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HBO Max is the exciting new streaming service that will offer over 10,000 hours of fan-favorite franchises from the Warner Bros. and HBO library when it launches on May 27, 2020. While many subscribers will get a chance to rewatch their favorite moments from existing content, there will be some original series that will deserve some attention. Not only that, but these originals guarantee that there is something for everyone in the house – from preschoolers to teens to grownups – with scripted and unscripted series, docs, animation for kids and adults, and movies. We got a sneak-peek of what’s to come during a week long HBO Max Playdate!
Starting on launch day, subscribers will have access to 20 films from Japan’s legendary Studio Ghibli animation house. Titles include Academy Award® winner Spirited Away and Academy Award nominees Howl’s Moving Castle. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. Fan-favorite films like My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, and Kiki’s Delivery Service will also be available on launch day.
The full lineup of Cartoon Network Studios library series will also be available when streaming service launches later this May. Fans can enjoy favorites like Adventure Time, The Amazing World of Gumball Chowder, Craig of the Creek, and We Bare Bears. Older audiences can relive their favorite moments or introduce their shows like Ben 10, Dexter’s Lab, The Powerpuff Girls, and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends to a new audience.
For those who are feeling a little nostalgic, there’s the new Looney Tunes Cartoons, from Warner Bros. Animation. The series will star beloved Looney Tunes characters in 80 eleven-minute episodes comprised of animated shorts that vary in length and include adapted storylines. These shorts will feature marquee Looney Tunes characters in their classic pairings in simple, gag-driven, and visually vibrant stories. More importantly, the show will echo the high production value and process of the original Looney Tunes theatrical shorts with a cartoonist-driven approach to storytelling.
Sesame Workshop’s The Not Too Late Show with Elmo will be fun kid-friendly take on late-night television. It features everyone’s favorite red furry friend from Sesame Street hosting a celeb-studded talk show series where he will be interviewing late-night hosts Jimmy Fallon and John Oliver. Other talents include comedian John Mullaney, New York Times best-selling author Kwame Alexander, actress Blake Lively, and award-winning musical acts Lil Nas X and The Jonas Brothers.
But if you and your young ones are feeling like working with your hands on a fun project, then there’s Craftopia. The epic kids crafting competition show hosted and executive produced by YouTube influencer Lauren Riihimaki aka (LaurDIY), will have 9 to 15-year old contestants put their imaginations to the test and make their crafting dreams come true in a magical studio. Crafters will fill up their carts with inspiring materials from the studio “store,” and meet larger-than-life challenges, making truly inventive and amazing creations to take home the ‘Craftrophia.’
What’s to come? As part of a two-year deal, HBO Max has acquired streaming rights to Willems’ first live-action special Don’t Let the Pigeon Do Storytime! Williems is HBO Max’s very first artist in residence. And as a part of that deal, HBO Max has committed to additional live-action Storytime specials, as well as multiple animated specials based on Willems’ wildly popular children’s books.
Additionally, Summer Camp Island will return with an original second season available exclusively on HBO Max. The show will join the previously announced Max originals Adventure Time: Distant Lands, The Fungies!, and Tig N’ Seek, expected to roll out this summer.
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