unexpected, earlybow at 4:00 a.m. on the 26th.
It turns outthat Cartoon Network is gearing up for the U.S.Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen this weekend. Cartoon Network aims to show asampling of short, animated films from its Adult Swim lineup, including Eltingville.The slate had to consist of shows that had already aired on the network, hencethe secret pre-premiere showing.
The Festivalruns in Aspen from February 27-March 3. Cartoon Network is a sponsor of theshow. If you're attending the show, here's a few places to look for CartoonNetwork fare:
Saturday,March 2 at 3 p.m.: Cartoon Network is screening of never-before-seenepisodes from Adult Swim's cutting-edge animated comedies Sealab2021, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Brak Showand Welcome To Eltingville. The screening will be held in theHighlands Room of the St. Regis Hotel and hosted by Aisha Tyler of E!'s TalkSoup.
Wednesday,February 27-Saturday, March 2, from 4-6 p.m.: Cartoon Network hosts anaprés-ski happy hour at the St. Regis Hotel. Stop by for free drinks and rubshoulders with the beautiful people, like Meatwad, Brak and Space Ghost, starsof Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.
Wednesday,February 27-Sunday, March 3, noon to 8 a.m.: Aspenites and U.S. Comedy ArtsFestival attendees can get their fix of the best animation around when CartoonNetwork airs a commercial-free block of cartoons on Channel 8 every day fromnoon until 8 a.m. the next morning. Viewers can step off of the slopes and warmup with Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo and CartoonCartoon original series including The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter'sLaboratory and Courage the Cowardly Dog. Each day willalso include a special block of Adult Swim, Cartoon Network's block ofanimated fare for grown-ups. Space Ghost Coast to Coast, HomeMovies, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, Sealab 2021,and Aqua Teen Hunger Force will warm up chilly Aspen evenings from9 p.m. until 6 a.m.
All overAspen: Cartoon Network's On-Air Promotions Department will be shootingcelebrity interviews and man-on-the-street footage to use during Adult Swiminterstitials. They'll be joined by Adult Swim's odd menagerie ofcostumed characters: Meatwad (Aqua Teen Hunger Force), Brak (TheBrak Show), and Space Ghost (Space Ghost Coast to Coast).
If you're notgoing to be in aspen then you'll just have to watch Welcome To Eltingvilleon Cartoon Network on March 3 at 11:00p.m.
Also: don'tforget to enter our Giveawayand Trivia Exhibition! You could win an original work of art by Dorkinhimself as well as a bunch of other cool prizes from CartoonNetwork, Slave Labor Graphics and TheAquabats!
Thanks to Tom and Mike for alerting us to the stealth preview!