Cartoons On Web 2.0 Trail

For the first time, Bugs Bunny and dozens of his animated companions at Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros. unit will be housed together on a single internet portal. The new Web site, dubbed T-Works, for “Toon Works,” is scheduled to go live in April.
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It is the latest effort by a major Hollywood studio to control distribution of its content while simultaneously playing catch-up to established social-networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook and virtual worlds like Second Life.
The ad-supported site will be free to consumers. Users will be able to watch classic cartoons and original animated programming designed specifically for distribution on the site; create virtual worlds using cartoon characters as their online identities, or avatars; and customize their online identities on their own computers and on social-networking sites. They can also digitally alter cartoon characters to their liking and play online games based on the animated characters.
[via The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.)]

About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.